Coming off of a disappointing 7-4 loss to Wisconsin in the first game of the series, Red Berenson stayed with Hayden Lavigne in net for the Wolverines.
Michigan was able to pick up the lead on a power play in the first when Alex Kile put on past Jack Berry in the Badgers net. The goal was assisted by Jake Slaker and Will Lockwood.
Cutler Martin would build on the lead with a blast from the high slot that beat Berry to put the Wolverines up 2-0 at 12:45. Shortly after the goal Berry came up with a big save for the Badgers with a save on a great scoring chance from Boka to keep it a two-goal game.
The Badgers had extended pressure in the Michigan zone which led to Adam Winborg taking a holding penalty at 16:56 but the Wolverines were able to kill off the man advantage. Michigan would go into the first intermission leading Wisconsin 2-0.
The Wolverines went down a man in the second period when Nicholas Boka was called for roughing after the whistle at 3:16 but the Maize and Blue were able to hold off the Badgers on the man advantage thanks to a strong penalty kill.
Will Lockwood was called for roughing putting Wisconsin right back on the power play. Jason Ford was called for interference ending the Badgers man advantage, making the game 4 on 4. The Wolverines got about a minute of power play time that was killed off by Wisconsin.
Michigan gained another man advantage when JD Greenway was called for roughing at 10:41 in the second period but they were unable to score while up a man.
Griffin Luce took the Wolverines third penalty of the second period when he was called for interference at 13:24. Michigan was able to kill off the penalty thanks in part to great face-off wins by Winborg and Warren.
Tony Calderone took a bad roughing penalty at 16:49. Wisconsin would score on an odd man rush after the Badger goalie tripped Slaker in front of the net but it was not called. Grant Besse scored the goal at 17:58 assisted by Ryan Wagner and Luke Kunin.
Michigan goalie Hayden Lavigne was called for roughing at 18:39 after he pushed a Wisconsin player in front of the net while trying to protect himself from getting snowed. The power play would carry over into the third period and the Wolverines went to the intermission with a 2-1 lead.
Michigan started the third period down a man for 39 seconds with Kile in the box serving the Lavigne penalty but they were to hold off the Badgers to return to full strength.
The Wolverines picked up a power play at 7:53 in the third period when Will Johnson took an interference penalty. Luke Kunin had a short-handed chance for Wisconsin but his shot went wide and they would go on to kill off the power play.
Will Lockwood took a bad hit when he was cross-checked into the boards from behind but there was no penalty call against Wisconsin, Lockwood went to the locker room holding his shoulder.
Shortly after the no call on Wisconsin Dexter Dancs was called for slashing at 16:07 in the third, giving the Badgers their seventh power play of the game. Besse had a scoring chance on the power play but he was stoned by Hayden Lavigne.
The Badgers pulled their goalie and Lavigne came up with another huge save for the Wolverines. The penalty on Dancs was killed off and he had a chance at the empty net but missed. Lavigne came up big yet again for Michigan with another save late in the third.
Hayden Lavigne bailed out Boka with another save after Boka tried to make a move instead of the easy play in his own end.
Tony Calderone sealed the victory for Michigan when he scored on the empty net to make it 3-1 in favor of the Wolverines. Adam Winborg would add another empty net goal for Michigan making the game 4-1. That would be the final score as the Wolverines defeated the Badgers.
Hayden Lavigne finished with 34 saves and came up huge for the Wolverines in the third period. Michigan returns to action on December 29th at Joe Louis Arena in the 52nd Great Lakes Invitational against Michigan Tech at 3:30pm ET on FS Detroit.