Mike Eaves can coach hockey.
A night after the Wolverines dismantled his Badgers Eaves leveled the playing field with an outstanding gameplan; they made the Michigan forecheck nonexistent by opening up the neutral zone and keeping the Wolverine forwards wide on the rush. At the other end the Badger forwards cranked up their forecheck and sent the Michigan defensemen into a turnover prone spiral.
Still, Michigan took the lead four different times in this game, they just could not shake the Badgers. After the shorthanded goal from Motte to open the scoring Luke Kunin answered to start the second period on a deflection in front of Racine.
Kyle Connor broke the tie catching a breakaway feed from Nolan De Jong and going forehand-backhand to beat Matt Jurusik. Again Wisconsin had the answer, this time from Grant Besse on a rip in transition that beat Steve Racine to the near post with just 13 seconds left in the period.
Fifteen seconds into the third period JT Compher found twice cruising into the zone and ripping a puck bar in to take the lead but less than thirty seconds later Ryan Wagner was sprung on a breakaway to tie the game 3-3.
Dexter Dancs would break the tie once again on a broken play. With a delayed penalty coming Zach Werenski flung a puck on net that hit a body in front and lay in front of Jurusik. All a Badger had to do was touch it and the play would stop but they couldn't find it before Dexter Dancs put it home.
True to the script the game tying goal would come with just a few seconds left in regulation. With the extra attacker Cameron Hughes danced to the end line, drew the attention of all Michigan's defenders and moved the puck over to Luke Kunin on the backdoor. Steve Racine had no chance to stop Kunin's shot.
Both teams would fight through tense moments in the overtime period but come up empty handed. They would go to a shootout and JT Compher would be the lone shooter to score.