Badgers give up three goals in second period, fall to ASU 8-5

The Wisconsin Badgers went up 2-1 in the first period against the Arizona State Sun Devils, but surrendered six goals in the final two periods to lose 8-5.

The Badgers (4-3) were also shorthanded in this game. Todd Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal reported that four players missed the game because of COVID-19 concerns.

Wisconsin got on the board quickly with a score from Brock Caufield just 2:35 into the game. After a goal from the Sun Devils, Owen Lindmark scored his first goal of the season to put the Badgers up 2-1 with 6:54 to go in the first period.

ASU (1-3-1) added another goal in the period to enter the first intermission tied 2-2. The Sun Devils were just getting started and scored three unanswered goals in the second period to lead 5-2 going into the third period.

ASU scored in the first four minutes of the third to go up 6-2, but Wisconsin’s Jack Gorniak made it 6-3 when he sniped in a goal with 14:37 left in the game.

The Badgers were not finished in the third. Lindmark scored again with 11:13 left and Linus Weissbach found the back of the net with 4:04 to go, cutting the Sun Devils’ lead to 6-5.

That would be as close as Wisconsin would get, however, as ASU scored two more times in the final three minutes to win 8-5.

The Badgers will be back in action for the second game of their two-game series against the Sun Devils on Sunday at 4 p.m. in La Bahn Arena. That game will be televised on FOX Sports Wisconsin.

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