MADISON, Wis. — St. Lawrence University freshman Callum Cusinato scored the first two goals of his collegiate career, but Wisconsin tallied a pair of power-play goals en route to defeating the Saints, 4-2, on Friday night in a nonconference game at the Kohl Center.
The game marked the first for Wisconsin goaltender Kyle Hayton against his old team. Hayton, who established SLU marks while playing for three years with the Saints, made 17 saves against a squad that is now 0-7 overall.
Saints goaltender Arthur Brey stopped 36 shots as Wisconsin (6-2) outshot St. Lawrence 40-19. Brey surrendered the first goal of the game as Wisconsin’s Ryan Wagner scored just 58 seconds in, lifting a shot over Brey’s right shoulder. Brey stopped 15 shots in the first period.
Cusinato manufactured the Saints’ first goal at 1:43 of the opening frame, forcing a turnover on the forecheck and then beating f Hayton with a backhand high on the glove side to tie the game at 1-1.
Early in the second period, matching minors had the team’s skating four aside until another penalty to St. Lawrence’s Jake Stevens gave the Badgers a 4-on-3 advantage.
Leading scorer Trent Frederic was credited with the power play goal that put Wisconsin in front 2-1 at 3:34 after a shot from Wyatt Kalynuk hit his leg in traffic and skipped under Brey.
Near the midway point of the middle frame, Cusinato buried his second goal with Ryan Garvey and Ryan Lough assisting to even the score yet again.
However, Wisconsin’s second power play later in the frame resulted in a goal by Seamus Malone and gave the Badgers the lead for good.
Wisconsin extended the lead to the eventual 4-2 margin with a goal from Tarek Baker in the third period.
The Saints pulled Brey for the extra attacker with just over two minutes to play, but he was on the bench for only 11 seconds before St. Lawrence was assessed another penalty to take away the man-up opportunity.
Wisconsin finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage. St. Lawrence was 0-for-2. The Badgers also outshot the Saints 40-19 on Friday night.
St. Lawrence faces Wisconsin against at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center.