Behind a hat trick from Jordy Murray, No. 15 Wisconsin (3-1) finished off the sweep of the Alabama-Huntsville (1-3) hockey squad via a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc.
After the two squads took Saturday off as the Badgers hosted then top-ranked Ohio State in football, Sunday's contest saw Wisconsin get on the board only 2:42 into the game as UW's power-play unit continued to click as Mark Zengerle scored with the man-advantage.
The 1-0 UW advantage held until right after the puck dropped for the second period when Murray netted his first of the afternoon only 15 seconds into the frame. The two-goal margin for the home team vanished quickly however as UAH senior forward Chris Fairbanks (Millford, Mich.) put home a rebound from senior blueliner Matt Baxter (Courtice, Ontario). Junior defenseman Tom Durnie (Calgary, Alberta) also picked up a helper on the play as Fairbanks scored his first goal of the season.
Murray then put home his second of the afternoon with an unassisted marker at 12:54 to make it a 3-1 Wisconsin lead rounding out the scoring in the second period.
Back-to-back penalties by the Chargers led to the Badgers being able to put the game out of reach with UW netting a pair of goals in a 33-second span. Murray scored the first power-play strike at 7:59 of the third as he completed the first hat trick against the Chargers since Oct. 21, 2006 by Wayne State's Nate Higgins. Wisconsin's Jake Gardiner then made it a 5-1 margin at 8:32 with his second goal of the year.
The Chargers closed the margin back to three goals just a few minutes later at 11:01 when junior forward Jamie Easton (Edmonton, Alberta) scored his first lamp lighter of the season. The Chargers pulled to within three goals using an extra attacker on the delayed penalty. Sophomores Keenan Desmet (Strathmore, Alberta) and Curtis deBruyn (Calgary, Alberta) picked up assists on the play.
UW's Brett Bennett picked up the win in net for the Badgers with an 18-save performance, while UAH freshman Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) took the loss stopping 21 shots. UAH converted two of its eight power-play opportunities, whilie Wisconsin was 3-for-11 with the extra attacker.
The Chargers continue road action next weekend at Bowling Green on Friday and Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio.