Michigan Tech scored four times in the second period, two of them by Logan Pietila, to spoil the 13th-ranked University of Wisconsin men's hockey team's return to the Kohl Center with a 5-2 victory on Friday.

Badgers goalie Cameron Rowe allowed five goals on 17 shots but he didn't get help on a few because of a disorganized UW defensive zone.

Freshman Caden Brown scored 73 seconds into his Badgers debut and Mathieu De St. Phalle scored on a second-period breakaway for UW.

Wisconsin State Journal hockey beat reporter Todd D. Milewski wraps up the Badgers' 5-2 loss to Michigan Tech on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

Three stars

No. 3: Alec Broetzman scored in the second period and assisted on two goals.

No. 2: Blake Pietila made 38 saves for the Huskies, 20 of them in the third period.

No. 1: Logan Pietila had two of Tech's four second-period goals.

Up next

The Badgers and the Huskies close the non-conference series at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Pregame

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team is back at the Kohl Center for the first time in more than 19 months Friday for the regular season opener against Michigan Tech (7 p.m., BSW, BigTenPlus.com, 1310 AM).

The 13th-ranked Badgers have six of their seven freshmen in the lineup — only Brayden Morrison is sitting out — but none of the three transfers is set to take part. Carson Bantle is out with an injured shoulder, Max Johnson is a scratch and Jared Moe is the backup goalie.

The Huskies, meanwhile, have only one freshman in their 21-player lineup. That's extra defenseman Trevor Russell.

Badgers

Forwards

Roman Ahcan - Tarek Baker - Brock Caufield

Sam Stange - Owen Lindmark - Mathieu De St. Phalle

Caden Brown - Dominick Mersch - Ryder Donovan

Zach Urdahl - Liam Malmquist - Jack Gorniak

Defensemen

Tyler Inamoto - Corson Ceulemans

Daniel Laatsch - Anthony Kehrer

Jesper Peltonen - Jake Martin

Josh Ess

Goaltenders

Cameron Rowe

Jared Moe

Ben Garrity

Scratches: F Carson Bantle (injury), F Max Johnson, F Brayden Morrison, D Shay Donovan, D Luke LaMaster, D Mike Vorlicky (injury).

University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Tony Granato discusses returning to play in front of fans at the Kohl Center for the 2021-22 season.

Huskies

Forwards

Alec Broetzman - Matthew Quercia - Logan Pietila

Trenton Bliss - Arvid Caderoth - Tommy Parrottino

Nick Nardella - Parker Saretsky - Brian Halonen

Ryland Mosley - Tyrone Bronte - Tristan Ashbrook

Defensemen

Tyrell Buckley - Brett Thorne

Michael Karow - Colin Swoyer

Chris Lipe - Eric Gotz

Trevor Russell

Goaltenders

Blake Pietila

Cayden Bailey

Officials

Referees: Colin Kronforst and Brett Sheva.

Linesmen: Bill Hancock and Matt Gerlach.

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