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Badgers men’s hockey: Lesson in surprising loss: ‘We can’t take any team lightly’

October 31, 2017 GMT

There was an easy lesson to be learned from losing to previously winless St. Lawrence last Saturday, University of Wisconsin defenseman Peter Tischke said.

“It just goes to show that we can’t take any team lightly,” he said.

October brought the Badgers a string of positive results but ended with a thud when the Saints stunned UW.

The Badgers, who fell two spots to seventh in this week’s USCHO.com poll, have the same .667 winning percentage at the end of October this season as they did a year ago. Just over a quarter of the way through the 35-game regular-season schedule, UW is 6-3.

The loss to St. Lawrence, which was 0-7 and hadn’t held a lead until Saturday’s game, might be one that costs the Badgers at NCAA tournament selection time.

At this point, however, Granato said that it has to be a wake-up call.

“If you forget about it say and say, ah, it happens, no big deal, part of hockey and you try to make excuses and just don’t worry about it, then it’ll happen again,” he said.

Luncheon scheduled Friday

North Dakota coach Brad Berry and Granato are scheduled to speak at a public luncheon hosted by the Wisconsin Hockey Backers on Friday.

The noon event at Coliseum Bar, 232 E. Olin Ave., costs $15 at the door. Organizers are asking for registration in advance at the group’s website, www.wisconsinhockeybackers.com.

Other game-day luncheons are scheduled for Jan. 13 and Feb. 9.