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Badgers men’s hockey: Cooperative development for defensemen Peter Tischke, Josh Ess

October 18, 2017 GMT

In matching a returning player with a rookie on each of the three defensive pairs that the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has used this season, there has been a sense of mentorship in place.

With junior Peter Tischke and freshman Josh Ess, however, there’s plenty coming from the newcomer’s side, too, Badgers associate head coach Mark Osiecki said.

Tischke and Ess were plus-5 last weekend — plus-3 at Boston College and plus-2 at Merrimack — and share the team season lead at plus-6.

Ess, a seventh-round draft pick of the Blackhawks in June, played high school hockey in Minnesota last season but hasn’t been slow to adapt to the college game.

“He’s been really good for Tisch right now because he’s just a steady, smart, almost unassuming player, and very, very calm,” Osiecki said. “As a result, it’s a great pair for Tischke, and Peter’s done an unbelievably good job.”

Tischke is an undrafted free agent who’s likely to attract attention for a signing after this season if his strong play continues.

“I’d say his game is continuing to evolve and getting better and better each weekend,” Osiecki said. “The NHL people are going to take notice, absolutely, as our year moves forward. But he’s been really, really good for us.”