GRAND FORKS (AP) — Three is the magic number for the Wisconsin men's hockey team after beating North Dakota 3-1 on Friday.
The unranked Badgers (3-3-3) stretched their winning streak to three games by winning their third straight games against a No. 1-ranked opponent.
The Badgers swept the top-ranked Minnesota Gophers in February 2014, the last time they played a No. 1-ranked opponent.
Corbin McGuire, Luke Kunin and Jedd Soleway scored goals for the Badgers, who handed UND (6-1-2) and goalie Matt Hrynkiw their first losses of the season.
"We were slow to puck and whenever you have that, the puck comes the other way," said UND coach Brad Berry, who suffered his first loss as head coach. "The way we played in the third period, that's where we need to get to."
UND outshot the Badgers 12-4 in the third period, but freshman goalie Matt Jurusik stayed solid in net. Jurusik made 29 saves.
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"They played a solid road game," Berry said. "They played hard and we have to match that. They check extremely hard and they don't give you a lot of time and space. We were a little bit sloppy coming through the neutral zone."
Luke Johnson netted his second goal of the season at 7:31 of the first period to give UND a 1-0 lead. Johnson skated in to the left of freshman goalie Matt Jurusik and snapped a wrister over the glove.
The lead lasted until the 10:33 mark when McGuire tied it. With a defender draped all over him, McGuire stuck a rebound under to tie it 1-1.
Kunin broke the tie with what proved to be the game-winner. Kunin was left unchecked between the circles to Hrynkiw's right. Cameron Hughes took a feed from the corner and got Hrynkiw to commit before sliding the puck across the slot to Kunin just 37 seconds into the second period.
The Badgers went up 3-1 when Soleway scored at 9:06 on a feed from Adam Rockwood.
Jurusik stopped a two-on-one rush against Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz with 3:27 left in the second period to keep the lead at two.
North Dakota played without senior forward Drake Caggiula, the team's leading scorer, who sat out a one-game suspension after a game misconduct penalty last weekend at Colorado College.