Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Wisconsin men's hockey team scored three goals in the first period on Saturday night, leading the Badgers to a 4-1 win over the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a series sweep in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) playoffs.
The win ends UMD's season but also closes the book on the Bulldogs' 48-year stay in the WCHA, with the program off to help start the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) next season.
Justin Crandall scored the lone goal for UMD in the losing effort, that coming in the first period to make it a 2-1 Wisconsin lead. His brother, Aaron, got the start in goal and allowed three goals on six shots before being replaced by Matt McNeely.
This year marks the first time in five seasons UMD hasn't qualified for the WCHA Final Five tournament, with the Bulldogs ending the season with an overall record of (14-19-5).