Trailing 3-0 in the second period, Wisconsin men's hockey rallied for a 3-3 tie at No. 10 Ohio State, winning an extra point in the Big Ten standings on a Ty-Pelton Byce three-on-three overtime tally Saturday night.
With the result, the seventh-seeded Badgers will return to Value City Arena in Columbus to open the best-of-three Big Ten tournament's first round at second-seeded Ohio State next Friday.
In search for their first Big Ten sweep of the season, Wisconsin trailed 3-2 going into the third period. The Badgers climbed their way back from a 3-0 deficit early in the second period, but still needed a late game surge to leave Columbus with continued momentum.
Junior Tyler Inamoto tied up the game for Wisconsin with a one-time blast off a Cole Caufield feed for his second goal of the season. Ohio State held off the Badger offense in the first overtime to seal the tie, but Pelton-Byce scored shorty in second overtime to give Wisconsin the extra point.
After falling behind 3-0, the Badger offense finally found their rhythm in the second period to make it a one-goal game. Freshman Dylan Holloway netted the first goal for Wisconsin and senior Max Zimmer followed it up with one of his own to continue his late season hot streak.
Senior goalie Jack Berry got the start for Wisconsin and saved 22 shots in the tie, going perfect in the third period and overtime.
The Badgers will travel back to Columbus next weekend to compete in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Each game of the best-of-three series, starting Friday, will begin at 6 p.m. CT.
(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)