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College Hockey:
Schultz hat trick helps Wisconsin beat Michigan State, break winless streak

— Justin Schultz became the first Wisconsin defenseman to score a hat trick in 18 years, and No. 16 Wisconsin broke a six-game winless skid with a 4-1 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.

Schultz scored three goals 18 years to the day after Barry Richter scored three at Minnesota-Duluth.

“The power play was working tonight, and pucks just seemed to go in for me,” Schultz said.

Schultz actually scored four times — a Michigan State goal credited to Zach Golembiewski deflected into the Badgers net after hitting Schultz.

Frankie Simonelli also scored for Wisconsin (7-6-3), which was 0-4-2 in its last six games entering Saturday.

Scott Gudmandson made 21 saves for the Badgers.

Drew Palmisano stopped 26 shots for Michigan State (5-7-3), which beat Minnesota 5-2 on Friday.

“We didn’t have the jump tonight we had last night,” Spartans coach Rick Comley said.

The game was the last for both teams in the 18-year history of the College Hockey Showcase, which matched Wisconsin and Minnesota from the WCHA against Michigan and Michigan State from the CCHA.

Video: Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves:

Video: Wisconsin players Justin Schultz, Jake Gardiner and Scott Gudmandson:

Video: Michigan State coach Rick Comley

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