MADISON, Wis. - David Cotton netted his first career hat trick as part of a four-point night on Saturday, but multiple Boston College comebacks fell just short in a 7-5 loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. The Badgers move to 2-0-0 after sweeping the weekend from the Eagles (0-2-0).
Cotton's hat trick was his first career multi-goal game as the junior tied a career-high with four points. Four other Eagles registered multi-point games with a pair of assists.
After Sean Dhooghe gave Wisconsin the lead just 38 seconds into the game, Oliver Wahlstrom answered 42 seconds later with his first collegiate goal. Wahlstrom beat Jack Berry (28 saves) blocker side with a heavy wrist shot from the right circle with assists from Christopher Grando and Michael Kim.
The Badgers reclaimed the lead at 12:41 when Wyatt Kalynuk sent a wrist shot into traffic from the top of the left circle that found its way past Joseph Woll (26 saves).
Tarek Baker followed his own rebound 4:32 into the second period for a 3-1 cushion, and Will Johnson pounced on a loose puck off Woll's glove at 12:47 for a three-goal lead.
The Eagles began their comeback with four and a half left in the middle frame on Cotton's first of the night. Connor Moore partially fanned on a one-timer, but the puck found Cotton who buried a forehand shot under Berry's armpit on the power play.
Less than two minutes later, Jacob Tortora gained a step on a UW defenseman along the right wing and centered to a crashing Cotton, who redirected the pass off his skate into the net.
BC then tied the game at 19:11 with its second power play goal of the period. From the top of the left circle, Moore faked a shot and picked out Graham McPhee at the back door for a routine finish. Cotton collected his third point of the night with the second assist.
The Eagles killed off a pair of Wisconsin power plays early in the third, but another rebound goal put the Badgers ahead for good. Woll kicked out K'Andre Miller's initial shot from the right circle, but Linus Weissbach came down the slot to bury the second chance. UW grabbed an insurance tally 70 seconds later when Brock Caufield's centering pass ramped off a BC defender's stick into the roof of the net.
Cotton completed his hat trick with 3:15 remaining in the contest, beating Berry high blocker side on his backhand off a Christopher Brown pass from behind the net.
During a 4-on-4 situation with two minutes left, Boston College pulled Woll for an extra skater and generated several quality shots along both wings from Wahlstrom and Brown. Kalynuk sealed the win as he came out of the penalty box, won a race into the corner for a puck, and wrapped it around into the empty net.
No. 10 BC returns to non-conference action next Friday (Oct. 19) with a road trip to face Quinnipiac at 7 p.m.