Mark Zengerle had a goal and two assists as Wisconsin beat Minnesota-Duluth 3-1 Friday in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.
Game two of the best-of-three series is Saturday.
Zengerle assisted on the Badgers' first two goals, including John Ramage's power-play score that put the Badgers ahead 2-1 at 15:31 of the second period.
Nic Kerdiles also scored for Wisconsin (18-12-7), which outshot Minnesota-Duluth 33-27.
Joel Rumpel made 26 saves for the Badgers.
Dan DeLisle scored for the Bulldogs (15-17-5), who got 30 saves from Aaron Crandall.
Wisconsin is 4-0 all-time against Minnesota-Duluth in first-round series in the WCHA playoffs