Even in the worst weekends for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team over the past three seasons, some of their top forwards have been able to contribute to the goal-scoring effort.
That's why it was unusual for UW's top six forwards to go without a goal in last weekend's 3-2 loss and 2-2 tie with North Dakota.
The top line of Trent Frederic, Cameron Hughes and Ryan Wagner, and the second line of Seamus Malone, Linus Weissbach and Will Johnson were held scoreless by the Fighting Hawks defense despite a combined 25 shots on goal.
It was the first time in the last 38 two-game weekend series that UW's top six forwards totaled zero goals. The last time it happened was Oct. 16-17, 2015, in games at Boston College and Boston University where the Badgers totaled one goal.
Coaches occasionally balk at the assignment of an order to their forward lines, but for this purpose, the top two on the line chart were considered.
Third-line left wing Matthew Freytag scored both goals in a 3-2 loss on Friday. Third-line right wing Sean Dhooghe and his brother, fourth-line right wing Jason Dhooghe, scored in a 2-2 tie on Saturday.