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A historic debut for Caufield

Two games is all Cole Caufield needed to etch his name in the University of Wisconsin record books

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens' first-round pick in 2019, Cole Caufield, made his collegiate debut with the University of Wisconsin Badgers over the weekend.

And it didn't take long for the 5-foot-7, 162-pound forward to make his presence felt in the NCAA ranks.

Just 13:07 into his first career game this past Friday, Caufield lit the lamp with a power play goal against Boston College.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: The first of many for @colecaufield🔥 #Badgers 

The Stevens Point, WI native added another power play goal in the middle frame.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: Another beauty by @colecaufield His second as a #Badger3-4, Eagles with three to play in the second

Despite his performance, Caufield and Wisconsin fell 5-3 to the Eagles in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Head coach Tony Granato's squad was back in action on Saturday night against the Merrimack College Warriors.

The Badgers posted an 11-5 victory.

Caufield scored a pair of even-strength goals in the win, and added an assist while the Badgers were up a man.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: @colecaufield's third of the year was a beauty!

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: No words. @colecaufield 😵

The Canadiens' prospect finished his first weekend of NCAA action with four goals and five points in two games.

After earning spots in the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) record books for the most goals in a single season (72) and most career goals (126), Caufield needed just two games at Wisconsin to make history again.

The 18-year-old American became the first player in Badgers history to score at least two goals in each of his first two games with the team.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: It's never been done before. First Badger in the modern era (since 1963) with multiple goals in his first two games. @colecaufield

Caufield will suit up again on Friday when the Badgers play their first home game of the season against the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. They'll wrap up the two-game set on Saturday.

Photo credit: Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds

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