THREE-GOAL SECOND PERIOD SENDS MINNESOTA DULUTH PAST WISCONSIN, 4-2
Senior forward Jack Connolly posts goal and two assists for Bulldogs
MADISON, Wis.-- After skating to a hard fought 3-3 tie Friday night, the No. 1 Bulldogs (13-3-3, 11-2-2 WCHA) came out strong Saturday scoring early to bring down Wisconsin (7-9-2, 4-8-2 WCHA) 4-2 at the Kohl Center.
For Sophomore Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.), his historic streak continued, as he notched a point in his 17th straight game. That streak is the second best in program history, tied with a streak Mark Johnson produced in the 1977-78 season.
Minnesota Duluth took the early lead on a fluky goal from captain Jack Connolly just 1:39 into the game. Connolly's bad-angle shot was initially stopped by Badger freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan), but the rebound hit junior defenseman Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, British Columbia) in the leg along the goal line and banked behind Rumpel and into the net. That goal was one of 10 shots the Bulldogs took in the opening period, which ended with UMD up 1-0.
The Bulldogs came out firing in the second period as well and took a 2-0 lead off a Max Tardy score on a 3-on-1 at 3:34 of the period. Just over a minute later, the defending national champions scored again, this time on a Travis Oleksuk tap in after a power-play point shot banked off the back boards, to extend the lead to 3-0.
"We were hopeful we'd be able to build off of last night, but they had a great start and we didn't," head coach Mike Eaves. "What was disappointing was that we didn't take that mental step to come out and be that dictating team."
With 9:29 left in the second period, Mike Seidel notched a goal for UMD, the fourth different Bulldog to score on the night, and UMD led 4-0.
Following the fourth Bulldog score, freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) was lifted and freshman Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) took his place in goal.
Peterson entered the game cold with no warm up time but saved a shot just five seconds into his ice time. Then with eight minutes left in the period, Peterson made a highlight reel save, diving across his crease to make a glove save that kept the game at 4-0.
The save brought the crowd to its feet and seemed to give the Badgers some needed energy. Both teams remained scoreless for the remainder of the period though.
With just over eight minutes left in the game, UMD's Drew Olson was called for a five minute major for checking from behind and a game-misconduct, giving Wisconsin its best opportunity of the night.
Less than a minute into the penalty, freshman Brad Navin (Waupaca, Wis.) finally put the Badgers on the board with a power-play goal. Schultz sent the puck into the corner and picked it back up himself, centering a pass to Navin in the slot who scored his second goal of the series and the second of his career.
Sophomore Joe Faust (Bloomington, Minn.) was also credited with the assist and the Badgers were within three.
Sophomore forward Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) had a golden chance, moments later, with a power-play breakaway chance that was stopped by UMD goaltender Kenny Reiter.
With 5:08 left in the game and the Badgers still on the power play, head coach Mike Eaves pulled Peterson out of goal to bring on an extra attacker. Wisconsin would finish out the rest of the game without a goaltender.
"Well, I have to be honest with you, the six-on-three empty net was Gary Shuchuk's idea," Eaves said. "It showed that we weren't going to quit and that we were going to do everything to get ourselves back in the game."
With 2:30 left in the game, the Badgers brought the game to 4-2 as Zengerle extended his scoring-streak to 17 consecutive games with a goal. Barnes and Navin assisted on the play.
Wisconsin saw a few more scoring opportunities in the final minutes, but the Bulldogs held strong and the 4-2 score stood.
"We didn't get what we wanted to get done out there tonight," Schultz said. "We're still learning. We have a break here. We're going to look forward to coming back and trying to get some wins out of there."
The Badgers take a long break now with finals week coming up for the athletes. Wisconsin next takes to the ice New Year's Eve when they face the US National Development Program Under-18 team in an exhibition match.
- Mark Zengerle extended his points scoring streak to 17-straight games, tied for the second best streak in program history. Mark Johnson posted a 17-game streak during the 1977-78 season.
- Freshman Brad Navin, who scored his first career goal Friday night, notched his second ever Saturday.
- The Badgers are now 1-2-1 against No. 1 teams this season.