Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tom Gorowsky Week: Thursday morning edition

Wisconsin right wing Tom Gorowsky, left, and teammate Aaron Bendickson celebrate after Gorowsky scored past Michigan Tech goalie Michael-Lee Teslak, right, in the third period of a WCHA Final Five hockey game in St. Paul, Thursday, March 15, 2007. Wisconsin shut out Michigan Tech 4-0. AP Photo by Ann Heisenfelt as posted on

Today I was planning on digging up some WSJ/TCT articles from a few memorable TG games, but there appear to be issues with the WSJ/TCT archives and I couldn't do an archive search or even pull articles from specific dates. However, I was unwilling to be deterred, and despites this setback I bring you the following:

Thursday 3/15/07 -- WCHA Final Five Play-in game v. MTU
As pictured above, TG scored Wisconsin's 4th goal against Tech as the Badgers defeated the Huskies 4-0 to advance to the Final Five semifinals.

Saturday 2/10/2007 v. UAA
TG's goal in the 2nd period put the Badgers up 2-1 and became the eventual game-winning goal as the Badgers continued on to defeat the Seawolves 3-1. From uscho's game recap:

With under a minute left in the second and the Seawolves threatening, sophomore Ben Street was looking to simply clear the zone when he saw Tom Gorowsky all alone and breaking towards the Anchorage net. Street delivered a perfect pass between two UAA players that hit Gorowsky right on his stick.

Alone on the breakaway, Gorowsky buried the puck on goalie Nathan Lawson’s stick side, doubling the Badgers’ lead with 24 seconds left in the period.

“Their second goal deflated us a little bit,” Shyiak said. “We had a bad line change and it turned into a breakaway goal.”

“I was lucky that I had a step on the guy and get a good shot off,” Gorowsky added. “He was cheating a little bit and the lower right looked good. I just went for it and it went it.”

Gorowsky, who did not play in game one of the series and had done little offensively in Wisconsin's last seven games, was inserted into the lineup when forward Matthew Ford was injured in a pre-game workout and didn’t receive clearance from team doctors to suit up. With Gorowsky having had repetitions from Ford’s possession in practice, he was the obvious choice to start in his place and he ended up paying dividends for the Badgers.

“Every time you are not in the lineup, you are itching to get in there and you have to keep yourself ready no matter what,” Gorowsky said. “I just try to control things I can, work hard and try to impress coach enough to play.”

Friday 10/6/06 @ NMU (Resch Center, GB)
In the 2006-07 season opener in Green Bay, TG assisted on all 3 Badger goals as the Badgers defeated the Wildcats 3-0. I think this might have been his 1st mulit-point game, but I'm not sure about that. (If anyone knows, please let me know!) From uscho's game recap:

While the Badger youth made the tallies on the scoreboard, it was Wisconsin's inexperienced veterans that helped set up the night’s offense. Junior Matt Ford and sophomore Tom Gorowsky both assisted on all three Wisconsin goals. While both players saw minimal time on the ice last season, both also showed that they are ready to step up and fill the shoes of their predecessors.

“I got some lucky bounces there in certain opportunities that went in and there were other opportunities that didn’t,” Gorowsky said. “I’m just happy and fortunate to get some points tonight.”

With Wisconsin losing high-flying forwards Robbie Earl and Joe Pavelski to the NHL, two-thirds of their top line a season ago, the Badgers rearranged all four of their lines before the season in hopes of catching a spark. Tonight, it was the Badgers third line - Ford, Gorowsky and Davies - that accounted for all the game’s scoring.

“That whole line worked very well together,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “It’s not just one guy. [Davies] finished a couple of really nice plays. They supported each other better than any other line we had tonight.”

Previous Tom Gorowsky Week posts
Wednesday: 2002-08 Badger Hockey Showdown, Andy Baggot: Looking for Leaders
Tuesday: This Week is Tom Gorowsky Week
Monday: Next Man In