Saturday, November 29, 2008

Badger Men and Women win on friday

High time we have a post following a friday game instead of a weekend recap.

The Wisconsin Men's hockey team were winners last night over Michigan State 3-1. The Badgers outshot the Spartans 53-12, and basically dominated the whole game. Typing that, I think it was one of the wierder games I've been to at the Kohl Center. The crowd was kinda weak due to Thanksgiving and students home for the holidays. While the Badgers dominated it took them a good long time to sneak one past State goalie Jeff Lerg. It happened later in the 2nd when Ben Grotting scored his first of the year. John Mitchell added one in the third, then the Spartans got one back on a 5x3 PP. At this point I was nervous, becaues Michigan State had no business being in the game, yet down one goal they were a lucky bounce or deflection away from tying the game. W/ a few minutes left to play Matt Thurber notched his 2nd goal of the season, easing the anxiety. The Mitchell-Thurber-Grotting line had the collective hat trick on the night. Giving credit where its due, Jeff Lerg had a hell of a game for State, and while he had some puck luck, he stood on his head many times, otherwise it would have been a blowout. Good to see Michael Davies back in the lineup on the 4th line, I even saw him check someone into the boards.

Wisconsin needs to bring their best effort against Michigan tonight, who will surely test Connelly more than State did.

Some reading:

TCT (Milewski): Overwhelming shots advantage, second line carry UW
Ice House: Gameday Blog
WSJ (Baggot): UW dominates MSU but settles for 3-1 win Badgers thankful for a homecoming win

The Badger Women remain unbeaten after an 8-0 victory over Mankato friday afternoon. I missed the 1st period, but I was there for the fireworks in the 2nd as the Badgers scored 6 goals. Jessie Vetter recorded her 32nd career shutout in the win. Hilary Knight, Erika Lawler and Angie Keseley each had two goals. Mallory Deluce and Brooke Ammerman found the back of the net as well. Knight also had three assists, which was matched by Carolyne Prevost, while Lawler had two helpers.

The Women complete their series sunday afternoon at 2 PM. The Packers are going to lose anyway, make the wise choice and head to the Kohl Center to watch the best Women's hockey team in the nation!

Some reading:

TCT (???): UW routs Minnesota State, 8-0
WSJ (Staff): Unbeaten streak reaches 17 Badgers blow past Mavericks 8-0

...the Badgers (15-0-2 overall, 9-0-2 in the WCHA) stretched their unbeaten streak to 17. The run is the longest to start a season since the NCAA began recognizing the sport in 1999-'00.