Better late than never, eh? 60 had started this post on monday, and I'll finish it for her today.
In case you live under a rock (which would be pretty cold this time of year), the Badger Men swept the Huskies this weekend, winning 3-2 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday. Here are the recaps and game stories:
uwbadgers: Badgers handle Huskies
Ice House Blog: Friday Recap
TCT (Milewski): UW rides fast start to a winning streak
WSJ (Baggot): McBain, McDonagh bring the heat in win over Michigan Tech
Ice House Blog: Saturday Recap
TCT (Milewski): Geoffrion, UW power play deliver in rout
WSJ (Baggot): I know he has one but can't find it at the moment (good name for an article)
TCT (Milewski): Sweep good for Badgers' soul
HIW (Dplaya): Badger Goals on the weekend
Daily Cardinal: Wisconsin takes two games from Michigan Tech this weekend
While the team had a great result this weekend, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Tech is far from one of the top teams in the conference, but they were a few whistles away from a closer game saturday. Teams like Denver and minnesota clean up some of the chances left in front of the net. Scott Gudmandson really needed that win on saturday. When I saw him skate out first my heart sank, but he proved everyone in the KC wrong w/ a good preformance, and some puck luck at times. The special teams was great all weekend, especially on saturday night.
I know Eaves wants more shots and scoring from our forwards, but if the blue liners are going to score on quality outside shots, keep them coming. A few players are really starting to heat up, including Blake Geoffrion, Brendan Smith, Jamie McBain and John Mitchell. Now if a few more guys come around, our offense could be a strong point the rest of the season, which is definately out of the ordinary. When the defense finally comes around, and it will, we should be in fine shape during the 2nd half of the season.
One player who didn't notch the score sheet this weekend, but who I noticed a ton was Andy Bohmbach. The Bohmber is a favorite of the blog, and I'm really impressed w/ his play this season. Last year Andy got a chance to play late in the season and I thought played quite well in his 4th line role. He definately carried that over to this season, and its great to see a hard worker like him (and Tom Gorowsky) playing on one of the top lines, and seeing some PP time. While the Bohmber will never likely be a big scorer, he has turned into a nice two way player, who does what is needed for the team to win. This sums it up pretty well:
In three games as the top-line right winger, junior Andy Bohmbach doesn't have a point, but Eaves pointed out that doesn't mean he's not contributing.
Bohmbach was on the ice for the only even-strength goal Saturday and helped Jamie McBain's shot by screening goaltender Josh Robinson.
"He's doing those little, unsung things that don't get talked about a lot," Eaves said, "and giving us what he can to help himself stay where he's at and help the team win."