Sunday, November 2, 2008

Badgers 5 - Sioux 2

The Badgers shook up their line-up from Friday night, using the below lineup per Todd's blog:

11 Andy Bohmbach-5 Blake Geoffrion-15 Tom Gorowsky
10 Patrick Johnson-12 Matt Thurber-21 Derek Stepan
24 John Mitchell-16 Sean Dolan-18 Jordy Murray
9 Michael Davies-8 Podge Turnbull

17 Ryan McDonagh-2 Jamie McBain
19 Jake Gardiner-20 Ryan Little
7 Brendan Smith-27 Cody Goloubef
3 Craig Johnson

35 Shane Connelly
1 Scott Gudmandson

Regarding the change in the lineup, here's what Capobianco said in his game-day blog:
The Badgers have mixed up the lines a little bit tonight, with Blake Geoffrion centering Andy Bohmbach and Tom Gorowsky. The trio accounted for eight of the team's 22 shots last night and so were put together for the start of tonight's contest. It looks like Michael Davies and Podge Turnbull will skate with a random third forward throughout the game as the UW again dresses 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Sophomore defenseman Craig Johnson gets into the lineup for the first time this season, in place of freshman defenseman Eric Springer. Shane Connelly will be in goal.
In the 3rd period, in addition to playing on the top line, Gorowsky also got some double-shifts.

In his game-day blog, Milewski has some post-game thoughts, quotes from Eaves/Gorowksy/Geoffrion, and the 3 stars of the game in his. Here are the 3 stars:

No. 3 -- Brendan Smith, UW: We point out when things aren't going well, so it's only fair to give credit when he has a solid night.

No. 2 -- Blake Geoffrion, UW (2 goals): The captain scored his second redirection goal of the season.

No. 1 -- Tom Gorowsky, UW (2 goals): If you didn't know any better, you'd think he has been out there consistently all four years he's played for UW.

I kinda thought Shane Connelly deserved a star, too, because he kept the Badgers in the game -- with all the SOG by the Sioux in the 1st 2 periods, the Badgers might've been lucky to be down by only 2 goals. But hey, I guess there's only 3 stars to hand out, and I'm not going to argue against any of the above 3 players.

I promised to link up the game stories this morning, so here ya go:
uwbadgers: Badgers return home with a win
fightingsioux: Sioux men's hockey team loses to Wisconsin 5-2
Milewski (TCT): A breakthrough for Gorowsky, Badgers
Baggot (WSJ): Victory at last with big third period
Schlossman (Grand Forks Herald): Wisconsin explodes past UND

From Milewski's article:
Down 2-0 after two periods and staring at a 0-7-1 start and the worst record in program history after six league games, UW coach Mike Eaves walked into the locker room and proved prophetic.

"Hey, if we have to come down from 2-0, gentlemen, wouldn't that be a great story?" he told the team.

In the article, Todd goes on to tell what a great story it was for Tom Gorowsky and Blake Geoffrion. It's a pretty good read, so take a look!

I also like Baggot's description of the Badger's first 3 goals:

It started with some luck: Stepan had a loose puck doink off his skate and past goaltender Brad Eidsness (27 saves).

Then came some grit: Geoffrion, stationed near the right hash mark, tipped a shot from the high slot by freshman defenseman Jake Gardiner past Eidsness.

Then came some beauty: Gorowsky and junior defenseman and co-captain Jamie McBain worked a nifty passing sequence during a 2-on-1 finished by Gorowsky.

Earlier in the article, Baggot also gives some love to Stepan/Geoffrion/Gorowsky, as well as Shane Connelly.

In Schlossman's article, Eaves talks about the jump the Badgers received from scoring those 3 goals:
“The energy level created by scoring those goals was (evident),” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. “We rolled three lines in the third period and they played like it was the first period.”
Also from Schlossman's article:
Hakstol said he thought Wisconsin was the most complete team the Sioux have played this season.