Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wisconsin 7, Anchorage 2

After the first period I decided I'd give live blogging a chance. We'll see how it works out.

First Period-
Mike Davies gets the Badgers on the board. Jordy Murray made a crafty backhand pass to Davies who buried it. Badgers are up 1-0.

So far Davies has recorded 2 goals and 2 assists in the 4 games he's played since he was benched by Eaves. Mike Davies is now second on the team behind Jamie McBain in points per game.

Ben Grotting went down with an undisclosed knee injury. Hopefully he's alright since we are going down like flies. To me it looked like a possibility of a deep thigh bruise but that's purely speculation.

Shots were 16-9 in favor of Wisconsin in the first period.

Rob Andringa rips on the Minnesota student section for being worthless...classic Andringa!
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Second Period-Podge Turnbull makes it 2-0 Wisconsin after an awesome goal on a 2 on 0. Turnbull picked up the puck in the nuetral zone and with McDonagh joining the rush had no one between them and the net. Turnbull fed it over to McDonagh and he one timed a pass back over to Podge who burried it to give Wisconsin a 2-0 lead. Thurber also picks up a helper on the play.

Connelly just made a very nice glove save on Backstrom who got a nice feed from the side of the net from Beloit native Sean Wiles.

After the Badgers get a man advantage, Don Adam makes a ridiculous penalty call on Brendan Smith. Andringa is steamed. 4 on 4 hockey.

GOOOOOAL GOLOUBEF!!! Tommy Gorowsky beats the UAA defenseman on a 2 on 2, catches the other defenseman sleeping and Goloubef is left wide open in front of the net to one time it home. 3-0 Bucky.

1-2-3 WE WANT MORE

Seawolves go on the PP. UAA is 0-5 on the power play so far tonight but they have closed the gap on shots 19-16.

Badgers Kill off penalty, 7:37 renaming in the second. Shots are 20-16 Badgers. McDonagh makes a nice move to get a shot on net right after his penalty ended.

Anchorage fans on USCHO are already predicting their team to go into a swoon after this weekend.

3:12 left in the second, little bit of action back and forth.

Wisconsin is going on the Power Play. Boarding on Backstrom.

GOOOOAL Bohmbach! 4-0 Bucky. Smith throws a shot on net, there was a mad scramble in front of the net, and Bohmbach puts it home. Power Play goal. Jamie McBain also gets an assist but I think that may be changed to the other forward in front of the net who I believe was Davies.

1-2-3-4 WE WANT MORE.

WE WANT ICE CREAM. Shots are 27-18.

4-0 Wisconsin after 2 periods of play. Man we are rolling right now.
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Third Period-Wisconsin needs to come out firing on all cylinders and put this game out of reach.

Wisconsin has scored a Power Play goal in 13 of their last 16 games. Wisconsin is 18.1 % on the power play this season.

Is it just me or does Connelly try and make every save look ridiculously dramatic? He's starting to remind me too much of Lamoureux. Oh well, I guess as long as he stops it I don't care too much.

Shots are 28-21 Wisconsin.

UAA getting the better of the action for the last few minutes. Wisconsin getting a bit sloppy.

Just as I say that Wisconsin starts to control the zone. UAA changed goaltenders after the second period. Christiansen is now in the nets for the Sea Pups.

For the second time tonight Wisconsin goes on the power play only to have it washed out by a penalty only seconds into the man advantage. 4 on 4 hockey.

Pat Johnson gets a good opportunity off a feed from a 2 on 1 with McBain but can't convert. Christiansen poke checked him.

11:51 left in the game, 4-0 Wisconsin. Andringa is calling for Ice Cream.

Power Play goal by the Badgers 5-0! Smith shot it and it was tipped in by a Anchorage forward. McBain will get a helper. Stepan gets an assist as well. It's Stepans second of the night and 9th of the season.

Before I can even finish my post Dolan scores to make it 6-0. It's Dolan's first goal of the season. Un-assisted.

Good to see the Badgers finish off Anchorage. Wisconsin is the hottest team in the nation right now after a poor start against a brutal schedule. Like PB says, it's impressive what they are doing with the injuries they have right now. 9:16 left in the third period, still 6-0 good guys.

Badgers get lazy and let up 2 goals in a matter of minutes. Eaves isn't going to be happy. UAA is a good squad. 5:16 left in the game.

Davies proves why he should never be taken out of the lineup. The kid can just flat out score goals. It's his second goal of the game and 5th point in 4 games since Eaves 6 game benching. After picking the puck up in the neutral zone on a turnover, Davies bought enough time to bury the puck from the slot.

1-2-3-4-5-6-7 WE WANT MORE.

1:52 left in the game. Students are calling for the old people to get on their feet.
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7-2 is the final score. SWEEP, SWEEP, SWEEP, SWEEP, SWEEP.
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First Period Scoring:
14:21-UW-Mike Davies (Jordy Murray, Derek Stepan)

Second Period Scoring:
2:28-UW-Podge Turbull (Ryan McDonagh, Matt Thurber)
7:49-UW-Cody Goloubef (Tom Gorowsky)
17:59-UW-Andy Bohmbach (Brendan Smith, Jamie McBain)

Third Period Scoring:
8:39-UW-Brendan Smith (Derek Stepan, Jamie McBain)
8:50-UW-Sean Dolan (Unassisted)
12:54-UAA-Tyler Moir (Nils Backstrom)
14:18-UAA-Tommy Grant (Paul Crowder, Sean Wiles)
15:39-UW-Mike Davies (Unassisted)

3 Stars of the game:

Third Star-Shane Connelly. Con's was solid all night minus a little 2 minute span in the third period. This team will only go as far as Connelly takes them. Ended up with 29 saves on 31 shots.

Second Star-Jamie McBain. Another solid night for Bainer. Could be potentially putting up a Hobey campaign if he continues putting up games like this every night. Finished with 2 helpers.

First Star-Mike Davies. Davies started the scoring in the first and capped it off in the third. He has 3 goals and 5 points since he was benched. He really picked up Geoffrion's slack tonight.


Photo from USCHO.com