Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Andy Bohmach Week: Junior year

(Andy Bohmbach during warmups prior to the 12/28/08 game v. Lake State at the Badger Hockey Showdown. The previous night Bohmbach recorded his 1st 3-pt game with 1 goal and 2 assists v. Alabama-Huntsville. Photo courtesy of Redheat15.)

After taking a closer look earlier this morning at the Bohmber's first goal as a Badger, and after looking yesterday at his freshman and sophomore years, it's time now to look at the Bohmber's current season.

After not playing the 1st game of the season @UNH, Bohmbach has played in every game this season.

In the Badgers' 4th game of the season, a 7-4 loss @ Denver on 10/18, Bohmbach scored his 2nd career goal and 1st goal of the season. From Milewski's and Capobianco's game blogs:
Milewski: Dolan sends the puck back toward the net, where Bohmbach has a 2-on-1 low with Grotting. Bohmbach tucks it in.

Capobianco: 2nd, DU leads 3-1, 8:53 left - Andy Bohmbach gets the Badgers on the board with a wrist shot from close range to the left of DU goalie Cheverie. Sean Dolan sets him up and takes a nice hit in the process.
Bohmbach was the only player of the game to finish with a plus +/- rating (+1), and that's pretty impressive considering none of Denver's 7 goals were PP goals.

The next weekend, Bohmbach and his linemates (Tom Gorowsky and Podge Turnbull) earned praise from Coach Eaves for their play during the Badger's 2-2 tie and 5-2 loss v. Minnesota. From Saturday's postgame presser:
I think all weekend we were able to put them out there and they did give us a spark, gave us scoring chances, gave us hits, gave us energy, and chipped in a goal. So that's a bonus for us, I mean in terms of the offense. But they showed good chemistry, and something that we hope they can build on.
At the same press conference, Gorowsky said this about their line's play:
I think we're all kind of hungry.
And the next weekend, Bohmbach and Gorowksy were rewarded for their good play in the Fri 1o/31 3-2 loss @ North Dakota by being elevated to the top line for Saturday's game, which the Badgers won 5-2. From Capobianco's Saturday game 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.
I can't seem to find the direct quote right now, but Eaves indicated that he moved Bohmber and Goro to the top line because they did all the things that the coaching staff asked for on Friday.

Bohmbach's 2nd goal of the season was an empty-netter @ UMD in the Badgers' 4-1 victory on Sat 11/15. (We're sure that Bohmber was inspired by the presence of half the blog at the game and never would have forgiven himself if he had failed to hit the net. It's the only road trip I've made this year, and it's 1 of just 2 road trips for Gandalf, so we appreciate his scoring for us. Especially since he was a day late in scoring his goal @ Denver, as Gandalf was only there for Friday's game.) By the way, Bohmbach had 6 SOG in that game, and while it's not the most SOG in a game for him this season, it certainly makes me think he was trying to score a goal for us that night.

Bohmbach also recorded an assist on Jordy Murray's goal in the Badger's 1-0 victory over St. Cloud on Sat 11/22. From the WSJ:
Junior center Andy Bohmbach won the draw in the left circle, which led to a shot from the point by freshman defenseman Jake Gardiner.

Weslosky made the initial save, but left a rebound in the slot. Freshman right winger Jordy Murray drove the net and got enough of the puck to chip it over Weslosky's glove and into the cage 1:38 into the third.

He finished out the 1st-half of the season with a PP goal in the Badgers' 7-2 victory over UAA on Sat 12/6.

It appears that Bohmbach returned for the 2nd-half of the season on a bit of a mission, although I suppose he was simply doing all the same things he was doing before. In the Badgers' last 7 games, including the 12/6 game v. UAA, Bohmber has recorded 7 points (3G, 4A).

Bohmbach recorded his 1st collegiate 3-pt game in the Badgers' 5-o victory of Alabama-Huntsville , scoring an EV goal and recording assists on Jake Gardiner's and Jamie McBain's PP goals. He also had 7 SOG.

Since a lot of players played well in that game, Bohmbach didn't get a ton of press for his efforts, but his play was mentioned in all of the games stories, and he even got his own headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Badgers charge past UAH
After the second intermission, junior Andy Bohmbach (Hudson, Wis.) quickly found the net to expand UW’s lead to three. He fired from the near edge of the left faceoff circle just 1:28 into the third. Junior Michael Davies (St. Louis) and sophomore Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) gave the assists.
Wisconsin Badgers' men's hockey: Identity comes into focus
"You have those nights where everything goes your way," Bohmbach said. "But I feel like I'm getting a little bit more comfortable with my role and getting a little bit more ice time this year than past years."
Wisconsin Badgers' men's hockey: Connelly, UW overwhelm Alabama-Huntsville
"Once the game got on and we started to move our feet, we played the puck pretty good," said Bohmbach, whose career-best scoring night included two assists on the power play and a team-high seven shots.
No oxidation for Wisconsin
Elevated to the first line because of the missing components, junior Andy Bohmbach fired a one-timer over the stick of Charger goalie Cameron Talbot (46 saves) from the left face off circle at one minute, 32 seconds into the third.

“You have those nights where everything goes your way,” Bohmbach said. “I am starting to feel more comfortable with my role. You have those nights when you’re off and nights where you’re on and tonight I felt was one of those nights where I was on.”
Junior forward helps UW take control: Bohmbach delivers late goal, 2 assists
Junior forward Andy Bohmbach scored a goal and two assists for UW. They all came during the final period, when the Badgers scored three times to break open the game.

"Really the mantra tonight was to make sure that we did not get outworked," UW coach Mike Eaves said. "We clearly did that for 60 minutes."
In one of the few brights spots of the Badger's sweep by Northern Michigan 1/2-1/3, Bohmbach had an assist on Derek Stepan's outstanding SH goal in the Fri 3-2 loss. Yeah, Stepan made 2 or 3 Wildcat players look pretty silly, and I'm not going minimize what he did in any way. But I would like point out that Bohmbach did some really nice work at the beginning of the play to get the puck and to get it over to Stepan.

Wrapping up things to-date, Bohmbach had a goal and an assist in the Badgers' 3-2 and 6-3 victories @ UAA this past weekend.

For the season to-date, Bohmbach has 5 goals and 5 assists, and like I already mentioned 7 of those points have come during the last 7 games. I can't wait to see what the Bohmber does during the rest of the season . . .