Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gudmandson, Badgers Shut Out Tigers 4-0

The Badgers have been running a two goaltender rotation almost religiously this season. Up until this weekend, (with the exception of when Bennett was injured and the Minnesota series) it was Brett Bennett on Friday night, and Scott Gudmandson on Saturday night. With the elite play of Gudmandson, it may be time to let him take the reins full time.

Coach Eaves changed things up this weekend and decided to give Gudmandson a shot on Friday night and he did not disappoint. Gudmandson was spectacular, backstopping the Badgers to a 4-0 win against eighth ranked Colorado College. The Canadian backstop turned aside 35 Tiger shots en route to his third career shutout as a Badger. Gudmandson's statistics speak for themselves: a 7-2-3 record, a .931 save percentage which is good enough for fourth in the nation, and a 1.89 goals against average, good enough for third in the nation.

But Scotty wasn't the only star wearing cardinal on Friday night. Derek Stepan continued to ride the juice from the World Junior Championship gold medal into a three point night. The sophomore forward had a hand in the first three goals of the game and the Badgers never looked back from there.

Senior forward Michael Davies also continued his hot streak Friday. After an absolutely brilliant effort in the Badger Hockey Showdown (two goals and three assists in two games) he continued the streak with two helpers against CC. Davies has 8 points in his last 4 games played (3 goals, 5 assists). Through 19 games (remember he was a healthy scratch the first two games of the season) Davies has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists).

Here is the scoring courtesy of collegehockeystats.net

First Period

:43-Ben Street (Michael Davies, Derek Stepan)
5:37-Derek Stepan SH

Second Period

9:22-Brendan Smith (Derek Stepan, Michael Davies)
11:24-Jordy Murray (Blake Geoffrion, Craig Smith)

Third Period

No Scoring

Scott Gudmandson (Wisconsin)-35 shots, 35 saves
Joe Howe (Colorado College)-29 shots, 24 saves