Sunday, November 14, 2010

Badgers take Pacquiao like punch from Sioux

On a night where Manny Pacquiao made Antonio Margarito a human punching bag, the Badger hockey team seemingly took body punch after body punch from North Dakota as they finished off the sweep on Saturday night.

I guess this is why real team beat writers get paid the big bucks. It's a day after the Badgers just got swept by North Dakota and I still don't want to write this post, that's how frustrated I am.

Let's be honest, this weekend was ugly. The Badgers managed only 16 shots each night and flat out didn't look good. This weekends games should serve as great teaching points for the coaching staff.

As a positive it sounds as if Jordy Murray's injury isn't going to be too serious and that holding him out last night was more of a precaution than anything. In Baggot's game story Eaves said that he expects him to play next weekend.

John Ramage (pictured) and Justin Schultz had the Badger goals on Saturday night. Derek Lee, Patrick Johnson, Jake Gardiner and Michael Mersch picked up assists. Badger goaltender Scott Gudmandson stopped 39 of 43 shots suffering only his third loss at the Kohl Center in 20 career games.

It's going to be interesting to see how this Badger squad bounces back. Believe it or not, things actually get tougher next weekend as #2 ranked Minnesota-Duluth comes in to town after sweeping Michigan Tech.

Wisconsin State Journal (Baggot)-Badgers' inexperience shows in sweep by North Dakota
Grand Forks Herald (Schlossman)-Sioux sweep Wisconsin
UWBadgers.com-Badgers fall to North Dakota, 4-2
UWBadgers.com-Final Stats
UWBadgers.com-Highlights
UWBadgers.com($)-Post Game Press Conference
UWBadgers.com-Quotes
FightingSioux.com-Frattin, Knight lift Sioux to 4-2 win, series sweep
BadgerNation.com($)-Growing Pains
USCHO.com-North Dakota Sweeps Wisconsin

Photo courtesy of Melody Hasse

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