Monday, December 13, 2010

Badgers handle business, sweep Beavers

First of all, I want to apologize for my lack of posting in the past week. It was a busy week and I was almost done with the Bemidji preview on Thursday but I've been having computer/Internet issues since then and this is the first time I've had access. For that I apologize.

As for the series, it was nice to get a sweep. I was a bit worried when we went down 2-0 so early on Friday night but the boys were able to bounce back and earned four hard fought WCHA points.

You won't believe me but in the preview I wrote for the Bemidji series I was focusing on Wisconsin getting secondary scoring behind their top line and Gardiner/Shultz. Podge Turnbull stepped up this weekend with some extended playing time with two goals and Michael Mersch and Tyler Barnes each chipped in a couple of points on the weekend as well.

For the second straight weekend, Scott Gudmandson played in net both nights. He played well, stopping 46 of 48 shots on the weekend including all 21 on Saturday night.

The Badgers have the next two weekends off before hosting a Thursday/Friday non conference series at the Kohl Center on New Years Eve vs UMass.

Friday Night: Wisconsin 3, Bemidji State 2

WSJ (Baggot): It wasn't pretty but it's a win
Up North Sports Report (Stromgren): Wisconsin rallies, ends Bemidji State’s three-game winning streak with 3-2 win Badgers rally for 3-2 win over Bemidji State Statistics Quotes Photos Highlights Badgers score three unanswered goals to drop Bemidji 3-2

Saturday Night: Wisconsin 2, Bemidji State 0

WSJ (Baggot): Badgers use blue-collar play to earn sweep of Bemidji State
Up North Sports Report (Stromgren): Wisconsin sweeps Bemidji State with 2-0 victory to end seasons' first half Badgers blank the beavers 2-0 Statistics Quotes Photos Highlights Offense dries up in 2-0 loss at Wisconsin

Photo courtesy of Melody Hasse