Men’s Hockey: Badgers hold on to win 3-2

by Brian Deutsch

Update: The Gophers finally woke up in the third period after sleeping through the second. Mike Hoeffel deflected an Anderson attempt through Connolly’s five hole to cut the lead to two goals at the 3:57 mark and the sophomore assisted Carman’s goal around 12 minutes later to make it a one-goal game. But a sudden rush by the Gophers came just too late as Wisconsin held on to give the Gophers their third-straight loss and fifth in the last seven games. Just realized Grant Scott isn’t dressed or listed as a scratch tonight. I’ll try to figure out why after the game. 3:57 Minn goal, Hoeffel (8)from Anderson (3) and Carman (8). Anderson put a shot on net in order to keep the puck in the zone but Hoeffel was there to deflect it through Connolly’s five hole. 9:01 Hansen ripped a shot off the post that could have made it 3-2. 16:28 Carman (8) from Hoeffel (9) and Ness (13). Second: What started off looking like a good night for Minnesota has evolved into another slopfest. In a span of less than two minutes, a 0-0 game became a 2-0 Wisconsin lead when ? scored 45 seconds into the second period. The next 17 minutes were pretty much a wash between the two teams. Both Connolly and Kangas made great saves across the crease to keep out goals, and Jordan Schroeder looked like he was on another level when it came to puck handling and skating. But the Badgers ended the period in similar fashion to the first – by sucking the momentum right out of the Gophers. With1:21 left to play in the period, Wisconsin made it 3-0 with a little help from the post. Davies got his initial shot past Kangas but was turned away by the post. Kangas appeared to have covered the puck, but Bohmbach tallied his eighth goal of the season when he poked the puck through. Minnesota still leads in shots 31-19 but was outshot 13-12 in the second. Rundown: 0:45 Wisc goal, Stepan (6) from McDonagh (8) 12:34 Minn pen, Hansen for interference. 16:32 Wisc pen, bench minor for too many men on the ice, served by Davies. 18:39 Wisc goal, Bohmbach (8) from Davies (11) and Goloubef (6). Davies beat Kangas five hole on the first attempt but his shot slid into the post. Kangas looked like he had it covered up but Bohmbach poked it through. First:Despite outshooting Wisconsin 19-6 in the first period, the Gophers will head into the first intermission trailing 1-0 after Jamie McBain’s shorthander. Minnesota looked like a completely different team from last weekend. More pop, more cohesion. At one point the team was outshooting Wisconsin 11-1. But the Gophers couldn’t get anything by Connolly although Carman got close with a ringer off the post less than 1:30 in the game. Their best chance came when Mitchell was called for checking from behind – giving Minnesota a five-minute power play that will carry over into the second. But instead of taking advantage of the chance, Minnesota gave up a golden egg to McBain. After Geoffrion won the draw to Kangas’ left, McBain whistled his shot past an on-coming Stoa, who completely screened Kangas. The sophomore went down, the shot went up, and the Badgers pulled ahead 1-0. Here’s the rundown: 4:31 Wisc pen, McBain for hooking. 7:45 Coincidental pens, Anderson and McDonagh for roughing. 13:58 Minn pen, Bostrom for holding. 17:24: Wisc pen, Mitchell game misconduct for checking from behind and a major served by Davies. 18:48 Wisc SH goal, McBain from Geoffrion. 19:11 MN pen, Hoeffel for interference. Pre-game:

As predicted, David Fischer returns to the lineup tonight as the men’s hockey team hooks up with Wisconsin for the second series of the year. In late October, the Gophers tied and beat the Badgers in Madison, but a lot has changed since then for both teams. 
Key to the game for Minnesota:
1.       Stay out of the penalty box. It’s been a big problem for this team in recent weeks and was never more present than last weekend. The Gophers are averaging 21.6 penalty minutes a game – the most in the conference.
2.       Convert on the power-play. Not so much a key to the game but something to watch. The Gophers’ WCHA leading power play lines meets up with the Badgers conference-best penalty killing unit.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Kangas in goal with Patterson and Kremer backing up.
Scratches: Brian Schack (healthy), Tony Lucia (back), Taylor Matson (knee), Nick Larson (unknown, no injury reported)
Andy Bohmbach-Blake Geoffrion-Tom Gorowsky
Jordy Murray-Derek Stepan-Michael Davies
John Mitchell-Aaron Bendrickson-Ben Grotting
Patrick Johnson-Sean Dolan-Matt Thurber
Jake Gardiner-Jamie McBain
Ryan McDonagh-Cody Goloubef
Ryan Little-Craig Johnson
Shane Connelly in net with Scott Gudmandson backing up.
Finally, my thought of the day…
How cool would it be to follow Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster around for a day in the offseason and see what he actually does? Watching the recruiting process and what not. The AD would never go for this for that reason but still, I have this image in my head of Brewster taking recruits downtown to Gameworks for lunch and then spending the afternoon playing laser tag and ski ball.
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