A Tough Start

Despite a 2-0 and 3-2 lead, Wisconsin's new-look special teams allows three goals and couldn't convert down the stretch, as No.13 Wisconsin falls to No.14 Boston University, 4-3, in the Ice Breaker Invitational.

ST. LOUIS - After losing seven seniors, four underclassmen and two assistant coaches, Wisconsin Coach Mike Eaves stated the obvious that this season would be a talented youth movement.

So the opener of the Ice Breaker Invitational can be taken with a grain of salt. While there were plenty of positives that No.13 Wisconsin can hang its hat on, the Badgers were done it by special teams and inconsistent goal tending to drop a 4-3 decision to Boston University.

The adversity Wisconsin (0-1-0) would have to skate through could be seen in the opening 75 seconds.

With Eaves penciling out a lineup that included six freshmen (five true), three veterans with fewer than 25 career games under their belt and only one player with a double-digit goal season, it didn't help the situation when Craig Smith - the team's top-returning point scorer - was shown the gate when he was assessed a 5-minute major and game misconduct for a contact to the head.

What's hopefully a sign of things to come, the Badgers responded in succession.

On the power play, junior Jordy Murray deflected a shot on net and sophomore center Derek Lee put home the rebound at 13:01 of the first period.

A mere nine seconds later, redshirt sophomore Ryan Little scored his first career goal on a back-door redirection of team captain and St. Louis native Sean Dolan.

BU came back to tie the game with two power-play goals. Senior Joe Pereira scored on a rebound at 7:53 of the first, and David Warsofsky scored with 4:47 remaining in the first period.

The Badgers would take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission after Murray scored the team's second power-play goal of the game to cap a high scoring first period. Murray scored on a one-timer from the left hash mark. Freshman Mark Zengerle recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on the goal that came at 4:15 of the first period, while Lee made the pass to Murray's stick.

In the second period, the game was tied by yet another power-play goal by BU. Charlie Coyle tapped in a David Warsofsky pass at the back of the net with 10:45 left in the second period.

The game remained tied going into the third period. Then BU captain Joe Pereira victimized the Badgers once again, scoring his second goal of the game on a breakaway at 17:05 of the third period.

That lead would hold up despite multiple late efforts from the Badgers to record the tying goal. With 2:42 left in the third, John Ramage took a shot that appeared to hit off an inside bar and bounce out, however it was ruled no goal. After Lee was Lee was denied point-blank, a puck that deflected off a Badger knee at the side of the goal and that found the net was also waived off.

The Badgers were outshot by BU 32-27. Scott Gudmanson made 28 saves for the Badgers but was saddled with his first loss of the season. Kieran Millan made stopped 24 Badger shots to get the win for BU. Special teams also played a big factor in the game, as the Badger scored twice on the power play but also gave up three goals while shorthanded.


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