Bounce Back Performance

Getting 28 saves from senior goalie Brett Bennett and improved special teams, No.13 Wisconsin bounced back in the third place game of the Ice Breaker Invitational, beating Holy Cross, 6-0, Sunday.

ST. LOUIS - The Badgers recorded their first win of the 2010-11 season on Sunday afternoon by defeating Holy Cross, 6-0, in the consolation game of the Ice Breaker Tournament. The No. 13 Badgers outshot Holy Cross, 38-28, as senior goaltender Brett Bennett received the shutout win in his season debut, recording 28 saves.

The Badgers (1-1-0) scored first when senior Podge Turnbull knocked in a loose puck at the side of the net at 8:07 of the first period. Freshman Tyler Barnes recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on the play.

The Badger special teams made a significant stand in the first period to preserve the lead. After two consecutive penalties against Wisconsin, Holy Cross received 1:26 of a 5-on-3 advantage. The Badger defense held and killed off both penalties.

The Badgers increased their lead to 2-0 in the second period when Craig Smith lit the lamp with a spectacular individual effort. Smith deked out the Holy Cross defenseman, and finished the tremendous play by putting home his first of the season. The goal, at 4:07 of the second period, was assisted by Jake Gardiner.

Derek Lee scored his second goal of the season at 18:00 of the second period. With the Badgers on the power-play, Lee knocked in a rebound of a Turnbull shot.

Just 41 seconds later, Ryan Little scored his second goal of the season, and his career to increase the Badger lead to 4-0. Little started with the puck behind the goal, and then put in a back-handed shot at 18:41 of the second period.

In third period, freshman Michael Mersch scored his first collegiate goal to give the Badgers a 5-0. Mersch deflected in a shot from captain Sean Dolan at 8:08 of the third period. Freshman Jason Clark set up the play by outskating two defenders to reach the puck.

Craig Smith finished the scoring for the Badgers with a power-play goal at 18:25 of the third period, his second goal of the game.

The Badgers finished the day 2-for-6 on the power-play, holding Holy Cross to a 0-for-6 mark with the man advantage.


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