Thwarted at the Buzzer

Wisconsin saw its eight game winning streak against Alaska Anchorage and in bitter fashion, allowing the winning goal with 8.1 seconds left in the third period, leading the Seawolves to a 2-1 victory.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Five minor penalties in the third period, including one 13 seconds after going on man advantage in the closing minutes, was the undoing for the Wisconsin, as the Badgers allowed a goal with only 8.1 seconds left in regulation to fall, 2-1, Friday.

The Badgers (7-7-3, 3-6-2 WCHA) were outshot 31-22 in front of an announced crowd of 2,765 at Sullivan Arena and missed two solid chances in the final period that allowed Alaska Anchorage (5-8-2, 4-6-1 WCHA) to escape.

The first period ended scoreless, as the Seawolves held a slight advantage in shots 9-8. The Badgers successfully killed off the one UAA power play in the period.

UAA took a 1-0 lead in the second period while shorthanded. Craig Parkinson scored for the Seawolves, powering a loose puck past goaltender Scott Gudmandson (29 saves) as he attempted to maintain control of it in the crease. The goal came at 5:49 of the second period.

Before the period's conclusion, the Badgers tied the score. At exactly 15:00 into the second period, Craig Smith fired a wrist shot from the point. Jordy Murray was stationed in front of the goaltender and deflected the puck into the back of the net to even the score at 1-1 on UW's second power play.

The Badgers spent much of the third period fending off power play chances, being whistled for five penalties in the period. They also had an excellent opportunity while shorthanded, as Patrick Johnson's backhander just missed wide and got stuck on the side of the net.

However, after successfully fending off four man advantages, the go-ahead goal for Alaska Anchorage came with the teams skating four aside late in the period. Tommy Grant redirected a centering pass just inside the far post with just 8.1 seconds left in regulation to give Alaska Anchorage the victory.

Wisconsin went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Alaska Anchorage was 0-for-5.


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