Wisconsin enjoys offensive explosion

The Badgers victimized Michigan Tech's defense Friday night


So much for struggling to score goals.

By the time Adam Burish netted his first goal of the season, early in the second period Friday evening, Wisconsin had taken a 6-0 lead against host Michigan Tech.

The Huskies (0-2-1 WCHA, 2-3-1 overall) made it interesting, scoring four consecutive goals to close to within 6-4 at 7:20 in the third period, but the Badgers closed the game with another streak, notching three straight to come away with a 9-4 victory.

Wisconsin earned its first WCHA victory of the season against two losses and is now 4-3-0 overall.

The Badgers started with a flurry, beating Huskie netminder Bryce Luker on five of nine first period shots to take a commanding 5-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Following Burish's goal, though, Michigan Tech went on a binge of its own, culminating when Chris Connor, the nation's leading scorer, recorded his 12th goal of the season. Linemate Colin Murphy helped set up the play, tallying one of his three assists on the evening. Connor also had two assists and Taggart Desmet had two goals for the Huskies.

Forward Ryan MacMurchy led Wisconsin's scoring barrage with two goals and an assist. MacMurchy now has seven points in his last two games. Burish also tallied three points, contributing two assists in addition to the early second period goal. Wisconsin's nine goals were scored by eight different players.

Score by period

Wisconsin51 3 9
Michigan Tech03 1 4

Shots on goal by period

Wisconsin912 12 33
Michigan Tech99 8 26

Scoring Summary

First Period

UW 1: Ryan MacMurchy (3) from Rene Bourque (4) at 1:58

UW 2: Andrew Joudrey (4) from Rene Bourque (5) and Ryan Suter (3) at 10:21

UW 3: Andy Wozniewski (2) from Ryan MacMurchy (5) and Jake Dowell (2) at 13:06

UW 4: Robbie Earl (2) from Jake Dowell (3) and Andy Brandt (1) at 15:01

UW 5: Jon Krall (1) from Adam Burish (2) at 18:18

Second Period

UW 6: Adam Burish (1) from Nick Licari (1) and A.J. Degenhardt (5) at 3:04

MT 1: Taggart Desmet (3) from Chris Conner (5) and Lars Helminen (3) at 9:45, PP

MT 2: Lars Helminen (1) from Colin Murphy (8) and Brett Engelhardt (4) at 11:55, PP

MT 3: Taggart Desmet (4) from Colin Murphy (9) and Chris Connor (6) at 16:25

Third Period

MT 4: Chris Conner (12) from Colin Murphy (10) and Justin Brown (2) at 7:20

UW 7: Ryan MacMurchy (4) from Mark Heatley (1) and Tom Sawatske (1) at 9:25

UW 8: Mark Heatley (1) from Ken Rowe (1) at 17:13

UW 9: Nick Licari (2) from A.J. Degenhardt (2) and Adam Burish (3) at 18:24


UW: Bernd Bruckler, 22 (4 GA, 60:00)

MTU: Bryce Luker, 4 (5 GA, 20:00); Cam Ellsworth, 20 (4 GA, 40:00)

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