Badger men's hockey moves into top spot

The Badgers' 6-2 win over Minnesota State propels them into a first-place tie with St. Cloud State in the WCHA

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The men's hockey team is currently in first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association along with St. Cloud State, after a 6-2 win at Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday night. The win gives No. 3 UW a 12-game unbeaten streak in the WCHA.

The Mavericks notched the first and last goals of the evening but UW scored six in between.

Minnesota State freshman forward David Backes led off all scoring for Mankato less than two minutes into the game. UW responded with the first of six goals, which came from forward Ross Carlson, who earned his first goal as a Badger. Wisconsin continued the scoring barrage in the second period, extending the lead to 4-1 on goals from forward Adam Burish, forward John Funk and defender Tom Gilbert, who also scored the first goal of the third period and had an assist. Forward Mark Heatley, who had an assist on Funk's goal, earned one of his own in the third period, beating replacement goalie Jon Volp who was substituted in for Kyle Nixon.

Minnesota State forward Kurtis Kisio put another point on the board with just one minute left in the game.

In the net, Bruckler had 29 saves while Nixon had 22.

Score by period

123Final
Wisconsin13 2 6
Minnesota State10 1 2

Shots on goal by period

123Final
Wisconsin1214 4 30
Minnesota State184 9 31

Scoring Summary

First Period

MS 1 - David Backes from Shane Joseph and Jake Brenk at 1:41

UW 1 - Ross Carlson from Tom Gilbert and John Eichelberger at 14:11.

Second Period

UW 2 - Adam Burish from Nick Licari and A.J. Degenhardt at 1:03

UW 3 - John Funk from Mark Heatley at 11:04

UW 4 - Tom Gilbert from Carlson and Chris Julka at 16:48

Third Period

UW 5 - Gilbert from Licari and Robbie Earl, PPG, at 11:15

UW 6 - Heatley from Funk and Pete Talafous, PPG, at 15:45

MS 2 - Kurtis Kisio from Ryan McKelvie and Travis Morin at 19:00

Goaltending

UW - Bernd Bruckler (60:00), 29 saves, 2 goals allowed

MS - Jon Volp (20:00), 2, 2

MS - Kyle Nixon (40:00), 22, 4


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