Badger hockey puts itself on display

Cardinal tops White 2-1 in intrasquad scrimmage

Fans at the Kohl Center were seeing red today as Cardinal picked up a 2-1 win over White in the annual men's hockey scrimmage, the squad's first competitive play of the new season.

Mark Heatley and Ryan MacMurchy put in two unanswered scores for the Cardinal side and saw their lead protected by Western Collegiate Hockey Association preseason Player of the Year goalie Bernd Bruckler on the defensive end. Bruckler, playing for almost the entirety of the 46-minute contest, yielded only one goal in 21 shots.

Sophomore Jake Dowell broke open the game with a wraparound power play goal for White less than 10 minutes into the first half. Heatley would tie it up at 17:31 after receiving a wide-open pass in the front of the net and firing past defenseless netminder Brian Elliott.

White kept from any more defensive lapses, but would go down for good after committing two penalties in the opening minutes of the second half, awarding Cardinal a very advantageous power play. It took MacMurchy only 12 seconds into the 5-on-3 to hit the back of the net with a perfectly aimed wrist shot from the left circle.

From then on the momentum shifted to Cardinal and White was unable to see any comeback attempt come to fruition.

Game Notes:
  • Head coach Mike Eaves had a tempered review for his team's performance: "For this type of scrimmage it's alright. We have a lot of work to do."
  • The captains split up this afternoon, with associate captains Bruckler and Tom Gilbert taking the ice for Cardinal and captain Adam Burish leading White.
  • The referees backed up their talk of tougher rules implementation with six calls in the first 10 minutes of the game. For whole game there were 11 penalties, five for hooking.
  • Freshman defender Kyle Klubertanz showed poise on the power play unit, exhibiting good shot selection and experience beyond that of a rookie. His role on the blue line has gained even more importance in the midst of Ryan Suter's departure to the NHL.
  • Davis Drewiske, another closely watched freshman defender, registered two shots on goal for Cardinal and assisted on the game-winner.
  • On the play of the young defense, Eaves said, "I thought they got better as the game went on, the kids grew on me … They became more comfortable, and that was a good sign."
  • Backup goaltender Elliott made 12 saves and gave up two goals in more than 40 minutes of play.
  • White edged Cardinal in shots on goal, 21-16. White held a 14-5 advantage in shots at halftime, but saw this divide narrow considerably as a result of the Cardinal counterattack in the second half.
  • Ryan MacMurchy, Wisconsin's top returning goal scorer, was the star of the Cardinal team. Aside from his game-winning goal, the junior assisted on Heatley's score and constantly pressured the White defense.

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