Earl's offensive burst leads Badger win

Sophomore nets second hat trick of career

By the end of the second period of the Wisconsin/Alaska-Anchorage men's hockey game Friday night in Anchorage, the score was Robbie Earl 3, UAA 1.

The Wisconsin sophomore forward scored three goals in the first 9:16 of the second period for his second career hat trick, propelling the Badgers to a 4-1 win for their third straight victory. Sophomore forward Andrew Joudrey picked up a third-period goal to cap UW's scoring.

The win keeps No. 4 Wisconsin (8-3 overall, 6-3 WCHA) in a tie for first place in the WCHA with Minnesota and gives the Badgers their first road victory of the season.

After an offensive drought in the first period, Wisconsin's Earl scored just 26 seconds into the second period, jamming the puck into the net from close range. Two-and-a-half minutes later, he was back on the board, this time on a power play blast for 35 feet away.

UAA (5-5-1, 3-4-0) responded quickly, as sophomore forward Charlie Kronschnabel netted the Seawolves' lone goal at 4:12 in the second period, narrowing Wisconsin's lead to 2-1.

Earl, though, got a hold of the puck again midway through the second period, putting it past UAA freshman netminder Nathan Lawson at 9:16. Earl's natural hat trick was the 17th time that a Badger had scored three goals in one period and the first time since John Byce notched three in a period Nov. 5, 1988 against Michigan Tech.

Joudrey closed out the scoring at 12:12 of the third period when he finished off a 2-on-1 with Ryan MacMurchy.

Wisconsin finished the game 1-for-8 on the power play while Anchorage went 0-for-5. UW also out-shot UAA 31-15 in the game.

In the net, Wisconsin senior goaltender Bernd Bruckler had 14 saves en route to earning his 40th career win. Lawson, meanwhile, had 27 saves.

The Badgers and Seawolves drop the puck again at 5:07 p.m. Central Saturday.

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