Backes, Mavericks upset No. 2 Wisconsin

Minnesota State shocks Badgers with overtime winner

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team overcame a two-goal deficit to take a third-period lead, only to lose in overtime at Minnesota State Friday.

Simply put, sophomore forward David Backes was too much for the Badgers to handle. The Mavericks top player fired a wrist shot over Badger netminder Bernd Bruckler's glove hand just 1:12 into the extra session to give Minnesota State a shocking 4-3 win over the second-ranked team in the country.

Backes also opened the game's scoring, firing a shot from the right circle that also beat Bruckler high, for a power-play mark 2:57 into the second period. He leads Minnesota State with 10 goals and 17 points in 15 games this season.

Bruckler, the Badgers' senior netminder, tallied 28 saves, while Minnesota State senior Jon Volp thwarted 36 Wisconsin shots on goal, improving his record to 5-4-0 this season.

Wisconsin's loss, coupled with North Dakota's 5-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth, slid the Badgers (12-5-0 overall, 9-4-0 WCHA) to second place in the conference, just one point behind the first-place Fighting Sioux. It was UW's first overtime game of the season, after playing 14 extra session games last year.

Minnesota State improved to 4-6-1 in conference play and 7-6-2 overall with the win, and is now 7-1-1 in its last nine games. With the win, the Mavericks jumped from ninth place to seventh in the league standings.

The Badgers trailed 2-1 in the third period before sophomore wing Ross Carlson netted his second goal of the game with just seven minutes left to play.

Wisconsin went on a power play just 31 seconds later and capitalized on the man advantage on the second of eight opportunities, when junior defenseman Tom Gilbert set up sophomore forward Jake Dowell in front of the net for the go-ahead goal at 13:52 in the third, giving the Badgers a brief 3-2 lead off three unanswered goals.

Maverick senor forward Adam Gerlach, though, broke loose on a four-on-four and tallied the equalizer with three minutes, 23 seconds left in the third.

Minnesota State took a commanding 2-0 lead at 7:17 in the second period, when sophomore defenseman Chad Brownlee's shot from the point deflected off a Badger and past Bruckler for his first goal and first point of the season.

Wisconsin's Carlson, though, pounced on a loose puck at the 13:33 mark in the second to jumpstart the Badgers three-goal rally with a power play goal. Carlson's second goal Friday gave him his fourth two-goal performance of the season. Badger sophomore wing Robbie Earl tallied an assist on each of Carlson's goals, giving him 14 assists and 23 points this year.

The Badgers and Mavericks finish their two-game series Saturday at 7:07 p.m.


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