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Men's hockey records tie; Women's hockey wins; volleyball survives MSU; women's soccer victorious

Men's hockey settles for 2-2 tie

In the Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both teams, the No. 13 University of Wisconsin men's hockey team notched a 2-2 tie with St. Cloud State Friday night, thanks to a two-minute goal-scoring splurge in the third period in St. Cloud, Minn.

The Badgers trailed 1-0 before freshman Jack Skille found the net 7:01 into the third period. Just 51 seconds later Wisconsin took the lead on Tom Gilbert's goal.

The Huskies did not trail for long, however.

At the 8:44 mark in the third period Matt Hartman recorded the equalizer, just 52 seconds after Gilbert's tally.

UW goalie Brian Elliott made 35 saves. Bobby Goepfert had 24 stops for the Huskies.

St. Cloud out-shot the Badgers 3-0 in a scoreless overtime session.

The Huskies opened the scoring on Michael Olson's short-handed goal at 10:16 in the second period.

The two teams were a combined 0-for-13 on the power play.

Wisconsin and St. Cloud now have identical 1-1-1 overall records. The Badgers and Huskies will wrap up their two-game set Saturday night at the National Hockey Center.

Women's hockey triumphs 4-1

The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team won its fourth straight game Friday night, improving to 4-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in WCHA play this season with a 4-1 win over Minnesota State.

The Badgers clung to a one-goal lead for more than 20 minutes of hockey before UW freshman Tia Hanson found the net at 13:52 in the third period. Hanson's goal came on an assist from classmate Angie Keseley.

Senior wing Sharon Cole, who opened the scoring at 8:28 in the first period, closed it with an empty-net goal with 56 seconds left, clinching the victory.

The Badgers are now 24-0-1 all-time versus the Mavericks, who fell to 3-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play.

Minnesota State's Maggie Fisher tied the game at 2:21 in the second period, but junior Sara Bauer gave the Badgers the lead for good at the 6:48 mark in that frame.

Meghan Horras had 10 saves for UW, while Britni Kehler tallied 33 for the Mavericks.

Neither team could convert on its chances with the man-advantage. The Badgers were 0-for-7 on the power player; the Mavericks were 0-for-4.

Volleyball defeats Michigan State

The No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball held back Michigan State 3-2 Friday night in East Lansing, Mich. The Badgers, playing without starting outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto, lost the first game 30-26 and the third game 30-25 but won the second, fourth and fifth games 30-21, 30-27 and 15-9. The Badgers are now 8-1 in the conference and 16-2 overall, while the Spartans fall to 9-10 and 2-7.

"We knew Michigan State would be tough," head coach Pete Waite said. "We had a new lineup in there but everyone stepped up."

True freshman Morgan Salow started in place of Meierotto and recorded eight kills and only one error on 20 attempts. She also had a career-best two blocks. Wisconsin had 17 team blocks to MSU's seven, including a match-high nine from middle blocker Sheila Shaw.

Michigan State's Katie Johnson led the way with a match-high 24 kills, contributing to MSU's 79 team kills. Shaw and opposite hitter Audra Jeffers had 15 each to pace the Badgers, who finished with 63 kills. Setter Katie Lorenzen had 51 assists.

Wisconsin was out-dug 60-53 but got a career-high 14 digs from Amanda Berkley and 13 from libero Jocelyn Wack.

Wisconsin faces Michigan Saturday night in Ann Arbor.

Women's soccer: Badgers crush Phoenix

The Wisconsin women's soccer team (7-8-2 overall) held the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to one goal while scoring six of its own Thursday in Green Bay. Junior Kara Kabellis led both teams with two goals, while Lauren Rudzinski, Elise Weber, Amy Vermeulen and Marisa Brown also put a goal in the net.

Wisconsin's six goals are a season high and the most since a 6-0 win over Ohio in the 2004 season opener.

"It was a great team effort," Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said. "We were able to get the crosses in. It was one of those days where things were going right, not one where things fell through. It was such a well-rounded game with many scoring chances."

UW-Green Bay's Natalie Brown scored first, 10 minutes into the game. Rudzinski, who is from Green Bay, scored her first career goal four-and-a-half minutes later, opening a Wisconsin scoring barrage that included three more goals in the first period.

Wisconsin goaltender Lynn Murray allowed one goal and collected no saves in 80:30 minutes of play. UW's Stefani Szczechowski also stopped no shots in the remaining 9:30 of the game. UWGB's Brooke Wikgren allowed six goals and stopped five shots.

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