Men's hockey: Bulldogs bite back

Badgers lose 4-1; fifth loss in six games

After scoring seven goals the night before, the Wisconsin men's hockey team mustered just one in its first road loss this season. The No. 4 Badgers (19-7-2 overall, 14-6-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) fell to Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 Saturday night after tearing apart the Bulldogs 7-2 the night before. Meanwhile, UMD picked up its first WCHA win since Dec. 10, snapping a nine-game conference losing streak.

Sophomore Joe Pavelski scored the Badgers' lone goal early in the second period on a rebound, with senior defenseman Tom Gilbert and junior forward Robbie Earl providing the assists. The goal gave Pavelski and Gilbert 80 career points each.

The goal came 30 seconds after freshman forward Jack Skille fired a shot off the far post that appeared to go in. But that goal—which would have tied the game at 1-1—was overturned using video replay. UMD senior center Tim Stapleton notched the first goal 7:55 into the game, one of three power play goals for the Bulldogs.

UMD (9-17-4, 6-13-3) was 3 of 6 on the power play, while the Badgers finished 1 of 6. The Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 32-21.

Minnesota-Duluth freshman forward Mason Raymond scored the eventual game-winner four minutes into the second, firing a shot that deflected off a UW defenseman's stick and over the shoulder of UW freshman goalie Shane Connelly.

Freshman forward MacGregor Sharpe had a power-play goal 12:46 into the second to give UMD a 3-1 lead. Finally, Nick Kemp, who also had two assists, tipped the puck into the net on a UMD power play for the Bulldogs' final goal 12:56 into the third period.

UMD senior netminder Isaac Reichmuth collected 31 saves and had an assist while Connelly stopped 17 shots.

Wisconsin faces Ohio State next Saturday in the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Tickets for the game, which begins at 3 p.m., can be purchased on the Internet at; by phone through TicketStar at 920/494-3401 in Green Bay, or toll free, 800/895-0071, from any other location; or in person at TicketStar's Resch Center box office location, 1901 S. Oneida St., in Ashwaubenon.

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