With three goals in the second period, the Badger men's hockey team beat the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota 4-3. Wisconsin improves to (6-9-2, 4-6-1 WCHA), while UND drops to (7-7-1, 5-5-1 WCHA). With the win the Badgers improve to 4-4-1 all-time at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.
Matthew Ford's (West Hills, Calif.) game-winner at the 18:59 mark of the second period gave the Badgers their first conference win in over a month, dating back to the overtime win against Alaska Anchorage in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Brian Elliott (Newmarket, Ontario) stopped 31 shots from UND, earning his fifth win of the season.
The Sioux struck first as Ryan Duncan scored on the power play at the 12:19 mark of the first frame. The Badgers answered as Andrew Joudrey (Bedford, Nova Scotia) scored his third goal of the season tying the game 1-1 off an assist from Davis Drewiske (Hudson, Wis.) less than a minute later.
Jamie McBain (Faribault, Minn.) started the scoring barage in the second frame as he gave UW its only power play goal of the night at the 4:18 mark. Joudrey and Jack Skille (Madison, Wis.) notched helpers on the McBain goal. UND retaliated as Duncan scored his second of the night to tie the game at 2-2 halfway through the period.
With less than three minutes to play in the second, the Badgers scored twice to seal the game. Jake Dowell (Eau Claire, Wis.) took the puck end to end, and scored over the shoulder of UND goalie Philippe Lamoureux to notch his team-leading ninth goal. Only 1:33 later, Ford sealed the game scoring off Skille's second assist of the night to give the Badgers the 4-2 lead.
North Dakota didn't quit however, scoring their third goal at the 11:42 mark of the third period. Chay Genoway pulled the Sioux within one at 4-3 on his fourth goal of the season. With under a minute to play UND pulled goalie Anthony Grieco, who had replaced Lamoureux after the second period, to add an extra attacker but were unable to tie the game.
Wisconsin finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while UND was 2-for-6. Lamoureux recorded 18 saves in two periods, while Grieco shutout the Badgers with six saves in the final period.
The Badger and Sioux face off again Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on FSN North and heard on Wisconsin Radio Network (1310 AM in Madison).