After going undefeated against Colorado College in four games last year, the Wisconsin men's hockey team fell to CC Saturday night 4-2, dropping their second of two to the Tigers.
The Badgers (11-15-2, 8-11-1 WCHA) fell behind early as CC's Cody Lampl scored 21 seconds into the contest. Jake Dowell (Eau Claire, Wis.) evened the game 1-1 at the 7:32 mark of the first with an assist from Matt Olinger (Madison, Wis.).
The Tigers then rolled off three unanswered goals to go up 4-1. The first was scored at the 11:32 mark of the first period, then two goals in the first four minutes of the second frame from Jack Hillen and Braydon Cox.
Just over three minutes into the third, Jake Skille (Madison, Wis.) scored his sixth goal of the year off helpers from Dowell and Andrew Joudrey (Bedford, Nova Scotia) to cut the CC lead to 4-2. With 2:06 to play, Wisconsin pulled goalie Brian Elliott (Newmarket, Ontario) to add the extra attacker. The Tigers held off the final effort from the Badgers improving their record to 16-10-2 overall, and 12-7-1 in the WCHA.
Elliott ended the night with 20 saves, while CC's Matt Zaba stopped 30 shots from the Badgers. The Badgers went 0-for-6 on the power play tonight and 1-for-9 on the weekend. Colorado College was 1-for-6 on the night, as Hillen's game-winning goal early in the second was during the man advantage.
The Badger men return to the Kohl Center next weekend as they welcome Alaska Anchorage to Madison Feb. 9-10. Friday's game, which can be seen live on FSN North is set to start at 7 p.m. Saturday's game can be seen live on My Madison TV starting at 8 p.m. Both games can also be heard on the Wisconsin Radio Network, including WIBA-AM 1310 in Madison.
UW women clinch WCHA title
DULUTH, Minn.-- Jinelle Zaugg's goal 2:02 into overtime gave the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Minnesota Duluth Saturday evening at the DECC that clinched Wisconsin's second consecutive WCHA regular season title.
"We talked about clinching the title in our meeting this morning," head coach Mark Johnson said. "I'm excited for our seniors playing their last game up here and winning in that fashion makes it even more special.
"The players need to be congratulated and all the coaches and support staff because it takes a lot of people to make this happen. To win it again is certainly special and very rewarding."
Freshman Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) added the other goal for Wisconsin (25-1-4 overall, 19-1-4 WCHA), which extended its unbeaten streak to 15 games (12-0-3 in that stretch).
Senior goalie Christine Dufour (Rivere-du-Loup, Quebec) made 28 saves to improve her record to 12-0-1 this season.
Dufour's counterpart, Riitta Schaublin, stopped 39 shots for UMD (16-8-4, 15-6-3), which saw its 10-game unbeaten streak get snapped.
Duggan opened the scoring with 59 seconds left in the first period. Senior Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alberta) sent Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.) and Duggan ahead on a two-on-one. Lawler slid the puck across to Duggan, who snapped a shot into the upper right corner.
The goal was Duggan's 20th of the season, temporarily tying her for the team lead in goals. For Lawler, the assist was her 30th point of the season.
However, UMD responded just like it did on Friday night with a game-tying goal late in the third period. This time it was Karine Demeule knocking in a loose puck to send the game to overtime.
Unlike Friday, the Badgers were able to overcome the adversity and find the back of the net. Just over two minutes into the extra session and with UW on a power play, Duggan found Zaugg (Eau Claire, Wis.) in space in the neutral zone. Zaugg skated in alone, deked Schaublin and slid the puck between the left post and Schaublin's skate for her 21st goal of the season. Duggan and Mikkelson each notched assists on Zaugg's seventh game-winning goal of the season.
"It was a great college hockey game," Johnson said. "The fans that were here tonight certainly got entertained at both ends of the ice. Both teams competed and played very well and it came down to a power-play goal in overtime. It's a game that I think benefits us because it had a playoff atmosphere."
Wisconsin finished the game 1-for-7 on the power play while Minnesota Duluth was 0-for-5.
The Badgers return to the Kohl Center to play host to Ohio State in a Friday/Sunday series Feb. 9 and 11. Faceoff is set for 2:07 p.m. on Friday and 11:07 p.m. on Sunday.
The team will honor its seniors prior to Sunday's contest and tentative plans are in place to have a brief ceremony to present the WCHA Regular Season trophy to the team following Sunday's contest.