Senior Jake Dowell scored with 1:40 remaining in the game to help the University of Wisconsin Badgers (15-17-3, 12-13-2 WCHA) to a 3-1 victory over Minnesota-Duluth (12-19-4, 8-16-3 WCHA) Friday night at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC).
Dowell (Eau Claire, Wis.) unassisted goal was his 16th of the season. The game-winner was followed by an empty netter put in by junior Kyle Klibertanz (Eau Claire, Wis.) with three seconds remaining. Klubertanz's first goal of the season was assisted by Ross Carlson (Duluth, Minn.) and Jack Skille (Madison, Wis.).
Minnesota-Duluth got on the board first with a goal by senior Bryan McGregor at 9:23 in the second frame. Sophomores Josh Meyers and MacGregor Sharp were credited with the assist.
The Badgers soon answered back, as sophomore Tom Gorowsky (Lino Lakes, Minn.) put in a Davis Drewisky (Hudson, Wis.) rebound at 12:44 to bring the score to 1-1. Gorowsky's goal was his fourth on the season.
Wisconsin's Brian Elliott (Newmarket, Ontario) ended the night with 34 saves, while Minnesota-Duluth's Josh Johnson stopped 25 Badgers shots. Wisconsin was 0-for-3 on the power play, while UMD finished 0-for-4.
At this time, the Badgers are tied for the fifth and final WCHA home playoff spot. If Colorado College loses at Denver tonight, the standings will remain the same.
The Badgers wrap up the regular season on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the DECC. The game can be seen on FSN in Madison, or heard live on WIBA-AM 1310 or UWBADGERS.COM