New Season, Same Story

Behind 23 saves behind freshman Scott Gudmanson, the Badgers, down two goals late, come storming back to earn a tie against Michigan State in the College Hockey Showcase.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Shane Connelly and former Hobey Baker Award finalist Brian Elliott had milestone victories against the Spartans early in their careers.

This time around, it was Scott Gudmanson's turn to get a chance to make a landmark against the Spartans.

He was close, but it could have been worse. The No. 14 University of Wisconsin men's hockey team (5-6-1, 2-4-0 WCHA) battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie No.6 Michigan State (8-3-2, 4-2-0 CCHA) on Saturday night as part of the College Hockey Showcase, as Gudmanson earned the draw in just his second game as a Badger.

"It's not the ideal result we wanted," head coach Mike Eaves said, "but it's a step in the right direction."

With three scores in the first period, the Badgers found themselves down by one. The first goal of the game came at 12:04. MSU's Bryan Lerg back-handed a rebound over freshman Scott Gudmanson's left leg. Lerg's fourth goal of the season was assisted by Daniel Vukovic.

Just over one minute later, freshman Ryan McDonagh tied the game for the Badgers. McDonagh collected a pass from Jamie McBain and dumped the puck on net, as it deflected off a Spartan defender for the goal. MSU scored one additional time in the first period to bring its lead to 2-1. Matt Schepke's power-play goal was assisted by Nick Sucharski and Brian Lerg.

The second period provided even chances for both teams, including a quality wrist shot by Kyle Turris which hit the cross bar. With 5.2 seconds remaining in the period, Blake Geoffrion tied the game for Wisconsin. Patrick Johnson passed the puck to Geoffrion as he was falling over a defender, allowing Geoffrion to get a wrist-shot past Spartan goaltender Jeff Lerg. Senior captain Davis Drewiske was also credited with an assist.

"They are a young, talented team, so the longer they get into the game, they kind of settle in a bit," State coach Rick Comley said of the Badgers.

Two back-to-back goals for each team in the final period led to an end of regulation score of four apiece. MSU's Matt Schepke and Bryan Lerg each scored for the Spartans, with assists from Corey Tropp and Chris Mueller, respectively.

For the Badgers, Drewiske and assistant captain Ben Street each scored to again tie the game and bring on Wisconsin's first overtime of the season. Drewiske tallied his second goal of the year, unassisted, with 9 minutes and seven seconds left in regulation. Street scored the final goal of the game, as the junior went one-on-one with goaltender Lerg, back-handing a shot over his left shoulder to earn his sixth goal of the season. McBain recorded his second assist of the night on Street's goal.

Neither team was able to score in overtime, although Wisconsin fired three shots at Lerg, while Gudman stopped two in the extra stanza. Gudmanson ended the night with 23 saves for Wisconsin. MSU's Lerg stopped 33 of the Badgers' shots.

The Badgers were 0-for-3 on the power play, and held Michigan State to 1-for-6 on their power-play attempts.


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