An Uneasy Feeling

Unlike the night before, when the second period was Wisconsin's friend, the second 20 minutes proved to be the Badgers' foe in a one-goal loss.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Thirty-five seconds was all it took for the tides to turn in favor of the No.12 St. Cloud State Huskies Saturday night, as they scored twice in under a minute to earn a 3-2 victory over No.13 Wisconsin.

With the Badgers leading 2-1 in the second period, the Huskies (17-14-3, 12-12-2 WCHA) went on an extended 5-on-3 power play. Garrett Roe collected a rebound that bounced right to him on the right side and fired into the open net after UW goaltender Shane Connelly couldn't recover from the initial shot by Aaron Brocklehurst.

"That 5-on-3, what can you do," UW defenseman Kyle Klubertanz said. "We were so close to killing that 5-on-3. We had it, but the rebound goes right to Roe, and he buries it."

Just 35 seconds later, and still with the man-advantage, St. Cloud State struck again.

This time it was forward Matt Hartman poking a loose puck past Connelly to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead. Hartman's goal—his seventh of the season—would prove to be the game winner.

For the second night in a row, the Huskies struck first on the scoreboard. Charging in on a two-on-one, Garrett Raboin elected not to pass and instead took the shot from the left faceoff circle, beating UW goaltender Shane Connelly five-hole. It was Raboin's first career goal.

It took Wisconsin only 36 seconds to respond. Ben Grotting fired a shot straight on net that trickled between the legs of St. Cloud netminder Jase Weslosky, tying the game at 1-1.

The Badgers (15-14-7, 11-12-5) would go on to take the lead on a power play goal from Michael Davies, his 11th goal of the season. Davies took a shot from the side of the net at a tight angle and the puck bounced off of Weslosky's left leg and in. Kyle Turris and Davis Drewiske earned assists on the goal.

"I was trying to go across to [Klubertanz] and just got lucky. Lucky bounce," Davies said.

"That was a goal scorer's goal," UW head coach Mike Eaves said.

But just like Wisconsin did in Friday night's game, St. Cloud State scored twice in a matter of less than a minute.

The St. Cloud State second period goals by Roe and Hartman all but killed the momentum Wisconsin had built up to that point, and left the Badgers trailing 3-2 heading into the locker room for the second intermission.

"It's just one of those things you can't control," Klubertanz said.

Their playoff fate is now one other thing the Badgers can't control. All Wisconsin can do now as far as the WCHA playoff seedings are concerned is wait and see what happens.

Depending on how numerous scenarios play out, the Badgers — who are off next weekend — could either host the first round of the WCHA playoffs at the Kohl Center or if find themselves on the road.

"We can't really worry about it," Klubertanz said. "If we worry about it, it's just going to break away from our focus."

"It's out of our control," Eaves said. "So we sit and watch now."

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