Geoffrion Helps UW to a Road Tie

Wisconsin's junior captain scores two third-period goals to give the Badgers a late lead, but Wisconsin ends with another blown lead in the final period, earning one point with a 3-3 tie in Duluth.

DULUTH, MN. - Junior co-captain Blake Geoffrion scored two consecutive goals for the Badgers, making this the second straight game in which he has notched two goals, but it wasn't enough to get a win against Minnesota Duluth, a the two teams end in a 3-3 tie Friday night.

Geoffrion's first goal tied the game at 2-2 in the third period, while his second, less than two minutes later, put the Badgers in the lead. The Bulldogs scored again before the end of the third, however, to cap the scoring.

Sophomore Patrick Johnson scored Wisconsin's first goal, and put the first point of the game on the board at 14:28 into the first period. UW freshman Matt Thurber drew the UMD defense to the right side of the net on their side of the ice and executed a sharp pass through the defense to Johnson, who was left open for the score.

The first period ended with the Badgers in the lead. There were not many scoring opportunities early in the game, yet Wisconsin outshot the Bulldogs 11-8.

Halfway through the second period, the Bulldogs found the net to tie the score at 1-1. A blind Badger pass resulted in a turnover at Wisconsin's blue line, where Mike Connolly capitalized on the play to sneak the puck past junior Shane Connelly for the goal.

UMD scored again in the second period with 1:35 left on the clock. Evan Oberg took the lead for the Bulldogs with a one-timer on a five-on-three power play.

Geoffrion evened the score with 12:23 left in the game. Geoffrion gained control of the puck at Minnesota Duluth's blue line and shot from the top of the faceoff circle to the right of the net to beat UMD's Alex Stalock.

Geoffrion then put the Badgers in the lead again with a second consecutive goal. Junior Jamie McBain shot the puck, which slipped through to senior Tom Gorowsky, who was positioned to the right of Stalock. Gorowsky's shot slid under UMD's goaltender outside the crease, where Geoffrion found the puck and batted it into the net for the 3-2 advantage.

The Bulldogs responded quickly with a goal half a minute later when Justin Fontaine shot the puck past Connelly on a rebound to set the score at 3-3.

Connelly finished the game with 25 saves.

The third period came to an end in a tie, sending the Badgers and Bulldogs into overtime for the third time in four meetings. The last contest between these schools also spilled into overtime, ending in a 2-1 victory for UMD at the Kohl Center.

The teams also tied in shots (28-28) and the Badgers went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Bulldogs went 1-for-7.


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