Hats off! Geoffrion's three goals led UW

Scoring his team-leading 10th, 11th and 12th goals, and all on the power play to tie a school record, senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion helps lead the Badgers to an 8-2 victory over Michigan Tech Friday, giving UW its biggest scoring output of the season.

MADISON - Luck, skill, hardwork, even spiritual.

All of these words say something about Blake Geoffrion's hat trick Friday night in UW's 8-2 win against Michigan Tech.

Scoring two in the first period before having a few hats rain down on him in the second frame, the senior forward leading the team in goals found the back of the net all three times with the Badgers at a man-advantage.

First let's get the accomplishments out of they way.

- It was the first hat trick for UW since Jack Skille scored three against Minnesota State Jan. 27, 2007.

- Geoffrion now sits tied for the record at Wisconsin with three goals on the man-advantage in one game.

- Geoffrion leads the WCHA in goals with 12 and is tied for first with eight power play goals.

For his first goal, it would definitely be luck.

With Davies finding Geoffrion in the slot, the senior captain tried to pass to Brendan Smith but bounced it off a Husky skate well outside the crease. It caught goaltender Josh Robinson wrong footed, however and snuck over the end line to light the lamp.

"Even though I am getting credit for these goals and everything, I really think that its five out there that make some great plays," Geoffrion said.

"Yeah I am producing and that is great and everything, but I got to give a lot of credit to these guys that are around me."

On his second tally of the night, plain hard work got it done.

Fighting for position in front of the goaltender, Smith found Geoffrion in the slot and he flipped in a backhander to put the Badgers up 3-1.

"Blake's goals were right where he is supposed to be and he did some things and things happened for him," UW head coach Mike Eaves said. "It kind of set the table for us."

Finally, to cap off the hat-trick Blake finished a shot from Smith with a deft touch of his stick to sneak it by Michigan Tech goaltender Kevin Genoe.

Along with the skill, there may have been a bit of spiritual power guiding the puck over the endline. Earlier Friday night, the Montreal Canadiens celebrated its 100th anniversary — a franchise Geoffrion's grandfather and Hall of Famer "Boom Boom" Geoffrion played 14 seasons for.

"Paps came down and got in my skates tonight," Geoffrion said. "He got a couple goals for me."

Not everyone was completely impressed with Geoffrion's hat trick, however.

During post game interviews Blake received three text messages.

The text from his father read, "It's about time."

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