Still Waiting to Break Through

Wisconsin hasn't beaten Denver at home since 2004, won a home overtime game since 2005 or won an overtime game anywhere since March 2007. It's fair to say after UW's 3-3 tie with Denver Friday that No.3 Wisconsin is due for a breakthrough.

MADISON - Denver goaltender Marc Cheverie thought the Pioneers were "lucky" to tie the game up in the third period.

Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves thought it was a night of weird bounces where nothing went according to the script.

UW forward and the man responsible for the Badgers second goal, Michael Davies, doesn't know how to feel about the 3-3 tie.

Good thing WCHA series go two games, because based on the final result from Friday's contest between the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the country, nobody would walk away happy if the match-up ended here.

"The way we played the whole game pucks weren't going in for us," Davies said. "I'm just happy we battled back…we just have to come back tomorrow ready to battle, it's going to be a war."

The Badgers finished with 35 shots on net to 23 for the Pioneers. Advantage Wisconsin.

Denver led for 31 minutes, however, and took the Badger crowd out of the game for most of the first two periods. Advantage Pioneers.

Both teams had golden opportunities to win the game in the waning minutes of the third period and overtime. Advantage Kohl Center crowd.

With both teams claiming during the week to be the "underdog" in this series, perhaps no one should be surprised that through 65 minutes of hockey, nothing was resolved.

"I think the result is something you might expect from two top college teams," Eaves said. "Both teams battled, I thought we came out well, had some scoring chances.

"It was one of those nights, but I give our guys credit, they stayed with it, stayed patiently persistent."

Unfortunate streaks

The Badgers had a chance to solve two streaks the team would rather not be known for Friday night, but came up empty on both chances.

The Pioneers haven't lost to the Badgers in eight games, and last lost in the Kohl Center in 2004. Last season, Denver went 5-0 against Wisconsin including a devastating knock-out blow in the WCHA Final Five that kept UW from the NCAA Tournament.

Though UW senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion is undoubtedly aware of the losing streak, he was in no mood to discuss it after the game.

"It is a new year. New guys. They got a new team, we have a new tem, that has nothing to do with it," Geoffrion snapped when questioned after the game. "We are all sick and tired of hearing how they come in here and do well. It doesn't matter. New game. New Year."

Though Geoffrion may not have liked talking about the Denver streak, he shot back again at a reporter when prodded later in the press conference on the issue.

"The only one talking about [the streak] is you guys," Geoffrion said. "We don't really talk about it in the locker room. Yeah we had the lead and blew it…the whole Denver stuff coming in, we don't pay attention to that at all. We go out there and have fun, see what happens."

When the scored remained tied through 60 minutes of ice time, UW was also given a chance to snap their putrid overtime streak. Through the last 21 games that have seen extra time, the Badgers have gone 0-6-15 through that stretch, dating back to the end of the 2006-07 season.

Unlike his tri-captain Geoffrion, Eaves was much less concerned when questioned about UW's failures in overtime.

"You know what I would say to that? We are due," Eaves responded. "It is just like Michael Jordan taking 3-pointer, and he hasn't hit in 18, you know what, he knows he is going to hit one. We are due."


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