"It feels awesome," Geoffrion said, drawing a laugh. "It was a little cold in my hands, that was the only thing. Other than that, I felt pretty warm out there."
The Badgers departed for their locker room in a tunnel underneath the student section, so many players engaged in the popular football tradition of leaping up and high-fiving the outstretched hands of students who stuck around.
Geoffrion, of course, had something even better planned. Upon exiting stage right, Geoffrion flung his stick and gloves high into the crowd and ran full-speed up the carpet.
While most of the 200-by-85-foot ice sheet positioned in between the 20-yard-lines at Camp Randall Stadium remained in good shape for the two hockey games played Saturday, there was one problem area that lingered into the men's matchup, and it was an important one.
Workers attended to the crease in front of the south-side goal at multiple points during the evening, causing lengthy delays in the first and third periods when Michigan's Bryan Hogan was tending net.
"I thought the rest of the ice was fine … but the crease was an issue," Eaves said. "Talking to the people that made the ice, they think they know how they could alleviate that, but we had to deal with it tonight."
Michigan coach Red Berenson suggested the surface "deteriorated" as the game went on, but didn't blame his team's loss on the conditions.
"The players got through it, and it was hard to score goals," Berenson said. "Both teams had chances and both goalies played well."
Salt in the wounds
The Michigan Wolverines were in no mood to join the 55,000-thousand member party; Berenson certainly felt his team deserved a better fate after leading 2-1 in the final seven minutes.
"If it weren't for the penalties that happened in the last five minutes, we'd be sitting here talking about a victory," Berenson said, referring to a pair of penalties called on defenseman Chris Summers, the Wolverines' captain who was whistled for slashing and tripping and had to watch UW defenseman Brendan Smith score two power-play goals from the box.
"But that didn't happen. We couldn't kill their power play."
Asked for his take on the late infractions called on his team, Berenson scoffed and gave a curt response.
"Well, that's a bad question to ask a coach after he loses a game on a penalty in the last five minutes of the game," Berenson answered.
Christening the Goals
The fist-pumping celebration of sophomore forward Carolyne Prevost was twofold. First was the general excitement of scoring the game's opening goal at 3:07 in the first period. The second was the realization that she will be remembered as being the first person to score a goal at Camp Randall Stadium
The sophomore left winger for the Wisconsin women's hockey team scored at 3:07 in the first period as the Badgers cruised to a 6-1 victory over Bemidji State in the afternoon match-up.
"It was huge," Prevost said. "We've been talking about this game since the beginning of the year. Just feeling the energy and getting that first goal was real crucial."
Power Plays: The announced attendance of 55,031 fans is the second-largest crowd in collegiate hockey history, and the fourth-largest group to watch any recorded hockey game in North America … moments after that figure was announced, a Camp Randall favorite, Jump Around, was blared at the 14:59 mark of the third period … Michigan scorers Scooter Vaughan and Kevin Lynch recorded their second and third goals of the season, respectively … Smith led the Badgers with six shots … temperature at the first drop of the puck was 21 degrees and wind speed was 11 miles per hour. For comparison, when the Badgers battled Ohio State at Lambeau Field in 2006, the crowd was around 41,000 and gametime temperature was 28 degrees.