April 23, 2014

Shining Moments: Double Digit WCHA Titles

1995 Wisconsin Hockey

On March 18, 1995 the Badgers took on the Colorado College Tigers in the WCHA title game. The teams had split the last four meetings. The Tigers were the first to put a point on the board, in the first period from Peter Geronazzo.  Badger Mickey Elick put the first point up for Wisconsin with just 2 1/2 minutes left in the second period. The score was tied at one at the beginning of the third period. From there Wisconsin team captain, left wing Jamie Spencer scored at 11 minutes in, followed by an E.J. Bradley goal less than 2 minutes later. But the Tigers weren’t ready to give it up. Geronazzo managed two more goals within 30 seconds of each other. The game would run into overtime. It didn’t last long. Wisconsin’s Maco Balkovec scored 43 seconds in. That night the Badgers would prevail, winning 4-3, giving them their 10th WCHA Playoff title, their first since 1990.

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WRN Sports Director Bill Scott spoke with Spencer about Wisconsin’s reputation. Spencer said, “We knew there was an expectation when you put on that jersey and represent Wisconsin that winning is the expected outcome, whether it’s just a regular WCHA game or a championship.”

AUDIO: Bill Scott talks with the game’s team captain Jamie Spencer

The Badgers moved on to the NCAA tournament where they defeated Michigan State in the first round. They lost in the quarterfinals to Michigan, 4-3.

Shining Moments in Badger History are sponsored by Marshfield Clinic.
AUDIO: Shining Moments Radio Feature for 01/07/13 – Double Digit WCHA Titles

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