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January 25, 2015

Hockey Badgers blow lead, fall to Michigan

Kohl Center Ice 2The Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey team had scored just two first-period goals through its first 18 games.  Last night, the Badgers scored three times in the first period, marking the first three-goal period for the team since the third period on Jan. 10, 2014 against Michigan.

The Badgers took a 3-1 lead into the second period against the Michigan Wolverines.  Bucky went up 4-1 after a Jedd Soleway power play goal at 2:21 of the second period, giving the Badgers their first three goal lead of the season.

The good news stops there.  Michigan, which entered the game as the highest scoring team in the nation, would follow with two goals in the second and four more in the third period, to come from behind to beat the Badgers 7-4 at the Kohl Center in the series opener on Friday night. [Read more…]

Badger women fall to 16th ranked Nebraska – Women’s update

MotionW_2ColorThe 16th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers drained seven 3-pointers (7 for 10) and shot 61.8% (21 of 34) from the field, building a 53-31 lead at the half and going on to beat the Wisconsin Badgers 89-72 in Big Ten women’s action Thursday night.

Wisconsin started the second half with an 8-0 run and outscored Nebraska in the second half, but the damage in the first half was too big to overcome.

The Huskers were led by Tear’a Laudermill’s 24 points, 18 of which she scored in the first half.

Four Badgers tallied double-figure scoring totals, led by Nicole Bauman and Dakota Whyte with 15 points each.

The Badgers are back in action Sunday when they travel to Michigan State in East Lansing. [Read more…]

Badgers crush rival Hawkeyes

Sam Dekker

Sam Dekker

The 6th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers expected a much stiffer challenge from 25th-ranked Iowa last night, but it never came.

The Badgers played their most complete game of the season, playing solid defense, shooting well and committing just one turnover in the game (a shot clock violation).

The Badgers used hot three-point shooting and some stellar defense to jump out to a 18-point halftime lead and the Badgers went on to earn their fourth straight victory over the Hawkeyes in the series.

Wisconsin (17-2, 5-1) got 17 points and eight rebounds from forward Sam Dekker, 16 points and five rebounds from Nigel Hayes, 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists from Frank Kaminsky and 13 points from sophomore guard Bronson Koenig in the win.

The Badgers hit 6 of 14 (42.9%) from three-point range in the first half and finished 9 of 22 for the game.

Former Badger Jarrod Uthoff was the only Iowa player to score in double figures.  He had 12.

Wisconsin won for the second time without Traevon Jackson and moved into a tie for first place with Maryland, which shares the same record as the Badgers.  The Terrapins play Thursday at Indiana.  The Badgers are off until Saturday when they face the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

AUDIO: Josh Gasser says this may have been their best performance :15

AUDIO: Bo Ryan says Iowa is good, but UW played really well :18

AUDIO: Bo Ryan on just one turnover :14

Badger women’s hockey pulls out overtime win

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin senior Brittany Ammerman scored 46-seconds into overtime to lift the No. 3-ranked Badgers to a 2-1 win over Bemidji State on Saturday at LaBahn Arena.

It’s the 11th goal of the season for Ammerman, who leads the team.  Wisconsin peppered Bemidji (14-11-1, 9-10-1-1 WCHA) freshman goaltender Erin Deters with 63 shots.  The Badgers (18-4-2, 14-4-2-0) attempted 121 shots during the 2-game weekend series.

The Badgers step out of WCHA play next weekend as they host the reigning NCAA champion Clarkson Golden Knights.  Faceoff at LaBahn Arena is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

Badgers fall to Gophers in series finale

Grant Besse

Grant Besse

The Wisconsin Badgers (2-13-2, 0-3-1-1 Big Ten) fell behind 5-0 and went on to lose to the 16th-ranked Minnesota Gophers (11-7-2, 2-2-2-0)
5-2 on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

After pumping 20 shots on Badger goaltender Joel Rumpel on Friday night, the Gophers got 21 shots on net in the opening period last night, tallying three first period goals.

The Badgers finally found the back of the net at the 15:27 mark of period two when Grant Besse stepped out of the right corner with the puck and initially shoved it into goaltender Adam Wilcox’s pads, but eventually got it to cross the goal line for his fifth score of the season.

The Plymouth, Minnesota native tallied again in the third period on a Wisconsin 5-on-3 power play.

Rumpel finished with 45 saves, two shy of his career high which was tied on Friday night.  The senior stopped 92 of the 99 shots he faced during the series.

Wilcox made 24 saves for the Gophers, earning his 11th victory of the season.

The Badgers return home for a series with Michigan next weekend.