The Badgers were back in action after the Thanksgiving break.
Wisconsin (6-5-0) vs. Colorado College (3-8-0)
The Badgers did not fall victim to the post-Thanksgiving blues during their contest this past Friday against the Colorado College Prowlers. Clearly the more talented team, the Badgers outshot the Prowlers 33-12 on their way to a 2-1 victory.
Despite heading into the locker room after the first period with a 1-0 deficit, the Badgers continued the trend of mental fortitude that has been ever-present throughout this year’s campaign. They ramped up the pressure on CC goaltender Alex Leclerc, and were eventually rewarded for their efforts when Will Johnson fired the opening salvo for the Badgers through Lelcarc’s five-hole late in the second period (14:59).
Just minutes later, Seamus Malone connected with Grant Besse on a fluky tip-in that would eventually prove to be the game winner (1:24). Jake Linhardt was given the second assist on the play.
The third period proved to be much of the same. Jake Berry continued his reliable play by stopping 11 of the 12 shots that he faced throughout the night. Special teams continued to factor into the Badger victory as they killed off both of their own penalties, and converted on 1-of-3 power play opportunities.
3rd Star: Will Johnson (1G, +/- 0) Wisconsin
2nd Star: Mason Bergh (1G, +1) Colorado College
1st Star: Grant Besse (1G, +1) Wisconsin
Wisconsin (7-5-0) vs. #2 Denver (9-2-3)
A feverish third period comeback by the Badgers was not enough to seal their upset bid this past Saturday against #2 Denver.
The scoring was led off by Wisconsin’s Seamus Malone as a Denver defender was the victim of a nasty bounce, leading to an own-goal at the 12:04 in the first. As karma would dictate, however, Denver’s Matt Mackinaw evened the score when his pass tipped off of Wisconsin’s Grant Besse and into the Badger’s net just 4 minutes later (16:16). Denver’s Will Butcher then promptly followed up his teammates effort 2 minutes later (18:33) by firing a shot past goaltender Jack Berry to give Denver a 2-1 lead heading into intermission.
The Badgers came out fighting once again in the second, as Luke Kunin tallied his 7th of the season on a power-play just 16 seconds into the frame. However, Denver dictated the pace the rest of the second with Borgstrom (7:35 PP) and (17:48) and Davies (8:07) adding tallies.
Wisconsin’s Max Zimmer (3:34) and Denver’s Troy Terry (5:29) each added to the growing goal-count early in the third. Just when it seemed as though a comeback was all but impossible with the Badgers trailing 6-3, Denver’s Evan Ritt took a give-minute major penalty at 9:01 in the third. The Badgers now had life, and two quick power-play goals by Grant Besse (9:55) and Seamus Malone (12:24) added to their hope.
In the end, however, the Badgers couldn’t come up with an equalizer, and dropped the heated contest with a final score of 6-5. They finished the game with a 42-45 disadvantage on shots as well. The Badgers finished 3-for-7 on power plays, and killed off 5-of-7 penalties called against.
3rd Star: Tariq Hammond (0G, 0A,+2) Denver
2nd Star: Seamus Malone (2G, 0A, -1) Wisconsin
1st Star: Henrik Borgstrom (2G, 1A, +1) Denver