Streaking Badgers win fourth straight against Seawolves

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The Seawolves were able to take early
leads against visiting Wisconsin on both
Friday and Saturday, but were unable to
hold onto their leads.
Neither team seemed completely
dominant at any point during the series.
Shots and saves were relatively even
and for the most part the games were
not played in only one end of the ice; the
games seemed fairly even throughout.
The only difference is that the Badgers
were able to capitalize on their scoring
chances and the Seawolves had a hard
time finding the back of the net on plays
that could have changed the momentum
of the game.
“I thought the effort was there, but we
didn’t score on our chances,” UAA head
coach Dave Shyiak said. “It is kind of a
recurring theme.”
The Seawolves have dropped five
straight games, four straight to the
Wisconsin Badgers.
“We just have to do better and capitalize
on our opportunities,” sophomore
goaltender Bryce Christianson said. “It’s
what it comes down to is capitalizing on
our opportunities.”
During Friday’s game the Seawolves
controlled the first period, taking a quick
lead against the Badgers when Lunden’s
shot found the back of the net 1:17 into
the first period of play.
UAA went up 2-0 when a shot
by sophomore Tommy Grant beat
Wisconsin’s Shane Connelly with less
than two minutes left to play in the fi rst
period for his team leading 12th goal of
the season.
But this proved to be the high point of
the game for Seawolves.
Wisconsin came out hard in the second
period and put pressure on the Seawolves
quickly and were able to capitalize on
their own scoring opportunities.
The Badgers’ junior forward Andy
Bohmbach brought Wisconsin to within
one goal of UAA with a short-handed
goal a mere 43 seconds into the second
period.
The Seawolves were unable to score
on what was without a doubt their biggest
opportunity of the game, when junior
forward Paul Crowder came out of the
penalty box to make a 2-on-0 rush with
Grant against Connelly. Grant slid a
pass over to Crowder just before the goal
crease, but Crowder couldn’t find an
opening as the Badgers’ senior goaltender
made his biggest stop of the game.
Jake Gardiner, a freshman defenseman
from Minnetonka, Minn., beat UAA’s
Christianson on the power play at 19:49
of the second period to tie up the game at
2-2.
Wisconsin’s junior forward Blake
Geoffrion added another power play goal
for the Badgers 46 seconds into the third
period off of assists from juniors Michael
Davies and Jamie McBain, both player’s
second assist of the night.
The game ended 3-2 in favor of
Wisconsin.
Both Christianson and Connelly played
solid during the game, each finishing with
22 saves.
On Saturday the Seawolves drew first
blood again when sophomore Sean Wiles
snuck a pass over to Tommy Grant who
finished into nearly wide-open net to score
his 13th goal of the season at 2:45 of the
fi rst period.
Wisconsin countered with four-straight
goals, beginning with senior forward Tom
Gorowsky finding his own rebounds in front
of the UAA net despite the defensive efforts
of the Seawolf defenders, finally finding a
way past Christianson on his third attempt.
Geoffrion scored a power play goal for
the Badgers on a redirect, when he knocked
down a shot from the blue line by McBain at
15:22 of the fi rst period.
The Badgers received their last first
period goal from sophomore Sean Dolan.
Wisconsin struck for their fourth straight
goal when McBain rocketed a shot past
Christianson at 15:29 of the third period.
It was then that UAA tried to make their
comeback when junior forward Kevin Clark
scored his sixth goal of the season when
he got a pass from sophomore defenseman
Kane Lafranchise at the top of the goal
crease and put the puck in the back of the
net to bring the Seawolves to within two of
the Badgers at 16:07 of the second period.
Sophomore forward Craig Parkinson
of UAA tallied his fifth goal of the year
when he found the back of the net when he
gained control of a rebound off of a shot by
junior forward Brian Bales and put it past a
sprawling Connelly to bring the Seawolves
to within one.
This was the closest that the Seawolves
would be able to get. The Badgers responded
with another goal of their own at 17:09 of
the third period and then finished with an
empty net goal at 18:42 to make the final
score 6-3.
Christianson finished with 31 saves in
the game and Wisconsin’s Connelly finished
with 22 saves.
The Seawolves will go on the road next
weekend to face Mankato on January 16 and
17.