MADISON, Wis. -- There was much rejoicing by the Kohl Center crowd Friday night when told No. 1-ranked Boston College had lost.
The 12,238 fans of No. 2 Wisconsin figured their team would be moving up with a win over Minnesota Duluth.
Yet, UMD spoiled that expectation by rallying for a 2-2 overtime tie to open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's season.
The Bulldogs (1-0-2) stayed unbeaten on a power-play goal by defenseman Josh Meyers with 3:48 left in the third period and freshman goalie Alex Stalock's 26 saves.
It was a heart-pounding performance by a UMD team that never led, yet took the play to the Division I defending champions in the third period.
"We have the ability to come back. We did it this time against the No. 2-ranked team and against the No. 1-ranked goalie," Stalock said. "You have to gain some confidence from that."
The Badgers (2-1-2, 1-1-1 WCHA) took a lead into the third period for the first time this season, then saw UMD outshoot them 11-6 in the final regulation 20 minutes. Wisconsin says it played its best hockey in the five-minute overtime, but couldn't get past Stalock.
"When you have a lead in the third period, you can't just hang on," Wisconsin captain Andrew Joudrey said. "Duluth and the rest of our league will make you pay for it."
The defensive-minded Badgers were even more so with linemates Ross Carlson of Duluth and Jack Skille out of the lineup with injuries. A scoreless first period was even with Wisconsin holding a 7-6 shots advantage aided by three power plays. Elliott was the star of the period with point-blank stops on Michael Gergen with 7:40 left and Nick Kemp with 3:04 to go. He also got a pad on a Ryan Geris drive from the right circle with 2:56 remaining.
UMD goal-scoring leader MacGregor Sharp hit a pipe in a 4-on-4 shift 3:15 into the game.
The teams exchanged goals three minutes apart early in the second period. Wisconsin sophomore center Tom Gorowsky, the 2004 Minnesota Mr. Hockey while a senior at Centennial High School, earned his first collegiate goal on a power play at 2:46. He came out of the left corner of the UMD zone to meet Stalock head-on. UMD's first shot on goal of the period hit the net on a Mason Raymond backhander from close range.
"In such a defensive game you have to make the best of any opportunities," Raymond said. "We did that, and it was nice to come back, but we're still not satisfied with a tie."
An offensive flurry put the Badgers up 2-1 through two periods. Joudrey finished it off on a power play from the slot with 4:49 left.
After going 7-for-14 on power plays in a season-opening series with Massachusetts-Lowell, UMD was blanked on its first six attempts Friday before connecting on the seventh to tie the game.
A Badger player went to block a Meyers shot, but instead screened Elliott. The puck stayed on the ice and hit the net for Meyers' third goal of the season. Elliott, an All-American last season, came into the game with two shutouts in three games and a 0.99 goals-against average.
"It's not easy being on the road, and to be down a goal here, but again we dug deep," UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. "We didn't show any signs of packing it in. We responded well."
Earlier in the third period, Elliott gloved Meyers on a power play at 2:55 and gloved Gergen at 5:19. Stalock stopped winger Matthew Ford twice with 6:21 left. Just after the tying goal, UMD winger Andrew Carroll crushed a shot that hit off Elliott's shoulder and then hit the crossbar. With 29 seconds remaining, Wisconsin's Gorowsky hit a pipe.
Wisconsin led 3-2 in overtime shots.
After the game it was Stalock, the out-of-the net, puck-playing goalie in his Kohl Center debut, who was most talked about.
"You don't see his style every day in our league, especially on an Olympic (size) rink," Joudrey said. "You just try to get pucks to the net and try to catch him out of the net or out of position."
That wasn't the case Friday.
KEVIN PATES covers UMD men's hockey. He can be reached weeknights at (218) 723-5306 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
First period - No scoring. Penalties - Matt McKnight, UMD (cross-checking), 1:35; Jake Dowell, Wisconsin (slashing), 2:04; Mike Curry, UMD (elbowing), 4:43; Curry, UMD (charging), 17:37; Davis Drewiske, Wisconsin (holding), 20:00.
Second period - 1. Wisconsin, Tom Gorowsky 1 (Michael Davies, Andrew Joudrey), 2:46 (pp); 2. UMD, Mason Raymond 2 (MacGregor Sharp, Nick Kemp), 5:58; 3. Wisconsin, Joudrey 1 (Davies, Gorowsky), 15:11 (pp). Penalties - Matt Niskanen, UMD (holding), :52; Davies, Wisconsin (too many men on ice), 12:21; Kemp, UMD (interference), 13:20; Niskanen, UMD (roughing), 16:48; Josh Meyers, UMD (roughing), 16:48; Ben Street, Wisconsin (roughing), 16:48; Dowell, Wisconsin (roughing, slashing, served by Davies), 16:48; Joe Piskula, Wisconsin (checking from behind), 19:37.
Third period - 4. UMD, Josh Meyers 3 (Niskanen, Sharp), 16:12 (pp). Penalties - Matt Olinger, Wisconsin (cross-checking), 1:18; Jay Cascalenda, UMD (hooking), 7:02; Michael Gergen, UMD (tripping), 12:02; Matthew Ford, Wisconsin (tripping), 15:02.
Overtime - No scoring. Penalties - Ryan Geris, UMD (double-minor roughing), 4:54; Jason Garrison, UMD (double-minor roughing), 4:54; Andy Brandt, Wisconsin (double-minor roughing), 4:54; Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin (double-minor roughing), 4:54.
Shots on goal - UMD 6-5-11-2-24, Wisconsin 7-12-6-3-28. Goalies - Alex Stalock (1-0-2), UMD (28 shots-26 saves); Brian Elliott (2-1-1), Wisconsin (24 shots-22 saves). Power plays - UMD 1-of-7, Wisconsin 2-of-7. Referee - Randy Schmidt. Assistants - Ed Moberg, Karl Olm. A - 12,238.