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UMD HOCKEY: First home loss for Bulldogs as Wisconsin outshoots Minnesota Duluth

Minnesota Duluth hoped the start of the longest homestand of the season would aid a climb in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. While the Bulldogs got off to a decent start Friday with a tie against Wisconsin, things didn't impr...

Minnesota Duluth hoped the start of the longest homestand of the season would aid a climb in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

While the Bulldogs got off to a decent start Friday with a tie against Wisconsin, things didn't improve Saturday.

Fourth-place Wisconsin scored less than three minutes into the game and went on to beat eighth-place UMD 4-1 before a crowd of 4,791 spectators at the DECC.

It was UMD's first home loss of the season and left the Bulldogs 0-3-1 the past four games. The Bulldogs (4-4-3 overall, 1-4-2 WCHA) continue their streak of five straight home games this Friday and Saturday against North Dakota.

Wisconsin (4-6-2, 4-4-2) continues to rebound after a 0-6-1 start. The Badgers, 4-0-1 in their past five games, led 1-0 after one period and 3-0 after two.

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"I didn't like one thing about the game," said senior defenseman Josh Meyers, who scored UMD's goal. "It was disappointing to come out the way we did for two periods on a Saturday night at home. It's the responsibility of the seniors to get our guys ready and we weren't ready.

"Once we did score, we did some things better, but there was only half the third period left. That's how we should've played after [the Badgers] scored their first goal."

UMD was outshot for only the second time this season, 39-29, as Wisconsin senior Shane Connelly made 28 saves. Senior winger Tom Gorowsky of Lino Lakes, Minn., and sophomore Podge Turnbull each had a goal and an assist for the Badgers.

Wisconsin got off to a good start as freshman winger Chris Hickey tipped Eric Springer's right point drive at 2:44 of the first period. It was Hickey's first collegiate point in his third game, and neither he nor Springer, also a freshman, played Friday.

"We're playing better every game, at least we're trying to," Gorowsky said. "We still thought we could've played better [in the series], we weren't at our best, but we've got some momentum."

UMD suffered a loss with 63 seconds left in the first period as freshman winger Mike Connolly was called for a five-minute checking-from-behind major on Wisconsin defenseman Jamie McBain. Connolly was gone for the game.

The Badgers took advantage of the lengthy power play with a goal at 47 seconds of the second period. Gorowsky connected for a 2-0 lead. UMD was blanked on its first seven power plays until Meyers broke that streak.

After a brief 5-on-3 UMD power play in the second period, Wisconsin's Brendan Smith blocked a shot in the defensive zone and Blake Geoffrion passed the puck ahead. Turnbull, just out of the penalty box, took control of a loose puck at neutral ice and came in to beat goalie Alex Stalock on a short-handed shift with 5:37 left in the second period.

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"[Wisconsin] played hard. They were the better team all night long. Give them credit, they got what they deserved and we got what we deserved," UMD coach Scott Sandelin said.

The teams paired off with 2:51 left in the second period, initiated by Wisconsin center Andy Bohmbach elbowing UMD's Nick Kemp in the head. Lost to five-minute major penalties were UMD winger Cody Danberg for spearing and Wisconsin defenseman Ryan McDonagh for checking from behind.

Meyers had the first goal of the third period, from the right circle at 8:01, for his fourth of the season. Stalock was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:11 to play and Bohmbach hit an empty net with 21 seconds left.

"With the [early] schedule we've had and the teams we've played, we would hope to see some improvement, and we're seeing it," said Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves, whose team has faced Boston College, New Hampshire, Denver and Minnesota.

Wisconsin................... ...1-2-1 -- 4

Minnesota Duluth...........0-0-1 -- 1

First period -- 1. Wisconsin, Chris Hickey 1 (Eric Springer, Podge Turnbull), 2:44. Penalties -- Brendan Smith, Wisconsin (interference), 3:37; Hickey, Wisconsin (hooking), 9:18; Cody Golobef, Wisconsin (hooking), 11:57; Michael Gergen, UMD (slashing), 15:58; Mike Connolly, UMD (checking-from-behind 5-minute major, game misconduct, served by Justin Fontaine), 18:57.

Second period -- 2. Wisconsin, Tom Gorowsky 4 (Derek Stepan, Jamie McBain, :47 (pp); 3. Wisconsin, Turnbull 3, 14:23 (Blake Geoffrion, Brendan Smith) . Penalties -- Drew Akins, UMD (interference), 10:06; Turnbull, Wisconsin (interference), 12:15; Golobef, Wisconsin (cross-checking), 14:05; Nick Kemp, UMD (roughing), 17:09; Cody Danberg, UMD (spearing 5-minute major, game misconduct), 17:09; Evan Oberg, UMD (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 17:09; John Mitchell, Wisconsin (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 17:09; Ryan McDonagh, Wisconsin (checking-from-behind 5-minute major, game misconduct), 17:09; Andy Bohmbach, Wisconsin (double-minor roughing), 17:09.

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Third period -- 4. UMD, Josh Meyers 4 (Michael Gergen, Kemp), 8:01 (pp); 5. Wisconsin, Bohmbach 2 (Gorowsky), 19:40 (en). Penalties -- Jay Cascalenda, UMD (high-sticking), 1:35; Springer, Wisconsin (tripping), 3:56; Hickey, Wisconsin (too many men on ice), 7:24; Mitchell, Wisconsin (hooking), 14:20; Fulton, UMD (roughing), 15:49; Smith, Wisconsin (roughing), 15:49; Gergen, UMD (charging), 20:00.

Shots on goal -- Wisconsin 10-14-15--39, UMD 9-7-13--29. Goalies - Shane Connelly (3-4-2), Wisconsin (29 shots-28 saves); Alex Stalock (4-4-3), UMD (39 shots-35 saves). Power plays -- Wisconsin 1-of-5; UMD 1-of-9. Referees -- C.J. Beaurline, Jon Campion. Linesmen -- Jared Moen, Chris Olson. A - 4,791.

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