UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CLUB HOCKEY
2/11/2013 WCCHA Conference Tournament
After a long season, the conference tournament in Blaine, MN had finally arrived. A special thanks to UW-Eau Claire for joining the tournament after the University of Minnesota State – Mankato had dropped out of the conference. The Badgers were matched up against the tough UMD Bulldogs in the opening round of the tournament. It was a tough game, with a lot of penalties. Everyone was playing their hearts out and playing through all pain. Badger goaltender, Ben Cohn stood tall in net all game and did everything that he could possibly do to keep the Badgers in the game. But, in the end, the Bulldogs just had too much firepower and depth. It was a close, back and forth game, until the third period when the Bulldogs scored 3 times with the Badgers only scoring once. The Bulldogs would go on to win 6-3.
On Saturday, the Badgers faced St. Thomas, who lost to Waldorf the day before. Both teams were determined to do anything and everything that they could to win the game, it was win or go home. St. Thomas was definitely more awake for the early morning game, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. The goal ended up being the only one of the first frame. In the second period the Badgers woke up. Junior defenseman Dan Truehl received a nice feed from Zach Vanderveldt and Truehl would not miss his opportunity to tie the game. Truehl’s goal was the one and only of the second frame. The third period saw much more scoring. The Thommies must have fully woken up during intermission because they scored very early in the third to take a 2-1 lead. UST would go on to net 2 more goals before the Badgers could even process what had happened. With 7 minutes left in the third and being down 4-1, the Badgers pushed forward at 110%. However, everything that the Badgers tried just would not work. Hitting pipes, receiving bad calls, and much more, the Badgers could not find a way to score. Late in the third, head coach Sam Barnett made the executive decision to pull the tender for the man advantage. Even though the Badgers had 6 men to UST’s 5, they still could not score until about 45 seconds left in the game when Senior Cole Christiansen scored with assists from Dan Truehl and Joel Schmocker. The Badgers would see there season come to an end and, thus, the offseason preparations for the next season would begin.
This weekend the Badgers hosted Illinois State. The two teams played previously in November in the ACHA Midwest Showcase at Robert Morris University. ISU won the earlier matchup, but it was a well-fought bout. On Friday night, the Badgers had high hopes of redeeming their previous defeat. The game was very competitive and tight from start to finish. ISU scored the only goal mid way through the first period to go up 1-0. After some inspiration from coach Barnet, the Badgers came out firing in the second period. Freshman Jon Barsness tallied tying goal early in the period. Even though the Badgers would just not give up, a large amount of penalties offered ISU just the chance they needed to steal the game. Late in the second period, ISU scored on the powerplay to take the lead 2-1. The Badgers played with heart but with 4 minutes to go in the final period ISU tallied an even strength goal to add some insurance. A few minutes later, ISU would score again on the powerplay to bring the final score to 5-1.On Saturday, the Badgers had the desire for revenge. However, ISU came out on fire. With their offensive firepower, ISU scored early and the Badgers could not manage to stop the bleeding. At the games end, the Badgers left with the feeling of defeat. The Badgers saw scoring from Freshmen Cody Rodell, Alex Johnson, and Joe Llaurado and some helpers from Dan Truehl, Cole Christiansen, Zach Vanderveldt, Joe Llaurado, Mike Smith, and Jon Barness.
After a split with UW – Eau Claire, the Badgers packed their bags and headed to the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. The Badgers had strong desires to beat their arch-rivals and were looking for a sweep to move up in the conference standings. On Friday night at Ridder Arena, the Badgers came out a little slow after the long drive. The Gophers jumped out to a quick 2-goal lead in the first, but junior defenseman, Dan Truehl, netted one to silence the gophers surge. He was assisted by freshman Daniel Shinsako and Sophomore Josh Worthy. With the score 2-1, the Badgers fought hard to find that tying goal, but the Gophers would capitalize on a late first period Badger turnover to head to the break up 3-1. During the break the Badgers found their legs and would come out strong at the start of the second period. Within the first few minutes of the puck drop, Senior Cole Christiansen capitalized on a perfect 3 on 1 opportunity. His line mates, Zach Vanderveldt and Joel Schmocker played the 3 on 1 to perfect, finding Christiansen wide open on the back door for the one timer. With the score now 3-2, the Badgers upped the pressure in search for that tying goal. Mid way through the second Freshman Daniel Shinsako forced a turnover and found his line mate, sophomore Josh Worthy, screeching up the middle. Shinsako threaded the needle with a perfect saucer pass to give Worthy a breakaway. Worthy went on to bury the biscuit in the back of the net to tie the game at 3 all. Unfortunately, the Gophers responded with 2 goals of their own and they would not look back. The third period saw 3 goals from each team with Christiansen tallying 2 to get the hat trick and freshman Alex Johnson adding the other. At the games end, the Gophers were triumphant with a 9-6 victory.
On Saturday the game was played at the famous Mariucci Arena. The Badgers had hopes of redeeming their loss from the previous day and were determined to accomplish their goal. But, the Gophers had plans of their own. They would tally the first goal of the game, but the Badgers would stop their surge and provide some scoring of their own. With Goaltender Joe Benert standing tall in net, the Badgers built their lead without the Gophers scoring. Mid way through the first, Senior Cole Christiansen tallied his 4th goal of the weekend to tie the game at one. Less than five minutes later, the Badgers were controlling the game and sophomore Mike Smith buried a rebound with assists from Josh Worthy and Alex Johnson. After one period of play the Badgers held the lead at 2-1. With the built up confidence and the rest from intermission, the Badgers came out fast in the second frame. While still controlling the play, Mike Smith would net another rebound with assists from Dan Truehl and Alex Johnson on the powerplay. There were no other goals in the second frame and the Badgers would take a 3-1 lead into the third. However, the Gophers would go on to smash the Badgers’ lead and score 3 goals in the third to win the game 4-3.
Schedule Update University of Minnesota
The Badgers will play the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers at 8:00 PM Friday, January, 25th 2013. Friday night's game will be played at Ridder arena, next door to Mariucci Arena. Saturday's game will be at Mariucci Arena at 7:00 PM. Directions to Ridder Arena and Directions to Mariucci Arena
12/10/2012 Final Weekend of First Semester
After a big win over WCCHA rival St. Cloud the Badgers would face the #1 team in the WCCHA, Northern Michigan University. Northern Michigan offensive firepower proved to be too much Friday night against a hot Badger’s team. The Badger’s would eventually loose with a final of 1-5 with the lone goal scored by freshman Daniel Shinsako. Saturday the Badgers found a way to 4 goals, one by Adam Vishny, Zach Vanderveldt, Matt Vishny, and Michael Smith. The scoring was not enough to take down Northern Michigan, with a final score of 4-7. We would like to congratulate all our players on a good first semester of hockey. Good Luck with finals and we are looking forward to starting off second semester against UW – Eau Clair January 18th, 2013 in Madison.
The Wisconsin Club Hockey Team would like to thank all of our supporters for helping us make this year’s Holiday Wreath Fundraiser a success. Your support enables us to keep playing the sport we all enjoy. THANK YOU
12/3/2012 Saint Cloud Series Summary
After a disappointing showing at the ACHA Midwest showcase the Badger were looking to change stride and beat conference rivals St. Cloud University. Friday night both teams came out checking. Despite Cole Christiansen’s two goals and another goal by Adam Vishny the Badgers fell to the Huskies Friday night with a final of 3-9. The Badgers took the ice Saturday for a second chance to beat their WCCHA rival. The game was close with goaltender Joe Benert stopping 52 out of the 56 shots and scoring assistance from Zach Vanderveldt, Daniel Shinsako, Matt Vishny and two more from Cole Christiansen. With a final of 5-4 the Badgers snap a 9 game loosing streak.
11/12/2012 ACHA Midwest Showcase at RMU
The Badgers would travel to Chicago for the ACHA Midwest Showcase Hosted by Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL. Friday night Wisconsin would take on Northern Illinois University. Despite saving 37 of 44 shots Wisconsin goaltender Ben Cohn and a goal from Josh Worthy the Badgers lost 7-1. Saturday night Wisconsin would face Illinois State University. Despite another outstanding game between the pipes for the Badgers goalie Joe Benert would save 43 of 48 shots he faced. With Zach Vanderveldt scoring the only goal Saturday the Badgers would lose 5-1. Wisconsin would face the host school Sunday for their third game of the weekend. Short benched, tired and short handed the Badger’s Matt Vishny would score Wisconsin’s first goal unassisted. Late in the second Wisconsin Freshman Brian Schlagel from Zach Vanderveldt and Joel Schmocker would tally points to make the score 2-7. The combined goaltending team of Aaron Kutz and Joe Benert were not able to stem the on slot and would fall with a final score of 11-2. After a long and tiring weekend the Badgers look forward to some time off for Thanksgiving.
11/5/2012 The New Guys Come to Madison
The newest member of the WCCHA conference, Waldorf College would make an appearance in Madison at the Shell on Friday night. The new guys in town would strike first but the badgers would retaliate with goals from Tyler Kupsky and Dan Truehl. The score would become tied late in the third with a goal from the Badger Joel Schmocker. The newbies would score twice more to take the game at 5-3. Saturday’s game would start with a goal from Waldorf. Not to be outdone by the new guys the Badgers would score two more in the first with one from Jon Barsness and Adam Vishny. Adam would score again in the third but that would not be enough to secure a Badger victory and they would fall 3-7 Saturday.
10/22/2012 UMD Huskies Road Trip Up North
Saturday afternoon the Badgers headed up north for their third conference series of the 2012-2013 season. The Badgers took the early lead with goals Dan Shinsako and Jason Gackowski. The Huskies would score 3 in the second to begin the third period leading 3-2. The Badgers were unable score again and would lose with a final of 7-2. After a crushing loss the Badgers would hope to redeem themselves Sunday. Again the Badgers would strike first with a goal from Adam Vishny. With the Huskies scoring 3 more goals in the second period much the same as Saturday. Dan Shinsako would score 8 minutes into the third period to bring the Badgers to within 2. Shinsako would score on high dump in with one minute left in the third. The Badgers lose again Sunday 3-5, bringing their WCCHA record to 2-4.
10/8/2012 MSU Mankato Series
Set for the first home series of the season the Badgers would take the ice at the Shell. Overcoming 41:00 of penalties on Friday night the Badgers were able to beat Minnesota State Mankato 6-5. The Badgers charge was led with two goals from Adam Vishny, one from Jon Barsness, JT Nida, Zach Vanderveldt and Alex Zukauskas. With hopes of their first weekend sweep the Badgers took the ice Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the Badgers were not able to complete the sweep and lost a thrilling game with a late goal by Mankato. With Saturdays 5-4 loss the Badgers would bring their WCCHA record to 2-2. Looking forward the Badgers make their next appearance in Duluth, MN when they take on the UMD Huskies.
10/1/2012 St. Thomas Series
Friday night in Minnesota the Badgers took the ice for what would be a thrilling game against the Saint Thomas Tommies for their first WCCHA conference game of the season. With a sudden change of plans, Aaron Kutz would start the game between the pipes for the Badgers. Short benched the Badgers hung tight all night with timely saves by Aaron and some offensive firepower by Dan Shinsako and Zach Vanderveldt. Late in the third down 2-4 the Badgers would mount a return with a late goal by Ben Cohn. Unable to score again the Badgers would fall 3-4 Friday night. Saturday afternoon the Badgers would take the ice with their hearts set on revenge. Despite being short benched and being hurt by penalties the Badgers backed by goaltender Joe Benert and scoring from Adam Vishny, Jon Barsness, two from Matt Vishny, and Zach Vanderveldt would continue on to win 5-4. Saturday's win bring the Badgers WCCHA record to 1-1 and their overall record to 2-4.
9/24/2012 Saint Norbert Weekend Recap
The Badgers traveled to Green Bay this past weekend to take on the University of Saint Norbert's. Friday started off great with goaltender Ben Cohn keeping the Badgers in the game. After two periods the score going into the third period was 1-2, with the twin connection (Ze Vishny’s) scoring. Saint Norbert struck first in the third period, and they would keep up the pressure and continue to score 3 more goals. The final was 6-2 St. Norberts. The Badgers only goal coming from Brian Schlagel assisted by Dan Shinsako and Josh Worthy. Saturday, the Badgers took the ice seeking revenge. Again an exciting game that would come down to the wire. Badgers goaltender Joe Benert would keep the Badgers ahead until late into the third. A poorly timed slashing penalty taken by the Badgers late in the third would give Saint Norbert just the advantage they needed to take the game. Scoring the on the power play Saint Norbert would tie it up at 5. The Badgers goals came from Josh Worthy, Cody Rodell, Dan Shinsako, Matt Vishny, and Adam Vishny. Gaining momentum from their power play goal Saint Norbert would keep the pressure on and score 3 more times including one empty net goal to send the Badgers home with a final score of 8-5.
9/17/2012 UW-OSHKOSH Series Recap
The Badger's took the ice Friday night for their first game of the 2012-2013 regular season in Oshkosh. It was an exciting game that came down to the wire. At the end of regulation the score was tied at six. At 1:07 into the 4 on 4 overtime Cole Christiansen scored his third goal of the night completing his hat trick and securing the win for the Badgers in their first game. With goals from Will Simson, Josh Worth, Alex Zukauskas, Adam Vishny and a solid performance from Ben Cohn saving 32 out of the 38 shots he faced. Saturday UW-Oshkosh Traveled to Madison for the Badger's home opener. Despite the goals from Josh Worthy, a second hat trick by Cole Christiansen and Aaron Kutz stopping 38 out of the 44 the Badgers were defeated 4-7.
9/5/12 Tryouts Update
We apologize for cancelling tryouts last night due to the power outage. Tryouts will go on as planned tonight at 8:45 at the Shell, please check back later for more information about tryouts.
Tryouts will take place September 4, 5, 6 from 8:45-11 pm at the Shell on campus. Cost is $25.
If interested, go to https://win.wisc.edu/organization/mensclubhockey and join the team page on WIN. Once confirmed, fill out the player consent form located in the "Forms" section.
8/5/12 Tryout Announcement
With our first games less than a month away, we are excited to announce our tryout dates for the upcoming season! Tryouts for the 2012-13 Season are as follows:
September 4th - 8:45-11pm
September 5th - 8:45-11pm
September 6th - 8:45-11pm
All tryouts will be held at The Shell (Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center). Also, be sure to check out Open Hockey at Capitol Ice Arena and Madison Ice Arena for a chance to get on the ice before tryouts!
Madison Ice Arena/Hartmeyer schedule- http://www.madisonicearena.com/page/show/356899-calendar
Capitol Ice Arena - http://www.capitolicearena.com/index.php?module=cms&page=7
5/1/12 Heading Into The Summer Update
The Badgers have begun the process of preparing for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. The Executive Board is very excited to begin working to make next season great. We are heading into the summer with a plan on how to make the upcoming season even better than the last.
Tryout dates for the upcoming season will be posted towards the end of the summer as we approach the start of the fall semester. We look forward to seeing everyone there in the fall!2/15/12 Badgers lose heartbreaker to end the season
The Badgers entered Friday evening’s game with the hopes of continuing their win streak from their previous series. Earlier in the season the Badgers split with the Bulldogs at home, and were pretty confident in their chances of taking another from them. However, Minnesota Duluth had other plans. After some heated battles in the corners and continuous neutral zone scrums the Bulldogs were the first to tally a goal, taking the one to nothing lead. However, the Badgers were not ready to sit back and let the game slip away. Forward Zach Vanderveldt responded with a goal of his own shortly after with assists going to the Vishny brothers. The powerful offensive attack of the Badgers seemed to return from their previous series as Kevin Vrany blasted a laser past the Bulldog tender on a breakaway shot. With only seconds left in the first the Badgers looked to take their lead into the locker room. But, Minnesota Duluth created some pressure low in their offensive zone and blasted home a goal from the point to tie the game at two. Returning to the ice in the second, the Badgers seemed to have lost the spark they originally had. After two quick goals by the Bulldogs, forward Josh Worthy tried to boost the Wisconsin bench by firing home a shot from the slot that brought the goal difference to one. However, the Badgers were not able to continue with this attack. The Bulldogs slowly chipped away at the struggling Badgers and ended up winning the game by a score of 8 to 3. Goaltender Ben Cohn was in net for the loss. With this loss, the Badgers were eliminated from the tournament and ended their season earlier than they had hope. Thank you to all of the seniors who contributed to the squad over the past season. The Badgers wish you the best of luck as you graduate from college and enter into the real world.
The Badgers would also like to send out a special thank you to all of those who followed us throughout the season and your generous donations to the team. Without you it would not be possible for us to continue to play the game we love.2/1/12 Badgers roll past Minnesota State
(Note: No Score Sheet was obtained to record the normal game summary for the weekend.)
After a tough road trip last weekend to Michigan the Badgers returned to the ice against Minnesota State. Although a little bit sluggish from the ride earlier that day the Badgers aimed to take two from the Mavericks. With some line adjustments the previous week of practice, the team began to see chemistry on all lines. In Mankato, the Badgers were able to create a dominant offensive attack that was no match for the home team. Jack Crawford continued with his longest point streak of the season ripping another goal into the net. In both games the Badgers were able to control the puck and received solid support from the defensive core. The Badgers won the game Friday with Ben Cohn between the pipes. Similar results were seen on Saturday evening when the scoring power of the Badgers was not able to be controlled by the Mavericks defense. In addition, the dominant net minding of Joe Benert proved to be a vital attribute to the team as he only let one goal slip by in the final minutes of regulation. However, this had no effect on the Badgers leaving Minnesota with two wins. They look to take this offensive power into the conference tournament February 11th and 12th in Blaine, MN. They face Minnesota Duluth in the first round of the tournament.
1/23/12 Badgers Lose against Two Ranked Opponents over the Weekend
The badgers took a road trip to Michigan this weekend where they battled two ranked opponents in Central Michigan (#6), and Michigan State (#2). On Friday evening the Badgers rolled into Mount Pleasant, Michigan in hopes of stealing a win from the Central Michigan Chippewa’s. The first period was back and forth with opportunities amounting for both squads. It wasn’t until with less than three minutes remaining that the Chippewa’s netted a goal to take the one to nothing lead. After two quick goals in the second by Central Michigan, four year starter Jack Crawford blasted home a one-timer top shelf with an assist from Cole Christiansen. However, this burst of offensive power posed no threat for the Chippewa’s as they put home four consecutive goals taking a commanding seven to one lead. Senior Ian Andrews again began an offensive surge midway through the third as he tipped a slap shot from Brad Fox into the Central Michigan net. Badger forward Matt Vishny continued the scoring with another goal just three minutes later. The Chippewa’s countered less than a minute later before Matt Vishny buried his second goal of the night. These short bursts of offense by the Badgers were not enough to fend off the home team as they ended up winning by a score of 11 to 4. Goaltender Aaron Kutz was in net for the loss. Despite fiery locker room pep talks from interim head coach Zach Gansmoe, the team was unable to come up with a win in his coaching debut.
After a night of team bonding the Badgers returned to the ice Saturday afternoon for a rematch with the Chippewa’s. Just 40 seconds into the opening period Central Michigan buried a goal to take the lead. Two minutes later, Ian Andrews put home a rebound to tie the game at one a piece. The Badgers continued to battle with Central Michigan for the next opportunity to score. The Chippewa’s were next to strike with two more goals in the last three minutes of the first. Central Michigan’s dominance continued as they outskated the Badgers and were able to extend their lead to five heading into the third. After an early period goal by the Chippewa’s, Badger Eric Janssen managed to squeak a puck past the Central Michigan goalie five hole to keep the deficit to five. However, Central Michigan was able to score two more goals in the final minutes of the period to extend their lead to seven. Wisconsin goalie Joe Benert was in net for the nine to two defeat.
On Sunday the Badgers traveled south to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in an afternoon game. Michigan State, ranked second in the region, proved to be a worthy challenge for the Badgers who have been struggling this season. In the first, Michigan State slowly chipped away at the Badgers defense and netted four goals before the period ended. During the period, the Badgers were unable to generate a goal even with multiple scoring opportunities. After an early goal in the second by the Spartans, Cole Christiansen fired a puck from the top of the slot past the Michigan State goalie to diminish their lead to four. Wisconsin forward Adam Vishny continued with the offensive attack for the Badgers, netting a goal after a pass from freshman Josh Worthy behind the Spartan net. However, the Badgers were once again unable to maintain this offensive threat and allowed the Spartans to score three more unanswered goals. It wasn’t until with a little under seven minutes left that Cole Christiansen managed to put home his second goal of the night with assists to Ian Andrews and Matt Vishny. But, this wasn’t enough as the Badgers fell to the Spartans by a score of eight to three. Badgers Aaron Kutz was in net for the loss. The Badgers look to turn things around next weekend as they had to Minnesota to take on Mankato on Friday and Saturday evening.
12/11/2011 The Win Streak ends for the Badgers
The Badgers faced off against a very tough Robert Morris team this past weekend in their final series of the semester. Wisconsin’s Joel Schmocker opened up the scoring for the home team in the first period with an assist from Zach Vandervelt. This was the only tally for either team and the Badgers rolled into intermission up by a score of 1 to 0. However, in the second Eddie Chisholm of Robert Morris scored a pair of goals early in the period to take the lead. Matt Vishny managed to tie the game up with just under five minutes remaining in the period to send the teams into the locker rooms tied at 2. In the third, Robert Morris pulled ahead with four goals while Wisconsin was only able to counter with a goal by Eric Janssen with 13 minutes remaining in the period. Badgers goalie Aaron Kutz was in net for the loss. The Badgers win streak was snapped as they lost by a final of 3 to 6.
On Saturday, the Badgers again were the first to register a goal as Dan Truehl fired a rocket from the point that went right past the screened goaltender. Soon after, the offensive power of Robert Morris began to take control of the game as they managed to put home three goals in the first period. The Badgers were down by three heading into the second which proved to be an uneventful period as neither team was able to score. In the third, Robert Morris put home their third goal of the evening with just under four minutes remaining. Jason Forciea responded with the final tally of the night with just under a minute to go. The Badgers fell by a final score of 4 to 2. Goalie Joe Benert tallied 46 saves in the loss. The Badgers will return to action January 20thwhen they head to Mt. Pleasant to take on Central Michigan.
12/4/2011 Badgers Continue with Win Streak against St. Thomas
The Wisconsin club hockey team continued with their win streak as they took two from the University of St. Thomas. On Friday, the Badgers started off slow heading to the locker room after the first period down by a score of 2 to 1. Defensemen Dan Truehl netted the lone goal in the opening period for the Badgers with an assist from Ian Andrews. Returning to the ice in the second the Badgers looked to regain the lead. Seth Hyman shot a laser toward the crease which tipped off the goaltender’s stick into the net to tie the game at 2. Just under a minute later, the Tommies quickly responded to regain the lead. However, the offensive power of the Badgers seemed to be no match for the visiting team as they took the lead with three consecutive goals. Harrison Aghjian, Matt Vishny and Eric Janssen were able to tally goals for the Badgers. In the third, the Tommies seemed to gain back some of the momentum as they buried two early in the third to tie the game at 5. About halfway through the period,Joel Schmocker used his power to jam home a goal in front of the net. However, the Tommies quickly countered to again tie the game back up. With just over three minutes left, Matt Vishny blasted a shot past the University of St. Thomas goalie to once again give the Badgers the lead. Vishny’s goal proved to be the eventual game winner as the Badgers won by a final of 7 to 6. Goalie Ben Cohn had 41 saves in the game.
Saturday night again proved to be a high scoring affair. The University of St. Thomas jumped out on top less than 30 seconds into the opening period. But the Badgers were quick to respond with 8 consecutive goals that gave the home team the commanding lead. Six of these goals were scored in the first period with the other two coming early in the second. Harrison Aghjian, Matt Vishny, Adam Vishny, Josh Worthy, Joel Schmocker and Zach Vandervelt all managed to find the back of the net during the opening period. Dan Truehl and Harrison Aghjian continued the scoring in the second putting the Badgers ahead by a score of 8 to 1. The Tommies countered with one before Joel Schmocker was able to bury his second of the evening. The Badgers remained absent from the score sheet for the remainder of the game as the Tommies put four more goals home before the final buzzer. Goalie Aaron Kutz had 52 saves in the win. The Badgers were able to maintain their lead and ended up winning by a score of 9 to 6. Wisconsin seeks to continue their win streak at home December 9th and 10th against Robert Morris University.
11/24/11 Badgers Sweep St. Louis University
The Badgers returned home after a tough road series excited to take the ice. However, it wasn’t until less than a minute remaining in the first period that the Badger’s Matt Vishny was able to notch a goal for the cardinal red. The home team continued the attack into the second period where they managed to put three more goals in against the visiting Billikens. Matt Vishny tallied his second of the night and Harrison Aghjian as well as Eric Janssen found their way onto the score sheet. After two strong periods of play the Badgers led 4 to 0. Forward Eric Janssen continued the onslaught into the third with his second goal of the night. Matt Vishny followed shortly after with a laser that he blasted past the tender to complete his hat trick for the night. The Billikens rallied with two goals later in the third before Eric Janssen landed the hammer and registered his third goal for the night to complete his hat trick. Goalie Ben Cohn registered 38 saves for the win.
Hoping for their first sweep of the season, the Badgers came out of the gates ready to play. It was just five minutes into the game before Eric Janssen continued with her scoring streak, putting the Badgers on the board. The home team continued with the offensive pressure while managing to keep the majority of shots on goalie Joe Benert on the perimeter. However, it wasn’t until the second period that the Badgers were able to put a further dent on their lead. Harlow Hermanson had a powerful shot that was no match for the goalie and Jason Forciea sniped a puck from the slot on a Badger power play that put the team up by 3. Hoping to preserve the shutout, the Badgers continued to maintain strong defensive pressure forcing the Billikens to cough up the puck multiple times before a shot was ever taken. Senior Joel Schmocker forced home the final goal and Badger goalie Joe Benert was able to preserve the shutout. He concluded the game with 33 saves. The Badgers look to continue their streak against the University of St. Thomas on Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd.
11/15/11 Badgers No Match for Illinois
On Friday the Badgers went on the road to Champaign where they played in front of over 1,000 screaming Illini fans. Wisconsin forward Ian Andrews shocked the crowd in the first with a five hole snipe that put the Badgers on the board. After a stretch of about six minutes the Illini responded with three consecutive goals to go into the intermission with the lead. Badger Kevin Vrany responded with a goal after a mishandle of the puck by the Illini tender, Jason Forciea and Andrews added the assists. Despite the pressure the Badgers placed on their opponents they were unable to generate any further offense. The Badgers were defeated 9 to 2. Badger goaltender Aaron Kutz posted 36 saves on the night.
Saturday evening showed to have similar results. The Illinois squad continued their vicious attack on the Badgers and was able to control the majority of the game. Wisconsin’s offense was held scoreless for the night. Goalie Joe Benert managed to stop 29 shots in the effort. The Badgers lost 0 to 11. The Badgers hope to break their current slump with wins at home this coming weekend against St. Louis University. Game times are 8:30pm Friday and 4:30pm Saturday at the Shell.
11/08/11 Badgers Battle DePaul University
On Friday the Badgers jumped out at home to take the early lead with a goal by Adam Vishny. DePaul University was quick to respond with a goal of their own under a minute later. The two teams were back and forth for the majority of the period with both squads netting a goal late in the first. Jason Forciea was credited with the power play goal as the Badgers went into the locker room tied at two. However, the Badgers were unable to generate any further offense in the game and lost by a score of 2 to 6. Wisconsin goalie Ben Cohn was credited with 33 saves in the game.
Saturday’s game was another intense matchup that featured a Badger squad hungry for redemption. However, DePaul was first to score with a pair of goals halfway through the opening period. Eric Janssen was able to answer with a snipe that sent the Badgers into the locker room down by one. After a DePaul University goal early in the second Matt Vishny quickly replied with a laser of his own that kept the differential to one. The DePaul squad responded with two more goals sending the Badgers in for intermission down by three. In the third, Joel Schmocker powered the puck into the net for another Badger point. But, the effort was not enough as the Badgers fell by a score of 3 to 8. Goalie Aaron Kutz was credited with 41 saves in the game.
10/26/11 Badgers Struggle with a Short Bench
After a long drive up to Minnesota with a small roster the Badgers were not able to get rid of their stiff legs and had trouble keeping up with the pace of the St. Cloud State Huskies. On Friday evening, the Huskies netted 5 goals before the Badgers were able to get on the board. Zach Vandervelt blasted a shot past the goalie, but the Huskies managed to burry one more before the end of the period. In the second, the Badgers outscored the Huskies 2 to 1 with goals by Ian Andrews and Zach Vandervelt in an attempt to make up for their slow start. However, St. Cloud continued to dominate the game in the third period with 4 more goals. Late in the third Josh Worthy sniped a shot over the shoulder of the Huskies tender in an attempt to diminish the goal differential. But the Badgers proved to be no match for the Huskies, falling by a score of 11 to 4.
On Saturday night the Badgers once again fell behind the Huskies early before the Badgers were able to counter. Adam Vishny tipped home a goal from a pass out of the corner by Andrews to go into the intermission down by 3. The Badgers offense continued to pressure the defense of the Huskies in the second and managed to get two more goals early in the period. Ian Andrews scored the first of the period on a breakaway and Adam Vishny added his second of the night shortly after. However, the Huskies were able to use their full bench of players and managed to put home four more goals in the period against a tiring team. Matt Vishny deked out the goalie on a breakaway in the third to record the Badgers final point of the night. Once again, the Badgers struggled to keep up with the Huskies while rolling a very short bench of players. The final score of the game was 12 to 4. The Badgers look ahead to their next series at home against DePaul University November 4th and 5th.
10/11/11 Badgers Swept by the Gophers
The Badgers struggled from the drop of the puck to find their rhythm in the opening match of their two game series with Minnesota. After Harlow Hermanson scored a first period goal to tie the game at one a piece, the Gophers countered with two more to end the period. In the second, the Badgers made a slight comeback with a pair of goals coming from Eric Janssen and Jason Forciea. However, that was no match for the offensive power of the Gophers as they netted two more goals early in the third period. Ian Andrews scored a goal late in regulation to put the Badgers down by one but their last minute attempts fell short and the Gophers notched a final goal in the empty net to win 6 to 4.
The Gophers continued to dominate the tempo in the second game. They jumped out early in the first with two goals but the Badgers managed to tie it up before the end of the period with goals by Jason Ehrmantraut and Ian Andrews. Once again, the Badgers found themselves down by two goals early in the second. Zach Vanderveldt added one for the Badgers as they attempted to tie the game back up. However, the third period was dominated by the Gopher offense as they added two more to their lead. The Gophers won 6 to 3. The Badgers will take next weekend off before heading to St. Cloud for a series October 21 & 22.
10/3/11 Badgers Struggle to Take the Sweep
The Badgers opened the season at home to a very enthusiastic crowd of fans, and they did not disappoint. The opening period saw two goals by the Badgers within the first 10 minutes of the game. Dan Truehl buried a shot from the point on an assist from Eric Janssen. Josh Worthy kept the momentum going with a shot from the side of the slot that found its way into the net over the goalie’s pad; Joey Tidei was credited with the assist. Going into the locker room with a two goal lead, the Badgers hoped to keep the onslaught going in the second. But the UMD Bulldogs slowed down the pace with two consecutive goals early. The Badgers responded later in the period with a peppering of goals by Matt Vishny, Zach Vandervelt, Joey Tidei and Harrison Aghjan to end the period with a 6 to 2 lead. They then managed to keep the lead in the third with a goal early by Adam Vishny to close out the scoring for the Badgers. However, the Bulldogs did not give up and put in two goals late in the period to make the final score 7 to 4.
Saturday’s game did not go as the Badgers had hoped. With additional people out of the lineup adjustments had to be made that proved to be costly for the Badgers. The Badgers started off the game a step behind the bulldogs as they jumped ahead just 13 seconds in to take the lead. Matt Vishny rebounded with a goal by a pass from Vandervelt and Janssen. However, it wasn’t enough to slow down the Bulldogs offense as they netted another before the conclusion of the opening period. The second period showed to be a continuous battle but the Badgers Zach Vandervelt managed to put one home late to tie the game up. The third period was full of excitement as the Bulldogs scored with just over five minutes remaining to take the lead. Matt Vishny once again countered their attack by scoring with a little over two minutes remaining and it looked like the Badgers would be going to overtime for the third time in four games. But the Bulldogs had other plans for the outcome of this game, and managed to score the go ahead goal with just 12 seconds left in the period. The Badgers left the ice tired and defeated but look to take on their border rival Minnesota Gophers this following weekend at home. Game times are scheduled for 8:30PM Friday, and 4:30PM Saturday.