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Badgers men's hockey bested, 5-2, by Colorado College

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Wisconsin men's hockey team fell Friday, 5-2, as Colorado College killed four penalties and assembled a three-goal second period to fend off the Badgers at the Broadmoor World Arena.

“We did some good things,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “The power play gave us energy and we had some chances. Our face offs were good tonight. Wags (Ryan Wagner) was really good (with face offs) on the penalty kill.

We still haven't got over that hump. We've talked about in practice getting that confidence back. We feel good there, but we haven't transposed that into the games yet.”

After killing a Cameron Hughes elbowing penalty early in the first period, the Badgers (0-7-0) were not as successful the second time around.

Gliding from the left point toward the middle of the ice, Stevens Point, Wisconsin native Aaron Harstad fed the puck to his defensive partner Ian Young along the right boards. Harstad then received a pass back and loaded a wrist shot that missed multiple players in front of the net and snuck behind Wisconsin goaltender Landon Peterson.

The goal marked the sixth time in seven games, UW's opponent scored first.

A close first 20 minutes was no indication of the second frame, as CC (3-7-0) exploded for three goals.

Wisconsin controlled the puck in the Tigers' zone for the opening 30 seconds of the period, but was quickly silenced.

A blocked slap shot off the stick of a Colorado College player landed in the slot and was tipped back to Hunter Fejes on the blue line. The Anchorage, Alaska product directed the puck toward the net, which was tipped up and over the shoulder of Peterson by Luc Gerdes.

A Wisconsin goal by Morgan Zulinick—his first of the season—broke up the three-goal ambush.

CC rung a breakout pass around the boards that Adam Rockwood collected and eventually guided to the top of the left face off circle. Zulinick controlled the pass and fired a slap shot past Tigers net minder Chase Perry. Joseph LaBate was also credited with an assist on the play.

UW kept the score within one for just over eight minutes before Scott Wamsganz extended Colorado College's lead.

Leading a 2-on-2, Wamsganz skated across the Badgers' blue line and moved toward the middle of the ice. He put a shot on Peterson and trailed his teammates as they crashed the net. The 6-4 senior tracked the bouncing puck and backhanded it top shelf.

The final goal of the period came on a Jared Hanson one-timer.

Wisconsin and Colorado College split the scoring in the third period, as Cody Bradley netted a goal for the Tigers to make it 5-1.

Jason Ford registered his first tally of 2014-15 on a shot in the low slot. After protecting the puck along the boards, Ford banked a pass off those same boards to Tim Davison at the point. Ford headed straight for the slot, and after Davison fed Grant Besse along the side boards, the Plymouth, Minnesota native spotted Ford in front for the one-time finish.

Peterson faced 29 shots in the game, while Perry was forced to make 24 saves.

Wisconsin failed to score on four attempts with the man advantage, while CC succeeded once on its four chances.

UW's loss snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Tigers and put the all-time series record at 111-67-9 in UW's favor.

Tim Davison led all skaters with four shots on goal, as he finished the night at even in the plus/minus column.

“We have this quote on our t-shirts that we work out in that says, “Earned, Never Given,” Eaves said. “We have to earn this. It's not going to happen magically.”

The Badgers head to Denver to play DU Saturday at 8 p.m. CT. ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain airs the game live on television.

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