MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's hockey team shut out Michigan 3-0
this Saturday to go 2-0 in the College Hockey Showcase for the first
time in front of a home crowd. The last Badger squad to sweep the
Showcase was the national championship-winning 2005-06 team at the Munn
Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. and Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.
After both teams dominated in their Friday night games, the Badgers and
the Wolverines came out on the ice with a point to prove. The game was
heated and physical throughout its duration, but the first goal wasn't
posted until the third period when Wisconsin found the back of the net
2:55 into the period. The Badgers scored two more goals in the third to
blank the Wolverines in front of a roaring home crowd.
Junior Michael Davies (St. Louis) scored the first UW goal with the
assistance of sophomore Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) and senior Tom
Gorowsky (Lino Lakes, Minn.). Davies finished off a scramble in front of
the Michigan net for his second goal this season.
Wisconsin tallied its second goal of the night with 7:22 left in the
game. Gorowsky followed up a rebound after junior Jamie McBain
(Faribault, Minn.) and freshman Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn.) set up
the play from the left side of the net to put Wisconsin up 2-0.
Freshman Jordy Murray (Faribault, Minn.) notched his fourth goal of the
season with UW's final goal. Murray slung the puck into an open net
with 22 seconds left to settle the score at 3-0. Freshman Jake Gardiner
(Minnetonka, Minn.) was credited with the assist.
Wisconsin goalkeeper senior Shane Connelly (Cheltenham, Pa.) recorded
19 saves against the Wolverines, while Michigan's Billy Sauer saved 29
shots. This is Connelly's second shutout in three games this season,
and he also tied Bernd Bruckler for fourth in Wisconsin career shutouts
with seven with tonight's win.
Overall, UW outshot the Wolverines 30-19.
The Badgers went 2-for-9 on the power play; Michigan went 0-for-3.
UW faces off WCHA opponent Alaska Anchorage next weekend, Dec. 5-6, at
the Kohl Center. The puck is slated to hit the ice on Friday at 7 p.m.