Feb. 6, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- In front of a school-record crowd of 55,031 screaming fans, the No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (16-7-4) defeated the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (16-13-1) Saturday in the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic.
The victory -- which happened in front of the second-largest crowd to ever watch a collegiate hockey game -- came on a pair of third-period power-play goals by junior defenseman Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario).
After more than 30 minutes of scoreless hockey, Michigan took its first lead of the game with just under nine minutes to go in the third period.
Freshman forward Kevin Lynch ripped a shot past Wisconsin goaltender Scott Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta), giving the Wolverines a 2-1 advantage.
However, at the 14:48 mark of the period, junior Brendan Smith notched his 11th goal of the season with the Badgers on the power play. Senior forward Michael Davies (St. Louis, Mo.) passed the puck from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to Smith, who was positioned in front of the net.
Smith drove the puck past Michigan goalie Bryan Hogan to knot things up at two. Sophomore forward Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn.) notched the secondary assist on the scoring sequence.
Then, with time dwindling, Smith did it again.
With the Badgers again on the power play, it looked like the same goal as Davies found Smith open outside the faceoff circle, and Smith slapped home a score that proved to be the game-winner.
The goal was Smith’s 12th of the season, but easily the most important, as Stepan again was credited with the secondary assist.
Gudmandson turned away 22 Wolverines attempts for the game, as his record rose to 9-2-4 on the season. Michigan goalie Bryan Hogan stopped a total of 24 shots, dropping his record to 16-12-1 on the year.
For the game, Wisconsin owned a 27-24 advantage in shots, including a 9-8 edge in the third period.
The Badgers scored the first goal just over three minutes into the game. After senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) passed the puck from the end line to the net, it found freshman forward Craig Smith (Madison, Wis.).
Just outside the crease, sophomore forward Jordy Murray (Faribault, Minn.) gathered the puck in a crowd of defenders and scored his ninth goal of the season. The Badgers were skating with a 1-0 advantage early in the opening period.
However, Michigan managed to knot things up with just over one minute to go in the frame. Junior forward Scooter Vaughan’s backhander slid past Gudmandson to tie the game at one heading into the second.
Wisconsin outshot Michigan, 13-6, for the first period, but the second period was about as even as it could get.
Neither teamed scored in the segment, and shots-on-goal were more even, but favored the Badgers, 18-16, and Wisconsin went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
The Badgers take the Kohl Center ice next weekend as they play a two-game series with the Minnesota State Mavericks. Both games are slated to begin at 8 p.m.
Brady Hartung, UW Athletic Communications