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Late goal sinks Badgers, 5-4



Oct. 28, 2011

Nebraska Omaha 5, Wisconsin 4
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
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 Scoring Summary
1st 00:46 WIS Lee (Mersch, Ramage)
1st 03:50 WIS Barnes (Zengerle, Little) Small Video Graphic
1st 05:45 WIS Mersch (Zengerle, Springer)
1st 14:58 UNO Gwidt (Sustr, Walters)
2nd 15:08 UNO Broadhurst (Megna, Aneloski)
3rd 02:41 UNO White (Broadhurst, Hudson)
3rd 04:04 WIS Barnes (Simonelli, Schultz)
3rd 05:49 UNO Broadhurst (Hudson, Aneloski)
3rd 19:39 UNO Hudson (Broadhurst, White)
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Min GA Sv
UNO Massa (W 1-1-0) 59:59 4 18
WIS Peterson (L 1-3-0) 59:55 5 34
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 Shots on Goal 39 23
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 Penalties-Minutes 9-29 10-20
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MADISON, Wis. -- Despite a quick start Friday night, the Badgers couldn't hold on, falling 5-4 to Nebraska Omaha at the Kohl Center.

"The game came down to details," head coach Mike Eaves said. "We have a saying in our locker room, `details build empires.' We didn't do that."

Starting hot has never been the strength of the 2011-12 Wisconsin men's hockey team. In fact, before tonight, the Badgers had only scored first once all season.

But Friday night against Nebraska Omaha (4-3-0, 3-0-0 WCHA), the Badgers had no shortage of firepower to begin the game--scoring their first goal just 46 seconds into the game and building a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes.

 Fast Facts
• Tyler Barne's 2 goals Friday give him a team-leading five this season
• Combined, both teams collected 15 penalties and 41 penalty minutes in the first period
• Barnes, Zengerle and Schultz all extended their scoring streaks to six games

The opening goal for Wisconsin (3-4-0, 2-3-0 WHCA) came courtesy of junior Derek Lee (North Vancouver, B.C.), his third goal of the season. Sophomore Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) and junior John Ramage (St. Louis, Mo.) assisted on the score.

Just three minutes later, sophomore Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) connected for one of the more spectacular goals for Wisconsin this season.

Off a pass from junior Ryan Little (Fon du Lac, Wis.), Zengerle skated down the near side of the rink before spinning around in front of a defender and centering a pass on goal behind his back. Waiting in front of goal was Barnes who knocked it in for the 2-0 lead. (Watch the goal Small Video Graphic)

"Mark came down the wing and I went hard to the net," Barnes said. "I knew that he knew I was going. He made a fantastic play to the net, it's not hard to tap those home."

The game became physical 30 seconds later when Little went down hard on a check from behind at mid-ice. UNO's Zahn Raubenheimer, who was called for the check, was sent off the ice for a major penalty and a game misconduct.

A scrum after the hit resulted in four Mavericks in the penalty box and two Badgers. Wisconsin took the 5-on-3 advantage and scored for the third time, 5:45 into the period, on a Mersch goal. Skating in traffic in front of the net, Mersch took a pass from Zengerle and shot quick, putting the puck in goal before UNO goalie Ryan Massa could react.

Up 3-0, the Badgers skated a physical contest with Nebraska Omaha for the next nine minutes. In those nine minutes following the third goal, both teams collected a combined seven penalties. Overall in the period, both teams combined for 15 penalties and 41 penalty minutes.

With five minutes left in the first though, Nebraska Omaha's Brent Gwidt notched the Maverick's first goal to put his team on the board on the power play.

The next 20 minutes of game time were relatively uneventful until UNO scored again on the power play with five minutes left, this time in the second period. That goal, by Mavericks captain Terry Broadhurst, brought the game to 3-2.

Nebraska Omaha then tied the game less than three minutes into the third period on a Matt White goal, UNO's only even strength goal of the contest.

"After the first period we were up 3-0, we knew Nebraska was going to come out hard, that their coach was going to get on them, that they would come out hard and they did," Zengerle said. "But it's up to us to match that and win the game."

Less than a minute and a half later though, Tyler Barnes notched his second goal of the night to put the Badgers back in the lead. Barnes took a pass from Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.) in the middle of the near faceoff circle and launched the puck past Massa to put the game at 4-3.

The score would remain 4-3 until the 5:49 mark, when Broadhurst also scored his second goal of the night on the power play, again tying the game.

The Mavericks played spoiler though in the final minute, taking advantage of a 5-on-4 following a Badger hooking call. The Badger penalty kill stood strong, but couldn't stop a goal by UNO's Alex Hudson with 20 seconds left to seal a Wisconsin's fate.

"I think anytime with a young team you are going to see that. Just look at last weekend, we found a way to win on Saturday," Schultz said. "There's going to be games when we are going to have to do that. Tonight we just couldn't find a way to win."

Wisconsin freshman goaltender Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) made 34 saves Friday evening, falling to 1-3-0 on the season. UNO's Massa collected 18 saves to improve to 1-1-0.

The Badgers went 2-for-4 on the power play, while Nebraska Omaha did real damage with their own man advantage, going 4-for-6 on power-play opportunities.

Wisconsin looks for the series split Saturday night against UNO. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

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