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Badgers roar back, net 3-3 tie with Lake Superior State

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Wisconsin 13 Wisconsin 3, 12 Lake Superior State 3
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 7,022

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Lake Superior State


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1st 00:33 LSSU Globke (Bruneteau, Radke)
1st 03:23 LSSU Radke (Globke, Perfetto)
1st 04:09 LSSU Campbell (Czuczman)
1st 16:21 WIS Mersch (McCabe, Kerdiles)
3rd 11:18 WIS Barnes (Zengerle, Faust)
3rd 18:38 WIS Barnes (Mersch, McCabe)
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WIS Peterson (1-2-1) 64:52 3 22
WIS EMPTY NET 00:08 0 0
LSSU Kevin Kapalka (1-0-1) 65:00 3 41
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 Shots on Goal 44 25
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Nov. 1, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - After a rough trip to Boston two weeks ago, the Wisconsin (2-2-1) men's hockey team insisted that even though it might be down, it wasn't out. After digging out of a 3-0 deficit to earn a 3-3 tie with No. 12 Lake Superior State (4-0-1), it certainly seems to have been right.

The final score  seemed like a pipe dream for UW after the Lakers rocked the Badgers with three goals, all coming in the first 4:09 of the game.

"We were hoping for a different start," said Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves. "As a matter of fact, it felt like we were in Boston again. This (was) a test for us. It (was) a test of our maturity as a team. (I told the team) `let's just get our way back in', and that's exactly what happened. I'm pumped. This is exactly what we needed for our guys."

Alex Globke kicked off the scoring after just 33 seconds of action, lighting the lamp by deflecting Matt Bruneteau's shot from just inside the blue line.

 Fast Facts
Mark Zengerle tallied an assist for his 123rd career point, tying Michael Davies (2006-10) for the highest career point total for a Badger under head coach Mike Eaves (2002-current).
• Forward Nic Kerdiles tallied a point in his 17th-consecutive game dating back to last season with a first-period assist.
Michael Mersch scored his fourth power-play goal of the season to get the Badgers on the board at 16:21 of the first period.

The Lakers would double their lead off a fluke power-play goal just three minutes later. The puck was centered to Globke just outside the Wisconsin crease, but he nearly whiffed on the shot. Fortunately for the Lakers, the puck trickled right to Dan Radke who made good on the easy finish.

Lake Superior State stretched its lead to 3-0 when Colin Campbell fired home a shot from just inside the blue line.

That would be all that the Lakers would get, as UW goalie Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) rebounded to keep LSSU off the scoreboard for the rest of the night, stopping 22 shots in the process.

Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) stopped the bleeding minutes before the first intermission, netting his fourth goal of the season (all on the power play) when he redirected a Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) shot past Kevin Kapalka and into the top shelf. Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) tallied the secondary assist, giving the sophomore points in his last 17 contests.

Bolstered by that goal, the Badgers made sure the next two periods - and overtime - belonged to them, outshooting the Lakers by a 33-12 margin after being outshot 13-9 in the first.

Despite the dominant performance, it would take Wisconsin until 11:18 into the final period to finally trim the Lake Superior State lead to one. They broke through when Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) tipped a Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) shot past Kapalka to set up a wild finish.

UW continued to pepper the Laker goal down the stretch, tallying 18 shots in the final period, but with 1:30 left in the game it still found itself down a goal.

Just eight seconds after Eaves pulled Peterson to give the Badgers a man advantage, Wisconsin lit the lamp courtesy of Barnes' second goal of the period.

After McCabe ripped a shot from the point, Mersch got a piece of the puck on the way in. That knocked it free of the mass of players in front of the net and right to Barnes, who calmly deposited it in the back of the net, sending the UW crowd into a frenzy and knotting the score at 3-3 with 1:22 to play.

"If you look, the last two goals were tip-ins," Eaves said. "So as well as (Kapalka) was playing, we did what we needed to do to give ourselves a chance to score and that was getting pucks and bodies at the net."

Despite numerous scoring chances down the stretch and in overtime, neither team would score again, setting the final 3-3 margin.

The game would go to a shootout as preparation for Wisconsin's upcoming Big Ten conference season, where games still tied after a sudden-death overtime will go to a shootout, with the winning team receiving two points and the loser gaining one point. Regulation or overtime victories will count for three points in the standings.

Fortunately for the Badgers, that wasn't the case in this one, as the shootout was merely practice. Both teams scored once in the initial best-of-three, and the shootout would go three more sudden-death rounds before Lake Superior State tallied the winning goal for a 3-2 shootout victory.

Both teams went 1-3 on the power play, while also taking three penalties for six minutes.

The Badgers will look to continue their momentum from the end of this game and hand the Lakers their first loss of the season when the two teams meet for the series finale at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at the Kohl Center. The game airs live on Wisconsin Channel.


Ian Jamison
Athletic Communications

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