Lake Superior State-ment: UW hands Lakers decisive first loss


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 Scoring Summary
1st 09:34 WIS Zengerle (Barnes, LaBate)
1st 18:53 WIS LaBate (unassisted)
2nd 00:16 LSSU Czuczman (Radke, Globke)
2nd 03:43 WIS Kerdiles (Barnes, Faust)
2nd 12:16 WIS Simonelli (Schulze, LaBate)
3rd 03:27 WIS Navin (Soleway, Faust)
3rd 10:53 WIS Drake (Wittchow, Dahl)
3rd 14:28 WIS Besse (Soleway, Meuer)
3rd 19:26 WIS Kerdiles (Meuer, Faust)
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WIS Peterson (2-2-1) 60:00 1 21
LSSU Kevin Murdock (3-1-0) 60:00 8 36
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 Shots on Goal 44 22
 Power Plays 1-5 0-3
 Penalties-Minutes 5-13 9-26
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Nov. 2, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. - The No. 13 Wisconsin men's hockey team picked up right where it finished on Friday, controlling play against No. 12 Lake Superior State (4-1-1) en route to a 8-1 win in UW's (3-2-1) most complete performance of the season.

"That's a nice way to end a weekend. I think that's what the doctor ordered for a lot of our guys," said Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves. "We had a lot of first goals tonight for the season and as Badgers. It was a type of weekend I think our boys needed to get going and to realize some things. We can move forward from here now."

After a rough three game stretch saw the Badgers struggle in road losses to Boston College and Boston University before getting off to a slow start against the Lakers on Friday night, the Badgers looked every bit the team that opened the season ranked No. 3 in the country.

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Mark Zengerle Seven different Badgers scored goals, including junior defenseman Chase Drake, who scored his first goal. Frankie Simonelli, Mark Zengerle and Brad Navin also posted their first goals of the year.
Joseph LaBate scored the game-winning goal and added two assists for a career-high three-point night. 
Joe Faust had his first-career multi-point game with three assists.

Wisconsin put previous slow starts behind it by netting two first-period goals to stake itself an early 2-0 advantage.

Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) got the Badgers started off on the right foot after collecting a Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) feed on the left side of the ice and beating Kevin Murdock with a nifty finish at the net 10:26 into the game. The goal was the 124th point of Zengerle's career, making him the highest-scoring Badger of the Mike Eaves era (2002-present).

Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) followed suit nine minutes later, taking possession of a Lakers turnover and firing a rocket off the stick of a LSSU player and into the back of the net, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

The Lakers managed to close to within a goal just 16 seconds into the second period when Kevin Czuczman took a drop pass from Dan Radke and beat Wisconsin goalie Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) top shelf.

But any comeback hopes were short-lived.

Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) answered the call for the Badgers to restore the two-goal advantage only three minutes later. It started when Joe Faust (Bloomington, Minn.) corralled the puck in Wisconsin's defensive zone and fired a long pass to Barnes ahead of the pack. He couldn't completely gain control, but did manage to flick the puck on the Kerdiles, who deposited a rocket in the back of the Laker net to extend make it 18-straight games with a point for the sophomore.

The Badgers would never look back, pounding the LSSU net with 44 shots on their way to a 44-22 shots-on-goal advantage.

When the smoke finally cleared, Wisconsin would leave with a 8-1 victory, courtesy of goals from seven different players and points from 14.

Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.), Brad Navin (Waupaca, Wis.) and Chase Drake (Mosinee, Wis.) all netted their first goals of the season, while Drake's goal was his first as a Badger. Faust was active as well, earning three assists to push his season total to six.

Faust was also one of two Badgers to net three points, as he was joined by LaBate (1-2=3).

Grant Besse (Plymouth, Minn.) and Kerdiles put the finishing touches on a nearly-flawless night as they tallied the final two goals of the game for the Badgers.

"(Kerdiles) is one of those guys that the puck follows," Eaves said. "I mean, the last goal, he's cutting across the ice, it's flipped up in the air, he puts it down, takes a shot and it goes in. Stuff happens when Nic's on the ice."

The good news wasn't limited to the Badger offense. Peterson stopped 21 of 22 shots for the Badgers and earned the win, his first since the season-opener on Oct. 12.

UW also continued its strong performance on the power play, going 1-5 thanks to Simonelli's goal. The score made it six power-play goals in six games this season for Wisconsin, which needed 15 games to net six power-play tallies last year.

The Badgers put the cherry on the top of a solid night of special teams by keeping the Lakers off the scoreboard in each of their three power plays, while also adding a short-handed tally.

Saturday's effort made it five-straight strong periods for the Badgers, who will look to extend the momentum created by their play this weekend when they hit the road to face Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 15-16, following next week's bye.


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Ian Jamison
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