Zengerle, Schultz shine in sweep over Mercyhurst


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Nov. 26, 2011

Wisconsin 5, Mercyhurst 2
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
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1st 2nd 3rd Final
 Mercyhurst 1 0 1 2
 Wisconsin 2 0 3 5
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 Scoring Summary
1st 02:06 MC Noble (Chiasson, Bahntge)
1st 16:17 WIS Woods (Zengerle, Barnes)
1st 17:48 WIS Schultz (Zengerle, LaBate)
3rd 00:50 WIS Springer (Mersch, Meuer)
3rd 07:16 MC Elliott (Nagtzaam, Bodo)
3rd 13:51 WIS LaBate (Schultz)
3rd 17:08 WIS Barnes (Zengerle, Schultz)
 Goaltender Summary
Min GA Sv
MC Strang (L, 6-7-1) 59:50 5 23
WIS Peterson (W, 2-5-0) 60:00 2 25
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MC WIS
 Shots on Goal 27 28
 Power Plays 0-3 2-6
 Penalties-Minutes 12-24 10-28
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MADISON, Wis. -- Another impressive showing from sophomore Mark Zengerle and junior Justin Schultz propelled the Badgers (7-8-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) to a 5-2 win Saturday and a sweep over Mercyhurst (6-7-1, 5-1-1 AH) at the Kohl Center.

Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) collected three assists Saturday night, adding to his one goal and four assists Friday for eight points on the weekend. The sophomore also extended his point-scoring streak to 15 games, the longest streak for a Badger since Chris Tancil put together a 15-game streak in 1990.

Schultz (West Kelowna, B.C.) also contributed a three-point effort Friday with one goal and two assists. Zengerle and Schultz remain tied for the team points lead at 25.

Mercyhurst jumped on the board first and they did so early, scoring just over two minutes into the contest. Much of the remainder of the period was spent in a deadlock until the Badgers tied the score with 3:43 remaining in the period.

Zengerle passed the puck into freshman Brendan Woods (Fairfax, Va.) who was waiting in front of the goal. Woods collected the puck, and in one swift move, spun around and backhanded a shot that knocked off a Mercyhurst player and up over Mercyhurst goalie Max Strang. Sophomore Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) also assisted on the shot.

 Fast Facts
Mark Zengerle extended his scoring streak to 15-straight games, the longest for a Badger in over two decades.
• Zengerle and Justin Schultz stand tied atop the team points standings with 25 apiece. Both also have seven goals, tied with Tyler Barnes for the lead.
• Senior Eric Springer scored his second career goal and first since his freshman year. That goal game on his first shot in his first game.

Head coach Mike Eaves praised Schultz for his ability to carry the team.

"There's no question [he is], with his ability, just at the right time, to make a play offensively or defensively, to settle us down," Eaves said. "On the other side with a forward you'd have to look to Mark Zengerle and his ability this weekend to make plays with poise and confidence. Those two young guys are young men that are shouldering more responsibility for us."

The Badgers made it 2-1 just over a minute and a half later, this time courtesy of Schultz. Collecting the rebound off his own wrist shot, Schultz reloaded and fired a slapshot from the point that got through a screen and knocked the water bottle off the net for his seven goal of the season. Zengerle and freshman Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) got credit for assists.

"We were actually better tonight in the first period," Eaves said. "They came with a great desire to try and establish themselves. It was two teams trying to establish their will."

Despite a slow start to the first period, and no scoring in the second, the Badgers wasted no time jumping on the board in the third, scoring just 50 seconds into the frame.

Senior Eric Springer (Wrightstown, Wis.) took a pass from sophomore forward Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) and found the net for his first goal of the season. The goal was the second of Springer's career, breaking a 61-game drought. His only previous goal came in the first game of his freshman season when he scored on the first shot he ever took.

The Lakers responded at the 7:16 mark of third period with a goal from senior Derek Elliott. Freshman goalie Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) jumped on the puck for Wisconsin before it slipped out from under his pads, setting up an easy shot for Elliott.

"I thought he made some really key saves for us," Eaves said of Peterson. "I think he would like to have the second goal back. I think he had three times to try and cover it up and he just couldn't quite get his handle on it, but he made some key saves and he gave us a chance to win the game."

The Badgers were not done yet however, adding two insurance goals in the final 6:09. LaBate put the Badgers up 4-2 at the 13:51 mark, knocking the puck out of mid-air and into the goal.

And with just under three minutes remaining, Zengerle rocketed a shot on goal that was stopped, but Barnes was waiting and converted the rebound for his seventh goal on the season.

Wisconsin finished the evening out-shooting the Lakers 28-27. The Badgers also went 2-6 on the power play and held Mercyhurst scoreless on three power-play opportunities.

Peterson finished the night with 25 saves and collected his second win of the year. Mercyhurst goalie Max Strang saved 23 for the Lakers.

The sweep was the second this season for Wisconsin and first since a pair of late-October wins against North Dakota.

"I'm pleased with the outcome," Eaves said. "I think almost what we're going through can be compared to Osgood Slaughter's growing pains. With having so many young people, every turn that we get to, almost every shift, there's huge things that are going on because almost every player on the ice is young. They're going through new things and we're asking a lot of them."

The Badgers take next weekend off before heading back to the Kohl Center Dec. 9-10 for a series against defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth. Friday's game in that series is set for 7 p.m. while the puck drops Saturday at 8 p.m.

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