Jan. 3, 2009

Courtesy of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-8-3, 7-5-2 WCHA) fell 3-2 to Northern Michigan this Friday at the Kohl Center in its first game of the new year.

Wisconsin took the initial lead in the game with a goal late in the first period, but it did not last long. NMU quickly evened out the score and then surpassed Wisconsin in the first two minutes of the second period. Wisconsin tied the game late in the second period, but the Wildcats found the net again early in the third for the last goal of the game, setting the score at 3-2. The Wildcat win snapped Wisconsin’s seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) and eight-game home unbeaten streak (7-0-1).

Senior Tom Gorowsky (Lino Lakes, Minn.) scored the first goal of the game with 3:33 left in the first period. Junior Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) passed the puck from behind the net to Gorowsky, who sent a wrist shot past NMU goalkeeper Derek Janzen from between the faceoff circles. Sophomore Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) was also credited with an assist.

Northern Michigan responded promptly at the beginning of the second period. Greger Hanson snuck the puck past senior Shane Connelly (Cheltenham, Pa.) only 38 seconds into the period after a scramble in front of the Wisconsin goal for the tie.

The Wildcats gained the lead shortly after another scramble near the UW net. Mark Olver found the back of the net 1:13 into the second for the 2-1 lead.

Freshman Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn.) stepped up later in the second period to even the score for Wisconsin with a short-handed goal 13:41 into the period. Stepan shook off a defender near the top of the right faceoff circle, skated to the edge of the right circle, and beat Janzen with a backhand to reset the score at 2-2.

Northern Michigan scored the winning goal 1:43 into the third period. After a flurry of close-range shots, Olver finally beat Connelly from just outside the crease for the 3-2 victory.

Wisconsin went 0-for-4 on the power play while NMU went 1-for-5. UW outshot the Wildcats 35-19 throughout the game, while Janzen made 33 saves to Connelly’s 16.

The Badgers face off in game two of the series against Northern Michigan tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center. Don’t miss the action as UW looks for a win against the Wildcats. Check out the UWBadgers.com game day page for more information.