Badgers Sweep North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Wisconsin special teams notched three power-play goals and added a short-handed tally to lead the squad to a 4-1 victory over No. 5 North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena Saturday night, Nov. 5. Junior Brian Elliott stopped 26 shots to improve to 5-1-1 on the season and to 8-0-1 in his last nine WCHA contests.
Wisconsin jumped out to a lead in the first period with three special teams tallies. Senior Ryan MacMurchy (Regina, Saskatchewan) finished off a pass from junior Jake Dowell (Eau Claire, Wis.) for his second goal of the season to start the scoring. The tally, also assisted by junior Andrew Joudrey (Bedford, Nova Scotia), came on a five-minute major power-play at 10:40.
Following a penalty on Wisconsin's Joe Pavelski (Plover, Wis.), North Dakota was called for a penalty, putting the Badgers back on the power play during the five-minute major. Joudrey then struck for his third of the season during the four-on-three advantage. Sophomore Kyle Klubertanz (Sun Prairie, Wis.) hit junior Jeff Likens (Barrington, Ill.) along the offensive blue line, before Likens found Joudrey at the goal side corner of the left face off circle. The assistant captain fired and hit the far corner for a 2-0 Badger lead at 13:22.
In the final two minutes, senior Adam Burish (Madison, Wis.) capitalized on a loose puck inside the UW blue line while UND skated on the power play. Burish used a full head of steam to pick up the puck, race down the ice, and beat UND goaltender Jordan Parise five-hole for a 3-0 lead. The goal was Burish's 50th career point.
With less than a minute left in the period and North Dakota still on the power play, Chris Porter converted his own rebound to cut the Badger lead back to two. It was the second-straight night Wisconsin allowed a last-minute power-play tally in the opening stanza.
The Badgers tallied the only goal of the second period, with the third of the game for the team on the power play. Junior Robbie Earl (Los Angeles) worked the puck out of the right corner and centered to rookie Jack Skille (Madison, Wis.). Skille got enough stick on the puck to direct it towards the UND goal, but the puck hit a North Dakota defenseman and arched over an unaware Parise. Skille's goal, his fourth of the season, came at 9:38. Pavelski got credit for the second assist on the goal that gave Wisconsin its three-goal lead back.
The teams played a scoreless final period and the Badgers skated away 4-1 winners.
The UW power play succeeded on 3-of-7 chances and held North Dakota to a goal on four chances, while adding a short-handed tally. For the game, Wisconsin outshot North Dakota, 46-27.
The sweep for the Badgers in Grand Forks was the program's first since winning playoff games March 1 and 2, 1996 and the first in the regular season since Jan. 15 and 15, 1993.
-- Courtesy Wisconsin