Colorado College Stuns Wisconsin in WCHA Opener
Oct. 16, 2009
MADISON - Playing without two senior leaders and down 2-0 halfway through its WCHA opener on Friday, Colorado College and freshman goaltender Joe Howe got their growl on.
And, when the dust had settled, Tyler Johnson's third goal in three games with 2:07 left in regulation allowed the Tigers to skate off the ice with a stunning 3-2 victory at the University of Wisconsin.
Howe did his part for the second consecutive Friday, making 39 saves as the Badgers finished with a 41-26 advantage in shots on goal.
CC, now 2-1 overall, clawed from behind midway through the second period on tallies just 3:25 apart by senior forwards Matt Overman and Brian McMillin that silenced a big Kohl Center crowd just as it was starting to get into the game.
Overman struck 82 seconds after Andy Bohmbach staked Wisconsin to a 2-0 lead at 7:30 of the frame, taking a pass from junior defenseman Ryan Lowery and cutting in from the right side before beating UW goalie Brett Bennett through the five-hole. McMillin tied it up at 12:17, completing a nice passing play from Nick Dineen and Stephen Schultz on a quick rush up the ice.
Johnson's second game winner of the young season came after a feed from freshman winger Rylan Schwartz, who skated around the Badger net and backhanded the puck to his junior linemate in the left faceoff circle. Johnson fired from a sharp angle, finding the upper far corner of the net behind a startled Bennett. The assist was the fourth of the season for team scoring leader Schwartz.
The Tigers took a penalty for too many men on the ice with 1:28 remaining, but were able kill the clock and UW's fifth power play of the night. The Badgers capitalized earlier on their first manpower advantage of the contest, when Blake Geoffrion scored at 4:32 of the opening stanza.
Senior right wing and team captain Mike Testwuide left the game in the opening minute of play after being checked along the boards, and never returned. Senior center Andreas Vlassopoulos, one of the team's alternate captains, was injured last week and did not make the trip to Wisconsin.