Nov. 28, 2010

Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics

MADISON, Wis. - In the final game of the College Hockey Showcase, Wisconsin (7-6-3) tasted victory for the first time in six games, defeating Michigan State 4-1. Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, B.C.) netted three goals, notching the first hat trick by a Wisconsin defenseman since Barry Richter scored three against Minnesota Duluth exactly 18 years ago on Nov. 27, 1992.

In reverse of the recent trend of playing from behind, the Badgers jumped out to an early lead against the Spartans (5-7-3). Just 1:03 into the game, Schultz followed up his own redirection for the 1-0 lead. Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) and Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka, Minn.) also added assists on the play.

The Spartans answered back, as Zach Golembiewski scored a power-play goal. He took a shot from the left faceoff circle which deflected off a Badger skate and past goaltender Scott Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta) at 4:11 of the first period.

The game was not tied for long, as the Badgers took the lead for good at 7:08 of the first period. Derek Lee (North Vancouver, B.C.) skated down the ice on a 2-on-1, and fed the puck across the ice to Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.). Simonelli put the puck in the back of the net for his first collegiate goal, giving the Badgers a 2-1 lead after one period.

In the second period, Schultz tallied his second goal of the game 5:26 into the period. Jordy Murray (Faribault, Minn.) skated the puck past the defense, and passed it back to Schultz as he was crashing the net. Schultz blasted it home over the goaltender's right blocker.

Then, just 28 seconds into the third period, Schultz completed the hat trick. With the Badgers on the power play, Schultz received a pass from Gardiner in the high slot and unleashed a slap shot into the back of the net. The goal was his ninth of the season, setting a new personal season best. The assist also gave Gardiner three helpers on the day.

Scott Gudmandson made 21 saves for the victory, improving to 4-4-1 on the season. Michigan State's Drew Palmisano stopped 26 shots but fell to 5-6-3.

Each team recorded one power-play goal. The Badgers were 1-for-5 on the advantage, while the Spartans were 1-for-3. Overall, Wisconsin outshot Michigan State, 30-22.

Having just concluded a six game home stand, Wisconsin travels west next weekend to take on Alaska Anchorage. Games are Friday , Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. (CT).