MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin (2-7-5, 2-5-5 WCHA) extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-3 overtime tie against Michigan Tech (4-8-3, 3-6-3 WCHA) on Saturday at the Kohl Center.
For the 11th time in 14 games this season, the Badgers entered the third period either tied or leading, but allowed the Huskies they tying goal to force overtime.
"To be honest, I think we outplayed them the whole game," Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) said. "I thought we deserved the win. Sometimes pucks just don't go in."
Unable to score enough to win as a team, LaBate and Brendan Woods (Yorba Linda, Calif.) were able to score individually, and in the process, shook off some burdens of their own. Each put an end to early-season scoring woes and each tallied their first goals of the season.
"Those are good things and indications that things are coming around," UW head coach Mike Eaves said of Badgers ending scoring droughts.
After scoring for the first time in nine games last night, Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) wasted no time getting his third of the season, scoring at the 6:29 mark of the first period. The junior forward kept his stick warm, punching in a rebound and lighting the lamp to give UW the early 1-0 lead.
Just a minute and 14 seconds later, however, the Badgers gave their lead right back. Miscommunication and a defensive turnover by UW led to a breakaway scoring opportunity for the Huskies, as Daniel Holmberg got of an initial shot that was blocked by UW goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewaw), but then Malcolm Gould came trailing behind and netted the puck to tie the game at 1-1.
The flurry of offensive activity continued, as Woods came up with a goal of his own just a minute and 13 seconds after Gould's, giving UW the 2-1 lead at the 8:56 mark of the first period.
The Badgers ended the first period outshooting the Huskies 16-8, and continued with an 11-5 shots-on-goal advantage in the second period as well. Combined, UW outshot MTU 27-13 through the first two periods of play.
At the 4:04 mark of the second period, LaBate helped UW jump out to a 3-1 lead. The sophomore forward took the puck behind the MTU net, and found room through Michigan Tech goaltender Kevin Genoe with a shot from just off the goal line.
Steven Seigo and the Huskies responded later in the period, cutting into the UW lead and making it 3-2 at the 8:39 mark. Seigo blasted a long shot from left point, which got past a screened Rumpel high and top left corner for the MTU score.
Rumpel ended the night with 22 saves in 65 minutes of play, and went to 1-5-3 on the season with the tie.
The Huskies finished off the two-goal comeback at the 3:06 mark of the third period, as Blake Hietala came swooping in following a shot on net from C.J. Eick and put in the rebound out of the air for the score, tying the game back up at 3-3.
Wisconsin remains unbeaten in its last four games, recording a 1-0-3 record over that span. The Badgers remain at home next Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13-14, for a series against Alabama-Huntsville. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT).
- Barnes scores second goal in as many nights and third of season
- LaBate, Woods score first goals of season for UW
- Rumpel records 22 saves over 65:00