MADISON, Wis. - Facing a top-ranked team for the third time this season, the Badgers (7-8-2, 4-7-2 WCHA) played tough and took advantage of two goals from senior Justin Schultz to earn a 3-3 overtime tie against No. 1 Minnesota Duluth (11-3-2, 9-2-2 WCHA).
UMD brought a 12-game unbeaten streak into Madison, but the Badgers were up to the task, taking an early lead and holding strong with stellar goal play from freshman Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan).
Wisconsin took the lead on a power-play goal from freshman Brad Navin (Waupaca, Wis.) just 5:39 into the game. Sophomore Frankie Simonelli (Benseville, Ill.) shot into a crowd of UMD and Wisconsin skaters sitting in front of the goal. Navin was the one who got a stick on the puck and deflected it in for his first goal as a Badger.
Freshman Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) also picked up a point with an assist, his ninth assist this season.
Less than three minutes later, the Badgers took a 2-0 lead over the top-ranked team. This time it was Schultz (West Kelowna, B.C.) with his eighth goal on the season.
Sophomore Jefferson Dahl (Eau Claire, Wis.) sent a pass across the ice to a trailing Schultz, who made it look easy as he notched his 26th point this year. Sophomore Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
With just 11 seconds left in the first period, Sophomore Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) committed a penalty, putting UMD on the power play.
The Bulldogs came out attacking strong on the power play to start the second period, but the Badger defense held tight for the remaining 1:50 of the penalty.
Just a second after Wisconsin went back to full strength however, UMD took a goal back and the Badger lead was cut to one.
The Bulldogs tied the game 4:08 into the second period, and despite a number of superb scoring opportunities on the power play for the Badgers, both teams went into the second intermission tied 2-2.
Just as UMD came into the second period on a carry-over power play, Wisconsin entered period number two with 24 seconds left in a man-advantage. Also just like UMD, the Badgers failed to convert the power play opportunity, but carried the momentum into a goal almost immediately after.
Four seconds after the power play expired, Schultz struck again with his second goal of the night. Schultz, who now leads all defensemen nationally with nine goals, received a pass from Zengerle high at the point.
Schultz fired a shot that found its way to the back of the goal and the Badgers had a 3-2 lead.
The assist for Zengerle extended his game-scoring streak to 16 games, tied for third best in program history.
"He's the best in college hockey at getting those pucks through and it's just a matter of time before one of them goes in," Zengerle said of Schultz. "If you give him shooting lanes it's probably going to go in more times than not."
Freshman defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.), who was playing in his first game since Oct. 21, also collected an assist on the score.
The lead lasted for less than three minutes though as the Bulldogs again tied the score at 3-3.
With seven and a half minutes left in the game, UMD had a slight edge over the Badgers in shots, 25-23.
Over the next 12:30 of regulation and overtime however, the Bulldogs went on an offensive attack. Wisconsin recorded just one shot over the remainder of the game, while UMD piled on 11 more.
"In the second half of the third period their poise and confidence with the puck rose to a level that we don't quite have yet," head coach Eaves said. "We're just trying to get through that and encourage our guys on the bench to play with that poise and confidence
Despite the high-powered Bulldog offense, the Badger defense held strong and Rumpel made a series of phenomenal saves to preserve the tie.
Rumpel finished the night with 33 saves, including 13 in the third period and three in overtime.
The tie is the Badger's first at home this season, and the team is now 0-3-2 in overtime games this year.
Wisconsin went 1-for-8 on the power play but held UMD to 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Badgers look to grab their second win this season against a top-ranked opponent when the take on the Bulldogs Saturday night at the Kohl Center. Game time is 8 p.m.
- Mark Zengerle recorded a point in his 16th-straight game, tied for the third longest streak in program history
- Justin Schultz now has five goals in his last three games and leads all defensemen in the country with nine this season
- Freshman Brad Navin scored his first goal as a Badger Friday
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