UMD 1, Wisconsin 0





     MADISON, Wis. – Earning a spot in the top half of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will require Minnesota Duluth to do well on the road the last month of the regular season.

      The Bulldog men have two road series and two home series remaining. They’ve been almost unbeatable at the DECC at 9-1-3 and 5-1-3 in league games, yet on the road were 1-6-2 in the WCHA entering Saturday night’s game at Wisconsin. And in six of the nine games UMD was limited to one goal.

    UMD got just one Saturday, from Jordan Fulton early in the third period, and it was enough for a critical 1-0 victory before a sellout of 15,237 at the Kohl Center. Junior goalie Alex Stalock, top-ranked in the WCHA, stopped 33 shots for his seventh career shutout (second in school history), third of the season and second in two weeks.

     “[Coach Scott Sandelin] got on us pretty hard after Friday” in a 3-1 loss,” said Fulton. “We knew had to go to the net and get more pucks on the net. I went to the net and you can see what happened. We knew we had to start winning on the road; a game like this will give us a lot of confidence.”

       UMD (14-8-6 and 8-7-5 WCHA) was outshot 33-19, yet both teams say the Bulldogs controlled the puck for much of the second and third period to split the series. Wisconsin (14-11-3 and 11-7-2) will remember the game for a number of missed offensive chances, including one open-net chance.

       Stalock went into the right corner of the defensive zone to get a loose puck and fired it up ice, but instead of going over the head of Wisconsin winger Tom Gorowsky, he has able to knock the puck down. From the slot he faced a wide open net with Stalock out of the picture 9:43 into the game.

     “I had all the time in the world and I just missed the net,” said Gorowsky, a former Mr. Minnesota Hockey from Centennial High School. “I don’t know if I wasn’t focused or what, but it was frustrating and disappointing.”

     The teams came into the game tied for No. 16 in the PairWise Rankings, and while the win moved UMD into a tie for fourth in the WCHA, Wisconsin remained in third. It also gave UMD one more victory than all of last season.

      The Bulldogs, who won 2-1 in overtime at the Kohl Center last season, got the game’s only goal on a hustling play. Fulton checked Wisconsin Podge Turnbull in the offensive zone and he turned the puck over to UMD center Jack Connolly. Fulton then headed to the net, got an on-target pass from Connolly, and scored from the slot for his 10th goal of the season 4:32 into the third period.

     “We were playing better from the start of the game,” said Sandelin. “We had more emotion, more intensity and the way that game was going, you knew one good play might be the difference.

     “I like how we responded [from Friday] and showed some passion, and really had good puck possession.”

      When Wisconsin had chances, especially in the first period, Stalock was solid. He leads the WCHA with a 2.15 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

      After the first period, the Bulldogs looked revived and carried the play at times. While the Bulldogs were 0-for-5 on power plays (and 0-for-8 in the series), they were strong at even strength against a defensive-minded Wisconsin team.

      “I made a mistake that nearly cost us a goal and after that it was just a matter of keeping things simple,” said Stalock. “After the first period, things were pretty even and we didn’t allow them much. I was getting a good look at first shots and was able to control the rebounds. We didn’t have much life Friday and we looked at this as a playoff game. We needed a win.”

      Wisconsin senior goalie Shane Connelly, third in WCHA goals-against average at 2.46, also was solid. In the second period, he stopped Fulton on a power play and Jack Connolly in close. The Badgers were at home for a 12th time out of the last 14 games, and were 7-3-1 at the Kohl Center during that stretch.

     UMD returns to the DECC this Friday and Saturday against first-place Denver. UMD’s remaining road games are at No. 3 Minnesota and Michigan Tech, before finishing the season at home March 6-7 with Alaska Anchorage.

  

Minnesota Duluth..……0-0-1–1

Wisconsin……….….…0-0-0–0

 

   First period – No scoring. Penalty – Craig Johnson, Wisconsin (holding), 5:13. 

   Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Ryan McDonagh, Wisconsin (cross-checking), 10:21; Jorday Murray, Wisconsin (slashing), 18:25; Justin Fontaine, UMD (holding), 17:34. 

   Third period – 1. UMD, Jordan Fulton 10 (Jack Connolly), 4:32. Penalties – Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:00; Michael Gergen, UMD (interference), 2:09; Eric Springer, Wisconsin (cross-checking), 6:11; Patrick Johnson, Wisconsin (10-minute misconduct), 20:00. 

   Shots on goal – UMD 8-5-6–19; Wisconsin 11-10-12–33. Goalies – Alex Stalock (13-8-6), UMD (33 shots-33 saves); Shane Connelly (13-9-3), Wisconsin (19 shots-18 saves). Power plays – UMD 0-of-5, Wisconsin 0-of-2. Referees – Don Adam, Tim Walsh. Linesmen – Brad Roethlisberger, Mike Gulenchyn. A – 15,237.

UMD 1, Wisconsin 0





     MADISON, Wis. – Earning a spot in the top half of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will require Minnesota Duluth to do well on the road the last month of the regular season.

      The Bulldog men have two road series and two home series remaining. They’ve been almost unbeatable at the DECC at 9-1-3 and 5-1-3 in league games, yet on the road were 1-6-2 in the WCHA entering Saturday’s game at Wisconsin. And in six of the nine games UMD was limited to one goal.

      UMD got just one Saturday night, from Jordan Fulton early in the third period, and it was enough for a 1-0 victory before a sellout of 15,237 at the Kohl Center.

      Junior goalie Alex Stalock, top-ranked in the WCHA, stopped 33 shots for his seventh career shutout. Fulton took a Jack Connolly pass and scored from the slot 4:32 into the third period.

       UMD (14-8-6 and 8-7-5 WCHA), outshot 33-19 split the series. Wisconsin (14-11-3 and 11-7-2) will remember the game for a number of missed offensive chances, including one open-net chance.      There was no scoring in the first two periods. However, the opening 20 minutes featured Wisconsin dominating much of the play and holding an 11-8 edge in shots on goal. The most talked-about play came at 9:30 after UMD goalie Alex Stalock came out of the net to clear the puck, but Wisconsin senior winger Tom Gorowsky, a former Minnesota Mr. Hockey from Centennial, gained control. He had a net that was as wide open as possible, and he missed from the slot.

      Wisconsin goalie Shane Connelly turned away UMD’s Jack Connolly and Mike Connolly from close range in the closing minutes of the opening period.

     The Bulldogs had more zip in the second period and Jack Connolly and Jordan Fulton got shots on Connelly, while Stalock stopped Ben Grotting early.

     A loss Friday left UMD tied for sixth in the WCHA, with St. Cloud State, two points behind a tie at fourth place, but just two points ahead of eighth-place Minnesota State Mankato.

       UMD and second-pace Wisconsin came into the rematch tied for 16th in the PairWise Rankings, and the Badgers holding a 2-0-1 season edge. The Bulldogs were blanked on three power plays Friday, making them 0-4 in games with no man-advantage goals.

     UMD returns to the DECC this Friday and Saturday against first-place Denver. UMD’s remaining road games are at No. 3 Minnesota and Michigan Tech, before finishing the season at home March 6-7 with Alaska Anchorage.

 

 

 

Minnesota Duluth..……0-0-1–1

Wisconsin……….….…0-0-0–0

 

   First period – No scoring. Penalty – Craig Johnson, Wisconsin (holding), 5:13.

 

   Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Ryan McDonagh, Wisconsin (cross-checking), 10:21; Jorday Murray, Wisconsin (slashing), 18:25; Justin Fontaine, UMD (holding), 17:34.

 

   Third period – 1. UMD, Jordan Fulton 10 (Jack Connolly), 4:32. Penalties – Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:00; Michael Gergen, UMD (interference), 2:09; Eric Springer, Wisconsin (cross-checking), 6:11.

 

   Shots on goal – UMD 8-5-6–19; Wisconsin 11-10-12–33. Goalies – Alex Stalock (13-8-6), UMD (33 shots-33 saves); Shane Connelly (13-9-3), Wisconsin (19 shots-18 saves). Power plays – UMD 0-of-5, Wisconsin 0-of-2. Referees – Don Adam, Tim Walsh. Linesmen – Brad Roethlisberger, Mike Gulenchyn. A – 15,237.

 

 

Buddy Holly in Duluth

     Fifty years ago today, on Saturday, Jan. 31, 1959, the Winter Dance Tour, headlined by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, played at the Duluth Armory. Bob Dylan was there. Two days later, just after midnight on Feb. 3, Holly, J.P. (the Big Bopper) Richardson and Ritchie Valens, along with a young pilot, died in a plane crash just outside Clear Lake, Iowa. This story appeared in last Sunday’s News Tribune:

The one wish Lew Latto has from that cold Saturday night in 1959 is that he’d had a camera. He took no pictures at the Duluth Armory on Jan. 31 as a troupe of rock ’n’ roll entertainers put on a Winter Dance Party show for about 2,000 fans — a performance that takes a place of honor in Duluth entertainment lore.

Latto, then a 19-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth freshman, was the local promoter and master of ceremonies. He had no way of knowing history was right around the corner.

The Day the Music Died was 48 hours away for Buddy Holly, 22, of Lubbock, Texas; J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, 28, of Beaumont, Texas; and Ritchie Valens, 17, of Pacoima, Calif.

“This was the biggest teenage music show we’d ever had at the Armory. Kids were there dancing; kids were there in front of the stage just watching. And as everyone knows, we found out later Bob Dylan was there from Hibbing,” Latto, 69, said recently from his winter home in Hallandale Beach, Fla. “I spent most of the time on the side of the stage and had the chance to talk quite a bit with Ritchie Valens.

“When I read in the newspaper three days later that these guys were gone in a plane crash, I was shocked like everyone else. Buddy Holly would’ve continued to be a dominant force in the music business — but just like that, he was gone.”

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 2, 1959, the Winter Dance Party reached the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, where 1,300 youngsters showed up. It was the 11th stop on a tour that began Jan. 23 in Milwaukee and had become a tedious, bitterly frigid bus excursion. Holly rented a plane to get to the next destination, 440 miles away for a concert the next day in Moorhead, Minn. They were to land in Fargo, N.D.

Just after midnight on Feb. 3, Holly, Richardson, Valens and pilot Roger Peterson, 21, boarded a 12-year-old single-engine, four-seat Beechcraft Bonanza at an airport in nearby Mason City, Iowa. Peterson, a rookie, wasn’t given weather advisories about a band of snow moving southeast through Minnesota and North Dakota. The plane flew two minutes before crashing into a cornfield eight miles from the Surf Ballroom. Everyone aboard was killed.

The Duluth Armory, built on London Road in 1915, decommissioned and given to the city in 1978 and now mothballed in hopes of renovation, is no longer a performance venue. But the building will be the site of a 50th anniversary Winter Dance Party gathering for about a half-hour starting at noon Saturday. Fans will be able to look into the Armory but not go inside, said Susan Phillips, president of the nonprofit Armory Arts and Music Center. The entrance is at 13th Avenue East and Jefferson Street.

Buddy Fans

Dan Heikkinen, 40, of Cloquet is a Buddy Hollyphile. He grew up a Beatles fan and then heard that his favorite band was influenced by Holly and his group, The Crickets. The Beatles sang “Peggy Sue,” “Maybe Baby,” “Think It Over,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “It’s So Easy,” “Raining In My Heart,” “Reminiscing,” “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and “Everyday," and recorded “Words of Love.”

Heikkinen had a new favorite band and has since become a Holly historian. He’s helped organize re-creations of the Winter Dance Party in Duluth in the past decade, helps select a Winter Dance Party Scholarship winner for a Minnesota high school student with a musical background, and almost never misses the annual Winter Dance Party celebration at the Surf Ballroom. He’ll drive the 290 miles there this week with his brother, Scott Heikkinen, 51, of Hermantown and brother-in-law, Terry Purcell, 56, of Esko.

“I read biographies about Buddy and then went and bought some of his music at the old Carlson Books and Records [in Duluth],” said Heikkinen, store manager at Super One in Two Harbors. “I put those records on at home and thought: ‘This guy is fantanstic.’ He was ahead of his time. To know that he played right here, in Duluth, well that’s a pretty big deal.

“Going to the Surf is like being in a time machine. It’s like walking back into the 1950s with people wearing poodle skirts and letter jackets. It’s an amazing place.”

Guitarist and vocalist Shawn Nagy, 38, of Duluth performed at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato, Minn., as part of the 50th Anniversary Last Tour tribute to the Winter Dance Party. Holly and friends were there Jan. 25, 1959.

Nagy plays professionally with the group the Shackshakers, operates the internet radio station SuperOldies.com., and at one time performed as Buddy Holly at the Cactus Theater in Lubbock. He hopes Holly’s music survives for future generations, but knows time fades all stars.

“Buddy’s persona has been persistently iconic of 1950s rock and roll, innocent times and the beginning of rock music as we know it,” says Nagy, who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and has lived in Duluth for 13 years. “It’s nice to know that some of the younger generation enjoys his music, but there are many who simply don’t know who he is.

“Oldies station are not playing much, if any, 50s music anymore. I think the familiarity of many of the 50s and 60s rock and roll icons is limited, mostly because of radio re-formatting.”

That Night

Latto was hired at WDSM Radio in 1958 after his senior year at Duluth Denfeld. He played the Top 40 format of the day from 4-6 p.m., labeling it the Nifty 50. As a young entrepreneur, he fronted music shows at the Armory, including acts like Gene Vincent and Brenda Lee, and a Summer Dance Party stop on July 11, 1958, when Holly first played in town and stayed overnight at the Hotel Duluth.

For the Jan. 31, 1959, show at the Armory, Latto put posters up in music stores like Mickey’s Melody Lane at Third Avenue West and First Street. Fans paid $1.25 to $2 that night and General Artists Corp., a rag-tag outfit that booked the tour, was promised $1,000 or 50 percent of the gross receipts. Because of the large crowd, Latto estimates the payout for the performers was about $2,000, while he split his half with the National Guard.

A bus carrying the approximately 12-person group traveled 370 miles from Fort Dodge, Iowa, after a Jan. 30 concert, arriving in Duluth just before the 9 p.m. performance. The bus left shortly after the dance ended at midnight. Also on the tour were singer Frankie Sardo and Dion and the Belmonts, and musicians including guitarists Waylon Jennings and Tommy Allsup.

“Compared to some acts, Holly and his group had a refined presentation. Everyone was dressed in sport jackets and acted like gentlemen,” said Latto, now an owner of radio stations in Eveleth and Grand Rapids, and still employed by WDSM as a freelance talk show host, on weekdays from 7-9 a.m.

Latto has great memories from 1959, just no memorabilia. In the past two years, a Los Angeles entrepreneur offered $20,000 for a promotional poster from the Duluth performance, but Latto says there are none as far as he knows. They were discarded after the dance.

Photos, however, have surfaced from that night — black-and-white shots taken by teenagers Sharon Johnson and Colleen Bowen, which can be viewed at www.buddyhollyonline.com.

The Winter Dance Party moved to Green Bay on Feb. 1, ultimately by train after difficulty with its school bus because of wind-chill temperatures of 40 below zero. Then it was on to Clear Lake and a meeting with destiny.

Wisconsin 3, UMD 1

     Oooops, there was a posted comment on Friday’s game that was inadvertently eliminated today, and I’m sorry about that. It may have been from Hockey Freak, my apologies….     

 

     MADISON, Wis. – In building a season-best four-game win streak, Minnesota Duluth averaged more than four goals game while getting to the opposing net.

      The Bulldogs didn’t have that effort Friday night as Wisconsin rallied from a one-goal deficit to beat UMD 3-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s game before a crowd of 14,144 at the Kohl Center.

      No. 17-ranked Wisconsin (14-10-3 and 11-6-2 WCHA) clamped down on UMD for much of game, including limiting the Bulldogs to a measly four shots on goal in the third period while protecting a 2-1 lead.

     “They have a solid defense and it makes getting to the net a real tough job,” said UMD center Jack Connolly, who had a goal, his fourth in three games. “We have to start getting hungrier.”

      No. 14-UMD (13-8-6 and 7-7-5) did what it needed to early, scoring the game’s first goal. Winger Justin Fontaine stole a pass on the right side of the offensive zone and got the puck to Connolly in front of the net at 5:26 of the first period.

    Yet the Bulldogs took consecutive penalties and Wisconsin converted with 7:30 left in the period to tie it 1-1. Michael Davies scored from a sharp angle to the right of UMD goalie Alex Stalock on a power play.

    The Badgers got the only goal of the third period and added an open-net score with five seconds left in the game. Wisconsin has played 11 of its last 13 games at home and is 7-3-1 in that stretch.

     “In the second period we lost our energy until we scored a goal,” said Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves. “After that we played like a mature team with a one-goal lead. If people were saying the game was boring [with 12 combined shots on goal in the third period], then we’re doing the right thing.”

     Stalock and Wisconsin senior goalie Shane Connelly played well, but Stalock had to be spectacular at times to keep the Bulldogs close. Stalock, who leads the WCHA in goals-against average and save percentage, stopped breakaways on Davies in the first period and Andy Bohmbach in the second, and made an excellent poke check on Ben Grotting in the third period.

      UMD entered the game as the league’s top defensive team.

       “It’s a matter of guys getting into the tough areas, the areas between the circles and in,” said Stalock. “We have to get shots to the net. You’re not going to win games with shots from the perimeter.”

      The Badgers scored the winning goal from hard work at the crease with 8:26 left in the second period. Sophomore center Sean Dolan was credited with the score, but it was difficult to tell if he put the puck in, or if it went off a UMD defender.

     UMD defenseman Mike Montgomery came close to tying the game on a shot from the left circle that clanked off the near post and out. The play was reviewed but was no goal.

    The Bulldogs were blanked on its three power play chances and are 0-4 this season in games without a man-advantage goal. They were outshot 31-21.

     “We were not playing well and still had a chance at the end of the game, but we need a better effort,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “Wisconsin takes things away from you but we didn’t execute well. We had nothing.

     “Al was good, he did his job, but we need more than that.”

     A St. Cloud State win over North Dakota on Friday, allowed St. Cloud State to pull into a tie with UMD for sixth in the league. UMD is 1-6-2 in WCHA road games this season.  

Minnesota Duluth.……1-0-0–1

Wisconsin……….…..…1-1-1–3 

   First period – 1. UMD, Jack Connolly 7 (Justin Fontaine), 5:26; 2. Wisconsin, Michael Davies 6 (Jamie McBain, Derek Stepan), 12:30 (pp). Penalties – Evan Oberg, UMD (holding), 6:41; Scott Kishel, UMD (hooking), 12:21; Sean Dolan, Wisconsin (holding), 14:36.

   Second period — 3. Wisconsin, Dolan 3 (John Mitchell, McBain), 11:34. Penalties – Mike Connolly, UMD (slashing), :41; Cody Goloubef, Wisconsin (slashing), 6:43; Nick Kemp, UMD (cross-checking), 13:16; Andy Bohmbach, Wisconsin (hooking), 15:46. 

   Third period – 4. Wisconsin, Tom Gorowsky 9 (Bohmbach), 19:55 (en). Penalty – Drew Akins, UMD (boarding), 17:31. 

  

Shots on goal – UMD 8-9-4–21,

Wisconsin

12-11-8–31. Goalies – Alex Stalock (12-8-6), UMD (31 shots-28 saves); Shane Connelly (13-8-3),

Wisconsin

(21 shots-20 saves). Power plays – UMD 0-of-3,

Wisconsin

1-of-5. Referees – Don Adam, Tim Walsh. Linesmen – Brad Roethlisberger, Mike Gulenchyn. A – 14,144.

Wisconsin 3, UMD 1





     MADISON, Wis. – In building a season-best four-game win streak, Minnesota Duluth averaged more than four goals game while getting to the opposing net.

      The Bulldogs didn’t have that effort Friday night as Wisconsin rallied from a one-goal deficit to beat UMD 3-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s game before a crowd of 14,144 at the Kohl Center.

      No. 17-ranked Wisconsin (14-10-3 and 11-6-2 WCHA) clamped down on UMD for much of game, including limiting the Bulldogs to a measly four shots on goal in the third period while protecting a 2-1 lead.

     “They have a solid defense and it makes getting to the net a real tough job,” said UMD center Jack Connolly, who had a goal, his fourth in four games. “We have to start getting hungrier.”

      No. 14-UMD (13-8-6 and 7-7-5) did what it needed to early, scoring the game’s first goal. Winger Justin Fontaine stole a pass on the right side of the offensive zone and got the puck to Connolly in front of the net at 5:26 of the first period.

    Yet the Bulldogs took consecutive penalties and Wisconsin converted with 7:30 left in the period to tie it 1-1. Michael Davies scored from a sharp angle to the right of UMD goalie Alex Stalock on a power play.

    The Badgers got the only goal of the third period and added an open-net score with five seconds left in the game. Wisconsin has played 11 of its last 13 games at home and is 7-3-1 in that stretch.

     “In the second period we lost our energy until we scored a goal,” said Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves. “After that we played like a mature team with a one-goal lead. If people were saying the game was boring [with 12 combined shots on goal in the third period], then we’re doing the right thing.”

     Stalock and Wisconsin senior goalie Shane Connelly played well, but Stalock had to be spectacular at times to keep the Bulldogs close. Stalock, who leads the WCHA in goals-against average and save percentage, stopped breakaways on Davies in the first period and Andy Bohmbach in the second, and made an excellent poke check on Ben Grotting in the third period.

      UMD entered the game as the league’s top defensive team.

       “It’s a matter of guys getting into the tough areas, the areas between the circles and in,” said Stalock. “We have to get shots to the net. You’re not going to win games with shots from the perimeter.”

      The Badgers scored the winning goal from hard work at the crease with 8:26 left in the second period. Sophomore center Sean Dolan was credited with the score, but it was difficult to tell if he put the puck in, or if it went off a UMD defender.

     UMD defenseman Mike Montgomery came close to tying the game on a shot from the left circle that clanked off the near post and out. The play was reviewed but was no goal.

    The Bulldogs were blanked on its three power play chances and are 0-4 this season in games without a man-advantage goal. They were outshot 31-21.

     “We were not playing well and still had a chance at the end of the game, but we need a better effort,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “Wisconsin takes things away from you but we didn’t execute well. We had nothing.

     “Al was good, he did his job, but we need more than that.”

     A St. Cloud State win over North Dakota on Friday, allowed St. Cloud State to pull into a tie with UMD for sixth in the league. UMD is 1-6-2 in WCHA road games this season. 

 

Minnesota Duluth.……1-0-0–1

Wisconsin……….…..…1-1-1–3

 

   First period – 1. UMD, Jack Connolly 7 (Justin Fontaine), 5:26; 2. Wisconsin, Michael Davies 6 (Jamie McBain, Derek Stepan), 12:30 (pp). Penalties – Evan Oberg, UMD (holding), 6:41; Scott Kishel, UMD (hooking), 12:21; Sean Dolan, Wisconsin (holding), 14:36. 

   Second period — 3. Wisconsin, Dolan 3 (John Mitchell, McBain), 11:34. Penalties – Mike Connolly, UMD (slashing), :41; Cody Goloubef, Wisconsin (slashing), 6:43; Nick Kemp, UMD (cross-checking), 13:16; Andy Bohmbach, Wisconsin (hooking), 15:46. 

   Third period – 4. Wisconsin, Tom Gorowsky 9 (Bohmbach), 19:55 (en). Penalty – Drew Akins, UMD (boarding), 17:31. 

   Shots on goal – UMD 8-9-4–21, Wisconsin 12-11-8–31. Goalies – Alex Stalock (12-8-6), UMD (31 shots-28 saves); Shane Connelly (13-8-3), Wisconsin (21 shots-20 saves). Power plays – UMD 0-of-3, Wisconsin 1-of-5. Referees – Don Adam, Tim Walsh. Linesmen – Brad Roethlisberger, Mike Gulenchyn. A – 14,144.

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Wisconsin 3, UMD 1





Minnesota Duluth.……1-0-0–1

Wisconsin……….…..…1-1-1–3

 

   First period – 1. UMD, Jack Connolly 7 (Justin Fontaine), 5:26; 2. Wisconsin, Michael Davies 6 (Jamie McBain, Derek Stepan), 12:30 (pp). Penalties – Evan Oberg, UMD (holding), 6:41; Scott Kishel, UMD (hooking), 12:21; Sean Dolan, Wisconsin (holding), 14:36.

 

   Second period – 3. Wisconsin, Dolan 3 (John Mitchell, McBain), 11:34. Penalties – Mike Connolly, UMD (slashing), :41; Cody Goloubef, Wisconsin (slashing), 6:43; Nick Kemp, UMD (cross-checking), 13:16; Andy Bohmbach, Wisconsin (hooking), 15:46.

 

   Third period – 4. Wisconsin, Tom Gorowsky 9 (Bohmbach), 19:55 (en). Penalty – Drew Akins, UMD (boarding), 17:31.

 

   Shots on goal – UMD 8-9-4–21, Wisconsin 12-11-8–31. Goalies – Alex Stalock (12-8-6), UMD (31 shots-28 saves); Shane Connelly (13-8-3), Wisconsin (21 shots-20 saves). Power plays – UMD 0-of-3, Wisconsin 1-of-5. Referees – Don Adam, Tim Walsh. Linesmen – Brad Roethlisberger, Mike Gulenchyn. A – 14,144.

Raymond in Tussle

       Former Minnesota Duluth winger Mason Raymond of the Vancouver Canucks was involved in some heated moments at practice Thursday and blogger Bruce Ciskie of Duluth, the former UMD play-by-play voice, fills us in with his FanHouse story here.

UMD Pregame





MINNESOTA DULUTH (13-7-6) at WISCONSIN (13-10-3)

 

Game at a glance

What: WCHA men’s series

When: 7:07 p.m. today and Saturday

Where: Kohl Center (15,237), Madison, Wis.

Ranking: UMD is No. 14, Wisconsin No. 17 in PairWise Rankings

Radio/TV: KHQG, 102.5 FM; No TV

Series: Wisconsin leads 85-55-13

 

Coaches

r Mike Eaves is 136-105-33 in seven years at Wisconsin

r Scott Sandelin is 135-167-43 in nine years at UMD

 

BADGERS UPDATE

 

Wisconsin was off last weekend and is 3-3-1 the past seven games, but 3-1 the last four. The last three losses, to Northern Michigan and Colorado College, have all been by one goal. Junior D Jamie McBain leads in scoring at 5-23-28 and freshman C Derek Stepan has 5-15-20, while junior C Blake Geoffrion and LW John Mitchell lead in goals with 11. Senior G Shane Connelly has marks of .909 and 2.59 in 23 games. Wisconsin leads the WCHA in penalty minutes

 

  BULLDOGS update

 

In last Saturday’s 7-4 win over Minnesota State Mankato, seven UMD players had goals, a first since Dec. 2, 2006. Junior W Jordan Fulton leads in plus-minus at plus-10. UMD is on the road for the only time from Jan. 16 through Feb. 7, and is home next weekend with league-leading Denver. The Bulldogs are 4-6-3 away from the DECC, including neutral-site wins over St. Cloud State and Massachusetts-Lowell. D Josh Meyers has 19 points, 18 on power plays

 

Probable UMD Lines

Mike Connolly-MacGregor Sharp-Nick Kemp, Jordan Fulton-Jack Connolly-Justin Fontaine, Cody Danberg-Travis Oleksuk-Michael Gergen, Andrew Carroll–Drew Akins-Matt Greer

Defensive Pairs

Josh Meyers-Evan Oberg, Jay Cascalenda-Mike Montgomery, Scott Kishel-Trent Palm

Goalies

Alex Stalock, Brady Hjelle