Roundup: Wisconsin Sweeps Michigan
Alaska-Anchorage Bounces Back From Rough Week
CHN Staff Report
A combination of a long home winning streak and the excitement of Big Ten play finally kicking in, brought out the largest crowd in almost two years to the Kohl Center in Madison. And the crowd was treated to another win.
Wisconsin finished a weekend sweep of Michigan with a 3-1 win, as the Badgers improved to 12-1-1 at home.
Seemingly picking up where they left off in Friday night’s win, Wisconsin opened in command and broke through with a Frankie Simonelli score 14:06 into the contest. After weathering an early surge by Michigan in the second period, the Badgers nudged ahead thanks to a tremendous effort by goaltender Joel Rumpel and a Chase Drake score. After Morgan Zulinick saw his shot deflected away by Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvoort, Michael Mersch managed to win the rebound free and send it back to Drake, who fired it home to put Wisconsin on top.
With the way Rumpel was playing, that was all that Wisconsin needed to secure a win. Nevertheless, the Badgers still came out on the attack in the third period, outshooting Michigan 14-8 and getting a Joseph LaBate goal that served as an exclamation point with 1:59 to go in the game. Jefferson Dahl sparked the play with a long feed and watched LaBate do the rest as he outraced a defender and finished from the left wing.
Michigan's hopes for a comeback were thwarted when JT Compher's goal was disallowed because referees ruled Rumpel was interfered with.
Michigan has lost four in a row and is winless in the last five after starting the season 10-2-1.
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Junior forward Darik Angeli’s third-period goal gave Ohio State a 1-1 tie with Michigan State. The Spartans earned the extra point in the shootout.
Ohio State, on a four-game unbeaten streak, is 11-6-1 overall and 1-2-1-0 in the Big Ten.
“You have to pay for every inch out there and I think both teams felt that," Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said. "If you get a little momentum going your way, they get a little momentum going their way. Both teams played hard.”
Michigan State coach Tom Anastos was much happier with his team's play than after Friday's 5-3 loss.
"I was really happy with it, except for our series of turnovers that led to their goal," Anastos said. "But I thought it was a hard-fought game, and I just liked our team better (than Friday) in so many different ways.
"(Friday) we had eight (blocked shots), and that's really a low number for our team. Tonight I see 19, and that's more like it. You see guys sacrificing themselves. I just put that into the compete category, where guys are competing hard and willing to sacrifice for their teammates. And that's much more in alignment with the expectations we have."
Following a harrowing week of travel for Alaska-Anchorage, the Seawolves returned home and swept Minnesota State, capping it off Saturday with a 3-1 win.
The Mavericks’ hopes for a comeback came in the last 3:28 of play when Hayden Trupp was whistled for facemasking and received five minutes. That, along with goaltender Cole Huggins – who relieved Stephon Williams after the third UAA goal – on the bench for the extra attacker, gave MSU a 6-on-4 advantage.
But UAA kept the Mavericks from any Grade A scoring chances and improved to 9-2-1 at home – the Seawolves’ best home record after 12 games since joining Division I and the best since 1983-84.
Netminder Chris Kamal was stellar in net for the fourth straight game, registering a season-and team-high 35 saves.
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Bowling Green tied Alaska on Saturday to earn three points for the weekend, and move past Minnesota State into sole possession of second place in the WCHA.