Feb. 6, 2010
Site: Madison, Wis. (Camp Randall Stadium)
Event: Camp Randall Classic
Score: #3 Wisconsin 3, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (16-13-1), Wisconsin (16-7-4)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Feb. 9 -- vs. Bowling Green (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (RV USA Today/No. 19 USCHO) fell to Wisconsin (#3 USA Today/No. 3 USCHO), 3-2, in front of 55,031 fans at the Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Saturday (Feb. 6) at Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin defenseman Brendan Smith netted two power-play markers in the last 5:32 of play to give the Badgers the comeback victory. In the hockey program's first outdoor game since Oct. 6, 2001, the Wolverines came back from a one-goal deficit in the first period and later took a one-goal lead in the third but could not hang on under the lights of Camp Randall Stadium for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game.
Despite a 13-6 shot differential favoring Wisconsin, the score was knotted up at 1-1 heading into the first intermission. Junior right wing Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.) scored with 1:03 remaining in the first period to pull even with the Badgers, who had taken an early lead 3:04 into the contest on a goal by Jordy Murray.
Each team had a breakaway scoring opportunity but could not take advantage to maintain the 1-1 tie after 40 minutes of play. Michigan then took a 2-1 lead with 8:37 remaining in the contest on a blast by freshman Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), but Brendan Smith scored twice to give Wisconsin a 3-2 triumph.
With 17:44 still to go in the first period, the Badgers had already forced junior goaltender Bryan Hogan (Highland, Mich.) to make two strong saves. Wisconsin got on the scoreboard first at the 3:04 mark in the first period when right wing Craig Smith flung the puck from a sharp angle along the goal line to the right of the Michigan net. His shot squirted just behind Hogan, allowing left wing Jordy Murray to tap the puck into the back of the cage from just a foot out.
Vaughan scored his second career goal with 1:03 left in the first stanza to knot the game up at one goal apiece. Freshman Lindsay Sparks (Oakville, Ontario) sent the puck to Vaughan from behind the net. Vaughan took a shot that was initially stopped by UW goalkeeper Scott Gudmandson, but Vaughan pushed his own rebound into the net with his backhand.
Wisconsin almost snagged a 2-1 lead at the 9:13 mark of the second period when right wing Michael Davies out-deked Hogan on a breakaway, but his shot rang off the bottom of the right goal post to keep it a 1-1 tie.
With 5:28 left in the middle stanza, Wisconsin went on its first power play. The Badgers were effectively cycling the puck, but Hogan stood tall and snagged a quick shot with his glove. While still shorthanded, sophomore David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) walked in alone on Gudmandson and tried to beat him five-hole with a low shot, but the UW netminder was undeterred.
The Wolverines grabbed their first lead of the contest with 8:57 remaining in the third period when Lynch fired a blast from atop the right faceoff circle that flew into the net, nearly hitting the left goal post. Junior left wing Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) registered a helper on the goal to set a single-season career high in assists and points.
The Badgers went on the power play with 5:42 left in the game with the hopes of tying the game. Ten seconds into the power play, junior defenseman Brendan Smith rocketed the puck into the cage from his position above the right faceoff circle to make it a 2-2 game.
Another Michigan penalty put Wisconsin on the power play for the remaining 1:56 in regulation. Once again, Smith found the back of the net on a shot taken from just outside the right faceoff circle.
The Wolverines conclude their stretch of three games in six days on Tuesday (Feb. 9) when they host Bowling Green at Yost Ice Arena. The game is slated to start at 7:35 p.m. and will be televised by Comcast (Channel 900).
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423