Men’s Hockey: Badgers Tie Pioneers 1-1

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The Wisconsin men's hockey team tied Denver on Friday night in the opening game of a two-game series.

The Badgers maintained the offensive zone for the bulk of the opening period, but had nothing to show for it. In fact, the Pioneers out-shot UW 13-12 in the first.

Both teams squandered a few scoring chances in the opening two periods with no success. Leading to a scoreless game heading into the final period.

Michael Mersch, who has been Wisconsin's go-to guy offensively at this point in the season, helped the Badgers break through when he scored on a deflection at the 7:06 mark of the third to give UW a 1-0 lead.

Still down one late in the game, Denver opted to pull goaltender Juho Olkinuora, in favor of an extra attacker. The strategy paid off as BLANK scored from a tough angle, sneaking one by Wisconsin netminder Joel Rumpel, even the score at 1-1 with just 1:16 left in regulation.

The Pioneers received a gift late as Jefferson Dahl took a tripping penalty for Wisconsin about midway through overtime. Wisconsin was able to kill off the penalty, and John Rammage found a streaking Dahl fresh out of the box on a breakaway, but Dahl was unable to convert.

In total, Wisconsin out-shot Denver 33-31. The Pioneers held a decisive advantage in the faceoff circle 33-25.

Rumpel made 30 saves for the Badgers.

The Badgers pick up a much needed point in WCHA play and now move to 1-7-3 overall and 1-5-3 in league play. The two teams will conclude the series Saturday at 8 p.m.

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