Badgers Split Annual Series with WI State Rival Marquette
In this year's installment of the annual series against Marquette, the Badgers fought valiantly for two games.
Game one took place at the Ponds of Brookfield last Friday at 7PM. The Badgers would come out of the gates flying as Zaccaro and Ranheim rang shots off the pipe. Goss came up with huge save, robbing the Marquette offense on the breakaway. However, about 45 seconds later, after a scramble in front, the Golden Eagles would break the tie, putting Marquette up 0-1. They would carry that lead into the first intermission. The second period was another strong start for the Badgers as Noah Skillings would tie the game on a snap-shot from the far hashmark. Later in the second, after killing a ton of penalties, Moser would wrap home another goal after Zaccaro found Ranheim for the shot; 2-1 Badgers after two. In the third, both teams matched intensity. Marquette was feeding off their crowd of close to 400 and the Badgers were motivated by one another and the 10-15 faithful that made the journey. After another scuffle in front of Goss, the Badgers would kill 4 on 3. Marquette saw their opportunity and scored with just under 14 mins to go. Still killing, Jake Cohn got a lead pass from Schwehr and silenced the crowd with a breakaway goal, putting Bucky back on top 3-2. Later in the period, Marquette would catch a break as a shot from center ice ricocheted off Goss' paddle and into the net, tying the game with 1:58 to play. With tensions high and energy higher, the Badgers sought their chance to strike. With 25 seconds to play, Schwehr found Elder for the one-time strike sending the Marquette fans and Golden Eagle efforts packing as the Badgers would take game one by a final of 4-3. This was the first time the Badgers had taken a game in Milwaukee.
In game two, back at home, the Badgers looked to complete the sweep, something they have never done against Marquette. Early in the first, both teams would trade goals; 1-1. Shortly before the buzzer, Marquette would tally another on the backhand taking a 1-2 lead into the break. At the end of a kill, Marquette would add another to make it 1-3 but it didn't take Hunter Schwehr long to tip home his second of the game to make it 2-3. But Marquette would answer with vengeance, netting 3 goals in 2 minutes to make it 2-6. Luke Schammel would burry on the 2 on 1 chance with Ranheim to close the gap to 3-6 heading to the second intermission. The third posed a tall task for the Badgers. The boys came out flying, dominating play. Parker Storck would score to make ti 4-6 about halfway through the period. John Simon would pound home a rebound just minutes later to make it 5-6. With 3:50 to go in regulation, the Badgers looked to tie the game. At the very end of the power play chance, the Badgers scored but the referee waived it off; the net was off its moorings. A questionable call but we can't control the zebras. Shortly after we pull Schreiter, the Golden Eagles would put one in the empty net to solidify their 5-7 win.
This was just the second loss this season for the Badgers. The boys showed fight and determination in the third but weren't able to climb out of the hole.
Now 12-2 on the year, the team's focus will shift to WCCHA play. They start the back half of their season at home with a series against Minnesota State - Mankato next weekend. Game one is at the Shell at 8:15PM Friday and game two is at 10:45AM Saturday at the Shell. See you at the rink.