Badgers Sweep Bethel | Look Ahead to Hosting Conference Leaders Gustavus
This past weekend, the Badgers made the trek back to subzero Minneapolis where they were set to take on the Bethel Royals. The Badgers looked to continue their hot streak and start the semester 4-0.
Game one was Friday night at 9:15 at the Blaine Super Rink. The team got out to a bit of a slow start, shaking the bus legs. Scoring opened for the Badgers with Ty Bailey scoring off a Jake Feldt pass to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead that they would carry into the intermission. Assistant Coach, Rich Feldt would spark a fire for the team, giving them the life they needed heading into the second.
Parker Storck would net the games second goal with the assists going to Lenny Nunn and Eli Padilla. 2-0 good guys! But that would be all the scoring from both sides for the second.
Looking for a better start to the third and a strong finish, the Badgers pressed on. Padilla would net one of his own to make it 3-0 off a bouncing puck in front. Storck and Brendan Doherty would get the assists on the Padilla score. The Feldt-Bailey connection would strike again as Ty Bailey makes a fantastic bank pass off the neutral zone boards, springing Feldt on a breakaway where he would score low blocker to put the Badgers up by 4. Padilla would get his third point, second goal of the night after blowing past the defenders and tucking it five hole. Sean Goss, yes you read that correct, got the lone assist. The Badgers now lead 5-0. The final minutes of the game would tick away giving the visitors the victory, 5-0!
Eli Padilla - 2G 1A
Ty Bailey - 1G 1A
Jake Feldt - 1G 1A
Parker Storck - 1G 1A
Lenny Nunn - 1A
Brendan Doherty - 1A
Sean Goss - 1A
Game two took place in an afternoon showdown just outside of St. Paul. Sam Gentges would open the scoring 8 minutes in to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead. The goal was unassisted. That lead would hold to close out the period. Another promising, but slow start for the team.
Doherty would put himself back int he goal column netting the games second goal. Feldt and Mikey Perea would grab the assists. The goal occurred at 8:40 in the second - just over 11 minutes to play in the period. The Royals would answer with one of their own to cut the lead back to one just around the half way mark of the game. About 2 minutes later, however, Quinn Friedow would extend the lead back to 2, putting the visiting Badgers up 3-1. Feldt would net the final goal of the period late to make it 4-1. Perea with the assist.
Feldt and Perea would connect again late in the third, putting the Badgers up 5-1 - a lethal connection is brewing I feel. Storck would score a mere :45 seconds later to make it 6-1 good guys. He would net a nother one just :40 seconds later to put a bow on the game and the series. The Badgers win game two by a final of 7-1.
Jake Feldt - 2G 1A
Parker Storck - 2G
Mikey Perea - 3A
Same Gentges - 1G
Brendan Doherty - 1G
Quinn Friedow - 1G
This weekend the Badgers return to home ice to host WCCHA leaders, Gustavus Adolfus College. The Gusties are also ranked #3 in the ACHA Central Region. The Badgers are currently ranked #10. Besides the regional rankings, there are serious WCCHA standings implications as well. With a sweep, the Badgers would leapfrog the Gusties and claim the SE division title with one week to play before the Carla Berg Cup. With a split or sweep for the Gusties, GAC would claim the title. GAC has one of the conferences' most prolific offenses boasting a +30 goal differential to the Badgers +13 in conference play. Should be a tremendous, hard fought series for both teams.
Game one is at the Shell Friday night at 8:30PM. Game two is at 11AM also at the Shell. As always, the games are free and we hope to see everyone there!