Historic Season Comes to a Close | Thank You Seniors
With the National tournament coming to a close last week, we would like to take the time and recognize our accomplishments and accolades from the season!
National Tournament Recap:
Game one saw the Badgers take on defending champion, UMary. The Badgers fought hard all game. UMary, the oldest team in the tournament by average, had the upper hand. Through systemic play, taking advantage of our mistakes and strong goaltending, the Marauders took the game by a final of 0-8.
Game two was a fierce matchup against the Huskies of Northeastern. Another first matchup for the Badgers saw another strong game throughout the first two periods of play. Lots of puck luck and odd man rushes gave the Huskies the lead throughout the game, before Ian Barbour netted the Badgers' first goal of the tournament. Travis Kernen had the assist. It would be a little too late, however, as Wisconsin dropped game two by a final of 1-7.
Game three pitted Big 10 foes Wisconsin and Indiana against each other; another first time meeting between the squads. They were set to play a series in Madison during the 2020-21 COVID Cancelled season. With a shoutout from D1 Coach, Tony Granato, the team looked to end the season and their first National Tournament appearance on a high note. Indiana would jump out to a quick 0-1 lead and would carry that into the break. Another goal by the Hoosiers early in the second gave them a 0-2 lead, but that would be all for their offense. Parker Storck netted his first of the tournament on the power play to cut the lead in half. Later that same shift, Storck would find the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2! The tie would take both teams into a dramatic third period finish. Brendan Doherty had the goal of the tournament for the Badgers off a great lead pass from Lenny Nunn, springing a breakaway shorthanded. Doherty broke out his best Bergeron moves before Grittying. Absolutely filthy stuff. 3-2 good guys. Kernen would score his first of the tournament to make if 4-2 with about 12 to go in the game. Finally, Andy Pitts would cap off the Hoosiers season with the late EN goal to give Wisconsin the 5-2 victory.
The team went 1-2 in their first National appearance, falling only to the eventual repeat champions and a team, when full strength, we would take 9 times out of 10. Overall, the season was the most successful in club history. Going 24-8-0-2 on the year, with a WCCHA and Regional Championship to bolster that record.
Finally, we would like to thank our Seniors who will not be returning next year:
Captains John and Joe Simon, Seth Gehrke, Lenny Nunn, Nathan Rehm, Ryan Elder, and Tyler Schreiter!
Your hard work and dedication to the club helped us reach new heights this season. Not enough can be said about all of you and we wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors!
The team will be hosting a banquet sometime before the end of the semester here in Madison. All family, friends, and alumni are encouraged to attend. More details to follow once they are hammered out.
For now, farewell, but not for long. Summer recruiting emails will begin after the fourth of July, with tryouts follwing shortly there after.
As always, On Wisonsin!