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Resch Center continues to be house of horrors for Badgers hockey

Wisconsin Badgers hockey and the Resch Center have a love-hate relationship as of late, the Resch Center loves having the Badgers visit, but there’s little doubt the hockey team hates playing there these days.

It wasn’t always that way though, as the Badgers won three of the first four games at the Resch, starting their time out there 3-0-1, but lately it hasn’t been fun being in Green Bay for Bucky.

After being swept by Northern Michigan two years ago in Green Bay, the Badgers return to the Resch Center was just as horrific in the 2-0 loss to the Wildcats on Friday. It ran UW’s record at the arena to 3-3-1 all-time.

One period was all it took for the Badgers to wilt away, as NMU netted both of its goals in the opening stanza and continued to press Wisconsin the rest of the night.

“There are moments of truth in the game when two combatants come together, whether it’s in front of the net or the corner or coming out of the zone or when you block a shot,” head coach Mike Eaves said, via the Wisconsin State Journal. “There were too many moments of truth that weren’t on the winning side.”

[h/t madison.com]

The scoreline could’ve been a lot worse had it not been for the excellent play of Joel Rumpel between the pipes. He saved 26 of 28 shots on the night, but took his second consecutive loss as the starting goaltender.

It didn’t take long for the 3,526 in attendance to figure out the Badgers were in trouble. That’s because Northern Michigan’s opening goal was waived off  by Brock Maschmeyer’s interference call and UW failed to do anything with it. Sure they fired two shots, but both weren’t a bother to NMU’s 23-year-old sophomore netminder Mathias Dahlstrom. 

Dahlstrom would stand tall against a weak Badger offensive attack, saving 15 shots on goal in getting the win in NMU’s season opener.

From that penalty kill on, the Badgers played on the back foot and were made to pay for a series of bad plays and questionable calls by the refs on the ice. With nearly half the first period gone, the Badgers began to fall apart.

NMU’s Shane Sooth took a faceoff from the right of Rumpel, passed it to an open Dominick Shine at the top of the circle and he wristed one past Rumpel’s glove, off the post and in for a 1-0 lead at the 9:27 mark of the 1st period.

It took just a few more minutes for things to unravel further for the Badgers. Forward Aidan Cavallini was called for a very questionable slashing penalty at the 12:54 mark of the first period.

UW tried to keep the Wildcats off the scoresheet, but it was to no avail as the defense couldn’t clear the puck and eventually the pressure was too much. Darren Norwick netted his first goal of the season standing right in front of the net.

Norwick was fed a great pass by teammate Gerard Hanson, who controlled the puck behind the net and patiently waited for the right moment and slotted the pass to Norwick, who one-timed it past a helpless Rumpel at the 14:16 mark of the first period.

From there it was the Wildcats who battened down the hatches and continued to press thanks to a Badger offense that was afraid to attack for most of the game.

It showed in the final stats, as UW was outshot 28-18 and Northern Michigan won 33 of 52 faceoffs in the game. Wisconsin was outshot in every period on the night, failing to reach double digits in shots in any periods.

The Badgers and Wildcats will end the series on Saturday night at 7pm CT, there is no TV for this one, but Brian Posick will have the call and you can find the game via uwbadgers.com.

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com

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