Disappointment in Denver as Badgers swept away by Pioneers

The Badgers gave a valiant effort last night against the No. 10-ranked Denver Pioneers, but ultimately their best was not good enough as the Badgers fell 3-4 dropping to 0-8 on the year.

Scoring opened up with Denver’s Daniel Doremus who lucked upon a sloppy goal nine minutes into the first period.

Denver came out playing like a top ten team outshooting the Badgers 7-5 after the first period.

The Badgers quickly netted the equalizer forty seconds into the second period with a rebound goal by captain Joeseph LaBate.

LaBate’s goal is a perfect summary of the Badgers mentality in this game. They were outmatched but never gave up fighting for a full 60 minutes in Denver.

The Pioneer’s would answer, like they did all night with Quentin Shore’s fourth goal of the weekend putting Denver up 2-1 at the end of two periods.

The third period started no different, as Danton Heinen scored on a one timer right in front of the crease off a beautiful assist from Daniel Doremus as he was falling to the ice.

Joel Rumpel, who returned to his starting spot for the Badgers had a solid outing with 23 saves.

The Badgers would pull within one with a beautiful wraparound goal from freshman Adam Rockwood with 5:22 left in the game.

Head coach Mike Eaves took a gamble and pulled Joel Rumpel with a little over two minutes left in the game. After a late Denver penalty, Wisconsin had a six on four chance late in the third period.

Denver’s goalie, Tanner Jaillet stood strong as he did all night and got the win for the Pioneers posting 19 saves in the effort.

Despite dropping their eighth straight game, the Badgers have positives to take away from the loss.

The fact of the matter is, Wisconsin hung with a top tier team in the NCAA for a full game.

Wisconsin fans are trying a humorous approach when dealing with the current losing streak

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You can follow along @badgershkywin.

Wisconsin hopes to force a “Yes” tweet on November 28th when they face off against Ferris State at the Kohl Center, searching for its first win of the season.

Sawyer Bock

About Sawyer Bock

Sawyer is a Sophomore at UW-Madison majoring in Communication Arts and a beat writer for the UW- Men's Hockey Team. You can catch him on UW-Madison's student radio WSUM where he hosts a sports talk show and broadcasts numerous varieties of Badger sports or on twitter @YoungSawyer_