Badgers wallop RIT, will play in finals tomorrowWisconsin Sports
- The Wisconsin men’s hockey team crushed Rochester Tech 8-1 last night, to advance to the national title game at the NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit.
DETROIT - The Wisconsin men’s hockey team crushed Rochester Tech 8-1 last night, to advance to the national title game at the NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit.
The Badgers will play Boston College tomorrow night in a re-match of the 2006 title contest which the Badgers won 2-1 in Milwaukee. The face-off is at 6 p.m. and will be shown live on ESPN.
Wisconsin out-shot Rochester Tech 37-to-14. The Tigers were 22-3-1 when scoring first, but the Badgers didn’t let them score first this time. John Mitchell put in a rebound to put Wisconsin in front just 87 seconds into the game. And it was 6-0 late in the second period. Derek Stepan had two goals and two assists, and Brendan Smith had five assists for the Badgers. They went 3-for-7 on power play opportunities, and their seven-goal victory margin was the largest in the national semi-finals since 1969.
Tyler Brenner had the only goal for Rochester Tech, which ended its season at 28-12-1. The Badgers won their ninth game in their last 11, improving to 28-10-4. They’ll now face a Boston College squad that’s 28-10-3. The Eagles advanced with a 7-1 semi-final victory over Miami-of-Ohio.
Just under 35-thousand people attended the games at Ford Field – a national record for indoor hockey.