Wisconsin hockey round-up: Badger hockey season over as Denver wins in overtimeWisconsin Sports
-- The Wisconsin men’s hockey team ended its season last night with a 3-2 overtime loss at Denver.
DENVER - The Wisconsin men’s hockey team ended its season last night with a 3-2 overtime loss at Denver.
Luke Salazar scored the deciding goal at 1:40 into the extra period. Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes scored for the Badgers, who closed out at 17-18-2 overall. Wisconsin’s Joel Rumpel had 30 saves in Game-Three, and the Badgers were out-shot 33-26. Denver improved to 23-12-4. The Pioneers advanced to the WCHA Final Five in Saint Paul for the fifth straight year.
The Milwaukee Admirals lost at Rockford yesterday 3-2. The Admirals dropped their third straight game, and they fell six points back for the final playoff spot in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference. Milwaukee was down 3-0 when they started a comeback in the final four minutes. Taylor Beck and Chris Mueller, but Beck ended the rally by committing a boarding penalty with 59 seconds left. Milwaukee has now lost six straight to Rockford, while scoring just seven goals in those games.
Top-ranked Wisconsin will play Boston College on Friday evening in the semifinals of the NCAA women’s Frozen Four hockey tournament in Duluth. The Badgers advanced with a 3-1 home victory over Mercyhurst on Saturday night, in which Alex Rigsby became the first Wisconsin goalie ever to get a-thousand saves in a season. Boston College earned its spot with a 6-3 win over Saint Lawrence. Minnesota and Cornell will play in the other national semi-final on Friday night. The winners will go for the crown next Sunday.
Defending national champion Saint Norbert will play Norwich on Friday evening in the semi-finals of the men’s NCAA Division III hockey tournament at Lake Placid New York. The Green Knights advanced with a 4-1 home win over Gustavus Adolphus over the weekend. Saint Norbert has won 11-of-its-last-12 NCAA tournament games since 2008. They’ll face Norwich in the national semi-finals for the second straight year. Oswego and Amherst will play in the other semi on Friday night. The winners advance to the title game next Saturday night. On the women’s side, UW-River Falls was eliminated in the quarter-finals, falling at Gustavus Adolphus 4-2.