Splits for both UW hockey teams over weekendWisconsin Sports
-- Both the University of Wisconsin men's and women's hockey teams split their respective series over the weekend.
Both the University of Wisconsin men's and women's hockey teams split their respective series over the weekend.
The men's team faced No. 8 ranked Miami of Ohio at the Kohl Center, winning Friday's game 1-0 but lost Saturday's game 2-1. Badger goalie Joel Rumpel stopped 26 shots in Friday's game and Joseph LaBatte scored the only goal of the game in the third period. In Saturday's game, with the Red Hawks leading 1-0 in the second period, Michael Mersch scored his team-leading 13th goal to tie the score. Derek Lee and Joseph LaBate assisted on Wisconsin’s only score of the night. A Miami score later in the same period providing the winning margin. Joel Rumpel absorbed the loss, despite stopping 30 shots. Wisconsin outshot the visitors, 34-32 in front of one of the largest crowds of the season at over 12,000 fans. Saturday's loss meant the Badgers’ 11-game unbeaten streak is over. The Badger record is 9-8-5 after the split, with another home series starting next Friday against Alaska-Anchorage.
The Wisconsin women’s hockey team got a break-away goal from Madison Packer with 4:35 remaining to edge North Dakota, 2-1 Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D. The victory kept the Badgers in second place in the WCHA standings and earned the team a split of the weekend series. Katy Josephs had scored the game’s first goal, less than five minutes into the action. Alex Rigsby stopped 28 shots to pick up her 15th win of the season. The Badgers record is 15-7-2, including 11-7-2 in conference competiton. Friday saw UW shutout by UND 3-0, ending a 12-game winning streak. U.S. Olympian Jocelyne Lamoureaux scored two goals in the final three minutes to put the game out of reach, but it was a score in the first period which provided the winning margin. North Dakota outshot the visitors at Ralph Engelstad Arena 30-19.