ANCHORAGE, Alaska (PRESS RELEASE) -- Anchorage, Alaska – For the Wisconsin Badgers (8-7-3, 4-6-2 WCHA), the key to earning a road split against Alaska Anchorage was their specialty units. UW went 3-for-9 on the power play, while holding the Seawolves (5-9-2, 4-7-1 WCHA) to 0-for-6 on the advantage to earn a tough two points on the road.
For the second night in a row, the two teams found themselves scoreless after 20 minutes of play. However, the Badgers came out strong in the second period to take the lead.
After starting the period with two seconds of power play time carrying over, the Badgers racked up four additional man advantages in the second period. They made excellent use of the extra skater, scoring two power-play goals in a period they dominated, holding a 18-4 advantage in shots for the period.
Wisconsin struck first with a goal at 5:59 of the period. Craig Smith (Madison, Wis.) won the puck in the corner, and slid it to Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.). Zengerle fed a waiting Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, B.C.), whose one timer lit the lamp to give UW a 1-0 lead.
Later in the period, another power-play goal gave Wisonsin a 2-0 lead after two periods. Smith took a pass from Schultz and ripped a one timer for the goal. The scoring tally came at 19:08 of the period.
In the third period, UAA would mount a charge. With just over nine minutes left in the third period, the Seawolves pulled their goaltender in favor of an extra skater. After striking the post on a wrist shot with 6:26 left, Alaska Anchorage found the net to cut the deficit in half. Wisconsin blocked a shot in the defensive zone, but Tommy Grant grabbed the puck on the clearance attempt and converted for the goal. The lead was cut to 2-1 at 13:48 of the third period.
After fending off UAA the rest of the way, Wisconsin potted an empty-net goal at the buzzer to make the final score 3-1. Justin Schultz added the power-play goal, his second of the game and 11th of the season.
Scott Gudmandson made 18 saves, including eight in the third period, to earn the victory for Wisconsin. His record improves to 5-5-1 on the season. For UAA, Rob Gunderson stopped 26 shots and saw his record fall to 4-6-1. Wisconsin outshot the Seawolves, 29-18 for the game.
Next weekend, the Badgers are back home at the Kohl Center for a matchup against Bemidji State. Games are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.
Courtesy: UW Athletics