Men's hockey triumphs at Tech

Joe Pavelski (UW Athletics file photo)

Badgers dominate Huskies 5-0; big nights for Pavelski, Drewiske and Connelly

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team outshot Michigan Tech 64-20 and scored five goals in 60 minutes of pure domination as the No. 3 Badgers shut out the Huskies 5-0 Friday in Houghton, Mich.

Sophomore defenseman Davis Drewiske notched two goals, a first in his career, while sophomore forward Joe Pavelski had two assists and a power-play goal and freshman netminder Shane Connelly stopped all 20 shots for his first career shutout.

The Badgers and Huskies (7-20-4 overall, 6-13-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) remained scoreless for the nearly the entire first period. But senior UW defenseman Tom Gilbert notched a power-play goal with one second remaining, taking a pass from Pavelski, who won the draw on a faceoff. The eventual game-winning goal came two seconds after UW pulled Connelly in favor of the extra skater.

That paved the way for a busy second period, in which UW took a season-best 25 shots on goal and scored twice.

Drewiske scored his first goal of the season 7:22 into the second on an assist from senior center A.J. Degenhardt and junior forward Andy Brandt. His second goal came halfway through the third on an assist from Pavelski and junior forward Robbie Earl. That proved to be the final goal of the night, as UW (21-7-2, 15-6-2) buried Michigan Tech 5-0.

Pavelski and freshman forward Ben Street notched goals 3 and 4, respectively, late in the second period and early in the third. Pavelski scored his team-best eighth power-play goal of the season, with help from Gilbert and Earl. Sophomore defenseman Kyle Klubertanz and junior defenseman Jeff Likens were credited with assists on Street's goal.

Michigan Tech netminder Rob Nolan, who was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week Monday, stopped 59 shots in the loss as the Badgers peppered him with a season-best 64 shots on goal.

In other WCHA action, host Minnesota defeated Denver 3-2 Friday, giving the Gophers the lead in the WCHA standings. Denver and Wisconsin are now tied for second place, one point behind the Gophers.

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