Saturday Afternoon Reading

ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 07: Evan Trupp #19 of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux and Jon Merrill #24 of the Michigan Wolverines fight for the puck during semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four on April 7, 2011 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Game Recaps from Friday:

Bucky's 5th Quarter (Schwartz): Badgers lose heartbreaker in last two minutes

Wisconsin State Journal (Baggot): Badgers rally twice, but North Dakota prevails

Grand Forks Herald (Schlossman): The General's Electric

UWBadgers.com: Badgers take UND to the wire, fall in last two minutes

UNDSports.com: Pattyn's milestone game-winner takes the cake

USCHO.com (Boger): Kristo's two points help North Dakota edge Wisconsin

Goon's World: Birthday boy wins it for UND vs UW

Video's from Friday:

UWBadgers.com: Eaves postgame

UWBadgers.com: Mersch postgame

UNDSports.com: Game Highlights

UNDSports.com: UND Players postgame

UNDSports.com: UND Head Coach Dave Hakstol postgame

Miscellaneous Friday:

CollegeHockeyStats.net: Box Score

Additional Thoughts:

-Wisconsin got owned in the faceoff circle last night. Derek Lee was especially bad winning only 4 and losing 11 draws. For the night, the Badgers were 24-33.

-Wisconsin's penalty kill continues to be an issue. The Badgers gave up two goals on just three power plays for UND.

-UND's game plan against the Badgers PP was simple, take away Schultz. It was obvious that UND were putting their sticks in all passing lanes to #6. If Wisconsin is going to be better on the PP tonight they are going to have to get UND's killers moving and move the puck around to other players than Zengerle and Schultz.

-UND's studs were better than Wisconsin's last night. Zengerle (-2), Barnes (-1), LaBate (-1), Schultz (-1), Mersch (-1), Lee (-1), Simonelli (-1) all finished on the wrong side of the plus/minus ledger.

-After Rumpel let in the two early goals I thought he settled down. The first shot may have hit a Badger defenseman out front and the second shot hit Kristo before going in. Rumpel was solid after that.

-Springer didn't have his best game as a Badger. He got beat too many times, had some bad turnovers and took a terrible penalty in the third. It wouldn't shock me to see Patrick Daly in for him tonight.

-Mersch had two flukey kind of goals but he seems to find himself in good spots. Mersch kind of flies under the radar some times but he's third on the club in scoring and tied for second in goals. He also absolutely rocked a UND defenseman in the third period which was nice to see.

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