So far so good for Wisconsin hockey through two games in an important weekend at the Kohl Center.
Last night in the first game of a best-of-three first round WCHA series, the Badger men's team jumped all over Minnesota State to take a 7-1 win and 1-0 series lead.
This afternoon, the women's team achieved a fourth straight Frozen Four bid by beating Dartmouth 7-0 in the team's Kohl Center finale.
Is this the men's squad's KC finale tonight?
It won't be if they come out overconfident, and judging by every indication given by the players after last night's victory, they probably won't.
If they are overconfident, one could understand why. The Badgers outshot the Mavericks 66-27 in last night's game, chasing senior goaltender Mike Zacharias after the third goal and 40 shots. Senior Dan Tormey wasn't exactly the answer in replacement, giving up 4 goals in the third period of 16 shots.
Derek Stepan continued his special teams prowess in the win, giving the Badgers their first goal of the game on the power play and extending his goal scoring streak to two games after notching two shorthanded goals last Saturday against North Dakota.
However, he trails Ben Grotting in the goal-scoring streak department by one. Grotting, who has stepped up out of nowhere as of late, has a team high three-game goal-scoring streak, and had his first game-winning goal of the season on an assist by Craig Johnson, who recorded his first career helper in the process.
The Badgers, now tied for 17th in the PairWise, will attempt to advance to the Final Five in St. Paul tonight, and if all else fails, can do the same tomorrow tonight.
Where: Kohl Center
When: 7 PM CT
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