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Adam Miller among few positives on Wisconsin's Boston trip

Walk-on Adam Miller stepped up to the plate after Joel Rumpel couldn't make the trip and held his own, making 24 stops on 27 shots Friday.

Wisconsin goalie Adam Miller keeps the puck out of the net against BC Friday night.
Wisconsin goalie Adam Miller keeps the puck out of the net against BC Friday night.

Outscored 16-5 and swept for the first time since last November, there weren't many positives to take away from the trip to Boston over the weekend to play Boston College and Boston University. Especially with a Wisconsin team that came into the season talking Frozen Four while ranked No. 2 in all the national polls.

One of the lone bright spots on the weekend was the play of third-string goaltender Adam Miller. A recruited walk-on, Miller made the trip when Joel Rumpel was unavailable after spraining his ankle in practice last week. Miller made the most of his opportunity Friday night, playing over 38 minutes in relief of starter Landon Peterson, who was pulled after giving up six goals.

"Adam Miller got a shot, good for him," Wisconsin captain Frankie Simonelli said after the game Friday. "He came in there, he battled hard for us. I was proud of that."

Despite giving up six goals, the loss wasn't Peterson's fault. As alternate captain Jake McCabe said, the Badgers hung the junior goalie out to dry against BC.

"(Peterson), I can't even tell you how many odd man rushes we gave him," McCabe said. "Almost a glimpse of UMass-Lowell last year."

A sophomore from Long Grove, Ill., Miller has very little experience at the D1 level. Miller's only game action in his Wisconsin career came last season at home vs. Alabama-Huntsville, when he finished the final 3:52 of a 5-0 Badgers victory.

Miller made the most of his opportunity Friday vs. BC, stopping numerous point-blank chances. He finished the game with 24 saves on 27 shots, but many of those 24 stops came on grade-A chances from the Eagles.

"I give props to Adam Miller," McCabe said. "Put in a hostile environment like BC, that kid stood tall. For a walk-on goalie that's supposed to be a practice goalie? I give all the credit in the world to that kid.

"He deserves a game puck for his performance tonight."

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