In a rematch of last seasonís national championship game, the Wisconsin menís hockey team (3-2-2, 2-1-1 WCHA) fell to Boston College 3-0 Friday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers out-shot the Eagles 28-20, but were unable to capitalize on their scoring chances.
BCís Nathan Gerbe tallied two goals as Boston College improved to 3-1-0. On his first goal of the night, Gerbe took the puck on a fast break during a 5-on-3 Badger power play and was able to beat UW goaltender Brian Elliott (Newmarket, Ontario) to give BC the 1-0 lead at the 5:48 mark of the first period.
After a scoreless second period, BC struck again. At the 17:47 mark of the third frame Gerbe scored his second of the night during equal strength play to give the Eagles the 2-0 lead.
After their second goal, Boston College took a timeout with 2:13 left in the period. After a minute of play, and an icing call, Wisconsin took their own timeout with only 1:13 to go. The Badgers, looking for a better scoring opportunity, pulled Elliott out of goal adding another attacker to the Badger offense.
BCís Brock Bradford then sealed the game at 3-0 with 16 seconds left as he was able to scoop a loose puck and scored on Wisconsinís empty net.
Wisconsin finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play, while BC was 0-for-3. Boston Collegeís Cory Schneider recorded 28 saves in the shutout win, while UWís Elliott ended the night with 17.
The Badgers and Eagles face off again Saturday Oct. 28 at the Kohl Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Gerbe's three-on-five goal in the first period marked the first for a BC player since Nov. 11, 2003, when Stephen Gionta (2003-06) scored a three-on-five goal in a 4-2 come-from-behind win over Northeastern. Gerbe's two-goal effort marked his third multiple-goal outing of his collegiate career ... Schneider's shutout marked his first of the season and 10th of his career. He ranks second on BC's all-time list in career shutouts to Scott Clemmensen, who earned 13 shutouts during his four-year career (1997-01).