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Melanson, Wisconsin Post Second Straight Shutout, 5-0

Five Badgers Score in Blanking of Michigan Tech

— Matt Hussey and Kent Davyduke each had a goal and an assist, and Graham Melanson made 26 saves as Wisconsin blanked host Michigan Tech 5-0 on Friday night.

It was the second consecutive shutout for Melanson and the Badgers, who blanked Umass-Amherst last Saturday.

After a scoreless first period in which Michigan Tech outshot Wisconsin 14-11, the Badgers (3-0-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) turned it up a notch and took control of the game in the second period.

“It’s the first time this year we’ve skated on a smaller ice sheet and it makes a difference,” Wisconsin coach Jeff Sauer said. “You’ve got to move the puck a little quicker and it’s a little more physical.”

Matt Doman gave the Badgers a 1-0 lead at 8:09 of the middle period with assists from Hussey and Jeff Dessner. Doman picked up the puck after it bounced off a stick laying at the side of the goal and beat Tech goaltender Brian Rogers with a wrist shot from close range.

Just 16 seconds later, Kent Davyduke gave Wisconsin a 2-0 lead when he scored unassisted.

“When we put the puck down low and started cycling, it was very difficult for them to get control,” Sauer said.

The third period proved to be more of the same as the Badgers controlled the flow of the game and added to their lead.

At the 8:30 mark, Brad Winchester gave Wisconsin a 3-0 lead when he buried a centering pass from Dany Heatley.

Dave Hergert then made it 4-0 with a power-play goal with 3:03 left in the game. Dan Boeser and Andy Wheeler were credited with the assists.

Then, with Erik Jensen in the penalty box serving a five-minute major for cross-checking, Davyduke set up Hussey for the game’s final goal.

Said Huskies’ coach Tim Watters: “I thought that we played a real solid first period. In the second period we stopped skating and we paid for it. We have to skate for a full 60 minutes.”

Wisconsin outshot Michigan Tech 43-26, including a 20-7 edge in the final period.

The two teams meet again on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Eastern Time.

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  • CCHA fan

    Paula, thanks for the continued CCHA coverage.  Quick question: I noticed that Jon Merrill was selected for the preliminary Team USA roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships… any word on when he might be back on the roster for Michigan? 

    • Paula Weston

      I am not certain, and Michigan is playing Merrill’s status close to the vest.  If I hear anything this weekend during the MSU-UM series, I’ll definitely update the Merrill story on Monday.

  • ???

    NMU scored FOUR times against Miami — three times with a two-man advantage Saturday night

    Paula how does that work out in a 5-1 game…

    • Paula Weston

      Missing words:  four times on the power play.  Fixed now.

  • non-dusty Bronco

    must be feeling generous giving BG a win against the broncos lol, I think Western will really start to pick up the intensity in the next month all leading up to a huge series in Kzoo vs. Duluth

    • Paula Weston

      Only because it’s Christmas.  *grin*

  • Rick Rhoades78

    Northern Mich gaining some mojo! They’ve had a tough schedule to date and now it gets really tough with plenty of road games leading out….I like the look of this team? Any thoughts?

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