COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Wisconsin was beaten by Colorado College Saturday, 6-0, in its third shutout of the season.
The Tigers out-shot the Badgers 38-19 for the game in winning the season series 1-0-1. The Badgers struggled offensively all night, managing just 19 shots on goal for the game, including four in the third period. In the two-game series, UW’s defense allowed Colorado College 11 goals, the most given up all season in a league series and the most since Feb. 6-7, 1998, in a pair of losses at Minnesota.
Colorado College was 2-8 on the power play in the win, scoring five man-advantage goals in the series. The Tigers keep their hold on fourth place in the league race with the victory. Wisconsin remains in fifth place.
With just six games remaining in this year’s regular season, the Badgers are still in the mix for a top-five league finish and, more importantly, home ice for the first round of the league playoffs the second weekend in March.
In goal, Bernd Bruckler got the start in recording 29 saves before giving way to senior Mark Baranczyk, who stopped all three CC shots he faced.
Just a night earlier, Bruckler made a career-best 50 saves (including 21 in the third period) in a 5-5 tie.
The six unanswered goals Saturday made it 11 of the last 13 goals in the series for the Tigers. UW started the game on fire Friday night, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 3-0 lead in the first period.
CC came back to tie the game at 5-5 on Mark Cullen’s second of the night and 11th of the year on the power play at 10:58. That proved to be the final goal of the game as the teams held each other scoreless for the remainder of the game and for the five-minute overtime session.
Five different players scored for the Badgers and rookie netminder Bernd. CC dropped to fourth place in the WCHA, and the Badgers remain in fifth place, entering the series finale Saturday night at 8:05 p.m.
CC out-shot the Badgers 55-23 for the game and went 3-6 on the power play.