Sunday, December 5, 2021

Badgers men’s hockey team No. 3 swept by St. Cloud State as special teams fall again

The numbers haven’t been great for UW (2-4) this season. The team has scored only five equal-strength goals through six games, not counting the two empty-net goals against Senna last week. Its power play is 1-for-20 after going 0-for-9 in two games against the Huskies (6-2).

The most damaging statistic of the weekend, however, was the Badgers successfully hitting only three of the eight Husky power plays. It was only the seventh time since the start of the 1999–2000 season that the Badgers scored six special-team goals in a two-game period.

Badgers coach Tony Granato said UW’s 57.9% penalty kill rate is one of the worst in the country and is losing confidence for its members. They have been caught flat-footed at times and have been very aggressive at others.

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“When it doesn’t start well for you and something goes into your trap, you work hard and now you see people trying to do two or three things instead of just doing their job, Granato said.

Fitzgerald scored around 3:13 in the second period after the UW penalty killer was tied. Brodzinski made it 3-0 later in the frame by poking into a loose puck, when Jared Moe made an early save on VT Mietinen’s one-timer.

“It’s just small, little mistakes,” said Owen Lindmark, one of the Badgers’ primary penalty killers. “The most important thing is to learn from those mistakes and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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