Friday, February 27, 2009

Ain't that a kick? (updated)

Read The Free Press story here.
Read the Wisconsin State Journal account here and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story here.

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It was the kind of game that sportswriters should love to write about. But when you combine a comeback with controversy with overtime and something called a deadline, it can cause you to lose your hair. Fortunately for me, there's not much hair to lose.

Here's a quick rundown of tonight's third period and overtime:

MSU had a chance to tie the game early in the period but Trevor Bruess' penalty shot was stopped by Shane Connelly.

With 5:33 to go in the period, it appeared that Tom Gorowsky gave Wisconsin a 4-2 lead. However, after going to the video review, referees Todd Anderson and Pete Freesma ruled that Gorowsky kicked the puck behind goalie Mike Zacharias.

Less than a minute later, the Mavericks were on the power play and ran it beautifully. Kael Mouillierat tied the game with a snipe from the right circle over Connelly's glove.

In overtime, Andy Sackrison makes a big body check on Brendan Smith, knocking the defenseman off the puck and moving the puck up to Jerad Stewart for a 2-on-1 rush with Zach Harrison. Stewart keeps it himself and scores the game-winning goal with 1:46 to go.

Whew.

More comments later or you can check out Saturday's edition of The Free Press.

1 comment:

teipel said...

No comment on the article other than to say if the Badger coach, players and fans think they were wronged last night...they don't even know how freakin'wronged you can feel by WCHA refs until u've sk8ed a mile in Maverick skates.
I'm more than a little appauled that Greg Shepard and WCHA officials listen to the whining of coaches. No coach should have the power to influence officials in the course of a game. We all know that Bruess got the shaft because Lucia has some of the officials in his pocket.
Speaking of Bruess...why isn't his name on the voting pole for top forwards? Unbelievable. The whole box was talking about this oversight at the game last night. He is amazing. You can't knock him off the puck. Absolute NHL material.Granted, the other players deserve consideration, but to miss Bruess was a huge oversight.