MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin scored early and went on to
defeat the Providence College men's hockey team, 5-0, Saturday night in
the consolation game of the Badger Hockey Showdown in Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin's Shane Connelly made 26 saves to earn his second career
The Badgers needed 47 seconds to take a 2-0 first period lead. Ben
Grotting opened the scoring 23 seconds into the game as he scored his
second goal of the season. Twenty-four seconds later, Ben Street scored
off a scrum in front of the net to give Wisconsin the early edge. The
Friars created several scoring opportunities in the first period,
including Colin McDonald (Wethersfield, Conn.) who ripped a slap shot off
the left post on the power play. PC had a two-man advantage power play
and Tony Zancanaro (Trenton, Mich.) nearly cut the UW lead in half, but
his shot from the slot was stopped by Connelly.
The Badgers added another goal at 9:59 of the second period to make the
score, 3-0. John Mitchell slipped the puck at the right face off circle
to Matthew Ford, who eluded a PC defenseman and lifted a backhander past
PC goalie Tyler Sims (Grand Blanc, Mich.). Wisconsin capped off the
scoring in the third period with a pair of empty-net goals.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, January 5 when they host Hockey
East foe Boston University at Schneider Arena.