UW hockey rallies to tie No. 14 UMD
Two weeks after being swept in its season opening series against Northern Michigan, the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team bounced back with a vengeance in its first conference series of the season.
Down 2-0 on the road in the third period Saturday night, the Badgers (1-2-1, 1-0-1 WCHA) even the score and skated to a 2-2 tie in the series finale, taking three of the four points in the weekend series from No. 14 Minnesota-Duluth (2-3-1, 0-1-1).
It's the first time since 2005-06 that Wisconsin has taken three points in its conference opening series.
A night after shutting out the Bulldogs in a 2-0 victory, Wisconsin found itself down 2-0 heading to the third period.
UMD got on the board when Tony Cameranesi hammered a blocked shot past UW goalie Joel Rumpel. The lead extended to 2-0 with five minutes left in the second period when Keegan Flaherty converted on a 2-on-1 break.
Wisconsin cut the lead to 2-1 just over a minute into the third period when freshman Tyler Barnes forced a turnover that Mark Zengerle snapped up and scored off the bar.
Michael Mersch evened the score at 2-2 with 5:13 on a wrist shot that beat UMD goalie Matt McNeely.
The Badgers didn't get a shot on McNeely in overtime, but Rumpel turned away UMD's only shot.