Badgers strike first but fall 4-1 to Boston Unviersity

This time it was Wisconsin that struck first with a goal early in the first period. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they didn’t score again and gave up four unanswered goals, losing 4-1 to No. 6 Boston University on Saturday night. 

On Friday night, Wisconsin (0-2-2) allowed a goal 12 seconds into the game in its loss to Boston College, but Adam Rockwood made sure the Badgers jumped out ahead against BU. His tally 1:22 into the first period was his first goal in 12 games, giving Wisconsin the 1-0 lead.

But the Terriers (1-1-0) scored twice in the second period, including a power-play goal by Brandon Fortunato at the 9:04 mark that gave them the lead for good. Boston University added two more goals in the third period, both coming with less than 10 minutes left to play.

In the second period, the Badgers committed four penalties. The Terriers took 13 shots on goal during the power-play opportunities.

"It’s a young group and they did a pretty good job with the penalty killing," Eaves said. "We had a lot of opportunities to kill penalties tonight, and for the most part we did a pretty good job."

The Badgers managed just 18 shots on BU’s Connor LaCouvee.

"One of the things that you look at even before you look at goals is the fact, are you creating chances? Obviously, when you only have 18 shots that’s not enough," Eaves said. "But we spent a lot of time on the other end killing penalties."

Wisconsin freshman goalie Matt Jurusik, after a rough night against Boston College, made a career-high 40 saves in the second start of his career. The 40 saves were a career high and the most by a freshman since Joel Rumpel’s 39 in 2011.

"I think his teammates looked at him tonight with a whole new appreciation because he stepped up to the plate," Eaves said of Jurusik’s play. "And that’s a good sign for us because one of the questions we need to answer is who’s going to be our starting goalie."