Saturday reading: WJC, Wisconsin, UNO-CC series, Mermis fallout
January 5, 2013 1 Comment
North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi scored two goals to lead the United States to a 3-1 win over Sweden on Saturday morning to capture the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Russia.
Wisconsin 5, Alaska-Anchorage 3
ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ comeback came up short as the Wisconsin Badgers took Game 1 of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series with a 5-3 win at the Sullivan Arena in front of 2,268 fans on Friday night.
The Badgers (5-7-5, 3-5-5 WCHA) opened the scoring with two goals in the first before the Seawolves (3-10-4, 1-9-3 WCHA) converted in the second period to cut the lead in half. Wisconsin took a 4-1 advantage in the third before UAA responded with two of their own. The Badgers ended the game with an empty-netter.
The win moves the Badgers into a tie for eighth place in the WCHA with Bemidji State and Colorado College.
Here is the Omaha World Herald coverage of the game which points out that UNO could be in first place with a win on Saturday, the latest in a season the program has ever led a league. They have that to play for while the Tigers are looking to turn its season around. The UNO beat reporter also wrote a CC-centric story for the Gazette.
Some details of the Mermis situation in Denver are slowly coming to light.