Just days before the Badgers played their first Frozen Four game a few players said that it would be natural to be a bit nervous in the opening moments on such a big stage.
But when the puck dropped not a single player in Cardinal and White seemed to have the slightest case of nerves. Instead they simply dominated.
Wisconsin keyed its 8-1 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology with a scorching start and near picture-perfect execution of its offensive philosophy. The early burst of energy helped carry them past the Tigers and into Saturday’s title game.
“It was one of our emphases to get off to a great start, and we wanted to just take time and space away quickly and see how they would handle it,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “We did what we needed to do, and we were able to get an early lead ... getting a good start was paramount.”
The Badgers came in waves in the first two minutes, throwing the puck into the corners and simply outracing RIT to establish possession.
Wisconsin completely controlled the puck for the first minute-and-a-half, from the initial seconds to the moment when senior forward John Mitchell banged home the first UW score on a rebound.
The onslaught continued as the Badgers kept pushing and generating scoring chances (lighting the lamp for a second time). Despite only holding a 10-6 lead in shots, they held complete control through the period and ultimately through the game.
Lets hope the the Badgers can take it to Boston College and win the National Championship. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!