Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/9/13
One night after blowing a 2-1 lead in the third period, the No. 14 University of Wisconsin hockey team once again was up 2-1 going into the final period. This time, however, the Badgers would not relinquish the lead and took down No. 8 St. Cloud State, 3-2, in the WCHA regular-season finale. Wisconsin -- which finished tied for fourth place in the WCHA, four points behind co-champions St. Cloud State and Minnesota -- got on the board less than a minute into the first period when Frankie Simonelli redirected a shot from Jake McCabe and lit the lamp. The lead would not last long, though, with the Huskies responding less than a minute later. Michael Mersch gave the Badgers the lead once again, scoring a backhander with just over seven minutes remaining in the first period, a lead that would last until the dying moments of the game. Wisconsin doubled its lead with 48.7 seconds remaining as Mersch scored his 22nd goal of the season, this time on an empty net. The Huskies once again pulled on back, waiting only 16 seconds, but it was not enough as the Badgers held on for the victory. The win gives Wisconsin home-ice advantage in the first round when the WCHA playoffs begin next weekend.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Andrew Luck: Colts were 'gutsy' to keep Pagano, Grigson

White Sox suspend Chris Sale for 'destroying team equipment'

Report: Cubs pushing hard to land Aroldis Chapman

Report: Lesnar, Jones tested positive for same substance

Todd Bowles: Geno Smith 'can be a good starter' for Jets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Former 49ers OL: Gabbert will likely start over Kaepernick

Report: Le'Veon Bell recently completed DUI probation

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Olympic village in Rio deemed 'uninhabitable' for time being

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

10 NFL players set to become household names in 2016

Lou Holtz regrets making immigration 'joke' at RNC

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker