The conventional region’s final is now set. The West Region higher seeds both won tonight unlike in the east, after Wisconsin’s 3-2 victory over Vermont.
In what can be termed as a sleeper of a game, Wisconsin converted 3 of 6 power plays and used solid defense to oust Vermont, the last at-large bid awarded by the NCAA.
Vermont showed some life in the first and took advantage of two Badger defensive breakdowns to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
In the second the Badgers poured on the offense out-shooting the Catamounts 16-3 while taking a 3-2 lead. Wisconsin’s dominance in the second set the stage for the win in the third period.
The third period was without scoring, but did turn ugly in middle as multiple shots to the head, hitting after the whistle, and knee to knee hits were called and observed without call.
For the second time tonight, the goalies played as well as could be expected and were the stars for each team.
Tomorrow night Wisconsin will meet Saint Cloud State for the second time in two weeks at the Xcel Energy Center. This time it will be for a trip to Detroit and the Frozen Four.