MADISON, Wisc. - Colorado College fans can take a little solace in knowing their team forced overtime after its early two-goal lead slipped away.
The Tigers are not after a 4-3 road loss in overtime to No. 15 Wisconsin.
"I think everyone is getting pretty sick of losing," said Tigers senior Archie Skalbeck, who scored the tying goal with 1:03 left by tipping in a rebound on a shot by defenseman Ian Young. "We need to stop feeling good about coming close."
The winning goal Saturday came only 1:41 into overtime after Badgers senior Tyler Barnes fired a hard-angle backhander that found its way between CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert's legs, ending the nonconference game at the Kohl Center.
"I just threw it toward the net because I saw Brad (Navin) was going to the net," Wisconsin senior Tyler Barnes said. "I couldn't see what happened after that and I heard a cheer."
The cheers were not coming from the Tigers.
"To lose a game that way is cruel," Tigers coach Scott Owens said.
Unfortunately, the Tigers can only look to themselves after a poor second period which saw the hosts dominate the middle frame play for the second night in a row.
It took only 7:39 for the Badgers to erase a 2-0 Tigers lead and take a 3-2 lead.
Navin flipped a backhander in only 2:10 into the period, followed by Jefferson Dahl firing a forehanded shot around a screen to send the puck between Thorimbert's legs.
Senior Michael Mersch scored Wisconsin's third goal by camping out in front and tipping in a crossing pass from Nic Kerdiles.
"We put the onus on the team," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "We told the upperclassmen that they know what to do and they went out and did it."
CC got a break early when senior center Jeff Collett fired a crossing pass to the front of the net and Wisconsin defenseman Kevin Schulze inadvertently knocked the puck in past Wisconsin junior goalie Joel Rumpel for a 1-0 lead 54 seconds into the game.
"It's tough for a team that needs a couple breaks or two to get one and not get the win," Owens said. "I am happy with how we played at the beginning and the end."
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead after freshman Sam Rothstein lifted in a rebound just as he was knocked to the ice with 7:51 left in the first period. The scoring play was set up by freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin who took the feed from senior Alexander Krushelnyski and cut across the faceoff circles to find an opening for the initial shot.