Years from now, when brothers Sean and Jason Dhooghe recall the game when they both scored their first goals for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team, they’ll have interesting setups for the stories.

Sean will be able to claim he scored first, and on a penalty shot to boot, but Jason will fairly be able to add that it wouldn’t have happened without him.

Jason will use the backdrop of a tie game in the third period against No. 4 North Dakota on Saturday to invoke the sense of drama that accompanied his score.

“It’s cool scoring your first goal,” Sean Dhooghe said. “And when your brother’s on your side doing the same thing that same night, in front of a huge crowd, in such a big game, it was really special.”

“We’ll never forget this,” Jason Dhooghe said.

What the Badgers freshmen might not include in the story later is that neither goal was able to produce a victory for No. 7 UW in a game that could have helped affirm their status as a top-10 team.

North Dakota erased both leads that the Dhooghes provided in a 2-2 tie in front of the largest crowd this season at the Kohl Center, 12,409.

The Fighting Hawks’ Collin Adams and Shane Gersich scored to erase UW’s advantages, the second coming with 5:12 remaining in regulation.

The Dhooghes, dorm roommates this year, had never played on the same team before starting with UW this season.

“They do a lot together, those two,” Badgers coach Tony Granato said. “It was appropriate they scored their first collegiate goal together.”

UW’s Kyle Hayton made 30 saves and stopped both North Dakota shots he faced during an exhibition shootout in which the Badgers prevailed.

The Dhooghe brothers teamed up just after an agile Hayton save to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead in the first period.With UW killing Sean Dhooghe’s holding-the-stick penalty, Hayton had to stretch out his left leg and barely got a toe on Nick Jones’ effort from the right side.

Jason Dhooghe blocked Hayden Shaw’s shot out of the zone at the end of a power play, and Sean Dhooghe turned it into a breakaway before being held from behind by the Hawks’ Dixon Bowen for a penalty shot.

With all eyes on him, Sean Dhooghe wrapped the puck around goaltender Peter Thome’s left leg on the solo attempt.

How much credit did Jason Dhooghe take for his brother’s goal? “All of it,” he said with a smirk.

UW gave North Dakota an extended chance to get even late in the period when defenseman Tyler Inamoto was ejected for contact to the head on a check on North Dakota’s Joel Janatuinen. Hayton made saves on all three shots he faced during the five-minute advantage.

Adams tied the game for the Hawks 4 minutes into the third period, but then it was Jason Dhooghe’s turn to collect a puck for scoring his first goal. It gave UW a 2-1 lead with 11:21 remaining in the third.

Gersich stuffed the puck between Hayton’s leg pad and the post later in the third period to force OT.

North Dakota 0 0 2 0 — 2

Wisconsin 1 0 1 0 — 2

First period: W — S. Dhooghe 1, 16:43 (ps). Penalties: Bast, ND, 2:03; Wolanin, ND, 11:33; Malone, W, 11:33; S. Dhooghe, W, 14:32; Bowen, ND, 16:43; Inamoto, W (major, game misconduct), 18:45.

Second period: Penalties: Johnson, ND, 14:46; Freytag, W, 14:46; Gersich, ND, 16:25.

Third period: ND — Adams 4 (Jones, Wolanin), 4:00. W — J. Dhooghe 1 (Zirbel), 8:39. ND — Gersich 3 (Johnson, Mismash), 14:48. Penalties: Wolanin, ND, 15:57; Hughes, W, 15:57.

Overtime: No scoring or penalties.

Saves: ND (Thome 8-6-8-0) 22; W (Hayton 8-12-9-1) 30. Power plays: ND 0-for-2; W 0-for-2. Att. — 12,409.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.