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Joe Pavelski Helps Lead Wisconsin to NCAA National Title

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Joe Pavelski became the second Sharks prospect in the past two years to earn a NCAA Championship as his University of Wisconsin Badgers knocked off Boston College on April 8 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. Just one day earlier in the same building, former prospect and current Shark Matt Carle, who won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2005 with the University of Denver, was named the winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

Pavelski, who grew up just miles away in Plover, WI, helped the Badgers beat the Boston College Eagles in a 2-1 contest. He assisted on each of Wisconsin’s goals in the Championship game.

Pavelski was drafted by San Jose in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL Entry draft (205th overall) and has quickly set about proving himself on the NCAA scene.

In his freshman season, he was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team, in addition to being named to the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) All-American Rookie Team and All-American Rookie Team by Inside College after posting 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) in 40 games – the second-best point total by any WCHA freshman.

This season, Pavelski finished an impressive sophomore campaign with a team-leading 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists), which placed him fourth among all NCAA scorers. He also notched 11 power play goals and two short-handed goals. He was named to the NCAA All-American Second Team West.

With the help of the young center, the Badgers moved to the Frozen Four Tournament and Pavelski’s hat trick in the NCAA Midwest regional semifinal lifted the Badgers over Bemidji State. The team went on to face Maine in the semifinal of the Frozen Four. Pavelski helped his team to an impressive 5-2 win and ensured his team’s place in the NCAA Finals.

In addition, he finished the season with a 13-game scoring streak (5-13=18) and was a member of the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team. Pavelski lead the team with 16 multi-point games, six game-winning goals and 11 power play goals, while sharing the team lead with two short-handed scores. He was also named to the 2006 All-America Second-Team.

In a game Jan. 14 at Colorado College, Pavelski tied a Wisconsin record with four assists in the first period on the way to a five-point game. All four assists came on the same five-minute major penalty and the four points in the first period were one off the school record for a single period.
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