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Wisconsin upsets No. 11 Minnesota State in overtime, 4-3

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Wisconsin  Wisconsin 4, 11 Minnesota State 3
Verizon Wireless Center • Mankato, Minn. • Attendance: 3,468
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1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
1 1 1 1 4
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1 0 2 0 3

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 Scoring Summary
1st 18:02 UW Faust (Lee, LaBate)
1st 19:16 MSU Leitner (Palmquist, Lafontaine)
2nd 19:02 UW R. Little (Dahl, S. Little)
3rd 8:59 MSU Elbrecht (-)
3rd 16:21 UW Dahl (S. Little, R. Little)
3rd 18:09 MSU Leitner (Hayes, Lafontaine)
OT 4:28 UW Ramage (Kerdiles, Zengerle)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
UW Peterson (4-2-2) 64:28 3 30
MSU Williams (11-5-1) 58:47 3 24
MSU Cook  5:41 1 2
 Statistical Comparison
 Shots on Goal 30 33
 Power Plays 0-3 1-4
 Penalties-Minutes 10-20 8-19
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Jan. 11, 2013

MANKATO, Minn. -- Something had to give on Friday night, as two of the hottest teams in college hockey, Wisconsin (7-7-5, 5-5-5 WCHA) and No. 11 Minnesota State (14-7-2, 8-7-0 WCHA), faced off inside the Verizon Wireless Center.

John Ramage did the taking, and the Badgers were the ones receiving and leaving with two points. 

With 32 seconds left in overtime, Ramage (St. Louis, Mo.) cut through the MSU zone after taking a feed from Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.). Showing patience, the senior defenseman got MSU goaltender Stephon Williams down on the ice and put the puck under the cross bar to finish off the 4-3 overtime upset of MSU and extend UW's unbeaten streak to nine games. The victory marks the fifth-straight win for the Badgers, helping them reach .500 for the first time this season.

The win also marked UW's first overtime win in WCHA play and its first road overtime victory since Nov. 3 of 2006 against Alaska Anchorage. Before the night's victory, the Badgers 0-10-23 during a stretch of WCHA regular season play that covered parts of seven seasons, and 0-7-15 in road overtime contests since that date.

 Fast Facts
• Ramage scores game-winning goal in overtime, 4-3 win
• Wisconsin earns first road and WCHA regular season overtime win since 2006
• Badgers extend unbeaten streak to nine games, win fifth-straight game

The last time the Badgers and Mavericks met, MSU earned the sweep in Madison and dropped UW to 1-7-2 on the season. Since that Nov. 23-24 series, including tonight, the Badgers have bounced back with a stretch of 6-0-3, while the Mavericks boast a 9-2-0 record of their own.

Scoring first on the night was Joe Faust (Bloomington, Minn.), who scored his first point of the season. Faust trailed the play on the rush, took a drop pass from Derek Lee (North Vancouver, B.C.) and found nothing but net with a blast to give UW a 1-0 lead at the 18:02 mark of the first period.

Matt Leitner responded quickly for the Mavericks, scoring just 1:14 later, deflecting a wide point shot on the power play past Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) to tie the game up at 1-1.

At the 19:02 mark of the second period, the Badgers regained the lead, 2-1, on Ryan Little's (Fond du Lac, Wis.) third goal of the season. His brother Sean started the play with a pass to Jefferson Dahl (Eau Claire, Wis.) at center ice. Dahl got the puck to a streaking Ryan Little after crossing the blue line and the senior found space low to the far side past Williams for the goal.

The Badgers entered the third period with a 2-1 lead, saw the game tied, regained the lead, and saw it tied again to force overtime.

Peterson recorded 30 saves and earned his fourth win of the season in net for UW, but let one slip past at the 8:59 mark of the third period that made it 2-2. With the teams skating four-on-four, MSU defenseman Tyler Elbrecht put a point shot off the post and in the net to even the score.

With 3:39 left in the game, Dahl scored just over a minute after a UW major power play expired, sniping from the slot and converting past MSU goalie Phil Cook to put UW up 3-2. Cook was in goal for MSU's Williams, who still in the box serving the major for facemasking. Since there was no stoppage of play until that goal after the penalty expired, Williams remained in the box. Sean and Ryan Little combined again on another scoring play, this time each earning assists.

With the Badgers seemingly on their way to a win, Leitner struck again at the 18:09 mark of the period, scoring his second goal of the game by wraping the puck around the net and slipping it through the legs of Peterson to tie the game again at 3-3 and force overtime.

The Badgers ultimately fended off the late rally from the Mavericks, as Ramage scored his third goal of the season, which proved the game-winner.

Wisconsin looks to sweep Minnesota State for the first time in program history tomorrow night and keep its unbeaten streak alive. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT).

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