Ramage the hero again as Badgers win 2-1 in overtime at Minnesota State


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0 1 0 1 2
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 Scoring Summary
2nd 16:55 UW Dahl (S. Little, Ramage)
3rd 12:27 MSU Leitner (Mosey)
OT 4:54 UW Ramage (S. Little, R. Little)
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UW Rumpel (4-5-3) 64:54 1 35
MSU Williams (11-6-1) 64:54 2 24
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Jan. 12, 2013

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MANKATO, Minn. -- With 6.2 seconds left on the game clock in overtime, the goal lamp flashing and fans inside the Verizon Wireless Center astonished, John Ramage stood tall on the ice and gave a salute.

The man nicknamed "Captain America" did it again. 

For the second-straight night, Wisconsin (8-7-5, 6-5-5 WCHA) scored in overtime to upset No. 11 Minnesota State (14-8-2, 8-8-0 WCHA), as the Badgers stole a 2-1 win from the Mavericks on Saturday night.

Just a night prior, the Badgers won their first WCHA regular-season overtime game since 2006, but made it two in two nights with another victory.

 Fast Facts
• Ramage scores second straight game-winning goal in overtime
• After not winning an WCHA regular-season overtime game since 2006, Badgers win two in two nights over Minnesota State.
• Wisconsin improves to 7-0-3 in its last 10 games.

Ramage (St. Louis, Mo.) found himself in scoring position following assists from Sean Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and Ryan Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.). Stick handling his way through the MSU defense, the senior captain found a hole left side, stepped into his shot and blasted the go-ahead score into the net for the win.

The goal marked back-to-back overtime game-winning goals for Ramage. It was also his fourth score of the season, with all four having come on the road.

With the win, UW extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games (7-0-3), earned its sixth straight win and third straight series sweep. The weekend sweep also marked the first ever in Mankato by the Badgers.

Ramage wasn't the only Badger to strike again on Saturday night, as Jefferson Dahl (Eau Claire, Wis.) scored for the second straight night to give UW a 1-0 lead. At the 16:55 mark of the second period, the junior forward shielded his defender on a semi-breakaway, went backhand to forehand and slipped the puck inside the post for the score.

MSU finally got on the board in the third period. After winning the faceoff, the Mavericks fired from the point, as the shot was then deflected and snuck in past Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan), tying the game 1-1 at the 12:27 mark of the period. Matt Leitner was credited with the score and Evan Mosey the assist.

It was one of the few mistakes on the night for UW goaltender Rumpel, who allowed just one goal and recorded 35 saves. Making just four in the first period, Rumpel combined for 28 saves over the final two periods and earned his fourth win of the season (4-5-3).

In addition to Rumpel's efforts in net for the Badgers, the UW penalty kill stepped up and answered the call on Saturday, killing off eight different power-play opportunties for the Mavericks. In total, UW had 11 penalties for 22 minutes, but held MSU scoreless throughout their time on the man advantage.

Now one game above .500 for the first time this season, the recently hot Badgers return home to the friendly confines of the Kohl Center, where they will play out 11 of their final 16 games of the season.

Next up on the schedule for Wisconsin is a visit from top-10 Miami (12-5-5, 8-4-4 CCHA), Jan. 18-19. Opening faceoff is set for 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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