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Badgers take UND to the wire, fall in last two minutes



Jan. 27, 2012

18 North Dakota 5, Wisconsin 3
Ralph Engelstad Arena • Grand Forks, N.D.
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1st 2nd 3rd Final
 North Dakota 2 1 2 5
 Wisconsin 2 1 0 3
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 Scoring Summary
1st 00:31 UND Parks (Rowney)
1st 04:56 UND Kristo (Nelson, Mattson)
1st 06:37 WIS Mersch (Barnes, Zengerle)
1st 13:34 WIS Meuer (Woods, R. Little)
2nd 13:27 UND Simpson (Kristo, Mattson)
2nd 16:45 WIS Mersch (Lee, Simonelli)
3rd 18:06 UND Pattyn (Lamoureaux, Gleason)
3rd 19:59 UND Nelson (MacWilliam, Knight)
 Goaltender Summary
Min GA Sv
UND Dell (W, 11-8-1) 60:00 3 14
WIS Rumpel (L, 9-6-2) 58:48 4 20
 Statistical Comparison
 Shots on Goal 25 17
 Power Plays 2-3 1-5
 Penalties-Minutes 7-14 6-12
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Twice coming back from deficits, the Badgers (12-11-2, 7-10-2 WCHA) took a 3-3 game late into the third period, but fell to North Dakota (14-10-2, 10-9-0 WHCA) 5-3 Friday night in Grand Forks.

Wisconsin and North Dakota stood tied at three goals apiece with two minutes remaining in the game, but a goal from UND's Stephane Pattyn with 1:54 remaining in the third left the Badgers trailing by one. Wisconsin put the sixth attacker on the ice but an empty-net goal from North Dakota with less than a second remaining sealed the game

 Fast Facts
Michael Mersch notched a two-goal game for the fourth time in his career Friday.
Mark Zengerle has now recorded a point in all but two games for Wisconsin this season.
• The Badgers are now 2-1 this season against UND, grabbing a sweep Oct. 21-22 in Madison.

Friday was all about the comeback early on for the Badgers after falling behind 2-0 in the first five minutes of the game.

With 13:23 left in the first period however, sophomore Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) took one back for Wisconsin. Sophomore Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) put the puck on net before it took a bounce off Mersch's knee for the score. Sophomore Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) also tallied an assist on the play.

The Badgers tied the game 2-2 just under seven minutes later, this time with a goal from sophomore Keegan Meuer (Madison. Wis.). Freshman Brendan (Fairfax, Va.) passed the puck to Meuer, from behind the goal, where Meuer slipped it past UND goalie Aaron Dell for the score.

Wisconsin appeared to take a 3-2 lead with 3:07 left in the first, but the officials concluded the puck went off the skate of Mersch, and so the goal was waved off.

As active as the first period was however, the second period went by with very little action. It wasn't until the 13:27 mark of the second that either team broke through for another goal. This time it was North Dakota, taking back the lead on a power-play score.

But the Badgers were ready for another comeback, and with 3:15 left in the second period, Mersch tallied his second goal of the night during 4-on-4 play.

The game stayed tied 3-3 until North Dakota's game-winner with 1:54 left in the third.

UND outshot the Badgers, 25-17, with the Badgers connecting on 1-of-5 power plays. North Dakota went 2-for-3 with its own man advantage.

Freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) made 20 saves in the loss and fell to 9-6-2 on the season. UND's Aaron Dell made 14 saves to improve to 11-8-2.

Wisconsin looks for the split against North Dakota Saturday night with the puck dropping at 7:00 p.m.

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