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No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 7 North Dakota battle to 1-1 overtime tie


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Wisconsin  19 Wisconsin 1, 7 North Dakota 1
Ralph Engelstad Arena • Grand Forks, N.D. • Attendance: 11,864
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0 1 0 0 1
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0 1 0 0 1

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 Scoring Summary
1st 00:25 UND Kristo (Simpson, Gleason)
1st 00:38 UW Mersch (Zengerle, LaBate)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
UW Peterson (5-2-3) 65:00 1 21
UND Gothberg (3-3-2) 64:45 1 29
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WIS UND
 Shots on Goal 30 22
 Power Plays 0-3 1-4
 Penalties-Minutes 14-44 14-55
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Feb. 1, 2013

Grand Forks, N.D. -- With 11,864 packed inside Ralph Engelstad Arena, Wisconsin and North Dakota skated tied for all but 13 seconds of the game as valuable WCHA points hung in the balance.

Scuffles and confrontations were plenty, with both teams combining for 28 penalties and 99 penalty minutes.

It felt like more than just records and standings were on the line.

 Fast Facts
• Zengerle records 100th point of collegiate career in 97 games (22 goals, 78 assists).
• Mersch scores 16th goal of season
• Seven of UW's last eight games have been decided by a goal or less. UW now 5-1-1 in those games. 

Bragging rights in a heated and longstanding rivalry were being fought over, as No. 19 Wisconsin (11-8-6, 8-5-6 WCHA) and N. 7/8 North Dakota (13-8-6, 8-5-6 WCHA) battled to a 1-1 overtime tie on Friday night in the first game of the final WCHA regular-season meetings between the conference foes.

Scoring within seconds of one another in the second period, neither team was able to capitalize in overtime, as both earned a power-play advantage in the extra time, but each came up empty.

The Badgers held a 30-22 shot advantage, including a 10-4 mark in the third period and all four shots taken in overtime. That last shot advantage was aided by a third-period major power play, as well as an overtime power play, but the Badgers failed to convert on either. North Dakota finished the game on the power play, but UW held for one final penalty kill.

A familiar situation, it was yet another close contest for the Badgers, who have seen seven of their last eight games now decided by one goal or less. With the tie, Wisconsin is 5-1-1 in those one-goal contests, while unbeaten in its last 11 WCHA games (7-0-4).

Strong defense, a stiff penalty kill and excellent goaltending have been the recipe for success in such situations for the Badgers.

The same held true on Friday, as Wisconsin's penalty kill preserved the tie by blanking North Dakota in overtime and killing off 3-of-4 power plays on the night. On the penalty kill, the Badgers have allowed only eight goals in their last 15 games, and are now 42-for-49 on the penalty kill during that span (85.7 percent).

Getting the starting nod in goal for Wisconsin, Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) kept the Badgers in the tight contest throughout the night, recording 21 saves, and allowing just one goal to improve to 5-2-3 on the season. Peterson was spectacular at times, including a rebound save with his glove on a UND shot from the slot. Peterson entered the series ranked No. 2 in the WCHA with a .934 save percentage, while also ranked No. 3 in conference play with a 1.83 goals-against average.

North Dakota scored first on the night at the 00:25 mark of the second period, as Danny Kristo's shot trickled through Peterson and just over the line to give North Dakota the 1-0 lead.

It didn't take long for the Badgers' leading scorer, Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.), to answer, scoring just 13 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1. Grabbing his own rebound off of his initial wrap-around shot on North Dakota goaltender Zane Gothberg, Mersch picked up the rebound and found the back of the net for the score. The goal marked the 16th on the season for the junior forward, who came in tied for first in the WCHA in goal scoring.

On the assist in Mersch's goal, Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) reached a hockey milestone, recording the 100th point of his collegiate career in 97 games (22 goals, 78 assists). Zengerle became the 71st Badger to reach the century mark. Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) also assisted on the play. 

More history will be made tomorrow night, as Wisconsin and North Dakota square off in their final meeting as members of the WCHA. Opening faceoff set for 7 p.m. (CT). The game can be seen live on Fox College Sports.

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