Killer Z's: Zulinick, Zengerle help UW solve Frey, top OSU


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0 0 0 0 0
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0 0 0 0 0
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 Scoring Summary
1st 09:44 WIS Zulinick (Schulze, Soleway)
1st 11:50 WIS Zengerle (Besse, McCabe)
2nd 12:54 OSU Schilkey (Brevig, Dzingel)
3rd 01:02 WIS Zengerle (Simonelli, Kerdiles)
3rd 01:57 OSU McCormick (Brevig, Fritz)
3rd 19:58 WIS Kerdiles (Meuer)
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WIS Rumpel (14-4-1) 60:00 2 28
OSU Frey (6-2-2) 58:06 3 24
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WIS OSU
 Shots on Goal 28 30
 Power Plays 1-3 0-4
 Penalties-Minutes 4-8 3-6
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Feb. 14, 2014

Final Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio - On Friday, Ohio State jumped out to an early lead against the Wisconsin men's hockey team before holding on for a 2-1 win. On Saturday, the first period was all UW, as the Badgers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and held on for a 4-2 win.

Morgan Zulinick (Kamloops, British Columbia) and Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) starred for the Badgers (17-9-2, 8-5-1 B1G), as they each lit the lamp in the first period to stake UW with a lead it would never relinquish.

 Fast Facts
• Zengerle and Zulinick combined for three goals for Wisconsin.
• The win snapped Ohio State's six-game unbeaten streak and Wisconsin's five-game road winless streak.
• Rumpel stopped 28 of 30 Ohio State shots to get his 14th win of the season.

After struggling to even get a shot off early in the period, Zulinick put the Badgers on the board on the power play with a wrister from the right circle, 9:44 into the period. Zengerle quickly followed suit just 2:06 later. The play started with Grant Besse (Plymouth, Minn.) getting the puck to the slot and finished when Zengerle redirected it high over OSU goalie Christian Frey.

Ohio State would never fully recover from the 2-0 deficit, though it twice cut the UW lead to a single goal.

But each time, Wisconsin had an answer.

A Nick Schilkey goal cut the Badger lead to 2-1 in the second period, but Zengerle struck again off a juicy rebound just 1:02 into the third. This time the tally came off a Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.) shot, which kicked out to Zengerle in the slot.

Ohio State wouldn't go down without a fight, responding with a goal of its own less than a minute later, courtesy of Max McCormick on a well-executed 3-on-2 rush.

The score set the stage for a pressure-packed finish. Though the Buckeyes got several golden scoring opportunities, Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) and the Badger defense kept them off the board until Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) iced the game with an empty-netter at 19:58.

Rumpel finished the game with 28 saves on 30 shots, while Frey allowed three goals on 27 attempts. The Wisconsin penalty kill was as strong as usual, keeping OSU off the board on four power plays. Wisconsin cashed in once in three tries on the man-advantage.

The win snapped Ohio State's six-game unbeaten streak and Wisconsin's five-game road winless streak.

The Badgers return to the Kohl Center for their final home series of the year against Michigan State on Feb. 21-22. Friday's game begins at 8 p.m., with Saturday's contest a 4 p.m. start.

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