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Badgers skate to 5-0 exhibition victory over the U.S. Under-18 Team

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USA Hockey 15 Wisconsin 5, U.S. Under-18 Team 0 
Kohl Center •  Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 7,501
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 U.S. Under-18 Team
0 0 0 0
 Wisconsin 2 2 1 5
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1st 3:11 WIS Zengerle (Barnes, Drake)
1st 16:13 WIS Schulze (Navin, LaBate)
2nd 1:51 WIS Zulinick (Mersch, Drake)
2nd 14:07 WIS Woods (Navin, LaBate)
3rd 4:01 WIS Drake (Lee, Zengerle)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
USA Miska (7-4-3) 59:56 5 14
WIS Rumpel (7-2-0) 30:48 0 9
WIS Peterson (0-8-6) 29:07 0 14
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 Shots on Goal 23 19
 Power Plays 2 7
 Penalties-Minutes 7-14 2-4
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Oct. 6, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's hockey team got its 2012-13 home slate off to the right start in an exhibition match against the U.S. Under-18 team, as five different Badgers scored and Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson combined for the 5-0 shutout. 

With a variety of Badgers contributing to the scoring, one of the most experienced Badgers set the pace early for Wisconsin, while one of the least experienced came in to finish things off.

The team's top returning scorer from last season, Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.), set the tone early for Wisconsin at the 16:89 mark of the first period, scoring on the team's first power-play opportunity of the season and putting UW up 1-0.

 Fast Facts
• Junior defenseman Chase Drake, who has two games played in his career, scored a goal and two assists to pace all scorers.
• Freshman defenseman Kevin Schulze and freshman forward Morgan Zulinick each scored goals.
• Sophomore goaltenders Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson each played half the game to split the 23-save shutout

The power play would become a familiar spot for Wisconsin all night, as team U.S. Under-18 Team (3-2-0) gave the Badgers seven chances. The Badgers recorded a total of six shots on goal in power play situations, two of which found the net.

The aggressor in the first period, Wisconsin struck again at the 16:13 mark, as Kevin Schulze (White Bear Lake, Minn.) took the puck from Joseph LaBate and Brad Navin up top at the point and fired it in to make it 2-0.

Though U.S.A. came up with 10 shots on goal to Wisconsin's six, the Badgers went on to extend their lead in the second period, lighting the lamp again twice more on great opportunities created by great set-up assists.

Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) set up Morgan Zilinick (Kamloops, British Columbia) beautifully for the first UW goal of the period, clearing the puck off the boards at mid ice, and backhanding a pass to Zulinick. The freshman was all alone and coasted down the middle of the ice to convert on the breakaway goal.

Holding a firm seal on the other net for Wisconsin was Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan). After recording a freshman-season record three shutouts last year, the sophomore goalie looked in midseason form through his period and a half of action, recording nine saves in 30 minutes of play.

Part-time duty for Rumpel, it was a much longer night in the opposite net for U.S. goaltender Hunter Miska, who played out the entirety of the game. Miska recorded 14 saves to counter the Badgers' 19 shots on goal, but allowed all five UW goals.

Miska's third goal allowed came later in the second period, as UW forward Brad Navin (Waupaca, Wis.) grabbed the puck from behind the USA net and quickly set up Brendan Woods (Yorba Linda, Calif.) in the slot for the one timer, pushing the Badgers to a commanding 4-0 lead.

Stepping in and not missing a beat the rest of the way, Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) checked in midway through the second period at goalie for Wisconsin. The sophomore faced late pressure from a U.S. team pushing to get on the board, but recorded 14 saves to preserve the shutout.

Team USA finished the night outshooting Wisconsin 23-19, but came up scoreless, due largely in part to the combined efforts of Rumpel and Peterson in the net.

Having only played two games for Wisconsin prior, Chase Drake put the finishing touches on the win, scoring on the final power play of the evening at the 15:99 mark of the third period.

Wisconsin prepares for a month long road trip, first beginning next weekend in Green Bay, Wis., at the Resch Center against Northern Michigan, Oct. 12-13.

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