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Leaving no doubts: Badgers shutout Bulldogs for first win of season


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Wisconsin 2, 14 Minnesota Duluth 0
AMSOIL Arena • Duluth, Minn. • Attendance: 6,296
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1st 15:11 WIS Barnes (McCabe, Zengerle)
2nd 14:08 WIS Mersch (Zengerle, McCabe)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rumpel (11-6-12) 60:00 0 29
UMD McNeely (14-5-5) 58:20 2 24
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 Shots on Goal 26 29
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Oct. 26, 2012

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Wisconsin brought its most complete game of the season onto the ice Friday night and goalie Joel Rumpel recorded his fourth career shutout, as Wisconsin (1-2-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) downed Minnesota Duluth 2-0 to earn its first win of the season.

After surrendering late leads in the first two games of their season, the Badgers showed signs of growth against the Bulldogs (2-3-0, 0-1-0 WCHA) in Duluth, Minn., by not only starting strong, but also finishing out with the same intensity.  

Wisconsin picked up two goals over two periods and Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) made them stand. The sophomore recorded 29 saves, 11 of which came in the third period to help ice the win.

 Fast Facts
• Rumpel records 29 saves to earn fourth career shutout
• Barnes, Mersch score goals for Wisconsin
• Badgers kill 5:00 power play in third period to seal win

A native of Eagan, Minn., Tyler Barnes looked right at home in the AMSOIL Arena and put together one of the best periods and a half of his UW career to get the Badgers going early. The junior put his mark on things with 4:49 left in the first period, scoring his first goal of the season and giving Wisconsin an early 1-0 lead.

Following a nice shot on goal from up top, a group of Badgers stacked up on the Minnesota Duluth net and applied pressure in front. Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) and Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) got off a couple quick shots on UMD goalie Matt McNeely, but it was Barnes who knocked it past and in with the backhand .

Quick starts have been one of the silver linings for the Badgers this season and it was no different against the Bulldogs. Wisconsin recorded a total of 15 shots on goal in the first period. UMD managed a total of 11 shots through the first period.

The Bulldogs leveled things out in the second period, as each team came up with six shots on goal, but the Badgers would make one of their six count.

With around seven minutes left in the second period, UMD forward Caleb Herbert picked up a two-minute boarding penalty and Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) made it a costly one. The junior took the pass from Zengerle and McCabe, then wristed a shot off the far post and in to give UW a 2-0 lead.

Wisconsin had a total of two power-play opportunities on the night, but the most important power-play sequence may have come on defense in the third period.

Holding to its 2-0 lead and looking to close things out, fears of another late-game falter may have crept into the minds of many as the Badgers made things tough on themselves. With 7:89 left in the third period, Morgan Zulinick (Kamloops, British Columbia) was assessed a five-minute major for checking from behind.

However, the Badgers knuckled down and responded with the penalty kill of their young season, defending a man down for the complete five minutes with countless blocked shots.

Wisconsin next looks to put together a complete series and earn its first series sweep of the season against the Bulldogs. The puck drops tomorrow night at 7 p.m. (CT).

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