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Colorado College spoils Bob Johnson night, downs Wisconsin in overtime

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Colorado College  Colorado College 5, Wisconsin 4
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 8,643
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0 2 2 1 5
2 0 2 0 4

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 Scoring Summary
1st 1:29 UW Mersch (Meuer, Lee)
1st 12:33 UW Navin (Zulinick, Collett)
2nd 6:35 CC Fejes (Collett, McDermott)
2nd 8:22 CC Boivin (McDermott, Schwarz)
3rd 0:54 UW McCabe (Barnes, Zengerle)
3rd 5:02 CC Winkler (Krushelnyski, Stoykewch)
3rd 10:54 CC Rapuzzi (McDermott, Thorimbert)
3rd 15:42 UW Meuer (Lee, Zulinick)
OT 0:25 CC Krushelnyski (Zulinick, Taft)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
CC Thorimbert (7-7-8-0) 60:11 4 22
UW Rumpel (11-15-7-1) 60:25 5 34
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 Shots on Goal 39 29
 Power Plays 2-3 1-2
 Penalties-Minutes 2-4 3-6
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Nov. 2, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- It was a night of highs and lows inside the Kohl Center on Friday, beginning with a pregame ceremony to honor Bob Johnson with the dedication of the Kohl Center ice, then ending with Wisconsin (1-3-1, 1-1-1 WCHA) allowing an overtime goal to Colorado College to fall 5-4 in overtime.

"It was a special game," UW head coach Mike Eaves said. "Seeing Mark's (Johnson) whole family out there and watching that historical line about Bob really made it special. There was a distinct uniqueness to this night."

The uniqueness and atmosphere played into the Badgers' favor early, as Colorado College (4-3-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) quickly fell into an early 2-0 deficit. However, the mood shifted to a tense one by the end of the second period, as UW found itself deadlocked at 2-2.

 Fast Facts
• Bob Johnson Rink honored and unveiled in home opener
• CC scores two power-play goals in three opportunities 
• Mersch, Navin, McCabe and Meuer score for UW

But, on a night in which the legendary "Badger Bob" Johnson was honored, the hopes of a special night were brought back at the sound of the horn and lighting of the lamp, as Keegan Meuer (Madison, Wis.) -- whose grandfather was best friends with Johnson -- tied the game with 4:18 left to send it to overtime.

"Without my grandfather meeting [Johnson] I never would have played hockey," Meuer said. "So, it was really special to me."

The spirits and hopes of a special night came crashing back down just 25 seconds into overtime, as Charlie Taft, the son of former Badger John Taft, who played for Bob Johnson in the 1970s, knocked a pass out of the air behind the UW  net and found Alexander Krushelnyski in the slot for the finish and a CC victory.

"I thought we had a stranglehold on it," Meuer said. "I really thought we were going to win."

A big part in the Tigers ending the night with a win was due to the team outshooting the Badgers 39-26, tallying 28 over the final two periods and in overtime.

Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) was the sparkplug early for UW, scoring just a minute and 29 seconds into the first period, punching one in from the front of the net on the assist from Meuer and Derek Lee (North Vancouver, B.C.).

The first period ended up playing out as an even period of possessions, with CC actually outshooting UW 11-9, but the Badgers scored again at the 12:33 mark of the first, as Brad Navin (Waupaca, Wis.) converted in front of the net on after an end-to-end rush by freshman Morgan Zulinick (Kamloops, British Columbia).

Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) was in midseason form early, recording 26 saves over the first two periods. None were more impressive though than saves No. 17 and No, 18, in which Rumpel had Tigers stacked up on his net, blocked a first shot and then dove across the net to save a rebound shot and help the Badgers clear.

UW would waver in the second period, however, as CC came back with two goals in just under two minutes to tie things up at 2-2.

Hunter Fejes struck first for the Tigers, taking the feed from Jeff Collett and Eamonn McDermott and scoring at the 6:35 mark of the second period to cut the Badgers lead to 2-1.

After John Ramage (St. Louis) was called for a tripping penalty, CC went a man up on UW and took advantage, netting the game-tying goal at the 8:22 mark of the second. Set up by McDermott and Rylan Schwartz, Mike Boivin planted himself in the left circle and hammered home the power-play goal.

Opening the third period on the power play, UW came out and executed to perfection, reclaiming the 3-2 lead just 54 seconds in. Set up by great puck movement from Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) and Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.), Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) was set up dead center for the one-timer.

There was nothing textbook about UW's power-play defense later in the third period, however, as CC tied things up at the 10:54 mark when William Rapuzzi was found all alone skating down the ice and walked his way to the game-tying, breakaway score.

The Badgers came in having killed their last eight power plays, but on the night, gave up two goals on three opportunities to the Tigers.

Wisconsin and Colorado College face off again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. (CT) as the Badgers look to split the series.

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