Tigers blank Badgers, sweep series with 3-0 win

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Colorado College  Colorado College 3, Wisconsin 0
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0 2 1 3
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0 0 0 0

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 Scoring Summary
2nd 1:58 CC Skalbeck (Hamburg, Young)
2nd 15:50 CC Krushelnys
3rd 17:48 CC Boivin (McDermott)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
CC Howe (11-10-12) 60:00 0 33
WIS Rumpel (3-7-5) 60:00 3 19
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CC WIS
 Shots on Goal 22 33
 Power Plays 1-2 0-2
 Penalties-Minutes 3-6 0-2
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Nov. 2, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- Despite outshooting its opponent for the first time this season, Wisconsin (1-4-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) failed to reach the Kohl Center scoreboard on Saturday night, as Colorado College (5-3-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) shut out the Badgers, and earned a 3-0 win to complete a weekend sweep. 

The Badgers outshot the Tigers in every period, finishing with a 33-22 shot advantage, but failed to beat Colorado College goaltender Joe Howe the entire night.

Skating to an even first period, it became quality over quantity for CC in the second period, as the Tigers took advantage of two different scoring chances and built a 2-0 lead.

 Fast Facts
• CC goalie Joe Howe records 33 saves, shutout
• UW outshoots CC 33-22, but held scoreless
• Zengerle leaves in second period after blocking puck with hand

The Tigers got on the board shortly after the second period had gotten underway. At 1:58, Archie Skalbeck wrapped around the UW net and shot, but was stopped by UW goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan). Skalbeck grabbed his own rebound and scored high on Rumpel to give CC the 1-0 lead.

Later that same period on CC’s first power play of the game, UW would succeed on the penalty kill, but lose its point leader. Junior forward Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) injured his hand on a penalty kill while blocking a shot.

Then CC scored again at the 15:50 mark on an unassisted tally from Alexander Krushelnyski. The forward was the first to the puck along the boards on a Badger clearing attempt. He sent it towards the slot and got a bounce off a Badger stick, up and in past Rumpel to make it 2-0.

The Badgers responded quickly after winning the faceoff following the goal, but caught a tough break. Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) put the puck on net and caused a scramble to ensue in front. Matt Paape (Appleton, Wis.) ended up with the puck and appeared to have scored, but the referees immediately waved off the goal, determining CC’s goaltender was contacted by a Badger skater.

Down 2-0 to begin the third period, the Badgers responded and showed they would not go down without a fight. From the second the puck dropped on the opening faceoff of the third period, UW became the aggressor, recording 12 shots on goal and doubling up CC.

Howe responded by holding ground and stunting any late push from the Badgers to seal the shutout.

“What we said to the kids after was that they could walk out of the building with their heads high because they didn’t quit in the third period,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “They battled, we put some lines up, we saw some things, but we just couldn’t get that first goal.”

Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) was called for elbowing at the 16:15 mark, Eamonn McDermott set up Mike Boivin with a feed on the ensuing power play and Boivin blasted a point shot past Rumpel to make it 3-0 with 2:52 left in the game.

“It was a tough day at the office,” Eaves said. “It seems that everything you do just turns against you and sometimes it is like you are biking into the wind or swimming into the stream. It certainly felt like that today especially.”

Wisconsin heads into its second bye week of the early season before travelling north in two weeks to face rival Minnesota.

“It’s about choosing the way we go into our bye week,” Eaves said. “Our response is that we are going back to work and we have two weeks of practice that we can pound and get better in certain parts of our game so when we go on the road after our bye week we are ready to play and hopefully will be able to do some good things.”

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