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Minnesota scores twice in third period for 3-1 win

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Wisconsin  3 Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 1
Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, Minn. • Attendance: 10,187
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 Scoring Summary
1st 16:24 WIS R. Little (Woods, Simonelli)
2nd 7:14 MINN Bjugstad (Isackson, Reilly)
3rd 5:59 MINN Serratore (Haula, Budish)
3rd 19:36 MINN Rau (Bjugstad, Helgeson)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rumpel (1-4-1) 59:31 2 25
MINN Wilcox (6-1-2) 60:00 1 16
 Statistical Comparison
 Shots on Goal 17 28
 Power Plays 0-4 0-5
 Penalties-Minutes 10-20 8-16
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Nov. 17, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Wisconsin (1-5-2, 1-3-2 WCHA) had no problem holding off the strong power play of Minnesota (7-2-2, 4-2-2 WCHA) on Saturday night, but it was its inability to take advantage of its own opportunities that resulted in a 3-1 loss. 

The Badgers went five-for-five on the penalty kill against the Gophers, and scored a short-handed tally, but were blanked on four power-play opportunities of their own, three of which came in the second period.

Wisconsin struck first in the game, courtesy of a short-handed goal from Ryan Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) in the first period.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers end night five-for-five on penalty kill
Ryan Little posts 1st goal of season, 10th of career
• Rumpel stops 25 of 27 shots faced

The Gophers came out firing, recording the first six shots on goal and ending the first period with a 10-7 advantage. After an interference penalty was called on Chase Drake (Mosinee, Wis.), Minnesota went a man up on the power play and appeared to be in the process of building early momentum in the second period.

However, Ryan Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and Brendan Woods (Yorba Linda, Calif.) got down the ice and worked a two-on-one, as Little took a feed from Woods and tapped in the short-handed goal to give UW the 1-0 lead at the 16:24 mark of the first period.

It was a milestone game for Little, who was playing in his 100th career game as a Badger, but the goal also made it a notable one, as it marked Little's first score on the season and 10th of his career.

The Gophers would later pull even. With 12:46 left in the second period, Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) tripped trying to get the puck along the boards, but though the Badgers got back to cover, Nick Bjugstad took advantage, ripping one past Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) to tie the game at 1-1.

Minnesota and Wisconsin skated to a more even second period, with the Gophers outshooting the Badgers by a six-to-five margin, and Wilcox and Rumpel each recording five saves in net for their respective team.

The Badgers were unable to capitalize on three different power-play opportunities in the second period, however, producing just one shot on goal between the three.

With 14:01 left in the third period, Tom Serratore gave the Gophers the go-ahead goal and the 2-1 lead with a wrist shot low to the blocker side. Erik Haula and Zach Budish were credited with the assist.

The aforementioned UW penalty kill proved the silver lining of the night and weekend for the Badgers. Over the two-game series, the Badgers only allowed the Gophers one power-play goal in 10 attempts, while also scoring a short-handed tally.

Opportunity presented itself in the final minutes for UW, after Nate Schmidt of Minnesota was called for a\penalty with 1:28 left in the game. The advantage was short-lived, as just 15 seconds in Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.) was called for a tripping penalty, ending the Badgers' fourth power-play opportunity of the night.

Shortly thereafter, Kyle Rau scooped up a deflected puck and skated down the ice with ease to put in the empty-netter and ice the game at 3-1 with 23 seconds left.

Minnesota finished the game with a 28-17 shots-on-goal advantage, but sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatechewan) stood tall and recorded 25 saves in the game.

Wisconsin returns home for a series with Minnesota State next weekend, Nov. 23-24. The puck is set to drop in both games at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Kohl Center.

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