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Badgers fall to Colorado College 4-2


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Nov. 18, 2011

5 Colorado College 4, Wisconsin 2
Colorado Springs World Arena • Colorado Springs, Colo.
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1st 2nd 3rd Final
Colorado College 2 1 1 4
 Wisconsin 1 0 1 2
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 Scoring Summary
1st 09:17 CC Dineen (Guentzel, Winkler)
1st 17:02 CC Eveland (Collett, Marciano)
1st 18:48 WIS Woods (Simonelli, Zengerle)
2nd 15:16 CC Dineen (Taft, Thorimbert)
3rd 12:01 WIS Meuer (Schultz, Simonelli)
3rd 13:39 CC Schwartz (Boivin, McDermott)
 Goaltender Summary
Min GA Sv
CC Thorimbert (W, 2-1-0) 60:00 2 31
WIS Rumpel (L, 4-3-1) 60:00 4 26
 Statistical Comparison
CC WIS
 Shots on Goal 30 33
 Power Plays 1-5 1-3
 Penalties-Minutes 8-27 8-19
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --  A strong road effort wasn’t enough to propel the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-7-1, 4-6-1 WCHA) past No. 5 Colorado College (6-2-0, 4-2-0 WCHA) Friday night, as the Badgers fell 4-2 in Colorado Springs.

When Wisconsin faced Minnesota last weekend, the Gophers boasted the top power play in the WCHA, but after holding Minnesota just 1-for-7 with the man-advantage, Colorado College assumed the top spot in the league.

The Tigers were awarded their first power play 7:45 into the first period, and the Badgers defended the penalty well, but Colorado College broke through with just five second remaining on the advantage. The Tigers’ Nick Dineen converted from the low slot to put CC up 1-0 early.

With 5:04 left in the first period, the Badgers were awarded a power play of their own after a CC checking from behind penalty on junior Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, B.C.). Schultz and another Tiger were also sent to the bench for roughing following the hit, but the Badgers retained the man advantage. The five minute major on the initial hit gave Wisconsin its best opportunity yet in the game.

 Fast Facts
Mark Zengerle extended his scoring streaks to 12 games with an assist Friday night
Tyler Barnes' scoring streak ended at 11 games
Justin Schultz maintains his team points lead with 17. Zengerle now has 16.

Once again CC scored on the power play—but this time Wisconsin’s power play. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the period off a short-handed long wrister through a screen and past the glove of freshman goalie Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan).

It wasn’t long though before the Badgers responded on their own power play opportunity, with freshman Brendan Woods (Fairfax, Va.) putting the puck in on a deflection with 1:12 left in the period.

Sophomore Frankie Simonelli’s (Bensenville, Ill.) point shot and Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) pass to the point made up the assists on the score. The assist extended Zengerle’s scoring streak to 12 games.

The first 15 minutes of the second period was largely uneventful, but with 4:44 left, an unlucky break for the Badgers gave CC a 3-1 lead.

Zengerle made a great move around a Tiger defender on the attack before his shot was stopped. On the way back though, the puck knocked off Zengerle’s foot on the back check, past Rumpel and into his own goal.

CC’s Nick Dineen was credited with the goal.

Despite the score, Wisconsin led CC in shots on goal, 21-20 after two periods.

Just under eight minutes into the third period, both teams got into a tussle following a CC glove save. Woods was called for a face mask major in the melee, giving the Tigers a five minute major penalty. Woods was also sent off the ice, but would later return.

Solid defense and a series of additional penalties over the next few minutes on both sides mitigated the penalty however and with 8:24 remaining in the game, both teams had three attackers on the ice.

Twenty five seconds into the 3-on-3 sophomore Keegan Meuer (Madison, Wis.) converted a rebound off a Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, British Columbia) shot to net his second goal in the last three games, bringing UW to within one. Simonelli got his second assist of the game on the play.

Shortly following the Wisconsin goal, it was realized that Woods was inadvertently sent to the locker room. The rookie had already showered and was nearly in his suit before getting word he should make his way back to the ice.

With just over six minutes remaining, CC’s Jaden Schwartz extended the Tiger’s lead to 4-2. Rumpel made a highlight-reel right pad save on Schwartz’s initial shot, but couldn’t defend the rebound.

The score held at 4-2.

In the end, Colorado College’s first power-play goal proved to be their only, with Wisconsin killing the next four penalties. The Badgers went 1-3 on the power play.

The Badgers also outshot the Tigers, 33-30.

Wisconsin looks to gain a split in Colorado Springs tomorrow night. The puck drops at 8 p.m. CT.

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