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Final exam: Wisconsin scores 4-1 victory over UAH before break

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 Scoring Summary
1st 18:53 UAH Webley (Koshey, Misuraca)
2nd 2:25 UW LaBate (Mersch, McCabe)
2nd 13:14 UW Schulze (Lee, Mersch)
3rd 11:35 UW Lee (-)
3rd 14:38 UW Woods (R. Little, Rumpel)
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UW Rumpel (2-5-3) 60:00 1 21
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Dec. 14, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- After defeating Alabama Huntsville 5-0 on Thursday, Wisconsin (4-7-5, 2-5-5 WCHA) was expecting a lot more fight in the second game of the series on Friday night, but held off the Chargers (3-14-1) for the 4-1 win. 

"I saw a few comments from their coach, he was pretty disappointed in them," Ryan Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) said. "I think he got them fired up a little bit."

Having started the season 1-7-2, UW had plenty to fight for as well. Since taking three points in a road series against then-No. 5 Denver, the Badgers entered riding a five-game unbeaten streak and were determined to make it six-straight by earning their first series sweep of the season.

 Fast Facts
• Schulze scores first career goal as Badger to give UW 2-1 lead in second period
• Lee records goal, assist for second-straight two point game and fifth of season
• Mersch posts two assists for points in four-straight games

The Chargers made it an uphill climb for the Badgers, capitalizing on a two-minute five-on-three power play last in the first period. Michael Webley tallied just 13 seconds into the man advantage at 18:53 to give UAH the 1-0 lead. Steven Koshey and Frank Misuraca were each credited with assists, helping UAH score first in a game for just the fourth time this season.

"I think tonight we might have tried to rush things a little bit early, maybe thinking that it was going to be a little easier to score a lot of goals like the night before," Derek Lee (North Vancouver, B.C.) said. "But, we re-grouped, played hard and we went back to our systems and kept it simple and it was good to get the sweep this weekend."

The Badgers refocused, and the first-period goal would be the one and only the Chargers would score all night. UW settled in and killed off three additional UAH power-play opportunities, including a five-minute major in the third period, while also scoring four goals over the final two periods.

The Badgers got their scoring going in the second period, as Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) earned his second goal of the season at the 2:25 mark of the period.

Off a Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) blast on net, LaBate was in front to punch the rebound past UAH goalie John Griggs and even the game at 1-1. Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) was also credited with an assist, his seventh of the season.

At the 13:14 mark of the period, Kevin Schulze (White Bear Lake, Minn.) became the eighth Badger to score his first goal of the season in the last five games. Schulze recorded his first-career goal as a Badger, as the freshman defenseman, along with Mersch and Lee, worked a pretty passing play, which ended in Schulze scoring backdoor and giving UW the 2-1 lead.

Lee would later find the net himself at the 11:35 mark of the third period. The senior forward stole a read a pass by the UAH defense in the defensive zone, then went right at the net and put it past Griggs for the score to extend UW's lead to 3-1.

Brendan Woods (Yorba Linda, Calif.) iced the game just minutes later, as the sophomore forward elected to shoot with a two-on-one opportunity and scored to give UW the 4-1 final. Ryan Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and goalie Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) each were credited with their first assists on the season.

"We give ourselves a real nice gift here as we get ready for the holidays," UW head coach Mike Eaves said. 

Wisconsin takes an extended break in scheduling for final exams and the holidays, with the next series Jan. 4-5 on the road against Alaska Anchorage.

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