Ramage Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week


MADISON, Wis. -– Veteran University of Wisconsin defenseman John Ramage, who was named the No. 1 Star of the Game both nights while leading the visiting Badgers to a two-game conference road sweep at Minnesota State last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for January 15.

A 6-0, 205-pound senior captain from St. Louis, Ramage played a starring role for the Badgers, who posted 4-3 and 2-1 overtime victories at No. 11-ranked Minnesota State on Jan. 11-12, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 games (7-0-3), their winning streak to six, and recording their first-ever sweep in Mankato. He scored both game-winning goals, put seven shots on goal, earned a +3 plus/minus rating and keyed penalty-killing units that successfully fought off 11 of 12 opponent power-plays.

Last Friday, Ramage scored at 4:28 of overtime to give UW its first road and WCHA regular-season overtime victory since Nov. 3, 2006 at Alaska Anchorage, ending a drought spanning parts of seven seasons that saw the Badgers go 0-10-23 in the WCHA regular season and 0-7-15 on the road in overtime games. Then last Saturday, Ramage struck again, this time scoring with just 6.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Badgers a 2-1 win. He also had an assist on UW’s first goal of the game. His performance marked the third time in school history a player scored back-to-back overtime game-winning goals, joining David Hukalo (Jan. 14-15, 2000 vs North Dakota) and Paul Ranheim (Nov. 7-8, 1986 vs Colorado College) as Badgers who have accomplished the feat.

A NHL draftee of the Calgary Flames, Ramage has six points (4g, 2a) while playing in all 20 of Wisconsin’s games this season and has career totals of 39 points (10g, 29a) in 135 games.

Ramage and the Badgers (8-7-5, 6-5-5 WCHA) return to the Kohl Center this weekend for games Friday and Saturday against No. 8 Miami (12-5-5, 8-4-4 WCHA). Friday’s game begins at 8 p.m., with Saturday scheduled for a 7 p.m., start.


Jake McCabe Named to US National Junior Preliminary Roster

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) was one of 27 players named by USA Hockey to the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster on Tuesday.  The group of players will attend training camp Dec. 16-18 at the JakeMcabe New York Rangers’ Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.  An additional camp will follow in  Helsinki, Finland, with the final 23-man roster announcement scheduled for Dec. 23. The 2013 U.S. National  Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2012- Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia. The tournament brings together the world’s top hockey players under the age of 20.

“We have a young, but talented group of players,” said Jim Johannson, former Badger, general manager of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “There will be some tough choices to get to the final roster, but that’s certainly a good problem to have.”

McCabe, a product of USA Hockey’s National Development Team Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., currently shares third on the Badgers with six points on two power-play goals and four assists. He is already an international gold medalist, having won at the 2011 IIHF Under-18 World Championship. He also captured a title with Team USA at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and skated for the Americans at the 2009 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Germany.  McCabe was drafted in the second round, 44th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Though not invited to the camp, Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) is still considered a possibility to earn an invitation and make the final roster. He has skated just two games for the Badgers this season and is expected to be evaluated further in the coming weeks.  In addition, former Badger player and assistant coach Mark Osiecki will serve as one of the team’s assistant coaches for the second time in three seasons. Osiecki currently serves as head coach at Ohio State.

Wisconsin hockey has a long tradition with the World Junior Championship, including current head coach Mike Eaves, who directed Team USA to its first gold medal in the event as head coach in 2004. Team USA won its second gold in 2010, with then-Badger Derek Stepan serving as team captain, as well as current Badger John Ramage and former Badger Jake Gardiner skating on the team. Ramage returned to captain the team in 2011, earning a bronze medal.

Peterson Named Co-Defensive Player of the Week


MADISON, Wis. –- Wisconsin sophomore goaltender Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) has been honored as WCHA co-Defensive Player of the Week. He shares the honor with Minnesota State sophomore defenseman Brett Stern.

Peterson stopped 35 of 36 shots on goal and earned the game’s No. 1 star in Wisconsin’s 3-1 WCHA road victory at league-leading and No. 5-ranked Denver last Saturday (Dec. 1) night as the Badgers took three points from the Pioneers, including a 1-1 (ot) draw last Friday. Peterson was perfect at even-strength, allowing just a power-play goal on five DU chances with the man-advantage. The victory was Peterson’s first of the season and was the Badgers’ first since Oct. 26 at Minnesota Duluth. Peterson now leads all WCHA goaltenders in league games with a 1.88 goals-against average and .941 save percentage, while his 2.12 goals-against average ranks third and his .933 save percentage is second in all games. He is 1-2-1 in five appearances this season.

The weekly honor is the first for Peterson in his Badger career.

Stern, for MSU, helped the Mavericks sweep Bemidji State with a goal and an assist, as well as a plus-4 rating. He was the first star in one of the games.

Also nominated: Mike Boivin, D, CC; Juho Olkinuora, G, DU; Steven Seigo, D, MTU; John Faulkner, G, UNO.

3rd Period Woes Continue for Bucky


“Badgers lose a late lead for 2nd straight night to kick off the season”

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Wisconsin was determined to block out last night’s season-opening loss and focus on splitting its series with Northern Michigan in Green Bay, Wis., on Saturday.

Tied 1-1 heading into the third period, the Badgers (0-2-0) scored 18 seconds in, pulled ahead 2-1 and appeared to be in a good position to do what they set out to do.

Unfortunately, that would be it for UW as the woes of the third period crept back into the Resch Center and the Wildcats (2-0-0) scored two third-period goals and added an empty-netter late to defeat the Badgers and take the series.

Coming out with a sense of purpose and looking like a squad hungry to avenge its season-opening loss from the night before, UW outshot NMU 12-5 and got on the board early.

With Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.) on the point and three Badgers crowding the front of the NMU net, Simonelli fired one toward goal and got the deflection he needed to find the net just three minutes into the first period.

The tone set, the Badgers went on to control the great majority of the rest of the first period.

Had it not been for the great efforts of NMU goalie Jared Coureau — who recorded 11 saves in the first period alone — UW may have come out with even more to show for its strong start.

“We’ve got to find a way to throttle it down and keep the momentum down,” assistant coach Bill Butters said. “It could’ve been 4-0 after that first period.”

Wisconsin would wish it had come out with more to show from its early dominance, as the Badgers were outshot by the Wildcats by a combined 26-8 over the final two periods.

The aggressor of the second period and skating with momentum in its favor, NMU outshot Wisconsin 14-6 and came up with the goal that would help equalize.

NMU’s Scott Macauley kept the puck in at the blue line and found Cohen Adair skating through slot, setting up an easy back-handed goal to tie things up 1-1 at the 17:25 mark of the second period.

The game tied, UW was in a similar spot as the night prior, seeking any spark or momentum shift to get back on the offensive and find the net.

The Badgers found the needed goal they were looking for, as just 18 seconds into the third period Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) was set up by Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) and scored to give UW the 2-1 advantage.

The goal, however, wasn’t enough to hold off the second third-period surge from NMU in as many nights.

With 7:42 left in the final period and time winding down on an NMU power play, former Badger Matt Thurber tied things up at 2-2.

Not wasting any time, a minute and 17 seconds later, Kory Kaunisto put it past Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) for the go-ahead goal and at the 18:52 mark of the third period Ryan Daugherty all but ensured the win with an empty netter.

Wisconsin will get its next game and next chance to earn the first win of the season Oct. 26-27 at Minnesota Duluth.

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