Ramage Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week

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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.

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Peterson Named Co-Defensive Player of the Week

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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

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“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.

Badgers Put up 6 Goals in Win over Nebraska Omaha

Strong offensive effort, plus solid goaltending gives Wisconsin a series split with Nebraska Omaha

MADISON, Wis. — There were many people dressed up at the Kohl Center Saturday night for Halloween, but the best costume had to go to the Wisconsin men’s hockey team. The Badgers dressed up as the victorious team, defeating Nebraska Omaha 6-3 for a weekend split. Friday’s contest against UNO began full force, with the Badgers tallying three goals in the first six minutes.

On Saturday night though, it took almost three minutes before Wisconsin even tallied its first shot, but once the Badgers (4-4-0, 3-3-0 WCHA) got going, they piled it on quick—taking a 3-0 lead in the first period for the second evening in a row. The Badgers struck first, 7:52 into the period. With the Mavericks (4-4-0, 3-1-0 WHCA) on the power play, sophomore Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) took the puck at mid-ice on a 2-on-1 break. Closing in on goal, Barnes fed a pass over to sophomore Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) who tapped it in for the short-handed finish. Just over six minutes later, the Badgers struck again. This time it was freshman Matt Paape (Appleton, Wis.) who tallied his first career goal. On the third shot attempt of the play, a Badger shot finally got through to and also past UNO goaltender John Faulkner for the score. Sophomore Keegan Meuer (Madison, Wis.) and sophomore Frankie Simonelli (Benseville, Ill.) got the assists.

Just 25 seconds later, the Badgers were right back at it, this time with Zengerle’s second goal of the night. The goal came by way of another tap-in for Zengerle after a pass from junior defenseman Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, British Columbia) on the rush. Nebraska Omaha cut Wisconsin’s lead to two though, scoring with just under three minutes left in the period to put the game at 3-1. But with 15 seconds left in the first period and the Badgers on the power play, Simonelli knocked home a feed from the back door to put Wisconsin up 4-1. Zengerle and Schultz both assisted on the score. The assist for Zengerle was his third point of the period.

The Badgers also drew blood early in the second when junior Ryan Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) netted his second goal of the season at the 16:57 mark. Sophomore Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) made the play, driving hard around a Maverick defender and towards the goal. Simonelli also assisted on the play for his point of the match.

The Mavericks made the contest interesting though in the third period, first scoring 3:50 into the final period and again with just over five minutes left. An empty-net goal for sophomore Jefferson Dahl (Eau Claire, Wis.) sealed the deal for Wisconsin, putting the Badgers up 6-3. The Wisconsin defense held for the final minute and a half, giving the Badgers the win. Freshman goalie Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) put together an impressive showing Saturday, tallying 37 saves for his third victory. UNO out-shot the Badgers 42-24, including 17-6 in the third period. A night after converting 4-of-6 power play opportunities, UNO went 2-5. Wisconsin went 1-for-4.

The Badgers are on the road next weekend, when they travel to St. Cloud State (3-4-1, 1-1-0 WCHA) for a pair of games Friday and Saturday evening at National Hockey Center. Both games air live on Charter Extra 87, with Friday’s contest at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s game beginning at 7 p.m.

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