The Wisconsin Badgers complete the upset, rolling over the Saint Cloud State (Minnesota) Huskies 4-1 in the semifinal game of the 2013 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Final Five tournament.
The Huskies tied for first place in the WCHA regular season with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and were favored to defeat the Badgers in the semifinal game.
The Huskies came out strong and spent most of the first period in Wisconsin’s zone but Badger goalie, Sophomore Joel Rumpel, was on fire this game. Badger captain, senior John Ramage scored the game winner on a power play goal two minutes into the second period.
Three of the Badgers’ four goals came on the power play, the fourth goal was on an empty net to seal the win. Each team had a player ejected and a five minute major due to two separate hits against the boards but the game was over by that point.
The player of the game for Wisconsin was their goalie, Joel Rumpel, who kept weathered the constant attack in the first period and only allowed one goal on 31 shots. Rumpel now has 68 saves in two WCHA tournament games and is asserting himself as a goaltender to keep an eye on next season.
The Badgers will face the Colorado College Tigers for the WCHA Championship Trophy, the Broadmore Cup, on March 22, 2013 at 7:00 central time at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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