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Badgers earn 1-0 win over Alaska-Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Completing its first series since mid-December, Wisconsin earned its second series sweep of the season, defeating Alaska Anchorage (3-11-4, 1-10-3 WCHA) on Saturday night at the George M. Sullivan Arena, 1-0. 
For a team that started the season 1-7-2, the efforts of UW's mid-season turnaround are beginning to translate over to the team's overall record, as the Badgers are now unbeaten in their last eight games (5-0-3) and have improved to 6-7-5, including 4-5-5 in WCHA play on the season. They have also climbed into a tie for seventh place in the league standings, two points out of the final home playoff spot.
Having won five of its last seven games, UW is currently on its longest unbeaten streak since the 2005-06 season.
The game-winning goal came in the second period at the 2:56 mark, as Derek Lee (North Vancouver, B.C.) found himself free down the ice after the Badgers turned a four-on-two against into a breakaway on the other end. Lee received an outlet pass from Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.), then finished off the score, going above the pads and below the blocker of UAA goalie Rob Gunderson to give UW the 1-0 lead.
The Badgers ended the game with a 22-to-12 shots-on-goal advantage over the Seawolves, as UW was the aggressor throughout the night and forced itself into the UAA zone. UW's defensive efforts held UAA to just two shots on goal in the first period and four shots in the second period.
Preserving the one-goal victory for UW was goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan), who recorded 12 saves and earned his second shutout of the season and fifth of his career. Rumpel improved to 3-5-3 this year.
Wisconsin remains on the road and heads to Mankato, Minn., next weekend for a series with the red-hot Minnesota State Mavericks, who have won 11 of their last 12 games. Opening faceoff on Friday, Jan. 11, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (CT).
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