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Associated Press, Published February 17 2013

Badgers hold on to top second-ranked Gophers at Soldier Field

CHICAGO – Wisconsin scored three times in the second period and held on to beat second-ranked Minnesota 3-2 Sunday in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.

Sean Little capped a flurry of goals with the game-winner at 16:22 of the second period for the Badgers (13-10-7, 10-7-7), who spoiled the Gophers’ first outdoor game. Wisconsin is 3-0-0 in games played outdoors.

“That’s what cost us the game,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “They got some puck luck and we got away from the things we should be doing.”

Lucia said the Badgers adjusted to the less-than-ideal ice conditions. “We wanted a skill game and with these conditions you are not going to get a skill game.”

Instead, all three Wisconsin goals came on rebounds and deflections.

After a scoreless period, Kevin Schulz dribbled a shot past Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox, who finished with 16 saves.

John Ramage scored 1:10 later when his shot deflected into the net for a 2-0 lead. Little followed with rebound 2:09 later. That goal was the eventual winner.

Seth Ambroz and Zach Budish scored early and late in the third period for the Gophers (20-6-4, 12-6-4), who were 0-for-2 on the power play.

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, UW, Schulze (Woods, Zengerle), 13:03. 2, UW, Ramage (Mersch, Woods), 14:13. 3, UW, Little (McCabe, Dahl), 16:22.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, UM, Ambroz (Holl, Isackson), 2:36. 5, UM, Budish (Bjugstad, Haula), 18:18.

SAVES: UM, Wilcox 6-7-3–16. UW, Rumpel 15-12-9–36.