End of First Period: Wisconsin 0, Miami 0

Photo Credit: Larry Radloff/INCHWriters.com

First Period Stats...

Score: Wisconsin 0, Miami 0
Shots: Wisconsin 7, Miami 12
Faceoffs: Wisconsin 9, Miami 10
Power Plays: Wisconsin 0-0, Miami 0-0

First period updates...

--About six minutes into the first period Joseph Labate is stopped on a one-timer by Miami goaltender Jay Williams. Great set up from Derek Lee to find LaBate out front. LaBate tried to go five-hole, but Williams closed the door.

--12:47-With Joe Faust and Mark Zengerle standing out front watching instead of picking up bodies, Miami's Sean Kuraly sneaks in and is able to get a nice one-timer shot off. Joel Rumpel comes up with a huge glove save.

--11:58-Sean Little takes a dumb penalty as he checks a Miami player into their own goaltender.

--9:53-Rumpel makes a post-to-post save on a Miami player as the penalty is about to expire.

--6:10-Freshman Kevin Schulze tries to get too cute behind his own net and turns over the puck.

--3:40-Rare bad turnover by Jake McCabe leads to a Miami scoring opportunity. Can't turn it over against Miami's top line of McKenzie, Czarnick, and Barber.

--Late first period Frankie Simonelli gets caught on a long shift as Miami has the momentum to end the period.

Additional thoughts...

--Really nice pace from both teams. These two clubs are very good defensively, but it wasn't an ugly trapping first period by any means. Both teams had chances offensively and brought good intensity right from the get-go.

--With Sean Little in the box (a regular penalty killer), Mark Zengerle saw extended time on Wisconsin's first PK of the night.

--Wisconsin needs to continue to try and get pucks on net. Kerdiles had a couple opportunities and created scoring opportunities even though they were long range shots.

--Joseph LaBate leads Wisconsin in shots in the first period with three. He had a great first period for the Badgers.

For more Wisconsin hockey coverage, follow Andy on Twitter (@AndyJohnsonB5Q)

You can also reach Andy via e-mail (AndyJohnsonB5Q@gmail.com)

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