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Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel expected to miss time with ankle injury

Joel Rumpel is expected to miss at least the next few weeks with an ankle injury that was suffered in practice last week.

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The surprise news of the weekend -- outside of the 9-2 beatdown Boston College handed to Wisconsin -- was junior goaltender Joel Rumpel not making the trip to Boston for the Hockey East/Big Ten Challenge.

A "lower-body injury" was the official word from the Wisconsin camp, but sources have confirmed to Bucky's 5th Quarter that Rumpel suffered an ankle sprain in practice this week. Unfortunately for the Swift Curent, Sask., native, Rumpel is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injury.

Despite carrying the Badgers during their unbelievable run to finish last season, Rumpel wasn't the starter on opening night last week against Northern Michigan, instead handing over the reigns to classmate Landon Peterson. Peterson gave up two goals in the opener -- both on the power play -- and six goals in just over a period of play vs. Boston College Friday night.

In Rumpel's place, third-stringer Adam Miller made the trip with the team to Boston over the weekend, and made 24 saves on 27 shots in relief of Peterson Friday night vs. BC.

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