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Published October 23, 2011, 09:47 AM

Wisconsin outlasts North Dakota 5-4

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ryan Little had a goal and two assists and Joel Rumpel was solid in net as Wisconsin beat North Dakota 5-4 Saturday for a sweep of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

North Dakota (2-3-1, 0-2-0) outshot Wisconsin 42-15, but Rumpel turned away 38 shots, including 15 in each of the first two periods.

"We deserved a better fate tonight ... no question," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. "In terms of our overall game, we got pretty good contributions from everybody."

After falling behind 1-0 on a goal by Taylor Dickin, the Badgers netted the next three goals: Joseph LaBate on the power play, Little at even strength and John Ramage short-handed.

The Fighting Sioux tied the game 3-3 on back-to-back goals by Danny Kristo, the latter at 7:12 of the third period. But the Badgers (3-3-0, 2-2-0) responded on goals by Mark Zengerle and what proved to be the game-winner by Joe Faust at 16:38.

"There wasn't a bad goal scored tonight, but we've just got to turn things our way," Hakstol said. "Every mistake we make is a big one and the puck ends up in the back of our net."

Brock Nelson scored for North Dakota with an extra attacker with just 41 seconds left.

Aaron Dell had 10 saves for UND, including a stop on LaBate on a third-period penalty shot.

Wisconsin won Friday's series opener 5-3. Saturday's win gave the Badgers their first home sweep of North Dakota since the 2004-05 season. The Sioux went to Madison 4-0-1 in their five previous WCHA road games.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.