Calgary Flames prospect and Wisconsin captain John Ramage is looking to lead his team past Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round of the 2013 WCHA playoffs.
Wisconsin finished the 2012-13 season in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference but held the tie breaker over Denver and Minnesota State to claim fourth seed heading into the postseason. The Badgers went 17-12-7 overall with a 13-8-7 WHCA record. A defensively-sound squad, Wisconsin scored just 90 goals during the season - third last in the conference - but only allowed 76, good for second in the WHCA.
The Badgers faced Minnesota-Duluth twice in 2012-13, winning their first game by a score of 2-0 on Nov. 16, 2012 and tying the Bulldogs 2-2 the following evening.
Game One will take place Friday at the Kohl Center. Game Two and Game Three, if necessary, both take place at the same time on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
This is the first time since 2010 that Wisconsin has hosted a playoff series. A win over Minnesota-Duluth would push them into the WHCA Final Five which will be played at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN later on this month.
Ramage suited up for 36 games this year, playing in all situations and logging a lot of minutes for the Badgers. The defenceman scored six goals - three game-winners and one short-handed marker - and 13 points in 2012-13 and had a plus-12 rating.
The Flames selected Ramage in the fourth round (103rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft.