When Wisconsin men's hockey head coach Mike Eaves and his coaching staff set out to pair up their defenders before the season, it was clear the group had a chance to be special. With a combination of blue-line scoring potential and gritty, physical defense, the coaches had the luxury of matching players to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. Of the six Badger defensemen, five have already been drafted by NHL teams, including three in the first round, despite the fact that there is not a senior among them.
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The Wisconsin men's hockey team felt it had something to prove after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Michigan Wolverines last Saturday. The message came through loud and clear this weekend at the expense of the Michigan Tech Huskies.
After a week out of league play, the No. 16 Wisconsin men's hockey team jumps back into WCHA action this weekend with a home series against the Michigan Tech Huskies. After splitting series the last two weekends, the Badgers (5-4-1 WCHA, 8-5-1 overall) look to gain ground in the conference standings, with four points up for grabs. The Huskies come to Madison with a record of 3-9-0 (2-8-0 WCHA) and find themselves in the basement of the league.
The No. 15 Wisconsin men's hockey team toured the state of Michigan this weekend as part of the College Hockey Showcase and came away with a weekend split.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team went on the road for only the second time this season and came home from St. Cloud with a series split for its efforts. The Badgers generated plenty of scoring opportunities Friday night but had trouble finishing and allowed two goals in the final minute of the contest in a 4-1 loss. Then, led by its defense, Wisconsin rebounded Saturday night and handed the Huskies a 4-1 loss.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team hits the road this weekend for a WCHA series against St. Cloud State.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team closes out a three-week home stand this weekend against the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. The Badgers look to continue to improve within the WCHA after picking up two points last weekend against the Gophers.
With the season winding down, each game is a crushing blow or clutch win for teams with conference title or BCS hopes. This weekend hosts three pivotal games in three of the BCS conferences and a game between two of the top non-BCS schools.
With rival Minnesota in town for a weekend series, the Wisconsin men's hockey team played with a high level of energy on both Friday and Saturday night. However, energy does not always equal execution, and Wisconsin looked sloppy at times during the series split with its neighbor to the northwest.
After the dominating showcase the Wisconsin men's hockey team put on display last weekend, it would usually be difficult to imagine how the team could come out with the same intensity again this Friday and Saturday. But with the Border Battle against Minnesota this weekend, the energy level should be higher than ever when the Minnesota Golden Gophers come calling.
If the Wisconsin men's hockey team was expecting a scare at home on Halloween weekend, they warded off any possibility of that with a stout defense and a high-powered offense.
While most of the campus is figuring out Halloween costumes and buying tickets for Freakfest, the Wisconsin men's hockey team is preparing to host another talented opponent this weekend. The Badgers welcome the New Hampshire Wildcats to the Kohl Center on Friday night to kick off a weekend matchup between two potent squads.
Cincinnati and Texas, the lone unbeatens in the Big East and the Big-12 respectively, will be put to the test Saturday. Meanwhile, the winner of the USC and Oregon matchup in Eugene will likely produce the frontrunner for the Pac-10 title. With Iowa comfortably leading the Big Ten, some of the middle of the pack teams will try to separate themselves this weekend.
When an opponent goes into the penalty box and a two-minute one-man advantage is given to the Badgers, senior center Blake Geoffrion and the rest of the Wisconsin power-play unit have one thing in mind: put the puck in the back of the net. Through the first two weekends of the regular season, Geoffrion has already tallied three goals, and they have all come on the power play.
After a dominating performance Friday night, the Wisconsin men's hockey team had a chance to sweep Minnesota State on the road. But back-to-back five-minute majors on the Badgers led to a long power play, handing the Mavericks a win Saturday night and sending Wisconsin home with a frustrating series split.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team took one point out of its opening weekend, losing 3-2 to Colorado College Friday night and working to a 1-1 draw in the series finale Saturday. The Badgers played most of the weekend without their top center, senior Blake Geoffrion, who left Friday's game in the first period with a concussion and did not play Saturday.
Athletic departments of power-conference universities, including Wisconsin, are often criticized for scheduling overmatched opponents early in the year. That certainly will not be the case for the Badger men's hockey team this season. Wisconsin jumps right into conference play, hosting Colorado College this weekend to open its rigorous 2009 campaign.
Homecoming 2009 will provide opportunities for just about everybody. Numerous alumni will use the weekend to come back and stake out the old stomping grounds, student organizations will build up their floats and march them through the annual Homecoming Parade, and the student section will gets a few extra chances to bow down in gratitude to athletes and teams from the past. The team itself will use the week to lean heavily on their ""one game at a time"" mantra, reminding everybody that this is just another week and just another opponent, albeit a good one.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team kept the high-powered offense of UW-Green Bay in check for most of the night, but failed to find the back of the net and lost 1-0 Wednesday night in Green Bay after allowing a goal late in the game.
Senior forward Scott Lorenz scored two goals for the Wisconsin men's soccer team, including the game-winner in double overtime, helping the Badgers end a four game winless skid with a 2-1 victory over the Michigan State Spartans Sunday at the McClimon Soccer Complex.