The Badgers (18-5-3 WCHA, 23-5-4 overall) traveled to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes (12-11-3, 17-12-3) and came away with a series split, taking the first game 2-0 and falling in the second, 4-3.
As the college hockey season approached its end, the Badgers were still looking for their first Big Ten conference win. Saturday, the Badgers (1-9-2 Big Ten, 3-19-4 overall) finally got it, grabbing a 3-2 win in the second game of their road series against Ohio State (3-9-0, 8-16-2).
The last time they met, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes were competing for conference supremacy in the Big Ten tournament championship game.
With the playoffs right around the corner, the Badgers head to Ohio State for their last road series of the season. For the Buckeyes’ leading scorer, sophomore forward Claudia Kepler, it is a little taste of home coming to Columbus.
Following a series with back-and-forth offensive chances and momentum shifts, Wisconsin men’s hockey now hasn’t won a regulation game in 10 straight tries.
Despite sitting at third in the conference, Minnesota Duluth announced recently that their head coach Shannon Miller would not have her contract extended beyond this season. Citing financial shortfalls, the university is reportedly unable to continue to pay the staff at the same rate.
After enjoying a stretch of two months with only two road games, the Badgers (0-6-2 Big Ten, 2-16-4 overall) will start a small road trip of two series this weekend against Penn State (5-2-1, 13-7-4) in State College.
This season, Wisconsin men’s hockey has been defined by seconds.
The last time the Badgers (14-4-2 WCHA, 19-4-3 overall) took on Minnesota State (0-17-1, 2-21-1), Wisconsin scored 16 goals in two games, while allowing just two.
No explanation is needed for why a series with Minnesota is important. But for a struggling Badgers hockey team, these two games against heated rival Minnesota could mean the difference between a disappointing season with a high point or a total disaster.
It’s not exactly a secret the Badger hockey team has been bad. The question is: How do you react to a season like this when many players, freshmen and sophomores, still hold promise?
‘Frustrating’ was the word of the weekend by Badger players and coaches when talking about the consecutive drubbings by No. 16 Michigan at the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday.
The No. 3 Badgers (13-2-1 WCHA, 17-2-1 overall) swept their weekend series against North Dakota (6-8-2-1, 7-9-2), winning the Friday and Sunday matchups by a combined score of 4-1.
Freshman defenseman Keegan Ford has left the men’s hockey team, a team release announced Tuesday.
It’s a big weekend for Wisconsin men’s hockey.
Last time Wisconsin (11-2-1 WCHA, 15-2-1 overall) faced North Dakota (6-6-2, 7-7-2) the Badgers were shorthanded, with four key players missing the game due to injuries and preparation for the Four Nations Cup. They were still able to take four points on the weekend with a tie and a win.
The Wisconsin men’s hockey program and its fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Wisconsin (0-8-0) is still sputtering to start the season, losing two games in Colorado this weekend. They fell against Colorado College on Friday and to No. 10 Denver Saturday.
Following an impressive home sweep of the Minnesota State Mavericks last week, No. 3 Wisconsin will embark on a four-game road trip, starting with a series against St. Cloud State this weekend.
Though their record may not reflect it, the Badgers (0-6 overall) are a completely different team than they were when they set off on their first road trip over a month ago.