After last night’s 3-2 loss to Ohio State, head coach Tony Granato said something intriguing about junior forward Ryan Wagner in relation to the rest of his lineup.
Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Wisconsin Badgers (0-1-0 Big Ten, 1-1-0 overall) learned that lesson the hard way in the closing stages of a 3-2 loss to Ohio State (1-0-0, 1-0-0) at the Kohl Center Friday night, as a pair of key defensive miscues soiled an otherwise strong defensive performance by the Badgers. The Buckeyes came out stronger in what was their season opener, possessing the puck for long stretches and keeping junior netminder Sean Romero out of danger with only four shots on goal allowed in the opening period. “I think they came out and got to their game before they let us get to ours,” head coach Tony Granato said.
Hockey is truly a team sport, and, as such, when Wisconsin is preparing for an opponent, it makes itself aware of the strengths and weaknesses of most of the players on the opposing roster.
Earlier in the summer, recently named general manager of the USA Olympic hockey team and former Badger hockey player Jim Johannson needed to create a coaching staff to lead the United States during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Luckily, at an impromptu reunion of the 1988 Men’s Olympic hockey team that Johannson was a member of, the general manager turned to longtime friend, former UW teammate and current head coach for Wisconsin Tony Granato for the job. Johannson and Granato were teammates on three UW hockey teams.
What happens when the deepest top-to-bottom conference in the country adds a top-five team from the year before?
There are 60 teams in college hockey and they will all be chasing Denver this season. The Pioneers suffered only three regular season losses en route to claiming the regular season NCHC title and cruised through the NCAA Tournament, defeating Minnesota-Duluth in the final to earn the school’s eighth national championship. DU returns over three-quarters of the goals from last season, and while the Pioneers will be without last year’s Hobey Baker award winner, Will Butcher, the amount of talent left on the team is scary.
Big expectations have been put on the Wisconsin men’s hockey team coming off its breakout year last season (20-15-1). The preseason USCHO poll has them ranked No. 12 in the country, and they have been talked about as a dark horse candidate to make the Frozen Four for the first time since 2010.
Whenever you see any finished product, you’re usually oblivious to all of the intricacies and processes that helped shape and design what you end up viewing.
Coming off of an uncharacteristically poor two year stint (12-46-13), the Badgers have been quick to return to prominence under new head coach Tony Granato. Over the last five years, Wisconsin went from being a powerhouse to being at the bottom of the Big Ten, before returning back to its historically impressive form last season.
For Wisconsin men’s hockey, it may be out with the old (goalie) and in with the new. Matt Jurusik, the team’s full-time starter two seasons ago and starter at the beginning of last year — he ended up splitting time with Berry as the season progressed — decided over the summer to leave Wisconsin to play in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux City Musketeers.
After a busy weekend in Badger athletics, Wisconsin men's hockey coach Tony Granato and Wisconsin volleyball head coach Kelly Sheffield preview the week ahead. Volleyball: The Badgers (2-2 Big Ten, 11-2 overall) fought hard this weekend as they were faced with back-to-back conference matches on the road.
Entering last season, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Wisconsin. The Badgers had just come off a dismal 2015-’16 campaign (8-19-8 overall, 3-13-4 Big Ten ), finishing last in the Big Ten in one of their worst seasons in program history.
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After winning just 12 games over the last two years, Wisconsin rebounded from a dismal stretch with a 20-win season in Tony Granato’s first year at the helm.
Men’s Hockey As the season comes to an end, post-season anticipation rises for the Badgers.