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This Week in Men's Hockey

Schedule
Oct. 10 vs. Alaska L, 1-0
Oct. 11 at Alaska Anchorage L, 4-2
Oct. 17 Northern Michigan L, 2-0
Oct. 18 Northern Michigan L, 4-1
Nov. 7 North Dakota L, 4-3
Nov. 8 North Dakota L, 5-1
Nov. 21 at Colorado College 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 at Denver 8 p.m.
Nov. 28 Ferris State 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 Ferris State 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 Penn State 8 p.m.
Dec. 6 Penn State 8 p.m.
Dec. 12 U.S. U-18 Team 7 p.m.
Jan. 2 Michigan Tech 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 Michigan Tech 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 Boston University 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 Boston University 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 at Minnesota 8 p.m.
Jan. 17 at Minnesota 5 p.m.
Jan. 23 Michigan 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 Michigan 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 Minnesota 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 Minnesota 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 at Penn State 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Penn State 1 p.m.
Feb. 13 at Ohio State 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 at Ohio State 6 p.m.
Feb. 20 Michigan State 8 p.m.
Feb. 21 Michigan State 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 at Michigan 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 at Michigan 3 p.m.
March 6 at Michigan State 6 p.m.
March 7 at Michigan State 6 p.m.
March 13 Ohio State 7 p.m.
March 14 Ohio State 6 p.m.
March 19-21 Big Ten Tourney (Detroit) TBA
March 28-29 NCAA Midwest and East Regional (South Bend, Ind./Providence, R.I.) TBA
April 9 & 11 NCAA Frozen Four (TD Garden, Boston) TBA

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Roster
3 Corbin McGuire FR* F
4 Jack Dougherty FR D
5 Chase Drake SR* D
6 Tim Davison FR* D
7 Keegan Ford FR D
8 Matt Paape SR F
9 Morgan Zulinick SO* F
10 Jake Linhart FR D
11 Adam Rockwood FR F
12 Grant Besse SO F
13 Ryan Wagner FR F
14 Alex Shuchuk FR F
16 Joseph LaBate SR F
19 Cameron Hughes FR F
20 Eddie Wittchow JR D
21 Jason Ford FR F
23 Aidan Cavallini SO F
24 Jedd Soleway FR F
25 Cullen Hurley FR F
26 Brad Navin SR F
27 Matt Ustaski FR F
28 Kevin Schulze JR D
30 Landon Peterson SR G
31 Adam Miller JR G
33 Joel Rumpel SR G
34 Gabe Grunewald FR G
* Redshirt    
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Wisconsin (0-6-0, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten) ends a stretch of three byes in four weeks with this week’s trip to Colorado. The Badgers take on Colorado College (2-7-0, 0-5-0 NCHC) on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT, and Denver (6-3-0, 3-2-0 NCHC) on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT. Saturday’s game airs live on ROOT sports.

Game 6/7 | Wisconsin (0-6-0) at Colorado College (2-7-0)/Denver (6-3-0)
Date Fri./Sat., Nov. 21/22, 2014
Location Colorado Springs/Denver | The Broadmoor World Arena/Magness Arena
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Complete men's hockey game notes in printable PDF format.

CC Last Meeting: W, 4-3 (OT) -- Wisconsin overcame a 2-0 deficit, beginning with a Brad Navin tally in the second period, for a 4-3 overtime win. The Badgers scored three second-period goals to take the lead, before CC tied it in the third period. Tyler Barnes clinched the game with the winner in the extra frame. Joel Rumpel made 26 saves for the victory. The win finished a home sweep for the Badgers last Dec. 13-14 at the Kohl Center. UW captured the first game, 4-1. Joseph LaBate tallied one of UW’s goals in the game.

CC Series Notes:
The teams meet for the 187th time in what is the second-most played rivalry in UW men’s hockey history ... UW’s 111 victories over CC marks the most for the Badgers against any program by 13 wins ... the Badgers own a three-game winning streak in the series, the longest since the Badgers won three consecutive games against CC from Nov. 12, 2005, through Jan. 14, 2006 ... UW’s most recent streak longer than three games against CC was a four-game winning streak from Jan. 23, 1998 through Feb. 11, 1999 ... CC boasts a pair of Wisconsin natives on its roster including senior defenseman Aaron Harstad from Stevens Point and junior forward Peter Maric from Milwaukee ... UW is making its first trip to Colorado Springs since gettting swept on Nov. 18-19, 2011.

DU Last Meeting: W, 3-1 -- Wisconsin finished a three-point weekend during a Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012 series at the Kohl Center after a 1-1 overtime tie the first night. In the victory, current senior goaltender Landon Peterson made 35 saves for the victory, while Derek Lee, Jefferson Dahl and John Ramage tallied for UW. Ramage’s short-handed empty-net goal sealed the victory for UW. Joel Rumpel made 30 saves in the first game of the series to backstop UW’s tie, while Michael Mersch scored UW’s lone goal.

DU Series Notes: The teams meet for the 157th time ... DU has two Wisconsin natives on its roster, including Sun Prairie sophomore defenseman Will Butcher and sophomore forward Evan Janssen from Green Bay ... the Badgers have played their last five games against the Pioneers all in Denver, and have gone 2-2-1 in those contests.

KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER

Wisconsin enters the weekend looking for its first victory. In their most recent action, the Badgers dropped a pair of games on Nov. 7-8 to No. 2 North Dakota, 4-3 and 5-1, respectively, in UW’s home-opening weekend.

Denver defeated Colorado College last Friday, 8-1, in the most recent game for both of UW’s opponents this week. CC enters the game against UW on a seven-game losing streak, while Denver owns victories in three of its last four games. DU plays host to Air Force on Friday before its match up with UW on Saturday.

Wisconsin makes its first trip to Colorado since the fall of 2012 when it won three out of four points at Denver. The Badgers are 4-0-1 in their last five games against Colorado teams, including a win against Colorado College in the 2013 WCHA Final Five championship game.

• Wisconsin begins a three-week stretch of regular-season games for the first time this season. UW has skated in just three of the first six weeks of the season.

Fifth-year senior defenseman Chase Drake (Mosinee, Wisconsin) scored two goals against North Dakota on Friday, Nov. 7, giving UW its first individual multi-goal game of the season. Drake becomes the only current Badger with a multi-goal game on his resume.

Drake shares the UW lead with three points on a goal and two assists.


Sophomore forward Grant Besse (Plymouth, Minnesota), UW’s second-leading returning goal scorer from last season after potting eight goals as a rookie, reached the scoresheet for the first time this season during UW’s most recent series against North Dakota. Besse posted a pair of assists in the Friday game, before tallying the team’s lone goal on Saturday.

The three-point weekend has Besse tied for the Badgers’ lead in scoring.

Sophomore forward Jedd Soleway (Vernon, British Columbia) scored his first goal of the season and the second of his career on Friday, Nov. 7 against North Dakota to give UW what was then a 2-1 lead.

Soleway has both his career goals against UND, including in UW’s game last March against UND in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Wisconsin’s power-play goal on Friday, Nov. 7, ended a 0-for-20 power-play stretch to open the season. The Badgers are now 1-for-25 with the man advantage (4.0 percent).

UW’s penalty kill is 14-for-19 (73.7 percent).

• Wisconsin’s opponents have scored first in five of UW’s six games this season. UW scored first in its game Nov. 7 against North Dakota, giving the Badgers their first lead of the season. UW entered the third period of that game leading 2-1, before UND took the lead and went on to a 4-3 victory.

• Wisconsin boasts six skaters with at least 10 shots on goal this year, and all six are returners from last year. Three of UW’s senior skaters - Joseph LaBate, Brad Navin and Chase Drake -- are among the group, as well as junior defenseman Kevin Schulze and sophomores Grant Besse and Jedd Soleway. Besse leads the team with 21 shots on goal.

Forward Cameron Hughes (Edmonton, Alberta) leads the 10-deep freshman contingent with nine shots.

• UW’s sweep at the hands of North Dakota on Nov. 7-8, marked the first time UW was swept at home since Nov. 23-24, 2012 against Minnesota State, a span of 19 home series. UW had at least earned a split in all of those series, posting sweeps in 12 of 19 series.

The two home losses in the first two games of the season equal the total amount of home losses the team absorbed in the entire 2013–14 season (17-2-1).

A total of 10 Badgers have made their collegiate debuts this season. Three UW freshmen — forward Alex Shuchuk, forward/defenseman Cullen Hurley and goaltender Gabe Grunwald — have yet to see game action this season.

Ten Badger freshmen played in UW’s game on Oct. 11 at Alaska Anchorage (Tim Davison, Matt Ustaski, Keegan Ford, Cameron Hughes, Jake Linhart, Ryan Wagner, Jack Dougherty, Jason Ford, Corbin McGuire, Adam Rockwood), the most freshmen in a game for Wisconsin since Jan. 18, 2004, when 10 Badgers skated for UW in a 3-1 loss to Notre Dame at the Kohl Center (Brian Elliott, Matt Olinger, Ryan Suter, Jeff Likens, Jake Dowell, Andy Brandt, Robbie Earl, Andrew Joudrey, Mark Heatley, Ross Carlson).

UW will skate eight games this season against WCHA teams, including Alaska, Alaska Anchorage and Northern Michigan, who they already played, as well as Ferris State and Michigan Tech for two-game series later in the season.

Freshman forward Matt Ustaski (Glenview, Illinois) scored Wisconsin’s first goal of the season with a tally at 2:31 of the second period on Oct. 11 at Alaska Anchorage. The goal, which tied the game at 1-1, made Ustaski the first Badger freshman since Michael Davies to score the team’s first goal of the year. Davies opened the scoring for the 2006–07 season with a goal against Northern Michigan on Oct. 6, 2006, at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Wisconsin won the game, 3-0.

UW returns its three goaltenders from last season, including Hobey Baker Award and Mike Richter Award finalist Joel Rumpel. The senior was third in the nation with a .789 winning percentage (21-6-1) in 2013–14, 10th in the country with a 2.07 goals-against average and seventh with a .929 save percentage.

Some of Rumpel’s numbers are among the best in UW history. His 49 career victories are tied for ninth all-time with two-time NCAA MVP Marc Behrend and are just two away from tying for the top-five career total for a UW goaltender.

Rumpel also boasts nine career shutouts, which is tied for second in UW history, seven behind school record-holder Brian Elliott, who now plays for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.

The Swift Current, Saskatchewan, native owns UW single-season top-10 marks in victories, save percentage (three seasons), goals-against average (two seasons), win percentage and shutouts (two seasons).

He also posted one of the top-five goaltending win streaks in school history last season, earning victories in nine consecutive starts.

• The Badgers began the season with just 13 of their 26 players having seen collegiate action. Three of the 13 are goaltenders, leaving UW with 10 experienced skaters.

The 10 had combined for 59 goals, 117 assists and 176 points in 631 career games played entering the year, and went scoreless over the first weekend of the season.

2014 Second-Team All-American forward Michael Mersch wrapped up his four-year career at Wisconsin last spring with 67 career goals in 157 games played, while Mark Zengerle completed his four years at UW last spring with 162 points in 151 games played.

UW head coach Mike Eaves left campus after his playing days with 94 goals and 267 points in 160 games played.


UW’s freshman class includes 11 newcomers and two redshirts. The 11 true freshmen match the 2003–04 team for the most rookies during the Mike Eaves coaching era (2002–present) and the second-most ever listed on a UW preseason roster. Only the 15-member 1974–75 Wisconsin freshman class, that happened to include Mike Eaves, has been larger. That team finished 24-12-2 and with a 19-11-2 WCHA mark to place fourth in the league.

• Freshman forward Matt Ustaski, at 6-6, is the second-tallest skater in UW history. Only 6-7 goaltender Dave McNab, who is currently an assistant general manager with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, was taller.

Ustaski is taller than eight of the Wisconsin men's basketball team's 16 players.

• Wisconsin will play with co-captains in 2014-15, as senior forward Brad Navin (Waupaca, Wis.) and senior defenseman Chase Drake (Menomonie, Wis.) will share the duties. Senior forward Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) will serve as the assistant captain.

• Wisconsin enters 2014-15 coming off consecutive conference tournament titles for the first time since capturing the 1982 and 1983 WCHA playoffs. The Badgers won the 2013 WCHA Final Five, then captured the inaugural Big Ten tournament in 2014. Both events took place at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The 2015 Big Ten Tournament takes place at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

• Senior forward Joseph LaBate, a 2011 Vancouver Canucks fourth-round draft pick, enters the season as UW's current career scoring leader with 25 goals and 65 points in 115 games played. LaBate scored 11 goals last season and is UW's lone double-digit goal scorer returning from last year.

• Sophomore forward Grant Besse, a 2013 fifth-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, scored eight goals last season and is tied with senior forward Brad Navin for second on UW in career goals.

• UW goes for its 37th 20-win season, its 26th official NCAA tournament appearance and its third consecutive NCAA bid in 2014-15.

Wisconsin goes for its fifth 20-win season in six years and its ninth in 13 seasons under head coach Mike Eaves. It also goes for its eighth NCAA tournament berth under Eaves.

• UW went 20-6-1 after Dec. 1 during 2013-14, which ranked second for most victories in the nation during that time behind Union's 25 wins. UW's .759 win percentage from Dec. 1 through the rest of the season ranked third behind Union (.867 -- 25-3-2) and Boston College (.808 -- 20-4-2). In 2012-13, UW went 21-6-4 from the start of December through the end of the season, the third-best record in the country over that span.

Over the last two seasons, the Badgers are 41-12-5 from Dec. 1 though the season's end.

• Nine Badgers hail from Wisconsin, more than any other state or province. Other states or provinces represented included Minnesota (six), Illinois (four), British Columbia (three), Connecticut (one), Alberta (One), Ontario (one) and Saskatchewan (one).

• All three Wisconsin coaches are NCAA champions from their playing days with the Badgers. Head Coach Mike Eaves won the 1977 title, while assistant coach Gary Shuchuk won the 1990 NCAA crown and assistant coach Matt Walsh won the 1983 championship.

This marks the first time in the modern era of Badger hockey that all three Badger coaches are UW alumni.


UP NEXT: The Badgers return home for a series with Ferris State Nov. 28-29.

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