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This Week in Men's Hockey

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 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 North Dakota 7 p.m.
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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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
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Game 5/6 | Wisconsin (0-4-0) vs. North Dakota (X-X-X)
 Date Fri./Sat., Nov. 7/8, 2014
 Location Madison, Wis. | Kohl Center
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Wisconsin enters the weekend looking for its first victory after dropping both games in its trip to the Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. UW fell to Alaska, 1-0, before dropping a 4-2 decision to host-school Alaska Anchorage.

Northern Michigan's games are its first of the season.

Following this weekend, Wisconsin will take two weekends off, and will have byes in three of the next four weeks.

The Badgers have skated in six games at the Resch Center and sport a 3-2-1 record, including a 1-2-1 mark against Northern Michigan. The Badgers captured a 3-0 victory on Oct. 6, 2006, skated to a 3-3 tie on Oct. 7, 2006, and fell to NMU on Oct. 12 and 13 by 2-1 and 4-2 scores, respectively.

The Badgers also posted a 4-0 victory against Bemidji State on March 25, 2006, in the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals, and skated in one of the most memorable games in program history in a 1-0 triple-overtime win against Cornell on March 26, 2014. Both games were played at the Resch Center and advanced UW to the 2006 NCAA Frozen Four at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, where the Badgers captured their most recent NCAA title.

The Badgers have also skated in Green Bay at Lambeau Field, claiming a 4-2 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 11, 2006, in the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic.

Finally, UW opened official practice this season on Oct. 4, with its Red-White Scrimmage in nearby Ashwaubenon, at Cornerstone Community Center, home of 2014 NCAA Division III men's hockey champion St. Norbert College.

A total of 10 Badgers made their collegiate debut's last weekend in Alaska, with eight skating last Friday and 10 playing on Saturday.

Those 10 freshmen accounted for both goals and all six points on the weekend.

The 10 Badgers playing in last Saturday's game (Tim Davison, Matt Ustaski, Keegan Ford, Cameron Hughes, Jake Linhart, Ryan Wagner, Jack Dougherty, Jason Ford, Corbin McGuire, Adam Rockwood) marked 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).

Three UW freshmen - forward Alex Shuchuk, forward/defenseman Cullen Hurley and goaltender Gabe Grunwald, have yet to see game action this season.

UW plays its first home game on Nov. 7 against North Dakota at the Kohl Center. That is the latest the team has played its home opener since the 1997-98 season when it skated against Minnesota on Nov. 7 to open the home season. UW actually played host to the Ice Breaker earlier that year, but the games against Clarkson and Michigan State were considered exhibitions.

Prior to the 1997-98 season, only the 10 seasons between the 1963-64 and 1972-73 seasons had home openers later than Nov. 7 in the modern era of Badger hockey (since 1963). 

UW's 1-0 loss last Friday to Alaska marked its first season-opening shutout in the modern era (since 2002) and the second all-time. UW lost 1-0 to Wausau on Dec. 5, 1931, in its only other season-opening shutout.

Before last Friday, the last time Wisconsin was shutout was in a 2-0 loss at Miami on Nov. 15, 2013, a span of 30 games.

The Badgers fired just 14 shots on goal in the loss last Friday to the Alaska Nanooks, the fewest since the team took just 14 shots agaisnt Minnesota on Nov. 12, 2011, in a 4-1 loss to the Gophers.

Mike Eaves is in his 13th season as Wisconsin's head coach with a 255-182-53 career coaching record at UW (.574 win percentage).

The two games Wisconsin plays this weekend against Northern Michigan mark the third and fourth of the season for UW against teams from the WCHA. UW will skate eight games this season against WCHA teams, including Alaska and Alaska Anchorage, who they already played, as well as Ferris State and Michigan Tech for two-game series later in the season.

Senior goaltender Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wisconsin) was named to the Kendall Hockey Classic all-tournament team last weekend after stopping 30 shots in a 1-0 loss to eventual tourney champion Alaska on Friday.

Freshman forward Matt Ustaski (Glenview, Illinois) scored Wisconsin's first goal of the season with a tally at 2:31 of the second period last Saturday 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.

Redshirt freshman defenseman Tim Davison (Green Bay, Wisconsin) scored his first career point as a Badger with a goal last Saturday at Alaska Anchorage. Playing in his second career contest, Davison tallied late in the second period to bring the Badgers within one goal at 3-2, in a game they would drop, 4-2.

In addition to freshmen Matt Ustaski and Tim Davison notching their first career goals in their first weekend of play, rookies Ryan Wagner (Park Ridge, Illinois), Keegan Ford (Waunakee, Wisconsin), Cameron Hughes (Edmonton, Alberta) and Jake Linhart (Brookfield, Wisconsin) all collected their first career points with an assist last Saturday. The six UW freshmen accounted for all six UW points during the weekend.

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.

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.

• 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.

Wisconsin takes two weekends off before skating in its home-opening weekend, Nov. 7-8, against North Dakota at the Kohl Center.

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