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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 L, 4-3
Nov. 8 North Dakota L, 5-1
Nov. 21 at Colorado College L, 5-2
Nov. 22 at Denver L, 3-2
Nov. 28 Ferris State T, 1-1
Nov. 29 Ferris State W, 5-3
Dec. 5 Penn State L, 5-2
Dec. 6 Penn State L, 4-2
Dec. 12 U.S. U-18 Team L, 4-1
Jan. 2 Michigan Tech L, 8-1
Jan. 3 Michigan Tech W, 2-0
Jan. 9 Boston University T, 3-3
Jan. 10 Boston University L, 6-1
Jan. 16 at Minnesota T, 2-2 (OT)
Jan. 17 at Minnesota L, 5-2
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 Jake Bunz 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 Grunwald FR G
* Redshirt    
Complete Roster

Wisconsin (2-13-3, 0-3-1-1 Big Ten) plays host to Michigan (13-7-0, 5-1-0-0 Big Ten) for a Big Ten series on Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center. Friday’s game begins at 8 p.m. and airs on BTN, while Saturday’s game is a 7 p.m. start and will be shown on Wisconsin Channel.

Games 19-20 | Wisconsin (2-13-3, 0-3-1-1 Big Ten) vs. #16 Michigan (13-7-0, 5-1-0-0 Big Ten)
Fri., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. | Sat., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
Location Madison, Wis. | Kohl Center
Television Friday: BTN; Saturday: Wisconsin Channel
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UM Last Meeting: T, 2-2 (UM wins 1-0 in shootout) -- Michael Mersch gave UW a 1-0 lead in the first period with a highlight-reel goal, then Mark Zengerle gave UW a 2-1 lead with a second-period penalty shot, but Michigan tied the game on a Luke Moffatt goal 7:02 into the third period before the teams reached a shootout. In UW’s first conference shootout, Moffatt was the lone goal-scorer as Michigan grabbed an extra point in the standings at home. Joel Rumpel made 39 saves in the contest. Michigan won the first game of the series in Ann Arbor, 3-1, with Joseph LaBate scoring UW’s lone tally.

UM  Series Notes: The teams meet for the 129th and 130th time ... UW is 7-6-2 against Michigan under head coach Mike Eaves, including 5-2-1 in Madison ... UW swept the Wolverines at the Kohl Center last season, winning 5-2 and 3-1 ... the last Badger to hail from Michigan was Temperance, Michigan native, defenseman Jon Krall, who played for the Badgers from 2000–04 ... UW head coach Mike Eaves’ brother Murray played for Michigan (1978–80).

The Badgers overcame a 2-0 deficit with a pair of third period goals, 1:57 apart, to earn a tie last Friday at Minnesota. UW went on to a 2-1 shootout victory for an extra point in the Big Ten standings. Senior goaltender Joel Rumpel tied his career high that he set on Jan. 3 with 47 saves, while Grant Besse and Jedd Soleway scored UW's goals. Besse also scored the shootout winner. Saturday, Minnesota scored three first-period goals and went on to a 5-2 victory. Besse scored both UW goals in the contest.

Michigan outscored Ohio State, 10-6, in its lone contest last week.

• UW is 1-2-2 in its last five games, all against ranked teams and all against teams that have been ranked No. 1 in the country this season.

UW opponents are a combined 211-145-53 (.583) this season, with 14 of UW’s 18 games taking place against teams with a winning record.

• Sophomore forward Grant Besse (Plymouth, Minnesota) produced the best series of his career last weekend at Minnesota, scoring three goals, adding a shootout winner and firing 13 shots. Besse’s three goals doubled his season output and gave him the team scoring lead with six goals and 11 points in 18 games. Besse had eight goals in 36 games played last season.

The two-goal game last Saturday was the second of the season and the second of his career.

The goals snapped a six-game goal-scoring drought for the forward.

• Redshirt sophomore forward Morgan Zulinick (Kamloops, British Columbia) extended his point-scoring streak to a career and team season-best eight games with an assist last Friday, but the streak was snapped on Saturday. Zulinick had four goals and four assists during the streak. Wisconsin as a team scored 18 goals during the eight games.

• When UW scored goals 1:57 apart in the third period last Friday against Minnesota, it forced a tie, giving UW its first tie after trailing by two goals since Oct. 27, 2012, when UW overcame a 2-0 third-period deficit at Minnesota Duluth to earn a tie.

UW also overcame a 4-2, third-period deficit to Ohio State on March 22, 2014, in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game, before winning, 5-4 in overtime.

• The Badgers set season-highs on consecutive nights last weekend, allowing 49 shots on goal last Friday and 50 last Saturday. The games marked the fifth time in the eight games an opponent fired at least 40 shots in a game. UW is 1-3-1 in those contests. UW has allowed at least 30 shots in 10 consecutive games, sporting a 2-5-3 mark in those games.

The last time UW allowed 50 shots in a game to an opponent before last Saturday was Oct. 17, 2008, in a 6-5 loss at No. 4 Denver.

• Senior goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) has made at least 30 saves in nine of his 16 games this season. He had eight games with at least 30 saves all of last year in 29 appearances. He also has three games with at least 40 saves this season after having just one all of last season and two for his career prior to the start of the 2014–15 campaign. He had nine games of 30+ saves during both the 2012–13 (29 GP) and 2011–12 (26 GP) seasons.

• Senior goaltender Joel Rumpel has 329 saves on 357 shots faced over the last nine games he’s finished. He has averaged 36.6 saves on 39.7 shots against during the stretch.

• Senior goaltender Joel Rumpel played in his 100th career contest at Wisconsin last Saturday, becoming just the sixth goaltender in school history to reach the mark. Graham Melanson (140), Duane Derksen (129), Kirk Daubenspeck (121), Bernd Brückler (114) and Dean Anderson (110) are the others.

• Sophomore forward Jedd Soleway (Vernon, British Columbia) had a three-game goal-scoring streak snapped last Saturday when he went without a goal. He scored the game-tying goal last Friday at Minnesota for his third tally in as many games. Soleway had two goals in his first 49 career games prior to the three-game streak. All five of Soleway’s career goals have come against ranked opponents.

• Sophomore forward Jedd Soleway (Vernon, British Columbia) had a three-game goal-scoring streak snapped last Saturday when he went without a goal. He scored the game-tying goal last Friday at Minnesota for his third tally in as many games. Soleway had two goals in his first 49 career games prior to the three-game streak. All five of Soleway’s career goals have come against ranked opponents.

• Freshman forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) has points in consecutive games for the second time this season after posting assists in both games last weekend at Minnesota. The rookie now has points in three of his last six games, all since returning from an illness that forced him to miss four contests.

Rockwood boasts five points on a goal and four assists in 14 games.

• Wisconsin’s special teams continue to be key in its success. UW went 12-for-13 on the penalty kill last weekend against the nation’s top power play. The Badgers were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill last Friday, including on a 1:41 five-on-three during the third period for Minnesota. UW is 2-2-2 on the season when not allowing a power-play goal.

• Junior defenseman Kevin Schulze (White Bear Lake, Minnesota) leads the country with an average of 3.06 blocks per game, 0.54 shots-per-game more than the next closest skater, Harvard defenseman Max Everson.

As a team, UW ranks fifth in the country with an average of 15.67 blocks per game. The Badgers were credited with 21 blocks Friday and 14 more last Saturday at Minnesota.

• Sophomore forward Jedd Soleway ranks eighth in the country in faceoff win percentage at .624. Soleway is 108-65 on faceoffs after going 6-8 last weekend on faceoffs. Air Force sophomore forward A.J. Reid leads the nation with a .685 winning percentage (37-17).

Miami senior forward Blake Coleman is the only skater who has won more than 50 faceoffs on the season that boasts a better faceoff win percentage (.657) than Soleway. 

• Junior defenseman Kevin Schulze (96 GP) is the last Badger this season who can reach 100 career games played. If he does, he becomes the fifth current Badger to reach the century mark in games played.

Senior forwards Joseph LaBate (133), Brad Navin (124) and Matt Paape (106), as well as senior goaltender Joel Rumpel (100), already belong in the 100-games club. 

UW had 11 Badgers with 100 career games played last season and eight on the 2012–13 team who skated in 100 career games. The 2011–12 squad finished the season with just two skaters who played in at least 100 career games.

• Rumpel is four victories away from tying for fourth all-time with UW All-American goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck, who had 55 victories in 121 games played.

Rk. Player Years W
1 Graham Melanson     1997-2001    81
2 Duane Derksen 1988-92 80
3 Dean Anderson 1984-88 68
4 Kirk Daubenspeck 1993-97 55
5 Julian Baretta 1975-79 51
Bernd Brückler 2001-05 51
Brian Elliott 2003-07 51
Joel Rumpel 2011- 51

• Junior defenseman Eddie Wittchow (Burnsville, Minnesota) will miss Wisconsin’s game Friday against Michigan because of a game disqualification penalty he was assessed last Saturday at Minnesota for a contact to the head major penalty.

A total of 11 Badgers have made their collegiate debuts this season. Three UW freshmen —forward Alex Shuchuk, defenseman Jake Bunz and goaltender Gabe Grunwald— have yet to see game action.
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 skated with 10 freshmen on Nov. 22 at Denver.

Freshman defenseman Keegan Ford (Waunakee, Wisconsin) departed the UW program and returned to the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints following UW’s last regular-season game back on Dec. 6 against Penn State. Ford had two assists in 12 games for the Badgers. His brother, Jason, remains on the team.

Replacing Ford on the UW roster is Middleton, Wisconsin, native Jake Bunz. The defenseman, who wears No. 7, is the son of former Badger defenseman Garry Bunz (1984–87).

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), 10th in the country with a 2.07 goals-against average and seventh with a .929 save percentage in 2013–14.

Some of Rumpel’s numbers are among the best in UW history. His 51 career victories are tied for fifth all-time and are four away from tying for fourth for a UW goaltender.

Rumpel also boasts 10 career shutouts, which is second in UW history, six 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

Rk. Player Years SO
1 Brian Elliott 2003-07    16
2 Joel Rumpel    2011- 10

  Junior goaltender Adam Miller took the MCATs this past Tuesday. The Long Grove, Illinois native boasts two career appearances for UW.

The Badgers began the season with just 13 of their 26 players having seen collegiate action. Three of the 13 were 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 included 11 newcomers and two redshirts. The 11 true freshmen matched 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, entered 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 as UW's lone double-digit goal scorer returning.

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).

Head coach Mike Eaves coached his 500th game at Wisconsin on Dec. 6 against Penn State. Recent U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Sauer coached in 841 games at Wisconsin, while Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Johnson directed UW for 565 contests.

All three Wisconsin coaches are NCAA champions as players for 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 welcomes Minnesota to Madison to play the second of two Border Battle series this season. Both games will appear on BTN with an 8 p.m. start on Friday and a 7 p.m. puck drop on Saturday.

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