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

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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 1 | Wisconsin (0-0-0) vs. Alaska (0-0-0)
 Date Friday, October 10, 2014
 Location Anchorage, Alaska | Alaska Airlines Center
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Wisconsin trailed 3-2 to Ohio State heading into the third period of the Big Ten championship game last Saturday, and even fell behind 4-2, before coming back for a 5-4 overtime victory. The comeback marked the second victory for UW this season when it trailed to start the third period. The Badgers are 2-8-1 this season when trailing after two periods, with comebacks at Miami and against Ohio State. Prior to the Miami game on Nov. 16, the Badgers had gone 0-37-6 in their previous 43 games when trailing to start the third period dating back to Nov. 1, 2008, when the Badgers overcame a 2-0 deficit at North Dakota with a five-goal third period for a 5-2 victory.

The Badgers have scored four goals or more in six of their last nine games, and three or more in seven of their last nine contests. The Badgers tallied twice in the other two games, but both were victories.

UW’s top line of Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif), Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) and Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) produced 10 points on two goals and eight assists last weekend. After going scoreless on Feb. 14 in their first game together this season, the line has 15 goals and 42 points over the last nine games.

The group skated together the last 14 games of last season, combining for 20 goals and 54 points during that stretch. That means the trio has 35 goals and 96 points over their last 24 games playing together.

Kerdiles and Zengerle are tied for the most points and the most points per game in the country in March. Both have 13 points in six games played and are averaging 2.17 points per game. Robert Morris forward Cody Wydo also has 13 points, but has played in eight games this month. Zengerle is also tied for the most game-winning goals this month, scoring a pair of overtime game-winners.

Senior forward Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) owns a team season-high nine-game point streak with six goals, 12 assists and 18 points. Named the Big Ten tournament’s most outstanding player for his four-point effort last weekend, Zengerle scored the tournament-winning overtime goal to give the Badgers a 5-4 victory over Ohio State.

Zengerle leads the Badgers and ranks second in the Big Ten with 43 points in 36 games. He also has 33 assists for the season, making him just the fifth Badger to have at least 30 assists in three different seasons. Prior to Zengerle, Scott Lecy (1977–81) was the last Badger to do it. The others to do it include Mark Johnson, Mike Eaves and Theran Welsh. Welsh is the only Badger to record at least 30 assists all four years of college.

Zengerle had 31 assists as a freshman and 37 assists as a sophomore.

Sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) enters the 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament with points in six consecutive games (4-9=13) and in eight of his last nine contests (6-12=18). He had a four-game goal-scoring string snapped last Friday.

Kerdiles has points in 20 of his 27 games played this season, scoring at least two points in 13 of those contests.

Kerdiles has played in 27 of UW’s 36 games this season, or 75.0 percent of the Badgers’ games, which now meets the minimum for him to qualify for NCAA scoring rankings. Kerdiles has now jumped into the rankings at No. 5 in the nation with a 1.37 points-per-game scoring average. He is also now tied for 15th in the country with a 0.56 goals-per-game scoring average and ranks 12th with a 0.81 assists-per-game mark.

He finished the Big Ten season averaging a league-best 1.57 points per game in league action and finished just two points behind Ohio State’s Ryan Dzingel (24) for the league lead, despite missing six of 20 Big Ten contests.

Kerdiles has points in 43 of the 59 games he’s played at Wisconsin, including 36 of his last 44 and 38 of his last 47 contests.

Kerdiles led Team USA at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship with seven points and tallied at least one point in each of the team’s five games.

Senior forward Tyler Barnes became Wisconsin’s third current skater with 100 career points after his two-point effort in the Big Ten championship game last Saturday. Barnes has skated in 151 games for UW. The 2005–06 season marks the last time three Badgers had at least 100 career points at the same time as Robbie Earl (121), Ryan MacMurchy (110) and Joe Pavelski (101) each reached 100 career points that season.

Senior forward Michael Mersch boasts 120 points in 156 games, while senior forward Mark Zengerle reached 100 points as a junior and now has 161 points.

Senior defenseman Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.) finished Big Ten play with 15 points on four goals and 11 assists in 20 contests. That tied for the league lead among defensemen with Minnesota’s Mike Reilly.

UW had three among the top six scoring defensemen in Big Ten play with Jake McCabe (11 points) tied for third and Kevin Schulze (10 points) tied for sixth.

Wisconsin’s penalty kill climbed from 18th to 12th in the nation after going a perfect 7-for-7 last weekend at the Big Ten tournament. The UW penalty kill went a nine game stretch from Jan. 25-Feb. 22 during which it allowed just one power-play goal (38-for-39), but then allowed at least one power-play goal in four consecutive games, before getting back on track last weekend.

For the season, the Badgers are at 84.6 percent on the penalty kill (121-for-143), which tops all teams in the Big Ten.

Junior goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan), a Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist, ranks second in the nation with a .796 winning percentage (21-5-1), while ranking eighth with a 2.03 goals-against average and seventh with a .930 save percentage.

Rumpel is ninth in school history with his 21 single-season victories.

A Mike Richter Award finalist, Rumpel was a Hockey Commissioners’ Association honorable mention player of the month for February.

Joel Rumpel’s 19 victories since Dec. 1 are the most in the country.

UW is 20-5-1 since the start of December, which ranks second for most victories in the nation during that time behind Union’s 21 wins. Last season, 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.

The Badgers are 7-4-1 on NHL-sized ice this season, the size of the ice for Wisconsin’s last six games. UW has won six of its last seven games on NHL-sized ice.

Wisconsin had allowed three goals or less in 22 consecutive games, including two goals or less in nine consecutive contests, until allowing five to Michigan State on March 14. UW has now allowed three goals or more in three of the last four games, although UW is 2-1-0 in those three games. The Badgers have allowed two goals or less in 16 of the last 26 games and three goals or less in 24 of their last 26 contests.

Nine Badgers have set career highs in points this season.

Chase Drake, Sr., D 36 GP, 3-5=8 18 GP, 0-1=1 ('12-13)
Jefferson Dahl, Sr., F 36 GP, 4-15=19    42 GP, 7-7=14 ('12-13)
Joe Faust, Sr., D 36 GP, 2-12=14 37 GP, 2-3=5 ('11-12)
Jake McCabe, Sr., D 35 GP, 8-17=25 38 GP, 3-18=21 ('12-'13)
Brad Navin, Jr., F 35 GP, 4-5=9 36 GP, 3-3=6 ('11-12)
Nic Kerdiles, So., F 27 GP, 15-22=37 32 GP, 11-22=33 ('12-13)
Kevin Schulze, So., D 36 GP, 1-14=15 41 GP, 4-3=7 ('12-13)
Eddie Wittchow, So., D 36 GP, 1-6=7 29 GP, 0-3=3 ('12-13)
Morgan Zulinick, So. F     35 GP, 4-10=14 7 GP, 0-4=4 ('12-13)

• Senior forward Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) had three assists last weekend and now ranks seventh all-time at UW with 124 assists after passing Tony Granato’s 120 two weekends ago. Zengerle now has more assists than anyone who has skated at Wisconsin since 1982. Defenseman Theran Welsh (1977–81) is UW’s all-time leader with 194 assists.

Zengerle’s 124 career assists are 18 more than Notre Dame senior forward T.J. Tynan, who has 106 career assists as the next-closest skater in the country. Zengerle’s 0.83 career assists-per-game average is tops in the country, ahead of Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau’s 0.78 career-assists-per-game average.


Rk. Player Years GP A
5 Scott Lecy 1977-81 151 127
6 Craig Norwich 1974-77 114 126
7 Mark Zengerle     2010- 150 124

• Zengerle boasts 161 career points and is 24th on UW’s all-time list. With a goal on Nov. 2, Zengerle passed Michael Davies (2006–10) as Wisconsin’s leading scorer during Mike Eaves’ coaching tenure (2002–present).

Current UW Head Coach Mike Eaves is the all-time leading scorer at Wisconsin with 267 points from 1974 through 1978.

Mark Zengerle ranks fourth among all current NCAA skaters with 161 career points, trailing St. Lawrence senior forward Greg Carey (185 points), Bentley senior forward Brett Gensler (167)and Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau (164).


Rk Player Years GP G A Pts
20 John Byce 1986-90 169 77 88 165
  Steve Alley 1972-75, '76-77 159 75 90 165
22 Gary Winchester 1970-74 144 83 80 163
23 Steve Reinprecht 1996-2000 154 72 90 162
24 Mark Zengerle 2010- 150 37 124 161

• Michael Mersch’s 67 career goals are fifth in the nation among active skaters, while his 23 power-play goals are tied for seventh. His 10 game-winning goals share 12th.

He became the 50th Badger to score 50 career goals when he tallied in UW’s game on Nov. 16, at Miami. He is the fourth skater under head coach Mike Eaves to score 50, joining Robbie Earl (58), Blake Geoffrion (55) and Michael Davies (54) in the club. Rene Bourque also scored 57 goals while playing two of his four seasons under Eaves.

Mersch shares the Big Ten lead with 22 goals and leads with a 0.61 goals per game average. His average ranks eighth in the country.


Rk Player Years GP G
21 Steve Reinprecht 1996-2000 154 72
22 John Newberry 1980-82 78 68
23 Michael Mersch   2010- 156 67

• Senior forward Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) scored his 20th goal of the season on March 7, making him UW’s first two-time 20-goal scorer since Robbie Earl put up 20 in 2004–05 and 24 in 2005–06. Mersch shares the Big Ten lead with 22 goals, including 12 in conference play. His 67 career goals are 23rd all time at UW. Mersch scored 23 goals last season.

Mersch leads the Badgers with 10 power-play goals. He led the Badgers last season with six power-play goals the entire year. He also shared the team lead with seven power-play tallies during the 2011–12 campaign. No player in Wisconsin history has led the Badgers in power-play goals in three seasons.

Junior goaltender Joel Rumpel’s (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) posted his ninth career shutout on Feb. 22 with 31 saves against Michigan State. Rumpel is tied for second on UW’s career list with Terry Kleisinger (1980–84) and Graham Melanson (1997–2001). UW’s record is 16 held by current St. Louis Blues’ goaltender Brian Elliott (2003–07).


Rk Player Years SO
1 Brian Elliott 2003-07 16
2 Terry Kleisinger 1980-84 9
  Graham Melanson 1997-01 9
  Joel Rumpel 2011- 9


Rk Player Years W
5 Julian Baretta 1975-79 51
  Brend Bruckler 2001-05 51
  Brian Elliott 2003-07 51
8 Mike Dibble 1973-78 50
9 Marc Behrend 1980-83 49
  Joel Rumpel 2011- 49


Rk Player Years W
7 Kirk Daubenspeck 1975-79 23
8 Graham Melanson 2000-01 22
9 Joel Rumpel 2013-14 21
  Julian Baretta 1976-77 21
  Marc Behrend 1981-82 21
  Dean Anderson 1984-85 21
  Curtis Joseph 1988-89 21
  Duane Derksen 1991-92 21

• Wisconsin boasts some of the most experienced skaters in all of college hockey with seniors Michael Mersch (156 games played), Frankie Simonelli (154), Tyler Barnes (151), Mark Zengerle (150) and Jefferson Dahl (149) all ranking among the national leaders in games played.
    Mersch has played in every game of his UW career and his 156 consecutive games played trails only Western Michigan’s Chase Balisy (161 consecutive games) and Canisius’ Ben Danford (158) among active NCAA skaters. Simonelli has skated in 150-straight contests, last missing a game in his fourth as a Badger on Oct. 17, 2010.

Wisconsin has 10 players who have played in at least 100 career games, including Michael Mersch (156), Frankie Simonelli (154), Tyler Barnes (151), Mark Zengerle (150), Jefferson Dahl (149), Joe Faust (135), Keegan Meuer (129), Sean Little (116) and Joseph LaBate (114).

Junior defenseman Jake McCabe is poised to become the 11th, having skated in 99 games at Wisconsin.

Wisconsin finished last season with eight skaters over 100 games, while just two of its skaters played 100 games in 2011–12. The 2010–11 squad finished with five players with over 100 games. UW’s 2010 NCAA runners-up squad boasted 11 skaters with 100 games played.

Only Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Bentley and Mercyhurst, with 11, have more skaters who have played in at least 100 games.

Wisconsin boasts the highest scoring senior class in the nation with an average of 4.83 points per game from its nine seniors. UW’s total of 174 points on 63 goals and 111 assists ranks second behind New Hampshire’s 180 points. The class is the fourth highest-scoring class of any in the country behind the Mercyhurst (5.63) and Ohio State (5.03 points per game) junior classes and the St. Cloud State sophomore class (5.03).

UW’s defensive corps is among the top-scoring groups in the nation with an average of 2.47 points per game. That ranks fourth in the country. North Dakota’s defensemen lead the nation at 2.77 points per game and with 108 points. UW’s total of 89 points from the blue line ranks 10th in the country.

Wisconsin finished 17-2-1 at the Kohl Center this season, the most victories at home since the Kohl Center opened for the 1998–99 season and the second-best home winning percentage in school history at .875. Only the 1972–73 team that went 19-1-0 for a .950 winning percentage had a better season at home in school history.

The Badgers outscored their opponents 76-36 in their 20 home games.
Wisconsin saw a Kohl Center sell out 15,359 fans at the Kohl Center for its last home game against Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 22, its second sell out of the season. Those two crowds are the highest attendance for a UW home game since Feb. 18, 2012, which was a sellout against Denver (15,325). The Kohl Center capacity was raised to 15,359 at the beginning of the 2012–13 season.

The MSU sell out on Feb. 22 marked the 43rd sell out of the Kohl Center since it opened for the 1998–99 season.



Last Meeting: L,  5-3 -- Skating in the championship game of the Badger Hockey Showdown on Jan. 1, 2005 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Ferris State grabbed a 3-0 lead after the first period, but the Badgers stormed back in the second period to tie the game with two goals by Matthew Ford and one by Ryan MacMurchy. Ferris State then scored twice in the third period to earn the victory. Goaltender Bernd Brückler made 37 in the game for Wisconsin.



Series Notes: The teams have met four times, all in Madison, Wis., with the series split at 2-2-0 ... the Badgers swept the Bulldogs in the first two meetings with 8-2 and 4-2 victories on Nov. 7-8, 1980 ... Ferris State’s wins came in consecutive Badger Hockey Showdown championship games, including 3-1 on Dec. 28, 2003, and 5-3 on Jan. 1, 2005.

Last Meeting: T,  2-2 -- Skating Dec. 28, 2007, in the first round of the Badger Hockey Showdown, the teams skated to a 2-2, though Colgate advances to the championship game by winning an eight-round shootout by a 1-0 score. Aaron Bendickson and Patrick Johnson scored UW’s goals. Scott Gudmandson make 14 saves in the game for UW.

Series Notes: The teams have met five times, with UW holding a 4-0-1 margin over the Raiders ... two of the last three games played have been at neutral sites ... Wisconsin and Colgate met in the 1990 NCAA Championship Game in Detroit at Joe Loius Arena, with the Badgers capturing what was then their fifth NCAA title, by a 7-3 score ... current UW assistant coach Gary Shuchuk played in that game for the Badgers.

Wisconsin plays its first season of Big Ten hockey after completing 44 years in the WCHA with the 2013 WCHA Final Five championship last season.

Wisconsin played in its first season as a member of the Big Ten in hockey. There was an unofficial Big Ten winner declared from 1959 through 1981, with the Badgers participating from 1969 through 1981. Wisconsin captured fi ve Big Ten titles during that 13-year span (1972, 1973 (shared), 1974 (shared), 1977, 1978). Results during regular-season WCHA contests in those years were used to determine the Big Ten champion.

UW head coach Mike Eaves was part of UW’s 1977 and 1978 Big Ten titles.

Nine seniors and seven juniors are on this year's roster for a total of 16 upperclassmen, the most since the Badgers have had since the 2009-10 NCAA Frozen Four team had 16.

The Badgers return 91 of their 112 goals (81.3 percent) and 239 of their 303 points (78.9 percent) from last season.

Senior defenseman Frankie Simonelli serves as team captain for the 2013-14 season, while senior forward Jefferson Dahl and junior defenseman Jake McCabe serve as assistant captains.

Junior defenseman Jake McCabe earned third-team All-WCHA honors last season and captained Team USA to gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Wisconsin opened ranked No. 3 in the nation in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and the USCHO.com Preseason Polls. That is the highest preseason ranking for the Badgers since they opened the 2006-07 season ranked No. 1/3. It marks the second time in the Mike Eaves coaching era UW opens the season with a single-digit ranking.

UW finished last season on a 21-6-5 run over its final 32 games, the third-best winning percentage over that stretch (.734) behind only UMass Lowell and Quinnipiac.

The run included a win at the 2013 WCHA Final Five, which gave the Badgers an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. UW fell to UMass Lowell in the first round.

Ten Badgers hail from Wisconsin, more than any other state or province. Other states or provinces represented include Minnesota (five), Illinois (four), British Columbia (two) California (one), Connecticut (one), New York (one) and Saskatchewan (one).

Wisconsin posted its third 20-win season in four years, and its seventh in 11 seasons under Head Coach Mike Eaves last season. It marked the school's 35th 20-win season.

Senior forward Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) entered this season as the nation's second-leading returning goal-scorer after tallying 23 goals last season. Only St. Lawrence senior forward Greg Carey returned with more goals scored last year (28).

Mersch led the Badgers in both goals and points (36) last season. He was the seventh different skater to lead the Badgers in scoring in the last seven seasons. Only seven Badgers have led the team in point scoring more than once in the 51 years of the modern era, with Joe Pavelski (2004-05, 2005-06) the last to do it.

Sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) ended last season on a four-game goal-scoring streak and 12-game point-scoring streak (six goals, 13 assists) and finished as UW's second leading-scorer with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in just 32 games. The WCHA Final Five MVP led all WCHA rookies and ranked second in the nation among rookies with a 1.03 points-per-game scoring average. He ranked second in the country among all players in March scoring with 16 points.

UW went 21-6-5 after Kerdiles joined the lineup on Nov. 30 last season after starting 1-7-2 through the seasons' first 10 contests.

Junior goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) posted a .929 save percentage last year, the second-highest for a Badger in a single season behind Brian Elliott's .938 save percentage in 2005-06. Junior Landon Peterson's (Oregon, Wis.) .926 save percentage was third-best for UW all time.

Rumpel also posted the second-lowest goals-against average in a UW season with a 1.96 goals-against average, behind only Elliott's 1.55 goals-against average from 2005-06. Peterson's 2.00 goals-against average ranked third all time.

Rumpel's four shutouts were tied for third on UW's single-season list.

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.

• Should the Badgers advance past the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional, they would take part in the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, set for April 10 and 12 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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