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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 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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Wisconsin (1-10-1, 0-2-0-0 Big Ten) closes out 2014 with an exhibition game against the U.S. Under-18 Team on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

Game 13 | Wisconsin (1-10-1, 0-2-0-0) vs. U.S. Under-18 Team (20-6-1, 2-3-1 NCAA DI)
Date Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Location Madison, Wis. | Kohl Center
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USA Last Meeting: W, 5-0 -- UW goaltenders combined for 23 saves to backstop UW to a shutout victory in an exhibition game on Oct. 6, 2012. Morgan Zulinick and Kevin Schulze scored goals in their first games as Badgers, while Chase Drake posted a goal and two assists to help the Badgers to the victory.

USA Series Notes:
The teams meet for the fifth time, with all five taking place at the Kohl Center ... UW freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty and freshman forward Ryan Wagner are both products of the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) and skated for the U.S. Under-18 Team last season ... the U.S. Under-18 Team head coach is former Badger Don Granato (1987–91), who won the 1990 NCAA title as a student-athlete at Wisconsin ... UW head coach Mike Eaves was head coach of the USNTDP from 2000–02 ... two members of this year’s U.S. Under-18 Team have signed to play for Wisconsin next year, including goaltender Luke Opilka (St. Louis) and forward Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.).


Following Friday’s exhibition contest, the Badgers are off until a series on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2 and 3 at the Kohl Center against Michigan Tech.

Wisconsin’s next three series (Michigan Tech, Boston University, Minnesota) come against teams who have been ranked No. 1 at some point during this season.

The U.S. Under-18 Team is 2-3-1 against NCAA Division I programs including victories over Miami and Minnesota, both of whom are currently ranked among the top five teams in the country. The team dropped games to Michigan, Cornell and Boston University, while skating to a draw with Providence.

• Wisconsin enters the weekend after getting swept by Penn State at the Kohl Center. PSU captured 5-2 and 4-2 victories. Team USA split a series at the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms, winning 5-4 in overtime, before falling 6-2.

Junior defenseman Kevin Schulze (White Bear Lake, Wisconsin) scored last Saturday against Penn State, his first tally in exactly a year. Schulze had scored his most recent prior goal on Dec. 6, 2013, also against Penn State. He went 37 games between goals.

Schulze has a goal and an assist for two points in 12 games.

Head coach Mike Eaves coached his 500th game at Wisconsin last Saturday 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.

Redshirt sophomore forward Morgan Zulinick (Kamloops, British Columbia) scored in both games last weekend for the Badgers. The back-to-back games with goals marked the first time Zulinick has scored goals in consecutive games in his UW career.

Now tied for the UW lead with three goals, Zulinick shares fourth on the team with five points in 12 games played.

Redshirt freshman defenseman Tim Davison tallied his first career power-play goal last Friday, giving him his second career goal. Davison boasts six points in nine games for the Badgers, which gives him a team-best 0.67 points-per-game scoring average. His six points share second on the team with senior forward Joseph LaBate.

Senior forward Matt Paape (Appleton, Wisconsin) became the third current Badger to play in 100 career games at Wisconsin. Paape joins senior forwards Joseph LaBate (127) and Brad Navin (118) in the 100 games club.

UW only has one other player this season who could reach 100 career games played — junior defenseman Kevin Schulze (90 GP).

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.

• Senior goaltender Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) has 128 saves on 140 shots faced over his last four games. He has seen an average of 35 shots against during the stretch.
Rumpel is now one away from tying for fifth all-time with three All-American goaltenders in Julian Baretta, Bernd Brückler and Brian Elliott, who all had 51 career UW wins.

Wisconsin’s power play scored in its fourth consecutive game last Friday, before going scoreless on four attempts on Saturday. The Badgers' power play is at 11.1 percent (5-for-45) on the season, which shares 45th in the country.

UW's penalty kill ranks 55th at 73.7 percent (28-38).

• Sophomore forward Grant Besse (Plymouth, Minnesota) collected an assist last Saturday which kept him on top of UW’s scoring chart with seven points. Besse shares the team lead with three goals and the seven points.

A total of 11 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, Northern Michigan and Ferris State, who they already played, as well as Michigan Tech for two-game series in January.

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: Wisconsin begins the new year with its last series against a WCHA opponent. The Badgers will play a two-game series with Michigan Tech Jan. 2-3.

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