Fresh off an offensive breakout against in-state rival UW-Milwaukee, the Badgers (5-4-2, 0-2-1 Big Ten) turn their attention back to the Big Ten Conference schedule by hosting No. 2 Northwestern in a Sunday afternoon showdown at the McClimon Complex.
Northwestern (9-0-2, 2-0-0) enters Sundays contest unbeaten and on top of the Big Ten standings, while the Badgers seek to snap a 10-game winless streak in league play that dates back to Oct. 15, 2006.
Wisconsin (5-4-2, 0-2-1 Big Ten)
vs. No. 2 Northwestern (9-0-2, 2-0-0 Big Ten)
1 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 12 | McClimon Complex | Madison, Wis.
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The Badgers four-goal barrage in the first half of Wednesdays win over UW-Milwaukee marked the teams most productive offensive period since dropping seven goals on IPFW in the second half of a 7-0 win on Sept. 3, 2006.
Prior to Wednesday, the last time the Badgers scored at least three goals in a period was a 4-0 win over Northern Illinois on Sept. 26, 2007. The UW posted three goals in the first period of that contest.
Junior athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz has tallied 10 shots in his last two games (including six against Michigan State on Oct. 5) to boost his team-leading shots total to 38 for the season. Of those 10 chances, six were shots on goal. He leads the UW in that category, as well, and has tallied 21 on the season.
With a dominant 19-9 advantage in shots against UW-Milwaukee, Wednesdays contest marked the seventh time in 11 games this season that the Badgers have out-shot an opponent. They own a 3-2-2 record when holding an advantage in total shots.
The Badgers matched their largest-ever margin of victory over UW-Milwaukee in Wednesdays win. The victory was the second in 31 all-time meetings in which Wisconsin outscored UWM by four goals, with the other coming in a 5-1 win on Oct. 19, 1983.
Of the Big Ten Conferences seven teams, six enter the weekend with overall records of .500 or better. In fact, five league teams have winning records, while only Penn State finds itself below the .500 mark at 2-7-2.
The Badgers have adjusted their schedule by moving their game at Marquette to Wednesday, Oct. 15. The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 24, will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields in Milwaukee. In turn, the Badgers also have moved their home match against UW-Green Bay that was originally scheduled for Oct. 15. The UW will now welcome the Phoenix to the McClimon Complex at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.
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Wisconsin snapped a five-game winless streak Wednesday by breaking out of its recent offensive slump in a big way in a 4-0 win over UW-Milwaukee. The Badgers scored on each of their first three shots and tallied four goals in the games first 35 minutes to claim their first win over the Panthers since 2004.
Junior Scott Lorenz scored twice, while freshman athid=7223&deptid=122"> --> Colin Monasterio and sophomore athid=6599&deptid=122"> --> Cale Cooper each notched the first goals of their career..
The unbeaten Wildcats sit atop the Big Ten standings and hold down the nations No. 2 ranking, and its no secret why. Northwestern has allowed just two goals in its first 11 contests of the season, good for a 0.17 goals-against average that is best in the NCAA.
A sure sign of the Wildcats stingy defense is the fact that goalkeeper Misha Rosenthal has played every minute in goal for NU but only ranks seventh in the conference in saves, with 24, and faces an average of just over two shots on goal per game. Rosenthal has nine shutouts to his credit and ranks fourth nationally with a 0.92 save percentage.
Offensively, the Wildcats numbers compare closely to those of the UW, with Northwestern averaging 1.64 goals per game. Matt Eliason has carried the bulk of the scoring load and owns nine of the teams 18 goals, ranking him second in the league.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Wildcats claimed both meetings last season by a combined 6-1 margin that snapped a two-game win streak by the Badgers in the series.
The Badgers are 8-2-3 against the Wildcats all-time in games played in Madison, including wins in three of the teams last four meetings at the McClimon Complex.
UW head coach Jeff Rohrman is 3-3-1 against the Wildcats, while Tim Lenahan owns a 3-4-1 record against the Badgers as Northwesterns coach.
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