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The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (19-8-4, 14-7-3 WCHA) will head north to Houghton, Mich., this weekend to battle the Michigan Tech Huskies (5-24-1, 4-20-0 WCHA) in UW’s second-to-last conference series of the regular season.

The No. 3 Badgers got the best of the Huskies twice already this season, outscoring Michigan Tech, 14-2, in a series sweep in December at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin holds the all-time series lead, boasting a 92-44-8 edge over MTU. Wisconsin is unbeaten in its last seven matchups against the Huskies (6-0-1).

The Badgers need just one point in its final four games to clinch home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The UW currently sits alone at third place in the conference with 31 points. Denver leads the WCHA with 36 points, and St. Cloud State follows the Pioneers with 33 points. However, the Badgers have played two fewer league games than SCSU, so Wisconsin can pass them with at least three points this weekend.
 

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The No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (20-8-4, 15-7-3 WCHA) clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs by defeating the Michigan Tech Huskies (5-25-0, 4-21-0 WCHA) Friday night, 5-2. The Badgers trailed 2-1 after one period but scored four straight goals, including three in the final period, to come away with the victory.
 

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The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (21-8-4, 16-7-3 WCHA) completed its season sweep of the Michigan Tech Huskies (5-26-1, 4-22-0 WCHA) with another 5-2 victory Saturday night. The Badgers were powered by two goals apiece by senior forwards Aaron Bendickson (Thief River Falls, Minn.) and Andy Bohmbach (Hudson, Wis.) in the victory. The win puts Wisconsin in sole-possession of second place in WCHA standings heading into the final weekend of conference play.
 

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After a pair of 5-2 victories over Michigan Tech last weekend, the No. 3 Wisconsin men's hockey team has clinched home ice for the opening round of the conference tournament. The best-of-three series is slated for March 12 and 13, with a game three on March 14 if necessary.

The Badgers currently stand alone in second place in the WCHA. Since Denver has already clinched the McNaughton Cup, three points at Minnesota this weekend would solidify a second-place finish in one of the nation's top conferences.

Wisconsin can finish no worse than fourth in the conference when the regular season ends.

Since the top five finishers in the conference are guaranteed opening-home series in the conference playoffs, the Badgers look forward to welcoming a conference opponent back to the Kohl Center for the last time this season.

If the season was to end right now, the UW would battle the Minnesota State Mavericks, a team that the Badgers are 3-1 against this season.

It is also a possibility for the Badgers to do battle the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, a team Wisconsin outscored, 11-3, in a two-game sweep earlier this season.

Even though the Badgers head west this weekend to battle Minnesota in their final regular season game, it is possible for the UW to turn around and play them again in the opening round of the WCHA's. Wisconsin split the regular-season series against the Gophers earlier this season.

Finally, though the furthest stretch for Wisconsin, there remains the possibility that the Badgers would have to face the Colorado College Tigers. Though the UW has outscored CC, 12-10, in the four games, the Badgers are 1-2-1 against the Tigers so far this season.

This is the second time in as many years that Wisconsin will host the opening round of the playoffs. Last year, Wisconsin swept Minnesota State in a pair of games in the Kohl Center, but then dropped a 3-0 decision to Denver in the semifinals. The Badgers bounced back by topping the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, 4-1, in the third-place game.

This will be the last time seven Badger seniors lace up their skates in the Kohl Center.
 

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The No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (21-8-4, 16-7-3 WCHA) closes out the regular season when it visits border-rival Minnesota (16-16-2, 11-13-2 WCHA) this weekend in a rare Friday-Sunday series.

The game brings huge implications for the Badgers. Having already clinched home ice for the first round of the conference playoffs, Wisconsin can clinch a sole-second-place finish in the WCHA by taking three points from the Gophers this weekend. The teams split a November series in the Kohl Center earlier this season.

In one of college sports’ most prized rivalries, the series will mark the 253rd and 254th times the Cardinal and White has squared off against the Maroon and Gold in hockey.
 

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The No. 3 Wisconsin men's hockey team (21-8-4, 16-7-3 WCHA) closes out the regular season when it visits border-rival Minnesota (16-16-2, 11-13-2 WCHA) this weekend in a rare Friday-Sunday series.

The game brings huge implications for the Badgers. Having already clinched home ice for the first round of the conference playoffs, Wisconsin can clinch a sole-second-place finish in the WCHA by taking three points from the Gophers this weekend. The teams split a November series in the Kohl Center earlier this season.

In one of college sports' most prized rivalries, the series will mark the 253rd and 254th times the Cardinal and White has squared off against the Maroon and Gold in hockey.

The Badgers enter Minneapolis on their third three-game winning streak of the season. Though Wisconsin has not lost consecutive games yet this season, it also has not won more than three straight games. The Badgers hope the return of senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) will aid in the pursuit of a fourth and fifth straight win. He leads the WCHA with 33 points in league games. If he holds on to the scoring lead, he would be the first Badger to win the scoring title since current women's Head Coach Mark Johnson and men's Head Coach Mike Eaves shared the title in 1977-78. Geoffrion missed last weekend's sweep of Michigan Tech with an injury.
Lets go Bucky!!! Its gopher huntin' time!
 

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The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (22-8-4, 17-7-3 WCHA) won its fourth consecutive game and took a 3-2 victory over border-rival Minnesota (16-17-2, 11-14-2 WCHA) Friday night in the Target Center. The Badgers were powered by two goals from freshman forward Craig Smith (Madison, Wis.) in the crucial conference victory.

The victory, coupled with St. Cloud State loss, clinches second place in the WCHA for the Badgers.
 

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Yeah, a loss to the rodents does hurt. The only saving grace is the fact that the rodents scored at but 1 of their goals off of a powerplay. The powerplay really burnt Bucky today.
It always sucks to lose to the rodents though. Fortunately, the Badgers locked up 2nd in the WCHA on Friday, so the loss doesnt hurt them as much as it could have.
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In Wisconsin’s regular season finale, the Badgers dropped a 6-1 decision to snap its four-game win streak Sunday afternoon at Mariucci Arena. Wisconsin (22-9-4, 17-8-3 WCHA) split the series with the Gophers heading into postseason play.

Special teams proved the deciding factor as Minnesota (17-17-2, 12-14-2 WCHA) scored five unanswered power-play goals to break away from a 1-1 tie.
Im looking foreward to the start of the WCHA tourney. Its always nice to start out playing against our favorite whipping boy: Alaska Anchorage.
 

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The No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (22-9-4, 17-8-3 WCHA) will open the WCHA playoffs when it welcomes the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves (11-21-2, 9-17-2 WCHA) to the Kohl Center this weekend.

The winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., March 18-20. If the Badgers advance, they will only play on Friday and Saturday. Wisconsin is 59-21-0 all-time in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

The Badgers swept the Seawolves in the teams’ only series of the season, outscoring UAA, 11-3, in the two games at the Kohl Center back in November.
 

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The No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (24-9-4, 17-8-3 WCHA) punched its ticket to the WCHA Final Five after topping the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves (12-22-2, 9-17-2), 7-2, Saturday night in the Kohl Center. The Badgers saw two-goal games from senior forwards Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Aaron Bendickson (Thief River Falls, Minn.), as well as 35 saves from junior goaltender Scott Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta) in the win.
 

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The second-seeded Wisconsin men's hockey team (24-9-4) continues its postseason with the 2010 WCHA Final Five, which runs Thursday through Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Badgers will open against third-seeded St. Cloud State (22-12-5) in the semifinals of the conference tournament on Friday at 2 p.m.

The Badgers were the first team to advance to the Final Five, posting 4-1 and 7-2 victories this past Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center over Alaska Anchorage to earn a first-round sweep.

St. Cloud State joined the Badgers in the semifinals after recovering from a game one overtime loss to win its series over Minnesota State with an overtime victory in game three on Sunday in the best-of-three first round.

Also advancing to the WCHA Final Five were top-seed Denver, as well as North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth. UND and UMD also took three games to reach the Final Five, completing a field that includes the top-five seeds in the tournament.

The Badgers now look ahead to a team they split with during the season, falling 4-1 and then winning 4-1 on Nov. 20 and 21 in St. Cloud, and falling 5-1 and winning 7-4 on Feb. 19 and 20 at the Kohl Center.
 

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The No. 3 Wisconsin men's hockey team (24-9-4, 17-8-3 WCHA) swept Alaska Anchorage last weekend, advancing the Badgers into the Final Five semifinal game against No. 6 St. Cloud State (22-12-5, 15-9-4 WCHA) this Friday at 2 p.m. in St. Paul, Minn. The two teams have met four times this year, with each team winning two games.

On Monday, head coach Mike Eaves met with the media and discussed last weekend's sweep, this weekend's Final Five and the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
 

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The WCHA has released its 2009-10 WCHA All-Academic Team, and five Badgers have found spots on it.

Senior tri-captain Ben Street, junior tri-captain Ryan McDonagh, senior forward Aaron Bendickson and sophomore defensemen Eric Springer and Ryan Little were named All-Academic WCHA.

In order to qualify, student-athletes must have completed one year of residency at present institution, prior to the current academic year and hold a grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters. Players may also qualify if his GPA is at least 3.00 for all terms at his present school.
 

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After the No. 3 Wisconsin men's hockey team (24-9-4) swept Alaska Anchorage last weekend in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, it became the first team to punch its ticket to the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul, Minn. The Badgers will square off against No. 6 St. Cloud State (22-12-5) at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. UW and SCSU split its four previous games this season.

The winner of Friday's semifinal game between the second-seeded Badgers and third-seeded Huskies will square off against the winner of top-seeded Denver and either Minnesota Duluth or North Dakota in Saturday's title game at 7 p.m. Losers of the semifinal games meet up for the third-place game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Badgers have won the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA playoff champions 11 times, and have reached the semifinals three times since 2002, but have yet to advance to the title game under Mike Eaves. Wisconsin last captured the WCHA playoff championship in 1998.
 

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Led by junior defenseman Brendan Smith and senior forward Blake Goeffrion, six members of the Wisconsin men’s hockey team were honored by the WCHA at its annual awards banquet Thursday afternoon.

The big winner of the afternoon for Wisconsin was junior defenseman Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario), who was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the All-WCHA First Team.

Smith is the third Badger in school history to win the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year award, joining defensemen Brian Rafalski (1994-95) and defenseman Jeff Dessner (1999-2000) as winners.

The nation’s leading scorer among defensemen with 15 goals, 29 assists, 44 points and a 1.22 points per game average, Smith has outscored the next closest WCHA defenseman by 16 points to this point and the nation’s next closest defenseman by nine points.

In addition to Smith, senior forward Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) was named to the All-WCHA First Team.

Wisconsin’s vocal leader as one of its tri-captains, Geoffrion paces the WCHA with 23 overall goals and led the league with 19 goals in league games. He also led the WCHA with a 1.36 points per game scoring average in league games, finishing one point behind the league scoring champion in three less games played.

Making the All-WCHA Second Team is junior defenseman Ryan McDonagh (Arden Hills, Minn.).

McDonagh, one of the Badgers’ tri-captains, leads the WCHA with a plus-20 in all games playing against UW opponents’ top lines every game. The league leader with a plus-20 in WCHA games, he also chipped in 15 points as a rear guard.

Senior forward Michael Davies (St. Louis) was an All-WCHA Third Team pick. The UW’s leading scorer with 48 points, Davies leads the league and ranks sixth in the nation with a 1.37 points per game average in all games. Wisconsin’s leader with 15 multi-point games, Davies hasn’t gone more than two games without a point all season.

Two Badgers were named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team, as freshman forward Craig Smith (Madison, Wis.) and freshman defenseman Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, British Columbia) made the squad.

Smith led all WCHA rookies with 25 points in league games, while his 29 points in all games ranks second among first-year players.

Schultz, UW’s quarterback on its first power-play unit, led all WCHA rookie defensemen with 16 points in league games, while his 18 points in all games are just one point behind the league leaders.
 

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Despite outshooting St. Cloud State, 37-22, the No. 3 Wisconsin men's hockey team (24-10-4) fell to the No. 6 Huskies (23-12-5) in the WCHA Final Five semifinal Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. The Badgers will take on the loser of the Denver and North Dakota semifinal game tomorrow at 2 p.m. for third place.
Waaaaay to many penalties for Bucky in this one. You cant expect to beat a team like SCSU when you are constantly giving them a man advantage.
 

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The No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (25-10-4) wrapped up third place at the WCHA Final Five after its 6-3 win over No. 1 Denver (27-9-4) Saturday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. The Badgers were powered by a two-goal performance from senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) in the victory.
Wisconsin ended the game having outshot Denver, 48-36.
 
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