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The third-ranked Wisconsin men's hockey team (25-10-4) earned a No. 1 seed for the 2010 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament and will open with Vermont in the NCAA West Regional. The Badgers face the Catamounts (17-14-7) on Friday at 8 p.m. CT at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

The winner of the Wisconsin-Vermont game will take on the winner of second-seeded St. Cloud State (23-13-5) and third-seeded Northern Michigan (20-12-8). The Huskies and Wildcats meet Friday at 4:30 p.m. CT.

The winners meet on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT.

The regional champion will advance to the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four set for Ford Field in Detroit on April 8 and 10.

Both Wisconsin games will air live on ESPNU and ESPNU HD.
 

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The Wisconsin men's hockey team (25-10-4) earned the No. 1 seed for the 2010 NCAA West Regional that will begin on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

The Badgers open the NCAA tournament with Vermont on Friday at 8 p.m. CT. Second-seeded St. Cloud State meets third-seeded Northern Michigan in the first game at 4:30 p.m. CT.

Watch reaction from Head Coach Mike Eaves and tri-captains Blake Geoffrion, Ryan McDonagh and Ben Street: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=wis&media=174759
 

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he top-seeded Wisconsin men's hockey team (25-10-4) continues its quest for a seventh NCAA title when it takes on fourth-seeded Vermont Catamounts (17-14-7) in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey West Regional on Friday.

The game is slated to begin at 8 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. and will be broadcast on ESPNU HD and ESPNU. The winner of the game will advance to battle the winner of second-seeded St. Cloud State (23-13-5) and third-seeded Northern Michigan (20-12-8) with a ticket to the Frozen Four in Detroit on the line.

The Wisconsin-Vermont matchup is a rarity, as the teams have played only three times before. The schools last squared off on Dec. 28, 1996, with the Catamounts besting the Badgers, 5-2, in the consolation game of the Badger Hockey Showdown.
The Catamounts have been involved in three consecutive shutouts, losing their most recent game, but putting up a pair of 1-0 blankings against New Hampshire in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

The Wisconsin squad ranks second in the nation in scoring with a 3.97 goals-per-game average and lead the nation with 155 goals scored. This is nicely countered with their 2.56 goals-against-per-game average.
The Badgers SHOULD be able to roll to an easy win in this one. They match up really well against Vermont. The only team who can really beat the UW in this one is the UW themselves.
 

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Senior forward Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) scored the game-winning power-play goal with 44 seconds remaining in the second period as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team defeated Vermont 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey West Regional at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday night.

The top-seeded Badgers (26-10-4) advance to face No. 2-seed St. Cloud State in Saturday’s West Regional final with a trip to the 2010 Frozen Four on the line. Wisconsin continues its pursuit of a seventh NCAA championship and looks to make its first Frozen Four appearance since winning the NCAA title in 2006.
 

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Some quotes from the Badgers regarding the game vs UV and the upcoming game against SCSU:
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Wisconsin Head Coach Mike Eaves
Opening Statement...
"Our thoughts as a coaching staff is that it was a typical tournament game. It was highly intensive out there. I thought the first period, we weren't as good as we had hoped - a lot of that had to do with the Vermont team. I thought in the second period, we got our feet moving better, did better things in terms of supporting the puck, winning to races and winning battles and overall picking it up after that point. Obviously, the power play was huge tonight. It created a lot of scoring chances for us and goals. And in the end when the game was on the line, we got a big save from (Gudmandson) with about three minutes to go, and then I thought we did a good job when they pulled their goaltender. We looked like we knew what we were doing, and that's a good thing going on further into the playoffs.

On Blake Geoffrion and Brendan Smith:
"In a big game, they played the way they are capable of. If you're going to win these types of games, you're best players have to be your best players. They were that tonight for us."

On the physical style of the Badgers:
"The base of our pyramid is to play hard. You have to give yourself a chance to win when you play hard and play physical. Certainly, we don't want to take penalties...playing hard is part of what you have to do in this game to win. As I said, we don't want to take penalties, but we want to be on that edge."

On the start of the game:
"We got the first goal, which is certainly what we wanted. But we weren't playing the way we wanted. Part of it was Vermont, part of it was the delay, part of it was nerves. It was a semifinal - game 7. I don't care what you say, the kids know that, and that's why it's pleasing to us as a coach that they settled down in the second."

On playing SCSU:
"We certainly know what's ahead of us. This is our sixth time playing. We know that Mr. Lee is playing very well right now. We fired 20 shots on him in the third period and couldn't quite solve him, so we know that will be a challenge. It's going to be a great game, both teams know each other inside out...I think people that show up tomorrow at the Xcel (Energy) Center are going to see a whale of a college hockey game."



Wisconsin Junior Defenseman Brendan Smith
On why the power play was working in their favor:
"The biggest thing is that we were moving the puck. We use this method a lot, "The Twig," we take what is given. We did that a lot. If they took me we went down to Mikey (Davies) and Mikey is so talented with the puck he fould Blake (Geoffrion) or back up to (Derek) Stepan. I think we just took what was given and that was good for us. I felt that sometimes they were running around and they didn't know who to cover. I think it worked for us and hopefully we can take it out tomorrow."

On "The Twig" theory:
"First it was a good play by Steps taken behind the net and back to me. I just got the puck and shot it. I wasn't even really looking at the net. We hadn't had a shot for a bit, I just shot and wished it went in."

Wisconsin Senior Center Blake Geoffrion
On the conversation after the first period:
"I think the biggest thing is we were getting out-worked and losing a lot of battles along the wall. We talked about getting the puck in and getting the puck out. We didn't have the support there we needed and we were losing a lot of battles. We talked about that and getting it going a bit and playing Wisconsin hockey and dictating our style of play. We came back out in the second and fired on all cylinders."
 

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Senior John Mitchell (Neenah, Wis.) scored two goals to lead the Wisconsin men’s hockey team past St. Cloud State 5-3 and give the Badgers their first Frozen Four appearance since winning the national title in 2006.

Wisconsin (27-10-4) is slated to face RIT (28-11-1) in the semifinal round of the 2010 Frozen Four in Detroit on April 8. The Badgers will make their 11th Frozen Four appearance in program history.
Great game for the Badgers. They simply outhustled and outplayed SCSU. SCSU didnt play with any heart and didnt even seem like they wanted to win.
Hopefully the Badgers can keep playing well and will roll all the way though the Frozen Four and to their 7th national championship.
 

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Mustaches are commonly worn as part of a costume or a disguise. However, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has nothing to hide from, and there is no reason for the Badgers to pretend to be anyone else. So why have they all grown mustaches?
Despite a highly successful regular season, the Badgers decided they wanted to try something different heading into this year’s postseason.

Enter the mustaches.

“It’s a part of hockey tradition to grow playoff beards,” junior goaltender Scott Gudmandson said. “My first couple years here, we did the beards and it didn’t really work out. We thought we’d change it up and do something a little different, see if mustaches would be lucky this year.”

“Every other year we’ve gone with the beard and we haven’t really done too well with it,” senior forward Ben Grotting agreed. “Playoffs come around and you’ve been doing the same thing all year. You want to do something different, something as a team, so that’s where it all stems from.”

While growing beards is a part of hockey tradition, mustaches are a little different. Still, none of the Badgers hesitated to join their teammates in growing a ’stache for the playoffs.

“Everybody hopped right on board to do it as a team thing, do a little team bonding as we headed into the playoffs,” Gudmandson said.

“It was kind of a collective idea,” Grotting explained. “We did a team vote on whether to do beards or mustaches. It was a unanimous vote in favor of mustaches.”
 

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Junior defenseman Brendan Smith was named Insidecollegehockey.com’s Defenseman of the Year.

A first-round draft pick of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, he leads the nation’s rear guards with 15 goals, 32 assists and 47 points, outpacing the nation’s next closest defenseman by nine points and the next WCHA defenseman by 19 points. Smith’s point total is the most for a defenseman since Denver Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Carle posted 53 in 2005-06.

Smith, the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the All-WCHA First Team and last weekend was voted to the 2010 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team.

One of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award in 2010, Smith leads Division I defensemen in goals, power-play goals, assists, and points.
 

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In the midst of leading the Wisconsin men’s hockey team to the Frozen Four, senior forward Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) has picked up the Inside College Hockey Player of the Year award.

Member of the Hobey Baker Hat Trick, he leads the WCHA in goals with 27 and is second nationally in the same category. His 14 power-play goals top any other player in the country, and his 48 total points lands him at third on one of the nation’s top-scoring teams.

Though relentless on offense, Geoffrion is a prominent force in the team’s penalty kill. Furthermore, the future Nashville Predator wins just over 60 percent of his faceoffs.

Tying all of these facets together, Inside College Hockey has awarded the senior as the nation’s top player. To read more about Geoffrion and the award, click here.

Inside College Hockey has already named Geoffrion’s teammate Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) the Defenseman of the Year. The two represent the Cardinal and White on Inside College Hockey’s All-American First Team.

Geoffrion looks to lead the Badgers to the team’s seventh national title this week in Detroit. It all starts Thursday when the Badgers (27-10-4) battle the RIT Tigers (28-11-1) in the national semifinal game. Puck drop is slated for 4 p.m. CST, and the game will air on ESPN2.
 

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The Wisconsin men's hockey team (27-10-4) hopes to continue its quest for a seventh national title Thursday afternoon when the team battles RIT (28-11-1) at the Frozen Four in Detroit.

Wisconsin heads into the Frozen Four after a regional semifinal victory over Vermont and a regional final victory over St. Cloud State. Aside from the team's two victories, senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) was named the MVP of the West Regional.

The fourth-seeded RIT Tigers enter the matchup after upsetting top-seeded Denver in the regional semifinal and topping New Hampshire in the regional final. Only in its fifth season in the NCAA, RIT and Wisconsin have never met.

The winner of the semifinal game will battle the winner of the Boston College/Miami semifinal game in the national championship contest Saturday night.
 

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The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team earned a place in the NCAA national championship game by defeating Rochester Institute of Technology 8-1 in the first semifinal of the NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit on Friday. The Badgers will play for the program's seventh national title when they take on either Boston College or Miami in the championship game on Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT.
The Badgers outshot the Tigers 37-14, including a 27-8 differential in the final two periods.
Thanks for trying, RIT.
 

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After the Badgers ousted RIT, 8-1, in the NCAA National Semifinal game Thursday evening, Wisconsin (28-10-4) finds itself in the national title game Saturday at 6 p.m. CT, where the squad will square off against the Boston College Eagles (28-10-3).

In Wisconsin's semifinal game, seven different Badgers tallied a goal, and junior blueliner Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) tied a tournament record by notching five assists. The Badgers were firing on all cylinders in the game, having outshot RIT, 37-14, at game's end. Wisconsin also capitalized on nearly half of its power-play opportunities.

Defensively, junior net minder Scott Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta) was a star in the nets for Wisconsin. Turning away all but one RIT attempt, his record climbed to 20-4-4 on the season to lead the Cardinal and White. As a team, the Badgers were relentless on defense, as they only allowed eight shots in the final two periods combined and halted three of RIT's four power-play chances.

Wisconsin's high-powered offense and unyielding defense will need to be just as sharp in the championship game against BC. Having scored 16 points in its last two games, Boston College has proven it can light up the scoreboard as well. Led by sophomore leading scorer Cam Atkinson (28-23=51), the Eagles enter the championship on a 12-game unbeaten streak.

Boston College is no stranger to the Badgers when it comes to national championship games. Back in the Badgers' 2006 National Title campaign, Wisconsin bested BC, 2-1, to bring the title back to Madison.

Since that game, the schools have battled three other times, with the Eagles coming out victorious in all three contests.

Wisconsin heads into the national title game having lost only five times since the calendar turned to 2010. This is thanks in large part to the prolific offensive production by the Badgers. Wisconsin is the only team in the country to boast four 50-or-more point scorers. The four scorers all find themselves in the top-13 in the nation in terms of points-per-game.
 

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The winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be announced tonight from Ford Field in Detroit as part of the NCAA Frozen Four. Fans can watch the announcement live on ESPNU as senior forward Blake Geoffrion has the chance to become Wisconsin’s first Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner in program history.

Geoffrion joins New Hampshire’s Bobby Butler and Maine’s Gustav Nyquist in the “Hobey Hat Trick” final three candidates for the award. Tonight’s announcement will be made live on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT.
 

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Senior forward Blake Geoffrion was named the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award recipient, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation announced on Friday at the NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit and live on ESPNU. Geoffrion is Wisconsin's first-ever Hobey Baker award winner.

Geoffrion edged out Bobby Butler, a senior forward from the University of New Hampshire, and Gustav Nyquist, a sophomore forward from the University of Maine, to earn this year's award. The trio made up the 2010 "Hobey Hat Trick" finalists.

Wisconsin has had 10 top-10 finalists, but Geoffrion is the first Badger to take home college hockey's top individual honor. Junior defenseman Brendan Smith joined Geoffrion in the top-10 finalists this season, marking the first time UW has had two Hobey finalists in the same season.

Geoffrion, a tri-captain, is one of college hockey's most complete players. He is the Badgers' top faceoff man (58.2 percent), the team's top penalty-killing forward, UW's leader and the nation's second-leading goal scorer (28), as well as the nation's top power-play goal scorer (15).
 

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Boston College denied the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team its seventh NCAA title as the Eagles blanked the Badgers 5-0 in front of a record-breaking 37,592 fans in the 2010 NCAA national championship game at Detroit’s Ford Field on Saturday night.

Wisconsin (28-11-4) was led by the play of junior goaltender Scott Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta), who turned away 21 shots by the Eagles.

In a rematch of the 2006 national title game when the Badgers defeated BC 2-1, the Eagles returned the favor to earn their fourth NCAA title. Boston College (29-10-3) erupted for four third-period goals after holding a slim 1-0 lead through the majority of the game.

The Eagles outshot the Badgers 26-20, and BC goalie John Muse made 20 saves as Boston College held UW scoreless. The game marked just the third time Wisconsin was shut out this season. UW went 0-for-3 on the power play while holding the Eagles to 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
 
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