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The '10-'11 season starts in a little over a week, so I figured it was time to start the new season thread.
http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/092210aak.html
Wisconsin men's hockey officially opens practice for the 2010-11 season on Saturday, Oct. 2, and the team is welcoming fans to come watch.

Come see UW's 10 freshmen, and the returning Badgers from a team that reached the 2010 NCAA Championship Game, in their its first public appearance of the season. UW will play a free Red-White scrimmage beginning at 4 p.m., at the Kohl Center. The scrimmage precedes the Badger women's hockey team's contest against Rensselaer. The women's game against the Engineers begins at 7 p.m., and fans can stick around to catch free Badger women's hockey action.
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/092210aaa.html
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has been picked to finish second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, according to a preseason poll of league coaches.

Wisconsin earned 43 points and two first place votes in a poll of the eight head coaches in the WCHA. Defending national champions Minnesota Duluth was selected to win the WCHA title, earning 48 points and six first place votes. Minnesota was picked to finish third with 37 points.

Ohio State was selected to finish fourth, followed by North Dakota, Bemidji State, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State.
Hopefully they are right. Last season was a tough one to take, especially after how much success the ladies have had in recent years.
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/092710aab.html
The 2010-11 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine men's hockey preseason rankings were released on Monday, September 27, and the Wisconsin men found themselves at 13.
The Badgers finished last season ranked number 2 after posting a 28-11-14 record and finishing as the NCAA runner-up. After losing 10 players from last year's squad, and replacing them with 10 new freshmen, the Badgers fell in the rankings due to the uncertainty of how this year's squad will react to all the new faces.
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/092810aac.html
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is ranked No. 5 in both the USCHO.com preseason national poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason national rankings.

Wisconsin earned 87 points to land at No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll, trailing Minnesota Duluth, Cornell, Mercyhurst and Minnesota in the top four, respectively. The Badgers picked up 115 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, and UW is the highest-ranked team that ended the 2009-10 season unranked.
Its looks like it will be a very interesting season for the ladies.
 

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Wisconsin men’s hockey program announced its television schedule for the 2010-11 season on Wednesday. Currently, 20 regular-season games are scheduled for live broadcasts.

In addition to the live broadcasts, 13 of the 20 television contests will also air on a tape-delayed basis by Wisconsin Public Television. Those games will air on either Wisconsin Public Television or the Wisconsin Channel.

FSN Wisconsin will show 10 regular-season contests live, while FSN is also slated to carry the WCHA Final Five. WISC-TV and TVW 14 in Madison will air three games each, while Big Ten Network will carry two contests and Charter Extra will pick up two road games to complete the live coverage.

The live games on WISC-TV and TVW 14 will also air live around the state of Wisconsin on Charter Extra and Time Warner Sports. Additionally, those outside Wisconsin can watch those contests via live web stream at UWBadgers.com for a fee.

In addition to television coverage, six games will stream live at bigtennetwork.com for a fee, while one other game will stream exclusively at UWBadgers.com, also for a fee.

Calling the action again this season for the Badgers will be longtime hockey play-by-play voice Paul Braun. Adding color to the live telecasts will be former Badger Rob Andringa. Tape-delayed telecasts will see Robb Vogel on play-by-play and rotating color analyst duties between former Badger greats Ron Vincent and Theran Welsh.
Good news for those who want to follow the Badger games but arent able to be at the Kohl. With them showing the local highschool football games on channel 14, I was a little bit concerned that they wouldnt be showing the Badger hockey games this year.
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/This-Week-in-W-Hockey.html
The No. 5 Wisconsin women's hockey team opens the 2010-11 season this weekend, hosting Rensselaer Polytechnic at the Kohl Center on Friday and Saturday nights. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. both games.
Friday's game marks the first-ever meeting between UW and RPI in women's hockey. The last time the Badgers faced an ECAC Hockey opponent was when UW defeated Dartmouth, 7-0, in the 2009 NCAA Regional contest. Wisconsin is 18-7-1 all-time against ECAC Hockey teams.
Under the direction of head coach John Burke, RPI returns 15 letterwinners from a 2009-10 team that went 16-15-6 overall and tied for fifth in ECAC Hockey with an 11-7-4 league record.

The Engineers return two goaltenders from a year ago, including senior Sonja van der Bliek, who posted a 15-15-5 record with a 1.85 goals against average - which ranked 12th among Division I goalies - last season. In addition to stopping 817 of 884 shots for a .924 save percentage, she recorded 30 or more saves in five games, including two contests with 40+ stops.

Rensselaer returns nine forwards, led by senior captain Kendra Dunlop. She tallied nine goals with 12 assists for 21 points in 2009-10. Dunlop scored a goal and assisted on two others as RPI fell just short of erasing a four-goal deficit in the final period, falling to eventual NCAA runner-up Cornell, 5-4.

RPI has made appearances in three of the last four ECAC Hockey Playoffs and looks to earn the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament this season.
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/recaps/100210aaa.html
The No. 5 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team scored five goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 season-opening victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic at the Kohl Center on Friday night.

Wisconsin (1-0-0) received two goals apiece from junior Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontario) and freshman Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.). Sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) led the team with three points on three assists.

“It is nice to have a game under our belt,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “The whole object of this thing is to try and get better for tomorrow night’s game and continue that form for next weekend. Overall, there were a lot of good things. We did make some mistakes, but we seemed to recover.”
Great performance by the ladies last night. RPI never knew what hit 'em! The Badger simply outskated, outshot and out played RPI.
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-hockey/recaps/100210aaa.html
In Badger men's hockey team's first public appearance of the year, Badger White earned a 1-0 victory over Badger Red in Saturday's Red-White Scrimmage.

In front of an estimated crowd of 1,500 fans at the Kohl Center, senior Podge Turnbull (Hayward, Wis.) scored the game's only goal with just 3:20 remaining in the third period. After penalties to Justin Schultz (West Kelowna, B.C.) and Eric Springer (Wrightstown, Wis.), Badger White had a five-on-three advantage. Freshman Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) sent a pass across the face of the goal, and Turnbull put a one-timer behind senior goaltender Scott Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta). Junior Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka, Minn.) also recorded an assist on the goal.

Defense and goaltending had held off any scoring until that point, as numerous goal scoring opportunities were turned aside by the two goaltenders. Senior Brett Bennett (Williamsville, N.Y.) made 17 saves for the shutout victory for Team White.

Gudmandson turned away 19 shots for Team Red, including eight saves in the final period when Team White kept the pressure squarely on Gudmanson's goal.

The game was a relatively clean contest, with just six penalties called. Team White was 1-for-4 with the power play, scoring the game-winning goal on a five-on-three advantage. Team Red was 0-for-2 with the man advantage. Team White outshot Team Red 20-17.
Not much offense in this one, but some great goaltending, especially by Bennett.
Hopefully he they keep it up, because the Badgers are going to need it this season!!!
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/recaps/100310aaa.html
The No. 5 Wisconsin women’s hockey team wrapped up its season-opening series against Rensselaer Polytechnic with a 6-0 win over the Engineers in front of 1,819 fans at the Kohl Center on Saturday night.

Junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) led Wisconsin (2-0-0) with five points coming on two goals and three assists. Junior Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, Alberta) each tallied a goal and an assist, and freshman Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) posted two assists.
Fast Facts
• Rigsby posts shutout win in first collegiate appearance
• Knight leads UW with five points
• UW outscores RPI 13-0 in the series to earn the sweep

“Lots of good things came out of this weekend, but from a teaching standpoint there are things to work on,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “It was a good weekend to start, now we move forward and focus on the next one. RPI played hard both games.

“It’s a good opportunity this month to work on things. We have to continue to get better. It’s always a process starting out.”
Another great performance by the ladies!
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/100710aaa.html
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team starts the 2010-11 season with a clean slate. After reaching the NCAA championship game in 2010, UW replaces two assistant coaches, seven seniors and four early departures who left after signing NHL contracts.

The 2009-10 Badgers were an upperclass team for the first time since the 2006 NCAA title team, but while this year’s version of Wisconsin will see 17 of its 26 players coming from the freshman or sophomore classes, the age of this year’s team is just three months younger, on average.

Despite the massive turnover in student-athletes and staff, Wisconsin returns a healthy dose of talent and welcomes an intriguing group of newcomers to the Badger family.
 

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Tough weekend for the Badger men. They lost to BU on Friday 4-3 in a controversal game. For whatever reason, they didnt have or did use the overhead replays, so there were a few Badger goals that were disallowed.
In better news, the Badger women swept Bemidiji State 7-1 and 2-0.
 

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http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/101310aaa.html
Junior Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontario) was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 13 after recording four goals in the Badgers’ series against Bemidji State last weekend.

Prevost’s four-goal effort included a hat trick, two game-winners, a shorthanded goal, a power play goal and a first goal, as the Badgers (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) swept Bemidji State (1-3-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) in their league-opening series. Prevost had a plus-four rating in the two games. Her team-high 11 shots on the weekend produced a .364 shot percentage.
 

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Sorry, folks, kinda been slacking on this one.
Just to catch you all up a bit, its been a bit of a tough season for the Badger men, last weekend they had a tough weekend vs North Dakota where they got swept and this weekend they had another tough weekend vs Minnesota-Duluth where on Friday they lost in overtime after a highly questionable tripping non-call and yesterday they lost again in overtime. Honestly though, the Badger men are a very young team (14 freshman) and are keeping the score close against the best teams in college hockey, they just arent able to close out games and arent getting the calls and breaks in their favor.
In the case of the Badger women, they are playing really well, at the #1 team in the country and this weekend swept Robert Morris 7-1 and 7-1.
 
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