Friday, May 21, 2010

2010-11 Badger Hockey Schedule


There are all sorts of new faces, places and formats to embrace when it comes to the University of Wisconsin men's hockey schedule for 2010-11, which was released Thursday.
It all starts with the fact the Badgers will have two more challengers for the MacNaughton Cup, given annually to the regular-season champion in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Bemidji (Minn.) State and Nebraska-Omaha make their debuts in the 12-team league, having been absorbed from College Hockey America and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively.
The Beavers play at the Kohl Center Dec. 10 and 11, while UW travels to Omaha Feb. 11 and 12.
Bemidji State is one of two schools on the home schedule that have never played in Madison, much less the Kohl Center. The other is Canisius, an Atlantic Hockey entry which skates here Jan. 7 and 8.
The Badgers will open the 38-game regular season Oct. 8 and 10 in St. Louis facing Boston University, the 2009 NCAA champion, in the Ice Breaker Tournament.
UW, fresh off advancing to the NCAA title game, will make its home debut under odd circumstances. The non-conference series with Alabama-Huntsville Oct. 15 and 17 is a Friday-Sunday affair to accommodate a Big Ten Conference night football game at Camp Randall Stadium between the Badgers and Ohio State Oct. 16.
UW coach Mike Eaves apparently likes the balance of the schedule, which includes five home series before final exams and five after.
"And for one of the rare years, we are at home for the last series of the (regular) season," he said of a meeting with Colorado College that marks the third time in the past seven years the Badgers have finished up at home.
Let's hope the Badgers can continue thier winning ways. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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