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Timothy A
11-20-2014, 12:18 PM
Dougherty out this weekend per Andy/Chuck. Hurley will play.

Just great.

Wisko McBadgerton
11-21-2014, 08:53 AM
It's a Great Day for Hockey, Badger fans! Good to finally get to the season! At least that's what it feels like the way the schedule has gone.

As for this weekend, I think it's going to be quite a challenge for Bucky. Despite CC's record, I don't think we would actually be favored in tonight's matchup. CC always plays hard against us and if you look at their record, 6 of their losses have come against teams currently in the top 12. (#2 UND, #7 Miami, #10 DU, #12 BC) CC has a much more experienced roster and has obviously played more games against more top teams. They're just as hungry for a W as us-- there is nothing about tonight that's going to be very easy.

Sucks to lose Dougherty who to me has been our best youngster, but even sucks more to be without steady Eddie Wittchow when we're so short on experience. I think Hurley will be ok... glad he's 21 and has a reputation as a character guy with strong D skills. If we have to play a freshman converted F on D this weekend-- can't believe I'm even typing that-- we could probably do a lot worse. But still, the young Badgers are going to be up against it on the road.

If we can get by CC, (or even if not) going to the small sheet at DU Saturday is going to be a shock to the system... But one thing at a time. We've still got some pretty skilled guys hitting the ice and I'm hopeful they can get the job done. Need Rumps to man up and keep us in it, Schulze to be the iron man sucking up minutes again, and Joe LaBate to keep it simple and get going. Big night for Bucky.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
11-21-2014, 09:55 AM
No TV (unless you can get access to the Rocky Mountain Sports Network), and the only streaming option is to pay $13.99 for a day's access on the NCHC website (or more for a month or season of access).

At least there's radio, I guess.

TUSCHWI
11-21-2014, 10:05 AM
It's a Great Day for Hockey, Badger fans! Good to finally get to the season! At least that's what it feels like the way the schedule has gone. As for this weekend, I think it's going to be quite a challenge for Bucky. .

Agreed! I actually forgot for a day that there was Badger Hockey this weekend - that's how difficult - to me at least - the multiple multiple-week bye weeks have been. I know this isn't just a Wisconsin issue and is a problem in college hockey in general of late. But the UW schedule makers (or Eaves) need to reevaluate how they schedule and maybe start a week or two later - it might create some consistency and fluidity week in and week out. This year it may be helpful to the team because if the youth and new system and whatnot, but in coming years it will not be, and certainly the fans.

That said, I'm very excited for the season to really begin and actually see the team play on Saturday night on ROOT. I have yet to see a game this year. I was supposed to see them play Sue but something came up and I had hoped to be in the Springs today for the game but that got fu**ed up. Seems to me that for whatever reason, they always play well at Magness Arena against DU, even during down years. There is a big UW Alumni club out there which helps too.

Chuck Schwartz
11-21-2014, 10:29 AM
Don't forget that while he's a converted forward, Hurley spent the latter half of last season playing defense for Muskegon. So it's not entirely new to him.

vizoroo
11-21-2014, 12:21 PM
UW fans show up in numbers at Magness. At least they wear red, not that bilious Sioux green :p

Remember the good old days

Former teammates Eaves and Gwozdecky as opposing coaches
Badgers besting the top seeded Pios at the Kohl in the Regionals
Wiercioch decommitting from UW when Eaves wanted him to playin the USHL--coming to Denver to replace David Carle, now an assistant coach for DU
Two or three year run Pios played like the Kohl was home ice--that was fun
Watching the UW band galvanize and energize the Badger faithful
And of course the infamous Randy Schnidt blowing the goal call that gave the Pioneers the game.--when even the DU faithful could see and state that it was wrong


Have to admit I miss the "old" WCHA and hope we can continue an OOC rivalry.
But I must say,

Pios, Beat the Badgers!!!

Wisko McBadgerton
11-21-2014, 12:32 PM
Don't forget that while he's a converted forward, Hurley spent the latter half of last season playing defense for Muskegon. So it's not entirely new to him.

Yes... but obviously a half season at Muskegon is less experience then we'd hope for in addition to being his Badger debut. Sounds like his head is pretty good, but I don't think I've ever seen him play so I have no idea how his skates are?

Guess we'll find out tonight.

If anybody hasn't read yet, Chuck's preview is here. (http://www.buckys5thquarter.com/wisconsin-badgers-mens-hockey/2014/11/21/7258209/wisconsin-hockey-series-preview-colorado-college-denver)


Petey in net. Based on his only performance so far this year, can't complain about that.

Wisko McBadgerton
11-21-2014, 01:21 PM
Almost forgot the most compelling storyline of the year!

Tim 'Sniper' Davison once again lays his season long, perfect, 1.000 shooting percentage on the line again tonight. Can he continue to be "lights out" every single time he puts the puck on net?

Stay tuned!

bucky15
11-21-2014, 02:16 PM
Which 4th liner will score a goal first this season? Paape, McGuire or Cavallini

I am hoping it is Paape and the 75 game goal less streak ends tonight.

bucky15
11-21-2014, 02:17 PM
Does anyone still click on the WCHA to find Wisconsin on this website to look at stats/roster/schedule for UW?

oldicecoach
11-21-2014, 02:49 PM
Wisko, when you say “lights out” are you referring to the Brett Cameron hit on Davison?

UWisco
11-21-2014, 03:00 PM
Which 4th liner will score a goal first this season? Paape, McGuire or Cavallini

I am hoping it is Paape and the 75 game goal less streak ends tonight.

No offense to Paape, but he may be one the most offensively challenged players to come through Wisconsin in a while. That's my opinion whenever I see him play.

Wisko McBadgerton
11-21-2014, 03:20 PM
Wisko, when you say “lights out” are you referring to the Brett Cameron hit on Davison?


I don't want to speak for Tim, but I think it's fair to say that we're both hoping for an improvement in his 1.000 pct. goal to concussion ratio as well.

Wisko McBadgerton
11-21-2014, 03:34 PM
Which 4th liner will score a goal first this season? Paape, McGuire or Cavallini

I am hoping it is Paape and the 75 game goal less streak ends tonight.

This is a great betting proposition, although I imagine 'None of the above' would get some good play as well.

I'd bet on Paape just to support him, but I don't think it's like flipping a coin where 10 heads in a row doesn't effect the next flip. Seems to me if a guy doesn't score in 75 games, odds are not at all good for him to score in the 76th. Let's hope that's wrong.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
11-21-2014, 03:48 PM
I think the banner picture that the AD used in their latest e-mail has an odd filename:

<a href="http://imgur.com/ymoHl6h"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/ymoHl6h.png" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

WiscDC
11-21-2014, 09:53 PM
This makes me sad, especially because of how much progress the athletic department has made in re-energizing the fan base (especially the students) in the past 10-11 months.

Edit: I blame the London Knights. (I have no idea how Dvorak's commitment affected guys like Hughes/Rockwood; I'm not trying to be rational with that comment.)

ExileOnDaytonStreet
11-21-2014, 10:04 PM
Well, I'd say another pointless weekend is looking likely.

WiscDC
11-21-2014, 10:07 PM
Well, I'd say another pointless weekend is looking likely.

I was just thinking: "Hey, remember 2011-12? When the Badgers weren't very good but won some exciting games against tough opponents? That was nice." Then I realized that this would be one of those road games that they would have lost that year. Maybe, just maybe, we're destined to watch this team do poorly for a big chunk of the season, but we'll see some awesome wins later on. Hopefully.

WiscDC
11-21-2014, 10:56 PM
Bummer, man. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Vlt-lpVOY)

Edit: It was nice to hear a bunch of Wisconsin fans after J Ford's goal.

Wisko McBadgerton
11-21-2014, 11:08 PM
I was just thinking: "Hey, remember 2011-12? When the Badgers weren't very good but won some exciting games against tough opponents? That was nice." Then I realized that this would be one of those road games that they would have lost that year. Maybe, just maybe, we're destined to watch this team do poorly for a big chunk of the season, but we'll see some awesome wins later on. Hopefully.

We're going to get there. We have some quality players. As far as I can tell, we are still just playing USHL level hockey which obviously just isn't going to cut it. It's just going to be a long process for these guys to get where they need to be. Tomorrow's another night, it's going to be tough, we'll see if we gained anything from tonight.