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    Wisconsin Badgers 2012-2013 - The LaBahn Era Begins

    Ok, now that the new schedule is out and season tickets are available, it's time for a current year thread.

    Bought my season tickets yesterday. On the UW website, they are saying the only way to guarantee a seat for the first game (which will be reserved seating for this game only) at LaBahn will be getting season tickets. I assume that after a certain point, they will put single-game tickets on sale, but they haven't put out that date yet.

    There haven't put out any recent pictures of the construction, but they have to be pretty close to being done and just doing the finishing touches.

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    Re: Wisconsin Badgers 2012-2013 - The LaBahn Era Begins

    Uh-oh. I was hoping to take in the Sunday game. Any word whether that will be for season ticket holders too? I'll be heading through Wisconsin back to Ohio from Minnesota. Living in Ohio, getting season tickets is really not smart. Any intel on the process is greatly appreciated!
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    I'm almost positive they won't sell-out with season ticket packages only. Single-game seats don't go on sale until October 1, so season tickets are the only way to go currently and are much better value if going to most of the games. I would think you are pretty safe getting a ticket gameday that Sunday, but might want to go on-line and purchase a ticket after the October 1 just to be sure.

    While I swear I read that the first game will be reserved seating, I can't seem to find that link. All games after that would be general admission only. I'm not 100% sure now on the first game.

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    Re: Wisconsin Badgers 2012-2013 - The LaBahn Era Begins

    I should have just posted this link directly. It answers more than a few questions.

    https://women.badgerhockey2012.com/

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    Re: Wisconsin Badgers 2012-2013 - The LaBahn Era Begins

    Any word on the status of Laurel Miller? She's not on the new roster...

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    Re: Wisconsin Badgers 2012-2013 - The LaBahn Era Begins

    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyDave View Post
    Any word on the status of Laurel Miller? She's not on the new roster...
    I heard a rumor she is now enrolled at St. Thomas.
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    Looking at pictures from 8/14, it looks like the seats are just plain old aluminum bleacher bench type seats with backs, not theater style, that sucks....Why did Barry have to go cheap on that?
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    There are more than a few changes if you were able to see the original plans for the arena. As nice as it will be, there will be a few items that can be nicer/bigger/better as time goes on. We are probably lucky to get the backs on the bleachers to start with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    Looking at pictures from 8/14, it looks like the seats are just plain old aluminum bleacher bench type seats with backs, not theater style, that sucks....Why did Barry have to go cheap on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger Booster View Post
    We are probably lucky to get the backs on the bleachers to start with.
    Good point, since BA isn't a hockey guy anyway. If they settle this Adias issue, maybe they can use the Adias money to upgrade...oh wait, that paying for his raise. Seriously, I think it's a little cheap. UW is a major university with the best program in the country, this place should be top notch. It couldn't have cost that much to put the right seats on the building. Hell, they could have put theater seats in parts of the building and upcharged for them. I can't believe he passed up an opportunity to make more money.
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    Re: Wisconsin Badgers 2012-2013 - The LaBahn Era Begins

    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    UW is a major university with the best program in the country...
    Going there already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosephPSchmoe View Post
    Going there already?
    He didn't say "this coming season." If looked at in recent history, Johnson has had his team in the NCAA title game each of his last six seasons that he's been in Madison. I think the "best" claim is legit at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARM View Post
    He didn't say "this coming season." If looked at in recent history, Johnson has had his team in the NCAA title game each of his last six seasons that he's been in Madison. I think the "best" claim is legit at this point.
    That's exactly what I was inferring....boy, the women's forum posters are a sensitive lot.

    So what is the skinny on UW's chances to fortify the dynatsy this year? From my perspective, (semi casual women's fan) they have a ton of great tools in the toolbox again this year from a returning players perspective (I have no idea who/what the Fr class will be like).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    That's exactly what I was inferring....boy, the women's forum posters are a sensitive lot.

    So what is the skinny on UW's chances to fortify the dynatsy this year? From my perspective, (semi casual women's fan) they have a ton of great tools in the toolbox again this year from a returning players perspective (I have no idea who/what the Fr class will be like).
    With the obvious exception of Brianna Decker, the strength of this year's team looks to be on defense and in goal. Rigsby is more than proven and they go a solid 6-7 on the blueline and gets stronger after the New Year when Alev Kelter comes back from the soccer team.

    They lost a lot of goal-scoring and there is no way around that. Decker should get her 35-40 goals and Brittany Ammerman should have every opportunity to be a 20+ goal scorer. After that, there is no returning forward with over 7 goals. I would guess that Packer, Turnbull, Sylvester Josephs and Unser will increase their offensive production and (hopefully) it could be significantly.

    Unfortunately, I just don't know much about the incoming freshman. All have pretty good resumes and should contribute, just not sure to what extent. Would not be surprised at all if at least one or two turn out to be impact players.

    At this point, Wisconsin doesn't rebuild, they reload and I don't see this year being any different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger Booster View Post
    With the obvious exception of Brianna Decker, the strength of this year's team looks to be on defense and in goal. Rigsby is more than proven and they go a solid 6-7 on the blueline and gets stronger after the New Year when Alev Kelter comes back from the soccer team.

    They lost a lot of goal-scoring and there is no way around that. Decker should get her 35-40 goals and Brittany Ammerman should have every opportunity to be a 20+ goal scorer. After that, there is no returning forward with over 7 goals. I would guess that Packer, Turnbull, Sylvester Josephs and Unser will increase their offensive production and (hopefully) it could be significantly.

    Unfortunately, I just don't know much about the incoming freshman. All have pretty good resumes and should contribute, just not sure to what extent. Would not be surprised at all if at least one or two turn out to be impact players.

    At this point, Wisconsin doesn't rebuild, they reload and I don't see this year being any different.
    Thanks for the quick summary, that is just what I was looking for.
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    I like the "reload" analogy. Between Bucky and Minny... look out. It's gonna be an exciting year and I can't wait to catch a game at the new digs.

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    So back to the seating at the LaBahn, what is the seating type for the rodentettes and dawgettes at their home rinks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    So back to the seating at the LaBahn, what is the seating type for the rodentettes and dawgettes at their home rinks?
    At Amsoil, we have the theater style seats. With cup holders!!. The student section is benches only.

    Keep in mind that Amsoil was built for both men's and women's programs and is not specifically for the women the way Ridder and LaBahn are designated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger Booster View Post
    With the obvious exception of Brianna Decker, the strength of this year's team looks to be on defense and in goal. Rigsby is more than proven and they go a solid 6-7 on the blueline and gets stronger after the New Year when Alev Kelter comes back from the soccer team.

    They lost a lot of goal-scoring and there is no way around that. Decker should get her 35-40 goals and Brittany Ammerman should have every opportunity to be a 20+ goal scorer. After that, there is no returning forward with over 7 goals. I would guess that Packer, Turnbull, Sylvester Josephs and Unser will increase their offensive production and (hopefully) it could be significantly.

    Unfortunately, I just don't know much about the incoming freshman. All have pretty good resumes and should contribute, just not sure to what extent. Would not be surprised at all if at least one or two turn out to be impact players.

    At this point, Wisconsin doesn't rebuild, they reload and I don't see this year being any different.
    WI probably needs 110 regular season goals or more to be in the mix in the WCHA and NCAA tourney. WI had 158 regular season goals last year, 134 if you ignore Lindenwood. WI's three seniors had 92 goals.

    I doubt WI is going to squeeze an additional 30 or 40 goals out of the existing line up. An entire line up just doesn't double up their scoring in a random year. Without the seniors, I would expect WI to be in the 90 to 95 goal range which was good for the 5 or 6 spot last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastFan1 View Post
    WI probably needs 110 regular season goals or more to be in the mix in the WCHA and NCAA tourney. WI had 158 regular season goals last year, 134 if you ignore Lindenwood. WI's three seniors had 92 goals.

    I doubt WI is going to squeeze an additional 30 or 40 goals out of the existing line up. An entire line up just doesn't double up their scoring in a random year. Without the seniors, I would expect WI to be in the 90 to 95 goal range which was good for the 5 or 6 spot last year.
    While that makes sense logically, there are some mitigating factors. I expect that scoring around the league will be down a bit. Teams like OSU and Minnesota graduated a lot of offense, and UMD won't have Irwin. The players that Wisconsin graduated got a ton of ice time and almost all of the shifts with Decker, so opportunity will be created for others. Look for some impact players to appear out of the sophomore and freshman classes. When Johnson doesn't need scoring from his rookies, he sticks them on a third line and lets them get some experience like he did last year and in 2005-06. When he does need immediate contributions, he seems to find them. Burke is the only one of the rookies that I've seen, and she is excellent, but there are some others who look ready to be difference makers.

    The Badgers will be in the mix. I'm certain of that.

    As for Ridder's seating, it is a mix of benches with backs and folding chairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARM View Post
    While that makes sense logically, there are some mitigating factors. I expect that scoring around the league will be down a bit. Teams like OSU and Minnesota graduated a lot of offense, and UMD won't have Irwin. The players that Wisconsin graduated got a ton of ice time and almost all of the shifts with Decker, so opportunity will be created for others. Look for some impact players to appear out of the sophomore and freshman classes. When Johnson doesn't need scoring from his rookies, he sticks them on a third line and lets them get some experience like he did last year and in 2005-06. When he does need immediate contributions, he seems to find them. Burke is the only one of the rookies that I've seen, and she is excellent, but there are some others who look ready to be difference makers.

    The Badgers will be in the mix. I'm certain of that.
    I agree that OSU will be down, others will be up, but I can't ignore statistics. The three kids leaving had more than 600 shots on goal. To put that in context, there are about three 200 plus shot kids coming back to school next year in all of D1.

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