Dropping the Puck - Hockey season is open

The defending national champion Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey squad hit the ice for the first of a two game set with Northern Michigan tonight to open their season. Here is the 'tale of the tape' if you will and some news and notes to get you set for faceoff.

Records: Wisconsin (0-0-0) at Northern Michigan (0-0-0)

Dates/Times: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 at 7 p.m. CT.

Location: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.

Live TV: None

Tape-Delay TV: None

Web: Live audio at uwbadgers.com

Radio: Wisconsin Radio Network (Brian Posick and Rob Andringa) ... affiliates throughout Wisconsin, including WIBA (1310 AM in Madison)

Polls: (USCHO.com/CSTV and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine) UW, T1/3; NMU, 19/RV

Coaches: Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (5th year: 88-60-19) Northern Michigan's Walt Kyle (5th year: 87-60-15).

Series: UW leads 43-22-5

Last Meeting: Wisconsin, 5-1, 2005 Badger Hockey Showdown Championship Game

Series Notes: The series marks the first regular-season series between the UW and NMU since Jan. 10- 11, 1997, Northern Michigan's last season in the WCHA ... the teams split in Madison, with the UW winning 5-1 and falling 4-1 ... the UW is 5-2-0 in neutral site games in the series.

POINTING TOWARDS 100

For the second straight season, the possibility exists for three Badgers to reach 100 career points. Seniors Ross Carlson (69 points), Jake Dowell (65 points) and Andrew Joudrey (64 points) are all within striking distance. Former Badgers Ryan MacMurchy, Robbie Earl and Joe Pavelski all eclipsed 100 career points last season.

LOOKING FOR POSTSEASON

Should the Badgers reach the NCAA tournament, it would mark their fourth- straight season of postseason play. That would be the second-longest streak in school history behind the program's eight- straight years of NCAA competition from 1988 through 1995.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Wisconsin enters the season with three skaters who have played in at least 100 col- lege games, including senior defenseman Jeff Likens (121 games) and senior forwards Andrew Joudrey (120) and Jake Dowell (118). Two seniors, forward Ross Carlson (99 games) and defenseman Matt Olinger (97) should surpass the mark early on, while four other skaters, senior forward Andy Brandt (90), and junior defenseman Kyle Klubertanz (84), Joe Piskula (74) Davis Drewiske (71), may all pass the century bar- rier before the season is out. Should all make the 100 games played mark, that would equal the nine UW skaters who had played in over 100 games during the 2006 NCAA title run.

HOMEGROWN TALENT

Matt Olinger, Jack Skille and Ryan Jeffery from Madison, Davis Drewiske and Andy Bohmbach from Hudson, Josh Engel from Rice Lake, Joe Piskula from Antigo, John Mitchell from Neenah, Jake Dowell from Eau Claire, Kyle Klubertanz from Sun Prairie, Andy Brandt from Wausau and Jeff Henderson from Menomonie. This is the third-straight season at least 12 Badgers come from Wisconsin.

OLVER TWISTS HIS WAY TO POINTS

Wildcat Darin Olver could become only the second player in NMU history to lead the ‘Cats in scoring all four years. He had 32 points as a freshman, 43 as a sophomore and 35 last year as a junior. Gary Emmons was the first ‘Cat to accomplished this in his NMU career. He played for NMU from 1983-87. Olver has nine career game-winning goals, just four short of the NMU record held by Steve Bozek and Roger Trudeau.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON NMU

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