Hockeytown IS Madison this weekend

The defending national champion Wisconsin Badger men's hockey team has had of an unexpected season in 2006-07. They anticipated a bit more success than what they have experienced. However, an season full of the unexpected can turn into end of the season confidence with a pair of wins this weekend against the top-ranked Minnesota Golder Gophers.

Records: Minnesota (19-1-3, 11-0-3 WCHA) at Wisconsin (9-11-2, 6-7-1 WCHA)

Dates/Times: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13 at 7 p.m. CT.

Location: Kohl Center (15,237)

Live TV: Friday - CSTV (Matt McConnell/Dave Starman; FSN North (Paul Braun/Tom Sagissor, Doug Woog)

Saturday - FSN North

Tape-Delay TV: Wisconsin Public Television (Robb Vogel/Ron Vincent) at 10:30 p.m.

Web: Live audio at UWBADGERS.COM

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

Polls: ( and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine) UW, RV/NR; Minnesota, 1/1 Coaches: Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (5th year: 97-71-21); Minnesota's Don Lucia (8th year: 208- 87-29; 20 years overall: 487-242-58) Last Meeting: at Minnesota, L, 1-3 (Nov. 19, 2006) Wisconsin-Minnesota Series Notes: Wisconsin is 78-146-15 all-time against Minnesota, including 47- 59-10 in Madison ... the Badgers were swept at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis earlier this season (11/18-19) by 2-1 and 3-1 scores ... the Badgers held a 1-0 lead heading into the third period, before allowing three third-period goals, including an empty- net tally, in the Saturday contest ... the Badgers are 3-4-0 against Minnesota over the past two seasons, but have a three-game losing streak to Minnesota at the Kohl Center ... Wisconsin has met Minnesota 239 times, the most of any opponent

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