Quest For A Three Peat

After two back-to-back conference and national titles, the Wisconsin women's hockey team announces their 2007-08 schedule - beginning the quest for a third-straight national title.

Coming off a historic 2006-07 season in which the Badgers set NCAA records with 18 shutouts, .88 goals allowed and a .927 winning percentage, the two-time defending NCAA and WCHA champion Wisconsin women's hockey team debuted their 2007-08 schedule that features eight home series, including three in the month of October.

The Badgers will open their ninth season of women's hockey by traveling out to Schenectady, N.Y., to face Union Sept. 28-29. The team then kicks off the home slate by playing host to Robert Morris Oct. 5-6 at the Kohl Center.

Conference play starts Oct. 13-14 when Ohio State visits Madison, followed by weekend series at St. Cloud State (Oct. 19-20) and at home against Minnesota State (Oct. 26-27) to close out the month of October.

November could prove to be the most challenging month on the schedule as the Badgers face three perennial national powers. First up will be Minnesota Nov. 2-3 at the Kohl Center. Following a week off for the Four Nations Cup, the Badgers head out to Durham, N.H., to face New Hampshire. After a trip to Bemidji, Minn., the Badgers return home to play host to Minnesota Duluth Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in a rematch of the 2007 NCAA championship game, which Wisconsin won 4-1.

Following that series at home against UMD, the Badgers do not return to the Kohl Center until the end of January. After road trips to North Dakota (Dec. 8-9), Minnesota State (Jan. 4-5) and Ohio State (Jan. 18-19), UW plays host to St. Cloud State and North Dakota in consecutive weekends.

The WCHA regular season title could go down to the wire as the Badgers visit rivals Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota in the final three weeks of the regular season. UW, UMD and Minnesota have combined to win all eight WCHA regular season championships in league history with none of the three teams ever finishing worse than third.

First round WCHA action is set for Feb. 29-March 2 at campus sites with the winners advancing to the WCHA tournament March 8-9 at the DECC in Duluth, Minn.

The NCAA quarterfinals are slated for March 14-16 at campus sites while the NCAA Women's Frozen Four will take place at the DECC in Duluth, Minn., March 20-22. For the second year in a row, UW women's hockey season tickets will be available. Ticket packages, which are $15 for youth/seniors and $30 for adults, will go on sale on Monday, July 30 through the UW Athletic Ticket Office.

Last season Wisconsin finished the year with a record of 36-1-4 en route to the program's second straight national championship. The team broke or tied 18 NCAA records including most wins in a season and fewest losses among others.

Heading into the 2007-08 season, Wisconsin has won 12 straight games and is unbeaten in a school record-tying 26 games. The Badgers will open the season just four games shy of the NCAA record for longest unbeaten streak.

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