Preview: No.20 Wisconsin at No.4 Denver

Here is what you need to know for Wisconsin's WCHA opening series against Denver.

No.20 Wisconsin (0-2) vs. Denver (1-0)

Date/Time - Friday/Saturday, October 17-18 at 8:30/8:00 p.m. CT

Arena – Magness Arena (6,026) - 200' x 85'

Television - FSN - Friday, None - Saturday

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Brian Posick and Mike Cerniglia)

Series – Wisconsin leads 71-50-9

Last Meeting – UW won, 6-2, on March 29, 2008 at the Kohl Center in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional


These will be the 131st and 132nd meetings between Wisconsin and Denver with the Badgers have taken five of the last six meetings between the schools, including four of the last five games in Denver. UW is 37-23-4 all-time against DU in Denver

Wisconsin has ended Denver's season in each of the last two seasons, defeating the Pioneers in the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional last year at the Kohl Center and and sweeping DU in the first round of the WCHA playoffs in 2007

Denver head coach George Gwozdecky and Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves were teammates on the UW's 1977 NCAA Championship Team

The Badgers are 21-16-2 in WCHA openers, including 11-7-2 on the road.; Under Mike Eaves, the UW is 1-4-1 in WCHA openers and 0-1-1 when open- ing the WCHA season on the road. However, both years the UW opened the WCHA season on the road under Eaves, the team placed in the top three in league standings at the end of the year.

The team's freshmen class accounting for seven of UW's 11 points on the weekend. Forward Jordy Murray (one goal, one assist) and defenseman Ryan Little (two assists) had two points each.

The Badgers failed to convert on 16 power plays while their opponents scored three goals in 19 power plays

Denver opened the season with a 5-2 victory over Notre Dame Saturday. Freshmen Luke Salazar and Patrick Wiercioch, a former Badgers recruit, accounted for three of the Pioneers' five goals.

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