Preview: Alaska Anchorage Visits Wisconsin

Having battled back from a 0-6-1 start, Wisconsin hockey is back to .500 and after playing for nine straight weeks, look for a series sweep against the visiting Seawolves to end the first half on a positive note.

No.15 Alaska Anchorage (7-5-2, 4-4-2 WCHA) vs. Wisconsin (7-7-2, 5-5-2 WCHA)

Date/Time - Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5-6 at 7 p.m. CT

Arena – Kohl Center (15,237) - 200' x 97'

Television - Friday - FSN WI (Paul Braun and Rob Andringa), Saturday - WISC, both nights tape-delayed on Wisconsin Public Television

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 38-13-9 (22-7-3 in Madison, Wis.)

Last Meeting – The teams skated to a 4-4 overtime time in Anchorage on Jan. 19, 2008

Series Notes

The Badgers are 3-0-1 against UAA in the last four games, 7-1-1 in the last nine contests and 12-2-1 over the last 15 games dating back to Nov. 19, 2004

UW sophomore defenseman Craig Johnson skated two years in the NAHL in Wasilla and Fairbanks, Alaska while UAA sophomore forward Sean Wiles is from Beloit, Wis.

The Seawolves enjoyed a break last weekend with a bye. The last time they played was Nov. 21-22 when they split a series against Colorado College in Anchorage. UAA skated to a 4-2 victory over the Tigers on Friday night, but Colorado College claimed the victory on Saturday with a 4-3 edge.

This weekend's games are the first two of four straight games against Wisconsin for the Seawolves. After Saturday, UAA has a month-long break before they resume play on Jan. 9-10 when Wisconsin travels to Anchorage for the teams' second season series. Wisconsin will enjoy a break at the conclusion of this weekend as well. The Badgers will have two weeks off before they resume play on Dec. 27-28 for the Badger Hockey Showdown at the Kohl Center. After playing nine weekends in a row, this will be the first break for UW all season.

The Badgers are on their second three-game winning streak of the season. The last time the Badgers won more than three consecutive games was March 18-April 8, 2006 when the squad captured its last five games of the season to win the 2006 NCAA Championship.

The Badgers had their best weekend of the season last weekend in the number of power plays they had to kill. The Badgers only had to kill nine power plays in two games, including a season-low three last Saturday against Michigan. The previous weekend low came Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at North Dakota when the Badgers only had 12 penalties to kill. The Nov. 1 game against North Dakota was the previous low for the number of power plays the Badgers had to kill at five.

The sweep for the Badgers at the 16th annual College Hockey Showcase marked the third sweep for the program at the event (2003 and 2005), and the fi rst at home.

UAA has splits in its last two weekends of action and have at least one point every weekend this year.

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