Preview: UW Hosts Northern Michigan

Going 6-0-1 over its last seven games, Wisconsin looks to continue its momentum from its Badger Hockey Showdown Championship, welcoming in struggling Northern Michigan for a weekend series, finishing UW's non-conference slate

Northern Michigan (3-12-3, 2-9-3-2 CCHA) vs. Wisconsin (10-7-3, 7-5-2 WCHA)

Date/Time - Friday-Saturday, Jan. 2-3 at 7/8 p.m. CT

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

Television - Friday - My Madison TV (Paul Braun and Rob Andringa), Saturday - FSN Wisconsin

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 43-22-6 (22-7-3 in Madison, Wis.)

Last Meeting – The teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie at the Resch Center in Green Bay, on Oct. 7, 2006.

Series Notes

Wisconsin is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), the program's longest since going 14 games unbeaten (12-0-2) from Oct. 21-Dec. 3, 2005.

The Badgers are 10-1-2 in their last 13 games after starting the season 0-6-1 through seven games.

The Badgers are 5-0-1 on the current home stand and are in the midst of an eight-game home unbeaten streak (7-0-1).

Wisconsin sits 3-2-1 in non-conference action this season and will look to improve that key statistic for NCAA selection. The UW is 0-2-0 against Hockey East, 1-0 against College Hockey America and 2-0-1 against the CCHA.

The Badgers have allowed two goals or less in each game during their current seven-game unbeaten streak, including three shutouts. During that time, senior goaltender Shane Connelly has climbed the league rankings and now sits third in winning percentage at .618 (9-5-3), fifth with a 2.38 goals-against average and sixth with a .918 save percentage. Wisconsin has allowed more than three goals just once in its last 14 games and a total of six goals in its last seven games.

The Badgers captured the 2008 Badger Hockey Showdown title last Sunday night with a 1-1 tie and then a 1-0 victory in the shootout against Lake Superior State. Wisconsin advanced to the finals with a 5-0 victory over Alabama-Huntsville. The tournament victory was the 10th Showdown championship for the Badgers in 20 years of the tournament and first since 2005.

For the seventh consecutive season and for the 10th time in 11 years, the Badgers have players skating in the World Junior Championship. Sophomore defensemen Ryan McDonagh (USA) and Cody Goloubef (Canada) are skating in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ontario from Dec. 26-Jan 5. The duo will miss their second consecutive UW weekend while away at the tournament. Last year, then-Badger Kyle Turris won gold with Team Canada at the World Juniors, while Blake Geoffrion and Jamie McBain played for Team USA.

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