The Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Hockey team competes in the Big Ten conference and plays under coach Tony Granato. Currently, they play their home games at the Kohl Center. Under captain Wyatt Kalynuk and assistant captains Tarek Baker and Sean Dhooge, the top 3 players on the team of 25 are Cole Caufield (Freshman, Forward), Linus Weisbach (Junior, Forward), and Alex Turcotte (Freshman, Forward). All three have been drafted into the NHL already, Caufield and Turcotte both picked up in the first round this year. Many other players on the team are also drafted.
This year the Badger Hockey team has not been off to the best start with a 7-10-1 win/loss/tie record and ranking number 19 out of the top 20 teams in the NCAA, but still look to have a promising season. The team overall has averaged 3.11 goals per game, slightly less than the opponent average of 3.44. Nonetheless they have been a hardworking team since the first preseason games and fight through every game to win. They have had more games where they have won instead of lost when scoring first than their opponents (6-2 to an opponent record of 1-8) and more wins than losses when they have outshot their opponents than the other way around. Although, they have faced more penalty kills than any power plays. They only have a 19.7% in successful power plays out of attempted ones going against an opponent record of 81% penalty kills.
Despite the odds, they still have kept a close record of 3 lose difference between wins and loses, which they have a chance to make up over their season which extends into the end of February, or further depending on how they do in the NCAA hockey tournament. So far they have played Boston College, Merrimack, Minnesota-Duluth, Clarkson, Penn State, Nebraska-Omaha, Notre Dame, Minnesota-Twin Cities, Michigan, Michigan State in the regular season. Their biggest win so far this year was against Merrimack with an 11-5 end score, a six point difference. Coming up the team will face Ohio State twice and Arizona State. They will also once again go against Michigan State, Notre Dame, Minnesota-Twin Cities, Michigan, and Penn State. The rest of the games will take place on Fridays and Saturdays following the regular hockey schedule of playing the same team twice each weekend there is a match up against another school.
The majority of games can be found on TV with the exception of one Michigan game, one Penn State game, and both Arizona State games, but you can always follow the team on apps like Big 10 Network or the Wisconsin Badgers Sports app. As the Badgers pass the halfway mark of their season, fans will see if they can turn things around and come out higher, or if they will continue on the losing streak they are currently on. Hopefully they will gain a successful outcome and as always On Wisconsin!
By Caleigh Christy