Friday, October 9, 2009

It's Friday, I'm in Love

I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too
Thursday I don't care about you
It's Friday, I'm in love

I know, I know; I'm a week late here, as the Badger Women opened play last weekend. My sincerest apologies to the Women, as I'm somewhat concerned that my "not being in love" last Friday irritated the hockey gods and subsequently jinxed the Badgers' scoring (never mind the great play by UND's goaltender). Plus, it's just horrible that I didn't post before their opening weekend. I'm a sieve.

Anyway, here's what's going on this weekend . . .

BADGER MEN: Red/White Scrimmage, FRI 7PM (Kohl Center)

The scrimmage, which will consist of three 20-minute periods, is free and open to the public. Parking is free as well. Unlike past years, there won't be a dinner or presentation afterward (in the past Eaves and the captains said a few words), but players and coaching staff will be available to sign autographs.

Andy Bohmbach had a hat trick in the 1st scrimmage (Oct 3); will he get another one tonight?

No idea what lines we'll see tonight, but here are some of the forward lines that have been seen so far (per Baggot). As of Oct 6, Derek Lee still couldn't practice due to some NCAA paperwork snafu.
Oct 6
Bohmbach - Geoffrion - P. Johnson
Bendickson - Dolan - Grotting
Murray - Stepan - C. Smith
Mitchell - Street - Turnbull
Meuer - Thurber - Davies

(Note that C. Smith was moved from center to wing; Eaves indicated that the staff felt he wasn't quite ready for center yet.)

Oct 3

Bohmbach - Geoffrion - P. Johnson
Street - Stepan - Murray
Bendickson - Dolan - Grotting
Mitchell - C. Smith - Davies
Turbull - Thurber - Meuer

Sept 31
Mitchell - C. Smith - P. Johnson
Bohmbach - Geoffrion - Davies
Bendickson - Dolan - Grotting
Street - Stepan - Murray
Turbull - Thurber - Meuer

Sept 15
P. Johnson - Street - Davies
Bohmbach - Geoffrion - Turnbull
Murray - Stepan - Smith
Mitchell - Dolan - Grotting
Meuer - Thurber - Bendickson
As far as defensive pairings go, Baggot shared the following pairings from Oct 3, with Springer/C. Johnson/Little moving in and out of the pairings:
B. Smith - Goloubef
McDonagh - Ramage
Gardiner - Schultz
Baggot also shared some thoughts in his blog post yesterday about the Badgers defensive lineup.

Other Articles/Links
Baggot (WSJ): Badger goal is to find a goalie
uwbadgers: Sanger named men's hockey volunteer assistant coach
uwbadgers: Eaves makes Monday news conference debut
uwbadgers: Watch Ben Street at men's hockey media day
uwbadgers: Breaking the ice with Brett Bennett, Justin Schultz, John Ramage, Keegan Meuer
Fiammetta (Badger Herald): Eaves, Badgers set for home opener

BADGER WOMEN: @ Bemidji, Sat 7PM / Sun 4PM

Gameday Links
TV: none
Radio: none
Audio webstream: Listen to the Beavers (free, Sunday only)
Video webstream: none
Live stats: bemidjisate
Live blog: Boscacci (no link yet, will be linked on

Series Previews
uwbadgers: preview, game notes (current link doesn't work)
bemidjistate: game notes
Hager (Badger Herald): UW won't overlook Bemidji

Other Articles/Links
Jakiel (uwbadgers): A different start, Back to business
WSJ: UW women's hockey slips to No. 4
Baggot (WSJ blog): UW Women's hockey loses top rookie to broken arm
Baggot (WSJ): Title defense off on wrong skate
Baggot (WSJ): DeKeyser has tough act to follow
WSJ: UW Women's hockey a unanimous No. 1 to start season
WSJ: UW Women's hockey ranked No. 1
Baggot: UW's Ammerman still center stage