Friday, October 30, 2009

It's Friday, I'm in Love

I don't care if Mondays black
Tuesday, Wednesday - heart attack
Thursday, never looking back
It's Friday, I'm in love

Both the Badger Men and the Badger Women are at home this weekend, the Men with a non-conference Fri/Sat series v. UNH and the women with a Fri/Sun afternoon series v. conference rival minnesota.

By the way, Freakfest is Saturday, and the UW has issued a travel advisory.

BADGER MEN v New Hampshire: FRI 7 PM / SAT 7 PM (Kohl Center)

Featured on this week's tickets are senior winger Andy Bohmbach and junior defenseman Brendan Smith. Bohmbach (BOHMBER!) has looked pretty good this season so far, and ya know we love him. And Smith, after a rough opening weekend, was quite good this past weekend at Mankato.

UW: 1-2-1 overall, 1-2-1 WCHA
UNH: 2-2-1 overall, 2-0-0 HE (last weekend 4-2 win over Northeastern and 5-2 win over Maine)

Gameday Links

- Live - Friday TVW Ch 14 (Madison), Saturday WISC Ch 3 (Madison), both nights Charter Extra Channel 87 and Time Warner Cable
- Tape delay - The Wisconsin Channel (11 PM game day and 6 PM the following day)
Radio: WIBA 1310 (Madison)
Audio webstream: insideBADGERSPORTS ($9.95/mo) , unhwildcats (free, I think)
Video webstream: The Wisconsin Channel's live stream (tape-delay 11 PM game day and 6 PM next day)
Live stats: CBSSports gametracker - Friday, Saturday
Live blog: Worgull (BN)*

* I don't have the direct blog link, but it should be linked on the BN front page at game time.

Weekly Shooutout Winner
This week, one of my new favorite defensemen won the shootout. Yep, you got it, it's JUSTIN SCHULTZ!

Here are the previous winners and how they did that weekend:
Wk 2: Mike Davies (0-2-0, 6 SOG, and sounds like he played really well)
Wk 1: Podge Turnbull (0-0-0, 5 SOG, and despite being held off the scoresheet I thought he looked really good)

Badger Lines
Bohmbach - Geoffrion - P Johnson
Murray - Stepan - Davies
Mitchell - Street - Lee
Turnbull - Bendickson - Grotting

McDonagh - Gardiner
Goloubef - Schultz
Smith - Ramage


C Smith is out with a 2 game suspension, and Michael Davies moves up to take his spot on the 2nd line. Derek Lee has been cleared to play and takes Grotting's spot from last week on the 3rd line, with Grotting moving down to the 4th line.

The defensive pairings remain the same. Bennett gets the start in goal tonight, and I'd imagine we'll see Gudmandson tomorrow.

Wildcat Lines
Speelman - LeBlanc - Butler
DeSimone - Block - Sislo
Thompson - Borisenok - Moses
McCarey - Burke - Henrion

Campanale - Kessel
Krates - Kipp
Beck - Hardowa


Doesn't look like we'll get to see Scott Pavelski this weekend; too bad.

Series Previews
uwbadgers: series preview, game notes
unhwildcats: series preview, game notes
Baggot (WSJ): UW Men's Hockey vs. New Hampshire
Baggot (WSJ blog): It's been a while since New Hampshire came to town
Holt (Badger Herald): Halloween, UNH don't scare UW
Gabriel (Daily Cardinal): Badgers look to get season going against Wildcats
Graff (THN): UNH to battle skilled Badger team

Other Articles/Links
Gabriel (Daily Cardinal): Behind Geoffrion, power play threatening
Holt (Badger Herald): Badger goalie took road less traveled to Madison
Baggot (WSJ): All quiet on the Eastern front?
Breiner (Daily Cardinal): Time for hockey to return to glory
Edwards (CHN): Burke returns to UNH
Howe (INCH): Red hot Kessel returns to hometown this weekend

The Usual Suspects
CHN: Tale of the Tape
USCHO: This Week in the WCHA
INCH: Friday Four-cast (national notebook)
Goon's World: Weekend Match-ups (Sioux 7)

BADGER WOMEN v. minnesota: Fri 2 PM / Sun 2 PM (Kohl Center)

Just a reminder, Friday is Kid's Day at the Kohl!

Gameday Links
TV: none
Radio: none
Audio webstream: WSUM (free) - no confirmation, but I'd expect they'll be broadcasting, gophersports ($4.95/mo)
Video webstream: bigtennetwork ($2.99/game)
Live stats: CBSSports gametracker - Friday, Sunday
Live blog: none (away games only)

Series Previews
uwbadgers: preview, game notes
gophersports: preview, game notes
Baggot (WSJ): Slow start hasn't spooked UW women's skaters *
Savidge (Daily Cardinal): Badgers look to right ship against rival minnesota

* The WSJ has the series incorrectly listed as Fri/Sat series in the text box, although they have it correctly listed as a Fri/Sun series in the actual article. The Women's team will be at the football game on Sat and will be introduced between quarters (not sure which).

Boscacci reports that Becca Ruegsegger is starting in net.

Other Articles/Links
Jakiel (uwbadgers blog): Border Battle Weekend
uwbadgers: Join Women's Hockey and Women's Basketball at Saturday's Badger Bash