Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Update: Schultz In Academic Trouble

First, I just want to apologize for the lack of posting over the past few days. I've been away and haven't had access to post. With that said, I have a few news and links for you today.

We'll start off with the most important news. You've probably already heard but Justin Schultz academic eligibility is in limbo. Late last night Baggot had a blog post addressing the issue. In the post, Eaves was quoted as saying, "It's going down to the 11th hour." The spring semester started today so I have not heard whether or not Schultz was eligible or not.

It's definitely a thing to keep an eye on. Schultz definitely is not our most important player on the team but the consistency he's provided along with our other regular 5 defensemen has been huge for us. Let's hope that he got everything taken care of and we don't have to deal with this again. If it turns out bad for us, let's hope Mr. Springer is healthy and ready to step in.
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Wisconsin native and former Badger Joe Pavelski had been absolutely ice cold since being announced as a member of the upcoming USA Olympic Hockey team. In the first seven games since the announcement, the polish prince had gone scoreless. Saturday night he finally got on the board with an assist. Last night Joe money had a huge night with a goal and three assists in a 9-1 Sharks win over the Flames.
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The Badgers dropped one spot in the Pairwise Ranking after the loss on Saturday night to Colorado College. They currently sit in fourth place in the country. The Badgers obviously have a huge weekend coming up with Denver coming to town. The Pioneers come to Madison ranked #1 in the country in the USCHO.com and USA Today polls. Denver is second in the Pairwise. A sweep for either team could go a long ways in locking up the number 1 seed in the West Regional in St. Paul.
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According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, former Gopher womens hockey player Anya Miller's little sister Laurel has committed to the Wisconsin womens program. Laurel's older sister, Anya, played for the Gophers from 2005 to '08. Laurel attended one of her sister's games against Wisconsin and was asked by their aunt about becoming a Gopher someday. Laurel's reply: "No, I want to be a Badger."
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Wisconsin has announced that there will be a free open skate on the Camp Randall Ice the night before the Culvers Camp Randall Classic. The skate is free but you must register for a ticket on UWBadgers.com in order for the organizers to keep track of the number of skaters. You can register for tickets starting Monday at 8:30 AM.
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