Friday, March 12, 2010

WCHA First Round: Friday Night Preview

Well what we have here folks is an opportunity to redeem ourselves from last weekend. The best part about playing that game on Sunday is that it was one less day I had to wait to watch the Badgers again.

Here is a brief overview of how the WCHA playoffs work if you can't remember or if your not familiar. Teams are seeded 1-10 based on order of finish in the regular season. Obviously #1 plays #10, #2 vs #9, etc. There are 5 first round match ups played at the home site of the higher seed. First round match ups are a best 2 out of 3 series. The 5 winners advance to the WCHA Final Five next weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tonight's match up features your Wisconsin Badgers who finished with the #2 seed in the WCHA tournament and Alaska-Anchorage, which finished with the #9 seed in the tournament. Both games (Sunday if needed) will take place at the Kohl Center at 7:00 PM.

Location: Kohl Center
Game Time: 7:00 PM
Television: MyNetworkTv, or WKBT2 on Charter in Western Wisconsin (9). MyNetworkTv in Madison (14). TWCS In Milwaukee and Green Bay on Time Warner (32). Post more in the comment section if you have em.

Click here for a live chat about the game from a UAA fan site.
Click here for a live chat about the game from a Wisconsin fan site.

Projected Lineups

Wisconsin

Jordy Muray-Blake Geoffrion (C)-Craig Smith
Ben Street (C)-Derek Stepan-Michael Davies
John Mitchell-Aaron Bendickson-
Ben Grotting-Sean Dolan-Andy Bohmbach

Ryan McDonagh (C)-Jake Gardiner
Brendan Smith-John Ramage
Cody Goloubef-Justin Schultz

Scott Gudmandson

Anchorage

Josh Lunden-Alex Gellert-Kevin Clark (A)
Tommy Grant-Curtis Leinweber-Nick Haddad
Mitch Bruijsten-Daniel Naslund-Sean Wiles
Jade Portwood-Craig Parkinson-Mickey Spencer

Nils Backstrom(A)-Jared Tuton (C)
Kane Lafranchise-Luka Vidmar
Lee Baldwin-Brad Gorham

Jon Olthuis