Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Friday, I'm In Love

Saturday, wait

And Sunday always comes too late
But Friday, never hesitate . . .

BADGER MEN @ Denver: FRI 8:30 PM / SAT 8PM

The WCHA is such a league, it doesn’t matter if it’s Denver, Mankato, Alaska, you’re going to get a war right away -- Mike Eaves [Holt]

They are similar to us in that they want to come out and prove themselves. This will be a huge series. WCHA games are always exciting, and every conference win counts. We hope to come out firing right away on Friday, get that first win, and keep it going into Saturday. -- Jordy Murray [Evans]

We have to come out hard. They just got swept by Boston College, so they are going to be hungry for a couple wins especially on their home ice. -- Justin Schultz [Evans]

UW: 0-0-0 WCHA, 3-1-0 overall (last weekend 7-0 and 5-2 v. UAH)
DU: 0-0-0 WCHA, 1-2-1 overall (last weekend 2-6 and 0-3 v. BC)

Gameday Links
TV: Friday only - FSN Wisconsin, FSN Rocky Mountain
Radio: Friday - WIBA 1310; Sat - WTSO 1070
Audio webstream: insideBADGERSPORTS ($9.95/mo),
Video webstream: Saturday only - ($8.95/mo)
Live stats:
Live blog: - Capobianco (uwbadgers), Worgull (BN)?

Weekly Shooutout Winner
This week, JEFFERSON DAHL won the shootout.

Previous Winners:
10/14 Keegan Meuer

Badger Lines
Jordy Murray - Craig Smith - Mark Zengerle
Ryan Little - Derek Lee - Tyler Barnes
Michael Mersch - Sean Dolan - Podge Turnbull
Jason Clark - Jefferson Dahl - Gavin Hartzog

Jake Gardiner - John Ramage
Craig Johnson - Justin Schultz
Eric Springer - Frankie Simonelli

Scott Gudmandson
Brett Bennett

Looks like Eaves has made a couple of changes on the forward lines. Ryan Little and Podge Turnbull have swapped lines. Freshmen Jason Clark, Jefferson Dahl, and Gavin Hartzog all make tonight's lineup, as Michael Mersch has been bumped up to Sean Dolan's line to replace the injured Patrick Johnson.

The defensive lines remain the same. Assuming Joe Faust made the trip, I'd expect to see him tomorrow night.

In goal, Scott Gudmandson gets the start tonight, and I'd expect to see Brett Bennett tomorrow.

As far as extra skaters who made the trip, I know that PJ made the trip and is listed as "questionable" for the weekend. I'm assuming that defenseman Joe Faust also made the trip, but I haven't seen this listed anywhere.

Pio lines
Jason Zucker-Drew Shore-Chris Knowlton
Beau Bennett - Anthony Maiani - Shawn Ostrow
Kyle Ostrow - Jesse Martin - Luke Salazar
Jerrod Memis - Dan Olszewski - Nate Dewhurst

Matt Donovan - Chris Nutini
John Ryder - David Makowski
Paul Phillips - John Lee

Sam Brittain

Baggot had sophomore Adam Murray starting in goal, but Mike Chambers indicates that Murray is injured and that freshman Sam Brittain will get the start both nights.

Series Previews
uwbadgers: preview, game notes
uahchargers: preview, game notes
Baggot (WSJ): UW vs. Denver
Baggot (WSJ): Like looking in a mirror
Evans (Daily Cardinal): Young teams collide as UW begins WCHA competition
Holt (Badger Herald): Men's hockey heads west for WCHA test
Chambers (Denver Post): Murray injured, DU will go with true freshman goalie against Badgers
Coulter (DU Clarion): Hockey swept at home, WCHA play looms

Other Articles/Links
Baggot (WSJ): For Murray, plenty of goals await
Baggot (WSJ): WCHA team-by-team capsules
Baggot (WSJ): With two new teams, WCHA is a dirty dozen

The Usual Suspects
CHN: Tale of the Tape
USCHO: This Week in the WCHA (Buckentine), UND crashes Bemidji's party; nonconference struggles (Buckentine), Weekend of Oct 15-17 (Spisak)
INCH: Nebraska-Omaha makes early statement (WCHA notebook) Friday Four-cast, First Shift (national notebooks)

HatchetJoe says . . .
Michael Mersch for Hobey . . .
(Honestly, I tried to get a different quote, but the man is insistent on sharing his views on this matter. And if you've ever talked to HatchetJoe, you know how difficult it is to change the topic of conversation, ya just gotta go with the flow.)