Men’s Hockey vs. Colorado College Preview

The Matchup: Wisconsin vs. Colorado College
When: Friday Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3, 7pm Central
Where: Kohl Center (15,325)
Ice Sheet: 200 x 97'
TV: Friday: FS Wisconsin + (Live), Wisconsin Public Television (tape-delay- 10 p.m.) Saturday: None
Video Stream: Friday: (delayed – 10 p.m.); Saturday: (pay)
Radio:  WIBA (1310 AM)
All-Time Series: Wisconsin leads 108-64-9
Last Meeting: CC 4, UW 1 (Nov. 19, 2011)

UW plays its first regular season series at the Kohl Center with a pair of games against Colorado College.The sheet of ice at Kohl Center will be dedicated to the late Wisconsin hockey legend Bob Johnson. This weekend also marks the renewal of the Badgers second oldest rivalry. Wisconsin's 108 wins over the Tigers are the most over any indivdual opponent. The Badgers have lost four consecutive games to Colorado College dating back to the 2011 WCHA Playoffs.

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About the Tigers:

Record: 3-3-0 (0-0-0 WCHA)
Head Coach: Scott Owens (13th season 302-188-43)
Notable: Coach Owens is a Madison native. He played his high school hockey for former UW goaltending coach Bill Howard. In addition to coaching the Madison Captiols (formerly of the USHL) for four seasons, Owens spent one year as an assistant coach at UW during the 1990-91 season.

Statistical Leaders:

Points: Three tied – 5pts.
Goals: Andrew Hamburg – 4 goals 
Assists: Eamonn McDermott – 4 assists
Save Pct: Josh Thorimbert – .902
GAA: Josh Thorimbert – 2.61

About the Badgers:

Record: 1-2-1 (1-0-1)
Head Coach: Mike Eaves (11th season, 210-158-45)
Notable: The Badgers have tallied at least 11 wins at home in the last five seasons. They have compiled a 63-31-10 home record during that time.

Statistical Leaders:

Points: Mark Zengerle – 5pts (2 G, 3 A)
Goals: Michael Mersch- 3 goals
Assists: Mark Zengerle- 3 assists
Save Pct: Joel Rumpel – .954
GAA: Joel Rumpel – 1.30

They were both on the road, but the two teams had very different results last weekend. Colorado College dropped a pair of games to Cornell last weekend, while the Badgers picked up three WCHA points with a win and a tie against Minnesota-Duluth.

The Tigers come to Madison on a three game losing streak. They have averaged just one goal per game during the skid, compared to the 5.3 they have averaged in their three wins.

After a shaky opening series, UW goaltender Joel Rumpel enjoyed a solid weekend in net in Duluth. Rumpel recorded 29 saves on his way to recording a shutout on Friday night and allowed just two goals on 37 shots Saturday.

Wisconsin is 5-4-1 in home openers under Coach Eaves.

UW holds a 56-29-5 series edge over CC in games played in Madison.

Prediction: Split series (4-3 Badgers on Friday, 3-1 Tigers on Saturday)