Friday, January 27, 2012

Fighting Sioux vs. Wisconsin: Notes & Links

North Dakota vs. Wisconsin - Series Notes & Links
  • Friday 7:37 CST/Saturday 7:07 CST
  • The games will be broadcast on a variety of media outlets across the region. Here's the standard Broadcast Information.
  • Brad Schlossman's Friday Morning Reading
  • Series Notes: North Dakota and Wisconsin
  • Sioux Sports says that UND's road to the national tournament is getting steeper. If North Dakota does not want to rely on winning the Final Five to qualify for the NCAA playoffs, the team will have to earn some series sweeps down the stretch.
  • According to Bucky's Fifth Quarter, North Dakota is well aware of Wisconsin's top playmakers.
  • The UW Badger Herald says that the young Badgers will be facing a stiff road challenge this weekend, but if recent history is any indication, Wisconsin could be leaving North Dakota with points. The Badgers are 6-1-1 in their last eight games at Engelstad Arena.
  • With Justin Schultz and Mark Zengerle having big seasons, the Badgers are looking to Tyler Barnes to provide additional production.
  • Wisco defenseman Justin Schultz is the player to watch this weekend. He is the best college hockey player I've seen all season, and he's at the forefront of the race for the Hobey Baker Award. He is currently fifth in the nation with 37 points (12G, 25A), just three off the national lead (UMD's Jack Connolly has 40). His 37 points from the blueline are 11 more than the number two point producing defenseman, Nate Schmidt of Minnesota (26). Leading the way up front for the Badgers is sophomore forward Mark Zengerle, who is tied for second in the nation with 38 points (10G, 28A).
  • Sean Lee and associate head coach Cary Eades recap last weekend's SCSU series and preview the Wisconsin matchup:

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