The Wisconsin hockey team recently propelled themselves into fifth place in the rankings following their two-win performance against top-ranked Minnesota.
Wisconsin now improves to 7-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming against #7 North Dakota. The Badgers are set to face #3 Michigan on November 3rd and 4th at home in the Kohl Center. Another batch of wins for the Badgers could mean fans may see Wisconsin within the top three in the rankings.
Wisconsin Hockey Sits At #5 After Sweeping Top-Ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers
Wisconsin hockey faced off against the top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers squad last Thursday and Friday. In the first of the two games, the Badgers unloaded for a five-goal performance after taking the lead late in the first period. Mathieu De St Phalle and Cruz Lucius had two goals as Carson Bantle added the insurance score.
Sophomore Ben Dexheimer recorded three assists against the Golden Gophers. Goalkeeper Kyle McClellan made 22 saves in the first game as the Badgers won 5-2.
In the second game, the Wisconsin hockey team snagged an early lead on a powerplay goal by Simon Tassy. Wisconsin allowed a Minnesota goal but quickly regained their lead behind a William Whitelaw goal. Minnesota scored again to open the third period before Tassy scored his second goal of the night to give the Badgers a 3-2 lead.
McClellan made another 29 saves in the second game against Minnesota as Dexheimer added another assist to his series total. Sophomore Christian Fitzgerald also notched three assists against the Golden Gophers in the series with a few beautiful passes.
Wisconsin Badgers Hockey Continues to Rise Through the Rankings
Currently, the Wisconsin hockey team is ranked as the #5 school in the country after defeating the top-ranked Minnesota team twice. Previously, the Badgers sat at #14 in the rankings but now hold five votes for the top spot after their wins. Wisconsin still has another test they must get through before reaching a new potential ranking.
Looking ahead on the schedule, Wisconsin has two games against #4 Michigan at home before traveling to East Lansing to face the #13 ranked Spartans. Next, the Badgers will face Alaska Anchorage before hosting #12 ranked Ohio State. The Wisconsin hockey team will have quite the gauntlet when they face Penn State and Notre Dame as well.
If the Badgers are able to maintain a solid record during this time and continue their play, they could find themselves in the top spot in the rankings.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Wisconsin men's hockey has won six national championships, which is the fourth best record in college hockey history. Their most recent title was in 2006, when they beat Boston College 2-1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center.
Yes, hockey is played in Wisconsin. Although there isn't a major professional team, the Milwaukee Admirals are a professional hockey team representing the state.
No, there are currently no NHL teams located in Wisconsin. However, the state does have minor league hockey teams like the Milwaukee Admirals, who compete in the AHL (American Hockey League).