April 23, 2014

Hockey Badgers open 2013-14 season tonight

The 3rd ranked Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens its season tonight against

Mark Zengerle

Mark Zengerle

Northern Michigan at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers are favored to win the inaugural Big Ten title and they’ll have plenty of experience to see that through.

Mike Eaves has nine seniors and seven juniors to lead an experienced team that has five players who have played in 100 or more games.

Wisconsin is solid in the nets again as well.  Joel Rumpel posted the second-best single-season marks for save percentage (.929) and goals-against average (1.96) in program history last season, which ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Landon Peterson posted the No. 3 marks this season.

The Badgers started last season 1-7-2 and Wisconsin will be prepared to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

AUDIO: Mike Eaves says they can’t start 1-7-2 like last year :12

AUDIO: C Mark Zengerle said the Badgers have high expectations :19