The Wisconsin Badger women’s hockey team will open its season this weekend at Lindenwood, and they will do so ranked as the No. 2 team in the country, according to the USCHO.com Division 1 women’s poll announced this week.
After finishing last season third in the polls behind national champion Clarkson and WCHA-rival Minnesota, the Badgers trail only Minnesota in this season’s first edition of the polls, garnering 117 points to Minnesota’s 146.
Ranked second in the country, it marks the Badgers’ highest preseason ranking since 2012 when UW was also picked No. 2. Wisconsin has started 10 of its past 11 seasons ranked in the top-five of the USCHO.com poll.
The Badgers face Lindenwood for a two-game series this weekend, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. and then wrapping up Saturday at 3 p.m. in Wentzville, Missouri.