OFFICIAL Wisconsin Badgers Hockey Thread
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09-05-2013, 10:19 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Columbus, OH
Winning seasons are nice, league championships are even better. In the end, the only team sincerely happy is one skating around the rink with the NCAA championship trophy raised above their heads. When you're a program of Wisconsin's prestige, that's the goal heading into every season.
So, is this team good enough?
The peaks and valleys of the Mike Eaves coaching have been drastic at times. The Badgers have played in two national championship games -- winning one -- but have also missed the NCAA tournament five times during Eaves' 11-year tenure.
Wisconsin appears to be on the upswing heading into the 2013-14 campaign, coming off one of the best finishes in program history a season ago in which they won the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA tournament champions.
Prior to last season, Eaves told the media in a preseason press conference the next two years were important in terms of striking while the iron is hot.
"If you look at history, you would say these are the two years we need to harvest our crop, so to speak," Eaves said. "That's what we need to do."
IMO, the schedule sets up well for the Badgers with the move to the B1G. No longer will they face North Dakota or Denver and they will no longer have to make the trek to Alaska, which was always a trap series.
Not to mention some of the new B1G foes arent much of a match for the Badgers. Michigan and Minnesota should be tough matchups but Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State arent on the Badgers' level
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