Wisconsin men's hockey preview: Badgers ready for No. 12-13 Lake Superior State

With a bye week following a pair of road losses, the Badgers look to get back on track at home.

The Wisconsin men's hockey team may have lost back-to-back blowouts the last time it hit the ice, but you would never know it if you talked with the players.

"I don't really have to do much now," senior captain Frankie Simonelli said when asked if he needed to help his team get over its losses. "It was two weeks ago and we're all past that."

Added freshman Grant Besse:

"To have that short memory, remember what went wrong in those games, but there is nothing you can do about it now so you just try and forget about it."

While the Badgers may be over the losses, the coaches have been working on tightening up the team's systems. The team worked on puck clearing drills Thursday, and Besse said the Badgers practiced several battle drills to keep their intensity up during the week off.

Besse himself has been working with some new linemates - skating with Keegan Meuer and Sean Little earlier this week before settling in with Little and Jefferson Dahl Thursday.

"We've all been interchanging throughout the first part of the year so I think we started to develop some chemistry with everybody."

After Wednesday's practice head coach Mike Eaves announced that junior goaltender Joel Rumpel - who didn't travel with the team to Boston - will sit out this weekend as well.

Thursday, Eaves said that Rumpel would not dress in either game, and sophomore Adam Miller will serve as backup to Landon Peterson in both games.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center. Both games will be televised on the Wisconsin Channel.

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