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LIVE GAME THREAD: Vermont vs. Wisconsin

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Welcome in to a special-edition game thread for the Badger men's hockey team's first-round NCAA Tournament game against Vermont!

We're pleased to bring you live coverage from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul this evening!

The one-seed Badgers will be looking to build off a strong 6-3 win over Denver in the third-place game of the WCHA Final Five last weekend.  The winner of this game will face the winner of the St. Cloud State-Northern Michigan game going on right now.

For the first time in school history, Wisconsin has two nominees for the Hobey Baker Award, Blake Geoffrion and Brendan Smith.  The last time Wisconsin received a number one seed, the team went on to win a national title in 2006.

We'll get the thread open right away so that readers can comment on the first game as well.  And since many of you don't have ESPNU, we'll try and provide as much detail as possible about what's happening once the Badgers take the ice.

Thanks for being with us on Bucky's Fifth Quarter!

-Jake Harris