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The Field House Chronicles: Early test for men’s hockey

Plus women’s soccer and volleyball face threats to their first-place standing

Wisconsin Athletics Communication

There is a lot of action this weekend in Badgers sports, and each of the team has been answering my questions:

  • Can women’s hockey rebound after losing Annie Pankoski and Emily Clark? Yes.
  • Is women’s soccer a championship-caliber team? Yes.
  • Will the men’s hockey team bring energy this year? Yes.
  • Is volleyball going to bounce back from a rough start? Yes.
  • Is it better that we don’t talk about men’s soccer? Yes.

The only question I have left is will Cole Caufield and Daryl Watts each lead the NCAA in goals scored this season?

No. 1 women’s hockey (6-0-0 overall, 2-0-0 conference)

Wisconsin heads to New York to take on Long Island University (0-2), which is in its first season. LIU is off to a rough start after being outscored 10-1 in a pair of losses to UConn.

Game one is Friday at 2 p.m. at IceWorks Arena. Game two is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the home of the New York Islanders.

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Sorry, LIU, this is not going to end well for you.

No. 6 volleyball (10-4, 6-0)

The Badgers kick off the weekend with a Friday night fight at 8 p.m. at the Field House vs. No. 17 Illinois (9-6, 4-2). It will be televised on FS2. In a quick turnaround, Wisconsin returns to action at home Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch against Northwestern (9-9, 0-6). In the first game between Wisconsin and Northwestern, the Badgers earned the sweep.

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Wisconsin Athletics Communication

Both games are on the radio with Jon Arias on the call at 100.9 FM and iHeart Radio.

For an in-depth look, check out this week’s “The Sett” by our very own Matt Rock.

No. 10 women’s soccer (10-2-1, 6-0-0)

Wisconsin will play a pair of home games at the McClimon Track / Soccer Complex.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Badgers face a tough test against Iowa (13-3-0, 5-3-0). Iowa is a dangerous team that can score goals in bunches.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., Wisconsin will turn to Nebraska (4-8-3, 3-4-1). Unfortunately, neither game will be televised.

No. 17 men’s hockey (1-1-0)

Let’s see what you got, Badgers! Wisconsin will play a pair of home games this weekend against two-time defending national champion and former WCHA rival No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (1-1-0). The puck drops Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and both games will be televised on Fox Sports Wisconsin and can be heard on 1310 WIBA or the iHeart Radio app.

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Wisconsin Athletics Communications

Men’s soccer (2-9-2, 0-3-1)

After a 2-2 tie to non-conference foe SIUE, your last-place men’s soccer team takes on an upper-tier Big Ten squad, Penn State (7-2-2, 3-1-1). This home game will be played Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Track / Soccer Complex.

It might be televised, but I frankly don’t even want to check. Watch at your own risk.

Everyone else

  • Men’s and women’s tennis are still in various individual play tournaments.
  • Women’s golf heads to Louisville, Ky. for the Cardinal Cup.
  • Lightweight rowing is in Boston, Mass. to take on Head of the Charles. Seems like Wisconsin should beat a severed head, but what do I know?
  • Men’s and women’s cross country run at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis. at the Zimmer Championship Course.
  • Men’s golf will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday for the Musketeer Classic at Maketewah Country Club.