The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey schedule was released on Wednesday afternoon for the 2019-2020 season. The Badgers will play a total of 34 regular season games over the course of the season, starting with an opener on the road against Boston College on October 11th and the following night the Badgers battle Merrimack College.
The 2019-20 #Badgers men's ice hockey schedule is out!!!— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) June 5, 2019
Take a look at the schedule (subject to change). Here's the first three months of the year for your phone.
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Wisconsin will then return to Madison for their home opener the following weekend as they take on two time defending national champion University of Minnesota Duluth on the 18th and 19th of October. The Badgers will remain at home the following weekend as they face off with Clarkson University, a team that won the ECAC Tournament and qualified for the NCAA tournament last season.
The Badgers get into Big Ten play the following weekend with a road trip to Happy Valley to play the Penn State Nittany Lions. After a two game trip to Nebraska-Omaha the Badgers get into the full Big Ten gauntlet with Notre Dame at home and Minnesota on the road the following two weekends. The Badgers return home to take on Michigan the next weekend and then hit the road to East Lansing to play Michigan State before pausing for winter break.
Wisconsin opens the second half of the season at home against Ohio State to start a stretch of 12 straight Big Ten match ups over the course of the following six weeks. This includes a home stint against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on January 31st and February 1st. After taking on Michigan and Penn State the following two weekends, the Badgers will wrap up their home schedule against Arizona State, another NCAA tournament team from a year ago. The regular season concludes the following weekend at Ohio State.
The Big Ten Tournament will follow with three weeks of games at campus sites, with the Championship being played on March 22nd. The Frozen Four will take place in Detroit the weekend of April 9-11th.
The Badgers returns a bulk of their players, including all-B1G defensemen K’Andre Miller and Wyatt Kalynuk, from last season’s team, and welcomes in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to boot. After a disappointing 14-18-5 record a season ago, the Badgers will look to use that depth and experience to improve on their mark this year, despite a tough conference and non-conference schedule.