Badger Hockey Showdown
Center • Madison, Wis.
Bowling Green vs. Northeastern, 5:07 p.m.
Colgate at Wisconsin, 8:07 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Bowling Green/Northeastern vs. Colgate, 5:07 p.m.
Bowling Green/Northeastern at Wisconsin, 8:07 p.m.
TV: MyMadison TV will have live coverage
of both Badger games during the tournament.
Clarkson's Nick Dodge had a hat trick
in a 6-3 semifinal win over the host Badgers and then
added a goal and an assist a 3-2 championship game
victory over Lake Superior State to give the Golden
Knights the 2006 title. Wisconsin blanked Providence
5-0 in the consolation game behind 26 saves from Shane
The semifinal games feature a first
look for all four teams at the respective conferences
they're competing against. Northeastern has yet to
face a CCHA opponent this year and Bowling Green hasn't
taken on a Hockey East foe thus far. The game is also
Colgate's first of the year versus WCHA opposition
and Wisconsin's first of the season against an ECAC
Friday's semifinal between Colgate and
Wisconsin is a rematch of the 1990 NCAA Championship
game, which the Badgers won 7-3 at Joe Louis Arena
Bowling Green is participating in its
fourth Badger Hockey Showdown in the tournament's
18-year history, and is tied with Northern Michigan
for most appearances by a visiting team.
The Pettit Cup is the trophy awarded
to the winner of the Badger Hockey Showdown. The trophy
is named after Lloyd Pettit and Jane Bradley Pettit,
hockey enthusiasts and philanthropists from Milwaukee.
Wisconsin junior forward Ben Street
has been scoring at a consistent rate with points
in five of his last six games. He shares the team
lead in goals with seven and ranks second on the team
in scoring with 16 points. He'll have to carry more
of the load as three of Wisconsin's top-five scorers
are away at World Juniors.
Colgate seniors Jesse Winchester and
Tyler Burton have crafted stellar four-year careers
for the Raiders and currently share the team lead
in scoring with 17 points each. Winchester had just
four points as a freshman but has scored 36 and 37
points in his last two seasons.
Northeastern goalie Brad Theissen gets
lots of the attention, but junior forward Joe Vitale
has played an important part in the Huskies' success
so far. He leads the team with 14 points through 13
games and is the only NHL draft pick on the Northeastern
roster, a Pittsburgh Penguins property.
Bowling Green senior forward Derek Whitmore
is averaging a goal per game with 13 lamp-lighters
on the season. Eight of his goals have come on the
power play, and the Falcons' man-advantage units have
converted at a remarkable 25.3 percent success rate
HOW WE SEE IT
Wisconsin has had a number of big wins
this year but has yet to put together a winning streak
of more than two games. A pair of impressive wins
over St. Cloud State were followed up by a loss and
tie at Minnesota State in games that the Badgers only
scored one goal each night. Without stellar freshman
Kyle Turris and sophomores Blake Geoffrion and Jamie
McBain – all away at the World Junior Championship
– Wisconsin still must be considered a prohibitive
favorite in the event, especially on home ice where
they are 6-2-0 this year.
Colgate comes into the weekend with
some momentum, after going 4-1-1 in its last six games
before a long holiday break, including a sweep of
Robert Morris at Starr Rink that was capped by a 5-0
With an 8-6-0 record and 5-5-0 mark
in the CCHA, the Bowling Green Falcons have exceeded
expectations thus far. They've got an outstanding
power play that is ranked third nationally and four
of the six defeats thus far have come against powerhouses
Michigan and Notre Dame.
Northeastern is atop the Hockey East
standings and carries a 6-0-2 mark in its last eight
games into this weekend's event. The Huskies have
a pair of wins over New Hampshire and another against
Boston College during that span.
All four teams come into this tournament
with legitimate hopes of hoisting the trophy on the
Kohl Center ice on Saturday. We'll look for a Wisconsin-Northeastern
final with the trophy going to whichever team's goalie
– The Badgers' Shane Connelly or the Huskies'
Brad Theissen – plays better.
— Joe Gladziszewski