Oct. 19, 2013
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Second-ranked Wisconsin (2-1-0) makes its first-ever visit to Agganis Arena on Saturday as the No. 15 Terriers (2-1-0) and Badgers both look to rebound from their first losses of the season. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
On Friday, BU dropped a 3-1 contest to No. 17 Rensselaer and the Badgers were downed at No. 6/7 Boston College by a score of 9-2. Saturday's contest marks the finale of a four-game homestand to open the 2013-14 season.
The Last Meeting
October 8, 2010
Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Mo.
This season, BU will face exactly half of the other 18 schools who have won an NCAA D-I title. Last night's contest against Rensselaer started a stretch of four straight games against former NCAA champions. BU visits Michigan and Michigan State next weekend.
Saturday's match-up is one of 13 games in the inaugural Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge. Eleven of the country's most storied college hockey programs are competing in the Challenge, which takes place Oct. 18-27.
The conference that records the most points from the 13 games will be declared the winner, with points being awarded as follows: two points for a win, one point for a tie and a bonus point for a road win.
Hockey East jumped out to a 5-1 lead on Friday, as BC topped Wisconsin, Massachusetts beat Michigan State and New Hampshire tied Michigan.
BU has met Wisconsin on the ice 15 times, with the Terriers holding a 9-6-0 advantage in the series. The national powers last met in the 2010-11 season opener, as BU posted a 4-3 victory in the opening round of the Ice Breaker in St. Louis.
This will be the first time the teams have met in either of their current campus venues. The Badgers' last visit to BU's campus took place on Jan. 13, 1988, when the Terriers won a 10-6 game at Walter Brown Arena during the Hockey East/WCHA crossover years.
Wisconsin was picked first in the inaugural Big Ten Preseason Poll and opened the season with a weekend sweep of Northern Michigan, posting scores of 5-2 and 2-1 at Kohl Center. Forwards Nic Kerdiles, Michael Mersch and Mark Zengerle along with defenseman Jake McCabe were all named Big Ten Preseason Players To Watch.
After recording 23 goals last season, Mersch is the second-leading returning goal-scorer in the country. He and Kerdiles share the early team lead in points with two goals and two assists apiece.
Mike Eaves is in his 12th season at the helm of his alma mater and holds a career record of 233-170-51.
Defensemen have accounted for eight of the 18 points by the Terriers this season and the group is a combined +4. Sophomore Ahti Oksanen leads the team in points (5) and plus/minus (+4).