Two days later than originally scheduled due to COVID-19 quarantine absences with the home team, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens a Big Ten series against No. 11 Notre Dame at the Kohl Center on Saturday. (8:30 p.m., no TV, BigTenPlus.com, 1:10 p.m.).
Here are five pre-game notes and the lines:
Party : The Badgers honor nine seniors ahead of the game, the penultimate home game of the season. Fifth-year players Tarek Baker, Josh Ess, Max Johnson (four years at Bowling Green) and Tyler Inamoto will join fourth-year seniors Roman Ahcan, Brock Caufield, Jack Gorniak, Dominick Mersch and Jesper Peltonen in the squad.
Faded away: The Badgers had more than half of their roster without practice for at least part of the week due to quarantines, injuries or long-term illnesses. Baker, Inamoto and Daniel Laatsch are out; Owen Lindmark, Mike Vorlicky and Jake Martin are long-term absentees. forwards Johnson, Brayden Morrison, Mathieu De St. Phalle, Ryder Donovan and Caden Brown; defenders Corson Ceulemans and Ess; and goaltenders Jared Moe and Ben Garrity did not practice Tuesday through Friday due to quarantines.
First: Ahcan leads current UW players with seven goals and nine points in 14 career games against Notre Dame.
Streaks: The Badgers have lost six in a row. Their last slippage longer than that was at the start of the 2014-15 0-8 season.
Road: Notre Dame, which is locked in the Big Ten’s top four and entered Saturday 13th in the PairWise rankings, is 7-3 on the road this season.
Badgers (8-19-3, 4-12-1-3 Big Ten)
Carson Bantle – Brock Caufield – Mathieu De St. Phalle
Jack Gorniak – Ryder Donovan – Liam Malmquist
Roman Ahcan – Dominick Mersch – Max Johnson
Brayden Morrison/Zach Urdahl-Caden Brown-Sam Stange
Josh Ess – Corson Ceulemans
Jesper Peltonen – Anthony Kehrer
Luke LaMaster – Shay Donovan
Grooves : F Owen Lindmark (injury), F Tarek Baker (injury), D Tyler Inamoto (injury), D Daniel Laatsch (injury), D Mike Vorlicky (injury), D Jake Martin (illness).
Irish Fighter (20-8-0, 7-5-5-1 Big Ten)
Jesse Lansdell – Jake Pivonka – Max Ellis
Landon Slaggert – Graham Slaggert – Trevor Janicke
Solag Bakich – Cam Burke – Ryder Rolston
Grant Silianoff – Hunter Strand – Jack Adams
Spencer Stastney – Zach Plucinski
Adam Karashik – Jake Boltman
Charlie Raith – Ryan Helliwell
Referees: Joseph Carusone and Kevin Corbett.
Linesmen: Nick Bradshaw and Sam Shikowski.
Photos: Michigan men’s hockey beats Wisconsin