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Varsity - December 5, 2013

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INSIDE WOMEN'S HOCKEY BY AJ HARRISON @BADGERWHOCKEY SCHEDULE (12-2-2, 8-2-2-1) LAST WEEK Friday at Minnesota Duluth T, 2-2 Saturday at Minnesota Duluth W, 1-0 COMING UP Friday Bemidji State Saturday Bemidji State Badgers look to end 2013 on high note vs. Beavers UW wraps up first half of season against Bemidji State fter a six-game road swing that took the Badgers across the country, No. 2 Wisconsin returns home to wrap up the 2013 calendar year against Bemidji State. UW returns to LaBahn Arena for 2 p.m. contests on Friday and Sunday after playing in Vail, Colo., Grand Forks, N.D., and Duluth, Minn., in consecu- A 52 // VARSITY December 5, 2013 tive weekends. The Badgers went 4-0-2 on the road trip and earned two wins against ranked opponents. "It's certainly nice to get an opportunity to play at home again," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "It's been a demanding and very satisfying six games on the road against great competition." 2 p.m. 2 p.m. Wisconsin enters the home series riding a 12-game unbeaten streak after tying Minnesota Duluth 2-2 last Friday before besting the Bulldogs on Saturday 1-0. The unbeaten streak is the nation's longest and UW's best streak since the 2011-12 season. During its unbeaten streak, Wisconsin has allowed an average of 0.9 goals per game while scoring 3.3 per game. The Badgers also boast a 12-game winning streak at home, which is three shy of the school record of 15 set during the 2006-07 season. Many players, including freshman Sarah Nurse, are excited to return to LaBahn after the long road trip. "We are all excited to get back to LaBahn and play in front of our fans," Nurse said. "Bemidji State is a hard working team, and we will have a tough series against them." Following this weekend's series, Wisconsin has a month off before traveling to St. Cloud State on Jan. 3 and 4. Johnson wants the Badgers to end the calendar year on a high note. "This is the first half of the season," he said. "You want to finish it off on a positive note, let the kids take finals, get a chance to go back home, enjoy some holiday time with their families, and then come back and get ready for the second half. "Depending how the weekend goes, it's been a good first half to this point."

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