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Varsity - March 7, 2013

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INSIDE MEN'S HOCKEY BY PAUL CAPOBIANCO Back to where it started Title hopes alive, Badgers back at Coliseum O ne of the most unpredictable seasons in Wisconsin men's hockey history will come down to one final, unpredictable regular-season series. Fitting. Wrapping up their home and regular-season slates this weekenend against WCHA-leading St. Cloud State, the Badgers prepare for what will be a memorable, and perhaps historic, weekend of hockey. With a share of the conference title still within reach and postseason implications on the line, Wisconsin returns to where it all begin: The Coliseum. In its 50th season of hockey in the modern era, Wis- 58 » VARSITY MAR CH 7, 2013 consin returns to what was its home ice from 1967-98. A place that saw the Badgers capture two of the program's three WCHA titles. "This is the home of Wisconsin hockey," Madison native Keegan Meuer said. "This is where it all started." After their slow start to the season (1-7-2), the Badgers have gone 11-2-5 over their last 18, a run capped last weekend by a road series sweep of then-No. 13 Nebraska Omaha. Now tied for fourth in the WCHA standings, three points for Wisconsin this weekend would clinch home ice in the league playoffs. Four points, plus help from @BadgerMHockey SCHEDULE (16-11-7, 12--7-7) Last Five Feb. 17 vs. Minnesota W, 3-2 Feb. 24 Penn State W, 5-0 Feb. 25 Penn State L, 3-2 (OT) March 1 at #13 Neb. Omaha W, 4-3 March 2 at #13 Neb. Omaha L, 2-6 This Week Friday #8 St. Cloud State 7 p.m. Saturday #8 St. Cloud State 7 p.m. Coming Up March 15 WCHA Playoffs March 16 WCHA Playoffs March 17 WCHA Playoffs* * - if necessary TBD TBD TBD others, could lead to a share of the program's fourth conference title. Mersch reaches milestone » Scoring three goals last weekend at Nebraska Omaha, Michael Mersch became UW's first 20-goal scorer since 2009-10. He is one of five players in the nation with 20 goals.

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