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Varsity - March 14, 2013

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INSIDE MEN'S HOCKEY BY PAUL CAPOBIANCO Second season begins Each future weekend earned by the last I f you ask members of the Wisconsin men's hockey team, they'll say the Badgers have been playing playoff hockey since the end of November, when UW began its climb up from a 1-7-2 start. Head coach Mike Eaves sees that as a positive this time of year. "The way we play and the mindset we've had for so long has been a playoff mentality," Eaves said. "The number of close games we have been in and the way we've played in those games has dictated a certain mindset, a certain way of playing. "We've been there for a while, and we just need to continue that." 50 » VARSITY MAR CH 14, 2013 The Badgers have posted one of the nation's best records since their opening 10game stretch and expect that to continue. "One of the first things we talked about ... was the fact that we're battling to play for one more month, the best month of hockey," Eaves said. "In order to build our resume for the tournament, we have to keep winning." UW enters the postseason controlling its own destiny. An at-large berth into the NCAA tournament is a possibility should the team advance past the coming weekend, something unfathomable at the end of November. @BadgerMHockey SCHEDULE (17-12-7, 13-8-7) Last Five Feb. 25Penn State L, 3-2 (OT) March 1 at #13 Nebraska Omaha W, 4-3 March 2 at #13 Nebraska Omaha W, 6-2 March 8 #8 St. Cloud State L, 4-2 March 9 #8 St. Cloud State W, 3-2 This Week Friday Minnesota Duluth Saturday Minnesota Duluth Sunday Minnesota Duluth* * - if necessary Coming Up March 21 WCHA Final Five March 22 WCHA Final Five March 23 WCHA Final Five 7 pm 7 pm 7 pm TBA TBA TBA Special teams key » Playoff hockey success begins with great goaltending, the best players playing their best and outstanding special teams. With Minnesota Duluth scoring 14 power-play goals in its last six games, the same amount UW has for the entire season, UW's penalty kill looks to be important for weekend success.

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