MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team returns to Big Ten play this week with a two-game series against No. 7/8 Ohio State at the Kohl Center on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21.
Here’s six quick things to know before tuning in:
1 – KEEP CRUZIN’: Freshman forward Cruz Lucius has 23 points (8g, 15a) through 22 games. If he finishes the season averaging at least a point per game, he would become just the sixth Badger freshman dating back to the 1999-2000 season to accomplish that feat (Cole Caufield, Trent Frederic, Nic Kerdiles, Joe Pavelski, Dany Heatley).
📽️: Lucius with a wicked wrister from the slot 🔥
🍎: Gorniak, Vorlicky pic.twitter.com/Q7LwAuRgwk
— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) January 14, 2023
2 – NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING: Led by current Wisconsin forward Charlie Stramel, five current and future Badger men’s hockey players find their names on the 2023 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft.
— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) January 17, 2023
Stramel (Rosemount, Minnesota) checks in at No. 21 among North American skaters. The UW freshman boasts four goals and seven points in 19 games played this season, with three of his goals coming over the last eight games.
William Whitelaw (Rosemount, Minnesota) ranks at No. 55, Brady Cleveland (Wausau, Wisconsin) at No. 59, Zach Schulz (South Lyon, Michigan) at No. 91, and Aidan Fink (Calgary, Alberta) sits at No. 66.
Cleveland, Schultz, and Whitelaw, as well as Badger-prospect Joe Palodichuk, competed in the 2023 USA Hockey BioSteel All-American Game earlier this week.
Four future Badgers playing in the 2023 USA Hockey BioSteel All-American Game today at 3 p.m. CT on @NHLNetwork
— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) January 16, 2023
3 – MIKE RICHTER AWARD WATCH: Senior goaltender Jared Moe has been named to the Mike Richter Award Watch List. The Mike Richter Award is given to college hockey’s most outstanding goaltender each season. Moe averages 2.80 goals against and…