March 19, 2006
NCAA Tournament

Midwest Regional Capsules | Green Bay, Wis.

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Saturday, March 25

2:30 p.m. ET: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 4 Bemidji State

5:30 p.m. ET: No. 2 Cornell vs. No. 3 Colorado College

Sunday, March 26

5 p.m. ET: Regional Final

NO. 1 SEED WISCONSIN BADGERS

Location: Madison, Wis.
Record: 26-10-3 (17-8-3 WCHA, tied for second)
Qualified: At-large bid
NCAA Championships: Five (1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990)
NCAA Appearance: 21st (most recent, 2005)
Head Coach: Mike Eaves
Key Players: Joe Pavelski, F, So. (39 GP, 20-30—50); Robbie Earl, F, Jr. (38 GP, 21-25—46); Brian Elliott, G, Jr. (23-5-3, 1.70, .933); Tom Gilbert, D, Sr. (39 GP, 11-18—29)
What You Need to Know: Remember the last time the Badgers were the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament? That was back in 2000, when Steve Reinprecht, Dany Heatley, Graham Melanson and the rest of the Badger crew needed just one win to advance to their first Frozen Four since 1992. Alas, Bucky was drubbed by Boston College, 4-1, in the West Regional final at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
How They'll Advance: Wisconsin has the opportunity to win a national title without leaving the state. Badger fans are known to travel – wait 'til you see them support their team this close to home. A loud crowd isn't always enough, but that plus the best goalie in the country (Brian Elliott) certainly could be.
What Might Trip Them Up: North Dakota was effective in silencing Robbie Earl in the WCHA semifinals with physical play, and if other teams can follow suit, it spells trouble for Wisconsin. As good as the Earl-Joe Pavelski combination has been, the Badgers don't have the depth offensively to overcome their absence from the scoresheet.

Most Recent Wisconsin Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
10-R. Earl 8-J. Pavelski 16-A. Burish Pavelski and Earl have combined for 41 goals, or 30.8 percent of the Badgers' total.
24-A. Joudrey 11-J. Dowell 19-R. MacMurchy
27-R. Carlson 22-B. Street 12-J. Skille
31-N. Licari 21-A. Brandt 27-A.J. Degenhardt
Defense Defense Goalies
5-J. Likens 20-K. Klubertanz 1-B. Elliott Gilbert is among the best two-way defensemen in the college game.
6-J. Engel 14-T. Gilbert 35-S. Connelly
4-D. Drewiske 3-M. Olinger  

NO. 2 SEED CORNELL BIG RED

Location: Ithaca, N.Y.
Record: 21-8-4 (13-6-3 ECACHL, third)
Qualified: At-large berth
NCAA Championships: Two (1967, 1970)
NCAA Appearance: 16th (most recent, 2005)
Head Coach: Mike Schafer
Key Players: Dave McKee, G, Jr. (21-8-4, 2.16, .904); Matt Moulson, F, Sr. (33 GP, 17-19—36); Ryan O’Byrne, D, Sr. (26 GP, 7-5—12); Byron Bitz, F, Jr. (33 GP, 10-18—28)
What You Need to Know: Cornell has not been anywhere near as dominant as they were last year, but is very capable of winning a game or two in this tournament. The Big Red have been inconsistent, but when they’re on, they’re dangerous.
How They'll Advance: Dave McKee might need to steal a game for the Big Red as they lack the offensive talent of past teams, if you can believe that. The power play needs to come through with goal production, a unit that features four NHL draft picks.
What Might Trip Them Up: The Big Red have put themselves in bad situations in recent games with untimely and undisciplined penalties. Staying out of the box will be important for Cornell.

Most Recent Cornell Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
24-M. Moulson 29-B. Bitz 11-M. Carefoot Scott may move onto a line with Moulson and Bitz if Cornell needs a goal.
14-C. Abbott 15-D. Pegoraro 10-M. McCutcheon
21-T. Mugford 16-R. Kindret 12-R. Sawada
26-T. Scott 18-M. Kennedy 20-E. Barlow
Defense Defense Goalies
4-S. Pokulok 2-R. O'Byrne 31-D. McKee Pokulok was a first-round NHL pick, but has struggled at times.
17-D. Krantz 5-J. Gleed 1-L. Chabot
22-D. Glover 3-J. Seminoff  

NO. 3 SEED COLORADO COLLEGE TIGERS

Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Record:
24-15-2 (15-11-2 WCHA, tied for fourth)
Qualified: At-large bid
NCAA Championships: Two (1950, 1957)
NCAA Appearance: 18th (most recent, 2005)
Head Coach: Scott Owens
Key Players: Brett Sterling, F, Sr. (40 GP, 31-23—54); Marty Sertich, F, Sr. (41 GP, 14-34—48); Brian Salcido, D, Jr. (41 GP, 7-32—39) ; Joey Crabb, F, Sr. (41 GP, 18-25—43)
What You Need to Know: Colorado College fans remember fondly the last time Milwaukee hosted the Frozen Four. The Tigers, seeded fifth in the six-team East Regional in 1997, topped fourth-seed New Hampshire and top seed Clarkson en route to its second straight Frozen Four appearance. Don Lucia’s Tigers lost to eventual national champion North Dakota in the semifinals.
How They'll Advance: This is a much different cast than the CC team that advanced to the Frozen Four in Columbus last season, but the keys are the same – Sterling and Sertich. And though the duo hasn’t matched its offensive totals from a year ago, they’re still as dangerous a tandem as one will find in the tourney field. Freshman Chad Rau has quietly had an outstanding rookie campaign. The Tigers thrive on the power play; if their opponents can’t stay out of the penalty box, CC will make ‘em pay.
What Might Trip Them Up: The Tigers, who are a pedestrian 7-9-1 since Jan. 1, aren’t as good defensively as they were last year. In fact, outside of junior Brian Salcido, a terrific power-play quarterback, it’s a pretty suspect group. Goaltending is also an issue. Matt Zaba is a serviceable netminder, but he’s yet to prove that he’s the kind of guy who can steal a game for his team.

Most Recent Colorado College Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
21-B. Sterling 6-T. Frischmon 15-J. Crabb Don't fret if you want to see Sertich and Sterling work their magic together: they're still on the top PP unit.
23-J. Kilpatrick 22-M. Sertich 16-D. Patrosso
26-S. McCulloch 20-B. Polich 9-B. Cox
12-J. Brunkhorst 14-C. Rau 17-J. Brannigan
Defense Defense Goalies
3-L. Sweatt 24-B. Salcido 31-M. Zaba Salcido has 14 goals and 69 points in the past two seasons.
8-J. Hillen 27-B. Straub 35-C. Kawano
4-J. Gannon 2-C. Lampl 37-D. O'Connell

NO. 4 SEED BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS

Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Record: 20-13-3 (12-7-1 CHA, second)
Qualified: CHA Tournament champion
NCAA Championships: None
NCAA Appearance: Second (most recent, 2005)
Head Coach: Tom Serratore
Key Players: Luke Erickson, F, Jr. (36 GP, 16-19—35); Ryan Miller, F, Jr. (32 GP, 17-12—29); Rob Sirianni, F, Jr. (31 GP, 16-13—29); Andrew Martens, D, Sr. (36 GP, 5-19—24)
What You Need to Know: The College Hockey America tournament champions, Bemidji State returns to the tournament for a second straight season after scaring eventual champion Denver last year. The Beavers took the Pioneers to overtime before losing; now they are back with another shot at an NCAA win (while Denver is home).
How They'll Advance: Goaltending is the key to any upset bid, and Bemidji State has a pair of good ones: junior Layne Sedevie and sophomore Matt Climie. They've also got a potentially explosive offense that averaged 3.47 goals per game (sixth in the nation), a must against the defensive-minded Badgers. Bemidji will benefit from the experience that comes from a difficult schedule that included six games against WCHA opponents (4-2-0).
What Might Trip Them Up: The Beavers, who tied for second in the CHA in the regular season, don't have the top-to-bottom talent level to match up with Wisconsin. And if it turns into a goaltending battle, the Badgers also have the edge there.

Most Recent Bemidji State Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
26-R. Huddy 27-R. Miller 21-L. Erickson The first line is clearly the best, but there's balance: the top four goal scorers occupy three lines.
14-T. Scofield 10-M. Pope 28-J-G Gervais
18-J. Bluhm 17-G. Roth 11-R. Sirianni
20-B. Jarvis 19-M. Allen 4-Shane Holman
Defense Defense Goalies
2-N. Schwartzbauer 22-A. Martens 1-L. Sedevie Climie played vs. Denver last year, but Sedevie has started four straight games.
7-C. Bostock 6-R. Weselowski 33-M. Climie
3-A. Tieranta 25-D. Deterding 30-O. Alamano