Olympic hockey medal-round shootouts aren’t going anywhere
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — As Tony Granato watched the clock wind down in overtime, he found it hard to believe that an elimination game at the Olympics had to go to a shootout.
UW at No. 6 Ohio State
When, where: 6 p.m. today and Saturday, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio.
Radio: 1310 AM, with Brian Posick and Paul Capobianco.
Badgers (14-15-4, 8-11-3-1 Big Ten)
Coach: Tony Granato, 34-30-5 in his second season at UW and overall.
Czechs eliminate Tony Granato, U.S. in shootout in Olympic men’s hockey quarterfinals
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL.
Back to school, work looms for Olympic hockey players
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Brian Gionta could go from facing Martin Erat in the Olympics to facing Filip Forsberg in the NHL.
Tony Granato will go back to coaching JD Greenway at Wisconsin after having brother Jordan play for him on the U.S. men's team. Jordan Greenway and Ryan Donato will go back to their college teams in and around Boston after celebrating goals together on Olympic ice.
US rides Zapolski, college kids to Olympic quarterfinals
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Tony Granato knew going into the Olympics that Ryan Zapolski would be his goaltender and that the college kids on the Team USA roster would be counted on to supply offense.
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA His team had scored only four goals in three preliminary games and managed just one win, but U.S. mens hockey coach Tony Granato wasnt discouraged by his teams prospects in preparing for the elimination round of the Olympic tournament.
If anything, he felt just the opposite.
Look at our path, he said. We have Slovakia and if we win, then weve got the Czechs. Ill take that. Thats a nice setup. No disrespect to those two teams at all. Theyre great teams.
US out to solve its Olympics scoring problem vs Slovakia
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The United States had a goal-scoring problem at the Olympics.
If it lasts much longer, the Americans are going home early.
Only Norway and South Korea scored fewer goals than the four the U.S. put up in three preliminary-round games. Yet only Canada has gotten more shots on net than the United States' 96 so far, so the goal in the qualification round against Slovakia on Tuesday is to figure out a way to turn opportunities into production.
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA Tony Granato brought his Wisconsin Badgers hockey team to Minneapolis for a weekend series against the Gophers in early December. He also had other business on his mind.
As coach of the U.S. mens hockey team, Granato was conducting final evaluations in putting together a 25-man Olympic roster. With NHL players forced to stay home, the expectation was that Granato and USA Hockey would focus mostly on professionals playing in Europe and minor leaguers with NHL experience.
As youngsters lead way, US not intimidated by Russians
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk were dominating the NHL before Ryan Donato, Troy Terry and Jordan Greenway even started playing organized hockey.
"I think I dreamed about playing against those guys one day," Donato said.
Gangneung, South Korea — Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals and Troy Terry dominated with his speed as college players led the United States to an important 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the Olympics.
Excitement, sadness accompany Badgers’ Tony Granato to Olympic hockey coaching duty
They were some of the best phone calls that Jim Johannson ever got to make.
Tony Granato knows, because Johannson would call him after almost every one, beaming about the excitement emanating from the player to whom he’d just given a spot on the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team.
“This is my greatest day as a part of hockey,” Johannson told Granato, in the latter’s recollection. “I’ve never had the thrill of being able to tell a guy he made an Olympic team like this.”
New team, who dis? US players form chemistry via group chat
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Thrown together from leagues all over the world, the players shook hands and introduced themselves to teammates they'd never met but know well thanks to a bit of technology.
Long before their first practice together Friday, members of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team connected via a group chat. They talked hockey, logistics and life, and it's already paying dividends.
Tony Granato says he won’t micromanage Wisconsin Badgers from afar during Olympics
When the University of Wisconsin and Minnesota open their series at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kohl Center, it'll be 11 a.m. Saturday in South Korea for Tony Granato.
The Badgers coach, who's scheduled to leave Wednesday to be head coach of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, said he's going to try to keep tabs on the UW games.
But he was adamant that he won't be micromanaging from afar as associate head coaches Mark Osiecki and Mark Strobel lead the Badgers.
As Minnesota series approaches, Wisconsin Badgers’ big players making big plays
With its biggest rival coming to town, the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team is getting big contributions from its best forwards.
That has the 17th-ranked Badgers encouraged for a stretch run that they hope will bring them one more weekend at the Kohl Center this season.
The top four forwards on UW's scoring chart are all averaging at least a point per game in the last five outings entering a series against No. 12 Minnesota at the Kohl Center on Friday and Saturday.
Trent Frederic’s 3-point effort sparks Wisconsin men’s hockey team past Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As a key road series approached, coach Tony Granato said his University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team had returned to a place in the standings befitting the group’s potential.
He said the Badgers had “climbed and scratched and clawed” to get into the top three of the Big Ten Conference, but that more needed to be done to make it a long-term stay.
“Now is where we have to play our best hockey,” Granato said Friday morning, “to show that we are a top team in our conference.”
Olympics-bound Tony Granato confident he’s leaving Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey in good place
ANN ARBOR, Mich — Some extra notes before the 18th-ranked University of Wisconsin men's hockey team opens a Big Ten Conference series at No. 20 Michigan on Friday (6:30 p.m., FSW Plus, 1310 AM):
Coaching transition ahead
Saturday's game could be the last time Badgers coach Tony Granato sees the Badgers play in person this regular season.
On Monday night, the University of Wisconsin recognized the Badgers football team’s 34-24 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Southern Florida.
A group of Badgers players made an appearance at center court during the first half of Friday night’s game against Nebraska Cornhuskers. The group, which included A.J. Taylor, Beau Benzschawel, Michael Deiter, T.J. Edwards and Alex Hornibrook, drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
University of Wisconsin men’s hockey players referred to their signature victory last Sunday as a potential turning point in the team’s season.
On Friday, they took a step toward making that a reality with a third-period rally for a 4-2 victory over No. 14 Penn State at the Kohl Center.
Will Johnson’s midair redirection of Seamus Malone’s shot snuck past Penn State goalie Peyton Jones with 3:51 remaining to give the 18th-ranked Badgers their first lead of the game.
Badgers move into third place as another 3-goal third period gains tie with Penn State
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has generated two rallies from two goals down in Saturday night games against Penn State this month.
The latest effort produced a few thrilling moments on an emotional night for a team that’s climbing the Big Ten Conference standings.
Max Zimmer’s goal with 2:51 remaining gave the 18th-ranked Badgers a 4-4 tie with the 14th-ranked Nittany Lions at the Kohl Center.
No. 18 UW vs. No. 14 Penn State
When, where: 8 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Saturday, Kohl Center.
TV: Today — BTN; Saturday — Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Radio: Today — 1070 AM, with Brian Posick and Ian Perrin; Saturday — 1310 AM, with Mike Heller and Perrin.
6-8-2 Big Ten)
Coach: Tony Granato, 32-27-4 in his second season at UW and overall.
Confidence in hand, Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey can’t afford another step backward
The next challenge for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team is being ready for the next challenge.
The Badgers found an elusive combination of a complete performance and a positive result on Sunday in ending No. 1 Notre Dame's 16-game winning streak.
But if the 5-0 victory is going to mean anything in the long run, No. 18 UW can't afford a lapse when No. 14 Penn State comes to the Kohl Center on Friday and Saturday.
Jack Berry, balanced offense spearhead emotional victory over No. 1 Notre Dame in men’s hockey thriller
CHICAGO — The emotions of losing a friend earlier in the day left Tony Granato not wanting to coach a hockey game Sunday.
He thanked his University of Wisconsin players after a comprehensive 5-0 victory over No. 1 Notre Dame at the United Center for doing the heavy lifting while he and his associate head coaches had heavy hearts.
Big brother Granato prepared for role as US Olympic coach
Growing up as the oldest of six children, Tony Granato always seemed to be in charge.
If that meant telling brothers Don and Robby to help their younger siblings put on their shoes or find their jackets, that's what he did.
A decade or so later, those same qualities stood out on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team — even though defenseman Eric Weinrich and 15 other players were older than Granato.
Badgers men’s hockey gameday: Follow Game 27 against Notre Dame
CHICAGO — Hours after the program suffered a jolt with the death of a prominent alumnus, the No. 18 University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will try to end No. 1 Notre Dame's 16-game winning streak at the United Center.
Badgers men’s hockey: USA Hockey executive, former Wisconsin player Jim Johannson dies
Former University of Wisconsin men's hockey player Jim Johannson, an executive at USA Hockey who was preparing for next month's Olympics, died early Sunday morning.
USA Hockey confirmed Sunday that Johannson, 53, passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Johannson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, was the general manager of the U.S. men's Olympic team.
Badgers men’s hockey preview: No. 18 Wisconsin vs. No. 1 Notre Dame
No. 18 UW vs. No. 1 Notre Dame
When, where: 6:30 p.m. today, Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Indiana; 2 p.m. Sunday, United Center, Chicago.
TV: Today — NBC Sports Chicago Plus; Sunday — NBCSN.
Radio: Today — 1070 AM; Sunday — 1310 AM, with Brian Posick and Paul Capobianco.
Badgers (11-11-3, 5-7-2 Big Ten)
Coach: Tony Granato, 31-26-4 in his second season at UW and overall.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Cale Morris made 33 saves, and No. 1 Notre Dame scored three first-period goals in defeating the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team 4-2 on Friday to extend its winning streak to 16 games.
No. 3: The Badgers' Tarek Baker scored a third-period goal and contributed two shot blocks.
No. 2: Andrew Oglevie scored a power-play goal and added an assist for the Fighting Irish.
No. 1: Cale Morris keeps on going, this time with 33 saves for Notre Dame.
Badgers men’s hockey: Series with No. 1 Notre Dame starts string of ranked foes
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team's first chance in more than two years to play against the No. 1 team in the national rankings comes at a critical point of the season, coach Tony Granato said.
The Badgers have just one win in their last six games entering a pair of outings against No. 1 Notre Dame, which has won 15 straight.
Beyond that, it's the start of a 10-game, regular season-closing stretch in which every Big Ten Conference opponent is currently ranked in the USCHO.com top 20.
Badgers men’s hockey: Balanced scoring leads to series split with Michigan State
One of the points of emphasis that the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team laid out for the second half of the season was closing out games.
It took the Badgers until the fourth outing after their midseason break to even have their first chance at it, but they executed the plan nearly to perfection Saturday night.
Badgers men’s hockey: Trent Frederic sees heavy workload in return from World Juniors
When Trent Frederic told Tony Granato last week how much he was looking forward to playing for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team last Saturday, the coach tried to temper the center's expectations with a "we'll wait and see."
Granato said he didn't plan to play Frederic at all at Penn State on Saturday, one day after the sophomore finished the World Junior Championship with a four-goal outing against the Czech Republic in the United States' bronze-medal game victory.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — They rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period, killed four penalties over the final 25 minutes and were saved from an overtime loss by a video review.
Members of the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team still had some sour tastes as they left Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday night.
For one, a 3-3 tie with Penn State wasn’t the full response they were looking for after a loss in the opening game of the series.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Putting Trent Frederic back into the lineup was just the start of the changes for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team for its game Saturday at No. 14 Penn State (6 p.m., BTN, 1310 AM).
All four forward lines were shuffled after No. 15 UW's 5-1 loss to the Nittany Lions on Friday. Frederic is back as the top-line center after he scored four goals Friday to help the U.S. win the bronze medal at the World Junior Championship.
Badgers men’s hockey notes: ‘We have to make a statement early’ in second half, Tony Granato says
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Some extra notes before the 15th-ranked University of Wisconsin men's hockey team opens a Big Ten Conference series at No. 14 Penn State on Friday (6 p.m., no TV, BTN Plus pay stream, 1070 AM):
Removing the rust
For both the Badgers and the Nittany Lions, it has been nearly four weeks since the last competitive game.
Badgers men’s hockey: Wisconsin seeks higher level in critical moments
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team last played 27 days ago, it allowed three third-period goals in a loss.
The night before, three third-period goals by Notre Dame erased the team’s two-goal lead.
There’s a pattern beyond the third-period struggles over one weekend, and Tony Granato had it reaffirmed when he looked back on the first half of the season during the time off.
No. 15 UW at No. 14 Penn State
When, where: 6 p.m. today and Saturday, Pegula Ice Arena, State College, Pa.
TV: Today — none; Saturday — Big Ten Network, with Dan Kelly and Fred Pletsch.
Radio: Today — 1070 AM; Saturday — 1310 AM, with Brian Posick and Paul Capobianco.
Badgers (10-9-2, 4-5-1)
Coach: Tony Granato, 30-24-3 in his second season at UW and overall.
Badgers men’s hockey: No promises for forward Oscar Skiöld in tryout with Wisconsin
Oscar Skiöld said there were no promises made by University of Wisconsin men's hockey coaches when he asked to try to earn his way onto the team.
That didn't deter him from enrolling in school at UW for the spring semester just to have a chance to practice.
Badgers men’s hockey: After absence, JD Greenway ‘ready for moving forward’
After an up-and-down first season with the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, the talk surrounding JD Greenway was about the acceleration of his growth curve.
After missing the first half of his sophomore season, the defenseman is now talking about a learning curve.
Badgers hockey: U.S. women’s Olympic team has 4 former Wisconsin players; men’s roster shut out
Tony Granato’s U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team doesn’t have any former University of Wisconsin players on the roster, but four former Badgers players are on the American women’s hockey squad.
Forwards Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight and goaltender Alex Rigsby were announced Monday as being part of this year’s U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team.
Badgers men’s hockey: Wisconsin has absences, addition in return to practice
When the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team returned to practice Thursday night after a 14-day break for exams and Christmas, it was short a few players and had one extra.
Two of the absences were planned ahead of time. Center Trent Frederic is playing for the U.S. at the World Junior Championship. Goaltender Jack Berry is the best man at the wedding of his brother on Friday.
Badgers men’s hockey: Lack of consistency cited as leading to first-half shortcomings
So much of what happened in the first half of the season was unexpected to the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team.
Coach Tony Granato offered that direct assessment after his team closed the 2017 portion of its schedule by being swept by No. 4 Notre Dame last Friday and Saturday.
Badgers men’s hockey: Notre Dame scores three goals in third period to steal victory
For two periods Friday night, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team played a hungry style that had provided success so far this season.
No. 4 Notre Dame was the opportunistic group in the third period, and it turned the tables on the 12th-ranked Badgers.
The Fighting Irish ran their winning streak to 12 games by erasing UW’s two-goal, third-period lead for a 3-2 victory in a Big Ten Conference game at the Kohl Center.
Badgers men’s hockey preview: Wisconsin plays host to Notre Dame
No. 12 UW vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
When, where: 8 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Saturday, Kohl Center.
TV: Today — Big Ten Network, with Jon Rosen and Fred Pletsch; Saturday — Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus, with Brian Posick and Adam Burish.
Radio: 1310 AM, with Posick and Ian Perrin today, Mike Heller and Perrin on Saturday.
4-3-1 Big Ten)
Coach: Tony Granato, 30-22-3 in his second season at UW and overall.
The University of Wisconsin hockey teams have a visitor at LaBahn Arena this week, and it could help set the stage for a high-profile guest in the future.
The American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs are practicing at LaBahn Arena on Monday and Tuesday this week after being extended an invitation by UW men's hockey coaches.
The IceHogs are the top minor league affiliate of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, whom the Badgers are believed to be courting to hold part of a future training camp in Madison.
Badgers men’s hockey: Goaltending a topic of discussion for Wisconsin coaches
For the second straight season, the goaltending picture for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team hasn't proven to be as clear as it seemed at the outset.
Last season, it was inconsistency and injury with starter Matt Jurusik that put freshman Jack Berry into the crease.
After All-American Kyle Hayton arrived as a graduate transfer this season, it was expected that he'd be the Badgers' mainstay.
Now, there's some doubt there, and Berry has emerged again from the backup role.
The bus ride from Madison, Wis., to Minneapolis took four hours. Tony Granato passed time by making final preparations for his team’s weekend series against the Gophers men’s hockey team. He also tended to his other job, head coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team.
Badgers men’s hockey: Trent Frederic searches for offensive rhythm
It was not a demotion, University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Tony Granato said, to list Trent Frederic as centering the third line on Sunday.
Yes, it was the first time in 17 games this season that Frederic, a sophomore first-round NHL draft pick, has appeared anywhere on the line chart but in the middle of the top group of forwards.
And yes, the move came a day after Frederic's line was minus-3 in a jarring loss to Mercyhurst.
Badgers men’s hockey: Two-goal third period leads to loss to Mercyhurst
Any time Tony Granato was asked this week about the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s series against Mercyhurst, there was a warning against a letdown built into the coach’s response.
With a series against Michigan in the rear-view mirror and matchups with archrival Minnesota and Big Ten Conference-leading Notre Dame ahead, Granato was keen on having his players not overlook the final non-conference team on the schedule.
Badgers men’s hockey notes: Wisconsin aims to avoid letdown against Mercyhurst
Some extra notes before the No. 9 University of Wisconsin men's hockey team opens a non-conference series against Mercyhurst on Saturday at the Kohl Center (7 p.m., no TV, BTN Plus pay stream, 1070 AM):
1. Challenge: Avoid letdown
If you look at the final four weeks of the Badgers' pre-semester-break schedule, one series doesn't match the others. (Hint: It's the one currently staring UW in the face.)
Badgers men’s hockey preview: Wisconsin plays host to Mercyhurst
No. 9 UW vs. Mercyhurst
When, where: 7 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Sunday, Kohl Center.
TV: Tonight — none. Sunday — Big Ten Network, with Dan Kelly and Fred Pletsch.
Radio: 1070 AM, with Brian Posick and Ian Perrin.
Coach: Tony Granato, 28-20-3 in his second season at UW and overall.
Player to watch: After freshman forward Linus Weissbach contributed two assists last Friday, he scored twice in a tie with Michigan a night later. It was his second two-goal game of his career.
Badgers men’s hockey: No change in persona as captain for Wisconsin’s Cameron Hughes
It’s not really in Cameron Hughes’ core to go into the locker room and make a bunch of noise to try to spark his University of Wisconsin men’s hockey teammates.
“I don’t really feel comfortable doing that,” Hughes said, “because I think I’d make other people feel uncomfortable.”
As the Badgers’ senior captain, Hughes’ style is more about substance, and No. 9 UW has felt his impact over the past two weeks.