No. 12 UW at No. 20 Omaha

When, where: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Baxter Arena, Omaha, Nebraska.

TV: None.

Web stream: NCHC.tv (subscription) — FridaySaturday.

Radio: 1070 AM, with Brian Posick and Paul Capobianco.

Badgers (4-4)

Coach: Tony Granato, 52-56-10 in his fourth season at UW and overall.

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Player to watch: Sophomore forward Roman Ahcan returns after being suspended for last Friday’s 4-2 loss at Penn State. He’s third on the team with nine points, and UW is 4-0 this season — and 12-3-2 in his collegiate career — when he has a point.

You should know: With all 16 forwards healthy and available, the Badgers presented different line combinations at practice this week to look for a return to the high-scoring ways with which they started the season. Two of the top three lines changed left wings: Tarek Baker skated with Ty Pelton-Byce and Owen Lindmark, and Ahcan was with Dylan Holloway and Sean Dhooghe. UW also teased altered power-play units after the team went 1-for-18 in its past four games.

Mavericks (4-1-1)

Coach: Mike Gabinet, 30-42-6 in his third season at Omaha and overall.

Player to watch: Center Joey Abate is one of 12 freshmen on the Mavericks roster, and he has scored three goals in his first six games. All of them have been game-winning scores, tying the former Badgers recruit for the national lead in that category.

You should know: This series matches the fifth-tallest team in Division I (Omaha, 6-foot-1 average) and the fifth-shortest (UW, 5-11.37). ... The Mavericks finished 17-17-2 in 2017-18, Gabinet’s first season after taking over from Dean Blais. But they had the second-worst record in the program’s 22-year history last season, 9-24-3. ... Omaha split with defending Big Ten regular-season champion Ohio State, winning 2-1 on Oct. 19 behind 37 saves by freshman Isaiah Saville.

— Todd D. Milewski


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