Wisconsin Badgers Looking To Make a Statement

Ryan EvansContributor IJanuary 14, 2010

The Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey team can use the next two weekends to make quite a statement to the college hockey world. 

The Badgers, ranked No. 3 in the country in the latest edition of the college hockey rankings travel to Colorado Springs to take on the No. 8 Tigers of Colorado College this weekend before returning to the Kohl Center next weekend to take on the nations top ranked team, the Denver Pioneers. 

Wisconsin comes into these crucial WCHA matchups with an overall record of 12-5-3 and 8-4-2 in the WCHA, good for fifth place. 

The Badgers split the opening weekend series against the CC Tigers earlier this season and have beaten some of the top teams in the country this year. 

The Badgers can use these two coming series versus two of the top teams in the country as a way to put the rest of the college hockey world on notice that they are not only ready to contend for the WCHA title, but the national title as well. 

The men's hockey team is coming off a disappointing season which saw the team miss qualifying for the NCAA tournament by the slimmest of margins. They have rebounded extremely well this year led by forwards Blake Geoffrion and Derek Stepan and defenseman Brendan Smith. 

With a good showing against Colorado College and Denver the Badgers will put the rest of the country on notice that the Badgers mean business.