No. 12 UW vs. Michigan Tech
When, where: 2 p.m. today, Kohl Center.
Radio: 1070 AM, with Brian Posick and Ian Perrin.
Coach: Tony Granato, 20-15-1 in his second season at UW and overall.
Player to watch: Senior goaltender Kyle Hayton, a graduate transfer from St. Lawrence, makes his program debut with major expectations on his shoulders. The second-team All-American last season should help UW solidify a goaltending corps that has struggled in recent seasons.
Injury report: Sophomore defenseman JD Greenway (undisclosed) and freshman forward Jason Dhooghe (ankle) are out.
You should know: The Badgers will open the season without Greenway, who missed Saturday’s first official practice while dealing with what Granato said was “personal things.” … Six freshmen are among the 18 skaters expected to be in the opening lineup: forwards Linus Weissbach, Sean Dhooghe and Tarek Baker, and defensemen Wyatt Kalynuk, Tyler Inamoto and Josh Ess.
Coach: Joe Shawhan, first season at Michigan Tech and overall.
Player to watch: Senior defenseman Mark Auk was a second-team preseason All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association team pick by coaches and media. He had five goals, 23 points and was plus-4 last season and will have a key role on a defensive unit that has to replace four players.
You should know: The Huskies made the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years in 2017 but lost a big chunk of the team in the offseason. Goaltender Angus Redmond and defenseman Matt Roy signed pro contracts to join eight seniors in departing. Coach Mel Pearson left for the top job at Michigan, leaving Shawhan, his former assistant, to continue building in Houghton. … Michigan Tech was picked for third in the WCHA, behind Minnesota State and Bemidji State, in preseason polls.