Badgers at a glance: No. 12 Wisconsin (5-5, 5-3) struggled to maintain a full-strength roster in the first half of the season, with injuries, positive COVID-19 tests and the World Junior Championship depleting the squad. But when they open their second act against the Gophers, the Badgers should be back to their most complete roster since the season opener in November. Some notable returnees are forwards Cole Caufield and Dylan Holloway from the World Juniors; forwards Roman Ahcan, Tarek Baker and Dominick Mersch from COVID-19; and forward Ty Pelton-Byce from injury
When Jackson LaCombe, Ryan Johnson and Brock Faber returned to 3M Arena at Mariucci after a month away from their college team, there was no quiet slide back into the routine.
Their Gophers teammates made sure of that, surprising them at the rink Wednesday night to welcome them home.
"Getting to represent your country was awesome, but this is our team for the next four years, so it was really cool that we were able to come back, and they all took time out of their day to come to the rink at, like, 9 o'clock or something and give us a round of applause," Faber said. "… It was definitely special."