When, where: 3:30 p.m. Friday, Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H.


Radio: 1310 AM

About the Badgers

Record: 22-12-7.

Coach: Mike Eaves, 231-168-51 in his 11th season at UW.

Player to watch: Freshman Nic Kerdiles is in the midst of an 11-game point streak in which he has 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) and is plus-7.

Projected lineup

F, Kerdiles-Mark Zengerle-Tyler Barnes

F, Joseph LaBate-Brendan Woods-Michael Mersch

F, Ryan Little-Jefferson Dahl-Sean Little

F, Brad Navin-Keegan Meuer-Matt Paape

D, Jake McCabe-Frankie Simonelli

D, Kevin Schulze-John Ramage

D, Eddie Witchow-Joe Faust

G, Joel Rumpel

Injury report: C Dereke Lee (knee) and W Morgan Zulinick (leg) are out.

You should know: After shutting out the fearsome Minnesota-Duluth power play on five chances during their opening-round playoff series, the Badgers are 12-1-5 this season when not allowing a goal while shorthanded. En route to splitting four regular-season games with Mankato, UW was 18-for-22 (82 percent) while allowing a power-play goal in three of those outings.

About the River Hawks

Record: 26-10-2.

Coach: Norm Bazin, 50-23-3 in his second season at Massachusetts-Lowell.

Player to watch: G Connor Hellebuyck is an NHL draft pick of Winnipeg who leads the nation in save percentage (94.9) and winning percentage (18-2, .900) and is second in goals against average (1.39).

You should know: Lowell won both the Hockey East regular-season and playoff titles by leaning on its defense (2.06 goals allowed per game) and penalty-killing (85.7 percent success ratio). In the mix of both equations is defenseman Jake Suter, a sophomore whose father, Gary, is one of the most accomplished blue-liners in UW history. Jake wears No. 28.

About Denver (20-13-5)

Coach: George Gwozdecky (573-377-80 in his 24th season at Denver).

Player to watch: Nolan Zajac is the top-scoring rookie defenseman in the NCAA field with 6-20-26.

You should know: The Pioneers got an up-close look at New Hampshire in November when the teams met in Denver. The Wildcats came away with a 6-4 win, scoring four times in the third period. Centers Grayson Downing and Kevin Goumas scored three goals apiece.

About New Hampshire (19-11-7)

Coach: Dick Umile (518-275-94 in his 23rd season at New Hampshire).

Player to watch: C Scott Pavelski, a Plover native whose brother Joe was a UW standout from 2004 to '06, has seven goals in 79 career games. He wears No. 11.

You should know: New Hampshire is 4-0 against the regional field. It beat Lowell in all three meetings and knocked off Denver in a non-conference game.

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