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Notre Dame's hockey series rescheduled because of COVID issues at Wisconsin

By John Fineran
ND Insider

SOUTH BEND — A day after the Big Ten Conference postponed the Thursday-Friday hockey series between visiting No. 11 Notre Dame and Wisconsin because of COVID issues within the Badgers’ program, an announcement late Wednesday afternoon confirmed that the series will be played Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

It took some juggling of four other athletic events involving eight schools, four sports and two venues, but afterward, the two men’s hockey games between the fourth-place Fighting Irish (20-8, 12-6 Big Ten) and the fifth-place Badgers (8-19-3, 5-14-1 Big Ten) finally have set faceoff times. Saturday’s game will begin at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time while Sunday’s game will start at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Broadcast and/or streaming information has yet to be released.

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The Kohl Center, shared by Wisconsin’s two basketball programs and the men’s hockey team, will undergo three makeovers within a span of 29 hours Saturday and Sunday. Following a Saturday men’s basketball game between Wisconsin and Rutgers, the basketball floor will be removed from over the existing ice surface for the first Notre Dame-Wisconsin hockey game. Workers then will return the floor to accommodate a Wisconsin-Purdue women’s basketball game Sunday afternoon before it again will be removed for the Irish-Badger series finale Sunday night.

Notre Dame players huddle around goaltender Matthew Galajda (35) before the game against Minnesota Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in South Bend.

In addition, a women’s hockey series between Minnesota State and Wisconsin scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the LaBahn Arena attached to the Kohl Center has been moved to Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

That hockey series finale, of course, will conflict with the second half of Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at 6:30 p.m. Notre Dame will return after the series to campus early Sunday morning to prepare for a weekend trip to Michigan State Feb. 18-19. Wisconsin has an off week.