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Badgers prepare for Hockey City Classic

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UW forward Jefferson Dahl UW forward Jefferson Dahl
UW defenseman Jake McCabe UW defenseman Jake McCabe
Wisconsin is 2-0 in outdoor games Wisconsin is 2-0 in outdoor games
The Badgers hold an afternoon practice at Soldier Field The Badgers hold an afternoon practice at Soldier Field

Chicago, IL (WQOW) -- It's a sport meant to be played in the cold, and that's exactly what will happen Sunday when Wisconsin and Minnesota drop the puck at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.

Eau Claire natives Jefferson Dahl and Jake McCabe were spectators at Lambeau Field when the Badgers played outdoors in 2006. They say they are looking forward to their opportunity to play outside at Soldier Field. The biggest challenge is getting used to the conditions. The ice surface is a little different than what these guys normally play on.

"It's a small sheet, but maybe that will be to our favor," says McCabe. "We're going to play disciplined and we're going to get pucks to the net, that's key in this small rink. Hopefully we can get a couple bounces our way as well."

"It's an adjustment for both teams, we both play on olympic sheets. So things are going to be happening a lot faster, and we're going to have to be deal with the conditions as we go," adds Dahl.

Another big key for the Badgers against the Gophers is staying out of the penalty box. All three of Minnesota's goals Friday night came on the power play.

"They're really good on the extra man and we really have to be disciplined out there. We just need to play our game and capitalize on opportunities," says Dahl.

"I think they went 3-4 on the power play and that's what really came to bite us in the rear," adds McCabe. "That's what we're going to avoid. We're going to come out with another good start like we did and hopefully jump on top and keep going."

The Badgers and Gophers will drop the puck around 3:30 on Sunday. WQOW Sports will have post game coverage on the 10 p.m. newscast. .

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