Consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1995-97 sealed Eaves' fate. Now the road back begins for Wisconsin.
Coming off a bye week, the Badgers seek to build of recent momentum to slow down No. 9 Denver.
Goaltender Matt Jurusik and the top line shined in the Badgers' split with top-ranked North Dakota.
University of Wisconsin freshman forward Luke Kunin is reportedly leaving school to join the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting.
The Badgers head to North Dakota with new-found confidence after sweeping Arizona State for their first two wins of the season.
Head coach Mike Eaves likes the growth he is seeing, but the Badgers have yet to translate that into the win column.
The Badgers showed they still have a long way to go to reach respectability again after being soundly beaten by Boston College and Boston University.
Luke Kunin and the power play impressed in the Badgers pair of ties against the Wildcats.