Matchups set for Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off

MILWAUKEE – The schedule is set for the 2022 Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off (@HolidayFaceOff).

The second annual Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off will open on Wednesday, December 28 when Massachusetts takes on Clarkson, followed by Wisconsin squaring off against Lake Superior State in the semifinals at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

The semifinal winners will meet for the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off title on Thursday, Dec. 29, preceded by the consolation match.

Tickets for the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off are currently on sale. Single-day and two-day ticket packages are available for purchase at TicketMaster.com.

Semi-finals Doubleheader
Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wis.
December 28 – 4 pm (CT)
UMass vs. Clarkson
Wisconsin vs. Lake Superior State

Championship Doubleheader
Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wis.
December 29 – 4 pm (CT)
Console Games
Championship Games

All games will be aired on Bally Sports.

Last year, Wisconsin captured the inaugural Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off with an overtime win versus Yale and a shootout victory over then-No. 16 Providence.

THE FIELD
Wisconsin (Head Coach: Tony GranatoBig Ten Conference)
In his seventh season as head coach of his alma mater, 2020 US Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Tony Granato owns a pair of Big Ten Coach of the Year honors and the 2021 Big Ten title…Wisconsin won the inaugural Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off with an overtime win versus Yale and a shootout victory over then-No. 16 Providence at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee in December…first-round Columbus Blue Jackets’ pick and sophomore defenseman Corson Ceulemansthe Most Outstanding Defenseman at the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off, was named the Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Month for December and tied for the team lead with 22 points (7-15)…junior Mathieu De St. Phalle paced UW with 10 goals and tied Ceulemans in scoring…the Badgers ranked second in the nation in total attendance (175,241) and in average attendance (9,736).

Massachusetts (Head Coach: Greg Carvel, Hockey East)
The 2021 National Champions ended the 2021-22 season ranked No. 10 with a 22-13-2 record and won the Hockey East tournament championship after Replacing 10 players from the title team…head coach Greg Carvel, who guided UMass to its first National Championship in 2021, will enter his seventh season in Amherst, earned National Coach of the Year honors from USCHO and College Hockey News in 2021-22…sophomore defenseman Scott Morrow, a 2021 NHL second round pick by the Carolina Hurricanes, ranked among the nation’s freshmen leaders in goals (13) and points (33)… classmate Ryan Ufko, a 2021 fourth round selection of the Nashville Predators, ranked among the leading freshmen D-men with 26 assists a year ago…Morrow and Ufko ranked second and third, respectively, among UMass scorers.

Clarkson (Head Coach: Casey Jones, ECAC Hockey)
The Golden Knights posted a 21-10-6 record in ending the season ranked 17th nationally…included among those wins are victories over No. 14 Michigan Tech, Cornell, Wisconsin, and a tie at No. 7 Quinnipiac….the Knights had five players with 20+ points on the season, paced by senior Mathieu Gosselin (11-22-33) and junior Alex Campbell (16-17-33)….in goal, junior Ethan Haider started 30 games and played to a 2.39 goals against average while posting 13 wins, including three shutouts…Clarkson multiple NHL draft picks on its roster, including Campbell and Haider who were both taken by Nashville in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Lake Superior State (Head Coach: Damon Whitten, Central Collegiate Hockey Association)
Head Coach Damon Whitten is in his ninth season behind the bench and has led the Lakers to playoff appearances in all but one season…Whitten led Lake Superior to 26 wins during the calendar year of 2021, which was tied for third-most in the country (Minnesota State, 37; North Dakota, 28)…with 32 power play goals in 2021-22, the Lakers ranked 16 nationally and scored at a 22.5% clip (also 16th)…LSSU had six players with 19 or more points, including three skaters with 22 or more points…senior captain Louis Boudon led the team with a career-high 44 points in 36 games, including a career-best 15 goals…junior defenseman Jacob Bengtsson totaled 27 points, which included a team-leading 24 assists.

About the Gazelle Group
The Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, NJ The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. In addition to the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off, Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized college basketball events, such as the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project presented by Continental Tire, the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper , the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam , and the College Basketball Invitational. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit www.gazellegroup.com.

About Kwik Trip
Kwik Trip Kwik Trip is a family-owned company founded in 1965. Kwik Trip operates over 800 stores and employs 35,000 co-workers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. The stores receive daily deliveries of fresh baked goods, dairy products, soups, salads, fruit, produce, sandwiches and sell grocery products, general merchandise, gasoline, and related petroleum products. The company operates its own bakery, dairy, water bottling line, kitchens, food safety lab, distribution center, ice plant, LP plant, blow mold facility, transportation company, and health clinics. Kwik Trip makes, ships, and sells 80 percent of its own branded products and serves over 11 million guests per week. The C-store chain consistently ranks as a Top Workplace in each of its market areas and was recently named the #1 gas station brand in the country for the third consecutive year by USA Today.

About Fiserv Forum
Fiserv Forum is a preeminent sports and entertainment arena in downtown Milwaukee that opened on Aug. 26, 2018. Designed by Populous, Eppstein Uhen Architects and HNTB, the venue offers incomparable sightlines, customer service, technology and amenities. Fiserv Forum includes 17,341 seats for basketball, 15,178 for hockey and up to 18,000 for concerts, with 34 luxury suites and three clubs. The world-class arena is home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University’s men’s basketball team and also hosts a diverse variety of year-round events, including major concerts, family shows and other sports and entertainment events. Fiserv Forum is the anchor of the surrounding 30-acre Deer District neighborhood, which is Milwaukee’s premier location for people to live, work and play. In 2021, Fiserv Forum was awarded LEED Gold Certification for sustainability performance. Founding Partners for Fiserv Forum include Fiserv, BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls and Motorola. For more information on Fiserv Forum, please visit: fiservforum.com.

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