JAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoThe 2008-09 UW men’s hockey schedule was announced Tuesday,and on paper it appears the Badgers will have their work cut out for them.Wisconsin will open up the new season against the defendingchampion Eagles of Boston College on the road Oct. 10. Mike Eaves’ team willthen make the trek to Durham, N.H., to take on New Hampshire, winners of theHockey East regular-season title, the following evening.Michigan State, the national champions from two seasons ago,and Michigan will also travel to Madison to take part in the College HockeyShowcase Nov. 28 and 29. The Wolverines, who held the No. 1 ranking at the endof the regular season, claimed the CCHA championship and advanced to the NCAA’sFrozen Four before being defeated 5-4 by Notre Dame in overtime. In last year’sShowcase, UW fell 3-2 to the Wolverines and tied the Spartans 4-4. Both gameswere played on the road.In the annual Badger Hockey Showdown, Wisconsin will playhost to Harvard, Alabama-Huntsville and Lake Superior State. That tournamentwill run Dec. 27-28 at the Kohl Center. Last year’s Showdown saw Colgate,Bowling Green and Northeastern visit Wisconsin. The Badgers skated to a 2-2 tiein their game against Colgate and topped Bowling Green 5-3.The only other nonconference matchup on the docket is atwo-game home series against Northern Michigan the first weekend in January.Highlighting the list of road trips Wisconsin will be makingare a two-game series in Grand Forks against North Dakota — the team thateliminated the Badgers from the NCAA tournament this year — at Ralph EnglestadArena and a lengthy flight up north for a faceoff against Alaska-Anchorage.In all, 20 of UW’s 36 games in the regular season will beplayed against teams that made the NCAA tournament. It will also have six gamesagainst Frozen Four participants — North Dakota, Michigan and Boston College.The WCHA Final Five is again set to be played at the XcelEnergy Center in St. Paul, Minn., from March 13-15. The NCAA’s regional gamewill be held in Minneapolis, Manchester, N.H., Grand Rapids, Mich., andBridgeport, Conn. The Verizon Center in Washington D.C. will host the FrozenFour April 9-11.