The time is here. One of the most anticipated road trips of the year, and for us it is the first of many to come. We loaded the bus yesterday, and headed up to Minneapolis, participating in a post bus ride practice and then heading to check in at the hotel. Dinner was late, but we kept ourselves busy by playing an elementary game of "heads up seven up". It was a good team activity and kept our empty stomachs distracted as we waited for what turned out to be an awesome meal. Everyone turned in early last night, catching up on some sleep and getting mentally prepared for the games this weekend.
This morning we had a pregame skate, after which I caught up with a couple teammates and got their take on the weekend.
Sophomore forward, and a linemate of mine, Erika Sowchuk is excited for the high tempo game that is sure to come this evening.
"I am looking forward to an exciting game tonight," Sowchuk said. "It's always an intense battle when we play the Gophers and I wouldn't expect anything less tonight. These kind of games are always the most fun."
Fellow sophomore forward, Rachel Jones, has similar thoughts regarding the border battle tonight.
"Being able to play the in their first home game, and being able to give them a fight is something I am looking forward to," Jones said. "They are going to come out hard and want to win in front of their home crowd. It's going to be exciting because our team has been working extremely hard and it is going to be a great battle with our rival, and hopefully we can come out on top."
The team mentality is summed up by the remarks of my fellow teammates. We're looking forward to a great atmosphere, ready for a grind, and hoping to come out on top. This weekend is sure to be action packed and full of excitement and our squad is ready to accept the challenge that we have been preparing for all off season. This weekend is a huge stepping stone for our team, and I look forward to making forward progress on our journey.
The puck drops at 6:07 tonight at Ridder Arena, and 4:07 p.m. tomorrow. We hope fans can follow the game from our live blog and cheer us on as we go to work against the Gophers. Tune in after the weekend for reactions.
Thanks for reading. On Wisconsin!