Jan. 13, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's games, UWBadgers.com caught up with senior forward Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario) to get her take on the Badgers' series against St. Cloud State at the Kohl Center this weekend.
Q: How does it feel to have the whole team back together after having players gone at the USA Hockey training camp and the MLP Cup over the last couple weeks?
Deluce: It’s really nice to finally be back together as a group and have a full roster for practices.
Q: What was it like playing for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team at the MLP?
Deluce: It was a lot of fun, a great experience being in a new place this year, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. It was nice to play with Canada against all of the other countries. The games were just a lot of fun. Carolyne Prevost and I were on the same line, and a lot of the time, Stefanie McKeough and Brittany Haverstock were our defensive pair, so that was really nice.
Q: What will it be like to finally get back on the ice at the Kohl Center this weekend?
Deluce: It’s definitely nice to be back home and have our own fans and sleep in our own rooms. It’s nice to be back at the Kohl Center and be back to our home routine.
Q: What makes the Kohl Center so special?
Deluce: I would say the fans, having them there cheering us on makes it fun playing at the Kohl Center. Also, the atmosphere of the Kohl Center, the big ice, and just being home make it special.
Q: What is it like playing a team like St. Cloud State twice in such a short time period?
Deluce: It’s nice to have played them recently because we know some of their tendencies. We know they have a good goalie, so we’ll focus on taking lots of shots. I think we’ll try to reinforce the good habits we had in the last series against St. Cloud State and focus on what we did well in that series.
Q: Have you ever been on a team that has struggled to win games the way St. Cloud State has this season?
Deluce: When I was younger, there were times that I was on a team that wasn’t as good. I think St. Cloud State just has to stay positive. They have a good group of girls. Sometimes games are close, but it just doesn’t go in your favor, and that makes it hard. They have to try to stay positive.
No. 1 Wisconsin (20-2-0, 14-2-0 WCHA) returns to the Kohl Center for the first time in six weeks when the Badgers host St. Cloud State (0-20-1, 0-15-1-1 WCHA) this weekend. UW swept the Huskies in the last meeting between the teams with a 5-0 shutout on Dec. 10 and a 6-1 victory Dec. 11 on the road in St. Cloud, Minn.
The teams open the series Friday at 7 p.m. and play the second game at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Live stats will be available at UWBadgers.com, along with live audio on WXXM 92.1 FM, The MIC and live video streamed at BigTenNetwork.com.
After Sunday's game, the Badgers are hosting their annual Skate with the Badgers event. The women's team will skate from 4:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m., and the men's team will skate from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.