Jan. 24, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's game against Minnesota, UWBadgers.com caught up with junior Madison Packer to get her take on the Badgers' matchup against the Gophers at LaBahn Arena.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this weekend hosting the Gophers in LaBahn?
Packer: When we played them up at Ridder, they were probably the fastest-paced games we've played this year so far. It's always exciting playing against them because you know other players on the team. They're a good strong team and it's a rivalry that goes way back, so it should be a good series.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing against Minnesota?
Packer: I like going against Bozek. She's a tough defenseman, a good defenseman. I like to play aggressive and they're a team that doesn't back down. I like to go into the corners and grind it out with some of the big D they have back there.
Q: What is the team's mood like after hearing that Sunday's game is sold out?
Packer: We're excited. Hopefully we can use the momentum from the home crowd to push the intensity up. It's obviously nice when you come into your own building and you have people cheering for you. I think we're excited and we're looking forward to it.
Q: What are some of the keys the team needs to focus on to find success this weekend?
Packer: I think we need to remember that we're playing to win and not playing not to lose. That's something that we've touched on a few times this week. We lost to them twice at Ridder, but we played with them and I think we gave them their closest games all year. We have to respect their players and be aware that they're there, but not be intimidated and just go out there and play our game.
Q: Minnesota is coming in having tied our NCAA record for longest undefeated streak, do you think that will affect the intensity level of Friday's game?
Packer: I don't think so. I don't think people on the team are really paying attention to that. Obviously they're undefeated and have momentum. Most of the intensity is going to come from the fact that we're the next team up to play against a team that's undefeated so why not be the first ones to beat them.
Puck drop for the weekend's games is set for 2 p.m., both Friday and Sunday. Sunday's game is sold out and is also set to be the third of four "Ice Hunger" games.