Jan. 28, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's games, UWBadgers.com caught up with junior forward Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) to get her take on the Badgers' series against No. 4 Minnesota at the Kohl Center.
Q: What's the excitement level like in the locker room now with Minnesota coming into town and the Fill the Bowl game on Saturday?
Ammerman: It's really exciting. When I was a freshman I got to take part in an NCAA quarterfinal game with a bunch of people here, and it's really exciting for everybody. I think the freshmen are going to have a little bit of shock with all the people coming to support us and we'll be on TV so all the people at home can watch us play.
Q: How does Minnesota being one of the team's only two losses this season impact how you prepare for the game?
Ammerman: It was an interesting game up there in Minnesota. Twelve goals were scored altogether and it was probably one of our best efforts all year so at least we know that we did play really well when we were up there. We came back the next day and won, 5-0, so we know that we can compete with them. But it's a rivalry and they're very good so it's always tough when we play them.
Q: How does the team bounce back after giving up a few late goals in last Saturday's tie?
Ammerman: It's definitely a learning experience, and Coach [Mark] Johnson also said it was one of our better games all year. We have to learn from not taking penalties late in the game and keeping that lead for when we get to this weekend and the playoffs. I think it's really good for us to learn from it and hopefully we won't do it again.
Q: How do you guys prepare for a team as hot as Minnesota, who is currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak?
Ammerman: Like I said, Minnesota is always a tough challenge no matter if they're playing well or not playing very well. We all get excited and we grew up playing with a lot of those kids so it's always very competitive. There's a lot on the line usually and usually we play them at the end of the season. The last two years I've been here it's always been a split series, very hard. So it will be a good tune-up for the playoffs.
Q: How do you think having a big crowd for the Fill the Bowl game impacts the play of the game?
Ammerman: I think that it will be really exciting with a lot of hard skating and lots of nervousness in the first five minutes because both teams will be excited playing with a big crowd. I think it will settle down and get back to normal, but it will definitely be exciting
The top-ranked Badgers host No. 4 Minnesota in a Friday/Saturday series at the Kohl Center. Puck drop for both games is slated for 7 p.m. CT. Saturday's game is UW's annual Fill the Bowl night. All UW students will receive free admission to Fill the Bowl with a valid UW student ID and all other fans will receive admission for only $1. For every person in attendance at the game, Becker Law Office will donate $1 to Second Harvest Foodbank, and UW will collect non-perishable food items to be donated as well.