Feb. 7, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's game at St. Cloud State, UWBadgers.com caught up with junior Natalie Berg to get her take on the Badgers' matchup against the Huskies at the National Hockey Center.
Q: What would you say the team's mood is like heading into the final month of the regular season?
Berg: We're working on keeping up our energy; it's really been a difference maker in a lot of game. When we went up to North Dakota, it's hard playing up there and they play really well there, in the first game on Friday we did not bring enough energy. But then we came back and knew we had to pick it up. We're working on just bringing energy to the rink, that's mainly our team's focus right now.
Q: What has practice been like this week after having last weekend off from games?
Berg: We're getting back into working on our systems, playing good defense and working on our forecheck. Last week was more of a work week, staying in shape, and now we're getting back to the details.
Q: Are there any challenges to playing on a larger ice sheet, like the one in St. Cloud?
Berg: Those of us who are used to playing on the Kohl Center in previous years know how to play on a big rink. We're fast and I think it will be to our advantage to play on a bigger rink.
Q: What are some of your favorite parts about a road trip?
Berg: It's a good time for the team to come together. You're with everyone, with your roommate. I know a lot of the upperclassmen are roomed with underclassmen, so that's been nice to get to know each other.
Q: Since the St. Cloud isn't too far away from your hometown, do you plan on having many family or friends attend the games this weekend?
Berg: My parents will be there, but I don't really have any friends that go to St. Cloud State. One of my former teammates, Julie Friend, is the goalie for St. Cloud State so it's always fun to see her when we play them.
Puck drop for both games this weekend, Friday and Saturday, is set for 2 p.m. Fans can follow the action using the Women's Hockey Gameday Live Page.