Series Spotlight: Carla Pentimone on North Dakota


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<b>Senior forward Carla Pentimone</b>

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Senior forward Carla Pentimone
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Feb. 9, 2011

MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's games, UWBadgers.com caught up with senior forward Carla Pentimone (Chicago, Ill.) to get her take on the Badgers' series against No. 8 North Dakota at the Kohl Center.

Q: How did it feel to clinch the WCHA regular season title with the win last Friday night?

Pentimone: It was an amazing feeling. I think it was one of the first real accomplishments that we could actually tangibly feel. I think that it was an amazing game, and it just goes to show that any team can do anything so we have to be on our toes at all times.

Q: What is it like preparing for your final regular season series at the Kohl Center?

Pentimone: It's bittersweet. It's pretty sad at the same time because I wish that this could last forever, but you have to take everything one stride at a time. I think we had a really good practice today and we just have to keep working hard the rest of the week and be ready for North Dakota.

Q: Since the team has already clinched the regular season title, how do you approach the games this weekend? How will the team use the series to prepare for the postseason?

Pentimone: We could face North Dakota again in the playoffs, and I think that we should take this series very seriously and really use it to our full advantage. We need to play our game and play up to the highest possible level that we can.

Q: How is the team preparing for North Dakota? What do you need to watch out for against them?

Pentimone: Obviously we need to watch out for the Lamoureux twins. They are all over the ice and they seem to find each other no matter where they are. They kind of have that twin chemistry. We're definitely looking at video all week. We're putting our green jerseys on so we can kind of get the feel for the uniforms on the ice when we're defending against then. So really just keying in on some of their key players, but most of all just playing our game.

The top-ranked Badgers host No.8 North Dakota in a Friday/Sunday series at the Kohl Center this weekend. Friday's game will start at 7 p.m. CT, while puck drop for Sunday's game is 2 p.m. CT. The Badgers will hold an honorary puck drop with Captain Angie Joseph-Gaffke, RN, prior to Sunday's game as part of their Local Hero Day celebration. Wisconsin will also honor its six seniors as part of the celebration on Sunday.

On Friday, the Badgers welcome all Boy and Girl Scouts to the Kohl Center; all scouts in uniform will receive free admission. Friday's game is also Snuggie Night. Fans who wear a Snuggie to the game will receive admission for $1, and customized Snuggies have the chance to win prizes.

Sunday is Local Hero Day courtesy of Becker Law Office. Wisconsin welcomes all veterans, fire fighters, EMS personnel and police officers to the game for $1 admission. Fans should click here or email Heather Graves at HMG@athletics.wisc.edu for more information.

Sunday's game features a Wisconsin men's basketball ticket stub offer as well. Fans that bring their Wisconsin basketball vs. Ohio state game ticket stub will receive $1 admission.

Finally, the Badgers will honor their six seniors against North Dakota as part of Senior Day. Plan to arrive early to honor these student-athletes as they play in their final home match at the Kohl Center as Badgers. Wisconsin’s 2011 senior class includes Mallory Deluce, Meghan Duggan, Anne Dronen, Kelly Nash, Carla Pentimone and Geena Prough.

To purchase tickets for Local Hero Day, please click here and enter the promotional code “HEROES”.

All fans can purchase tickets to Sunday’s game for $1 by clicking here and entering the promotional code “FANS”.

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