Feb. 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's games at Bemidji State, UWBadgers.com caught up with senior Saige Pacholok to get her take on the Wisconsin's matchup against the Beavers at the Sanford Center.
Q: How does sweeping a team like Minnesota Duluth give the team confidence as we approach the postseason?
Pacholok: Minnesota Duluth is a really good team, so I think the momentum from beating them will carry over into this weekend. Bemidji State has developed a lot this year too, so hopefully we can bring that energy from our games against Minnesota Duluth into this weekend.
Q: From a defensive standpoint, what were some of the things that the team did well against Duluth last weekend?
Pacholok: We had a couple flaws, but I think overall we played well defensively - playing the body, taking away passing lanes and blocking shots. If we can do those things again this weekend, that should help us out a lot.
Q: Bemidji State just took Minnesota to overtime last weekend, what are some of the things the team will have to look out for when playing against the Beavers?
Pacholok: Coach told us today that they're a high energy and competitive team. I think as along as we can compete and work harder than them we should be in good shape for the series this weekend.
Q: Knowing that things are much tighter this year, in terms of making the NCAA Tournament, what is the team's mentality like now that every game seems to be more important than the last?
Pacholok: I think some of our younger players, and really all of us, are nervous at times. But you just have to look at it in a smaller sense - playing every period, every shift. It comes down to doing the little things right, and that will make the biggest difference. We'll find success if we can stay focused on the little things and keep working hard in the small areas of the ice.
Q: Looking forward to next week, how much does it mean to you as a senior to have one last weekend at home in LaBahn Arena?
Pacholok: Coach Friesen mentioned to me that this will be the first playoff series in LaBahn Arena, and I think that is a special thing to be a part of. I just want to enjoy it more than anything, and I think if we can enjoy it and have fun we shouldn't have any problem winning two games.
Puck drop for the games this weekend is set for 7 p.m. (CT) on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can follow the action using the Women's Hockey Gameday Live Page.