Feb. 23, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's playoff match-up, UWBadgers.com caught up with sophomore Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) to get her take on the Badgers' series against St. Cloud State at the Eagles Nest in Verona, Wis.
Q: What’s the difference between competing playing in the playoffs compared to a regular-season series?
Frykas: There is a lot more excitement. There’s going to be a little bit of nervous butterflies but I think we can convert that into a lot of positive energy. It’s like a new season; whatever we’ve done is done and we have to take the next step forward to complete our next goal and go to the WCHA finals.
Q: Does the team prepare any differently for a playoff series?
Frykas: I think we’ve been developing our strategies and our commitment to everything throughout the season and making good habits. We just want to keep doing what we’ve been doing and hopefully we’ll be successful.
Q: How confident do you think the team is going into the first round of the playoffs?
Frykas: I think we’re pretty confident. We have 30 wins under our belt, which is great. Everyone’s contributed to those wins, and I think if we just keep doing what we’re doing we’ll be successful in the first round. We have to take one game at a time and one team at a time.
Q: Does playing essentially at home help add to that confidence?
Frykas: Yeah, definitely. Just having those fans up there and supporting you all the time really helps. It’s nice to have your colors in the stands when you look up when you score a goal. It helps out a lot and it gives you a lot more confidence.
Q: How is the team preparing for St. Cloud State? Do you guys take into account how you played them the first four times this year at all?
Frykas: I think we need to start over from scratch; we can’t take any team lightly. Whatever happened happened already, and it doesn’t really matter if we beat them before or if we didn’t. It comes down to winning these next two of three games. We’ll go into this game and after that we’ll go into the next one and just worry about each game one game at a time.
The top-seeded Badgers host No. 8-seeded St. Cloud State this weekend in the opening round of the WCHA playoffs. The best-of-three series will take place at the Eagles Nest in Verona, Wis. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday's game, if necessary, will begin at 4 p.m. The winner of the series will advance to the 2011 WCHA Final Face-off at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, March 4-5.