Feb. 24, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – UWBadgers.com caught up with sophomore goaltender Becca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) in this week’s segment of “Badger Breakaway,” where the UW women’s hockey players share some of their favorites on and off the ice.
No. 1 Wisconsin (30-2-2, 24-2-2-2 WCHA) hosts St. Cloud State (1-31-1, 1-26-1 WCHA) in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs this weekend. The Badgers earned the No. 1 seed in the WCHA playoffs, while St. Cloud State is the No. 8 seed.
The best-of-three series will take place at the Eagle’s 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.
UWBadgers.com: How did you become a goalie?
Ruegsegger: My brother Tyler is a skate. He is a center. When we were younger, he used to shoot on me in our basement, so I didn’t really have a choice. He handed me the pads and said ‘here you go!’ He really helped me become a goalie.
UWBadgers.com: What’s your relationship with your brother like?
Ruegsegger: Tyler is my best friend. He is my hero, too. He has really helped me in my relationship with Christ. We really share that bond in our faith, and I think that’s really helped us in our sport. We both went to Shattuck together and shared that adventure too. He’s definitely my best friend.
UWBadgers.com: What’s one thing you bring with on every road trip?
Ruegsegger: My bible.
UWBagders.com: What is your pregame routine?
Ruegsegger: Probably just juggling [with a soccer ball].
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite road trip?
Ruegsegger: Minnesota to play the Gophers.
UWBadgers.com: What is the one thing you love most about UW?
Ruegsegger: I like being able to take different classes. My major is African Languages and Literature. I like being able to have the option to take classes like that and being involved in opportunities like that.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite practice drill?
Ruegsegger: Tip screen drills.
UWBadgers.com: If you could play any other sport, what would it be?
Ruegsegger: Lacrosse. I played in high school.
UWBadgers.com: Who is the toughest opponent you have faced?
Ruegsegger: I would say Minnesota Duluth. They’re tenacious and they have good goaltending.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite memory off the ice with the team this year?
Ruegsegger: Probably the community service project at Second Harvest. Going and meatpacking with our team. That was fun to do together.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite professional team?
Ruegsegger: My favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings, and ironically, my favorite pro athlete is Peter Forsberg.