Oct. 6, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – In preparation for this weekend’s conference-opening series for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, UWBadgers.com spoke with senior defender Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.) to get her take on the matchup against Bemidji State.
Q: Is the team any more relaxed after the opening series last weekend?
Prough: I think the jitters are definitely out now. We’re going to prepare the same way we would for any other weekend. We’re going to work hard, have precise practices and get ready to battle over the weekend.
Q: Is it any different playing in a conference game versus a non-conference game?
Prough: I think we’re definitely more aware. Conference games count for a lot, and we need to make sure that we’re playing our best that weekend when we play a conference team. I would say everyone’s definitely more focused.
Q: Does playing at the Kohl Center two weeks in row help build on the success the team had last weekend?
Prough: I think playing in the Kohl Center gives anyone momentum. We’re comfortable here, we’re on our home ice, and we have our fans. The atmosphere is unbelievable here, so we’ll definitely build off that energy.
Q: How do you prepare for a team like Bemidji State?
Prough: We can’t overlook any team. Obviously, it is a conference game. It is important, so we’re just going to focus on one game at a time and make sure we’re working hard during every shift and get the job done at the end of the weekend. Hopefully we’ll come away with two wins.
The Badgers host Bemidji State at the Kohl Center this weekend on Friday and Sunday. Friday’s game will start at 7 p.m. (CT) and the puck will drop for Sunday’s game at 2 p.m. (CT). Both games will be streamed live at UWBadgers.com.