Nov. 4, 2010
In preparation for this weekend's series for the No. 1-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team, UWBadgers.com caught up with sophomore goaltender Becca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) to get her take on the Badgers' first road series against conference foe Minnesota.
Q: How has playing the first eight games of the season at home affected the team's performance?
Ruegsegger: I think we're very rested, and we're coming off some good games. We have some momentum going, so we just need to keep that going on the road. We're prepared to go out and play Minnesota. I think we're ready to go.
Q: Do you think the freshmen have developed a false sense of security on the ice after the eight-game homestand?
Ruegsegger: I think they know that Minnesota is a tough competitor and a tough team to play against. I don't think it is a false sense of security though. Our upper classmen have been doing a great job and are really helping lead our younger players. As a team we're working hard, and we have confidence.
Q: How does the team prepare for road games and how is it different than home games?
Ruegsegger: On the first road trip especially, I think that people are going to get used to what we need to do and the different routine. It's different. Obviously you're not at home, and you don't have your own facilities and things like that, but it's still fun in a different sort of way. You have a couple of different elements just getting used to the rink and the ice and everything, but once you step out on the ice, hockey is hockey. We'll be ready to roll.
Q: How important are the games for you this weekend against Minnesota with it being the border battle and a matchup against another top-10 team?
Ruegsegger: I love playing the Gophers. It's great. I went to prep school in Minnesota, so I have some friends coming for me and to support the team, and that will be awesome. But like I said, once you step on the ice, nothing else really matters. All you're focused on is the game.
Q: How is the team preparing for Minnesota, and what things do you need to watch out for against them?
Ruegsegger: They have a lot of good power forwards, and Minnesota is a very talented team. We're just making sure that we're aware of that and who their top forwards are and obviously studying their film and recognizing their power play and those types of things. We also need to be sure that we know their strengths so we can work and capitalize against it.
Q: You and Alex have played extremely well this season, do you think the team builds off your success in net or do you guys build off of the rest of the team's success?
Ruegsegger: I think that we're all just working together really well. Our forwards have done a great job of producing, and our defense has been rock solid in front of us. I really think it's been just a team effort, and we're very blessed to be able to play with the team.
The top-ranked Badgers travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on the No. 8 Gophers this weekend. Friday's game will begin at 6 p.m. (CT) and Saturday's game is set for 4 p.m. (CT).