Nov. 24, 2010
In preparation for this weekend's series for the No. 1-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team, UWBadgers.com caught up with junior forward Hilary Knight to get her take on the Badgers' series against No. 4 Minnesota Duluth.
Q: What do you attribute yours and the team’s success on offense to?
Knight: Personally, it’s that I play with some of the best players in women’s hockey right now. Brianna Decker and Meghan Duggan are tremendous accomplices on the ice. Whenever we’re scoring a goal, they always have their hands in it. And then we also have a great team. We have great chemistry. Every day is enjoyable to come to the rink and practice really hard, and inevitably that helps us win our game.
Q: Is the team looking forward to playing a series at home after two road series?
Knight: Definitely. The Kohl Center is a great building, and our home crowd is awesome. It’s always fun to play in front of our home fans on our home ice and invite anyone who dares to come play us here.
Q: What is the team’s confidence level like right now?
Knight: We’re 11-1 and just reading that on paper, it gives a lot of people confidence. But on top of that, our team is extremely close. If one person makes a mistake the person behind her has her back, and that’s extremely important. It has really helped us to perform the way we are.
Q: What type of team is Minnesota Duluth and how has the team been preparing for the games this weekend?
Knight: They’re a really good team, and they’re really fast. Their record on paper isn’t really indicative of how great the team is, but I think we’re just going into it focusing on ourselves and making sure that we win the 50-50 battles. We’ve been practicing one-on-ones, and we’ve been working on capitalizing on odd-man situations. They’re a great team and they have a lot of speed, so it will be a good match-up this weekend.
Q: What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving?
Knight: When I was home, my mom made homemade French toast and that was definitely my favorite part. I’m not a huge turkey fan, but I like having everybody together and sharing a family meal. I know everybody here is going to do something to that respect here.
The top-ranked Badgers will host fourth-ranked Minnesota Duluth this weekend in a Friday/Sunday series at the Kohl Center. Both games will begin at 2 p.m. CT.