Dec. 8, 2010
In preparation for this weekend's series for the No. 2-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team, UWBadgers.com caught up with junior defenseman Brittany Haverstock (Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia) to get her take on the Badgers' series against St. Cloud State.
Q: How big was it for the team to win its first two games of the current eight-game road trip?
Haverstock: It's huge. To go to North Dakota, it's obviously a tough trip now with the team that they have, and to come up with two wins after last weekend is really good. It is really encouraging for the next weekend that we have coming up.
Q: How does the team plan to build off the success you guys had last weekend against St. Cloud State?
Haverstock: I think that we just have to keep working hard. Looking at the standings right now, everyone's really close, especially for those second and third positions. We really want to separate ourselves and make sure we stay up there. As long as we keep working hard and we push ourselves, I think we're going to be successful.
Q: What does it say about the WCHA that a team can pick up their first points of the season against the team leading the conference?
Haverstock: This conference has come such a long way. It's really incredible. Every team we play now, you have to come with your A-game. If you don't, then you can get beat on any given night. Every team is definitely a great team, the competition is awesome, and that's why this league is so successful.
Q: How does the team ensure that something like that doesn't happen when you guys play St. Cloud State this weekend?
Haverstock: Everyone was shocked when we heard [that St. Could State beat Minnesota Duluth in a shootout] over the weekend. I think that we all know that anything can happen really, so we have to come with our A-game. If we don't, then, like I said, we could get beat and we can't have that happen in this league with the competition being so close together.
Q: What does the team have to look out for against St. Cloud State?
Haverstock: They're going to be a really hardworking team, and they have the big ice sheet over there, so they will have the advantage that we haven't really had these past couple weekends. They know how to play on that ice, and we'll definitely have to adjust to it.
The Badgers travel to St. Cloud, Minn., to take on St. Could State this weekend. Both Friday and Saturday's games will begin at 2p.m. CT. Fans can follow the action live with the Gameday Blog.