Dec. 29, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's series for the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team, UWBadgers.com caught up with sophomore defenseman Alev Kelter (Eagle River, Alaska) to get her take on the Badgers' opponents this weekend, No. 10 Northeastern and No. 4/5 Mercyhurst.
Q: After playing soccer for UW this fall, how does it feel to finally be back with the team and playing hockey again?
Kelter: It feels really good to be back. I’m excited to be playing with all the girls and really happy to be back on the ice.
Q: Is it difficult to get back into a hockey mindset after playing soccer?
Kelter: The transition is always a little bit difficult, but it’s something that we’ve done for a long time. It’s something that Derya and I have been doing all the way through high school, but especially coming back to this team, it was a longer transition just to make sure that we’re ready and fit for the team.
Q: Does hockey require a different kind of fitness than soccer?
Kelter: Well, it’s more anaerobic. For soccer, you’re just out there running for 90 minutes and doing sprints. Hockey is very short and quick, so you use some different muscles.
Q: Is it hard for the team to prepare to play two games against two different teams in this kind of weekend tournament instead of a regular two-game series?
Kelter: I don’t think so. I think that if we just take it one day at a time and one game at a time, then we should be good. Our team has been doing awesome so far, and I think we’re going to keep doing the little things and hopefully in the end it will go our way.
Q: How does the team prepare to play two tough teams in Northeastern and Mercyhurst after having nearly a month-long break from competition?
Kelter: Before the holidays, Coach Johnson really emphasized how we were going to work hard over the break to show respect for our teammates. We want to do well for each other, and we’ve worked hard and not really taken a break. We’ll be back strong.
No. 2 Wisconsin (16-2-0, 12-2-0 WCHA) travels to St. Cloud, Minn., for the Easton Holiday Showcase this weekend. The Badgers take on No. 10 Northeastern (10-4-4, 3-3-3 Hockey East) on New Year's Day and face off against No. 4/5 Mercyhurst (13-3-0, 5-0-0 CHA) on Sunday. Both games are slated for noon (CT) at the National Hockey Center. Live stats will be available, along with live audio and video. Fans can also follow the action live with the Gameday Blog.