Dec. 30, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- UWBadgers.com caught up with sophomore Lauren Unser (West Salem, Wis.) in this week’s segment of “Badger Breakaway,” where the UW women’s hockey players share some of their favorites on and off the ice.
Unser and the second-ranked Badgers travel 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.
UWBadgers.com: What’s your favorite practice drill?
Unser: I like Four Nations.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite professional sports team?
Unser: Probably the Green Bay Packers.
UWBadgers.com: Do you have any pregame rituals?
Unser: I always put my equipment on my right side on first, like my right skate, my right elbow pad, everything. That’s about it I think.
UWBadgers.com: Who do you think is the funniest player on the team?
Unser: Carla Pentimone, for sure. Carla is hilarious!
UWBadgers.com: Who do you think is the best dressed player on the team?
Unser: Saige Pacholok.
UWBadgers.com: What’s your favorite arena to play in away from the Kohl Center?
Unser: I really like North Dakota’s arena just because I kind of got the same vibe as our rink gives off. There are usually a lot of people there, and I like that. I think that’s probably my favorite.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite pregame meal?
Unser: Breakfast, when we get our pancakes and omelets and waffles, it’s so good!
UWBadgers.com: What’s the thing that you love most about Madison?
Unser: I love everything about Madison. I like that I’m close to home. It’s different. It feels like a bigger city, but not too big. Once you get here, the city feels smaller. I like everything about it.
UWBadgers.com: What’s one thing that you bring with on every road trip?
Unser: I always bring my iPod, and I bring a little stuffed animal dog that my cousin gave me.
UWBadgers.com: What is your best hockey memory so far?
Unser: Even though I didn’t score, one of my best memories is when I got a shootout attempt against the Olympic team when we played them at the Kohl Center last year. Scoring my first goal was probably one of my best memories so far, too.
UWBadgers.com: What is your greatest strength on the ice?
Unser: I’d say probably my speed or my shot.