The Gophers met with the media ahead of this weekend's Border Battle with the Wisconsin Badgers. The rivalry is always eagerly anticipated, and this weekend's clash is no different.
"It's a healthy rivalry," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. "Our fans get a little more excited when Wisconsin comes to town. It has to do with all the sports and (Wisconsin) being another Big Ten member."
The Badgers are off to an uncharacteristic slow start with a record of 1-4-1, but Lucia still realizes the challenge they pose under head coach Mike Eaves.
"They have been playing a one-one-three, so we are going to see three guys skating back all night long. We are not going to get two-on-ones or odd-man rushes. We are going to have to win low scoring games."
Junior Forward Nate Condon is the lone member of the Gophers' roster hailing from Wisconsin. The games take on a little more importance for him. "If we lose to the Badgers, It is all I hear about when I go home." Wisconsin is the opponent Condon looks forward to the most every year.
Freshman goalie Adam Wilcox will be getting his first taste of the Badgers. "I am pumped. I have been looking forward to this weekend since the summer. It is one of those weekends you mark on the calendar."
Wilcox was named WCHA Rookie of the Week for his netminding last week in Anchorage. Adam collected the second shutout of his career against the Seawolves. "It is a big accomplishment this early (in the season). It is nice to get, but in the end as a team we have to get four points this weekend."
Wilcox and his teammates will start the quest for four points Friday night at 7 p.m. The rematch will take place at 8 p.m. Friday's game can be seen live on Fox Sports North Plus, and Saturday's tilt will be live on the Big Ten Network. All the action for both games can be heard this weekend on 1500 ESPN.
Written by Minnesota Communications Student Intern Josh Brennock