March 21, 2013
Minnesota Head Coach Brad Frost
"We're tremendously excited to be here to the Frozen Four, and naturally when you're hosting it, you want to make sure your team is here. As we all know, that was not an easy task last Saturday. Our team played well and found a way to win and have earned the right to be here now and face a very good Boston College team. We know a little bit about them, and know that they were one of the top, if not the top teams in the east throughout the year. It will be a very exciting game here at 5:00; we're really looking forward to it."
"I don't know. I guess we'll find out after tomorrow if we're still playing, and then we need to worry about the next game after that. We have a long way to go yet, so let's let it play out and see what happens."
On what amazes him about his team and their confidence level going into this tournament...
"Not once has this team had an off night this year. We may have had an off period or an off half period, but never an off night. Whenever they've been challenged, they've been up to the task. We talk a lot about the process of what it takes to win hockey games; we don't go into every game saying we have to win that game. I learned early on in my head coaching career that when you focus on the end result, it can cause a problem because then all we think about is winning. Frankly, the winning will take care of itself if we do the things that are necessary to win hockey games. This team is a loose group. They're confident, but not cocky. They're humble; I think you've seen that with these players."
On the business-like nature of today's practice session...
"That was standard for us. Our practice went a little longer today because we were doing more talking about certain situations. We're down to about 45 minutes to an hour here over the last few weeks. Tomorrow we'll run a drill or two, and then let the players have some fun on the ice."
On having experience winning a national title last season...
"I hope our team takes on the personality I have, a little more laid back, but still intense and ready to play. To get here is not an easy thing, so the fact that we're here, we want to enjoy that. When the puck drops tomorrow, we'll be ready to play. There's no doubt about that. I still think that a big part of our success this year is that we found success at the end of last year, so we have a blueprint on how to get there."
On Boston College's Alex Carpenter and Hayley Skarpua...
"Carpenter is definitely the engine that makes that team go; she's all over the puck all the time. The way she carries herself is very confident, and she's a threat every time she's on the ice. With Skarpua, the same thing. She's had a great freshman year. The thing about women's hockey is that it's a small world. We know these players from camps and recruiting and those types of things. While we haven't played them, we know their players and what they're about, and know their coaches very well. I would expect a very exciting game tomorrow."
On the increased attendance at games recently and the impact of the team's success on the local hockey scene...
"Our main fan base is young girls and their families, and it's been great to see them coming out to Ridder Arena. I can't express how exciting it's been to see the stands filled at home games, it's huge for girl's hockey locally and nationally."
Senior goaltender Noora Raty
On keeping the focus on the next game...
"After we beat North Dakota Saturday, we knew it was only going to get tough. No matter what people say, it's going to get tougher every game and we can't take them lightly. We have to come out flying and we can't make any excuses about playing three overtimes last weekend. It's 0-0 when the puck drops and we just have to play our best because Boston College is going to play their best."
On trying to avenge a 2011 Frozen Four loss to BC...
"Everybody knows that was probably the worst game in my career here, but that's in the past. I can't change that game and I don't think about that game anymore. I can't change the outcome, so I need to move forward and prove in the next year that I'm better than that."
Junior forward Amanda Kessel
On recovering from last week's three-overtime NCAA quarterfinal win over North Dakota...
"It definitely took a couple days. You'd wake up on Sunday and you'd feel like you got hit by a train. I don't think anyone was feeling great after those games."
On whether playoff hockey has been tougher and if the elevated level of competition has helped the team...
"I think that just prepared us for this weekend. Going into that game against North Dakota, I think we knew that it'd be tough and that they were going to throw everything they had at us. I think our team really responded and everyone played great--just too tough it out through three overtimes and push it out at the end."
On playing at home...
"We're playing at home and, personally, I think our team plays the best at home. Everyone's comfortable here, so to say that's not an advantage--that wouldn't be true. It's a huge advantage for us to be at home with our fans. I think it's like an extra player for us. I think it'll help everyone be more comfortable, especially our freshman that have never been here before."
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