first_imgThis weekend, Wisconsin women’s hockey fans can expect to be at the edge of their seats at the Kohl Center yet again.At his weekly Monday press conference, head coach Mark Johnson praised his team for its comeback win this past Sunday against North Dakota after trailing 2-0. Johnson said he expects the competition this coming weekend to be no different against the Minnesota Gophers (4-0-0).“They really don’t have a weakness with three balanced lines,” Johnson said. “It will be a good series similar to what you saw last weekend … It will be pretty entertaining.”Facing North Dakota highlighted several good qualities of the team Johnson said he is already seeing develop this early in the season. The ability to battle back from behind is something that clearly will be an asset to the team throughout the season.“Similar to a lot of games we’ll see over the course of the season, sometimes you’ll come out and fall behind for whatever reason,” Johnson said. “Those little things, I think [it’s] early in the season and obviously the victory helps, but the things you try and work on this time of the year is to get the kids to play hard for 60 minutes.”The ability to perform on the ice for the full 60 minutes was evident to Johnson in watching senior forward Carolyne Prevost’s performance Saturday afternoon, he said. Returning from a camp in Canada, Prevost was able to put three goals away for the Badgers in her first game of the season. She continued her dominant performance with two assists in the following game.Johnson said he hopes Prevost can continue to bring this quality of play to the ice for the rest of the season and maintain consistency in each game. Because it is her senior season as a Badger, Johnson said he believes Prevost will be up to the challenge of keeping a steady high level of play.“[Seniors] might be a little more focused and understand that [with] every game they play, they have one less,” Johnson said. “So for [Prevost] with 30 games to go, we’re trying to get her to play the best game she is capable of playing every night.”Along with Prevost, getting the whole team to play up to its best abilities is the key take-home point from watching Johnson and his team play against North Dakota, he added.As Johnson pointed out Monday, the team preformed poorly on power play opportunities.“Certainly the power play in the first period wasn’t clicking,” Johnson said. “We weren’t making the necessary passes or plays to create opportunities.”While struggling offensively at moments, one solid factor remains a source of confidence for Johnson. Sophomore Goalie Alex Rigsby held the team together, and with experience now in her pocket from last year, Johnson said he expected nothing less.“Anytime you come at something a second time, you are a little bit more relaxed,” Johnson said. “Whether it be a student or an athlete or being in big games, pressure games, she has been through those things and certainly has a better feel and understanding and a way to prepare for those.”last_img