The UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team is headed to their first-ever NCAA Division 3 Frozen Four this week in Lake Placid, New York. The Blugolds will take on Utica College in the national semifinals on Friday night. The Blugolds held their final practice at Hobbs Ice Center on Tuesday afternoon, they will leave for New York early Wednesday. And while going to the Frozen Four is a dream come true for every member of the team, they are treating the entire experience like a business trip.
Opportunities to play for national championships don't come around very often so the Blugolds say they have every intention of bringing home the gold trophy this weekend.
Senior forward Isaiah Bennis says, "As a kid you kind of dream of these situations, you want to be able to play on the national stage and for it to be my senior year as well as 10 or 11 other seniors. This is where we want it to end. We want it to end on Saturday night in Lake Placid.
Adds senior forward Jordan Singer, "It means everything to me, especially with the senior class we have, we're all so close, so it's a tight knit group. And to be able to go out this way, to go to the Frozen Four has been a dream come true."
Senior forward Jon Waggoner says, "Its fun for us to go down there as a team and a group and at the end of the day it's a business trip, you know we are down there for one reason and thats to win game 1 on Friday and then to go on and win game 2 to win it all and be national championships. It's definitely a business trip but we're gonna have fun doing it."