Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team landed in Lake Placid, NY Wednesday in advance of the NCAA Division III Frozen Four.
Nearly every hockey fan knows that Lake Placid is the site of the 'Miracle on Ice', where the United States upset the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics. Playing on hockey's hallowed ground is a dream come true for the current crop of Blugolds, but the players say they can't enjoy it until they've handled their business on the ice.
"We've been talking about it in the phone, it's a business trip that we're going out there for," says senior forward Jordan Singer. "We're not going out there to vacation, we're not going to be a tourist out there. We have one goal in mind and that's to come back with a national championship. So that's how we have to treat it, just as a business trip."
Senior goalie Brandon Stephenson agrees, saying: "You know, as soon as we land and hit the ice for practice on Thursday, it's all down to business. That's why we're there. It is going to be nice to be somewhere new that we haven't been before as a team. But at the same time, it is a business trip, we are out there for one reason, and that's to win a national title."
The first Frozen Four semifinal will pit 2010 national champ Norwich (VT) versus 2007 NCAA winner Oswego State (NY). Then, it'll be UW-Eau Claire versus Utica (NY), at 6:30 P.M. (CDT). The winners will face off for the Division III national title Saturday at 6:00 P.M. (CDT).
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