On the road to Sochi, the Women's Olympic Hockey team has stopped at UND's Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Team USA practiced Thursday afternoon to get ready to face-off against team Canada the evening of December 20.
"Well we're excited. I mean anytime you can go up against a team like Canada or any other super power it's a great test and it's a great opportunity," says coach Katey Stone.
There are still two cuts to be made to the final roster.
"There's a lot at stake here, so it will be a great atmosphere with a lot of energy in the building and we're really looking forward to it," she says.
It's a chance to see what team USA will be up against in the coming 2014 winter Olympic games in Russia.
"You know what someone tends to do, their habits and so it's remembering those in a game and a quick decision making time or play," says Forward Jocelyne Lamoureux.
Giving forth the same hard work and dedication as if this was an Olympic game.
"We have to be ready to go every game. It doesn't matter who we're playing, we have to play at our capability," she says.
The same effort they have put forth their entire lives.
"I dreamed about this as a little kid and finally to get the opportunity to play on the team and train with a bunch of girls who have the same dream as me is something I've dreamed of," says Forward Brianna Decker.
They're working toward the same goal- to be champions.
"Feb. 20 is the gold medal game so we have our calendars marked and we have to take care of business before then, but we're going there to take care of business and hopefully come out on top," says Forward Monique Lamoureux.
It's a goal they may have already won.
"You guys can witness how talented they are on the ice. I get the opportunity of witnessing how great they are as people," says Defenseman Gigi Marvin.
The USA versus Canada game is Friday night at UND's Ralph Engelstad Arena. There are still tickets available. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.