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Each week, BRSN selects one athlete that performs exceptionally compared to his or her peers. This week, we chose Alex Rauter, the senior hockey forward, after he contributed four points in two games against Quinnipiac last weekend.
BRSN: Alex, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What was your mindset going into this past weekend?
AR: Well we knew last weekend was going to be tough. Quinnipiac is a very good team and they play hard. We knew we just wanted our team to play fast and physical. By doing that, we believed we would have a lot of success. Another big key was winning the special teams battle. If we could score on the power play and kill off our own penalties, we knew we would be successful.
BRSN: How did you first get started with hockey, and what kept you in the sport?
AR: My dad played hockey and so he got me started when I was around three or four. He coached our local high school team and so I grew up idolizing those guys. I fell in love with the game from there and just never looked back.
BRSN: Why did you choose Cornell?
AR: I chose Cornell because it offered the best combination of athletics and academics. The hockey program has such a rich tradition of developing NHL players and the education here is second to none. Plus it was close to home so it was a very easy decision.
BRSN: What is your favorite hockey memory?
AR: My favorite hockey memory would have to be winning the New Jersey State Championship back in high school. Having my dad as one of the coaches and also playing with all my best friends who I played with my entire life just made it such an unforgettable memory. It was the first time our school ever won the state tournament as well so it made it that much better.
BRSN: What is your favorite game you’ve ever played in?
AR: My favorite hockey game so far would be beating Harvard this year at home. Alec McCrea scored with two seconds left in the game and the rink just erupted. I’ve never heard Lynah get that loud before. The place was sold out and especially being senior year, it was incredible.
BRSN: Do you have any pregame superstitions?
AR: My only pregame superstition is that I like to go on a walk before games to sort of clear my head and focus on the game. Another thing our team does is play a game of kicks with a soccer ball before games to loosen up. Without those, I would be lost before games.
BRSN: What are you looking forward to going into this weekend at Lake Placid?
AR: The thing I’m looking forward to most this weekend is simply just getting to play on the same ice as the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won a gold medal. It was such a historic event that helped grow the game of hockey in the United States and being able to skate on that same ice is really special. With that said, I also want another chance to win the ECAC Championship after losing last year. This time around, I don’t want to have any regrets.