Soon, ESPN’s John Buccigross, an anchor of the network’s Sunday night “SportsCenter’’ broadcast, declared he would resign if Potomak’s goal wasn’t the No. 1 play on SC’s Top 10. Buccigross did not resign.
Potomak said she practiced the between-the-legs shot while growing up and playing with her four brothers. She’d also seen William Karlsson of Vegas Golden Knight use it.
“I didn’t think I’d ever try on a big stage, especially against a team like Wisconsin,’’ Potomak said. “Actually, Frosty was the one who suggested I give it a shot.’’
Frosty is Gophers coach Brad Frost, who explained his suggestion this way:
“I told her to do it, but I didn’t teach her to do that, I’ll tell you that,’’ Frost said. “… I just had a feeling if she did it, it would be really hard to stop.’’
Potomak shook off any doubts about the shot.
“Well, I guess since Frosty and [assistant coach] Bethany [Brausen] just looked at me and believed in me that I could do it, my confidence rose a bit there,’’ she said. “ … I remember thinking, ‘Man, what if I do score?’ I wasn’t thinking. ‘What if I miss.’ ’’
She didn’t miss, and the Gophers have the latest memorable episode in their rivalry with Wisconsin.
“I knew she could do it; she knew she could do it; and she felt freedom to do it,’’ Frost said. “It was pretty cool.’’