Postgame Quotes: Bowling Green 5, Michigan 1

Jan. 8, 2013

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On tonight's game ... "That game shouldn't have gone that way, but it did. The puck went in too easy at one end. We couldn't generate anything; that five-minute major could have helped us, and we couldn't get it going. Our scoring chances when it was 2-1; we had great scoring chances, and (Zach) Hyman didn't score, and (Luke) Moffatt didn't score. Those chances you have to put them in; we didn't get a lot of chances. But, give Bowling Green credit; they got the goals they needed, and they played well."

On the team's defensive play... "I don't know what the break did for some teams, but I can't tell you it helped our team. We have been struggling defensively, and we are still struggling defensively. I will say in defense it was Jon Merrill's first game back and he played well and he played a lot. Our defense was tired."

On Michigan's offensive frustrations ... "That is what happens sometimes; the puck doesn't go in. It is harder to score when you need to score, and when you are playing from behind. We have done that before. Our last Division I opponent was Michigan State at Joe Louis and we were down 2-1 in the third and we came back and had four goals, and we got something going. We were hoping to get a taste of that tonight, and it was not there."

U-M Junior Defenseman Lee Moffie
On struggling defensively ... "We were having a tough time breaking the puck down. They had pretty good pressure, and we didn't do a good job of going back together and communicating with our center and whoever was the first forward back. Breaking the puck down was definitely an issue for us. They got the puck down in our zone, and it led to issues."

On stamina of defensive units ... "We have no excuses. Playing with five defensemen, you're getting plenty of rest. A guy goes down and we're ready for that. We do conditioning for that. There are no excuses. Obviously, losing Brennen (Serville) -- he's a big part of our defensive corps. But as far as playing tired, we have no excuses."

On enthusiasm level as a team ... "[Coach Red Berenson] is trying to get us going, and we're all looking for that one spark to get this team going, and right now that's hard to come by for whatever reason."

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