Postgame Quotes: Alaska 5, Michigan 4

Jan. 11, 2013

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On tonight's game ... "We focused on defense obviously, and we still give up five goals. Whether they score them 5-on-5, and the one case it was shorthanded, the other case it was nearly shorthanded, we just stepped out on the ice and they scored. We give up a power-play goal -- a good goal sure -- but we aren't going to win games giving up five goals. I thought we pushed back hard in the second, and we played better. We played better in the third, but it was just not good enough."

On momentum swings ... "It is a game of momentum. We have talked about that, and again today we talked about it, and how important it is to try to control the momentum of the game. We give up a goal, our next shift our guys are out there trying to change the momentum. If we score a goal our next shift we are trying to keep the momentum going."

On changing goaltenders ... "We give up four goals in two periods, and I don't care who is playing goalie, you have to play better than that. I think (Steve) Racine is a good goalie. I think he is as good of goalie as we have. He has to make those saves. Those are too easy of goals, and he stops them everyday in practice. We are trying to win games, and we are trying to give our goalies confidence. But, they better go out and do the job."

On freshman Andrew Copp's play ... "I liked his game; that is why we put him on that line. I can't tell you we have a first line, but A.J. (Treais) and Kevin Lynch and (Andrew) Copp is the young kid. He gives us a lot of energy and hard work. He is a good defensive, two-way player, and he can score, and good for him. I think we had a lot of players who had good games, but the bottom line is you lost the game. I think everybody should get some confidence, and they should feel better about our team maybe than they did a week ago."

U-M Senior Forward Kevin Lynch
On overcoming defensemen injuries ... "Certainly our top four (defensemen) are playing a lot of minutes. Coach came in the locker room after the first period and really stressed our forwards how well we have to play defensively to take some pressure off the defensemen. They each had nine or 10 minutes in the first already, and that's way too much. So we need to take a little bit of pressure off of them by playing more in their zone. I thought we did a better job of that towards the second and third periods."

On maintaining momentum ... "Coach came in the locker room and said special teams is a big factor in tonight's loss. They basically had two short-handed goals -- that guy came out of the penalty box and scored that first one, and they had a power-play goal. I think special teams is going to be a big factor in tomorrow night's game, and we need to clean it up."

On scoring scrappy goals ... "When we're in a slump like this, we can't make pretty plays. You saw that in the third period when it played to Boo (Nieves), and he got it back to Phil (Di Giuseppe) for a nice play, and it didn't go in. Those plays don't always go in. But tonight we had a lot of goals that were in front of the net garbage goals, and that's how we're going to pull out a win."

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