Jan. 23, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the play of the Nieves-Copp-Di Giuseppe line ... "I thought (Andrew) Copp was really good, and I thought it was good for Boo (Nieves) to play a game like that on the wing. Philip (Di Giuseppe) was strong all night; he was physical, and it paid off for him in the end."
On the confidence of the forwards when the puck wasn't going in the net ... "You can see they're working hard, and they're getting chances and getting pucks to the net, so good for them."
On whether he felt they needed an ugly goal against (MSU goalie Jake) Hildebrand ..."It was the way both teams were playing. They weren't giving you much time with the puck. Every time we had a chance, they got a stick on us or they got a body on us so there wasn't time to handle the puck. You just had to get it at the net, and if there was a rebound you had to battle someone to get there. That's kind of how their goal went in."
On the pace of the game ... "It wasn't just a grinding game. There was a lot of rushes and turnovers and outnumbered rushes and just-about-goals. So, typical Michigan-Michigan State, once it broke open it was exciting hockey."
On what he liked most about the way the team played tonight ... "I thought we played harder on the puck and stronger on our feet than we played against Wisconsin."
U-M Freshman Goalie Zach Nagelvoort
On redirected shots and the play of the defense tonight ... "I thought it was good. The defense did a really good job tonight of making sure I could see everything in front of me. The first shot actually trickled through me, and I got a nice whistle. The ref came up to me and said, 'You owe me one there.' But other than that, there weren't many redirected shots. The defense did a really good job tonight."
On whether the called-off goal should have counted ... "Absolutely. But the whistle was blown, and it wasn't a goal. I'll take it."
On whether he could feel where the puck was on the called-off goal ... "Absolutely. Like I said, it was tipped at the last second, and it was one of those where it was coming into me, and it just squeezed through me. I felt it bounce off my arms, and that's why I fell back, and it was behind me. I got a whistle, those happen once in a while. Goalies are lucky."
On his reaction to Di Giuseppe's goal ... "I was pretty pumped. I had just been saying to myself that it would be nice to not go to overtime for once and to actually get one in regulation, especially coming off that four-game streak where we couldn't win."
On beating rival Michigan State, in addition to earning a Big Ten victory ... "It was my first game ever against State, and if I could go my whole career without losing to State, that would be phenomenal. Tomorrow is going to be fun."
U-M Freshman Forward JT Compher
On breaking the four-game losing streak ... "It's been a while, and it felt good to get the win, especially against State; it's extra special. But we're glad to get back at it, get back on track and get the win."
On the first goal of the game ... "It was definitely a little lucky, came right back on my stick. Got a lucky bounce and it was a nice break for us."
On playing with Alex Guptill and Derek DeBlois ... "It's good to be back with them. I thought we had some good chances; they both made good plays on the goal, so it was certainly good to be back playing with them."
U-M Junior Forward Phil Di Giuseppe
On the potential of the Nieves-Copp-Di Giuseppe line ... "I think we have a lot of potential. Copp is on a roll; me and Boo are going to have to get going here a little bit, and then I think we can be really dominant line."
On the slow start of tonight's game ... "In regards to my line, I thought right off the bat we had a couple chances, but as far as the game goes I thought it was a slow-paced game right off the bat, near the end it kind of picked up"
On snapping the four-game losing streak ... "It's definitely a great relief like I said, you know we haven't played very many games like I said, and it feels good to get it against a great rival and in a great place like the Joe."