Notes & Quotes: #9 Western Michigan 3, Michigan 2

Jan. 25, 2013



Alex Guptill's goal tonight gives him six points in the last five games.

• The last time U-M lost to WMU in Kalamazoo was Jan. 11, 2003. The score was 4-3.

• With U-M outshooting WMU 30-26, it marked the first time this season the Broncos have been outshot at Lawson Arena.

• Even though U-M scored its 14th power-play goal of the season, it was during the 102nd power-play opportunity of the season.

• U-M's penalty kill was outstanding against WMU, especially during the first period. During those two penalties, WMU could only muster one shot.

• Michigan's record when trailing after two periods is 1-10-1.


Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On tonight's game ... "I liked our start, I thought we played well. We got off to a good start, and then we give up those five-on-five goals and they get back in the game -- and they are a good team -- and it is anyone's game. Then we give up another five-on-five goal, a D-zone type goal. Tonight I liked our team effort all through the game, and we had some good changes. (Alex) Guptill has a breakaway in the third period. If that goes in -- and it should go in most nights -- then you are talking about a different outcome. It is the outcome that ends up counting, but it is too bad, because the effort was there."

On what needs to improve ... "Taking advantage of your chances. I thought our power play showed some good things tonight. Burying your chances when you're on the road. There is nothing more important than taking the crowd out of the game. If we put in our next shot it is a whole different game. It is a game of ifs, and you have to play the hand that they dealt you. We know that they are going to come back and that they are going to push back. We have got to eliminate those goals."

U-M Sophomore Forward Phil Di Giuseppe
On the team's mentality ... "We have to win, and Coach expresses how this is playoff hockey and we have to start now. I thought we played good, especially the first period there. We had some lapses at the end, but I thought overall we played well but didn't get the win."

On his goal that was assisted by Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves ... "I was just following up the play going to the net like we always do, and I didn't think he was going to get by, but he did and gave me a backdoor tap. It was a great play by him and I was just there."

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