Jan. 31, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On being back in Yost ... "We gave them something to cheer about. It's great to be home. The first half of the game we gave up too much. Wisconsin was all over us in the first period -- they came out flying. They had some good shots and some good chances, and we had to tighten up in the second, which I thought we did. We gave an isolated good chance like that breakaway in the third period, but Zach [Nagelvoort] made the difference and saved the lead for us. Overall, they're a real good team, and we had to play rock-solid defense just to keep the score down."
On team scoring this season ... "We need more balance in our scoring and more depth in our scoring and more consistency in our scoring. But it was good to see guys like that put the puck in the net. I think it's going to help our confidence. That doesn't mean we don't have to work hard and play better in our own zone, but when we get the puck we should have the confidence we know what to do with it."
On Zach Nagelvoort's performance ... "Right before Guptill's goal, we left a guy wide open, and Nagelvoort made the save -- bang, bang -- and all of a sudden on the same shift, Guptill's got a breakaway. All of a sudden it's a different score. That's how hockey is -- one team misses, and the other team scores."
On Nagelvoort as starter ... "I don't want to get into naming anything right now."
On Wisconsin's performance on the road ... "I think it's unfair to judge them on the road this game, because when they played on the road earlier in the year they didn't have their starting goalie. When they were out in Boston, he was hurt, and this guy keeps him in the game. I don't think he was healthy when they struggled on the road. Both goalies were good -- we got the opportune goals."
On the line of Tyler Motte, Zach Hyman and Luke Moffatt ... "They really worked hard. That might have been their best game. Good for them. Zach Hyman works hard every night. Tyler Motte is a smart player, and Luke Moffatt on the right side gives them a senior. That was a solid line for us."
On being tied for fourth in all-time winningest coaches ... "That means I've been around for a long time, and I've had good teams, and I'm at the right place."
U-M Junior Forward Alex Guptill
On being back at Yost ... "That was a lot of fun. The Children of Yost were obviously pumped up tonight. They kind of feed our energy, and they did a great job tonight. I think we had a ton of fun."
On the Wisconsin's goaltender Joel Rumpel ... "Obviously, he is one of the top [goal] tenders in the league -- I think he might be number one actually right now. We probably think we have the number one goalie, but he's done really well. We've got to get guys in front of the net. That's one of the things we stress in practice was to get pucks to the net and get guys in front. Tonight, we won the battles in front of the net, and that always leads to goals. You've got those ugly ones."
On getting their "swagger" back ... "I think we have a lot of confidence right now. Even when we've given up a few chances, we made the saves and moved the puck well and had a lot of fun."
On him personally getting his confidence back ... "I think I've been a little snake-bitten lately, but I feel like I've been getting my chances and I got one tonight, which was nice. I think all the credit goes to my linemates. They are making me look good out there. (J.T.) Compher is obviously playing really well. Derek (DeBlois) is working is back off, so it's been a lot of fun."
U-M Freshman Zach Nagelvoort
On what went right for him tonight ... "Everything was going pretty well. My defense was making sure I could see everything, a couple of lucky bounces, and obviously that one lucky bounce there. I just felt like I had my positive game back that I've been missing for a couple of nights."
On how tonight has helped his confidence ... "It's a huge confidence booster, and I'm going to try to carry that all in to tomorrow night."
U-M Freshman Forward Tyler Motte
On having more people scoring ... "I think it takes the pressure off a lot of us. Obviously, there are some guys like Gups (Alex Guptill), who have a lot of points and who have been scoring, and it takes the pressure off of them and takes a lot of pressure off our team and gives Zach a little bit more room to breathe back there."