Postgame Quotes: Michigan 3, Michigan State 2

Feb. 1, 2013

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On overall game play ... "We've had a lot of things to fix with our team. I don't know that they are all fixed just because of one game, but I think they feel better as players about their individual work ethic in the game tonight and our collective work ethic for an entire 60 minutes, not just for part of a period or half of a game. I thought our team put it on the line tonight for 60 minutes. The game could have gone either way, but I like the momentum we got in the second period, and then we finally got the goals we needed in the third."

On effective power play ... "I don't know that our power play played that well, but we took advantage of loose pucks. There were loose pucks for turnovers, and all of a sudden it was in the net. Just good plays, good instinctive hockey plays. It was not something that was planned. When you jump on a loose puck and get open like Boo (Nieves) got open when Phillip (Di Giuseppe) found him, two really good hockey players, and we got pucks on the net quick and surprised the goalie. Their goalie was having a great game and we got it away quick and they went in."

On freshman center Boo Nieves ... "Good for him. He's been a dangerous player, one of our most dangerous players nearly every game, especially in the second half, and it was nice to see him get rewarded like he did. He had some good shots that missed the net tonight, but he had a strong game, and when you score a goal you get a lot more confidence. He just got better as the game went on."

Sophomore Forward Phil Di Giuseppe
On the victory at home ... "I think it was the biggest thing ever. We haven't felt like that in a while, and that's how it is when you lose. But when you win against State it feels great; the crowd was behind us and it helped us a lot."

U-M Freshman Forward Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves
On the momentum shift in the second period ... "I think guys stepped up in the locker room; they said, 'this is the time, our energy, we kind of fall apart.' I think we came out hard, had a pretty good power play and went from there."

On the opportunity to sing The Victors ... "It's something I want to do. I think it would be a good confidence booster to become a part of that tradition."

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