Feb. 17, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On tonight's game ... "From a coaches perspective you like the outcome of the game, but you don't like how you got there. I thought we played just okay in the first period, but not as strong or as gritty as Northern was, and then with the lead we got softer and started taking penalties, unnecessary penalties and literally had to kill penalties most of the second period. You cannot play that way and get any momentum going. So we got lucky in this game to be able to escape with a win in the third period. The third period might have been our best period."
On keys to a strong penalty kill ... "I can't tell you exactly, I think part of it was respect for their power play. Part of it was maybe willingness to block shots and win faceoffs and do the little things. Our penalty killers were embarrassed last week and tonight it was a good night for them."
On holding off Northern Michigan's comeback attempt ... "It is not easy, they bounce back in the third period. They killed the penalties. Maybe we got lucky on a couple of shots that didn't go in. But, nevertheless Northern played a good, strong, solid game. I said earlier, they are bigger, older and stronger than we are and we had to compete with that. I thought part of the game we did and part of the game we didn't."
U-M Sophomore Defenseman Jon Merrill
On key to the success of penalty kills ... "I think we knew they had the best power play in the league this year up to this point. So we watched a lot of film and scouted them really well and coaches prepared us perfectly. We knew exactly what they were going to do on their breakouts and zones, so we were prepared and we just executed perfectly."
On unnecessary penalties ... "I think that in the second period we kind of lost the game a little bit. We got a little undisciplined and we took a few penalties that were questionable. I think that's something we've got to straighten out and figure out going into the playoffs here. We can't have penalties like that. We can't be killing eight penalties a game like we did tonight. It's not that easy, so we need to fix that."
U-M Sophomore Forward Derek DeBlois
On key to the success of penalty kills ... "We were up for the challenge. We knew they were the top penalty kill in our league so everyone was ready to go and our coaches did a good job preparing us."
On winning without playing team's best game ... "We've been getting goals at big times and (Shawn) Hunwick had been huge for us and week in and week out he's been the best goalie in the league and he's a huge part of that. And I think the best hockey is ahead of us, we just have to bring it together through three periods of hockey."
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