Feb. 22, 2014
Head Coach Red Berenson
On Penn State's lower shot count tonight ... "I think (the difference) was us. We played harder on the man, harder on the puck, we got pucks deep, we played more in their zone and we blocked shots in our zone and we didn't take as many penalties."
On the decision to use five forwards on the power play after Mac Bennett's injury ... "We didn't know if we were going to continue with that, but I thought (Andrew) Copp could handle that, so we put him as the high man on the power play. We don't have many experienced power-play defensemen right now without Mac in the lineup and without (Nolan) De Jong in the lineup, so we're going with the guys we've been practicing with."
On the performance from the defensemen ... "I like the fact that I thought our forwards played well, too, to take some pressure off our D so the D didn't have to play as much in their own zone. We didn't give up as many outnumbered rushes, we didn't play long shifts in our zone outside of one penalty kill. The forwards did a good job and the D did a good job; it was good to have Mike Downing back there as well. He and (Andrew) Sinelli really gave us a boost and (Kevin) Lohan got another game under his belt, so that's good."
On the play of Zach Hyman, including the first goal he set up ... "That was a great play by Zach Hyman, and Zach continues to work hard, you know, we moved him up on that wing with Copp and Tyler Motte, and I like the direction that line's going in, so good for Zach Hyman."
Senior Forward Derek DeBlois
On Mac Bennett's injury ... "It's tough seeing a guy like Mac go down. He's our leader, a great player, he logs a lot of minutes, and he's just a great person. So it's tough seeing him go down, but different guys have to step up. (Andrew) Sinelli was ready to go right back in at defense, he played an awesome game and logged a lot of minutes back there. Different guys have to step up, and I think we did a good job."
On the difference between tonight's victory and last night's loss ... "Every single guy stepped up and played hard, and we didn't give them much room out there. I think it was just about guys bearing down and not taking a shift off. We kind of got embarrassed in our own building last night, and that is unacceptable being at Michigan, so we knew we had to bounce back. Different guys came into the lineup, and everyone just kind of knew we had no choice at this point in the season. It's playoff hockey and we need to bear down, and guys stepped up."
Freshman Forward Alex Kile
On scoring twice and the effect on his confidence level ... "It definitely gives me a lot of confidence. It's been a while since I've scored. I got put in this position and needed to produce, and I stepped up today. But from a confidence standpoint, I feel really good about tonight."
On working well with his line ... "Playing with JT (Compher) and Deebs [Derek DeBlois], it's easy to find chemistry with them. They're two of the top six forwards on our team, and I'm just glad I got a chance with them tonight."
Sophomore Goaltender Steve Racine
On playing in front of the home crowd ... "It felt great. It's been a while. I think the last time I played at home was the first game of the year. Obviously, playing at Yost is the best place in the country to play, so I was happy to get the opportunity today."
On the defense stepping up tonight and keeping Penn State's shots down ... "They played unbelievable today. I don't think [Penn State] had many chances the whole game, probably less than five. After the last couple games we knew we had to be better defensively, and they really stepped up tonight."
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