March 2, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On Michigan's performance today ... "I feel fortunate that we won the game tonight. Our power play was maybe the difference in the game. Our goalie had to play well, and we got a couple of bounces here and there. The game the other night was a tough one to lose at home, but you've got to give Ohio State credit; they played really well."
On the success of the power play compared to Friday night ... "I thought we moved the puck a little quicker and we moved around a little more. We weren't as stationary as we were the other night, and we made good plays rather than take shots into bodies. They blocked a lot of shots the other night, and tonight we were able to get a shot through."
On the momentum swings of the game ... "It was anyone's game. I thought there was a point where we had two or three grade A chances in the second period and we didn't score on them. Then they got the goal they needed to get back into the game. The game could have gone either way right until the end."
U-M Sophomore Goaltender Steve Racine
On the team's defensive play late in the game ... "I thought we did a great job. We knew they were going to come hard. They weren't just going to let us win. At the end of the year here every win is important and you could see them pushing back. Unfortunately we kind of left them in the game a bit, but overall we played great. Wins are hard to come by now and every win is hard-earned."
On the Michigan-Ohio State series this season ... "They're obviously a great team. They've got a lot of great players, a lot of skill. Every time we play we know we're going to get their 'A' game and we've got to bring ours."
U-M Junior Forward Phil Di Giuseppe
On getting an early lead in the game ... "Last game we struggled on the power play -- I think we went 0-for-6 -- and then we scored three today. Andrew Copp's unit, they scored the first two power-play goals, so that was big for us."
On the importance of this win in the Big Ten standings ... "If we would have lost today, I think they would have passed us by one (in the standings) so it was huge, because they only have four games left and so do we. I thought it was a huge game."
U-M Sophomore Forward Andrew Copp
On getting an early lead in the game ... "We talked about getting a fast start. It was important, especially the way we started on Friday night. With a one o'clock game, one team is going to be more ready than the other. We were prepared and we were ready to go right from the get-go. I think it showed our preparation was where it needed to be today."
On the success of the power play ... "We had some quick puck movement and we ended up with pucks in the back of the net. I think we've had some good pressure the last few games, but tonight for whatever reason they ended up in the back of the net. That was a really good confidence builder both for my unit and Phil's (Di Giuseppe) unit."
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