Postgame Quotes: #11 Michigan 7, Michigan State 1

March 8, 2014

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the team's strong defensive play in the three games since Mac Bennett's injury ... "Well I think it's the team picking up the slack for Mac Bennett. He's our top defenseman and he's not out there. Kevin Lohan is just getting back into the lineup and he's added something. Then you've got (Andrew) Sinelli. He missed the last game in Columbus, so (Mike) Chiasson went in and he played well. I think everyone that's playing is trying to pick up the slack for not having Mac. We've got to play with a little desperation too. This isn't all confidence, it's desperation. I keep saying we have to play better defensively, and tonight we were pretty good."

On staying focused for the game tomorrow night after a big victory ... "That's part of the conversation tonight and tomorrow. We know it's going to be a lot tougher tomorrow and tonight was a game that went our way. Tomorrow we're going to have to earn it and be ready to start right from scratch. They’re not going to go away."

U-M Junior Defenseman Andrew Sinelli
On the team breaking out on offense tonight ... "My first two goals were (bad). One went off the defenseman's stick and the other I was lucky enough to be in front of the net with a wide open net. I think the thing that's good for us is that we only gave up one goal which is something that we've been struggling with lately so it's a really positive thing for us.

On nearly matching his career goal output in one night ... "I think I scored more tonight than I ever scored entering the season, but it's just nice to have a good night I guess."

U-M Sophomore Goaltender Steve Racine
On the team's dominant performance in the second period ... "That's probably the most dominant period that we've had all year. Everyone was just working hard every shift, no one took a shift off. We got the puck in deep. We forechecked really hard and luckily we got some bounces where we scored. Their goalie is a pretty good goalie too, but that period we just really took it to him."

On beating Michigan State three times in a row and the chippy play at the end of the game ... "It's a rivalry and frustration sets in when the game turns into that. We've just got to keep our heads cool. We know what we need to do and we've just got to stick to that."

U-M Junior Goaltender Luke Dwyer
On getting into his first career game ... "It was actually (Coach Powers) who came by and just took my clipboard. I was keeping track of faceoffs and he said 'You're going in.' So it was as simple as that. I didn't know exactly when, probably the next faceoff. It was exciting, especially for it to be Michigan State at home."

On if he was anxious in his first few moments in net ... "I apologized to the referee on my second (save) because we were on the power play when I caught it, and normally when you're up 6-1, you don't cover a power play shot like that, but I didn't want to let anything by so I had to."

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