March 14, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the players ability to bounce back ... "They're discouraged obviously, and you would be too if you gave everything you had, you played maybe your best game of the year, and you came up short at the end. But they're resilient, and tomorrow is another day, and tomorrow night is another game. You have to take a lot of the positives out of this game, and be ready to go tomorrow."
On Minnesota's final goal of the game ... "Well, obviously, it was a power-play goal; they had they're guy down low at the goal line, and he tried to jam it in and then the puck shot loose to the guy scooting in on the back door. Should he have been covered? Yes, he should have been covered. So that's a mistake we made and a good play by them."
On the performance of the defense ... "Overall I thought we were good. I liked our defense, I liked our goalie, I liked our team tonight. Just one of those games. We had a couple of opportune chances and didn't score, and they got a rebound goal in overtime. If we played like that every night we wouldn't be sitting where we are."
On the biggest positive from the night ... "I think we matched their intensity, puck touches, physicality, all of it. They are a top team, and we played really well in the first half of the game. Didn't play as well in the second, got back to our game in the third, but I think that was the biggest thing, is we showed we can play against a top team. We didn't get the outcome we wanted but that's hockey. Bounces go one way or the other. I liked our team effort."
U-M Sophomore Forward Andrew Copp
On the team's sense of urgency ... "I think you kind of saw something similar to our first game of the year against BC, we were relentless, on the forecheck, just coming wave after wave and taking away their time and space. The way we played tonight is the way we should be playing every night. It's playoff hockey."
On adjustments to be made for Saturday night ... "Maybe a few. System changes maybe. But our work ethic was the best it's been all year, and our desperation was where it needed to be. I wouldn't say too much tinkering in necessary, it was a good hockey game, we just didn't end up on the right side of it."
U-M Senior Defenseman Mac Bennett
On his pregame emotions ... "I was so excited to play. Its tough watching from the stands, if tough watching your team play without you. This being my last weekend ever playing here competitively, it's pretty emotional. Playing a team like Minnesota, the number one team in the country, I couldn't ask for anything more."
On the game as a whole ... "Well coach came right in after the game and said he thinks we can play with that team, and we can beat that team. I thought we played them hard, we just didn't end up on the side that we wanted to."
On his last home regular-season game at Yost and Senior Night ... "Obviously, we want to win that game. Tonight proves that we can do that; we just have to make sure that we're taking care of the little things, and when it comes down to it, you know, a PK goal in overtime, you get a little puck luck against you, you lose that game. The opposite could happen tomorrow."