March 24, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "Well it was a good tournament obviously; there were four really good teams. It came down to a 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon game where you are a little concerned about which team will be really ready and which team might not be. Obviously, Notre Dame got a great start, and even though the game was tied, they were right there, and they were all over us. They didn't give us much, and we didn't get much, and that is how the game went on. Even after two periods, I thought our team would bounce back in the third, and they tried. But that first goal in the first shift -- goals were precious tonight -- we knew there would not be many of them, so giving up that goal was a tough one, and we just couldn't get it back."
On Steve Racine's play today ... "Right from the get go they were getting a lot of pucks to the net and bodies to the net, and he was sharp. That might have been his best game of the season and good for him we needed that. Anytime a team outshoots you like that in the first period your goalie has to be ready, and he was ready."
On the team falling short of an NCAA Tournament berth ... "I can't tell you we deserved to, but we probably had as much momentum as we have had all year. We were in a good place, and we had a tough game last night against Miami. That was a huge win for our team just to get into this game, and maybe we did not have enough gas. I don't think anyone deserves to win, but we were definitely on a mission, and we got cut short."
U-M Senior Forward Kevin Lynch
On pride for this season's team ... "I could not be more proud of them. A lot of people didn't believe in us two months ago, but we decided we were going to stick together in the locker room with the guys that we have, believe in each other, and I think we did. We came up a little bit short, but the guys sitting to my right and left -- I couldn't be more happy."
U-M Senior Defenseman Lee Moffie
On allowing so many shots ... "They had a good strategy against us. They are a good team and a physical team. They were pushing us a little bit in our zone -- that was a big issue for everyone tonight defending in our zone."
U-M Senior Forward A.J. Treais
On goaltender Steve Racine during postgame ... "I don't think anything had to be said. Obviously, he was really upset, and it wasn't his fault. We wouldn't have been there in that game if it wasn't for him. He was the first person I saw after the game, and I gave him a pat on the back."
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