Oct. 9, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "Overall, it was good for our team to get a game under our belt where we are playing against someone else other than each other. Even though we got down in the game I thought we played pretty well in the first period and then our chances started to go in. We got a little more momentum as the game went on, and then we got a little sloppy as the game went on further and we left our goalie out to dry a little bit in the third period. But, overall I think it was a good test for our team."
On the offensive play ... "I think we missed some of our best chances in the first period on some rushes. We had some really good rushes and we had a chance to produce offense. Again, we got some finally, but it wasn't easy. It was a good game for us, because they were a good team, and they gave us a good game for half of the game."
On freshman defender Jacob Trouba ... "He is going to live up to expectation. He is a big time defenseman and he likes the physicality and he likes to jump up. He can really shoot the puck and he is just a gamer, he loves to play."
On the goaltender's play ... "I thought they all had their moments. I think that it is early in the year and none of them have really had much game time. There is a sense of urgency that shows up, that maybe we look slow or too deliberate or whatever, but I thought (Jared) Rutledge had a fine first period. The first goal was a goal that we shouldn't have given up, and our team shouldn't have given up. I thought (Steve) Racine was sharp in the second period. (Adam) Janecyk -- that is a tough period to come in -- he hasn't played in two periods and he comes in and our team is laying back a little bit and we give up two goals. I'm not happy about the goals against, but I think our goalies are right there."
U-M Junior Forward Derek DeBlois
On impression of first game ... "I think we came out a little bit slow in the first, but then got our legs under us in the second and third. I think we kind of took it to them from there; we had some good goaltending from some young guys stepping up -- it's good to see that."
On getting to the net ... "A lot of that is hard work. [Luke Moffatt] did a great job on the power plays out-working guys. I think that's what it comes down to, out-manning the guy. We were fortunate to get a couple lucky bounces and put it in the back of the net."
U-M Junior Forward Luke Moffatt
On impression of first game ... "It was good to get the Blue-White game under our belts a couple days ago and get used to the new rink a bit, but it still took some getting used to. The first period we were a little rusty, but we were able to get it going in the second and capitalize on some opportunities."
On offensive production from the freshmen ... "You never really know until this game. It was a sight to see; it was good to see those freshmen stepping up early and being able to contribute offensively, and they played well defensively."
On playing without captains... "It really feels the same. We're a good group of guys; we all have the same characters if the captains are around or not around. Obviously we want those guys around us to help lead us during the games, but A.J. (Treais) took over and he led by example, and some of us older upperclassmen guys tried to step up, too. We'll do whatever it takes for the team."