Oct. 10, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the play of Andrew Copp ... "That's what we're looking for. He's a big kid, he competes hard, he wants to play at both ends of the rink, and that's how we want our whole team to play. But Andrew Copp is not just a sophomore now, he's one of our captains, and he's playing like it."
On the game plan defending Johnny Gaudreau ... "Gaudreau is a great player, and I can't tell you we did anything special. We respect him, we had different defensemen on the ice at times, and we tried to play Andrew Copp's line against that line so Derek DeBlois, who's our senior right winger, played against Gaudreau. But he'll show up at the end of the year like he's a great player, but if you're going to win games you can't let the other team's best players have their best games."
On the great performance by Steve Racine tonight ... "I think that's what we expect. If you're at Michigan, you know you need good goalkeeping. Look what he did last year; I think he was 8-1-1 in the last 10 games. That's what we need from him. He went through his learning curve last year, and hopefully now he'll be more consistent."
On looking ahead to playing RIT on the road ... "Well, we're going to go on the road sooner or later. We've only played one home game really that matters, but this is part of the schedule. We've got a tough goalie on the road; we play RIT Saturday, and then the following Friday and Saturday we're at New Hampshire. So these will be three huge games, and it starts at RIT. They've got some veterans in there, they learned how to play on the road at the end of last year, and I think we'll be fine. RIT is a good team; they came in here and beat us last year, so we have enough respect for them."
On the Ward's Warriors presentation, and whether he told the team about it ... "No, I never told them a thing. I know all about it, but they were embracing that, too. They're online; they know what's going on. And good for Aaron Ward."
U-M Sophomore Forward Andrew Copp
On the performance of the power play ... "I think we got a lot of puck movement down in their zone. In the first game, we had some shots, but we didn't get great time in their zone, and I thought we did that tonight. I thought we got pucks to the net really well and ended up capitalizing on a couple quick plays that we were making. The quick plays were working for us tonight, and we were fortunate enough to get two on the power play."
On beating a team like Boston College ... "Obviously, it's a great to win a game, but we have to realize that we have to get better at certain things we didn't do well tonight. I mean it's nice to open up the year with a win, especially against a team like Boston College. It's good to get it under our belt, but we have to continue to get better."
U-M Senior Forward Luke Moffatt
On his excitement about his two-goal night ... "You know it was the first game of the season; we played a great opponent, and it was really great to get those first ones under my belt and under the teams belt and get out to an early lead. Also felt great to play in such a great atmosphere here at Yost tonight."
On scoring the first goal in the history of Big Ten Hockey ... "I guess I didn't even think about that. I was really more involved in the game trying to win out there. It's definitely good to get the first one out of the way always, definitely good to get J.T. (Compher) his first point as a freshman, and I feel like we got the ball rolling early this year."
U-M Freshman Forward J.T. Compher
On the forecheck ... "I think we got some really good pressure, and that was definitely part of our game plan today. We were going to be hard to play against, get the puck in deep, and make it hard on their defensemen, and I think we did that great. They played well, but we were really all over them and forcing turnovers, and we were able to capitalize on some of them."
On his emotions tonight ... "I've been waiting to play for this school for a long time, and to finally get on the ice in a big game against Boston College, I was just so excited. Having the opportunity to play in front of a full house, all those fans, all the students; my blood was just pumping. I was so glad to get out on the ice and try and hit anyone I saw."