Postgame Quotes: RIT 5, #3 Michigan 4 (OT)

Oct. 11, 2012

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "You have to give that team credit. They were down two goals in the game and two goals in the third period, and they came back. On the flip side, we are disappointed in our overall defensive game, starting with our goalkeeping, our defense, and our D-zone play. You can't give up unearned goals and that is what we did."

On the goaltending situation ... "I will have to look at them again, but they all looked pretty soft to me. The kid made some good saves, too. It was a tough night to be a goalie in our end and we have to be better than that. Our D have to play better and our forwards have to play better too."

On missed scoring opportunities ... "No question, we hit a couple of posts and then with two minutes left (Kevin) Lynch went down and made a good move, and then (Zach) Hyman had a great rebound opportunity and if that goes in the game is really over, but it didn't. We had to hang on and sure enough we gave up two goals, a goal and an overtime goal. It is disappointing to have your first home game -- everyone is excited for the game -- and to have an outcome like that."

On A.J. Treais' playing the point on the power play ... "I thought he did a great job on the point. That is his first game on the point, on the left point, last year he played a little on the right point. I think he will do a good job, but we are going to miss Jon Merrill no question."

U-M Junior Forward Derek DeBlois
On losing control of the game ... "I couldn't tell you where [we lost control], but the defensive zone was definitely our burden tonight. We can't give those shots up to anybody. They buried them whenever they were in front. It's just bearing down in the defensive zone. It's something we'll work on and we have to get better at it."

On frustration of losing after controlling most of the game ... "Four goals -- you should win a hockey game. It comes down to the defensive zone. We just didn't bear down and that was the game right there. You can't blame it on anybody. It's a team effort, from the goalie to the defense to the forwards -- everybody just needs to bear down more."

On confidence level ... "I don't think it was over-confidence. It's early in the season. A couple lucky bounces here and we could have put some more away. We just need to get better -- I think that's the biggest thing."

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