Oct. 13, 2011
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On tonight's game ... "We liked our start even though we gave up the first goal. We knew St. Lawrence would come out strong. We didn't have a great first period, but the puck went in for us. The second period I thought we got into penalty trouble. I thought we took some bad, unnecessary penalties. You can put different adjectives on them, but as coaches sometimes you will call them a lazy penalty or a stupid penalty or a selfish penalty or whatever. The honest penalties you can kill, but you can't kill the others and that is what showed up in the second period. We gave up those power-play goals and I thought their team had the edge in the play. Then the puck started to go in for us. I think we scored four goals in the second period and they outshot us in the period. Twelve of their 16 shots were on the power play. Their power play was pretty good, and the players that we knew were good on their team were good. Nevertheless, we had the edge in the score and I liked the fact that we did not give up any goals in the third period and we ended up getting a couple."
On keeping focused while having a big lead ..."We were not happy. I think the team understood, I understood, and we made it clear we were not happy with some of the penalities and some of the second-period hockey. We got stronger and better and more focused and played a good third period. Regardless of the score, we are not trying to embarrass the opponent, but we are trying to play good, solid hockey and not selfish hockey. We are trying to play team hockey and Michigan hockey."
On the team gaining confidence from its plethora of scoring ... "No question they are getting some confidence and you are also realizing you can get goals by doing simple things like just going to the net. A couple of those goals were not even shots on net, they were just loose pucks in the crease and so on. That just shows you when you get pucks to the net and you get second efforts going to the net -- I thought Luke Glendening had a great game tonight and he is not a flashy player whether he scores goals or not. He is our best back-checker, our hardest fore-checker and most physical player and our hardest worker. When your captain is playing like that then your team cannot be far behind."
On starting league play next weekend ..."All of these games now we will put behind us. We have had a good stretch at home and have got some confidence and I think we have got some good experience. Now the CCHA kicks in and it's just that much better. The hockey will be better and everything will be more important, more serious, more this and more that. I think we are ready for it. When we go on the road we will not have the comfort part of home, but the good thing is we have got some confidence at home and now we need to take that on the road."
U-M Senior Forward Luke Glendening
On scoring a hat trick ... "I don't remember the last time I did it. It was probably a long time ago, but I was glad to help the team. I was frustrated; I was out there for two power-play goals against, and after the second period that was all I could think about. Obviously it is nice to help the team in scoring goals, but we need to shore up the defensive units for sure."
On adjusting to different lines ... "[David Wohlberg and I] have been played together since freshmen year, so putting a guy in there, Travis Lynch has been doing great stepping in as a freshman and playing and working incredibly hard. He is really easy to play with; we have great chemistry with him. If someone works hard it is pretty easy to play with him."
U-M Senior Forward David Wohlberg
On the game overall ... "I think we came in after the second period and no one was really happy giving up the two shorthanded goals and then we just kind of turned around and said, 'We have got to change what we are doing out there.' And we played as a team, stuck with what we were doing and kept scoring goals."
On the strong offensive start to the season ... "I think we have been scoring all year, so we can put those questions behind us. We have a lot of skilled guys on the team and we know what we have to do to score goals. If we just keep doing that we will be fine."