Oct. 26, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "Well, it was a better game overall. I thought we started well and finished well. The middle period was probably their period -- we were lucky to come out of it tied. For the most part, we knew this was the kind of hockey we would see. It's a hard-nosed, hard-fought game. We got the goals that we needed in the third period and (Steve) Racine made some big saves."
On team mindset after second period ... "I thought we were in a rush to leave our zone, and a lot of times we were leaving it without the puck and expecting the puck to come. And maybe our D wasn't making as good of plays, and maybe our forwards weren't giving them good targets and good plays to make. So it was a combination of errors and it was really sloppy hockey. And then we came out in the third period, and it was like the hockey game started again."
On freshman goaltender Steve Racine ... "He, I thought, battled hard throughout the game and made the saves that he's capable of making and maybe a couple that he shouldn't have made. So, good for him."
On sophomore forward Alex Guptill's third-period goal ... "Well, that's what Guptill needs. That'll be his mantra if he can become a complete player as he develops. He can be an effective player working hard, which he did -- he caused that goal by his second effort -- and he'll get rewarded more often."
U-M Senior Forward A.J. Treais
On physicality of the game ... "We've built Miami-Michigan into a rivalry, so you kind of expect that it is going to be a chippy game, you just have to accept it and play that way. Some games are going to be power play, power play, penalty kill, and we were just ready for that in the third."
On his recent scoring surge ... "I've kind of taken it upon myself the last few games (to score) and gotten lucky on a few shots. But as a captain, you want to step up for your team. Everyone would want to score that goal."
U-M Sophomore Defenseman Mike Chiasson
On the good third-period defense ... "It's something we've been priding ourselves on all year. We know our goalies are going to give us a chance every single night, and our defense has to make sure we're not giving up second opportunities, and our forwards have been doing a great job getting pucks out. So it was definitely a good thing for us knowing we can keep coming up in big games like that."
On game-winning goal ... "It was just kind of one of those plays where I was trying to dump the puck in, bounce back, got caught in my paraphernalia, dropped it down, chipped at Gupps (Alex Guptill), hit off his skate, ended up finding me and I just kind of chipped it in and just ended up beating him, heck of a play by Gupps."