Oct. 27, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "Well, it was disappointing to go into the third period with the lead, at home, in the second game of a series that is a must win and to have a defensive lapse like we did in the third. The faceoff goal and the power-play goal are inexcusable. We got out-powered, out-muscled going to the net and we had no answer for it. We had chances, we were close, and we came back and so on. But you cannot go into the third period at home and give up three goals and expect to win."
On this game being an important league matchup ... "It is a must win. This is a team -- we're in the CCHA right now -- we're playing for first place. We are trying to finish in first place, and Miami is too. These games are huge. We split these games at home, and you can't do that. You have got to win your home games, especially against a team like this. They are a good team, and give them marks. It is just not acceptable."
On the third-period letdown ... "That is a good question, I wish I knew. It wasn't just defense, it was the team. You give up a faceoff goal, it is not the defense, it is the forwards and they have got to front that, they have to win that, and they have to block it. You can't give up a goal that easily. Our defense was asleep on that penalty kill and they got behind us on the breakaway. There is no way that should happen."
On freshman goaltender Jared Rutledge ... "He gave up a breakaway goal. He gave us a chance. I thought he played a good game, and we just did not give him the type of support you need to give your goalie."
U-M Junior Defenseman Mac Bennett
On the difference from last night ... "I think we were kind of sleeping. I think we brought the same intensity last night -- that's a bad thing because we beat them last night, so you have to pick it up. So when we came out tonight we seemed kind of slow, kind of off; I think they dominated us in terms of getting pucks in deep and just kind of taking advantage of that and getting shoved-in net chances. It was sloppy hockey on our part and we have to clean it up."
On the importance of the game ... "We can't get these points back in March. Every weekend we play, whether we're playing one game or two games, we want to take all the points we can. That's going to sting a little, but we just have to pick it up."