Postgame Quotes: #4 Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 2 (OT)

Nov. 1, 2013

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game
... "Obviously, it was a close game, and we knew it was going to be a close game. We knew Tech would come out and play hard, and they did. They pinned us in our own zone the first five minutes of the game, and we didn't really start playing better till the second 10 minutes of the second period. Our goalie (Zach Naglevoort) was certainly a factor in the game, and maybe their goalie (Pheonix Copley) was a factor at certain times as well. I thought they outplayed us on a lot of situations. We gave up a power-play and a shorthanded goal, and we couldn't score on the power play when we needed to. We have to play better, but nevertheless we found a way to win."

On potential fatigue of his team ... "I think everyone gets a little tired, especially if you get stuck in your own zone, and then you stay there and ice the puck. But it was all around just a hard-fought game, and I expect the same thing from them tomorrow night. We were fortunate to get the win; goals are hard to come by, and they have been all year, but we got the one we needed."

On Michigan Tech's pressure ... "Every team we played has been a hardworking, good forechecking, good backchecking team. That's how college hockey is now, and everybody is playing hard at both ends of the ice. The types of teams that get through that are the types of teams that take care of the puck. We did not move the puck as well, we turned it over, with poor passes and missed passes."

On the five-forward power play ... "That's a risk you take. I can't tell you that was the cause for the shorthanded goal. It's a bit of a risk when you put three freshmen and a sophomore out there as well. It didn't work, and we'll probably have a defenseman back there tomorrow."

U-M Sophomore Forward Andrew Copp
On his game-winning goal ... "I'm not sure what happened, but they turned the puck over. I was yelling at Mac (Bennett) to give the puck to the wingman, and I just pulled it back and shot it, and it went in. It was pretty cool."

On whether fatigue played a factor ... "I don't know if it was fatigue. I just don't think we came in with the mentality of putting those guys to bed early. Playing all these hockey schools; they obviously play hard, and we kind of came in with the attitude that this is going to be a different game based on their record or whatever. They're a great team. They played Duluth and Notre Dame really hard, so I think we just need to come in with more intensity because this is a really good team we're playing, and we need to bring that fire right from the get-go."

U-M Junior Forward Phil Di Giuseppe
On having his third multi-point game of the season ... "I just tried to keep it simple in the first. Our line played pretty well the first and second, and the third we had some penalty trouble. I thought for the first two periods we really played well together, and things happened."

On the frequent penalties tonight ... "It happens, like I took that dumb penalty last game, so you can't really point fingers. You just have to work through it. There are some guys that don't penalty kill, but at the same time there are some guys that don't power play. Everybody goes through it, but you just have to work through it."

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