Nov. 2, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On his team's play tonight ... "Another close game. I think it's been important for us that we get the early goal, and we haven't had to play from behind this weekend. I like the way our team competed. I thought tonight was a better team effort than last night, just in terms of effort and execution and game management; puck management as well. It was a close game; they got that one goal, and they got back in the game, and they played hard right until the end. It was anyone's game, and I think we got lucky on a couple of shots, and maybe they got lucky on a couple of shots. Nevertheless, there's not much to choose between these two teams."
On Justin Selman's role ... "I think it's a coaching decision with these kids, but in some cases it's a player's decision. How hard they work in practice, how hard they work when they get in the games, and Selman is one of several players that could be playing every night if he played well enough. When our fourth line can contribute offensively, that's a bonus. And as long as they're not taking penalties and hurting us. They got in trouble a little bit defensively out there, but it didn't cost us. But nevertheless, good for him. And Sinelli is another one; he's a junior now, and he's a pretty good hockey player. There's some competition now between about six or seven guys to get in the lineup and stay in the lineup. But that's good for our team."
On the play of Andrew Copp this weekend ... "He scored big goals, really big goals. In the game last night, obviously it was the game-winner, and then tonight could have been the game-winner. That goal was hanging on for a long time, and it was an important goal for us tonight. He's playing really well, and I trust him. He's on the ice in the last minute, takes a big faceoff, and he's doing a lot of good things for this team. I don't think he's doing it on his own, but he's in the right place at the right time. Someone had to pass him the puck for that rush, and Nolan De Jong gave him that pass. It was a good play by Nolan, and then Copp took it to the neutral zone and fired a long shot and scored. I'm glad we surprised him to score, but he used his speed outside, and he got a quick shot, just like he did last night. He's a team player, and that's why he is one of our captains."
U-M Sophomore Forward Andrew Copp
On scoring the first goal of the night ... "We had been talking about splitting the middle of their penalty-kill forecheck all week, and I was able to get that and get in the middle of the lane. Kind of mishandled the puck there for a second, but I was able to find a little area, below the blocker and kind of put it in."
On the early power plays ... "It helps us to get out offensively and get in an early rhythm, definitely helps to get shots on net. Obviously getting the goal early was huge, and being able to score the first goal of the game is important."
U-M Freshman Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort
On the defense ... "I thought the defense played really well; obviously, it's never good to be missing a guy like (Kevin) Lohan. We're disappointed he's hurt, and we're hoping to get him back as quick as possible, but the defense did a really great job. They let me see pretty much everything in front of me. There were only really two or three chances where they had any opportunities for shots; they just played really well tonight."
On the one-goal lead at the end of the game ... "Two goals obviously feels better than one. I remember though way back in the day playing youth hockey, our youth coach always told us that a two-goal lead was the most dangerous lead in hockey, because if they score one goal your right back to where you started, so either way for me, two goals, one goal, being up is nice. You always have to be on your game."
U-M Sophomore Forward Justin Selman
On his opportunity to play ... "We have a really good team this year, so watching the game, it's just an honor to play for Michigan. For me, I've just been working hard, trying to keep working hard all the time. I was taking shots with Blackie (Goalie coach Josh Blackburn) this morning when I found out I was playing; he kind of gave me some pointers on their goalie, and it certainly ended up paying off there."
On his goal ... "Anything I can do to help the team, a goal, get the puck out, killing a penalty, winning a faceoff; obviously, a goal is always nice, but I'm just glad we got the win."