Nov. 15, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "I liked our start and I thought we were starting to play better in the first period. The shorthanded goal in the second period really turned the game the other direction. When you get your power play guys out there and they get scored on that is a huge goal for a road team and they took advantage of it. I thought they carried the play the rest of the second period. In the third period we tried to get going again. I thought we had some momentum, A.J. (Treais) had a breakaway and (Alex) Guptill hit the crossbar, and those were our two best chances and at that point the game was 1-1. You have got to put those chances in and we didn't and then we gave up a sloppy goal down low on that wraparound goal and then in the last two minutes they got another one. It was the bounces or the breaks, but on the other hand we have to realize that is what it is going to be like. "
On freshman goalie Steve Racine's effort ... "That's tough, your goalie keeps you in the game and is playing really well. The wraparound goal is a tough goal."
On the importance of each league game ... "Every game is a must win at this point. These are huge home games for us. When you have the lead in the game we are usually a pretty good team with the lead, but it was a tough way to give it up. A shorthanded goal affected us and we really never really got going."
On playing a strong first period ... "I thought we forechecked better, we got the puck behind their D. We had our legs and we had some more confidence. As the game wore on we were more on our heels and we went back to how we played last week."
U-M Senior Forward A.J. Treais
On letting the game get away ..."I thought we came out hard in the first period. It's always good to get that first goal. And the they just started out-working us after that and we kind of let ourselves go. You never want to give up a goal on the power play. After that, a few lucky goals. I had a chance to get our team back in it and didn't. (Alex) Gutpill had a nice shot at it, but that's the way things go in this league. Goals are really precious."
On not capitalizing on early opportunities ... "If you have a good chance and you miss it, you just go right back at it. Today, it wasn't going our way. Other days we can pump seven in the net. So I think it was just one of those days the puck wasn't going in."
On pace of the game ... "I thought (Notre Dame) played well. I thought Steve (Racine) played really well today. It was probably one of his best games at Michigan. I thought he hung in there really well and it's too bad we couldn't help him out."
On motivation to play well tomorrow ... "I think it's all mental. We give up a goal, we go down goals, the mindset should stay the same -- just keep at it. We scored the first goal today and we kind of let it get away from us. So I think in that sense it's all mental."