Nov. 16, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "It was a disappointing finish. I liked our start; I think our team came out with renewed energy. They felt bad about last night's game and they wanted to make up for it and they couldn't do it. We just couldn't get the offense going and then it was a defensive battle. It was a 1-1 game again with six minutes left in the third when they scored the go-ahead goal. On the plus side, we had chances to score, but we didn't score. I don't want to lament offense, but we just have to be even tighter defensively. A week ago we were the number one offensive team in the country and worried about defense, and now we are worried about both. Nevertheless, I thought our goalie was good. I thought our team played hard, we played a better game and they were a better team when it came right down to it."
On this weekend's power-play unit performance ... "They had only given up four power-play goals in the first nine games, so they have a good PK. We thought we had a couple of answers to it. I thought we moved the puck pretty well on a couple of occasions, but we didn't get the shots that we were looking for and when we did they got blocked. Sometimes the puck goes through and sometimes it doesn't."
On the game's momentum swings ... "You like to keep the game going -- whether it is TV timeouts or even (Phil) Di Giuseppe's questionable goal -- I would have denied the review and just said to keep the game going. We are playing well and we have a little bit of momentum and we need to feed off of every little bit we can. Nevertheless, that is the way the game is, it is a game of momentum."
U-M Senior Forward Kevin Lynch
On whether the team is trying to find confidence ... "I'm not sure it's confidence. I think we're just struggling to find a full team effort. Half the guys are playing well, half aren't. I think inconsistency is what we're fighting right now. You have to find it now, before it's the middle of the season or towards the end."
On changes in the power play this weekend ... "Well I know we had guys in and out of the lineup and we changed some of the formats on both PPs for both nights. That might have had something to do with it. We had a lot of shots get blocked and not get through. We tried to be too cute instead of making the simple play and getting pucks to the net."
On what to say to a team in this situation as a leader ... "It all comes back to the simple things and hard work. We're just going to have to get back to it this week and get back to basics. You can't get too cute and make the pretty play every time, you've got to just make hard-nosed plays and get back to the basics and that's what we need to do."
On Notre Dame's go-ahead goal ... "I think we were playing pretty well up to that point, both teams were fighting for that next goal and one of our defensemen made a mistake and turned the puck over and they happened to capitalize on it. But there's no excuse for them to get another goal and for us to not get back in the game. We should've come out and gotten the next goal, but like I said we have to get back to the basics next week and get ready for Bowling Green and Cornell."
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