Nov. 22, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On what was done differently in the second period compared to the first ... "Well, I thought we had to compete harder. We weren't playing as desperate, we were playing like we were expecting and hoping that someone was going to do it, and we'd get going and even though we had a two-goal lead in the first period I didn't like our period, and we were giving up too many grade-A chances. Our team was just out of sync in the first period. Then I thought we competed harder in the second period; we started to get a little more momentum going."
On whether or not he saw his team's killer instinct ... "Well I didn't see it early enough. We got it a little bit in the third period, but I didn't see it when we really needed it. But, we never got into any adverse situations; we weren't down five-on-three, we weren't giving up too much, and we had a lead so I don't think our team sensed that desperation."
On the second goal and whether or not he thought it would count ... "I thought they'd call it a goal just because it was an imminent goal. They put a rule in last year or two years ago and it said if the puck is imminently going to go in the net, it's a goal, even though the net gets knocked off. If it gets knocked off by your player who is knocked in by their player it's a good goal; those are the two criteria, so I thought it would be a good goal. (Tyler) Motte was pushed into the net by their player just as (Andrew) Copp was shooting, so I thought it was an easy call. Now, five years ago that's no goal because the net was off. It's a good rule, really, the imminent goal."
On outscoring teams in the first period ... "Well, that's been a trademark of our good teams at Michigan. We've been ready, we've started strong, and we've tried to finish strong, so that's huge. You know how it is; you look at what team scores the first goal in a lot of hockey games, and that's the team that's going to win."
U-M Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort
On his first career shutout ... "It feels unbelievable. There's no better feeling, honestly. To have the opportunity to do something like that against a team like Niagara feels really good."
On what he attributes tonight's success to ... "I think a lot of it is just our practices. We've had really high-intensity practices and having the competition with a guy like myself and Steve Racine, two really good goalies who are always battling and constantly playing against each other. Just having two guys like that is better."
U-M Forward Andrew Copp
On the performance of his line tonight ... "We had 12 shots on net, and that's a good mark to have as a line. We were controlling pucks down low, cycling well, reading off each other and moving the puck. I think you saw us take a step forward from last week, and I think we'll keep moving forward."
On tonight's five 5-on-5 goals ... "Five even-strength goals is really important for our team going forward, and I think it gives us a lot of confidence going into Big Ten play next week."
On the excitement of Big Ten play coming up ... "I'm really excited. You grow up being from this area, and Big Ten football and Big Ten basketball is a tradition, and there's excellence that goes along with that. For us to finally put our stamp on it, it's going to be really awesome next week."
U-M Forward Tyler Motte
On the performance of his line tonight ... "I thought we played well. A lot of puck movement; we talked about it in practice all week, controlling the puck for longer in their zone below the goal line, and I think we did a great job at it tonight. On top of that, getting pucks to the net, which again I think you saw from our line. We had a little luck going our way with the net coming off and everything. Phil (DiGiuseppe) had a couple great passes to Andrew, and he buried them, and you hope this gives us momentum moving forward."
On if he's ever scored a goal quicker into a game than he did tonight ... "That was pretty quick. (Alex) Guptill made a quick change, and I took a couple strides and got a hard pass from (Derek) DeBlois across, and I got it up as quick as I could."