Postgame Quotes: U.S. NTDP 5, Michigan 4 (OT) (ex.)
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Dec. 5, 2013

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On his impressions of the game ... "I thought it was a good game. I knew they were a good team, and that they'd come in here full of enthusiasm, and they showed their speed and their skill. They scored the early goal, but I liked the way we came back. For the most part, we were having a good game, and then late in the game I put in Luke Dwyer and, this is putting him on the spot, but he's one of those kids that our team is excited to see play, but they didn't go out and help him. The goalie can't win the game himself, so it was tough, the way things went in the last three minutes, but up until then I thought we were having a pretty good game."

On incoming freshman Dylan Larkin ... "Well, he's a good player, and you notice him on the ice. He's got speed, and he's a dangerous player, so he's going to be a great player at Michigan."

On takeaways from the game ... "I think the good thing was we had some of our freshmen step up. Evan Allen had two goals, and I think all four of our goals were by freshmen, so that was a good sign. It was a good game for them, and it's a game against good players. We're going to play good teams this year, probably better teams, but not any teams that have any more skill than this team. Even though they're young players, there's a lot of skill on that team. Can we do better in some areas? I think so, but the game is over now, and I just feel like we lost to a Big Ten team. I don't take these games lightly, but I did think it was a chance to get Luke Dwyer in, and it didn't work out, it backfired. It's too bad for our team."

U-M Sophomore Forward Andrew Copp
On the play of Michigan commit Dylan Larkin ... "I like him a lot. He's got good speed, good skill, and he works hard. It's tough to see from one game, but I've known him growing up. He's a good player, and he'll be a good fit here."

On not being able to hold on to late leads ... "It was a string of mistakes. For this to keep happening is unacceptable. It's happened the last three games going back to the first Ohio State game. There are no excuses for us to be blowing leads like this. We're supposed to be a defensively sound team, and this just cannot keep happening. I don't know what the fix is, but we just need to be able to bear down and finish games."

U-M Junior Forward Alex Guptill
On what can be fixed so they can hold late leads better ... "I think we just need to bear down at the end. If I can request one thing here, for Dwyer to get in at the end, he earned that opportunity. He's been the hardest worker here for two and a half years, and he has nothing to show for it. That's why everyone was begging to get him in there at the end, and I've got a sick feeling in my stomach right now for us to blow that lead for him, it's pretty bad. Dwyer is the definition of a Michigan Man; he's worked out really hard and earned every opportunity out there. We're really happy for him, and hopefully he looks back at this someday and laughs, but it was pretty fun to get him in there."

On getting Luke Dwyer into the game ... "That was something the captains talked to Red at the beginning of the week about getting him in if we had a lead. We had about three minutes left on the clock, and we took an unfortunate penalty there. Nothing you can do on the first [goal]. The second one was kind of goalie interference, and then the third one was blown coverage. Nothing you can really do on the goals, but it was definitely fun to see him in there. He really deserved it."

U-M Freshman Forward Evan Allen
On all four goals coming from freshmen ... "I played for USA last year, so it was a big game for me and other true freshmen that played for USA, but it was good to get us all going, and we all got the goals. But in the end, a loss wasn't what we wanted."

On playing against his old team ... "I played there last year with all those kids. They were on the younger team and I was on the older team, but we had a great relationship throughout. It was pretty fun playing against them because it's probably their biggest game of the year besides the World Championships."

   

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