Postgame Quotes: Michigan State 3, #3 Michigan 0
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Dec. 28, 2013

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson

On the team's effort after the first period ... "Well, I think they took it to us in the second period. We killed two penalties and we got some momentum from that, but we just didn't do much. I thought we had a good first period; we had some good chances and [Hildebrand] either made the save or we hit the bar or we missed the net, but I thought it was one of our best periods of the weekend. I thought our third period last night and our first period tonight were good, but we had trouble putting back-to-back periods together. If I knew why I wouldn't be here at this time, I'd be coming in here later."

On the team's difficulties on offense ... "I thought we overpassed the puck tonight. We were stuck on 12 shots there for a while, we passed the puck on two or three chances when we should have taken shots. You saw when they shot the puck, they had a chance to score. I thought we were too cute with the puck and not as confident to shoot, so we passed it off."

On the play of Steve Racine ... "Well, he got off to a rough start. That first shot is one he'd like to have back. He was competitive after that. The last goal might have gone off a skate; it looked like it changed direction. He hasn't played in a while, but he's a good goalie, though I can't tell you that was his 'A' game."

U-M Sophomore Forward Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves

On the team's play overall ... "I thought we started out pretty well, and as the game went on we were a little flat at times. We created chances but we couldn't capitalize."

On if the team passed the puck too much tonight ... "At times, including myself, we made one too many passes. Especially with an outdoor rink, the ice isn't great, you've got to get pucks to the net and hope for the best."

U-M Junior Defenseman Mike Chiasson

On the team's experience at the GLI this year ... "For Michigan is wasn't the way we wanted it. We're not in the championship game, and we end up losing the consolation game. That wasn't what we wanted, but we have 13 days before we play our next game, so we've got a lot that we need to work on as individuals and as a group. We'll get back to work tomorrow and see how it goes."

On giving up 40 shots ... "Forty shots is way too many for any goaltender. That's not going to get the job done at any level of hockey. That's something we need to tighten up as a group on defense, and talking to the forwards about it maybe there's something that we're not doing that we can help them get the puck and put them in better positions, get the puck out of our zone quicker. That's something that we're going to work on in the next 13 days, and hopefully come into that weekend ready to go."


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