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Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Miami (OH), Jan. 19



Jan. 19, 2013

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Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Miami (OH)
Jan. 19, 2013
Kohl Center — Madison, Wis.

Head Coach Mike Eaves

On his impressions of tonight’s loss:
“It felt funny to be in the locker room and not have a celebration going on. It has been a long time since we’ve had to deal with a loss. As we take stock of the game tonight, I thought for the first eight to 10 minutes [Miami] had a little more jump in their step. Obviously, they were a team that lost last night and they came out with a little burr in their fanny. But I thought it evened out after that. We were down in their zone the whole time. We attempted 28 shots in the third period. We did the things we needed to do in the third period to try and get us back in the game and we came up short. We didn’t get the ‘dirty one,’ we didn’t get the timely goal to tie it up. We had chances in the second period; chances in the third, but weren’t able to get the timely goal to tie it up. Moving beyond that, this weekend elevated our understanding of how we need to play at a high level if we want to be around at the end of the year. We need to take these lessons and hold onto them and apply them next week when we get into WCHA play once again.”

On the play of the team’s power play and Mark Zengerle’s line:
“They played well other than finish. We have survived them not scoring and our power play not scoring. Derek Lee’s line is firing on all cylinders and Jefferson Dahl and Brendan Woods’s lines are doing what they need to do. I still have the belief in my head and my heart that Mark’s line is going to break through, and when we get that piston firing we’ll win games like this.”

On what’s missing from Zengerle’s line:
“Finish. They’re just a little off. A quicker shot, getting good wood on the puck, having the puck in your wheelhouse when you’re going to take your one-timer, they’re sniffing, they’re knocking, they’re there, it’s just another step to finish.”

On how Miami getting the early lead affected the game:
“We were on our heels before they even scored. You could tell which team won and which team lost last night because they came out with the burr in their fanny and they came out and had that step and we kind of slapped ourselves in the face a bit. The numbers say that you’ll win 65 percent of the time if you score first and that proved out tonight.”

On Joel Rumpel’s play tonight:
“He was really solid. I’m not sure what happened on the second goal, but there were a couple times he came up with three or four saves in succession and covered up and did another good job for us tonight.”

UW Players

Mark Zengerle on the lessons the team learned this weekend:
“We can play at a higher pace now. This weekend brought our team to a new level. [Miami] is a good skating and skilled team and we picked it up a little against them. It was two pretty hard fought games that could have gone either way both nights. Hopefully we can piggyback off this series as far as pace, speed and energy go.”

Jake McCabe on the lack of production on the power play:
“With the clip we’re running at right now, and it’s not good, you’re not going to give your team a chance to win many hockey games. Our penalty kill has been phenomenal, so if our power play picks up and runs at about 15 percent it will help. It’s going to be hard to get that percentage up, but we got the chances we just need to find the back of the net. We’re going to get a bounce here or there and hopefully get rolling after that.”

Michael Mersch on what was impressive about Miami:
“They had a little bit of everything. They had a little bit of grit, speed, skill, but I think the thing that stood out the most was their offensive ability. They are a threat at all times.”

Mark on what’s missing from his line:
“The production hasn’t been there. I don’t know if we’re playing together as well as Lee or Dahl’s line is right now. That’s something that we have to figure out. We’re working on it, we’re trying, obviously we know that we’re not making it happen and it’s frustrating for all three of us.”

McCabe on what the team will take from this series back into WCHA play:
“The pace that was played out there for both sides. Yesterday in the first period we were put on our heels a little bit because we hadn’t played a team with that much speed and that much backpressure. Tonight I think we finally figured that out and our forecheck took it to them in their zone. We got a lot of chances in the third period and gave ourselves a shot to win. Good things are bound to happen when you keep shooting the puck, but we just didn’t get that bounce tonight. Our effort was definitely there and we just have to keep going. It’s time to start a new streak.”

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