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Postgame Quotes: No. 18 Wisconsin vs. Bemidji State, Feb. 8


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Wisconsin Postgame Quotes
No. 18 Wisconsin vs. Bemidji State
Fri, Feb. 8, 2013
Kohl Center -- Madison, Wis.

Head Coach Mike Eaves

On if he feels the team let a win get away tonight:
"It's an important game because we are scrambling to get as many points as we can and not getting two with the expectation, that was our goal tonight and we came up short. Saying that, just looking at the charts, we attempted 66 shots to their 39, so we didn't give them very much. Mark Zengerle gets 10 shots. He's got the game on his stick with less than 10 seconds to go. We just didn't find a way to get that third goal."

On what he thinks happened on the last play of the third period, when Mark Zengerle had an opportunity to score with 10 seconds left, but didn't:
"He outwaited him and he just stayed on his feet. He didn't go down, like I think Mark was trying to get him to bite and go down, and he just stayed right on his feet. It was a classic one-on-one won by the goalie."

On if he thinks the game defines the small margin for error the Badgers have:
"Yes. I think about Rumpel's mistake is he came right back and was unbelievable in the five-on-three. He was our best penalty killer there. (Kevin) Schulze was pretty good all night. He was actually in the right spot at the right time and didn't control the puck. He tipped it, but right to the guy and it went in. So if we're able to score more goals then we wouldn't even talk about those two things."

On why he had many different lines in tonight's game:
"I didn't like what we were seeing. I was trying to find some magic, some offense, guys who just had that moment of magic out there and that's why there were so many changes going on."

On if he found the `magic' he was looking for in any of the lineups:
"We fired 16 shots on net [in the third], so that's part of the magic. The true magic is putting it in the net."

On if Derek Lee could be back for Saturday's game since he was skating with the team during warm up:
"He will be skating tomorrow morning and we'll see how that goes. If that goes very well then the coaching staff will have a decision to make."


Wisconsin Players

Sean Little on if the Badgers let the game get away from them tonight:
"We're definitely disappointed with a tie tonight. Give credit to Bemidji, they played a solid game and are a tough team to play against. But, we definitely needed two points tonight. That would have been big for our club and we're not satisfied with one."

Little on Mark Zengerle's missed opportunity late in the third:
"Mark made a great play, but unfortunately wasn't able to put it in. That stuff happens. It's not going to be picture perfect every time, but hopefully if there's another chance like that tomorrow it'll go our way."

Zengerle on if his missed chance will stick with him:
"I should have just shot it five-hole since the goalie stood up the entire time, which was a weird play by him, but I guess he just read me well."

Joel Rumpel on if tonight's game shows what small margin for error the Badgers have in WCHA play:
"We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit. On the first one, I went for a puck I probably shouldn't have and getting a bad bounce. The second one was just a bad bounce off the stick. Two goals that we'd definitely like to have back, that's for sure."

Little on what the Badgers need to do better tomorrow night:
"Just getting more bodies to the net. We had close to 40 shots tonight, but most of them the goalie could see since they were coming from a long ways away. I think just getting more bodies to the net, keep shooting the puck and tightening the defensive zone a little to eliminate time and space and I think we'll have a better result."

Zengerle on if he saw progress on the power play tonight:
"We scored a goal, so I guess so. But, for our unit in particular, we have to get the puck and sort it out quicker. We'll be better if we can just get it in and get control of it. That's probably the main thing. [Bemidji] had us down pretty good. They were just going into the corner, hitting the other corner and getting it out."

Rumpel on Bemidji's two-minute 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period:
"When you give up a bit of a weak one, you'd like to make up for it in a way and give your team a chance to get back in it. You don't want to give up a weak one and then another one back-to-back. But, the defense did a great job. Everyone stayed out there for the full two minutes, which is tough, and they did a great job in front of me."

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