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Postgame Quotes: No. 19 Wisconsin vs. Bemidji State, Feb.9



Feb. 9, 2013

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Wisconsin Postgame Quotes 
No. 19 Wisconsin vs. Bemidji State 
Sat, Feb. 9, 2013 
Kohl Center -- Madison, Wis. 

Head Coach Mike Eaves

On if tonight was a matter of surviving:
"That would be a good way to describe it. I think the mood in the locker room at the end of the game was we got the two points. We landed a wounded plane if you will. And the fuselage was on fire and we got it on the tarmac and that's a good thing. We've had a couple of storms here and we need to get back to playing. We were going to practice outside on Monday in preparation for the outdoor game on Sunday, but I think it will be best to get back to practice on Monday and straighten some things out. Derek (Lee) looked a little weary going down the road. We tried some different combinations. But we had some people out and we survived, so that's a good thing."

On Wisconsin's defense down the stretch:
"I didn't think our defensemen played particularly well tonight. I thought they struggled with the puck for whatever reason. In soccer they talk about first touches on the ball. I thought a lot of times tonight we touched the puck and the very first thing it did was jump or hop on us and that led to some turnovers. So for whatever reason, I think it multiplied itself. We lost some of our confidence with the puck as the game went along. Defensively, I thought there were some breakdowns, which is one of the reasons we're not going to go outside Monday. We're going to get back to work and do some of those things and just get back to some good habits. We're in the middle of a really tough stretch right now. We played right from the middle of January, we had school start up. So these are the dog days of the second half of the WCHA and this weekend was one of those. We got three out of four points and we have to get back to some basics in our own area."

On why Tyler Barnes did not play tonight:
"It was a little bit of tough love. He missed the team meeting today, simple as that. It was more a life lesson than anything else. He's very regretful, apologized to his teammates but that's what that was all about."

On what specifically needs to be straightened out Monday:
"In our defensive zone coverage, we've lost our details in terms of how we want to execute that. When you go to a guy, we talk about angles, speed and stick. Taking away time and space. I saw us going in straight lines tonight and not have good technique with our stick and our free hand. Just getting back to those basics. The second goal was a direct result of we just did not have good body position and a guy just got to an area and whacked it in when we were there."

On the team's offensive production:
"I think we can be better offensively. I think that getting (Tyler) Barnes back and (Derek) Lee back and (Jake) McCabe back and having all those guys back in the lineup will help us. When we were in that two-month stretch where we didn't lose, we were finding ways to score goals. The thing that is being indicated by not having these young men in the lineup is that we're thin offensively. When one of these guys are out, we struggle."

On if playing Brendan Woods on second line to take over for Tyler Barnes was a result of his play last night or his performance this season:
"I think it goes back to the fact that (Tyler) Barnes is out. It's an opportunity. In all seriousness, he had been doing several things that indicated he was ready for that. Then later in the game, we put him back at center with the Little boys and moved (Jefferson) Dahl up with (Mark Zengerle) to get some defensive balance on our lines."

Sophomore forward Brendan Woods

On if tonight was more about survival than anything else:
“I’d say so toward the end. We had the wind behind our back the first two periods, and then we kind of let it slip away from us in the third. They got a little spark and (Landon Peterson) played a heck of a game and we held on.”

On which position he prefers to play:
“I like to play whatever position. It helps you out to be able to play wherever so I got the chance to play with two skilled guys on the wing and I was happy to contribute. But wherever coach needs me I’m happy to do whatever he asks for me.”

On what it meant to have Derek Lee back in the lineup:
“I’d like to say he’s the glue of the team. Always brings a spark, he’s a big energy guy—get’s the guys going when we’re down. He’s the leader. It’s huge and when we’re getting down to these last few weekends, it’s good to get back him back and make a little stretch here and move up in the standings.”

Senior forward Derek Lee

On if it was good to be back:
“Yeah, it’s always good to be back. I was itching to play last night maybe, and tonight felt good. Especially getting a win is good.”

On if there is a next level of play for Wisconsin:
“We’ll try to win games anyway we can. I think we’ve seen in different weekends throughout the season this year that we can play at a higher level. The Miami weekend, we saw something a little bit deeper in ourselves and we can play at that next level. We’re looking to do that game in and game out, so we know it’s there. We just have to harness that and bring it to every weekend.”

On the final few WCHA series of the season:
“It’s focus. Every single period, every single game we’ve got to have that mentality that we know how important each game is down the stretch. But like you said, we’ve carved out this little path for ourselves to make something here. And we just have to make sure we’re all pulling the rope in the same direction and ready for each game.”

On being labeled the glue of the team:
 “I’ll take it. I think we have a couple of those guys on our team. I think goaltending is key for us too and we’ve got guys on the penalty kill like Jefferson Dahl, Sean Little, Ryan Little, Keegan Meuer, who are key for us and we’ve got a bunch of guys who are all glue guys.”

On one word that could describe the power play at this time:
“You know, we don’t have one word to describe it. I think it’s something that we’re going to keep working at. You keep asking us questions about it every week, we’re going to give you the same answer. We’re going to go back to work, we’re going to get pucks and bodies to the net, we’re going to try and keep it simple. That’s all we can do.”

Freshman defenseman Kevin Schulze

On what he thinks is missing from the power play:
“Just getting pucks on net. Just keep it simple. Sometimes we try to do too much and it’s not there. Just get pucks to the net.”

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