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Postgame Quotes: No. 18 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Minnesota, Feb. 15



Feb. 15, 2013

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Wisconsin Postgame Quotes
No. 18 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Minnesota
Kohl Center — Madison, Wis.
Feb. 15, 2013

Head Coach Mike Eaves

On the play of Joel Rumpel:
“We had a quick analysis in the coaches room about the things we liked tonight and he was at the top of the list. He gave us a chance.”

On if Minnesota is the best team Wisconsin has played this season:
“I don’t know if I’d say they’re the best team that we’ve played. They certainly rank up there, but I don’t know if I’d give them the best. We’ve played some good teams this year. They’re a solid team and obviously their power play was the difference tonight.”

On Minnesota’s go-ahead power play goal in the second period:
“In taking a quick look at the goal itself, I think it went off [Jake] McCabe. He came out to block it, it went off and went cross bar and in. That’s a goal scorer’s goal. We get out there to do the right things and it hits a piece of him, hits the cross bar and goes in. But, what led up to that, and getting two minors in one shift, we got caught in a long shift out there and got tired. When you get tired bad things happen, and the bad thing happened there: two minor penalties.”

On the pace of the game:
“I thought the pace in the first period was high. I didn’t like our start from a standpoint of I thought we let them off the hook several times on races and battles, which is one of the reasons they had 20 shots. But, the rest of the game the shots were pretty much even. As a matter of fact, 5-on-5 we probably had more shots, because they had a lot of shots on the power play.”

On the play of the Kerdiles-Zengerle-Barnes line:
“You get Nic going and that line comes through for us. That was one of the pluses, if you want to look at what you can take from this game, is that line was a contributing factor. That’s something we hope they continue in our next game with them.”

On if this was one of the better games Wisconsin has played this season:
“I think we’ve played better games. There were areas of the game, especially our breakouts, I felt like our defense and our low forward weren’t on the same page. We had too many turnovers down there. The weak side defenseman wasn’t jumping to get open, the forward wasn’t ready for a quick pass, and when it did come he looked surprised. So, I don’t think I would rate it up there with one of our best. We did some good things, but not one of our best games.”

On Minnesota’s power play:
“They’re all really good with the puck. They’re all like starting quarterbacks. They can work both sides, which makes it difficult to kill. When a guy has the puck, he has the ability to have vision and make plays. Bjugstad has that thing you don’t teach. He’s one of those offensive guys like when he gets a blocked shot it comes back to him and he can make another play, or he takes a shot, it hits somebody and it goes crossbar and in. You don’t teach that kind of stuff. I think Jake [McCabe] did as good a job as he could to get out there and block that shot. He showed a lot of guts getting out there and getting down on it. That’s one of those things you don’t teach.”

On the approach to Sunday’s game:
“There are lessons learned from this game. We have that natural reaction that we have to go in there, fix those things, and play better. Play a better game.”

On if Joel Rumpel played his best game:
“I would have to think so with the amount of work that he had. You know what I liked early in the game? He was on his toes because there was a dumped puck and he raced like a banshee to the corner, got it, and made the right play. I said, ‘he’s ready to go.’ That was a tell tale sign he was ready early in the game.”

Wisconsin Players

Tyler Barnes on the chemistry of his line tonight:
“I think we played pretty hard and played a little bit better tonight. It was a hard fought game all around. There were some good shifts and some bad shifts on both sides. We have to cut down on mistakes and capitalize on theirs. That’s where we need to focus.”

Mark Zengerle on if this is the best game he’s seen Joel Rumpel play:
“It’s probably up there. He’s had a lot of good games. It’s good for him to get back on his horse like that. He definitely kept us in there. Him and Landon [Peterson] have been a 1-2 punch all year for us and give us a chance to win every night. So, it’s great to have that.”

Nic Kerdiles on what makes Minnesota’s power play so lethal:
“The first thing is they know where they are, where everybody is on the ice. They move the puck crisp, they’re a good team, and they showed it tonight, why they’re No. 1 in the nation on the power play. We couldn’t get in lanes tonight and we were a little bit undisciplined, so we have to be better at that on Sunday.”

Kerdiles on the undisciplined play:
“It starts with taking penalties. You can’t be taking penalties. There were some questionable calls, we thought, but we went out there and tried to kill them. We just have to stay out of the box. That’s the main thing.”

Barnes on the spark provided by his late goal:
“I thought our whole team came together at the end. We really played hard. We had our goalie pulled for nearly three minutes and we were able to sustain pressure and get some quality chances. I mean, with the end result it’s hard to take satisfaction with anything right now, but looking back I think it’s something we could focus on.”

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