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Postgame Quotes: No. 14 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota-Duluth, Mar. 16

March 16, 2013

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Wisconsin Postgame Quotes
No. 14 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota-Duluth
Kohl Center — Madison, Wis.
Sat, Mar. 16, 2013

Head Coach Mike Eaves

On the achievement of reaching the Final Five:
“You have to look at it from two perspectives. Some of the expectations we had coming into the season were pretty decent; we thought we could do some good things. Then we came out of the port and we hit all those storms and we were just trying to keep the boat afloat, so to speak. Now we’re at the Final Five. This is where we wanted to be at the beginning of the season, but the way that we did it is quite an accomplishment for these young men. Interestingly enough, in the locker room the hard hat was given to the seniors, just for the fact that they were here, they made it through, and were able toe experience a win in their last game in the Kohl Center.”

On Jake McCabe’s status:
“He has a lower body injury. That’s all I know right now, so I’m hoping that whatever he has he’s a fast healer.”

On Jefferson Dahl’s goal:
“The bench jumped about a foot and a half when he scored, because they know how many good things [his line] does, and to get a little bit of a reward for that was pleasing to the team and pleasing to those guys because they do work so hard.”

On the first period:
“The first period was the difference. We got that great start and it was just too big a hole for them to climb out of.”

On the start in the first period:
“We write the same things on our board every night and ‘great start’ is the first thing we write because stats tell us that the team that scores the first goal has the winning percentage in its favor, and to score three like that is an explosion for us. That great start put [Duluth] in a position they couldn’t get back from.”

On John Ramage’s increased ice time:
“He’s a work horse. He’s a senior, he’s in great shape, he’s strong and he enjoys it. The guys were actually busting his chops, asking, ‘you getting enough ice time John?’ on the bench. So, I think that he has the physical capabilities to handle that and he showed it tonight.”

Wisconsin Players

John Ramage on the Badgers’ accomplishing reaching the Final Five:
“When you look back at the past two years, we’ve ended the season losing two-out-of-three in tough series’. To finally get back to the WCHA Final Five, it’s huge for the guys. We know we can be there. We knew we could be there the past couple years, but didn’t get the job done. We got the job done this year and we’re excited to go and make some noise out there.”

Mark Zengerle on if he would’ve bet on the Badgers reaching the Final Five:
“There was still a lot of hope in that room. Our record was pretty bad, there’s no doubt about that, but I don’t think we’d be here today if we hadn’t thought that we could be. We could’ve put up a tent, pulled it in and called it a season, but everyone stuck it out. We knew we were a better team than our record showed.”

Jefferson Dahl on the importance of the Badgers scoring the first goal:
“We wanted to start out tonight with energy. [Zengerle’s] line got it going for us and it seemed like every line was rolling and getting shots to the net. To get the first one, and get the next one too, was pretty big for us.”

Dahl on what held the Badgers together this season:
“Our captains, John, Ryan, Derek and Frank, they’re so calm in the locker room and we have a lot of older guys that know the course. In the locker room, we believe in what we can do and we just stuck with what we knew. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but with everyone doing their part look where we are now.”

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