Postgame quotes: Wisconsin vs. US U-18 Team, Oct. 6




Oct. 6, 2012

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Head Coach Mike Eaves

On what he takes away from today’s game:
“The thought that resonates in my mind is that summer hockey is over. You play for 6-8 months, not on a very regular basis, and when you do get on the ice it’s hip-swinging. It’s not battling for loose pucks, it’s not making plays under pressure. So summer hockey officially ended tonight. And now we get back to next week. We got our feet in the water and now we work on ways to win battles. We were there sometimes tonight, but we didn’t win the battles. Now we have to go back and start finding ways to do that.”

On whether junior defenseman Chase Drake impressed him tonight:
“It certainly made him a lot more competitive (in terms of earning more playing time). Chase’s opportunity tonight—he made the most of it. So his stock rises and it forces everybody else to say ‘Gee I better make sure I’m playing well’.”

On what he saw from freshmen Kevin Schulze and Morgan Zulinick:
“I think they were much like the rest of the guys. I think they did some really good things at times, and obviously Zulinick, when he found himself in a scoring opportunity he knew what he was trying to do. I think we’re asking him to process the game a lot different than he has in the past, in terms of our system and what we do, our details. So he’s trying to assimilate all that, but when he was in alone, he knew what to do with the puck. The one thing you notice with Schulze is when he skates his head is up, he sees the ice and he makes good plays. That’s going to be a good thing for him and us.”

On Eddie Wittchow’s performance:
“I think he showed that he was understanding of what we were asking him to do. The nice thing I can say about Eddie is that I didn’t notice him, and when you tell that to a defenseman who plays like Eddie, that’s a big-time compliment.” 

On Nick Kerdiles’ status with the NCAA:
“They (the NCAA) have been investigating this for a while. It’s not in my hands right now. That’s between the NCAA and their investigation.”

On how he thought his goaltenders, Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson, played:
“It was good for them. Again, breaking the ice, getting their focus back. They both got an opportunity to do that. I didn’t think they were challenged all that much, but again it broke the ice and gave them a chance to get in a game situation.”

On what the team will work on leading up to their next game:
“Establishing those hard habits. Those hard habits of getting there and finding a way to win that battle and then having support by your teammates.”

Junior Defenseman Chase Drake

On whether he thought he maximized his opportunity tonight:
“Offensively I think I did. I definitely have to go back to work on Monday and fine-tune some of the defensive things I did wrong. That’s kind of what I’m dwelling on right now, after the game. I’m excited, but I have a lot of work to do. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

On why it’s taken him so long to crack the lineup and why this game was important for him:
“Before I came here I was definitely more of an offensive guy, I’d like to think. I really needed to work on the defensive side of things, and that’s what kept me out of the lineup right away. And I understood that. I just worked hard and tried to establish the hard part that Coach (Eaves) talked about. And those are the things I need to keep doing.”

On what his team can take away from tonight’s game:
“We implemented some new systems so just getting the puck deep and going from there, just working on those systems, it really goes a long way because it’s a lot different than practice. There are different bodies out there now, so it’s nice to play against other guys and try to establish these new systems.”

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