Oct. 29, 2011
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Coach Mike Eaves
On the differences from last night
The game was eerily similar in many fashions, but we were more detailed. I’m glad this weekend is over I’ve never seen us block so many shots and have the ricochets goes right to their guys in open net positions, again tonight it happened. We were more detailed tonight and in that first period we really moved the puck well and took advantage of our scoring chances.
On getting through the first month above .500
If somebody would have said that before the first month started we would have taken it. Especially with the youth that we have, the untested goaltenders, all of that and add in the factors of all the injuries we had we are learning a lot about our young people. We’re being forced to put people into positions they are not ready for or use to so we’re learning quickly. It’s nice to get some wins with all the things we’ve been going through because it gives us good motivation to stay on course. It sells the fact that what we are trying to teach is working.
On special teams play
We’re still doing rehearsals on who can kill penalties for us. We lose Derek Lee and that put a big hole there. I thought Mr. Zengerle and Mr. Barnes above and beyond scoring the short-handed goal did a very nice job of showing that they understood what the scheme was when they were killing penalties. They were willing to block shots and I thought they really stepped up. They got some serious minutes added to their game because of that fact. That was a real pleasant surprise and I think we will continue to work with them.
On Chase Drake’s first game, playing well and not appearing to be a duck out of water
Funny you should say that his nickname is Ducky. The team gave him the hard hat, the frank hat, tonight for his first college game. He kept it simple he made some early quick passes, got the puck up into the forwards hands, didn’t get beat one on one in any situations and did a very nice job for his first college game. It was very well deserved. It is a long process when you don’t play any games. He practiced all of last year and was told what he needed to do this summer in order to give himself a chance to play. He got bigger, stronger, and he competed harder in practice this year, and because of that fact and the injuries we’ve had an opportunity presented itself and he did a nice job.
On his first goal as a Badger
We were working it down low sending it out to Keegan it kind of went off his skate and I was hanging out in the high slot there. I took a shot it got blocked, I took the rebound and it ended up in the back of the net. As far as feelings it’s just nice to get the first one off your back.
On the critical elements in today’s game
The mindset going into tonight’s game was that we definitely wanted to jump out and have the same start as we did last night, which we did. We sharpened up our penalty kill a little bit and cracked down on the details and had more success tonight.
On being outshot but still winning
I think a lot of it is trying to get quality chances. A lot of the shots they got today are shots we are going to give them by just keeping them on the outside and letting whatever goalie is in net see it. For the offense we are just trying to generate as much as we can to get some quality chances and when we do you have to put it away.