Postgame Quotes: No. 14/15 Wisconsin vs. Alabama-Huntsville

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Postgame Quotes
No. 14/15 Wisconsin vs. Alabama-Huntsville
Dec. 28, 2013
Kohl Center - Madison, Wis.
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Head Coach Mike Eaves

On the overall game:
Obviously, the beginning of the game, the energy was exactly how it was last night. We got the great start. They (Alabama-Huntsville) had that fire in their eyes, even when it was 2-0, they were still coming. Last night we had 55 shots, tonight we had 45. Give credit to their young goaltender (Carmine Guerriero). He fought off some screens and tips and such. He had the post working for him. Tonight was just us being able to finish and their goalie playing well. We did a good job staying with it and we got the job done.”

On not having Nic Kerdiles on the power play unit:
“It is just chemistry. We didn’t have time to work on it in practice with (Joseph) LaBate over there and trying (Chase Drake) over there. We changed personal on the other unit. It is just a matter of us getting reps together and getting used to each other.”

On the Wisconsin penalty that gave UAH a 5-on-3 opportunity:
“There is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. The referee didn’t need to make that call. He (Jefferson) fell. He didn’t run into him. How was he going to get out of the way? The letter of the law was that he bumped the goalie. But the spirit of the law, he lost an edge, he didn’t go in there and try to cut in front of him or anything.”

On UW’s defense on UAH’s first goal, a five-on-three power-play goal, after goaltender Landon Peterson lost his stick:
“He (Keegan Meuer) ran out of position, and then Jake (McCabe) ran out of position. That is what happens when you get tired. They lose their thinking. Less is more at that point, and we ran out of our coverage because we were tired.”

On how Landon Peterson played:
“When he was asked to make saves, he was good. I liked his puck handling, he kept the puck moving at the right time. He faced 20 shots over the game, mentally it’s tough. He was good for us.”

Wisconsin Players

Forward Jefferson Dahl

On playing in a tight game one night after Friday’s 5-0 win:
“Anytime you play a team on back-to-back nights, you’re going to get a different team that second night. We did a lot of good things in the first and second periods, it just wasn’t going in. But the good thing is, we battled through it and came out with a win.”

On his penalty, which set up 5-on-3 UAH power play:
“He iced it down. I had a jump on that defenseman. I just tried to get down there. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have tried to go that hard because the goalie already had it. (I was) just trying to make a play. I was a little bit surprised (I got a penalty) just because where I was when I fell. That’s the call he made. Unfortunately it put our team down 5-on-3.”

On the team’s confidence at home and building that confidence moving forward:
“We knew this stretch was going to be huge for us, especially with all the games at home. It’s huge. Any time you win you start to build confidence. And it comes in practice, as well. We’ve been doing good things in practice, which is starting to transition over to games. It was huge to come back from this break without practicing and get two big wins. Alabama-Huntsville gave us all they had and fortunately we came out with two wins.”

Forward Tyler Barnes

On challenges of power-play unit this weekend without Nic Kerdiles:
“Nic’s definitely a vital part of our team and our power play. He’s a guy that’s always missed, but you have to tip your hat to Alabama-Huntsville at the same time. They did a great job. They pre-scouted us well and they were able to get blocks in key situations and get clears. I’m not going to say one player is going to make or break our power play because we definitely have the guys to get the job done. And we just didn’t do that. You have to tip your hat to the other team.”

On difficulty of putting Alabama-Huntsville away:
“That shows their coaching and the heart of their team. They just keep coming. They didn’t give up at all. They kept getting the puck deep whenever they could. They finished all of their checks and they were taking the puck to the net. Those teams are dangerous to play. They’re going to get a bounce or two here and there. They’re going to have a chance to run away with it.”

Goaltender Landon Peterson

On how he lost his stick on 5-on-3:
“It was a quick shot from my glove side. It hit the back board and the guy was ready to shoot it, so I reached over and my stick caught the post—went out of my hands. But that doesn’t really have a factor in the goal. It’s an unfortunate way to give up a goal. Keegan (Meuer) didn’t have his stick. It’s about ‘what-ifs’. What if he had his stick? Maybe we would’ve cleared it. But looking back you can’t really blame it on anything.”

On how he thought he played:
“I definitely stood in there and gave these guys a chance to win. That’s my job and that’s all I needed to do. All that matters is we got the win.”

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