Dick Umile and Paul Thompson Postgame Transcripts

Transcriptions by Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

Dick Umile

Opening statement

I would say, as a spectator, it was probably a heck of a game to watch. There was some pretty good action going on back and forth. Both teams had a chance to win it. The lead went back and forth. We came back in the third, tied it up and went ahead. We executed on the power play to tie it up. And I think after that, both teams had a chance to win it in regulation as well. We had a power play in overtime and couldn’t get it by him. At this point, for the weekend, I told my team they competed hard and I’ll take the three points for the weekend and move on.

On the play of Brian Foster

He’s been playing well for us. You can’t look at his numbers and save percentage and goals against and think that he’s not playing well, because he’s been playing pretty well for us all season, and that’s what he’s done for us tonight. He made some key saves at key times when he needed to. Breakaway early in the game, I think it was Pereira, it was a great move and a great save.

On the power play not being as successful as it was on Friday night

We’re moving it pretty good. You have to give credit to them, blocking shots and their goaltender making saves. We moved the puck around pretty well tonight and that’s how I evaluate. They don’t go in all the time.

On the Thompson-DeSimone-Butler line

We made that change a few weeks ago. We split up Bobby Butler and Peter LeBlanc, who played together early in the season. Both lines are now working. Both lines are now playing well. In particular, Paul Thompson’s playing very well for us. He’s a junior. It’s very important for him to step in and play that role for us. He and Bobby obviously have some chemistry, and Phil DeSimone the center on that line. It’s a good line for us, and since we’ve done it, we’ve been playing some pretty good hockey.

On whether or not he wanted a review on Bonino’s save in the crease

I was just asking if he was sure, whether he put his hand over the puck and threw it. And that’s what I was asking, if we could get a review on that. But he was certain, he was right there, that he just batted it out of there. I was asking for a review, but he had a better view than I did.


Paul Thompson

On his first goal

The first one was a fluke. I just threw it out in the air, was actually trying to get it to Bob, who was going back door, just trying to hit his stick and hope for something, but I think it hit one of their guys and just deflected over his blocker.

On his second goal

The second one, power play, and Campanale from the point made a great shot to my stick, and I got a little lucky with the tip and beat him.

On the play of his line

I think we have good chemistry going. Tonight, we didn’t score too many of the prettiest goals, but just hard work and pucks going in for us, so hopefully we can keep it going.

On tying BU

I’m happy with a three-point weekend, but we had a chance to win this game and a chance for the sweep, which would have been huge. But you can’t be too disappointed when you take three out of four from BU.