UPDATE: We have video!
(So basically, the Internet at this arena won’t let us upload videos to YouTube. We tried several different methods, but to no avail. So here’s a transcript of head coach David Quinn’s postgame comments — we’ll try and upload a video in the morning, but for now, you can see all of his comments here.)
“Well, just really proud of our guys. Obviously a tough building to play in. Get down 1-0, really thought we were on our heels for the first six or seven minutes, and I thought we really recovered. Got it together in the first period and battled back to tie the game. Did a real good job in the second period. Again, I thought we were playing well in the third, get the goal to make it 3-1, and then take two penalties that just really gave them life. Our penalty kill was huge, blocking shots, our goaltending was outstanding. It’s not easy coming into this building, let alone after you play last night in a hard-fought game against Yale. But, boy, it certainly says an awful lot about our team. About our character, our resiliency, our work ethic. And those qualities can take you a long way through the course of a hockey season. A great way to end the break. Is our record what we want it to be? No, it’s not, but our makeup is. And that’s more important than anything.”
Forwards beating a goalie of this quality?
“I think our forwards do a real good job down low. They understand puck possession. We got some talent, too. We got some size, we got some skill, so that can pose a problem for some people. If you look at the shot chart, I think we were on the net a lot, we were at the net a lot, we paid a price at the net for our goals. And you’re going to have to do that against anybody, but in particular against this team because the way they’ve got some good, old defensemen and they’ve got a great goalie. We earned our goals. We earned our goals.”
Play of Greenway?
“He’s been playing outstanding hockey. And what you saw tonight is a guy that’s got an incredible future. He keeps getting better and better. He’s an absolute monster out there, he’s tough to defend. I talked to the Quinnipiac defensemen and asked what they think about going in the corner with him or anybody else we’ve played. And he’s getting rewarded on the scoresheet, which is nice to see. He had a monster weekend for us.”
Quinnipiac as good as advertised?
“Oh yeah. They’re a really good hockey team. Really good hockey team. He does a great job, they got some talent. Again, I keep coming back to the penalties in the third period, but again, we’re a little bit gassed, too, obviously from playing back-to-back. But five-to-one penalties. We cannot play two ECAC teams, we got two power plays over the weekend. Welcome to ECAC hockey.”
Maguire in net
“He’s been a great goalie at this level. He keeps getting better and better and he missed a full year. I think it would be unreasonable to expect for him to come back and pick up where he left off. But I loved his attitude, his work ethic. And I knew this day was going to happen. I was hoping it was happening tonight, and he played outstanding.”
Baillargeon’s overall game?
“Pretty good. Robbie played pretty well tonight. That line was pretty good, too. It’s tough losing Ahti when we did. But Phelps did a great job playing with Robbie and Bobo. Bobo had a good night again as well. It’s a true team effort. Every guy in that room contributed in some way, shape or form. It’s a feel-good win for sure.”
Update on Oksanen?
“Nothing yet, a little too early.”
Joy in the room?
“Yeah, anytime you win your last game before you go into a break there’s joy. And again, hey, you’re playing the No. 1 team in the country, undefeated, so there’s a lot of joy, a lot of joy. Especially, you know, when you put as much into it as we did, you feel a little bit extra happiness, a little extra joy because you earned it, you sacrificed, and that’s what we did tonight.”
Mentality of team after falling behind early
“We’ve been a great group rebounding from losses. Last year we didn’t lose back-to-back games. This year we finally lost a back-to-back, lost to UConn and then went down to Merrimack and played a great game against Merrimack and lost 4-3, probably a night where our goalies probably would like to have some of the goals back. But, we always have, so far, responded when we lose. And people who have seen us play, we bounce back. We played pretty well last night. A minute stretch cost us the game. We gave up two goals in the last minute of the second period and it kind of cost us the game. But I wasn’t surprised with our effort, that’s for sure.”
If one goalie emerges, will you give them priority as starter?
“Absolutely. Absolutely. I’m a one-goalie guy. That being said, if both guys play well you play them both.
Could Maguire earn that position?
“Those who play well get rewarded with further play. Absolutely.”
Why Dillon Lawrence over Tommy Kelley?
“Dillon’s looked good in practice. Nothing Tommy didn’t do, more of what Dillon has done. He’s a big kid, he can skate, he’s got a good shot, he can handle the puck, confidence is a problem for him. I liked what I saw tonight. He’s a good hockey player.”