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Jan. 18, 2014

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MINNESOTA HEAD COACH Don Lucia

Opening Statement…

“First, I would like to thank Intersport and our administration for doing such a terrific job of putting this event on. Obviously, especially when you win, it is a smashing success. It seemed like everybody had a good time. The ice conditions were very good. I think we only had one repair the entire game so that was a lot different than last year’s game.”

On possible distractions…

“I thought the guys handled it really well. We really didn’t talk about the outdoor game at all until we got back from Penn State. Before that we just kept our focus on Penn State.”

#32 Adam Wilcox, SO., GK

On Ohio State’s breakaway in the first…

“It’s an outside game so you have got to expect that even on a power play. He came down on the right side and put the stick in the position of shooting. If he would have pulled it across, I would’ve put my stick out. I saw him go low block and threw my block and my leg out there to cover that whole corner.”

On the biggest difference when playing outside…

“Last year I didn’t realize how much the puck bounced different off of your equipment. The equipment kind of gets frozen out there. I was kind of tweaking with that a little bit and working on it at practice. In warm-ups today I was focusing on that. I think that was the biggest takeaway. The boards were lively so I couldn’t go away from the net a lot.”

#16 Nate Condon, SR., F

On the experience…

“It was something different for us to play in front of 45,000 people tonight. It was a lot different than last year. Last year there weren’t as many fans. Having that many people cheering for us is something we will always remember. I talked to my family before the game about how cold it was going to be, thinking it might be an empty bowl come the third period, but everyone stuck it out. We had some great fans there tonight. I think that is something I will take away from it.”

On Taylor Cammarata’s game-winning goal…

“We learned last year that we kind of just have to barrel the net to get some goals. (Kyle) Rau made a pass to Cammarata who just threw it on the net. It laid behind the goalie and I think he ended up swatting it in the net. That’s what we found out last year; you need to get pucks to the net and people to the net. That’s the only way you are going to score outside. You can’t exactly have the transition game you want.”

OHIO STATE HEAD COACH STEVE ROHLIK

Opening Statement…

“First and foremost, what a venue. It was pretty surreal walking out there tonight with the full moon above the stadium. It was pretty special to be a part of it. On behalf of The Ohio State University we are very thankful to be a part of this. For tonight’s game, there weren’t a lot of chances on both ends, we just came up a little short.”

On the need to play a methodical game…

“It was a little bit of the conditions and whatnot. We certainly wanted to play a good game through the neutral zone. Minnesota has a team from top to bottom that can get up and down the rink. We know they will be a different team tomorrow night on a big sheet. I think you do see a different type of game across the street at Mariucci (Arena) versus an NHL size rink.”

On making the transition to tomorrow’s game…

“We’re already packing up our gear right now and getting it over to Mariucci tonight. We haven’t played on a big sheet this year at all. It’ll certainly be different for us. As Curtis [Gedig] said, we just have to get over this one right now and refocus on getting back tomorrow and being prepared.”

#8 CURTIS GEDIG, SR., D

On the atmosphere…

“Like coach said, it was an unbelievable atmosphere. I am thankful to be a part of it. Obviously we wish we came out with three points but to have a venue like that and the experience we got, it was pretty good.”

On playing outdoors…

“It was pretty difficult for both teams. I mean the little things you can do on the normal ice were harder for me so I just tried to keep it simple. I think the 1-0 score reflected how tough it was.”

#18 RYAN DZINGEL, JR., F

On his first period breakaway…

“I wish you wouldn’t have brought that up. I tried to go upstairs with it and just didn’t get a hold of it as much as I would like. He obviously made a great save. I probably won’t be sleeping well tonight.”