March 29, 2014

Box Score

Don Lucia, Minnesota Head Coach

Opening Statement…
“It was the type of game we needed to have tonight.  We were led by our captains; both Nate [Condon] and Kyle [Rau] had outstanding games tonight.  When you get to this point of the year, your leaders have to step up and do the job of leading the way.  I thought both of the set the tone, they contributed offensively and they were very noticeable in their play all over the rink.  It’s just nice to get through the first [game]; in many ways the first game of this tournament is the most difficult from the standpoint of pressure and everything else the kids go through.  We had a lot of freshmen playing their first [tournament] game and a lot of them contributed from an offensive standpoint.  Robert Morris played very well and you could see with their top line that there’s a reason they had 60+ goals on the season because when they get a chance they can bury the puck.  We feel good about advancing and now we’ll sit back and wait and see who we play tomorrow.”

Nate Condon and Kyle Rau, Minnesota Student Athletes

On scoring the first goal and taking some pressure off of the team…
Condon – “Our team has been great this year when scoring the first goal.  I don’t think we’ve lost too many games [when scoring first] so we always like to get the goal first.  I came down the ice and shot through a screen and it went in the lower corner.  I just used the screen and my speed to get that first goal.”

On Robert Morris never giving up throughout the game…
Rau – “At this time of the year no one is going to give up because it’s their season on the line.  We need to take that into account and use that for tomorrow because we know that no one is just going to fold over for us.”



Condon – “Just like Kyle said, no one is going to give up, they’re going to battle right to the end and we have to have the mentality where we play for 60 minutes and that was something the coaches really preached was that if we’re going to go far [in the tournament] then we’re going to have to play a full 60.  Even though we were up by a couple goals, we need to keep playing.”

On his (Condon’s) empty net goal…
Condon – “We were shorthanded so I just wanted to throw it down the ice and thankfully it went in.  I was hoping it would go in but it was one of those things where I just turned and threw it and thankfully it went in.”

On taking advantage of scoring chances…
 Condon – “In hockey momentum is a big thing and anytime you can get a couple goals and things start going your way, guys kind of settle down and start playing their game.  We had three late in the first period and guys kind of fed off of that. They [Robert Morris] came back in the second period and put up a couple [goals] so the momentum went back to them but you have to battle through those things and just stick to your game, play sound defense and hopefully get a couple more shots.”

On home ice advantage…
Rau – “We enjoy it.  We were really fortunate that the regional was right here in our back yard and we have the best fans in college hockey and they were supporting us here tonight and I’m sure they’ll come out tomorrow and do the same.”

Condon – “You could tell right away when they announced the line ups that we had quite the home crowd [advantage].  It was great and it got guys really motivated to play.  Any time you have that many people cheering for you it gives you that energy that maybe you can’t find anywhere else.”


Derek Schooley, head coach

Opening Statement…
“We never quit, I am really proud of our hockey team. I thought we played hard. We did everything possible, they scored to make it 5-2, we scored again, and that’s the result of our hockey team. That’s how our hockey teams played since January 1. It’s a team that didn’t quit, a team that worked so hard. Our goalie was very good, and I thought we created a lot of chances. Our goalie gave us a chance and we never quit. I am really proud of our hockey team. I hope everybody in Minnesota now realizes our team and how hard we play.”

On how big it would have been to get a power-play goal at the end of the first period…
“We wanted to have a good start, and I thought we did. The shots were 9 to 7, and we battled. I was told by a couple of coaches that when you play Minnesota, if you let them score one, you have to have some bounce back shifts, and we saw that in the last three or four minutes of the period. It would’ve been great to get a lead, and our power play kept gaining momentum and going in the right direction, and it would’ve been great to get a lead.”

Colin South, student-athlete
On what it means to the team to have made it to this point:
“I guess it’s just, as a senior it’s nice. This is our first trip to the national tournament. To be a member of the team when that happened. It’s a program that has been around for ten years and it’s gotten better every year. I don’t think there is any reason why this shouldn’t propel us to the national tournament again next year.”

On trailing 3-0 after the first period…
“Looking back, we didn’t think we played that poorly in the first period. We let it get away from us a little with six minutes to go, but overall, I thought we played pretty well in the first 10 minutes of the game especially and out attitude was still pretty positive even though we let the three goals in towards the end of the period.”

Zac Lynch, student-athlete
On the success his team had this year and making the NCAA tournament…
“Being from Pittsburgh, I’ve watched this program grow from the start. Coach Schooley, from day one has had this program moving in the right direction. To be a part of this experience and bring us to the national tournament is just a humbling experience. It’s just great to be a part of this.

On what was the mindset of the players trailing 3-0 after the first period:
“We’ve had the same mindset all year. From the midpoint of the season, when we were 2-12, we never got down on each other and never got down on the team so, it’s been pretty easy to keep moving forward. Everyone is confident in this team. We never get down on each other.”



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