Nov. 16, 2013
Head Coach Don Lucia:
On senior goaltender Michael Shibrowski...
“The guys recognize him as a tremendous teammate. You know, he hasn’t played much. He works as hard as anybody on our team. The guys were excited for him, and I thought they would be. They played better and tighter defensively tonight, compared to what we did last night. It being 1-0 going into the third, we needed a chip in here or there. Tom Serratore gave us that two nothing lead.”
On giving Michael Shibrowski the start...
“Well I think it is as much chemistry as anything else. When you have a guy that is such a great teammate. Even earlier in the week when I talked to the captains, they asked when (Shibrowski) would get his shot. They have such respect for him and that’s nice to see. Good things happen to good people.”
On the pace of the game...
“Obviously with the second goal, the game was a lot more patient, as far as scoring opportunities especially. Serratore had an opportunity. And sometime you just have to find a way to score. The second goal was huge. And then another goal quickly there after…that’s the separation we needed.”
On freshman defenseman Jake Bischoff starting back-to-back games...
“He hadn’t had a chance to do that yet. It was a tough call, who to take out. You know, you wanted to get Justin (Holl) back in. And those freshmen put pressure on the older guys. That’s their job. It’s the first opportunity he had to play back-to-back games. In the situation, he did a great job.”
Freshman Defenseman Jake Bischoff:
On back-to-back starts...
“It definitely helped the confidence. It’s been the first time all year, obviously two nights in a row with the team together.”
On additional playing time...
“Haven’t really talked about it too much. Obviously everything is still up in the air. I just have to show up every day and try to earn a spot on the team.”
On senior goaltender Michael Shibrowski’s night...
“Shibby (Shibrowski) is such a great guy. A huge role for us…a senior on the team. He shows up every day with a smile on his face. Just really cheers us all on and celebrates us. So this was a huge shutout for him.”
Senior Goaltender Michael Shibrowski:
On playing in his first game of the season...
“It feels good. You cannot say enough about what Adam (Wilcox) has done for us and how well he has played. Just kind of waiting and seeing, and it worked out that I got to play tonight, so I am just thankful for that opportunity.”
On the reaction of the crowd...
“I was definitely able to hear it. It was kind of fun. It sends a little shiver down your spine. It’s just fun to be out there.”
On emotions going into first season start...
“I don’t know about nerves…just more excitement. I try to keep the same routine every game, no matter what. Hockey is kind of a funny game. You never know what’s going to happen, so it is pretty similar to usual.”
Border Battle on Deck
Friday’s series opener is set for 7 p.m. CT with Saturday’s finale scheduled for 5 p.m.
Lettieri Named B1G Second Star
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Novak to Miss Rest of Season
Novak has played in all 57 games and has 41 points (11 goals, 30 assists) since joining the Gophers last year.