Mercyhurst Postgame Quotes

March 22, 2013

Head Coach Michael Sisti
Opening Statement…
“I’m really proud of my young team. We are the only team in the country to make it to this tournament nine years in a row. Again, we’ve replaced 19 players over two years and our kids fought hard to be here. It’s always tough when seniors end their season and career, but we had three seniors, DeSutter, Jones, and Ciampa that had great careers and won an awful lot of hockey games. We are really proud of them, and it was nice with the transfers, Hendrikx, Welch, and Buquet. We were able to help those guys win a CHA Championship, which I know they cherish. We are really proud of Gina Buquet winning the huge award for academics at the banquet. It’s unfortunate how the game went today, but it doesn’t erase how proud I am of my players and how much they have accomplished this season, and how much fun they were to be around all year.

On Boston University’s early goal…
“To be honest, I wasn’t too worried because things happen. I thought, “Oh well.” You know, obviously I would have rather had her not do that, but I thought if our players had any nerves at least they would get back to hockey. Plus, our team this year has always responded to adversity, and obviously you don’t want that to happen, but I wasn’t concerned. I felt our team was ready to go. We play hard, and maybe that would even get the jitters out and they would just move on. Obviously that didn’t happen, and that was a huge momentum swing. It was tough to recover out there.

On the team’s youth and the potential for future years…
“It’s never easy. There are so many quality teams with great players. That’s why I think what we’ve been able to accomplish has been sometimes overlooked and underappreciated. We’ve gotten here, and yes we haven’t won the big prize, but our team’s keep fighting and keep having quality seasons. I don’t think it will make it any easier, but with so many players coming back, I think it gives them something to understand why they are working to get here. There are so many nice things that come with getting here. Some of the kids like the trinkets some like the great exposure you get, the great competition, and winning big games. One thing I tell our players is that sense of satisfaction when you accomplish something, especially which people don’t think you can do, you can’t buy it. It’s not like that nice Gucci bag or something. It’s something you have to work hard to experience. It’s a feeling that’s awesome. As you move through the tournament and win those games, the feeling gets better and better. To see the kids enjoy that and experience that as a coach is awesome. Hopefully that’s what drives them more than anything. With two great leaders, like Christine and Christie, coming back, and so many players, you hope they understand why we’re doing what we are doing, and that it gives them a really good direction to train hard and fight through the early season. We usually say those games in the first half are just to get you in position to maybe get here. Then you have to fight like heck during the whole second half of games to earn the right to be here. So hopefully they understand that. We do like our players coming back. We’ll miss our seniors, but it’s a new challenge and a new year. Hopefully it is the case that it won’t be easy, but I think they’ll at least understand why we want to get here, and hopefully have some drive to get here.”

On Boston University’s goals in transition…
“They have some great players, and that’s what they do. They move the puck well. They really capitalized. They were better than us tonight; it’s as easy as that. I said it last week, I felt win or lose the Cornell game, we played great. Sometimes you win those games, and sometimes not. I didn’t think today was our best effort. I don’t want to take anything away from Boston University. They are a very good team. They have great players. Their transition goals were because their players moved the puck, they’re fast, and they’re extremely skilled. They earned those. We didn’t have great jump, to be honest. I take full responsibility for that. It could have been the moment; it could have been the young players. It could have been a lot of Boston University too, but we hung around, and that’s why I believe in this team and I believe in our players. I thought although it wasn’t our best night, as long as the score was close, we had a chance. We scored goals in buckets a lot of times this year. We just needed something to spark us, and tonight we didn’t get that spark. It was too little too late. We even thought maybe the one that hit the crossbar went in, we couldn’t tell. They couldn’t find it on review. The officials at ice level didn’t think it went in. I really didn’t know. It was worth asking, but even that could have put some time on the clock, maybe. We kept fighting, but they were the better team tonight. I like how our kids fought hard, but they got those goals off of transition because they have some great players and that’s what they do. Unless you’re defending extremely well, they’re going to make you pay and they did today.  

Sophomore forward Christie Cicero

On the team’s slow start…
“We came out slow, and it’s frustrating when things like that happen, but the good thing about our team is that we have faced adversity and we never give up. We never quit. That’s the great thing about our team, but sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.”

On getting their first goal late in the game…
“It definitely would have given the team a lot of energy to score earlier. We were a little down at first when we first let in that goal. We tried to bounce right back, and get it going. That goal would have helped us a lot if it was in the first or second period. We had our chances and just didn’t bury them.”

Junior forward Christine Bestland
On the team’s slow start:
“I don’t know. We came out hard, but I guess they got lucky and started every period with a goal. We try not to let it get to us, we just kept our heads up and tried to stay focused.”

On not capitalizing on their five-minute power play opportunity…
“We came together, and we knew we had five minutes to put something together and put the puck in the net. We had some trouble breaking out of our end, but BU had an excellent penalty kill. We tried our hardest.”


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