March 22, 2013
MINNESOTA POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Brad Frost
"What a hockey game. I think it lived up to the hype coming in, knowing our two hockey teams very well. Hopefully from your vantage point and the people in the stands it was a great hockey game because it sure seemed fast down at ice level with some swings of emotion and some real good hockey. Any time people question the character in our locker room I chuckle and maybe some were questioning, again, the character in our room after the second period there, when we're down a goal. Again, when our team is pushed, we get a goal, and did that tonight, huge power play goal to tie it up and start gaining some momentum. Obviously, taking the lead was great and to B.C.'s credit, they came back and made a great play there on that 2-on-1. So, the team found a way, as they have all year. I'm really, really proud of them and it's a big night for our program here."
On lesser known scorers stepping up...
"From day one we've been talking about how the depth of our team is our biggest strength. I don't know how many coaches would send their third line over the boards in overtime, at least early on. I've got all the confidence in the world in all of our lines and all of our kids. I knew sending them over that there was a chance that they would score, just like anybody."
On the game not being televised...
"I've said hundreds of times this year and over the last number of years our product is so good and every year it gets better and better. It's disappointing that it's not on TV, especially when a network makes an effort to do so and the NCAA can't come to an agreement. I'm not sure whose fault it was but I know there were a lot of details behind the scenes that I don't know about. I can't blame anybody but it's too bad because women's hockey is a very exciting game."
On if the mindset changes at all depending on who wins the other game...
"Not really at all. The focus continues to be on ourselves and what we can do. When you have the opportunity to get to the championship game and know that win or lose that's going to be your last game, I think the pressure lifts a little bit and you focus more on the ultimate goal of doing everything you can to win that hockey game. Two great teams in BU and Mercyhurst; we haven't played either of them but are familiar with them so I look forward to watching this game and playing whoever advances."
Senior forward Becky Kortum
On her belief in this team...
"In the third period, our coaches came in and said, `You guys better not be doubting us right now. If you don't believe in it, it will not get done.' Honestly, I had no doubt, nor nervousness, that we were going to lose and that speaks for the character of our team. I would lay it on the line for any of these girls."
On her goal in the third period...
"Yeah, anything I could do for the team. It was a weird one--I don't think anyone knows quite how it went in--but I came in with a bunch of girls and spearheaded the puck over the goalies head. It was a huge momentum shift and changed the pace of the game. BC is a tough team and fought back, but we found a way."
Senior goaltender Noora Räty
On adjustments that were made throughout the game...
"Not really. Every time I go out there, I want to play my own game. Even though I gave out a couple rebounds and a few shot opportunities, our `D' corps played tough and did a good job of not allowing them to crash the net."
On what she said to her teammates before the overtime period...
"No, I was so in the zone that I couldn't speak in the locker room. I was just thinking in my mind that if I give up a goal that it will end my senior year and I want to be the one that raised my hand at the end and jumped on top of the pile because its way more fun to do that."
On her viewpoint of the final goal...
"Yeah, I saw the puck go in the middle and thought, `Oh baby' because the goalie tried to come out and make a play, but I knew a couple nice deke moves could score a goal. I also know that Sarah [Davis] was kicked out for her street moves earlier this week, so I knew she could do it."
Junior forward Sarah Davis
On the final goal and what went through her head...
"Obviously we wanted to get it right away. We didn't want to play another three-period overtime game. The puck just came to me, I believe [Megan] Bozek passed it out, and I head faked and shot it in. I am so, so happy it went in....beyond words."
On her game-winning goal celebration...
"It could use some work. I board jumped and I always tell myself not to board jump, but emotions took over--obviously. Everyone was just so pumped and I am smiling like a fool right now, but it's a great day."
On the angle of the final shot...
"I had enough of an angle. I think I stress my teammates out, but fortunately I had enough of an angle--narrow and in a little bit, but I am very happy about it."
On how physical tonight's game was...
"It was definitely physical--maybe too physical because I got a penalty in the first period. But the WCHA teams we play are all physical and we continued to play our game and get through it."
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