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Go Gophers!
Go Gophers!

Go Gophers!

March 24, 2013

Recap |  Notes

Head coach Brian Durocher
Opening Statement…
“I guess today you saw a record-breaking team play another great hockey game. There will obviously be great debate that this is the best women’s college hockey team ever, and they earned what they got—great team. I tip my cap to them, and it was one pretty special season for our team, the Boston University Terriers, that I’m very proud of, and I hope that everyone here today saw that there wasn’t any quit, there wasn’t any fright, whether it was down two-nothing and answering, whether it was down 3-1 and having a backdoor play for Jenelle Kohanchuk that almost went in, whether it was down 4-1 and making it 4-2, and then all the way to when Poulin slipped the defensemen in and almost had a chance to make it a one-goal game down the stretch. I tip my cap to Minnesota and love everything about our team and how they played, and I hope people got to see that today, including blocked shots, et cetera. It was a fight to the end, and I thank everybody on our squad.”

On whether or not Minnesota is the best collegiate women’s hockey team ever…
“You know, I go by somebody who plays all year getting through this league, plays through the pressure of the tournament, and answers the bell. It’s been eight years for me, and some that have been around longer, all they ever tell me is how much quicker, faster, stronger, and better these kids are getting, so clearly this has got to be right up there as one of the top teams that have played out there. Wisconsin’s had some super teams, Duluth as well, but it’s certainly got to rival it, and we’ve got to tip our cap to their record, because it’s not easy to go with a zero in two columns.”

On Minnesota’s goal-scoring…
“Again, the shot count didn’t get away, we didn’t quit. I tried to tell them after the second period that when it was 4-1, three of the four goals were one-timers. You could put a bucket of pucks out there, and there’s a lot of people who couldn’t hit one one-timer in that situation, and they had three goals on one-timers: you had the drop pass to Kessel, and two power plays goals off of the plank. So it tells you how good they are and what we have to do, because I think we were rotating around and were making the plays, but they made better ones. So that’s all you can ask as a coach is that the kids give everything they have. They’re not making mental mistakes, and those were physical plays that you saw, that were damn good.”


 

 

On the play of Shannon Stoneburgh…

“For people who don’t know Shannon, she’s a sophomore defenseman and somebody who, last year, probably was a little bit all over the map. You know, the consistency wasn’t there, and I’d be surprised if she’s not our most improved player in the eyes of the players and the staff at the end of the year, but all of a sudden she’s really got her game together and she uses her size, her reach, and pucks have gone in the net. She’s not a classic offensive defenseman, but when things are going right, good things happen, and she’s had a marvelous year.”

On Boston University’s two trips to the Frozen Four and how much pride he can take in how things have gone…
“A great deal of pride. You know, the administration set the bar for us in that they supported us right from the get-go. The players have been the whole story here in that we’ve had wonderful players here, and, you know, the support of the people around us that has taken us to this point. I had hoped in year four or five we would be at least be challenging on the Hockey East front, winning big games at the end of the year, and to have this senior class have been here four times to the NCAA Tournament, twice to the Frozen Four/championship game, and have, whatever it is, three Hockey East championships, a couple regular season, that’s a lot more than I think I might have thought we were going to get. But again, it’s a testament to the young ladies that are wearing the jersey, and I thank them.”

On scalpers outside of the arena…
“Fantastic. I heard $150. I was nervous my assistant coaches were going to be out there on the street, but thankfully they were on the bench. We don’t have any violations to report or concerns, but it’s a great sign. It’s a great tribute to the hockey craze here in Minnesota. I think that this team certainly catapulted the excitement and energy too, because just three short years ago they had a great team who was here, and there wasn’t quite the buzz. There was a fantastic buzz today, and our kids loved it, and certainly anyone here had to relish in it.”

On the game performance and whether it was an advertisement for women’s hockey…
“Absolutely. You know, I was chatting with a couple of probably eight year olds coming off the ice at the end there, and I’m pretty sure they are coming back to see more college hockey, because that was a great show, and there was a lot of fight. Great job all the way through, including our officials today.”

Senior forward Jill Cardella
On where undefeated Minnesota ranks all time…
“Obviously, their record speaks for itself. They are 41-0. No team has ever done that. It is hard to say—I guess you have to let the record speak for itself.”

On the team’s third-period effort…
“I think that speaks to our heart in our locker room. I do not know many teams who would be down 4-1 to an undefeated team after the second period and come back. Even (Kaleigh) Fratkin blocked a shot with 20 seconds left down three goals, so I think that tells the whole story.”

Junior forward Marie Philip-Poulin
 On coming back after blocking a shot on her kneecap…
“It felt slightly stingy. I just wanted to get back in there for my teammates and myself. I wanted to be there for my teammates. I just wanted to be back on the ice and help the team.”

On coming out in the third period after Minnesota scored late in the second period…
“It was hard for sure. When we got back in the dressing room, the coach was able to talk to us. As a team, we were able to get together and say, ‘Never give up. This is hockey.’ I think we never gave up. (Minnesota) has a great team and an amazing goaltender. I think we all fought together and we stood up for each other.”