March 27, 2010

Alaska-Fairbanks Postgame Press Conference Quotes

2010 NCAA MEN’S ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
NORTHEAST REGIONAL · DCU CENTER · WORCESTER, MASS.
ALASKA-FAIRBANKS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
MARCH 27, 2010

Head Coach Dallas Ferguson, Senior Forward Dion Knelsen,
Senior Forward Kevin Petovello, Freshman Forward Andy Taranto

Opening statement:
Ferguson:
“Well first of all I just want to congratulate Boston College. I thought they played a great game. Obviously they are a real good hockey team. So congratulations goes out to them… Obviously I think the game from our standpoint was kind of where we wanted it to be. We didn’t want to be 7-6, 8-6, that type of game. But the first period I thought we were a little bit nervous. A little bit, I wouldn’t say rusty, but to jump into that pace and be down 1-0, on a short handed goal… The guys responded. The penalty kill was good in the second period. Our power play got on the board to make it 1-1. And if you were to ask me six, seven months ago to be 1-1 going into the third period here in a regional I would have took it. So I think our team came out and we had some chances. (Boston College) got that second goal on the line change, we were just a second off and the puck found a way into the back of the net. I thought again we responded, like we have all year, we never quit and we had a few chances of our own at the end. Obviously it wasn’t enough. I was real proud of the way our team competed for our first time being in the tournament, how they handled themselves in this environment. So I was real proud of our team not only this week but all season long. They are just a great group of kids they work hard and they are very proud to put that jersey on every night… I’m real proud of them and obviously (we have) a lot to build off of from this year.”

On the first goal:
Taranto:
“It was a relief to get that first goal to get it going; great save by Dion, Joel, and Kevin. Were working the puck around, cycling, and getting chances. It was a great play by Dion to take it to the net and the puck bounced right up to me and I finally got one in.” 

On goalie John Muse:
Taranto:
“Yeah, he played fantastic tonight. He had a great save on me; it was the second chance on the power play there. He’s a hard working guy and you can tell that he has had a lot of experience in net and his “D” core did a good job getting in front of him.”

On the last five minutes:
Knelsen:
“There is no quit in our locker room and I think all the lines that were going out there at that point were getting chances, Salger hit the post, two other chances close to the net. This how we score goals, we get pucks to the net and unfortunately they wouldn’t go in for us today. 

On the tournament experience:
Petovello
: “I think it’s just something we’ve had in our locker room all year. We’re a confident group, we haven’t made it to many levels were you get lots of recognition yet. But we have many guys with a lot of heart and we know where we can be and what we can do. It’s just kind of been something that we’ve built all year. We’ve won a couple tournaments at the start of the year, the Governor’s Cup against Anchorage. Just kind of built up a lot of tight games with a lot of top teams in our conference. We lost to Northern, that was kind of tough. But I think it was almost one of those things where you take it for granted and get the second opportunity and we great heat from practice and guys were excited. We knew second chances didn’t come often so we went prepared coming into this week and wanted to make the best of it, guys leaving it on the line tonight. We didn’t just get it done. 

On whether on not the team was nervous going into the game:
Knelsen:
“I don’t know, I think obviously we haven’t played a game in two weeks and it’s a pretty big stage and we’ve never been here before. I think we had a little bit of nerves. Overall I thought after the first goal, we realized it was just another hockey game. I thought we were able to calm down and start playing our game a little bit better as the game went on. 

On slowing down Boston College’s speed:
Petovello
: “We just wanted to get on their game as quickly as we could. Prevent them from transitioning the puck. Obviously something we do all year, a big thing in our locker room is controlling the middle of the ice. We wanted to keep them to the outside as much as possible. Obviously have a strong back check as they have their transition game going, we need to be back to help our “D” out, and for the most part it worked out pretty well.”

On Boston College:
Ferguson:
“One of the questions you get asked obviously when they are ranked where they are and the success they’ve had is ‘How are you going to do it?’ We try to deflect that stuff and tried to focus in on what we need to do to be successful. I think you can beat yourself before you even drop the puck if you think that way. We’ve got to believe that you’re going to be able to do the job and get out there and compete. If you don’t then you are not going to be successful or even have a chance to be successful. Just having belief in what we are doing on how we need to do things. I think our guys went out and did what they needed to do they had a chance to win. Tonight they didn’t go in for us.”

On the tournament experience:
Ferguson:
“I think when you have been there before... It differs from the first year to the second year… There’s a little bit more sense of knowing how things are going to work. Truthfully I don’t know how much of it is on the ice. All these guys have been in big games somewhere along their careers and I think its half managing the format and getting here, the things you need to be doing and not letting that stuff play into it… The ice sheet’s the same size and everyone puts their skates on the same way. It’s about going out and executing your game plan and not getting distracted by all the other stuff… Hopefully we get the opportunity again next year. It will pay off for us, getting to where we need to go and we can put that much more into our performance.”

On Scott Greenham:
Ferguson:
“Scottie was good all night. For most of the season he’s been like that. He stops all the ones he’s supposed to and a couple he’s not supposed to… He’s a quality goaltender… You don’t see him getting panicked, and that’s one thing we like in our goaltender. There is a subtle ease to him when he’s making big saves. He obviously did his job tonight and gave us a chance to win.”