Michigan State 3, Bowling Green 2
 
 
 

 

 
 

Feb. 20, 2009

Recap

Michigan State Head Coach Rick Comley

Opening Statement...
I thought obviously it was a very good win. My concern is fatigue and I thought we didn't have the energy tonight at any time like we did last weekend, but we got better as the game went on. I thought we were really tired in the first period with just no emotion or jump. We had to fight from behind twice and then to get two quick goals like that was tremendous. Jeff (Lerg) made two fun saves in the second period that were just unreal.

On the play of MSU's forwards...
(Matt Schepke) and (Jay) Sprague have really stepped up and played well. That was a big goal by (Daultan) Leveille because he's been quiet. His speed was a factor and he drew a penalty before. That line has been really good for us and I thought they were again.

On the team's lack of puck control in the first two periods...
We just weren't close to the puck. We were away from the puck all the time. We left the puck carrier isolated. I think mentally last weekend we knew we had our back against the wall against a really good team. Tonight we were looking at a team lower than us in the standings and I think mentally we weren't as good.

On the five-on-three power plays in the third period...
The first one was really good. We had some really good shots. We kind of went brain dead on the second.

On the improvement in the play of Jeff Petry...
It's been three weeks or so now. He got tired and I maybe used him too much in the sequence of penalties. He's been more relaxed.

Bowling Green Head Coach Scott Paluch

Opening Statement...
It was a hard-fought game and I thought our guys deserved better. They scored three goals and we scored two, that's it.

On his team's defensive play in the third period...
Our penalty kill was tremendous. It certainly gave us a chance at the end of the game. Both of those five-on-threes were outstanding.

 

 

Michigan State Freshman Defenseman Brock Shelgren

On the team's attitude over the past few weeks...
We have a lot more positives to go on now than a month ago. Guys are just going out and having fun everyday and enjoying it.

On the team's play during the third period...
We just went out there and tried to battle our way back. We worked hard, tried to get the puck in deep, go to work down there, throw pucks on net and hope that something would happen.

On his first collegiate goal...
I think I was coming in from a line change and they tried chipping it out and it was just right there for me. I just wound up and tried to put it on net and it went in for me. I watched it go in but I was still surprised, it being my first college goal and everything.

On playing at Bowling Green tomorrow night...
We just have to go in there and play a good road game - get pucks in and work hard and not try to do too much, try to keep it simple and hopefully come out with a win. I'm sure they're going to be a lot more fired up after losing one like they did tonight, especially since it's their senior night.

Michigan State Senior Goalie Jeff Lerg

On tonight's win...
We were down twice and we came back two times, which is good for this team, and Brock (Shelgren) getting a goal there (in the third period). We didn't really give them too many chances there at the end.

On Bowling Green's effort in the last minutes of the game...
They didn't get any great chances, I think they were mostly trying to score like they did on the first goal and just get it through traffic but it never really got in the net. We did a really good job. We didn't really give them much, which was a good positive.

On defenseman Kurt Kivisto's defensive effort...
He's doing well. He's a guy who is not scared to get in front of it. As a fourth line here for three years he knew what his role was, to go out there and block shots and be good defensively. That has definitely made his transition easier to the defensive end. He does the same old thing and is patient with the puck and does a really good job.