Michigan State 3, Northern Michigan 2
 
 
 

 

 
 

Oct. 27, 2007

Recap |  Final Stats

Michigan State Head Coach Rick Comley

On the trouble in the second period...

We had to kill eight minutes of power play situation - sloppy penalties too. Even the puck movement was sloppy. But in the third period, we got good again and you want to be your best in the third.

On the success of the power play...

I think all five goals tonight were power play goals. They were pretty power play goals. We have good people , so our power play should be very effective. Nick Sucharski, I thought, played tremendous tonight, and that pass he made on that first goal was a great pass.

On the play of goaltender Jeff Lerg...
[Northern Michigan] is tough, because they get traffic and they go to the net. They were unlucky, they could have had three or four in the second, they had at least two pipes, maybe three. But I thought Jeff was really good tonight, I thought last night he was sloppy. One of his strengths is, when the puck's around him he usually has it and the play is over. Last night he couldn't get a hold of loose pucks, tonight he was real good, real solid.

Michigan State junior goalie Jeff Lerg

On the game tonight ...
It was a lot better, it's easier to play in a game like that than where we're playing on a ping pong table like last night - where the puck is all over the place, it doesn't even seem like hockey. Today felt like a good crisp game, and a better one to play in.

On NMU getting traffic in front ...
Yeah, that is the strategy for any team, I feel. We play goalies that are 6'5" and we say get traffic in front. So obviously if you are playing someone my size they say the same thing. It's just the game of hockey - on power plays, just work it around and get bodies in front, and try to get rebounds. It's really the basic formula, but maybe people say it more because they are playing against a goaltender my size.

 

 

On Gazely eating up clock with a minute remaining ...
Obviously it was exciting, he's going to be here for four years, hopefully, doing that. So that was really good to see a freshman doing things like that - obviously he isn't a big guy, but he has really good hands and really good work ethic. He was just battling, and that was really awesome to see, because he was just controlling the whole clock and the play - everything you could ask. That's what we try and do the last couple of minutes, to keep it in their zone, keep it low, and make sure we have our third guy high so we don't get caught in the odd-man rushes. Whether you are a senior or a freshman, it is just something you have to do in a situation like that.

On playing in his 60th consecutive game, tying a school record ...
[laughs] That means I have to play in Alaska.
It is really just a nice compliment obviously from the coaching staff, and everyone here to put that much confidence in me; to keep playing me on a consistent basis. I think that is why I try and work hard during the week, and work hard during the off-season, to make sure I can be both mentally and physically to be in shape to play night-in and night-out. I just hope that we continue to do well, and hopefully I will get a few more starts along the way.

Michigan State Sophomore Defenseman Michael Ratchuk

On scoring the game- winning goal...
I just wound up and took it, as I shot it, it was dead silent, and finally it hit the net and I just lost it. It was awesome, everybody was going nuts.

On playing the point on the power play with Nick Sucharski...
He's real easy to work with. In practice, we'll sit and talk and say `Let's try this, let's try this.' He's easy to read off of and so far it's been working pretty well.

On Michigan State starting the CCHA season 2-0...
The start of the season is always huge, especially when you look around the league and pay attention to how everybody else does. You don't want to get in the habit of losing, so once you get those first two wins out of the way, it's good to get into the next weekend.

On playing at Alaska-Fairbanks next weekend...
I'm excited for it. I went to Alaska my junior year of high school for a playoff series. It was a fun place to play, people are crazy about hockey. I'm excited to go back and I think it will be a really good test for us. I think everybody's got the same idea - that we're all anxious to get going and get into that second series.