Michigan State 2, Western Michigan 1
 
 
 
 

Oct. 30, 2009

Recap

Michigan State 2, Western Michigan 1

Head Coach Rick Comley

On whether he could tell if Western's last second shot on goal made it in before time expired...
No, no idea. I knew it was really close. Obviously the green light came on, so the red light can't...I don't know. They said [the replay] showed that [the puck] clearly was not in. Now, not by a lot. The question is: would that have counted it without replay? Who knows.

On how he sees his team's maturation thus far in the season...
There are positives and negatives. The negative or concern is third periods. We've lost some leads now, but that's a sign of youth. We knew coming in face-offs were a critical part of the game, and we lost two key face-offs that lead to a goal and almost a tying goal. Losing [Matt] Grassi really hurt us. We got down to five, and I still see this team getting tired as games wind down and I think that's age and maturity. There are a lot of positives. Then I thought for the first time we got away from our new system of playing tonight. We started turning the puck over and lost some discipline that way. We had the puck so much for the first thirty minutes; sometimes you kind of get lulled into not competing and not working hard together. I thought Western did a real good job that way. They were totally a different team than any team we've played so far. All three teams we've played are speed, energy, work hard, pressure teams and this is more of a capitalize team that controls the middle of the ice.

On if tonight's game was Goalie Drew Palmisano's best performance of the year so far...
No, he was really good last Saturday too. He looks like he's settled and is playing very well. And I thought [Western Goalie Riley] Gill played very well too. It's hard to get pucks to him. They were getting blocked shots, I don't know how many blocks they had, but they get pieces of a lot.

 

 

On getting different players to score...
Needed it. That's what we need. That first power-play group, they made some great plays and just couldn't get the puck in the net...It's critical just to get some balance and different people chipping in. The continued growth of [Sophomore Center Daultan] Leveille's line is important for us because all three guys are capable of scoring.

On the strength of the third line headed by Freshman Center Chris Forfar...
Forfar is a very intelligent player, not real flashy, but does a lot of really good things. Excellent penalty killer, he had a really nice goal that way. Again, we're a work in progress.

On the best thing he and the team can take from this game...
Winning, for sure. [Palmisano] playing very well. I think another game of experience, we've just got to keep putting these kids out there and they'll learn quickly that every team is hard and every win is a tough win... It certainly wasn't our best game by far.

On the play of Sophomore Defenseman Tim Buttery...
I thought he worked hard, and he had to play a lot once Grassi left. I thought they all worked real hard.

On the hit Grassi delivered which resulted in his Game Misconduct penalty...
Well, the kid was off balance and [Grassi] shoved him. It was more of a two-handed shove, and he hit the boards awkwardly. I thought the hit on [Andrew] Rowe was every bit as damaging as that hit... But he's a big strong kid who can overmatch people just by a shove.

On his expectations for tomorrow night's game at Western...
The environment will be great, but we've been at Maine and at Miami and it doesn't get any tougher than those two rinks. I'm sure it will be loud and crazy but that's O.K.

Michigan State Junior Forward Dustin Gazley

On what he is learning about himself and his teammates...
I learned about myself that you just have to play till the end. You have to battle till the last minute of the game. And especially as a team too, they scored and that didn't count and we could have got the puck out but we didn't. We have to do the small things and make them count and get the puck out and get a win.

On being able to get the puck out the five plays before that...
It's just the game of hockey. You get bounces your way sometimes and sometimes you don't.

On goalie Drew Palmisano...
He played great. He kept us in the game. They had a couple two on ones where he made great saves. (We) couldn't have gotten that win without him.

On if this was one of the better games he's seen Drew Palmisano play...
He always plays good when he's in net, but that definitely was a great game for him.

On if he disagreed with his penalty...
I honestly didn't even know that was a penalty at first and I don't know why it was. I thought it was a clean hit but you can't argue with it. I think he went in and he turned on it a little bit and I guess I got the best of him.

On what was going on through his mind in the last two minutes...
I was just saying to the guys let's get the puck out, do what we can, do the little things. Just chip it out, we don't need any goals right here. Play defense first, block shots, all those things to do to get the win.

On if it felt like last Saturday's game against Miami with them doing anything to hold on to the win...
It was definitely like that feeling.

On his goal...
The first couple power plays we had, we weren't really getting enough shots on net. We were playing with the puck high and on the side and (Andrew) Rowe skated in the middle and took a great shot on net which is what we needed. It bounced out, rebound, goalie didn't even see it. Daultan (Leveille) missed it and tried going for it and missed it. The puck was just lying right there and I just put it in. It hit his glove actually and then went in. It's kind of a lucky goal but I'll take it.

On the first 15 minutes when it felt like nothing was happening...
The puck was bouncing a lot out there. We were trying to play our systems. The first period, I thought was our best period and then as the game went on we kind of got away from the systems. It just kind of looked like everyone was running around out there.

On in the last 10 minutes how Western Michigan was taking advantage of them running around...
They came on strong in the third period after that intermission. We just didn't come out as strong as we should have.

Michigan State Sophomore Goalie Drew Palmisano

Thoughts on the last second shot...
I had no clue. I knew the ref wasn't pointing behind me, and everyone went to check it out and I was just hoping it wasn't a goal. And luckily things went our way tonight.

On last four or five minutes of the game....
I kind of started out slow and rebounds were a little sloppy, but as the game went on they had a little more shots on me and kind of got me into the game a little bit more and I felt good in the third period.

On starting tonight after hearing he wasn't supposed to start....
I found out after our interview and I wasn't sure, I didn't read the newspaper. Renny (assistant coach Brian Renfrew) came up to me and told me the newspaper was wrong.

On his first game with his new pads and are these lucky?...
I hope so. On getting out and playing the puck....
It's hard to get into the game especially when no one gets a shot in the first four or five minutes. And at first you got to try and stay active and not necessarily playing the puck so much or over playing the puck but just doing something to try and stay into the game.

On best thing about the game...
The ref saying no goal at the end.

On how he played...
I controlled my rebounds the second half of the game and moved pretty well laterally.