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Michigan Tech 4, Michigan State 1



Dec. 28, 2007

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Michigan State Head Coach Rick Comley

Opening statement...
I thought it was hard fought game and (Michigan) Tech played well. Our kids worked hard, and had scoring chances. I think we hit four goalposts, and we just couldn't get it in. I thought (Rob) Nolan came up and played a very good game. It was just a very hard fought game.

On the Michigan State power play...
I think we had four opportunities, so the game could have been won there. Conversely, they had one power play and scored on one shot. The power play could have tied the game, certainly, but we just didn't get it done.

On Michigan State's scoring chances...
We had plenty of chances; so, there's no fault, and there's no pointing fingers. I knew coming in how (Michigan) Tech plays. They play four deep in their zone, and the open people are your defensemen. Then you've got to get it to [the defensemen], and then they have to do something with it, and that's not our most skilled position offensively. We just couldn't get shots through, and that's just what had to happen. Sometimes when you're in a game and you're not real sharp physically, you need some stuff to happen. When you hit a bunch of goalposts and you miss an empty, you never really get yourself back.

Michigan State Forward Bryan Lerg

On MSU's effort...
Obviously, you need to play 60 minutes of hockey. Tonight, maybe we played 45 minutes of the 60. There were chances in the second period that should have buried, but they didn't go in; that's hockey. We'll move on, and get after it tomorrow.

On preparation for Providence...
I think we just need to stay positive as a team. Obviously, this loss really hurts us, but it's not going to affect our game tomorrow. If it is going to affect us, it is going to affect us in a positive way. We have to take a look at Providence. Personally, that score against Michigan, I don't think was the factor in the game. They outplayed Michigan, I thought, in the first couple of periods.



On Michigan State's play...
Every time we got the puck down low, we would make one or two cycles and that would be it. We would lose the puck. I think we lost a couple of battles down low, and that's just mental, I think. We need to have two guys down low, and one guy close to the pile. I don't think we did that for a majority of the game, but when we did, we showed execution. Throughout the game, there were probably a good four- or five-minute span where we had lines going in and out. We had a lot of chances. I think Tim Kennedy's line and Nick Sucharski's line really showed a lot in the second period.

Michigan State Wing Tim Kennedy

On not having the opportunity to defend the Great Lakes Invitational title...
Well, it's always hard when you come to this tournament from Michigan State, and you don't make it to the championship game, because that is one of the things you look forward to. It's a pretty tough feeling that we won't actually get that chance this year.

On Michigan Tech's execution...
They played the game that our team likes to play. They got the puck down low, they really used their bodies, and they got the shots they wanted. When they had a chance, they finished. That's what it comes down to. I think we hit four goalposts, and we had those two open nets. If those chances go in, who knows what the outcome would be.


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