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TIM COGHLIN - ST. NORBERT
DEFEATED CONCORDIA WISCONSIN 6-2
ON HIS IMPRESSION OF HIS TEAM'S 6-2 WIN OVER CONCORDIA WISCONSIN:
"We know they are a very talented group. They are now a sophomore, junior, senior type of group. They experienced some success last year and we knew we would have our hands full tonight. I thought we really established ourselves in the first period. Played a very sound game. Really gave up, almost nothing. Thought we should've scored a goal a litter earlier than we did. Ultimately, we got the goal that we needed.
"There were a couple moments of truth, so to say ... when they scored the shorty (to make the score 3-2 St. Norbert in the third period), and we came out on the ensuing power play and scored, that's a big momentum swing right there. That could be one of those that changes the game. Two-goal lead again, different story. All things considered, for us, with a lot of new faces, we're pleased with our effort."
ON HOW HE VIEWS THE EARLY GAMES OF THE SEASON:
"It is a learning process because you don't know how players are going to respond from junior hockey to college hockey. If you look in the second period, we took four-straight minor penalties that showed an incredible lack of discipline, and that stuff will kill you as you go down the stretch. For us, after two (periods), it's a reset. Let's establish ourselves, and I think we did a nice job of that."
ON HOW HE VIEWS THE ROSTER ENTERING THE SEASON:
"What you do know is that T.J. Black is back in the pipes, and you know you return seven of eight possible defensemen. That's our starting point. What's interesting, through the first weeks of practice, we didn't know if we were getting what we need from that group or not. We thought this live action would tell us something and, when we give up just two goals and one went off a shin pad and another bounced off something ... T.J. made three or four critical stops."
ON HIS DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY:
"We have been extremely fortunate when you look at the player between the pipes, for a long time. Our structure is geared around helping the goaltender, for certain. We are definitely a defensive pressure, posture team that creates offense through defensive pressure and posture. Some teams are more offensive-minded and they will take chances. More high-risk, high-reward. They are skilled enough to play that way. We still believe the game needs to be played 200 feet and it takes all six players on the ice."
GRANT KIMBALL - AURORA
LOST 5-1 AT ST. NORBERT
ON HIS OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE GAME:
"Two-one game heading into the third. I thought we did a great job managing some defensive zone time. Sort of a bend but don’t break moment in the second. We got out of there down just a goal and we were looking forward to having a good third. The game got a little away from us in the third, but we played solid for two periods. Things are going in the right direction."
ON MANAGING THE TENDENCIES OF A YOUNG TEAM:
"We talked about it before the game. Before you’re going to win, you have to learn how to play 60 minutes. Last weekend, we probably played a period and a half out of six (at Bethel). Tonight, we played two periods and a little bit of the third. You need three full periods with a full, honest effort, if you want to have success. For us it’s playing the way we want to play for 60 minutes."
ON THE UP-BEAT, VOCAL NATURE OF THE TEAM:
"They’re excited to play, excited to show every opponent that we’re not going to be a push-over team. We don’t have any pressure. We have expectations for ourselves, obviously, but they can come into every game with a clear mind knowing they just need to play hard and support each other. Youthful energy? Even when we were down, it was a positive environment."
MEREDITH ROTH - ST. NORBERT
DEFEATED AURORA 5-1
OVERALL IMPRESSIONS OF THE GAME
"We played really well. We’ve been challenged in the scoring department, putting up just one goal in each game, so it was nice to find the back of the net a little more tonight. And getting goals from a couple different people, too. Our defensemen chipping in on the offensive side as well. I thought Leigh (Grall) played really well tonight, too, so it was a good team effort."
ON PLAYING A NEW PROGRAM IN AURORA:
"It’s new for me as a head coach. As a player, I think I played a few teams out East. You’ve got to start somewhere. Obviously, Grant is very talented. (Grant and his staff) will get them rolling eventually. I knew they would be well-coached. He’s really good at what he does."
ON THE ROSTER THIS SEASON:
"We’re upper-classmen heavy this year, which is different than the past couple years. We have a unique goaltending situation with two seniors that are both vying for the crease. We have some players who have played together since they were seven years old, which is kind of cool. And our D-corps, we didn’t have a lot of depth at that position last year. We have some freshmen this year that have kind of solidified that group, steady things out."
THINGS TO FOCUS ON THIS YEAR:
"Scoring goals is an important thing. Last year we played in 15 11-goal games, and lost most of them, so we’re trying to get some separation this year, playing with a lead. Something I thought we did well last year was we always stuck together as a team, no matter what. Down, up, different situations, we always stuck together as a group. I was proud of that."
ON THE STRENGTH OF THE NCHA:
"It’s going to be tough to get points … Everyone has improved. It’s going to be tough to get points every night, which I’m pretty excited about. Playing good games within your own league, that’s pretty cool."
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