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Postgame Quotes: Frozen Fenway: UMass 3, UVM 2 OT

Jan. 8, 2012

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Don Cahoon - UMass Head Coach
General comments:
The first thing that comes to mind, I said I can relate to Big Papi when he hits a walk-off home run in the 11th because that's what it felt like given the nature of the overtime. The emotion and the intensity was everything that it was built to be. The guys on both teams obviously wanted to make a credible showing, making sure they left it all on the ice. It was a playoff type of environment and that brings out a lot in teams and will hopefully help us down the stretch. It was a great event from my perspective.

On what he said to the team about playing at Fenway:
The guys used an expression we use frequently and that's keep it between the glass and we talked about maturity and with this group of kids its been all about maturity over the last year and a half. We talked about having a maturity level that allowed them to stay with what they do and we treated this like another Hockey East game. We knew it was more and you couldn't help but feel it, given the intensity of the crowd and the party-like atmosphere.

On matching up against Vermont:
I matched lines the best I could and they were really only playing three lines, they're fourth line didn't get a lot of ice time. I could spot my fourth line because I have a couple of experienced guys in that group and a good defensive player so I got a little bit more out of my fourth line on odd shifts. So I used Kevin Czepial and Peter DeAngelo repeatedly on the PK, which that last PK we had three groups going and I was really pleased with all three of them. I didn't think any one of them was any weaker than the other, which was huge for us in getting through.

On decision to start Jeff Teglia:
Well one of the reasons we decided to go with Teglia, obviously if it didn't work out people would say why would you play a goalie who hasn't won at this level, but he's given us some good games and we haven't played great in front of him. He knows the areas of the game that he needs to work on but he's one of the most mature guys in our program. He's a 3.95 student, he was the top student-athlete in the USHCO before he came to UMass, he's got a level head and a disposition that I thought he could walk into this environment and just deal with the task at hand and not get caught up with anything else. It was all about playing his position to the best of his ability and I think the kids fed off of that. So maturity was a big piece of it, even though it came from a sophomore, it came from a very astute young guy at the head of the class.

On Danny Hobbs:
Well he's healthy and is a pretty tough kid. He played the majority of the first half of the season dinged up and some problems that were some really nagging injuries. We'd get him into one game a weekend or sometimes even the second game but he might not have practiced more than 30 minutes a week, so the difference now is he is back full tilt practicing every day. He's a good solid player and a real hard noised kid.

Jeff Teglia - Sophomore - Goalkeeper
On magnitude of the game:
I think everyone came in having this as a big game in they're mind. I think when you get into a game its all about the game, but you can't help but notice you are at Fenway park, I'll never forget it.

On start:
I found out this morning and I can't tell you how much it meant to me. It was a great opportunity and I thank my teammates for making the most of it. Obviously it was my first win and I couldn't have asked for anything else. I'll never forget it and I am sure everyone else that took part in it won't either.

On late save on Colin Markison scoring chance:
I think that was right at the end of our kill, the puck sort of went behind the net and one of our defensemen played it and the guy made a nice quick play, chipping it out of from behind the net. It was sort of a bang-bang play and I sort of gapped out a little bit and was able to catch it right between my chest and my arm and held onto it.

Michael Marcou - Senior - Defensemen
General comments:
Every time you play a big game like this outside in front of a lot of people you always envision you scoring the overtime winner. It was my first one ever so it's a pretty good experience to have here at Fenway.

On scoring the game-winner:
It started on a powerplay and me and Joel Hanley switched sides so I was on my off wing and the puck went down by the net and I crept around the high slot area and the puck squirted out and I put it in.

On playing in overtime:
Late in the game you are always tired but it is always about taking the short shifts and going hard 30 seconds at a time. You have one game tonight and that's your job and I try to do nothing but leave it all out there and I feel like after the game if I have something left in my body then I didn't go all out.

On the stretch over the last few days:
The last three days coach emphasized that we were playing at Fenway and we couldn't look past Providence. We need to take it day by day and one game at a time and accomplish what happens next.



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