Boston College Postgame Press Conference Quotes


MARCH 27, 2010

Head Coach Jerry York, Freshman Forward Pat Mullane, Senior Forward Matt Price

Synopsis of the game:
York: “I’m awfully excited to be advancing. I think this is a special time in the lives for coaches, players that chase trophies.  This is our first step in the NCAAs.  Our team was in a terrific battle tonight.  We knew Alaska was good but didn’t realize just how good a player Knelsen was. He is as good a player as we’ve played against all year.  We’ve played teams from all over the country, so he’s very very impressive. I think Alaska and Dallas have to be very pleased that this is their first tournament action. They played us so well, the game could have certainly gone either direction. After two periods, I thought we got aggressive. Good offensive play or shots from the point, redirections was our second goal. I’ve never been in an NCAA Tournament where the games aren’t difficult, where they’re hard to advance. Again, credit to Alaska. I know a lot of people in this area don’t know much about them. Like I’ve said, I’ve had a chance to play at Fairbanks a number of different times, and they’ve got a really good culture up there… Die hard hockey fans. They play in a really good arena. They’ll be back on the national stage the way Dallas is recruiting, way he’s coaching. I thought Matty Price had another real solid game, his line with Matt Lombardi, and they (are) just really doing special things on the ice as we go through the season.”

On the victory:
“Any team that is going to make a push here in college hockey is going to need everyone to step up, and everyone is going to play a different role every night. Sometimes your checkers are going to score, and that’s something you need. The more guys you have going the better off we are going to be, and I think we’ve seen that in the last couple games and it has contributed to our success.”

On the teams reaction to Alaska’s goal:
“As a team we didn’t get frustrated or down. It was a tough goal to give up late. We had fought off a lot of penalties and we were pretty close to fighting off that last one. There was never a sense of defeat on our bench and I feel that we came into the locker room in the second period and kind of regrouped.”

On the team’s reaction to last season:
“With this program you always expect to be in the national tournament and you expect to do well. We set our goals high on purpose and after that game every guy in that locker room that was coming back the next year and the freshman coming in found that out real quick that this is where our goals are, and that’s where those expectations were… Guys were focused. You could see everyone was a little bit hungrier. Everyone wanted to be back here. I think throughout the entire year guys were taking it one game at a time, but building towards getting to this tournament.”

On goalie John Muse:
“I think he has been playing phenomenal lately and you need that… And you can sense that on the bench sometimes. A huge save can pick up your bench real quick and turn that momentum the other way, and I think he’s definitely been doing that a lot as of late. He’s a huge part of our team and he has been playing phenomenally.”

On the penalty kill:
“I think as a whole the penalty kill did a pretty good job today... But I think we did a pretty good job and had some pretty good pressure on them up ice. We made them make plays, which is what we want to do, and not give them too much time and space. We have to keep that up, keep working hard, and try and out work them out there.”

Did you know what a Nanook was?
“I think we do follow college hockey. They have a youtube, their introduction.  A polar bear taking out campuses and battles.  I tried to show my grandson, he started crying.”

How optimistic were you coming into this season?
York: “I knew we had an excellent freshman class coming in. Our current players were capable of cohesion.  Especially with defense”

On John Muse:
“I thought he was exceptionally strong tonight, certainly if I were to pick one reason why we’re advancing, it’s the play of John Muse.”

On the play of the fourth line:
“My wife always asks me why people say there’s a fourth line. We really do play a lot of lines and sometimes we mix and match.  The heart of the line plays more often.”

On Alaska-Fairbanks’ poise:
“I thought they matched us.  I don’t think there’s any stage fright in their players. I thought they were very good. We feel very fortunate that we are moving on. It took a pretty good effort to get by Alaska.”