Yale Postgame Press Conference Quotes

2010 NCAA ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
NORTHEAST REGIONAL · DCU CENTER · WORCESTER, MASS.

YALE POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
MARCH 27, 2010

Head Coach Keith Allain, Senior Forward Marc Arcobello,
Senior Defenseman Ryan Donald, Junior Forward Denny Kearney

Opening statement:
Allain: “I’m really proud of our guys with the way they competed tonight, the way they stuck to our game plan. We were able to compete. We knew North Dakota, with the quality of the players they bring and their coaching staff, that they weren’t going to go away. We just hoped they wouldn’t get that goal in the third period as early as they did and then they got the second one. But we reminded our guys that if they wanted to be champions they would have to go through some rough times and there would be adversity because every team we face is a quality team, and this was going to be our test, and I thought we passed it pretty well.”

On fining inspiration since North Dakota was the higher seed:
Donald:
“It lightened the mood a little bit for us.  We kind of knew we were playing with house money a little bit. Not too many people were expecting too much out of us, but I think we did a good job with that roll.  We played a little bit looser than we did two weekends ago.”

On the penalty kill in the last five minutes:
Kearney
: “Obviously that was a big point in the game. Bearing down and sticking to our systems. We do a good job of scouting so we know what to expect.  It just comes down to battling and blocking shots, and I think we did a great job of that, and then clearing the puck when we had the chance.”

On the message during the time out in the third period:
Arcobello:
“To try to get our heads back a little bit.  We knew they were coming hard.  We knew we had to weather the storm.  We knew they were going to come hard at the beginning of the period. So I think we just had to relax a little bit, got back to our game.  I think we strayed away from it a little bit in the time they scored two goals quick.  We tried to refocus a little bit and get back on track.”

On the match-up with Boston College:
Donald:
“It’s kind of the same approach.  Nobody was really expecting us to play them, the expectation was a UND-BC match-up, but I think that we will be able to give them a good run for their money as well.  We will go home and enjoy this for a little bit and focus our attention on them tomorrow night. But if we bring the same attitude we brought today, loose, playing our game and keeping it within our self, we will find some success.”

On how Yale was able to be successful tonight:
Kearney
: “Yes, I had a couple of nice passes from teammates. Tom made a great shot on the first one and I was able to put my stick on it and Kevin made a nice feed.  I was just put in a great situation and was able to finish.”

On the role the week off played in tonight’s game:
Donald:
“A couple of weeks off were good for rest obviously, (to) get over the little bumps and bruises.  It can also give us an opportunity to understand what it feels like to face the fact that your season might be over.  We all sat around the room for a few minutes and validated if we could avoid this feeling again, we definitely would.   I think it made us a little hungry for this weekend, and from now on it’s elimination for sure.”

On the upcoming matchup with Boston College:
Allain:
“We have actually already broken down film of Alaska and Boston College earlier in the week. I think speaking in general terms Boston College plays the game a lot like we do. They have some small quick forwards, they like to play an up tempo game, so I think it will be an exciting matchup.”

On his decision to start Ryan Rondeau in net:
Allain:
“It’s really no different than anything we have been doing all year long. One of the things I told the team after we got knocked out in the conference tournament was that the goaltender who deserved to play after these two weeks of practice was going to play. It was an open season competition and Ryan won the competition.”

On the expectations surrounding the game before hand:
Allain:
“I’m unaware of the chatter. I think I have group of competitive people. I think competitive people compete all the time. They don’t pick and choose and they don’t need any extra special motivation. I think it’s just a fantastic team that wanted to win pretty badly.”

On the team’s strategy after building a lead:
Allain:
“Some teams are able to change their game to a more defensive style when they get a lead. I think our personality is that we have to try to be good at what we are good at. We didn’t want to make a change. I knew that North Dakota was such a great team, and they’re playing for their lives. They’re going to come at you really strongly. Like I said earlier, the tough part was that they scored so early in the period and had all that time left to work with.”