Mark Dennehy (Merrimack head coach)
Opening Comment …
“We are not playing Merrimack hockey, that I know. I said to our guys tonight, it was like pins and needles in terms of we died a thousand deaths. We probably did more to ourselves, and I don’t want to take anything away from a Northeastern team that’s playing pretty well right now, but we just turned too many pucks over. Too many self-inflicted wounds.
“We talk about building this from the net out and we’ve given up 5, 5, 7, 5 in the last four games, that’s just not good enough. We have to get back to playing the way we need to play. I think some of it is mental duress. Everyone knows we’re struggling and the tendency is to continue to grip the stick too tight. But the only thing I know is to get back on the horse, we have another opportunity tomorrow to get right back after it, and we need to do so with a clear head.”
Are the issues you’re seeing the same things repeated? …
“No, that’s the hard part. It’s different players, different situations. It’s different times of the game. We go up a goal and we’re playing OK, and then we just take a rash of penalties because we get overplayed. We gave them a couple of odd-man rushes, we take a penalty on a backcheck, and now it’s penalty, penalty, penalty. We did that to ourselves. If we just had a third man high, they don’t get an odd-man break and we don’t take a penalty. Our guys are working hard, we’re just not executing to the extent we need to.”
What did you think of Babcock on the line with Seney and Tibbet? It seems like they could have a lot of speed …
“They have the potential to have a lot of speed, and that’s why we put him there. We’ll evaluate it. At this point, I don’t know.”
Jim Madigan (Northeastern head coach)
Opening comment …
“I liked the way we stayed in the game after the first period where I thought we carried the play but we were down 1-0. Their goalie made some nice saves. We kept to the game plan, came back in the second period and tied it. Then 2-1, 3-2, to be up 3-2 after two I think was big for our club. There was a little bit of deja vu going back to our two games with them last year where I thought we controlled territorially and they end up winning both games. We got rid of that mindset in the third period, those two goals created some separate for ourselves.
“This is a tough building to play in, I thought we were heavy and won puck battles. I’m pleased with the two points. We’ll get back to Boston and get ready for tomorrow’s game.”
Kevin Roy looked good in his return …
“I thought he looked really well. He played 200 feet, he went on the offense, he snapped a couple off, he was really good away from the puck coming back, and that’s how we’re playing as a team. He’s been watching a lot and he has seen it. He jumped right in there and I thought that this was one of his best games all year. I thought he skated really effortless and a lot of fluid to his game. It was nice to see him back. He snapped off a couple of passes there, one to Sikura there for the goal.
“You mention third line, but we have three lines we think can score goals. If Kevin Roy is our third-line winger we might be in the NHL next week.”
How tough is it when Hedges comes back too, you have three lines that have clicked, how tough is it to shuffle them again? …
“We’ve dressed 11 forwards the last few games. Our 10th and 11th forward are dangerous also. Lincoln Griffin was our 11th forward tonight and scored. We’re just rolling 1-11. We’ll mix and match lines as it goes along. We’re just dealing with what we have right now. Hedges is still a little bit away.
“I like that we have the depth and we can use it. It will make my job more difficult putting a lineup together. We’ll have to make some tough decisions.”
What did you think of McMurtry tonight?
“I thought he was awesome. I said it in the locker room after the game. He was on pucks, he was heavy, he was pressuring pucks. He made some plays around the net. He’s in a real good zone. The points are a lot in the last 10-11 games. He’s playing 200 feet, he’s on pucks, he’s making smart plays. It’s nice for him to get the goal, and he’s got a hot stick. He can make a play and with confidence around the net he can get five or six in the next five or six games. I thought he was really good.
Is that an example of the guys doing the right thing away from the puck getting rewarded with the puck ..
“That whole line does that. Gaudette in the middle of that line does that. It’s a good compliment. That line was good tonight.”