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Jan. 21, 2005

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Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“It was an emotional setting and I think we handled that well. Both teams worked hard. Both teams wanted the win. The first period was a pretty even ebb and flow. In the second Michigan made a good push and we handled that and managed to score at the right times. A goal scored at the right time can change the momentum of a game. The game was a tremendous learning lesson and I’m glad we came out on top.”

On moving the puck
“We distributed the puck well; we gathered the loose pucks and took some shots. We got the pucks to the free man and he was able to shoot the puck.”

Ohio State freshman defenseman Kyle Hood
On the Buckeye defense
“We’ve been committed to working on defense all year. We’ve been falling behind Michigan in the standings and we knew this was our chance to gain some ground.”

On his first Michigan game
“It was definitely a surprise. I knew about Michigan-Ohio State football, but it surprised me that it carried over to hockey. It was a surprise to hear everyone talk about it on campus and see it on the guys’ faces. Everyone here is Michigan, Michigan, Michigan and it was good to get the crowd into the game early.”

Ohio State junior goaltender Dave Caruso
On his performance
“I settled down after the first period ended. We were lucky to come out 2-1. The defense played really well and cleared out the pucks and I was able to see the shots. For the rest of the game I saw it and stopped it. That’s what you do, simple as that. See it. Stop it.”

Ohio State junior forward Dan Knapp
On the fan support
“The crowd was definitely nice. To go out for warm-ups and have people in the audience is nice. I hope they enjoyed the game and will come back because it definitely affects our play.”

On the two -game series
“That’s the great thing about this league: you can lose on Friday and come back to win on Saturday. Michigan is a very good team and they’re going to come out gunning tomorrow.”

Michigan head coach Red Berenson
On Ohio State’s performance
“Their power play was too strong and that was the No.1 reason why they played with a lot of confidence. When they scored the first power-play goal, they got excited. Their power-play performance was good and much better than ours and that was the difference in the game. OSU is a good team. It was a big game for both of us and they are a good team at home and they proved it tonight.”

On Ohio State’s success in the game
“I thought they moved the puck well and they were not holding it. Their play is unselfish and it is paying off. They didn’t give us much and we didn’t capitalize on our chances. We didn’t get many chances to the net. I give their goalie a lot of credit. He made some big plays.”