Miami Hockey Postgame Quotes
Miami vs. Ohio State
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio


Head Coach Enrico Blasi
On winning the CCHA regular-season championship:
"I've said it before that the regular-season championship is a difficult one to win because you have to be good consistently for six months and you have to win in different buildings and play on the road, long road trips, and sometimes through some sickness and injuries. If you're fortunate enough to be in a position to win one, it's pretty amazing. As far as this team is concerned, I don't think anyone would have picked them to do anything. For them to set themselves up at the beginning of the year to just go out and play and have fun for each other, I'm so proud in the way they've conducted themselves."

On the night as a whole:
"Like I said, you want to put all the drama in one evening: the last CCHA regular-season game against your rival for a CCHA championship and it's Senior Night. And you had guys dropping the puck that started the program. Why not, right? It's a good feeling right now, and we'll enjoy it for the night, and tomorrow we'll start putting a plan together for whoever we play next."

On winning the final CCHA championship:
"I don't want to be sentimental at this point in the season because there's still so much hockey to be played, but it's a big deal. We can say that we won the last one. I'm sad that the CCHA's going away, but everyone had to make a decision for the best interest of their programs, including Ohio State and Miami. It just so happens that we have to put an end to it."

Senior forward Curtis McKenzie
On winning the final CCHA regular-season championship:
"That trophy's forever ours now."

On the team as a whole:
"This team's unbelievable, the amount of trust we have in each other. I haven't been on this fun of a team, and how hard everyone works for each other night in and night out, practice in and practice out. It's been a blast with 26 great guys on our team who are all leaders. It's a special, special win."

Senior captain and defenseman Steven Spinell
On what defined this team:
"We call it "The Brotherhood," but this year more than any other we really lived it."

On winning the CCHA regular-season title:
"Of course it's a huge honor to win the league championship, but we have bigger aspirations to come here."

Freshman forward Riley Barber
On the team's chemistry:
"That's why we play so hard for each other, because we love each other so much. And it's kind of cliché to say that you love your brother, but it really is true."

On leading the team in scoring as a freshman:
"It's something you don't think about a lot. Whenever I can put the team in a good spot to win games I'm happy. To be able to be a key contributor to a great team like this is something pretty awesome and I'm glad I could do it with these guys."