North Dakota Championship Final Postgame Locker Room Quotes

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Lockerroom Quotes* Saturday, April 9, 2005
Jerome Schottenstein Center * Columbus, Ohio
North Dakota Lockerroom Quotes - Postgame

Matt Smaby, sophomore defender

On the loss
"Words can't do justice right now. We've had such a great run over the last couple months. We came together as a team but it's really hard right now because we all came here to win. But, someone has to win and someone has to lose. We really wanted it but it didn't go our way tonight."

On Denver's play
"They played very well defensively and really cleared the puck well. They played hard and bounces went their way. That's just the way it goes sometimes. They were solid as a team all the way around."

Chris Porter, sophomore forward

On the late season success
"It just shows what kind of team we are. We stuck together when no one gave us a chance to do anything. We knew we could win but Denver was great tonight. We couldn't get the bounces tonight like we've been getting lately. But, I'm so proud of these guys and what we've accomplished."

On next year
"Denver knocked us out last year as well so hopefully this will drive us in the summer to work that much harder so we can make another run next season. I feel terrible for the seniors right now. We all wanted them to go out as winners. Right now we just need to take a couple days to step back and relax and realize what we've accomplished as a team. Over the summer we need to work hard and get ready for next year."

On the trip to the Frozen Four
"We had a very young team this year so it was good to get a taste of what it is like at this level. It leaves a sour taste in our mouths though. Nobody thought we would go this far and we had a great season. We came together so well as a team even with injuries and other things throughout the year. We had a great time here but obviously we wanted to win."