PITTSBURGH — Quinnipiac was the last of the four teams to practice Wednesday. Here’s a look at what the Bobcats had to say once they got off the ice.
“I’d like to congratulate the other teams for getting here. I know all of our team is excited to be here.” — Senior forward Jeremy Langlois
“As one of my goals, I felt that was something I wanted to achieve at some point. But going back 15, 16, 17 years ago, we’re a Division III program and then transitioning into D-I. Everybody forgets this, but our first year in Division I, when we were in the MAAC, we did not play one game against the outside four conferences. Nobody would play us. It was unbelievable.” — Coach Rand Pecknold on whether he imagined the Bobcats in the Frozen Four 15 years ago
“It’s hard for teams that take it easy in practice and flip the switch on Friday night. It’s hard to do that. And that’s one thing we focused on this year is having good practice habits.” — Pecknold
“It’s great to have a goalie of Eric’s capabilities. But I think a lot of it comes down to we don’t want to rely on him, and it allows the rest of the team to play confident, play calm. … It allows everybody to play their own game.” — Senior captain and defenseman Zack Currie
“Right. We have four Zacks.” — Pecknold on the fact that he can’t yell out “Hey Zack” during a team meeting. (Although technically, the Bobcats have three Zachs, and one Zack).