Yale quotables from Wednesday’s news conference

More thoughts from the Yale camp on Wednesday:

“Every time we don’t get to compete for a national championship is a disappointment in our eyes.” — Senior forward Andrew Miller, the 2012-13 Ivy League player of the year.

“I personally don’t see us as underdogs.” — Senior defenseman Colin Dueck, who’s played 121 games for the Bulldogs.

“I think it is a level playing field.” — Junior forward Jesse Root, who had the game-winning goal in each of Yale’s contests in the West Regional.

“We’ve been anxious over the last two weeks to get here. It didn’t go by fast enough.” — Sophomore forward Anthony Day, who had two of his four assists of this season in Yale’s 4-1 win over North Dakota in the West Regional.

“We focused on hockey and we had two great weeks of practice to prepare and get better to be in the best position for these games.” — Senior forward Josh Balch, whose third goal of the season was the tying goal in Yale’s 4-1 win over North Dakota.

“On campus, it’s been great.” — Root.

“The students have been great, and faculty and even some of the professors. Maybe not all of them.” — Dueck.

“The response has been tremendous. One of the nice things about the work we do and the effort we put in is that we can bring pleasure to so many people who are connected with Yale and the Yale hockey program.” — Coach Keith Allain, who played for Yale (1976-80).

“If you want to look around in warmups a little bit, that’s great, but we have a hockey game to play.” — Sophomore forward Kenny Agostino, who leads the Bulldogs with 17 goals and 23 assists.