Daily Sports Extra
Covering OSU and NIT
Preseason NIT, vs. Bradley
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Monday, November 17, 1986
Overmatched icers swept by
By ADAM SCHEFTER
You knew it was coming.
Combine Michigan State's talent
and experience with Michigan's
inexperience and third-period blues
and you have the underlying
ingredients for Michigan's two
losses this past weekend.
On Friday night, the Michigan
squad had found itself in the same
predicament that it had found itself
in way too often this season: third
period, tied score, and the
opposition controlling the action in
And yes, the result was no
different. Mitch Messier fired a shot
in with just 31 seconds remaining
in the game to hand the Wolverines
a heartbreaking 7-6 defeat.
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"They didn't win it, we lost it,"
said a dejected head coach Red
Berenson. "They're too explosive of
a team to give them that many
scoring chances. We really broke
The game started poorly for the
Wolverines. Just three and a half
minutes into the game, the
Wolverines found themselves
trailing the defending NCAA
champions, 2-0, on goals by Brian
McReynolds and Bobby Reynolds.
It looked as if it might be a very
long night for the home team.
"I started slowly," said goalie
Warren Sharples who turned -away
35 shots in defeat. "I was
struggling to keep my head in the
game. I was too busy watching this
Michigan State team that I had
heard so much about."
Sharples managed to get back
into the thick of things, though,
and so did his Wolverine
teammates. They trailed only by a
3-2 margin at the first intermission
after goals by Brad McCaughey and
When the second period started,
Michigan came out firing. Myles
O'Connor, one of few Wolverines
who played well all weekend, netted
a power play goal at 3:59. Rob
Brown followed it up with his first
goal of the season at 6:48.
Michigan State scored two quick
goals before Bryan Deasley tied the
game at five at the end of two.
The momentum of the game
shifted at 9:14 of the third period.
After Deasley scored his second
goal of the evening to tie the score
at six, Michigan State head coach
Ron Mason pulled his standout
goalie Norm Foster, only to replace
him with another standout in Bob
Essensa. From that point on, the
Wolverines failed to muster a shot
"When we made the change, our
team got a big lift," Mason said.
"Our players really went after them
at the other end of the rink. It's a
real shocker when we take one of
our goalies out.
"Tonight, Norm was not as
sharp as usual and he looked like he
had to work at making the saves.
Normally, he's very relaxed in
In the final nine minutes, the
Spartans dominated the young
Wolverines. Sharples kept his team
in the game, but in the end, the
opposition was too much to handle.
Visions of an upset vanished with
"Sharples had stopped me five or
six times before the goal," said
Messier, a senior from Regina,
Saskatchewan. "Coach Mason told
me not to get down. It was the first
shot all night I didn't aim at. I just
saw the open corner and shot."
Saturday night was a different
story. On their home ice at Munn
Ice Arena, the Spartans didn't wait
as long to put the Wolverines out
of their misery.
Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Michigan goalie Warren Sharples and foraward Joe Lockwood are a pic-
ture of dejection after MSU forward Mitch Messier scored the game-
winning goal with:31 left to give
Wolverines last Saturday night.
After Michigan jumped to a 3-2
lead eight and a half minutes into
the second period, the Spartans
declared open season on freshman
goaltender Glen Neary. He was
bombarded by enemy shots coming
from all angles, seven of them
hitting their target.
"There was nothing I could do,"
said Neary who now has an 0-6
record despite playing well. "I can't
score goals; I can only stop them."
Neary was right. The 9-3 loss
was hardly his fault.
"Neary played a good game,"
Berenson said. "He didn't get a lot
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of help, particularly late in the
second and third periods. We h'ad a
lot of penalties to kill. The score
was not indicative as to how he
But it was indicative as to how
the rest of the squad played.
Defensive lapses and poor special
teams plagued the team all night.
They let up two shorthanded goals
and three power play goals.
"When we got penalties, they
seemed to score every time," Neary
said. "They didn't play any better.
They just capitalized on their power
play - big time. "
The loss left a bitter taste in the
mouth of the entire team as tempers
ran high in the locker room after
the .game. ,
"The Michigan State team
tonight was no different than the
team we lost to by a goal," said
angry left-winger Bryan Deasley,
"We were the different team out
there. We were in the game going
into the third period. There's no
excuses for it. Everyone is just sick
and tired of losing."
The loss left Michigan with 4
disappointing 3-9 mark in the
CCHA. The Wolverines have now
lost all six of their road games this
year and have not won on the road
since January 10 when they upset
Bowling Green, 7-4. And things
don't get any easier with a home,
and-home series next Saturday and
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