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Women's volleyball
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
IM Building

SPORTS

Women's soccer
vs. Central Michigan
Tomorrow, 4:30 p.m.
Mitchell Field

The Michigan Daily

Monday, October 12, 1987

Page 13

'leers strike late against Bowling Green
Third-period heroics avert
weekend sweep to Falcons

BY ADAM SCHRAGER
What goes around comes around.
That was the case this weekend as the Michigan
hockey team rebounded from a disappointing 7-6 loss
to Bowling Green on Friday night at Yost Arena to
defeat the Falcons in their own arena, 5-4, on Saturday.
Senior wing Joe Lockwood's unassisted goal - the
game-winner and series-evener - with 2:02 gone in
the third period came sixteen seconds after newcomer
Don Stone's goal had tied the game at three. After
senior Billy Powers scored his third goal of the
weekend to put the Wolverines ahead, 5-3, it was time
for the defense and, in particular, goalie Warren
Sharples, to take over.
S H A R P L E S, the game's number one star,
performed admirably making 37 saves. After being hit
with two penalties (tripping and delay of game) earlier
in the game and being termed by many as the next
Billy Smith (the New York Islander goalie who was
noted for receiving penalties), Sharples turned in a
performance that drew rave reviews from everyone,
especially the opponents.
"Sharples impressed me tremendously," said
Bowling Green head coach Jerry York. "He has
definitely improved from last year. Tonight's
performance is an example of that."
A high, hard slap shot by Falcon Kevin Dahl sent

shivers through Michigan head coach Red Berenson as
it struck Sharples in the mask with 2:19 left in the
game. Bowling Green's Brent Regan scored the
Falcons' final goal twelve seconds later on a rebound as
a bloody and bandaged Sharples was pummeled with
shot after shot.
THE FALCONS had thoughts of coming back as
they did Friday night, but those were halted by referee
Jeff Shell's cross-checking penalty call on Nelson
Emerson with just over a minute remaining. The
standing-room only crowd of 3,477 in the Bowling
Green Ice Arena could only watch as the Wolverines
adeptly handled the puck in the last minute to record
their first victory of the season.
"Whether we would have gotten swept by Bowling
Green this weekend would not have mattered," said
senior assistant captain Brad McCaughey, who scored
two goals Friday. "This team is better than last year's
team and we know it. This is a good team that has
confidence."
Friday night was a game that Michigan should have
won and an evening of very strange occurrences for
both the Falcons and the Wolverines. Sophomore
goalie Paul Connell, in his initial attempt to replace
graduated All-American Gary Kruzich, was rudely
initiated as the Wolverines scored a freak goal with
See ICERS, Page 14

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Bowling Green series
shows icers have class

Lines

By DOUGLAS VOLAN
After a rollercoaster type
weekend, the Michigan hockey team
emerged with a 1-1 record and a new
confidence.
The weekend was full of highs
and lows. Holding a 6-3 lead over
Bowling Green with eight minutes
to play Friday night, the Wolverines
were on a high. When the game
ended, however, the rollercoaster
reached bottom as the scoreboard
showed 7-6. The Wolverines had the
six.
"We were the better team until
the last eight minutes," s a i d
Michigan hockey coach R e d
Berenson. "It's one of those games
where you play 50 minutes of good
hockey and 10 minutes of poor
hockey and it cost you the game."
It looked like it was going to be
the same old story for the
Wolverines - in 11 of their first 16
games last season, the Wolverines
went into the third period ahead or
tied, and they lost seven of those
- games.
Road woes
Many of the players insisted that
it would not affect them Saturday
night nor any time in the future. But
the Wolverines had to go into
Bowling Green and play a team that
was sky high. And Michigan was 6-
15-1 on the road last season, one of
Berenson's biggest concerns.
Come Saturday, the Wolverines
put their money where their mouths
were, as they scored two goals in 16
seconds at the beginning of the third
period to grab a 5-3 lead. Goalie
Warren Sharples was shaken up by a
puck to the forehead, but he and the
rest of the Wolverines held on to
defeat the Falcons, 5-4. "I knew that
we had the character to do it," said
Sharples. "It was just a matter of
everyone pulling together and doing
their job."

The ride had finally ended, and
now it was the Wolverines who were
sky high. "We proved today that
we're for real and we're going to win
on the road. And no matter who
we're playing, they better be ready
for us," said Sharples.
"This is one of the hardest piaces
to play in in the league," added team
captain Todd Brost. "We showed
them we could play with them and
beat them in their stadium and that
shows a lot of character, especially
after a tough loss like last night."
Brost hit it right on the nose.
This team does have character. Last
year's team would have folded after
Friday night's game. But this team
is a year older and a year wiser. Last
year's big class of newcomers has
finally grown up.

proved that he's ready to lead the
Wolverines to a big season.
Although he gave up 11 goals this
weekend, Sharples was outstanding,
collecting a whopping 71 saves.
"They've got to be pleased with their
goaltending," said Bowling Green
head coach Jerry York. "(Sharples) is
a real solid player."
"I don't think he's going to be
pleased with his average," said
Berenson, "but he finished up the
weekend strong and he showed a lot
of character when he got nailed in
the head and came back to finish the
game."
Senior Billy Powers, who had
three goals this weekend, also
profited from last year's experience.
"When you play on the road and get
the opportunities, if you're going to
win, you have to put them away and
we've known that since the second
half of last year," he said.

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Michigan goalie Warren Sharples agonizes after giving up game-winning goal to Bowling Green's Nelson-
Emerson. The Falcons came back from a 6-3 deficit in the third period to win the game, 7.

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