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Page 8-- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 5, 1989

6 M'

icers take GLI

after 5-goal spree

BY MIKE GILL
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
DETROIT - Sources close to
the the Hollywood scene report that
veteran actor Karl Malden has been
contacted to again portray a hockey
coach as he did when he played Herb
Brooks of the 1980 U.S. Olympic
hockey team. This time he would
play Michigan coach Red Berenson
in the sequel, "Miracle on Ice II: the
GLI Experience."
The Wolverines won the Great
Lakes Invitational, held at the Joe
Louis Arena Dec. 29 and 30, as Todd
Brost led a furious and frentic come-
from-behind victory over North
Dakota, 6-5, in double overtime of
the championship game.
With 5:57 remaining in the
second overtime session, junior
forward Mike Moes gained control of
the puck, crossed center ice, and
moved into the Fighting Sioux's
zone. Faking wide, Moes sent the
puck between the legs of defensman
Russ Parent, before burying it past
goaltender Chris Dixon for the win.
"I was going to go wide with it
nd wait for someone to come in,"
Moes said. "But the defenseman
stood right in front of me. I was like
'Oh, man.' I had nothing else to do
but fake outside and go inside. He
went for the outside move, and I just
stepped around him and went in. I
just let it rip, and it had all kinds of
open room."
IT WAS Michigan's first GLI
championship since 1975 and the
first physical proof that Berenson
has to point to as a sign of the
program's turnaround since he took
over five years ago.
"We just quit skating," North
Dakota coach John Gasparini said. "I
guess we can't handle prosperity."
Michigan reached the final by

Michigan's Mike Moes, shown here against Michigan State,
championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational.

ROBIN LOZNAK/Daily
scored the game-winning goal against North Dakota in the

defeating Michigan Tech, 7-3, the
night before. Fourteenth-ranked
North Dakota solidified its slot in
the final by upending the nation's
top team, Michigan State, by the
same score.
The Wolverines fell behind, 5-1,
after two periods thanks in part to
Lee Davidson's hat trick. The score
stayed that way for six minutes into
the third period. Then the comeback
began.

"This game is hard to believe,"
Berenson said. "You never know
what's gonna happen, you never
really know. It's 5-1, there's no
chance that anybody should really
come back and win a game like
this."
BUT THE Wolverines did. Kent
Brothers started the comeback with
his fifth goal of the year and second
of the tournament at the 6:38 mark

of the third period. He tapped in a
rebound in front of the net from the
right side. Todd Brost and Jeff Urban
assisted.
"Give the barrell a kick and
everybody just wanted to win,"
Brothers said of the goal.
Myles O'Connor added, "We
knew once we got that first one,
we'd get a little momentum, and we
got it early enough that we were able

to build on it."
Eighteen seconds after North
Dakota was penalized for too many
men on the ice, Rob Brown scored
from Todd Copeland and Mike Moes
to make it a 5-3 game at the 9:05
mark. "The power-play goal was a
big goal, and then we got something
going and then we got another one
and then there was some hope," the
somewhat rambling, excited

Berenson said afterwards.
"The third goal really put us over
the hump," Brost said, who was
named tournament MVP. "If they
would get it it's a four goal game. If
we get it it's a two goal game. That
was the big one."
What was left of the 19,763 who
paid to see the action now started to
rally behind Michigan, as the
Wolverines continued to apply the
pressure.
WITH 4:04 remaining Brost
scored off Urban's rebound to cut the
lead to one and 10 seconds later he
scored again, this time whacking in
a Denny Felsner rebound. The
Michigan bench was in bedlam
along with the rest of Joe Louis
Arena.
"When Brosty scored our fourth
goal, I thought, 'Now we are right
there,"' Berenson said. "The
momentum had changed. I had a
feeling they couldn't score because
Warren (Sharples) wasn't going to
let them score."
Sharples, who was extremely
susceptible in the second period,
when Dakota scored three times in
61 seconds, came up big time and
time again the rest of the third period
and two extra sessions, finishing
with 28 saves.
"We got a little angry with
ourselves between the second and
third period and decided we were just
gonna come out and work our butts
off come hell or high water, and
look up at the clock at the end of the
game and see where we stood,"
Sharples said. "I'm just darn glad
that I was able to help out and
everyone contributed."
And when they looked up, they
had accomplished the unexpected, the
so-called miracle on ice.
Higgins
Continued from Page 1
Frieder sees the suspension of his
oft-troubled sophomore as being a
lesson to Higgins to straighten out
his priorities.
"Any great organization has
discipline. We've always had that,"
Frieder said. Frieder's teams in the
past have often been criticized for
their lack of discipline.
"Sometimes you have to let the
kids know their priorities are
important. If they sway from those,
they have to suffer the
consequences," Frieder continued.
"We may lose a game or two
because of it, but in the long run the
suspension is the best for the team."
In addition to, missing the Big
Ten opener, Higgins sat out against
Holy Cross and Alaska-Anchorage
last week in the Utah Basketball
Classic. Alaska-Anchorage, last
year's Division II runner-up, handed
the Wolverines their first loss of the
year, 70-66, as Michigan was unable
to score down the stretch.
"We would have won the game
with Sean playing because he would
have scored some points for us,"
Frieder said.
Higgins' suspension came on the
heels of two-game suspensions of
sophomores Kirk Taylor and
Demetrius Calip. The two were
suspended by Frieder for games
against Northern Michigan and
Youngstown State because they had
not completed all of their
coursework.

"We suspended Calip and Taylor
even though they didn't do anything
wrong. They just didn't get their
assignments in when I told them to,
and I didn't want to wait until the
last minute to see if they would be
eligible," Frieder said. "I just wanted
them to be able to concentrate on
their academics, which they did."
Blue Banter
- The Wolverines enter the Big
Ten season resembling a M*A*S*H
unit more than a basketball team.
Rumeal Robinson has a bruised
knee, Terry Mills strained his rib
muscles, and Rob Pelinka chipped
one tooth and had a second one
knocked out.
- Frieder is unsure as to who he
will start Saturday against
Northwestern. Mills, Glen Rice, and
Mark Hughes will start up front,
with the other two spots still in the
air. Hughes earned a starting spot
after scoring a career-high 23 points
against Holy Cross in Utah.
- Michigan had a 3-1 record over
vacation ht fell to eventh in the

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