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Hockey
vs. Ferris State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Monday, January 16, 1989

Michigan

Blue
Line:
BY MIKE GILL
For the 4,017 on hand at Yost Ice
Arena, on an icy Saturday night, this
win's for you.
But this weekend's sweep against
Bowling Green were wins for the 23
guys on the team, who continue to
do just what you don't expect them
to do.
The monkey is loose - because
it's off the Wolverines back.
It jumped on their backs after
Michigan swept Miami (Ohio) at
Yost in its opening series, and since
pushed Red Berenson's boys to a 0-
7-2 mark at home.
NOW a victory. At home. For
the fans.
So this one's for the Alex
Roberts Fan Club, who had a little
more to scream about Saturday; for
Grandma and Grandpa Helber, who
cheered their grandkids Tim and
Mike and this time did not have to
leave disappointed; for the pep band,
who could play the fight song after
the buzzer and have the crowd
respond with enthusiasm.
"You feel that much better about
yourself," Myles O'Connor said of
the win. "We wanted to win here not
only for ourselves, but also for our
fans, great fans, who supported us
all year.
"And finally we did it. We wanted
to pay them back for their support
and thank God - we were able to
get the monkey off our back."
THE MONKEY is loose.
But now, let's talk sweep. The
brooms are out and it's not because
the hockey team decided to take up
curling. It's because they swept the
Falcons from the sky 6-2 at BGSU
and 4-1 at Yost.
It has not been an easy week for
the Wolverines. It would be easy for
them to make excuses. On a team
which is not deep to start with,
defensemen Brad Turner and Mark
Sorenson missed the series due to

injuries.
Players also cited this week's
practice. It wasn't real good. With
the new semester, players were late,
running from classes - going
through the CRISP process that
plagues university students.
THEN THERE was the
distraction that four members of the
team were being investigated by
police.
Not a good week. Would it show
in their play?
The first period Friday night
indicated it would. The Wolverines
escaped the period tied at one. But,
the power play was horrific and only
Warren Sharples, who had 12 saves
compared to Paul Connell's five,
kept them in the game.
But the distractions didn't show
up the rest of the series. The
Wolverines and Sharples played five
strong periods of hockey.
No excuses. No distractions. Just
two wins.
"Yeah, it takes a little pressure
off us," said Don Stone, who scored
two goals Friday, including the
game-winner. "With everything
that's been going on it really has
been a distraction on us hockey-
wise. We came out here with a good
effort."
ADDED Warren Sharples: "The
distractions were there if we let them
get to us. We didn't - and that is a
good sign of the character of this
team."
It's a sign which keeps
reappearing. They overcome
adversity.
-November 5, 1988: Michigan
trails Bowling Green 4-1, and is
missing five players, including three
defensemen, due to a rumble
resembling West Side Story. Final:
Michigan 7, Bowling Green 6.
-November 11, 1988: Due to the
previous weekend's donnybrook,
Michigan is still without five

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Falcons,'
Sharples sharp in net
BY TAYLOR LINCOLN
With ten minutes remaining and Michigan leading 2-1 in Saturday
night's game, Wolverine right-winger Jim Ballantine beat Bowling Green ' f
goalie Paul Connel to a loose puck in front of the net. He skated wide and
tucked it inside the goal post, making the score 3-1.
"We both got there at the same time and he tipped it enough to get
control," Connel said of Ballantine's goal. "It was fifty-fifty and he won."
Ballantine added an empty-netter eight minutes later to seal the..
Wolverine's first home victory since October 15. Saturday's 4-1 win came,
on the heels of Friday night's 6-2 win in Bowling Green. The sweep put
Michigan back in fourth place in the CCHA, three points ahead of Bowling
Green.
BALLANTINE scored just after Bowling Green had made repeated
threats to tie the game. "It was a big goal," Ballantine said. "It took some of
the pressure off."
In the first period Tim Helber and Denny Felsner scored to give Michigan.
a two goal lead. Meanwhile goalie Warren Sharpies kept the Falcons at bay
until the CCHA's second-highest scorer, Brad Parks, assisted Mark Potvin's.
goal early in the third period to cut the lead to 2-1.
Considering that Michigan was without Mark Sorenson and Brad Turner
due to knee injuries and Bowling Green is the second highest scoring team'
in the league, it seemed an unlikely prospect to hold Bowling Green to three
goals in two games.
"All of our defensemen played well," Berenson said. "We had two of,
them out and the defense really rose to the occasion."
BOWLING GREEN coach Jerry York was also impressed with the
Michigan defensive effort. "Michigan shut us down. We had enough chances
both nights to score four or five votes."
Of Sharples, York said: "This is as well as I've seen Warren play."
Friday night, the teams battled to a 2-2 tie for nearly 55 minutes before
Michigan exploded for four goals in the closing minutes. The go-ahead goal
came with 5:36 remaining when Don Stone put a slap-shot in off of a pass
from Mike Moes.
"Alex dumped it back and I heard Stone yelling," Moes said. "I just left it
to him."
"It was basically a three on two," Stone said. "Moes hit me and I had to-
shoot it as hard as I could."
THE FALCONS had several chances to tie the game in the next
minute, including one instance in which the puck laid just in front of the
Michigan net and Sharples found himself bereft of his stick.
"One of their players skated through me and I lost my stick." Sharplesx
said. "I tried to get somebody else's stick and locate the puck but it gotw
cleared."
Just under two-and-a-half minutes after Stone gave the Wolverines the..
lead, Mike Helber put in a rebound off a Moes shot to put Michigan up b j
two. Felsner and Stone each added one more score, making for the deceptiv
6-2 final.
The first star of the game in Bowling Green was Sharples, who made
repeated saves to keep the game tied at 2-2. "He played phenomenal all
night," Moes said. "He was really quick."
The win was Michigan's fourth straight in Bowling Green.
"Hopefully we can build on this. We have to keep moving north in the
standings. Third place is in reach."
If the season ended today, these two teams would face each other in the
first round of the CCHA playoffs, with Michigan holding the home-ice,
advantage.

JESSICA GREENE/Doily

Denny Felsner digs for a loose puck in the corner
Saturday night's game at Yost. He and the Wolverines
gold, winning both games against Bowling. Green.

during
struck

players. No matter. Final: Michigan
2, Ferris State 1.
-December 29, 1988: Great Lakes
Invitational. Trailing 5-1, Michigan
reemerges after some soul searching
to conquer the title in overtime.
Final: Michigan 6, North Dakota 5.
-This weekend: Michigan does
not like Bowling Green. Bowling
Green doesn't like Michigan. So the
Wolverines played a little defense,
added a little goaltending, and beat
the ugly brown pants off the
Falcons.
"Vintage Warren Sharples,"

Berenson called it.
THE DEFENSE also came up
big. The rebounds off Sharples were
picked up by the defensemen and
sent to sea. The penalty-killing shut
down Bowling Green, allowing one
power play goal in 11 chances.
Finally, there was the offense
from two unexpected players, Tim
Helber and Todd Copeland.
Helber scored his second and third
goals of the year. He credited the
color of the jersey he wears in
See Hockey, Page 17

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