The Michigan Daily
Monday, February 6, 1989
Blue scrapes up tie and victory against WMU
BY MIKE GILL
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
KALAMAZOO - Last weekend after an easy
' victory over Ohio State, Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson lit a cigar to celebrate the win. After
Saturday's 7-5 win over Western Michigan, giving the
Wolverines three of a possible four points in the week-
end set, Berenson could have used a cigarette to calm
When Bronco center Paul Polillo's shot from the
circle slipped past Wolverine goaltender Warren
Sharples with only 3:52 remaining and only 49
seconds after Rich Whitten netted his third goal of the
year, Western had cut a 6-3 Michigan lead to 6-5. A
vivacious Lawson Ice Arena crowd of 3,709 on ice
scraper night banged their new found toys against the
metal seating creating ear-shattering decibel levels
until Wolverine co-captain Todd Brost scored an empty
net goal to seal the win with seven seconds left.
"When you lose in front of that kind of crowd, it's
a real tough loss," Western coach Bill Wilkinson said.
"This was just incredible. That's the loudest I heard
any building. With those metal seats and scrapers,
holy cripes, during the timeout (with 47 seconds left) I
had to just get the six guys (who would be on the ice)
around me. I couldn't yell past three or four of them."
Emotions were high in the game - 82 minutes of
penalties were handed out by referee Dave Fisher.
"IT WAS A TOUGH GAME to win. A tough
game to coach, a tough game to play, a tough game to
referee," Berenson said. "There was a lot of chippiness,
a lot of emotion. I think our team got stronger as the
game went on. It's a big win on the road."
The Wolverines are now unbeaten in their last eight
games (7-0-1), which hasn't occurred since the 1976-
77 season when the team won twelve in arow and
finished as the NCAA runner-up.
Second-place Michigan (15-9-4 in the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association; 17-11-4 overall) con-
verted four of eight powerplay chances, including Don
Stone's second powerplay goal of the night, an un-
assisted score with five minutes left.
"With the score 6-3, I didn't think my second goal
would be a game winner," Stone said. "We had a few
lapses after that, we relaxed a little bit, and then we
got back into it."
BRUISING Michigan defensenian Alex Roberts,
who had an assist on the night, received a 10 minute
misconduct from Fisher at the 4:06 mark of the second
period. The penalty came as .Roberts returned to the
ice, having earlier been hit with a puck above the
knee. Berenson was furious at Fisher's call, prompting
him to stand on the boards between the ice and the
player's bench, waving his clipboard.
"I was very upset at the referee, very upset at the
officiating," Berenson said. "I can't talk about the ref-
ereeing, I was upset at some of the calls. I thought the
referee called penalties which weren't there."
In the third period, Roberts went to the box when
he high-sticked Bronco captain Ron Hoover. Hoover
tallied a power-play goal at the 6:49 mark and skated
directly to the penalty box, knocked his stick next to
Ted Kramer scores Michigan's first goal in Saturday's 7-5 win over Western Michigan.
the glass where Roberts was sitting, and muttered
profanities. He received a 10-minute misconduct.
"It was stupid of him to do that," Roberts said of
Hoovers action. "He really gave it to me for taking
that penalty, but we hung in there to get the win."
Friday night: Western 5 Michigan 5 (OT)
The Broncos scored three goals in a span of 1:34
giving them a 5-4 lead with 12:14 remaining in the
third period. But at the 10:43 mark, and Michigan on a
powerplay, Roberts let go a hard shot from the blue
line which flew past Bronco goalie Billy Horn, send-
ing the 4,933 faithful at Yost into jubilee. Neither
team could score in the remainder of the period or five-
minute overtime session.
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