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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 20, 1989 - Page 11

Comeback

win

gives

MSU

sweep

BY RICHARD EISEN
When the Illinois-Chicago Flames beat Bowling
Green in overtime Saturday night, the Michigan
Wolverines clinched their first home ice playoff series
since 1982. Too bad the Wolverines couldn't enjoy it.
Over the weekend, Michigan dropped two games to
its arch rival, Michigan State, 7-3 and 5-3. In the end,
it turned out that receiving the home ice advantage was
a consolation prize.
Michigan coach Red Berenson, thanks for being on
our show. There's Turtle Wax and some home ice
waiting for you backstage.
"We don't like backing into it. But, it's good
news," Berenson said. "We kinda felt all along that we
would have home ice. I still want to finish as high as
we can."
MICHIGAN could possibly finish third, but no
higher. In order for that to occur, Michigan must beat
last place Miami twice and Chicago must lose twice to
eighth-place Ohio State.
The Wolverines, however, could have clinched
home ice themselves by receiving just one point
against the Spartans, but they couldn't do it.
On Friday at Munn Ice Arena, Michigan started off
well in its quest for one point as they had three power
play opportunities in the first five minutes of the
game. Michigan State, however, recovered and killed
off each penalty. Michigan was only one-for-eight on
power plays the whole night.
"The whole (key to the game) was us killing off
penalties. No question about it," Spartan coach Ron
Mason said. "If we wouldn't have done it early, we
would've been in trouble and dug ourselves a hole."
The Spartans took the momentum for the penalty
killing and parlayed them into some goals. Steve
Beadle and rookie Rod Brind'Amour got the Spartans
on the board with goals 46 seconds apart.
LATER in the period, Michigan defensman Todd
Copeland covered up the puck in the crease, causing
referee Dennis Parish to award the Spartans a penalty
shot. As the 6,643 partisan fans screamed wildly,
senior Bobby Reynolds faked Michigan goalie Warren
Sharples right and slipped the puck past Sharples' left.
Forward Peter White scored just 33 seconds after
Reynolds' score and Berenson replaced Sharples with
rookie goalie Tim Keough.

Down 4-0, Michigan forward Kent Brothers got the
Wolverines on the board with his sixth goal of the
year at 3:06 in the second period. But the Spartans
squelched the Wolverine comeback attempt with two
more goals.
Rob Brown and Todd Brost scored third period goals
for Michigan, which thanks to. Parish, was on the
power play for much of the third period, closing the
gap to 6-3. But State center Kip Miller took the wind
out of Michigan's sails by stinging a shorthanded goal
at 13:55.
"State was the better team. And I didn't like our
game at all," Berenson said after. Friday night's
whitewashing. "We've got to play a lot better than
that if we want to keep playing. Our team was not in
good focus. We didn't have any edge."
ON SATURDAY, at a packed Yost Ice Arena,
Michigan blew two two-goal leads and eventually lost
5-3. Jeff Urban tipped in Myles O'Connor's shot from
the point to start the scoring. Ryan Pardoski gave
Michigan a 2-0 lead with his 10th goal of the season.
State's Mark Hirth scored in the second period but
rookie sensation Denny Felsner scored his 26th of the
year to put Michigan back up by two goals. Interestly
enough, Parish, who officiated both games, gave
Michigan a penalty shot of its own earlier in the
period, but Jim Ballantine missed wide left.
The Spartans scored four times in the third period to
whisk the game out from under Michigan's skates.
"It was a championship effort from a championship
team," Mason said. "We proved we're the number one
team in the league, maybe in the country. We won the
championship and we proved why."
"Any loss to State is tough, especially with a lead
in the third period," Shaples said. "I think we just lost
our focus."
Regardless of the losses to Michigan State,
Michigan did clinch the home ice advantage, one of its
main goals of the year.
"The way we got (home ice) isn't the way we
wanted to get it," Michigan defenseman/forward Brad
Turner said. "We wanted to get a couple points this
weekend. But that's great, we can work towards next
weekend and make sure we get four points against
Miami."

JOSE JUAREZ/DOy
Denny Felsner scores past Michigan State goalie Jason Muzzatti in the second period Saturday.
His goal gave Michigan a 3-1 lead it could not hold.

FWrestlers
BY DAVID HYMAN
This was for the record books.
Yesterday, the Michigan
wrestling team earned its 18th
dual meet victory defeating
seventh-ranked Wisconsin, 27-14.
The victory improved the fourth-
ranked Wolverines' dual meet re-
cord to 18-2, surpassing the
previous high total of 17, set in
'84-'85.
"I was real excited with us
breaking the dual meet record of
17 wins in a season," Michigan
coach Dale Bahr said.
The expected showdown be-
tween Wisconsin's Dave Lee and
Michigan's Mike Amine in the
167-pound division did not
surface as Michigan forfeited
because Amine was not at 100
percent. Lee won his 20th con-
secutive conference match.

notch record 18th

The cancellation of the Lee-
Amine matchup may just be a
postponement to a possible
meeting in the Big Ten champ-
ionships. Both are ranked in the
top five nationally.
The Wolverines were holding
a comfortable 19-3 lead when
Bahr decided to take a forfeit. "I
didn't want to take the chance of
having (Mike Amine) hurt his
shoulder before the Big Tens,"
Bahr said.
Two of the healthier Wol-
verines, however, needed no rest
as they handily disposed of their
opponents. John Fisher (134
pounds) pinned Brett Penager at
2:36 and heavyweight Bob
Potokar pinned Erik Duus at
6:02.
Another bright spot for
Michigan was Rothschild, Wis-

consin native Fritz Lehrke. "He's
coming back to Wisconsin and I
think it will mean a lot to him,"
said Badger coach Andy Rein
before the match.
Lehrke tied eleventh-ranked
Todd Seiler, last season's third-
place finisher in the heavyweight
division, 1-1.
"It took (Lehrke) a while to
get adjusted to the new weight
class in the beginning of the
season, but I now think he's a
solid 190-pounder," Michigan
assistant coach Will Waters said.
Lehrke wrestled last season at
177 pounds.
In addition, Salem Yaffai
impressed with a 7-3 decision
over Charlie Irick. "He's become
more confident with himself,"
Waters said.

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