The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- January 22, 1990 - Page 5
by David Hyman
Daily Hockey Writer
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BIG RAPIDS - When trailing after one period this season, the
Michigan hockey team has been unsuccessful in making comebacks.
Before Saturday evening, it had compiled an 0-8-1 record when falling
behind after the first 20 minutes.
Uncharacteristically, however, the Wolverines outscored Ferris St., 5-1,
in the final 15:54 Saturday to win 6-5 in overtime, completing a weekend
,*'sweep over the Bulldogs.
"Our team came back all night," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
We hung in there and our team learned they can come from behind,
especially on the road."
Senior Michigan defenseman Todd Copeland agreed: "We're confident
A we can win after falling behind, but we haven't shown it so far this year in
the third (period). Now we have."
But maybe more importantly for the Wolverines at this juncture in the
season was returning to Ann Arbor with four points. Michigan has won
only one game against the three teams ahead of it in the conference, de-
feating only Bowling Green, 4-1, back in October.
So, for the Wolverines to remain in fourth place and retain the final
home playoff spot, they must dominate the teams below them. Michigan
will face Ohio St. and Western Michigan in the next two weekends and
increasing the current two-game winning streak to six would strengthen the
Wolverines' hold on fourth.
"It's a big win for us," Berenson said after Saturday's come-from-behind
overtime victory. "It makes for a successful weekend and it is the first time
we swept someone on the road since beating Illinois-Chicago (October 20-
The two wins this weekend also represent the first two Michigan
victories of the '90s after the Wolverines had lost three of four, with one
* 'tie, since defeating Michigan St. in the Great Lakes Invitational final
Before this series began, Michigan players and coaches would not be
satisfied without a sweep. "It would be disappointing not to win both
games," Berenson said before departing to Big Rapids.
Michigan right winger Brad Turner agreed: "This is where we're going
to have to start building up the momentum. It's time to start getting some
And getting some wins together at this point in the season will help
propel the Wolverines in the playoffs and hopefully into the NCAAs. "We
felt we should win and we hadn't won in three weeks," Berenson said after
"We needed a win to get us back on track," Michigan goalie Warren
Sharples added Friday night. "We have to beat the teams below us to try
and catch the teams ahead of us." Senior center Mike Moes agreed: "It was
a must-win for us as we need some points right now."
Now with two wins together, hopefully the Wolverines will continue
playing like it did this weekend, in hopes of reaping big rewards in the
final two months.
But the Wolverines must continue to play each and every of the final
eight conference games as a 'must-win' situation. If every game is looked
upon as a 'must-win' like this past weekend series with Ferris St., Mich-
igan could easily win eight of its final ten league games.
"It's nice to win a pair, but we expected to beat Ferris and I don't think
we would have been happy without a sweep," Copeland said after
Besides Copeland's confidence in the team, Berenson saw something
else that pleased him: "The team played with a lot of intensity and stayed
with it to the end."
If only this same feeling of intensity and confidence can carry over to
tie final four series, Michigan could wind up in third place when the
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offensive outburst of its own. Dan
Stiver began the comeback when he
knocked in a rebound on a power
play. Stone also scored with three
minutes remaining in the second
Moes scored his first goal of the
night six minutes into the third
period to tie the score at four and
complete the first comeback.
"We ended up taking some
unnecessary penalties by some upper
classmen and that took away the
momentum we had," Ferris coach
John Perpich said. "It's a matter of
keeping up the momentum."
Taylor scored his third goal of the
night three minutes later before
Kramer came through again to tie
the score and send the game into
Friday night's contest was not
the thriller Saturday's turned out to
be. Michigan jumped out to a quick
4-0 lead on goals by David Roberts,
Brad Turner, Dan Stiver and Don
"Last week we let in way too
many goals," defenseman Alex
Roberts said. "This is a good oppor-
tunity to get back on track."
More importantly, Michigan was
playing its first solid defense in
weeks. "(Defense) starts in goal,"
Berenson said. "And Sharples played
Sharples echoed Berenson's feel-
ings: "Our defense did a good job of
tying up their people and a good job
of defensive zone coverage when we
After Stone's goal at the 2:10
mark of the second period put the
Wolverines up 4-0, Mike Williams
replaced Marc Felicio in goal for
"We started very poorly and
Michigan jumped right on it," Per-
pich said. "Michigan took advantage
of our tentative start."
Rod Taylor finally broke through
for the Bulldogs at the 11:07 mark
of the second period with a power
play goal. And only 33 seconds into
the last frame, Mike Jorgensen
pulled Ferris to within 4-2. Four
minutes later, Ferris received its
only real chance to get itself back
into the game, as Williams held
Michigan at bay and Todd Copeland
was called or slashing.
But Michigan killed the penalty
and Ted Kramer scored his first goal
of the weekend to ice the win.
"We needed a win to get us on
track," Sharples said. "We have to
beat teams below us to catch teams
ahead of us."
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With Michigan trailing by 12 at
11:59 of the second half, Northwest-
ern rolled off 14 straight points,
holding the Wolverines scoreless for
a three-minute stretch that, for all in-
tensive purposes, put the game
"This is the worst defensive per-
formance I've ever had by a Michi-
gan team," said a deflated Van-
DeWege. "We might as well have
just put five orange cones out there
so (Northwestern) could maneuver
around and run their plays."
Northwestern shot an incredible
70 percent in the second half, and re-
ceived another outstanding perfor-
mance from sophomore guard Nancy
Kennelly. Kennelly, ranked fifth in
the nation in assists per game (7.3
apg) and first in the Big Ten (7.7
apg), notched 11 assists and grabbed
"Kennelly did an outstanding job
in the second half just taking the
ball right up the floor and picking
out the open spots," Northwestern
coach Don Perrelli said.
"Fortunately, we have some kids
who can catch the ball. It was a typ-
ical performance for her."
VanDeWege agreed: "They're the
best passing team in the conference.
If you don't play good defense,
they'll make you look as bad as they
made us look."
Wolverine forward Tanya Powell (12) drives against Wisconsin at
Crisler Arena yesterday. Michigan cruised bast the Badgers, 68-51.
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