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The Michigan Daily - Sports Thursday -January 11, 1990- Page,7

Red fumes as the

Berenson-Anzalone feud heats up

It's easy to say emotions ride
high in college hockey among the
players.
r9 It's another story to say emotions
run high in college hockey between

two coaches. v
This weekend's
games between
Michigan and Lake
Superior State
showcased a feud
between Wolverine
coach Red Beren-
son and Laker
coach Frank Anza-
lone, climaxing at
the end of Satur-
day's match with
the customary
coaches' hand-
shake.

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Red yanked Anzalone's hand in a
not-so-friendly fashion, a down-right
heave, and while Berenson walked
off, Anzalone yelled, " ---hole, --.
hole" as well as other words while
Berenson flung up his hands.
It was a moment of frustration
for the six-year Michigan coach - a
surprising outbreak of emotion
stemming from his Wolverines'
inability to gain a win against a
clutch-and-grab Laker team.
Anzalone's action is not entirely
out of character. He is a character, a
very excitable one at that. The
Brooklyn native shows his emotions
on his sleeve, and can often be found
standing on the player's bench, or on
the boards yelling and cussing at
players and referees.
Maybe that's why Rusty
Berenson, Red's son, yelled at
Anzalone as he entered the Laker

dressing room Saturday, "Anzalone,
you have no class. Why don't you
fight Berenson at center ice?"
The incident did did not show
well for either man - and it was
Berenson who provoked the
outbreak.
Anzalone didn't understand
Berenson's action either. "Ask him,"
he repeatedly said. "I don't know
why. Maybe he's in a bad mood.
Maybe his wife and him had an
argument, I don't know why. Do
you have any hockey questions?
Give me some hockey questions."
Berenson let his thoughts be
known on the techniques the Lakers
employ to stop the Wolverines'
finesse - the mucking and
clutching that slows the game down
and prevents an offensive attack.
Daily: "Coach, why did you grab
his hand so hard there at the
handshake?"
Berenson: "...Ah, that's not for
print."
D: "You're upset at the type of
game he played?"
B: "Well, I'm not a big advocate
of coaches that...I just think their
team plays a style of hockey that is
not good for the quality of college
hockey. But his team does it well
and they get away with it and they
survive."
D: "You think there should be
more calls on the clutching and
grabbing?"
B: "I definitely do. We all try to
recruit good hockey players and you
get some coaches who go out and
teach their kids how to nullify the
good hockey...I don't want to get
into that; that's sour grapes. They're

a good team and thcy played well."
Sour grapes?
Sure. But while the CCHA
claims at the beginning of each sea-
son that such techniques will not be
tolerated, it continues to happen.
Michigan State's -coach has com-
plained about LSSU's style too.
Saturday's mud and grub 4-3
Laker win only capped a series that
had rivalry written all over it.
Friday's tie ended without
handshakes by either coach or team
- except Michigan defenseman
Alex Roberts. Three players on each
side were sent to the penalty box
with :04 left in overtime. When the
clock struck zero, Roberts raced over
to Lake Superior's penalty box to
offer Pete Stauber his hand - in a
blow to the face, setting off a bench
clearing melee.
It should be noted that while
everyone sat in the penalty box,
Alex's dad sat in the first row behind
the Laker's box and carried on a yell-
ing match with the Lake State
contingent.
As soon as the donnybrook
started, Anzalone jumped like a
monkey onto the ice, pointing and
screaming at Berenson, who again
just threw up his hands in
bewilderment.
"Well, I don't know what he was
yelling, he was just yelling,"
Berenson said afterwards. Red
questioned why the referees didn't
send all the players straight to the
lockerroom when the penalties were
given, which makes a lot of sense
and frequently occurs.
Anzalone was livid after the
game: "I told him that maybe he

should control Roberts.
"I don't understand why Red can't
control Alex. Roberts. It happens
weekly. You can fault the ref all you
want, but the problem is that
coming out of the penalty box
people had more things on their
mind than just handshakes - and
that's Where the problem starts.
We're going to question the ref when
a guy comes out of the box and is
bumping into players? If you want
to go from spot one, Red's right,
but what about spot three?"
But while Anzalone wanted to
fault Berenson for Roberts' action,
he didn't want to fault himself for
his players' embarrassing tirade with
Roberts' father.
"But they were having problems
with the player's father! ! !" Anzalone
tried to reason.
When asked why his player's
couldn't keep level heads in that

Anzalone

Berenson

incident, Anzalone finally relented.
"You're right. You're right 100
percent. But it was the player's
father that was doing it. So I tried.
We're not happy with that."
So who's wrong and who's right?
'1 just think their team
plays a style of hock-
ey that is not good for
the quality of college'
hockey. But his team
does it well and they
get away with it and
they survive.'
- Michigan coach
Red Berenson
Well, no one's an angel. Roberts
had to sit out the next night for the
incident - and it hurt his team. A
captain of a hockey team should
have a more level head than to start a
stupid fight.
Stauber and Co. do not reflect
well for their team by
embarrassingly carrying on with the
crowd - a very immature action, no
matter what words were coming
from partisan Michigan supporters.
And then it comes to the coaches.
If you aren't a Lake Superior
State fan, Frank Anzalone's picture

is on a dart board. If you are a Lake
State fan, he's up for canonization as
a saint. His tirades in post game
interviews against referees and
whoever hates him at the moment
are commonplace - as is his shtick
on the ice.
He didn't come off looking too
good - especially when the crowd
booed as he had to be restrained by
two linesmen from going after
referee Perry Petterle.
People who represent the
conservative, old guard of hockey
like Berenson are sick and tired of
the antics - not to mention the
clutching and grabbing.
Berenson came out a big loser
too for the one moment he lost his
cool in the handshake. It looked like
sour grapes. Red is now 3-21-2
against Lake Superior. He can't
seem to muster a win against them.
And he let the frustration show in
one out-of-character instance.
"I hope that's not the last
opportunity we get, I hope we get to
play them again," Berenson said,
referring to the conference playoffs.
Maybe that's when Red is
planning to use his knock out punch
on Anzalone - one that finally puts
his team past the Lakers.

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