The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 19, 1990 - Page 5
Senior defenseman Alex Roberts fires a shot wide of the goal during Saturday night's 5-2 loss to Michigan
State at Yost Ice Arena.
Michigan State senior center Kip Miller is this
year's leading candidate for the prestigious Hobey Baker
Award, which is given to the top collegiate hockey
* player in the nation.
Tallying 38 goals and 40 assists for an average of
2.26 points-per-game, Miller has been close to
unstoppable this season. However, Miller may not be
the most deserving of this accolade.
The award, sponsored by the Decathlon Club of
Bloomington, Minnesota, honors the great Hobey
Baker. Baker excelled as an athlete as well as being an
unselfish sportsman in his playing days in the early
1900s at Princeton.
Candidates for the award are selected for their on and
off-ice character, contribution to the team effort, sports-
manship and scholastics.
Clearly, Miller has shown the ability to contribute
to his team with 237 points in 165 games played in
East Lansing and has received plenty of praise from
"Kip Miller certainly has been an outstanding player
at Michigan State and has accomplished some remark-
able feats during his four-year career," Bowling Green
coach Jerry York said.
Michigan coach Red Berenson agrees. "He's one of
those players who has the skills and smarts to be a
difference in the game."
But speaking to some Michigan hockey players and
by watching Miller's actions on the ice after the
whistle, the Spartan may not be most worthy of this
"He's a great player and I respect him for that, but
you don't hit guys after the whistle," Michigan soph-
omore right winger Ted Kramer said referring to the
fracas that Miller caused with 7:35 left in Saturday's 5-2
offsets his talent
Michigan first-year center Mark Ouimet checked
Miller into the boards by the Wolverine bench, but as
play went into the MSU defensive end, Miller punched
Ouimet. Ouimet responded by punching back and Miller
threw Ouimet to the ice.
The whistle blew and all the players on the ice
converged to center ice between the two benches. In
some mysterious call by referee Brent Rutherford,
Ouimet and Miller were both called for coincidental
double roughing minors.
"(Miller) was on me all weekend," Ouimet said
referring to the cheapshots Miller provided Ouimet after
the play. "He was cheapshotting me all night and I
wasn't going to take that at home. The guy punched me
in the face and I punched him back."
Yet, Miller continued to display his sportsmanship
upon entering the penalty box when he and Kramer
continued to yell at one another. When asked about
what the two were talking about, Kramer could only
assure the press, "We were exchanging words."
Now if one were to look at the on-ice character and
sportsmanship of Miller after this weekend's series, he
is not the best candidate in the CCHA for this award.
Bowling Green senior center Nelson Emerson is a much
more deserving candidate and is sure to become the first
three-time finalist since the Hobey Baker was estab-
lished in 1981.
Miller is a great player. All one needs to do is look
at his stats, but statistics do not measure one's on-ice
character and sportsmanship. A player who takes shots
at one after the whistle or when play goes to the other
end of the ice is not worthy of an award that was
established for an unselfish sports-man.
A prolific scorer is what Miller is, but he certainly
is not the sportsman the Hobey Baker Award describes.
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MSU raises season
record to 3-0-1 vs.
"I guess we just came out too
pumped up," defenseman Chris
Tamer said. "It was a lot coming
into their place and we just tried too
much. We felt that we should take
the body (on defense) and if we can
get on them early we could catch
In the first period, the Spartans
attacked Michigan early as they took
18 shots at goalie Warren Sharples,
who saved 17 of them.
His only miss was on defen-
seman Steve Beadle's shot from the
blue line at 5:38 for Michigan
State's first goal.
Then at 6:03 in the second center
Shawn Heaphy scored his seventh
goal against Michigan this year.
The Wolverines appeared to be
more comfortable in that second
period and were prepared for the third
when they came out of the locker
Less than a minute into the third,
with Michigan on a power play due
to Spartan star Kip Miller being
called for roughing, winger Denny
Felsner took a pass from David
Roberts and put the puck past goalie
"We knew that if we could get
one goal we could get the momen-
tum," Ouimet said. "That goal was a
ray of light that said we could come
back in this game."
And come back they did as
rightwinger Brad Turner, while being
dogged by Spartan Jim Cummins,
was able to stay balanced and score.
at 7:28 to tie the game up.
"That's the biggest goal in any
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game that I've played for Michigan
and against State it was a bonus,"
Turner said. When asked how he was
able to score being so off balance he
jokingly blurted "it was all in the
The overtime was an incredibly
physical one as the referees decided
to put their whistles away.
The first half of the period was
spent in the Michigan zone as
Sharples added three more saves for a
total of 31 while the second half was
Michigan's time in the Spartan
zone. They took three shots, all
saved by Muzzatti to give him 23
for the game.
er play late in the period. It was but
one of five power plays killed in the
game by the Wolverines.
It appeared Michigan would re-
main in the game throughout the
second period as well when Kramer
scored again on a pass from Felsner
at 6:56 to tie the game even at 2-2.
But at 10:18, Heaphy continued
his scoring ways when he put in his
eighth goal in four games against
the Wolverines to give Michigan
State a 3-2 lead.
For the rest of the period
Michigan had high hopes for another
comeback but fell apart in the disas-
Cummins scored at 11:48 in the
period, putting more distance be-
tween State and the Wolverines.
Then Michigan's frustration
became apparent as a fight between
Ouimet and Miller led to five
different players receiving contro-
versial penalties. Both players got a
double minor for roughing and
Tamer received two minutes for
Kramer and Spartan winger
Dwayne Norris each received a 10-
minute game misconduct and were
escorted off the ice. The calls
resulted in a four-on-three power
play for the Spartans and were
described as "mystery calls" by
Ouimet was also visibly upset.
"He was on me all weekend," he
said. "The guy punched me in the
face so I punched him back. For that
I get a double minor?"
This fight resulted in more
frustration for the Wolverines and
they were never able to get back on
track.. "That took us right out of the
game," Berenson said. ' .
The Spartans later added insult to
injury with an empty net goal at
The second game at Yost was
certainly the downside of the series.
As has been the case with many
Michigan-Michigan State games in
the past, the crowd at Yost was
dominated by Spartan fans.
Again, the Spartans went ahead
early. Goals by Cummins and Kerry
Russell gave Michigan State a 2-0
lead 13 minutes into the game.
Michigan was able to come back
with a Ted Kramer goal at 14:02 and
managed to kill a five-on-three pow-
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