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Page 4- The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday-January 15, 1990

Michigan center David Roberts skates down the ice during Friday's game against BGSU. He had two goals and

BGSU
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Wolverine fans would have thought
that Saturday's game would ever
reach overtime. After feasting on
Michigan Friday, Bowling Green
looked like they were ready for
second helpings as they left the first
period leading 3-1.
Michigan coach Red Berenso
pulled Warren Sharples only eight
minutes into the game after the
senior goaltender "let up three goals
that he's capable of saving."
Sharples unusual early departure
only set the tone for what would
become, perhaps, the most unusual
and wily contest of the year.
"After the first period the game
became almost unexplainable in my
perspective," said a flabbergasted
Bowling Green coach, Jerry York.
"The game was going along like a
regular game and then, because of
the excitement, or the big crowd, it
got to be like a pond game."
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In a 46 second span, two minutes
into the second period, the two
teams traded back and forth for three
goals which ended with the Falcons
up 5-2.
But the turning point for
Michigan occurred when Alex
Roberts scored on a five player to
three power play advantage twelve
minutes into the period. Roberts
flicked a pass toward the net which
somehow evaded a mass of players
in the crease and trickled under the
legs of Falcon netminder Angelo
Libertucci.
The goal lit a proverbial fire under
the Wolverines who played like a
different team thereafter, taking loose
pucks away from Falcons players
and swarming their net. Michigan
outscored BG five to three in the
second period, and after a Falcons
goal as the buzzer sounded was
disallowed, the two teams entered the
period tied at six.
"We played a much better game
than we did last night," Berenson
said.. "Don't think of this as a hard
loss. It hurt us in the standings and
in points but we showed up, worked
hard, came back and didn't quit. We
could very easily have won the
game."

Both Berenson and Moes vented
post-game frustration toward the
officiating.
"We were ahead with a few
minutes left and some questionable
calls had us killing penalties at the
end of the game," Berenson said.
Moes said, "It's so frustrating
right now. I'm going to refrain
from using some colorful words, but
you don't call penalties like that in
the last few minutes of the game."
Actually, penalties were much
more of a factor on Friday night
when Bowling Green scored four of
their five goals on the power play.
The Falcons dominated play from
the start and jumped to a 3-1 first
period lead.
The Wolverines took themselves
out of the contest early by
committing four penalties before the
first period was halfway over.
"When you're caught out on a
long shift like that, it can screw up
the rest of the period sometimes,"
Michigan defenseman Todd Copeland
said. "The next time out you can't
go out on a full shift as strong."
"A lot of the game is momentum
and you're not going to get any if
you're going to be in the (penalty)
box all night long," he said.

KENNETH SMOLLER/Daiy
one assist in the weekend series.
HOCKEY NOTEBOOK,
by Peter Zellen
and Eric Lemont
Daily Hockey Writers
Two injuries that hurt the
Wolverines this past weekend
were those to rightwinger Denny
Felsner (knee) and leftwinger
Ryan Pardoski (ankle).
Pardoski aggravated a previous
ankle injury during the Great
Lakes Invitational but has stated
that he expects to be back for this
weekend's series against Ferris
State.
Felsner's timetable is a little
slower though. The knee he
injured in the GLI against
Northern Michigan is still
keeping him on crutches but he
said that he thinks he might be
able to play in the Ohio State
series in two weeks but definitely
in the Western Michigan series
the week after. Berenson has
described Felsner as "week to
week" though.
Felsner is Michigan's second
leading scorer this season .

Strange loss to BGSU
may finish 'M' fans
By Peter Zellen
Daily Hockey Writer
Check the hospitals and the morgues! A few Michigan hockey fans may
have suffered heart attacks during what should have been a peaceful sleep
after this past weekend series with Bowling Green.
In this particular nightmare, both teams get onto a rollercoaster wico
they can't seem to get off. They keep going up and down, hitting the top of
the hills and then plummetting to the bottom on this ride with no brakes.
Well, this ride did finally end in Bowling Green, Ohio of all places, as
the Wolverines came away with two big losses. That's right, losses.
Fourth-place Michigan was two points behind the Falcons before this
weekend and now they're six behind. Not quite what they were looking for
as they started play Friday night in Ann Arbor.
While you might just want to throw out the first game, it was
nonetheless the prelude to the nightmare.
Senior defenseman Todd Copeland descibed Friday's game best as he saip
"We played right into their hands. We're both equal teams but it came dow.
to little things."
One of those little things was Michigan's failure to kill penalties as the
Falcons converted on four of eight power play opportunities, six of 18 for
the series.
This was a good example of what kind of a game the Falcons wanted to
play. They wanted to keep the momentum on their side for as long as
possible and when two teams playing are evenly matched, like Michigan and
Bowling Green, momentum can make all the difference in the world.
Bowling Green coach Jerry York combatted Michigan's speed by
installing two quicker players - center Martin Jiranek and rightwinger Pet
Holmes. This speed helped create momentum as the Wolverines were
overmatched on the power play which led to the Falcon victory.
However, after watching the rollercoaster second game the first seemed
like a kiddie ride.
Players and coaches from both teams came away from the 9-8 overtime
Falcon win with bewildered looks.
"The game is almost unexplainable," coach York said. "After the first
period we were leading 3-1 and it was going along like a regular game. But
with the excitement and the big crowd (a record 5,005 at Bowling Green Ice
Arena) it became a pond game."
The momentum shifts from period to period were so fast and numero#
that it was impossible to gain an advantage long enough for a victory. The
first period was dominated by Bowling Green as they took a 3-1 lead.
Then in the second period, Michigan was able to tie it up 6-6 as both
teams combined for eight goals. The puck seemed to favor the Wolverines at
this juncture.
"After that second intermission we came in tied and we really thought we
were going to win. The momentum was definitely on our side," rightwinger
Ted Kramer said.
Some of the Falcons were thankful of the outcome but sympatheitic
towards Michigan. "We had mental lapses and at times we pushed too har
and tried to force things but I have to give them credit in that they were abl
to make things happen and come back like that," Falcon defenseman Rob
Blake said.
In the Michigan lockerroom though, the Wolverines were not pleased
with the outcome as was apparent in their words and actions.
"We would kill off one penalty and then they would give us another," a
frustrated, but polite, Mike Moes said. "They did the same thing to us that
they did last night."
But some thought that the best thing to do would be to put the game
behind them.

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