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Page 2-The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- March 12, 1990
Michigan Sports
Calendar

A LOOK BACK: MARCH 2-3

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A compilation of Michigan sporting events ar
information for the coming week.
Monday, March 12
Ice Hockey 10:30 p.m. NCAA tournament bids announced
Tuesday, March 13
No events scheduled
Wednesday, March 14
Women's basketball at Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 15
Women's tennis at Purdue, 11 a.m.
Women's swimming at the NCAA Championships in Austin
Friday, March 16
Men's basketball vs. Illinois State, Long Beach, Calif.
Women's swimming at the NCAA Championships in Austin
Women's gymnastics at Michigan State Invite, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
Men's tennis vs. West Virginia and Arkansas at
Morgantown, WV
Women's swimming at the NCAA Championships in Austin
Sunday, March 18
Men's tennis vs. West Virginia and Arkansas at
Morgantown, WV
Women's tennis at Michigan State, 3 .m.

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by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
Were it not for the Michigan
hockey team's sweep of Western
Michigan in the first round of the
CCHA playoffs, the Wolverines
might be searching for a new head
coach now.
"I said since I've been here that I
won't stay if I don't see progress,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"This was a big step."
The Wolverines advanced to the
semifinals at Joe Louis Arena via 5-
3 and 8-2 wins over the Broncos on
March 2-3.
The first game of the series
marked the return of Todd Copeland,
whose university imposed suspen-
sion was lifted by Michigan Pres-
ident James Duderstadt. The senior
defenseman responded with a second
period goal, which gave the Wol-
verines a 2-0 lead.
"I think Todd had something to
prove," Berenson said. "He looked
good and played with patience."
Copeland had nothing to say
about his off ice problems except to
mention that "it's good to be back."
Rookie defenseman Chris Tamer
took a pass from Denny Felsner on a
three-on-one breakaway to give the
Wolverines a 4-2 lead in the third
period.
"Tamer took some chances out
there," Berenson said. "He got some
opportunities. He can shoot the
puck."
The Broncos drew to within 4-3
with 1:41 left in the game, but
Michigan senior center Rob Brown
iced the game with his second goal
of the contest, into a empty net.
Junior defenseman Mark Soren-
sen scored the only other goal for
Michigan with 7:31 left in the third

Sweep over Wi
puts Blue infli

to the Joe
U period.
TheUWolverines needed no late.
heroics in the second game with
Western as they broke it open in the
n a ls thirdperiod to win 8-2.
"We struggled in the first half of
the game," Berenson said. "I thought
the second part was more a
Michigan-type game."
Felsner scored the first Wolverine
goal after some sharp passes by
Roberts and Copeland. Felsner then
punched the puck in the net again*
with an assist from first-year
defenseman Patrick Neaton.
Michigan led 3-1 after two
periods, but exploded for five third
period goals. The chapeaus were
flying as two Wolverines scored hat
tricks. Senior defenseman Alex
Roberts and sophomore right winger
Denny Felsner tallied three goals a
piece for the maize and blue.
Berenson said the power play was*
the key to the Wolverines attack.
Amid the accomplishments of the
Wolverines was the record breaking
performance by goaltender Warren
Sharples. The Calgary, Alberta
native notched his 65th and 66th win
at Michigan to advance the Wol-
verines to the CCHA Champ-
ionships breaking his tie with John
"Black Jack" McDonald who set the
previous record of 65 wins from
1947-50.
Despite the record, it was not his
top priority.
"The record didn't matter to me,"
Sharples said. "My motivation this
weekend was to go to Joe Louis."
Which is exactly what Sharples
and company did. Sharples next test
M// would come against a fellow Calgary
JOSE JUAREZ/DaiIy Flames draftee, Michigan State's
yards the Jason Muzzatti. The Spartans moved
ines win over to the finals with a sweep of Ferris
State.

Goodbye Griddes
Now that basketball season has come to an end, Griddes is entering a
summer of hibernation until football in the fall. Thanks to O'Sullivans
Eatery and Pub for helping us stage this great American event.
Get Rich Quick and Q&A are also vacationing this week in Staten Island
so we may bring you this special tournament edition of Sports Monday.
Those features will return next week.
Sports Monday3
Senior Editor
Mike Gill
Night Editor
Phil Green
Assistant Night Editors
Ted Cox
Annemarie Schultz
Photo Coordinator
Jose Juarez
Answer to Sports Monday Trivia
Football
Michigan Alumni work here:
The wall street Journal
The New York Times
The Washington Pout
The Detroit Free Press
The Detroit News
NBC Sports
Associated Press
United Press International
Scientific American
Time
Newsweek
Sports Illustrated
Because they worked here:
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT
APPLYING TO
GRADUATE SCHOOL AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION?
If yes, come to a meeting:
WHEN: Wed., March 14, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Room 1322 (Tribute Room)
School of Education Bldg.
Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions
about programs, financial aid opportunities, and
admission requirements.
If you have questions, call:
OFFICE OF ACADEMIC SERVICES
(313) 764-7563
1033 School of Education Bldg.

Michigan hockey player Dave Roberts works the puck to"
Western Michigan net. Roberts had 2 goals in the Wolver
Bowling Green yesterday.

Mike Gill

A .,pecial sense of satisfaction ran through Red Berenson's body as he
walked off the ice towards the dressing room a week ago Saturday. One of
his players skated towards him and handed him the game puck. Red bounced
it in his hand while heading toward the exit.
Finally, the victory which had eluded him since he restaked his claim to
the Ann Arbor landscape, lay in his hand - represented by the puck.
For six years under his tenure, Michigan never found its way to Joe
Louis Arena and the CCHA Final Four. And the wonderment at how to
achieve such a feat ate away at his inside. Now, that simple puck, which
landed in Western Michigan's net eight times that night, symbolized
Mission Accomplished.
Relief could be felt and the question "What happens if we don't do it
again this year?" were erased from his mind.
"It's been a lot of hard work getting this far," Berenson recalled.
Red's six years at Michigan have been a struggle. Each year, his team
has shown some type of improvement. First, after taking over a team
worthy of its own series of horror movies, he had to hope just to make the
playoffs. Then a checklist followed. Win one playoff game. Gain playoff
home ice. And then, finally, and ultimately: Win the first round of the
conference playoffs.
"I remember saying when I came here that I'm not going to stay if I
don't see improvement," Berenson said. "I want to see the program improve,

The long wait is over:
Red goes to the Joe
the image of the program improve and I want to see it improve on the ice."
But from accepting the job to landing in the Final Four, there have been
pratfalls, especially in the past three years when expectations for the team
grew.
In 1988, the Wolverines finally won a playoff game, but then proceeded
to lose the next night by a goal, and in the rubber match, 10-0.
Last year, the Wolverines accomplished another first, home ice advan-
tage, but they fell in triple overtime to Bowling Green. The next day
Berenson would say, "It felt like your house just burnt down."
And then, there have been the well-publicized problems away from the
rink the past two years which have painted Berenson and his team in an un-
favorable light. An editorial in this paper even equated Berenson with
football's bad boy coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.
All of this pained the man - and stung him inside.
Even this year, many expected Michigan to challenge the league's elite,
yet the Wolverines never really mounted a threat and finished a distant
fourth.
With the win, all the heartbreaks and pains of the past could be forgotter*
at least for a day. Accomplishment could be relished.
Two things that Berenson loves to talk about are hockey and academics
at his alma mater, Michigan. Now, with nine seniors planning on grad-
uating and playing in the CCHA Final Four, Berenson could feel
vindication.
And breathe a huge sigh of relief - the long road of detours had finally
ended.
Michigan hockey has returned to prominence.
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