Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - December 3, 1990
Icers' escape from
death proves worth
by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
BOSTON - I've run out of superlatives for the Michigan ice hockey
team. And it is quite a rare occasion for me to fall short of words.
What qualities make up a championship hockey team? You name
them, Michigan has them. .
You want talent? Remember the Miami series? The Wolverines were
scoring points as if Paul Westhead had replaced Red Berenson as coach.
You want goaltending? How about the Illinois-Chicago series? That's
when rookie Steve Shields established himself as the team's top
You want character? You couldn't have forgotten that series in Sault
Ste. Marie, when Michigan came back from a Friday night blowout and
then a late tying goal Saturday to win in overtime.
All of those qualities are the stuff of champions, but what I saw Friday
night in Boston was something different.
Friday night, I saw the hockey version of resurrection.
What else can you call it when a team is losing, 6-1, only eight and a
half minutes into a game and comes back to win?
The verdict was in. Michigan was overrated. The Wolverines had their
fun in the CCHA, but now they were playing a team from the East,
where 'real' college hockey is played.
And who could argue with that verdict? After all, Shields, who had
often been the savior this season, was sitting on the bench after giving up
five goals in eight minutes.
Offensively, the Wolverines scored the first goal of the game on a
power play, but they never had the opportunity to do anything else during
the Boston U. barrage.
So it was settled for the 3,500 in Brown Ice Arena. Boston U. would
However, there were a few dissenting opinions. Twenty-four to be
exact. And those 24 were pretty influential. That's because all 24 wore
maize and blue, and none of them believed that this game was over.
And throughout the offensive charge, Denny Felsner, the CCHA's
leading scorer, was virtually silent. Felsner did have two assists, and he
was, as usual, a vital cog in the offense. Yet who would have thought
Michigan would score eight goals without at least one from No. 10?
But championship teams cannot depend on the same player to carry
them every night. They hope new players come to the forefront.
For the Wolverines, that player was, appropriately enough, David
Roberts. Roberts, a Connecticut native, was the only Wolverine who was
not lost on the streets of the East Coast. Before many of his relatives,
Roberts played like a man on a mission.
"I think it was more than just another game for David Roberts,"
Berenson said. "He made a big decision to leave here and come to
Michigan. He did not want to embarrass himself in front of these people."
So it was that Michigan came back from the dead. Shields'
replacement, Chris Gordon, gave up a goal just 19 seconds after he entered
the game, but the Terriers never got it past him again.
The offense then picked up too, scoring five goals in the third period
to give the Wolverines the 8-6 victory.
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His performance turned out to be
vital, as the Wolverines charged their
way back into the game. David
Roberts scored the only goal of the
second period to draw Michigan
"We never gave up," Michigan
co-captain Don Stone said. "We
knew that they threw everything
they had at us, and that we were still
in the game."
Ouimet opened the third period
scoring, and Roberts added a short-
handed goal four minutes later to
make it 6-5. Suddenly, the mood at
Brown Arena changed from festive to
Roberts did nothing to change
that when he tied the game with his
hat-trick goal with 8:30 left.
Amazingly, the roof continued to
cave in on the Terriers. Mike Helber
put the Wolverines on top just 13
seconds after Roberts had tied the
Kramer added the Wolverines'
seventh straight goal for insurance,
cementing the game film's inclusion
on Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
The game marked Gordon's first
collegiate victory, and his perfor-
mance earned him the start Sunday.
"It's exciting that it's my first
win, but it's more exciting for what
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State, Denison and Ferris State.
While Michigan was merely test-
ing the depth of their team, the other
seven schools placed full emphasis
on the EMU Invitational by fielding
"For a team (like Oakland), this
was a very important meet," senior
Molly Hegarty said.
As unprepared as the Wolverines
may have been, their performances
it means to Michigan hockey,"
Boston coach Jack Parker offered
this simple summary of the wild
game: "They looked like they didn't
know how to play hockey in the
first period, and we looked like we
didn't know how in the third."
Unfortunately for Michigan, that
type of transformation was all too
common this weekend.
However, the real factor in yes-
terday's game may have had more to
do with the Eagles than the
"I think that's the best 60 min-
utes we've played in a long time,"
Boston College coach Len CeglarskiO
said. "We played as well as we could
play. I don't think we'll beat them
The only similarity Friday's
game had with Sunday's was that the
Wolverines were equally generous in
presenting house-warming gifts.
After scoring the first goal against-
Boston University Friday, Michigan
watched the Terriers rattle off six
straight goals in just over six*
After the fifth goal, Berenson re-
placed starting goaltender Steve
Shields with Chris Gordon, who
promptly surrendered the sixth.
The rude welcome didn't seem to
affect Gordon, though, as he shut
out Boston the rest of the way.
Junior Katherine Creighton, re-
cently recovered from mononucleo4
sis, placed first in the mile and 500-
yard freestyle events, while also-
combining with Hegarty, sophomore,
Jennifer Zakrajsek and rookie Amy
Bohnert to win the 800 freestyle
In diving, senior captain Whitney
Scherer and junior Lisa Cribari
placed first and second in the one-
meter event, and then reversed order
in the three-meter event.
"Considering the circumstances,
we had a very, impressive showing,
assistant Margo Mahoney said.
Wolverine David Roberts takes a shot against Ohio State. Roberts played a
key role in Michigan's comeback victory against Boston U. Friday.
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Michigan, Ferris State, and Oakland.
Although the field was mostly
comprised of Division II and III
schools, the meet provided a good
challenge for the Blue squad.
Oakland, three-time winner of the
meet, was victorious again, followed
by Eastern Michigan, Cleveland
State, and Michigan. This may seem
like a disappointing finish, but con-
sidering the other schools were at
full strength for the meet, Michigan
fared quite well.
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"You don't want to be secluded,"
he says. "You want them (the other
players) to accept you and every-
thing. And I think that's the worst
because there's no way I could be
part of the team, so to speak. By
missing all those field goals... they
don't have to associate with me at
all and some of them choose not to.
I don't talk to some of the players
on the team.
"I don't know, it's just weird. It's
like a basketball team having some-
body come in and shoot free
Yet it is only for his teammates
that he wants to do well. Carlson
said he was shocked after he missed a
20-yard field goal just before half-
time against Michigan State several
But he was even more distraught
because he had let his teammates
down by not providi.ng them with
needed momentum going into the
If you think he might have been
In addition, these other teams
geared up for this meet as Michigan
would prepare for a Big Ten
Championship. Whereas Michigan
only shaves for the Big Ten meet
and NCAAs, most of these teams
had shaved. This gave them the ad-
vantage that could be the difference
between a first and fourth place
Michigan graduate assistant coach
Rick Wilkening believed the Wol-
verines performed well and shouldn't
"Our kids hung in there and I
think we looked the best," he said.
hurt by the boos resulting from the
missed chipshot, guess again -
Carlson pays little heed to the opin-
ions of fans. In fact, he doesn't call
them fans. He calls them critics.
'If I'm a valuable
member of the team, I
fit under the team
concept - the 'team'
- J.D. Carlson
"I don't care about what the
105,000 people think. I care about
what my teammates think. And I let
them down. I don't even care what
the coaches think at all," he says. "I
work hard with these teammates.
They're my friends, they're the peo-
ple I trust, they're the people I want
to win the game for."
Too many times the five-foot-
ten, 180-pounder has heard those who
call themselves fans turn around and
deride him. Walking down the street
or sitting in a restaurant, he hears
"If only we had a kicker who
could kick an onside kick we would
have won," he hears as he's walking
down the street.
"I can't believe that guy can't
kick a damn field goal," he overhears
in the booth next to him at a local
Says Justin: "It really bothers
me. It really, really makes me mad.
It's hard to see that under the uni-
form and number is a real person
who gets up in the morning and
works hard... he's his own biggest
critic and when other people put you
down, it makes it even harder."
Carlson himself has taken a more
philosophical approach. He thrives
on the pressure, enjoys his solitude,
and refuses to get caught up in the
emotional ups and downs of each
"When we're driving (to set up a
game-winning field goal), I'm going
'all right, this is my chance.' And
that's the way I approach it. It's fun.
It's a game. All those 105,000 peo-
ple are pretty serious about it, but it
was meant to be a game."
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Kicker J.D. Carlson (right) joins his
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