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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 4, 1991- Page 7

Hockey Scoring Summary
Teami 2 3 F
Western Michigan 1 0 0
Michigan 2 2 1 5
1st period
Michigan - Neaton (1), Roberts (pp) 4:36
Michigan - Kramer (1), Stone 7:36
Western - Ward (1), Schooley and Belanger (pp) 14:06
2nd period
Michigan - Felsner (3), Oliver and Harlock 7:55
Michigan - Oliver (2), Felsner and Ward 17:27
3rd period
Michigan - Roberts (1), Ouimet (SH) 17:26
Saves: Michigan (Shields) 6-6-12-24 (1-0-1)
Western (Brown) 6-9-7-22
Power play: Michigan 1/10; Western 1/5
Attendance: 5,127
Referee: Matt Shegos Linesman: Don Cline and Mike O'Donnell
lear 1 2 3 F
Michigan 1 3 1 5
Western Michigan 1 2 0 3
1st period
Michigan - Tamer (1), Felsner (pp) 3:15
Western - Jones (1), Tulik and Schooley 16:45
Ind period
Michigan - Ouimet (3), Roberts 1:03
Michigan - Stewart (1), Neaton 1:57
Western - Ward (2), Belanger and Fershwiller 10:05
Western - Jennings (1), Schooley and Ward (pp) 14:25
Michigan - Wiseman (2), Harlock and Evans 14:48
3rd period
Michigan - Oliver (3), Tamer and Wiseman (pp) 5:24
Saves: Michigan (Shields) 15-4-4-23 (2-0-1)
Western (Brown) 6-11-7-24
Power Play: Michigan 2/10; Western 1/8
Attendance: 4,213
Referee: Brent Rutherford Linesman: John Edwards and John Pearson

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'M' rookies skate for.
home crowd in Zoo
by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer

KALAMAZOO - Saturday's trip to Kalamazoo was a homecoming
for Michigan rookie forwards Mike Knuble and Ron Sacka. Both Knuble
and Sacka played their junior league hockey for the Kalamazoo Wings. It
was their first trip back to Kalamazoo.
"It was kind of different being on the ice as opposed to watching,"
Knuble said. "It was strange to see all these people I know in the stands. It
was nice to be back."
Sacka also enjoyed playing in front of the hometown crowd.
"It was great to be there," Sacka said. "It was kind of a reunion for me.
It was great to play in front of all these people I know."
While Michigan coach Red Berenson has been pleased with both
Knuble's and Sacka's performance this season, Sacka's work as a penalty
killer especially impressed the coach.
"I thought our penalty killing was much better this weekend,",
Berenson said. "Sacka and (Don) Stone did a great job forechecking."
Sacka enjoys his role as a penalty killer for the Wolverines.
"It's great getting to kill penalties," he said. "I killed penalties last
year, so they threw me in there."
Berenson also was impressed with Sacka's job on faceoffs. This is a Skill
that Sacka has been able to improve during practice.
"In practice, you're always going up against the best (centers)," Sacka
said. "So you're always going to improve by just working."
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Berenson juggled his lines and defensive pairings
this week trying to search for-the best possible combinations. Cam
Stewart and Denny Felsner switched lines, and Doug Evans and Patrick
Neaton switched defensive pairings, matching Evans with David Harlock
and Neaton with rookie Tim Hogan. Berenson was pleased with the
results of these changes.
"I thought they worked out well," he said. "Harlock is a great
defenseman which really helps us. Neaton is a great defenseman moving the
puck so I put him with Hogan who is a more offensive defenseman."
Evans enjoys playing with the more defensive-oriented Harlock.
"You never have to worry about him (Harlock)," Evans said. "He's
always in the right position. I know I can go into the corner and he'll be
there to protect me."
DEBUT: Michigan rookie forward Rick Willis made his debut Saturday
at Kalamazoo. Willis played in place of Dan Stiver who still is not fully
recovered from a hip injury he suffered last week against Michigan State.
Because so much of Saturday's action was played at uneven strength, Willis
did not get much ice time.
"It was a tough game for him to get into, because he only plays even
strength," Berenson said. "He's a game kid, and he's got a lot of energy."

Frosh defenseman Tim Hogan handles the puck during Friday's 5-1
triumph over Western Michigan at Yost Arena.

Continued from page 1
Helber dedicated himself to
recovery, enduring countless hours
in physical therapy sessions and in
the weight room. But by the end, he
had gained much more than
"He had always been in the
limelight because of hockey, and he
realized that it always wasn't
going to be there for him," Mike's
father Paul Helber observed.
Until then, Mike Helber had
been defined by hockey and not
much else. Yet, all that was
required to remove that identity
was a weak shoulder, a revelation
which was not lost on him.
"I think it humbled him a little
bit, actually quite a bit," Mike's

brother and former teammate, Tim,
"Mentally, it was probably the
best experience I've ever had,
because I had to grow up, away
from hockey," Mike said. "I had to
take a step away from athletics and
learn how to be my own person."
For him, the learning process
meant what he terms "a religious
understanding of myself." In the
midst of his struggles, Helber
began to follow more seriously the
Christian faith which his family
practices, and acquired a more
mature attitude.
"It gives me a new perspective
on things. I'm not so gung ho about
every little problem that comes
along," he said. "I just take it in
stride and think things through
rather than getting upset and know

that the sun'll come up
In his junior season, the sun did
indeed rise once again upon Helber.
"He was unable to crack the
lineup the first 10 games, for one
reason or another, but he took
advantage of it when he got the
chance," coach Red Berenson said.
Helber played the remaining 37
games and notched 37 points. He
also tallied three game-winning
goals, and was honored as the
CCHA's Player of the Week
following the first round of the
NCAA playoffs vs. Cornell.
Following the season, Helber
was awarded the Alton D. Simms
Trophy, given to the season's most
improved team member, thanks in
no small part to the events of the
previous season.
"I think my hockey game has
definitely improved because of it
(his sophomore year), because I'm
stronger mentally," he said.
"He gets pretty intense. Before
games, he'll be really quiet,
concentrating on what he has to
do," senior defenseman Doug Evans
However, Helber is not one to
wear his game face wherever he
goes. Berenson calls him a "good
kid" and a team leader. Evans finds
him "easy going," a part of the
typical team camaraderie. In fact,
Evans went so far as to make
certain that a nickname of Helber's,
"Fresh Kid," was included in the
This less intense facet of
Helber's personality resulted from
growing up in a family as close as

it is large. In addition to Tim, Mike
has three other brothers and a
"I would give hockey up in a
minute if it had anything to do
with my family. They're the most
important thing in my life," he
At the head of the family are
Mike's parents, Paul and Diane,
who have made a deep impression
on him. Asked about influences in
his life, Helber immediately had an
"First off, my parents, one and
two, equally. They are wonderful
people that have stood by me
through everything that I've gone
through," he said. "I couldn't ask
for a better set of parents."
Helber also heaps praise upon
Tim, with whom he played a season
at Pioneer and two seasons at
Michigan. According to Mike, it
was the time together as
teammates which forged their
For Mike, though, most of his
hockey is behind him. He plans to
make this, his final season, count.
"When you realize that things
are not guaranteed, they are short
lived as far as physical ability goes,
you realize that you might as well
give it all while you're there. I
never want to come back in 10
years, or 15 years, and look back on
my Michigan career and say, 'I
could have done more.' I don't
want that, and I won't let that



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Mike Helber found a new attitude and outlook on life as a result of ten
shoulder dislocations his sophomore year.


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