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Page 6-The Michigan Daily-Sports Wednesday- January8,1992

breaks 'M'
career goal
by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan senior forward Denny
Felsner notched one of many records
he should set this season. With a hat
trick in last Friday's game against
Ferris State, Felsner broke Dave
Debol's 13-year old career goal
scoring record. With Saturday's two
goals, Felsner now has 115 career
goals to Debol's 112.
Felsner had struggled putting
the puck into the net before Friday's
outburst. Felsner had been held
scoreless in both games of the Great
Lakes Invitational. However, his
father told Felsner late Thursday
night that Friday would be the
game. Debol also gave Felsner
advice before Friday's game.
"I told him, 'Don't think, just
shoot,"' Debol said. "He got out
there and just did it. It must have
been like getting a piano off his
back. After that first goal went in
tonight, I said, 'Here come the other
The record-breaker came in the
third period with the Wolverines on
the power play. After David Oliver
dug the puck out of the corner, Brian
Wiseman fed Felsner, who wa
alone in the right circle. Felsner
one-timed the puck past Bulldog
goalie Craig Lisko to the glove side.
"I have to thank (linemates)
Wiseman and Ollie a lot," Felsner
said. "They just put the puck rightf
on my stick. I had been carrying the
world on my shoulders, and it feels
good to get it off."
Felsner's success at Michigan has
not surprised his coach. Red
Berenson expected big things from
the Mt. Clemens native.
"I remember saying that we got
as good a player as State got in
(Philadelphia Flyer Rod)
Brind'amour," Berenson said.
"Denny's had his head screwed on
straight. He's made giant strides in
the last four years.
Felsner is already Michigan's
career leader in Central Collegiate
Hockey Association goals with 90
and trails Brad Jones by seven points
in the career point standings. Debol
also leads Felsner in career overall
points with 246 to Felsner's 213.
Felsner is also one of the leading
candidates for this year's Hobey
Baker Award, which is awarded to
the top collegiate hockey player.
"I don't think there is any
question he is a deserving candidate.
I haven't seen anyone better,"
Berenson said. "He's a classic
candidate because he is a senior. This
is the kind of player they should be
looking at because he's finishing
school. This is not a fluke year, it
has been building up all four years.'

While Felsner appreciates the
individual accolades, his focus
remains on team goals.
"I want to take the team to the
NCAA Championship," Felsner
said. "That's more important."



Blue speed kills
Bulldogs, 6-1, 7-3

by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
Led once again by its top line of
Brian Wiseman, Denny Felsner and
David Oliver, the Michigan hockey
team sped past Ferris State last
weekend. The threesome combined
for 18 of the 36 points last weekend,
including five Denny Felsner goals.
Felsner also broke Dave Debol's 13-
year-old Michigan record for career
goals with his 113th goal Friday.
"That was the bright spot in the
game," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son said. "We needed a bright spot,
and Denny gave it to us. It wasn't a
great team effort. Whether it's the
lull of the GLI (Great Lakes Invita-
tional), New Year's, or the Rose
Bowl - who knows?"
Michigan (9-3-3 in the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association, 13-
3-3 overall) beat Ferris (2-8-4, 2-9-
5) by 6-1 and 7-3 scores, respec-
tively. Steve Shields won both deci-
sions, boosting his record to 10-2-2.
Felsner's record-breaker came in
the third period of Friday's action
with the Wolverines already on top,
5-1. Felsner (18 goals, 28 assists)
one-timed a Wiseman (10, 21) cross
which beat Ferris goalie Craig
Lisko. Felsner also teamed up with
Wiseman and Oliver (20, 10) on his
record-tying goal in the second pe-
Berenson double-shifted Felsner
throughout much of the first period
because he dressed seven defensemen.
"We felt we needed the security
of a seventh defenseman," Berenson
said. "We left a spot open on left
wing to give him some more ice
time. He played well with (Mark)
Ouimet last year, so we gave him a
lot of time early."
Felsner teamed up with Ouimet
for Michigan's first goal. After tak-
ing a drop pass from Tim Hogan at
the blueline, Felsner skated in and
was stopped by Lisko. Felsner then
centered the puck back to Ouimet (9,
7) who tapped it past Lisko.
"It doesn't matter who is play-
ing on the left side," Ouimet said.
"Coach knows that me and Stiver
are playing well together, so he
wants to keep us together."
Saturday's game started simi-
larly to Friday's, with the Wolver-
ines controlling the action. After a
Kelly Sorensen shorthanded goal,
Michigan retaliated with five unan-
swered goals, including two second
period goals from the Wiseman line.
"That line should score two
goals a game," Berenson said.
"We're starting to get production
from several different players.
Lately the Roberts line has come up
with scoring chances. (Wolverine
senior Ted) Kramer scored a goal
and had some other good chances."
Kramer's goal came on a two-on-
one with Mike Stone after he took a
pass from Roberts at the blue line.
With Stone breaking to the net,
Kramer (10, 7) snapped a forehand
that beat Pat Mazzoli high to the
glove side.
After the first period in which
Shields made six stops from point-
blank range, the Wolverine defense

tightened and Shields was rarely
tested thereafter.
"We killed a number of penal-
ties in the second period," Berenson
said. "I thought our penalty killing
and defense did a great job."
Mancini felt his team played too
defensively after the first period.
"We didn't attack well in the
second," Mancini said. "They also
did a really good job protecting the
slot area. In the first period, we got
some quality scoring opportunities,
but we got none in the second."
While Michigan's superior speed
characterized the first periods,
penalties dominated the third peri-
ods. Referee Jim Sotiroff whistled
23 penalties in the third including
10 in the final 1:34.
At the 18:26 mark, Dave Karpa
and Cam Stewart were whistled for
roughing penalties and 10-minute
misconducts sent them to their re-
spective locker rooms. Upon their
exit from the ice, Stewart chased af-
ter Karpa and confronted him in the
corridor behind the north goal. Se-
curity guards intervened before any-
thing came of the action.


Wolverine seniors Mike Helber, Ted Kramer, Denny Felsner and Doug Evans (clockwise from bottom) pose
with their fourth straight Great Lakes Invitational trophy after Michigan's 7-1 triumph over Michigan Tech.
Shields leads Wolverines to
fourth strait GLI title

by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
The Michigan hockey team may
have discovered a new holiday to
celebrate every year. With a 3-1 vic-
tory over Harvard Dec. 27 and a 7-1
demolition of Michigan Tech the
following night, the Wolverines
captured their fourth consecutive
Great Lakes Invitational title.
However, the jubilation has not
waned with the streak. The GLI, one
of the nation's oldest and most
prestigious holiday tournaments,
remains a season highlight for the
"It's still exciting for our kids.
We still work hard because we
know we need to," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "It's just plain
fun to win."
The streak is a credit to the im-
provements that Berenson has af-
fected at Michigan in the last four
years and to seniors Denny Felsner,
Ted Kramer, Mike Helber, and Doug
Evans, who helped spearhead the re-
naissance. The four, who never failed
to capture the GLI trophy, were ec-
static about the accomplishment.

Michigan Tech holds the record
with five consecutive titles from
"I'm really happy with our play
and the result," Kramer said. "All
four tournaments went through my
mind (when the seniors skated
across the ice to claim the trophy).
It was great. I think this one means
the most to me."
Kramer and his teammates
opened the tournament against Har-
vard Friday. The two teams had not
played each other since 1974, al-
though both teams were at the 1980
GLI. Wolverine David Oliver
greeted the Crimson with a goal as-
sisted by Felsner just 18 seconds
into the game.
Mark Ouimet returned from a
shoulder injury which kept him
sidelined for three games by scoring
the game-winning goal midway
through the first period. Kramer
capped the Wolverines' scoring at
the 9:18 mark of the second period.
Steve Shields, winner of last
year's John A. MacInnes Award
(Tournament MVP), held the

Crimson to one goal, turning away
22 shots.
In the 7-1 landslide against the
Huskies, Shields remained impres-
sive, making 17 saves. The 1.00 Goal
Against Average and the .951 save
percentage earned Shields his second
consecutive MacInnes award - the
only player to win two in the tour-
nament's 27-year history.
Comparing the two tourna-
ments, Shields said, "Last year, I
didn't really know what to expect. I
think this was easier because I had
goals and was able to work towards
Mike Stone opened Saturday's
scoring barrage six minutes into the
game. When the smoke had cleared,
David Roberts and Oliver scored
twice, and Brian Wiseman and
Kramer scored as well.
Forwards Oliver and Roberts
and defenseman David Harlock
joined MVP goalie Shields on the
All-Tournament team. They each re-
ceived a pair of JBL speakers for
their achievements.

Berenson placed the blame for
the fight-plagued period on Ferris.
"They were taking runs at our
best players," Berenson said.
"Obviously they were aware of who
they are trying to take out of the
game. Call it poor sportsmanship or
whatever. We're trying to play
hockey and looking for the refs to
make the calls regardless of the
However, Mancini felt the offi-
ciating, not his team, was culpable
for the results of the third period.
"I think the officiating spoke for
itself," Mancini said. "I think
Michigan people who think we took
runs at them need to look at the
game differently. If you're going to
put the blame anywhere, don't put it
on the two teams."
Wiseman was aware of the Bull-
dogs' tactics and took precautions to
protect himself.
"When things don't go in their
favor they start playing chippy
hockey," Wiseman said. "You re-
ally need to keep your head up out
Shields turned away 26 shots in
Saturday's game, after he stopped 20
shots in Friday's action for the

Shields, Felsner take
player-of-week honors
by Josh Dubow
Daiy Hockey Writer

CCHA Scorecard

Michigan has dominated the CCHA player-of-the-week voting recently.
Goalie Steve Shields claimed the honor for the week ending Dec. 29 after
his performance in the Great Lakes Invitational. Shields allowed a total of
two goals while in goal for both Wolverine victories. Shields also won the
MVP of the tournament for the second consecutive year.
Last week, forward Denny Felsner received the award. Felsner tallied
five goals in Michigan's series witft Ferris State. In Friday's action Felsner
scored a hat trick and moved into first place on the Michigan career goals
scored leaders.
FIRST GOAL: Michigan captain David Harlock scored his first goal
of the year in Saturday's win against Ferris State. It was the junior
defenseman's fifth goal of his career.
With Michigan already ahead, 5-2, in the third period, Harlock broke in
from the left point and one-timed a Mark Ouimet cross by Bulldog goalie
Pat Mazzoli to the stick side.
"It's always a surprise when I get one," Harlock said. "It was a great
pass from Ouimet. I didn't have to do anything except put in on net."
NEWCOMER: The final recruit from last year's class has arrived in
Ann Arbor. Goalie Al Loges practiced with the team for the first time

Team (overall
1.-Lake Superio
2. Michigan Sta
3. Michigan 0
4. W. Michigan
5. Miami (9-7-2
6. UIC (5-8-3)
7. Bowling Gre
Ferris State (
9. Ohio State
Darrin Madeley
Blaine Lacher
Mike Gilmore
Steve Shields
Craig Lisko
Denny Felsner
Pcca Wnlma

(through Jan. 6)
1 record) W L T Pts.
r (14-4-1) 12 3 1 25
ite (11-4-4) 9 2 3 21
13-3-3) 9 3 3 21
(7-7-2) 7 7 2 16
) 6 6 2 14
5 8 3 13
en (4-10-2) 3 9 2 8
2-9-5) 2 8 4 8
3 10 2 8
Goaltending leadel
Team QA Avg,
LSS 13 18 1.55
LSS 6 10 2.26
MSU 13 35 2.93
U-M 11 32 3.04
FSU 7 20 3.59
Scoring Leaders
Team E f A
r U-M 15 15 19
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