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has not impressed
by Josh Dubow3
Daily Hockey Writer
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - So often this season, the Michigan hockey team
has not appeared to be firing on all cylinders. Friday's game at Notre Dame
epitomized this deficiency. Despite beating the Irish, 4-3, the Wolverines
probably played their worst game of the year - even worse than the 10-0
debacle at Lake Superior.
"Michigan seemed to be toying with Notre Dame throughout Friday'sr
contest, but it could never deliver the knockout punch. The Wolverines
jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Cam Stewart and Denny Felsner.
Stewart's and Felsner's scores seemed almost effortless after great
individual plays by David Roberts and Brian Wiseman, respectively.
"They made their goals look so easy," Notre Dame coach Ric Schafer
The Wolverine defense also played a tight first period, limiting the
Irish to three shots on net. Even though Michigan did not play an
outstanding period, it led, 2-0, and the Wolverines looked like they would
show Notre Dame why they were the No. 4 team in the country.
However, after the intermission, the Irish looked like that team,
peppering Steve Shields with shots in close, and beating him twice on
power-play advantages. The situation got so bad that Michigan coach Red
Berenson pulled his team off the ice during a timeout to lambaste his squad
for its lackluste performance.
"I wanted them to listen to what the hell I was saying," Berenson said.
"We had to wake up or we would get blown out."
The Wolverines responded to Berenson' s tirade with two more
relatively easy goals by Stewart and David Oliver.
"On the second goal, I saw Dave (Roberts) taking the puck up the
middle, and I knew I could fly by the guy on the outside, I knew I could
bet the guy outside, so I just kept on skating, and we'd practiced that in
practice, to shoot it off the other guy's butt and off the boards, and then I
just beat him wide and deked the goalie," Stewart said.
However, instead of building on this momentum and shutting the door
on the Irish, Al Sinclair took a penalty which led to a Curtis Janicke goal
to bring Notre Dame within one. While Michigan did hold on for the
vitory, thanks to brilliant netminding by Shields, the team could not be
happy with its performance.
"We played our worst game of the year," Berenson said. "I call it a
lousy win because of the way we played."
While the Wolverines avoided the loss column despite their flat
performance, these poor displays are occurring too-often to be overlooked.
Whether it was the weekend against Michigan State, Illinois-Chicago or
Lake Superior, the Wolverines have not met expectations all season long.
,In the past ,they had had convenient excuses, but there comes a time
wlen alibis need to end and answers need to be found. This weekend's series
marked the start of the second half of the season, and Michigan still is
nowhere near where it should be.
-A marked improvement in the power play since the opening weeks
nonwithstanding, there have been little signs of improvement for
Berenson's squad. Berenson has tried to rile up his troops by juggling his
lines and defensive pairings. Now, despite having arguably the best line in
collegiate hockey (Wiseman, Felsner and Oliver), and a second line which
has started to click in recent weeks (Roberts, Stewart and Ted Kramer), the
Wolverines haven't reached their potential.
Before the season, Berenson said the reason it is so difficult to predict a
collegiate team's performance is because the progress expected with a
year's maturity cannot be counted on. Significant improvement should have
transformed Michigan from a very good team last year to a great team this
season. However, that advancement has not been evident throughout the
roster, and while the Wolverines remain a very good team, they have yet to
prove that they are capable of reaching the next level. This weekend's
performance failed to move Michigan a step closer.
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by Ken Sugiura
Daily Hockey Writer
Maybe you can blame it on
Touchdown Jesus in the distance and
Notre Dame team chaplain Friar
Borden in the press box. Maybe it
was the fact that no one wants to be
in Notre Dame on a Friday night. Or
maybe it was the theory proposed by
Wolverine defenseman Aaron Ward,
who decided Michigan's comatose
performance in its 4-3 victory past
Notre Dame was due to its non-
"I think it would have been dif-
ferent had we been playing a CCHA
team. I don't know why, I can't ex-
plain it, but I think it would have
been," he explained. "You sort of
tend to expect that it's going to be a
team letdown, because everybody's
gonna be going out there as an indi-
vidual. And we weren't doing it, but
we were expecting it, so we were
sort of lackadaisical in what we
Whatever you say, Aaron. Re-
Wolverine Brian Wiseman is mobbed by teammates after scoring in an
8-5 victory over Notre Dame Saturday at Yost.
Blue women cagers
by Ryan Herrin gton
Daily Basketball Writer
Welcome to the Big Ten.
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team got a clear indication
that the Big Ten conference is going
to be a battle every step of the way.
The Wolverines dropped a pair of
games, losing yesterday to Illinois,
71-56, and Friday to Purdue, 85-68,
in the opening weekend of Big Ten
Michigan (0-2 in the Big Ten, 4-
7 overall) was a victim of poor
shooting in its game against the
Fighting Illini (1-1, 4-7). The
Wolverines shot a dismal 35 per-
cent from the field and 3 for 9
from the free-throw line. This was
accentuated by the fact that only
four Michigan players scored in the
entire game. Center Trish Andrew
led the team with 18 points and
eight blocked shots.
"We just didn't shoot well,"
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege
said. "We had shots in situations
we normally make them and they
just didn't drop. I don't think we
took bad shots all night, they just
Michigan started off quickly,
blending inside and outside play
against a tough Illinois man-to-
man defense. Never behind by more
than eight points in the first half,
the Wolverines simply could not
find the range to put together a
"We did a lot of one-on-one de-
fensive preparation," Illinois coach
Kathy Lindsey said. "We had a real
good team effort tonight. We
scrapped at times and sometimes it
wasn't pretty, but we played hard
and I think that's the key on the
Led by last year's Freshman of
the Year Mandy Cunningham, who
scored 18 points, Illinois main-
tained its composure in the second
half and was able to work the ball
inside, either scoring easy baskets
or going to the line, where the
Illini shot 81 percent.
"The players came into the
game pretty confident about our
style of play," Lindsey said. "We
had been having trouble playing 40
minutes. I think our team is begin-
ning to mature and listen."
Friday night's Big Ten opener
pitted the defending Big Ten cham-
pion Boilermakers against the
Wolverines. Tenth-ranked Purdue
was led by preseason All-Amer-
ican MaChelle Joseph, who scored
Opening in a zone defense to
neutralize Purdue's physical post
play, Michigan stayed in the ball
game by forcing the Boilermakers
into taking perimeter shots. Purdue
finished the first half shooting
only 35 percent from the field (14-
40). While Joseph had tallied just
five points, Purdue was able to
hold off a late Michigan rally and
lead 37-32 at the half.
Purdue's depth and experience
proved to be the pivotal factors in
the second half as the.Boilermakers
took control with 14:30 remaining.
A tough full-court press, which
forced 23 Michigan turnovers on
the night, helped spark an 11-3 run
See BASKETBALL, Page 11
gardless, the Wolverines (15-3-3
overall, 9-3-3 Central Collegiate
Hockey Association) followed up
Friday's sleepwalk by bludgeoning
the Irish 8-5 Saturday at Yost. In
front of 7,539 rabid Michigan fans,
the Wolverines used the power play
(6-of-9) to batter Notre Dame silly.
Michigan exploited seven Notre
Dame penalties to rack up four
power-play goals in the decisive
second period. The 6-3 margin after
the second stanza allowed Michigan
coach Red Berenson to give rookie
Al Loges his debut in the third pe-
"It was awesome," Loges said.
"It was great fan support. It was a
pretty good start, but the two
power play goals were kind of ques-
tionable. I was happy to get in, and.
hopefully it will pay off."
Center Brian Wiseman broke the
2-2 deadlock in the second period on
a feed from linemate Denny Felsner.
Felsner skated into the Irish zone
and between the circles, left the W
puck for the rushing Wiseman, who
backhanded it through goalie Greg
Another Wiseman tally, again
from Felsner, capped the period's
scoring at the 17:37 mark to give the
Maize and Blue a 6-3 advantage. The
sophomore's 12th of the season beat
Louder on his stick side. His goals
sandwiched scores from Wolverine
Ted Kramer, the Irish's Scott Vick-
man, and a Michigan rebuttal from
The flurry, which lasted 60 sec-
onds, was matched only by an idensz
tical "M-ND-M" sequence in the
first period. Felsner's and fellow
Wolverine Mike Stone's scores sur-
rounded an effort by Notre Dame's
Sterling Black in a sequence which.
lasted all of 40 seconds.
Both quick responses by the Irish
left Berenson impressed.
"They kept playing all night.
They played as well as they can play.
They never gave up," he said.
Loges mopped up for starting
Wolverine netminder Chris Gordon,
who saw his first action in 36 days.
The layoff apparently hurt early on,
as an apparent glove save on a Dan
Sawyer blast dropped into the net at
17:09 of the first period, giving
Notre Dame a power-play goal and a
"He looked a little rusty early,
and then he tightened up, I thought,
in the second period," Berenson said
of Gordon, who faced 17 shots and
For Gordon's cohort Steve
Shields, the opposite was the case
Friday evening. After turning away
the three shots he faced in the first
period, the sophomore allowed two
Irish scores in the second.
"I let in a couple of goals that
shouldn't have gone in that made the
game closer. I'm not real happy
with the way I played," Shields :
Berenson had similar words for
his team early through that second
period. Soon after Irish center Cur.
tis Janicke's power-play goal halved
the Irish deficit to 2-1, Berenson'4
called timeout and took the(
Wolverines into the locker room .
"He brought us in there and tole
us how we were playing. It was like
'It's an embarrassment to Michigan
hockey to come out here in Notre
Dame and play like this,' and he let
us know that," Shields said.
Stacie McCall drives to the basket in the Wolverines' 85-68 loss to the
Boilermakers Friday. Yesterday, the Wolverines lost to Illinois.
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