The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - March 1, 1993 - Page 5
'M' could win it
* Michigan's Mark Ouimet shoots against Lake Superior State Friday. The shot was deflected, but Wolverine
freshman Ryan Sittler knocked it in to seal the victory for Michigan.
by Brett Forrest
Daily Hockey Writer
This Michigan'team just might be able to win it all
Maine is tough - but the Black Bears gave up five
third-period goals to Boston University and suffered
their first loss, 7-6, Feb. 19. Maine's record of 31-1-2 is
tops in the nation and freshman Paul Kariya leads col-
lege hockey in scoring.
Maine can skate through an offensive zone with such
precision and skill that wingers often tap pucks into
open nets while opposing defensemen climb to the
rafters to retrieve their athletic supporters. The Orono
squad is fast, fundamentally sound and pretty to watch.
At times, Maine looks indomitable.
Then again, at times, Michigan looks unbeatable as
well. In the 14 games since the winter break,
Michigan's average margin of victory is an even five
goals. The Wolverines' record during that span is 12-2.
These two teams are the only squads ranked No. 1 in
the Albany Times-Union poll this season. Michigan
held the top spot after the first week of the season but
lost to Western Michigan the following Saturday. The
Black Bears have been No. 1 in the past 17 polls.
Maine and Michigan have to be the teams to beat as
the NCAA tournament looms.
OTHER FAVORITES: Harvard is a good team, but
not great. The Crimson lost to Dartmouth Friday, 4-3.
The Big Green's league record was a rosy 7-11 going
into the contest and the win made their season.
Harvard's toughest ECAC opponents are RPI and Yale,
who are middling at best. Thus, Harvard's record of 19-
3-2 carries little weight.
Ted Drury might win another Hobey Baker for the
Crimson. Freshmen netminders Aaron Isreal and Tripp
Tracy are solid between the pipes but do not expect a
repeat of 1989 in Cambridge.
Boston University is probably the best team in the
nation outside of the two big M's. The Terriers boast a
balanced scoring attack, a strong goaltending tandem in
Scott Cashman and Derek Herlofsky and the only vic-
tory over Maine this season.
They are just a step below the top two, though, at
this point of the year and have been inconsistent
throughout their 24-7-2 record. But look for them to be
standing when most teams have fallen.
all, then again?
Many so-called experts see Miami as a favorig;to
come out of the West in the NCAA Championships.
The Redskins have been leading the CCHA race or
most of the season and beat Michigan in a game for &irst
place Feb. 6 in Oxford.
Brian Savage can put the puck in the net and Richard
Shulmistra can keep it out. Bobby Marshall is also one
of the top defensemen in the league.
So there is some credence to the idea that the
Redskins could do some damage in a playoff forinat.
Bottom line, though, is Miami will win nothing inhe
postseason. They are inexperienced and do not haveany
Minnesota-Duluth, while holding first place in the
WCHA, has lost its fair share of contests. Derek Plante
is a tremendous favorite for the Hobey Baker and alotig
with teammate Chris Marinucci is among the national
leaders in scoring.
The Bulldogs' 23-8-1 record has too many holes in
it, though, and they have been unable to take firm con-
trol of the league. Wisconsin is two points behind
Duluth. Minnesota is four points back of Wisconsin.
Michigan Tech is three points behind Minnesota. The
parity goes on from there.
Lake Superior State, besides Michigan, Maine and
BU, probably has the best chance to go deep in the
NCAAs. Coach Jeff Jackson has shuffled players in and
out of the lineup due to numerous injuries. Earlier in the
season, when the Lakers were healthy, they were a high
Now, they are starting to get players back on the ice
and are playing well again. Lake State was tied with
Michigan entering the third period at Yost Friday, only
to lose by two goals, including an empty-netter.
Remember, they did win the national championship
last year and, as a result, know what it will take to make
a return trip to the finals. Look for the Lakers to win a
preliminary game in an upset in the NCAA tournament.
Michigan and Maine are well above the rest. Maine
suffered a lapse in the final stanza against BU but then
came back and crushed the Terriers the next night.
Michigan had poor efforts in the early part of the season
but is playing its best hockey of the season currently:
If all goes according to plan, these teams will meet
for the national championship in Milwaukee. Then
again, few things in college hockey ever go according to
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ginning," Berenson said. "Their
team matches up with ours well and
they were forechecking us well - so
maybe they take (quick starts) away
from us. I thought Ouimet really
turned it up in the third period, he
created some great chances for his
line. (David) Oliver, (Cam) Stewart,
and (Brian) Wiseman were outstand-
The line centered by Ouimet (0
goals, 3 assists), including David
Roberts (0-1) and Stiver (2-1), had a
hand in four of Michigan's five
Michigan's Mike Knuble knotted
the score at one to open the Wolver-
ine scoring ledger at the 11:54 mark.
Saturday, the Notre Dame game
was the antithesis to everything
LSSU was - a test, a learning ex-
perience, or even close.
After winning three previous
contests, 6-1, 5-1, and 7-1, the
Michigan hockey team slapped the
Irish around again, 7-2.
As the game scores indicate, no
one was too surprised with the out-
"From our perspective, it was a
game you expect to win," Berenson
said. "We could have been sluggish
from last night, and we were, but we
still put the puck in the net. Halfway
through the game we were about
even in chances but we capitalized
more than they did."
"In reality we knew they were
better than we are," Notre Dame
coach Ric Shafer said. "We want to
get good like they are."
The possibility of returning to
Yost for first round of playoffs put
Shafer in a comical mood.
"We're going to sneak into their
lockerroom before the game and
tape all their skates with cellophane
tape," he said. "But that's just one of
The biggest moral victory Notre
Dame could salvage from the game
was still being in the game, only
down 2-1, after the first period.
Unfortunately for the Irish, the slug-
gish Wolverines overcame the let-
down from playing Lake Superior
the previous night.
Four seconds into the second pe-
riod, Wolverine forward Oliver col-
lected the puck off the faceoff,
stormed down the right side of the
ice, and rocketed a shot over ND
goalie Greg Louder for a power play
Just .1:17 later Michigan's
Roberts turned a one-on-one into a
breakaway by dekeing Irish defender
David DalGrande out of his pants in
the right circle. Roberts proceeded to
bring the score to 4-1 by wristing a
shot past the beleaguered Louder.
Roberts, who sported a cast to
protect a deep bruise suffered from a
two-hander to his wrist Friday night,
completed his first hat trick of the
season at the 6:05 mark of the same
The big lead allowed Berenson to
give backup goalie Chris Gordon 33
minutes of work and rest Shields,
who stopped nine of 10 shots. Gor-
don did not disappoint, allowing
only a late power play goal after a
5-on-3 situation expired.
The previous weekend, Shields
found himself on the bench at the
end of both games. Friday, Gordon
minded the net in the third period in
the 8-3 victory against Ferris State.
The following night, Al Loges
stopped all seven shots he faced in
the final stanza during the 12-1 de-
molition of Bowling Green.
Six goals by six different skaters
in the first 15 minutes of the game
grounded the hapless Bowling Green
Falcons. Mark Sakala scored the first
goal of his career 2:17 into the game.
Stiver scored the eventual game
winner 41 seconds later. Sakala,
Stiver, Roberts, and Oliver each
scored two goals.
Friday, Michigan bulldozed the
Bulldogs. The Wolverines nearly
doubled FSU's shot tally, 44-23, as
well as scoring on half of their six
power play chances. Roberts and
Ouimet led all scorers with three
OVERALL RECORDS: Miami, Ohjo
24-7-3, Michigan 25-5-3, Lake Sub-
erior St. 22-7-4, Michigan St. 21-12-
2, Western Michigan 18-14-2, Ferris
St.17-15-3, Kent St. 13-18-3, Bowl-
ing Green 15-20-1, Illinois-Chicago
10-21-2, Notre Dame 7-23-2, Ohio
St. 5-26-2, x-Alaska-Fairbanks 21-
x-affiliate member for 1992-931
Bowling Green 5, Ohio St. 4
Ferris St. 5, Illnois-Chicago 2
Michigan St. 6, Kent St. 4
Lake Superior St. 7, Western Mi. 3
SCORE BY PERIODS
Ferris St. 1 1 1 - 3
Michigan 431- 8
First Period: 1, UM, Roberts 14
(Ward), 8:05. 2, UM, Wiseman 8
(Neaton), 8:42. 3, UM, Oliver 28
(pp) (Roberts, Stewart), 13:51. 4,
UM, Harlock2 (Stewart, Wiseman),
18:38. 5, FSU, Moore (pp) (McIn-
tyre, Chaput), 19:55.j
Second Period: 6,FSU, Passarelli
6 (pp) (Bell, Sergott), 1:44. 7, UM,
Sittler7 (pp) (Stiver, Ouimet), 5:45.
8, Knuble 18 (Sittler, Ouimet),
16:15. 9, UM,, Stone 9 (Knuble,
Third Period: 10, FSU, Fillipek 11
(Christian, Paine), 10:17. 11, UM,
Stiver 17 (Roberts, Ouimet), 15:52.
Goalie Saves: UM, Shields (7-7-
x- 14), Gordon (x-x-6- 6). FSU,
Mazzoli (13-8-x- 21), Lisko (x-x-
Officials: Referees - Jeff Shell,
John LaDuke. Linesman - Larry
At: Yost Ice Arena Att: 6,085
SCORE BY PERIODS
Lake Superior 2 1 0- 3
Michigan 2 1 2- 5
First Period: 1, LSSU, Miller 3
(pp) (Barnes, Hulett), 11:37.2, UM,
Knuble20 (Wiseman),11:54.3, UM,
Tamer 4 (Roberts, Stiver),12:33.4,
LSSU,Tallaire 23 (Rolston, Morin),
Second Period: 5, UM, Stiver 20
(Ouimet), 6:03. 6, LSSU, Aldridge
2 (Ralston). 15:04.
SCORE BY PERIODS
BGSU 010- 1
Michigan 624- 12
First Period:1U, Saka a 1
(Neaton, Wiseman), 2:17. 2, UM,
Stiver 18 (Ward, Shields), 2:58. 3,
UM, Roberts 15,5:21.4, UM, Stew-
art 15 (pp) (Wiseman, Oliver), 10:
43. 5, UM, Oliver 29 (pp), 11:11. 6,
UM, Wiseman 9 (sh) (Stewart),
Second Period: 7, UM, Stiver 19
(Ouimet, Roberts), 7:47. 8, BGSU,
Harkins 17 (Ackerman), 14:25. 9,
UM, Knuble 19 (Sittler, Stiver),
Third Period: 10, UM, Sacka 6
(Arnold), 3:16. 11, UM, Roberts 16
(sh) (Ouimet), 10:10. 12, UM, Oliver
30 (pp) (Stewart, Wiseman), 16:13.
13, UM, Sacka 7 (pp) (Tamer), 16:44.
Goalie Saves: UM, Shields (4-6-
x- 10), Loges (x-x-7- 7). BGSU,
Ellis (7-11-14- 32).
Officials: Referees-Shell, LaDuke.
Linesman - Lulich.
At: Yost Ice Arena Att: 6.610
SCORE BY PERIODS
Notre Dame 1 0 1- 1
Michigan 2 4 1- 7
First Period: 1, UM, Roberts 17
(Stiver, Ouimet), :43. 2, UM,
Wiseman 10, (Knuble, Sittler)
13:03. 3, ND, Lamppa 4 (Gruber,
Second Period: 4, UM, Oliver 31
(pp) (Stewart, Hilton), :04. 5, UM,
Roberts 18,1:21.6, UM, Roberts 19
(Ouimet, Tamer), 6:05. 7; UM,
Michigan sophomore forward Rick Willis prepares to shoot against Notre Dame Saturday. The Wolverines blew
out the Fighting Irish, 7-2.
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Bowling Green crashes all
season against Blue icers
by Brett Forrest
Daily Hockey Writer
Bowling Green took a mammoth beating against the Wolverines this
year. In three games against Michigan, the Falcons lost by a combined score
of 24-2. They were shutout, 4-0 at Yost Jan. 16, beaten, 8-1 Feb. 13 at the
BGSU Ice Arena and vanquished, 12-1 Feb. 20 again in Ann Arbor.
The 12-1 score was the first time Michigan tallied exactly 12 goals since
a 12-3 win over Bowling Green in the 1984-85 season. The 11 goal margin
of victory was the highest for a Wolverine squad since the NCAA champion
1963-64 team squeaked by Ohio State, 24-0.
HE SHOOTS ... HE SCORES: Sophomore defenseman Mark Sakala
scored his first career goal against Bowling Green Feb. 20 at Yost. Sakala's
goal was the first in the game and came at 2:17 of the opening period.
"At first, I didn't believe it went in," Sakala said. The Warren, Mich.,
native did not see action last season and has played in 16 games this year,
tallying five points.
ROBERTS CHUGS ALONG: With 11 points in the last four games, se-
nior David Roberts moved into third place on the Michigan career scoring
list. His 235 points rank him above Brad Jones' 227 and just behind Dave
Debol's 246. Denny Felsner leads the all-time list with 261 points.
MAIZE CRAZE: Michigan is undefeated while wearing its maize jerseys
this season. The Wolverines debuted the uniforms in an 8-3 victory over
Northern Michigan in the final of the Great Lakes Invitational.
The jerseys made a second appearance Jan. 16 against Bowling Green at
Yost. Michigan then beat Michigan State, 11-1 Jan. 30 and Lake Superior,
DEKERS FAMERS: Prior to the Feb. 20 game against Bowling Green at
9an iv m.