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6 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November1,1993

___ nosB
Banes nds
positives in tie
BOWLING GREEN -They say a tie is like kissing
your sister.
That must make atie with Bowling Green like kissing
Roseanne Arnold and then finding out she's your sister.
Or at least that's what Michigan coach Red Berenson
might have told you last year.
ButafterMichigan's 5-5 tie inits CCHAopeneratthe
Bowling Green Ice Arena Friday night, Berenson and his
team weren't exactly kissing the season goodbye. To the
contrary, the Wolverines did everything but break out
into "Accentuate the positive," after Michigan's dead-
lock with the Falcons.
Instead of going on a tirade about defensive break-
downs and missed opportunities - both of which the
Wolverines hadmany -Berenson focusedonhis team's
"We know that it's not going to be the same as last
year,"Berenson said. "We've got some good young kids
to work with and we've got some returning juniors that
have to contribute. I thought Steven Halko had an out-
standing game tonight. (Blake Sloan and Harold Schock)
also played well, so we did some good things."
Indeed Berenson displayed two things he will need a
lot of in the early part of this year - patience and
optimism. In order to foster the development of a young
team that includes eight freshmen, the Wolverines will
have to overlook mental mistakes by the younger play-
ers, especially the defensive corps. That means not
pointing the finger at anyone, even when point-blank
shots at goaltender Steve Shields are allowed, as they
were in Friday's game.
"You can't really blame the goalie when we ate
outnumbered on arush," winger David Oliver said. "It's
tough to blame the defense, too, when they are outnum-
bered. You could say it's the forwards' fault for not
getting back. We wouldn't get down on Shields and we
are not getting down on the 'D'.
"That's one of our team goals - not to bitch and not
to complain. Just look at it and correct it."
Add to the Wolverines' inexperience the fact that the
Falcons are an improved hockey team, and an early-
season tie on the road doesn't seem all that bad. Espe-
cially when you consider that the Wolverines had to fight
from behind and a freshman scored the tying goal with
only forty seconds remaining. A lesser team would have
left Ohio with a loss.
"It was just a lot of character there," Oliver said.
"We've been behind the eight-ball two of our first three
games. That's going to help us out in the middle and later
part of the season."
And thanks to a favorable CCHA schedule, the Wol-
verines will have plenty of time to learn what it takes to
win on the road.
Michigan's early season schedule includes only one
game against a top-flight CCHA foe - at Lake Superior
State this Friday - and provides the Wolverines with
road tune-ups against weaker squads like Western Michi-
gan, Kent State and Illinois-Chicago. These contests
should provide the Wolverines with just the kind of win-
as-you-learn type experience they need, and allow them
to post a solid record into the second half of the season.
When Michigan does finally face important tests
against Lake Superior State, Michigan State and Miami,
it will already have a half season of learning from
mistakes and gelling as a team under its belt. And if the
Wolverines learn their lessons well, they won't have to
worry about kissing Roseanne Arnold or even their
They'll be kissing the CCHA championship trophy.

Freshmen impressive
n conference debut


Steve Shields had had enough.
He's a senior, he's been to two Final
Fours, but here were these freshmen;
scoring all over the place, and acting
like they had reinvented the wheel or
something. Heck, these guys hadn't
even won a CCHA road game yet.
"Hey Morrison," Shields called
out to rookie Brendan Morrison, a
second-round pick of the New Jer-
sey Devils who had just scored twice
in the home opener against Notre
Dame. "Our class scored the first
five goals of the year when we were
freshmen. THE FIRST FIVE
go calling home saying how you're
the best class ever."
One could forgive Shields for his
agitation, real ornot. Since the season
started, it has been the freshmen who
have played like veterans.
Morrison and fellow rookie Jason
Botterill each had five goals before
senior David Oliver, who scored 35
goals last year, scored his first tally of
the new season.
Oliver is a linemate of Botterill
and senior captain Brian Wiseman.
"Our line is doing really well,"
Oliver said before the Notre Dame
game, in which he scored twice. "I
can't buy a goal myself right now, but
as a line we're doing well."
Of course, over the length of the
season Oliver will get his share, and
the freshmen will come back down

to earth. But the story of the season
thus far has been the play of the
"All the freshmen are really ex-
cited," Morrison said. "Not just the
freshmen. The whole team. I think we
have a pretty talented class."
Morrison led the Wolverines with
three goals in two games against
Alaska-Fairbanks. Botterill scored a
hat trick in the 5-5 tie at Bowling
Green Friday, and the freshmen scored,
eight goals and the 13-2 triumph over
Notre Dame.
Coming in, the freshmen had big
shoes to fill. Michigan lost four of its
top six scorers and its four best
defensemen from 1992-93.
Berenson couldn't afford to hold
rookies like Morrison and Botterill
back. He had to throw them to the
"The expectations were that
Morrison would be in the top two or
three lines," Berenson said. "I think
he'll be a great college player.
Botterill is the youngest player in
the league, so it's a bit of a surprise
he's scoring so early. He's a real
level-headed kid. He's beyond his
But Berenson wasn't prepared to
knight any of the freshmen just yet.
"The key guys are still Brian
Wiseman and David Oliver and Mike
Knuble," Berenson said. "They're the
big guns."
But fortunately for Berenson, they
aren't the only big guns.

Michigan's John Madden makes a check against Notre Dame Saturday.
MihianState beats Mam,6=4

Scott Worden and Bart Turner scored empty-
net goals as Michigan State nearly blew a four-
goal lead but held on to beat Miami of Ohio, 6-
4 Saturday.
The Spartans (3-1 CCHA, 3-1 Overall), beaten
5-1 by the Redskins Friday night, jumped to a 4-
0 lead in the first period on goals by Nicolas
Perreault, Steve Guolla, Rem Murray and Chris
Starting Miami goalie Kevin Deschambeault
was replaced by Richard Shulmistra after giving
up three goals on eight shots.
The Redskins finally scored in the second
period on a power-play goal by Matt Oates. Pat
Hanley and Andrew Backen added third-period
goals as Miami (1-3, 1-3) closed to 4-3.
The Redskins pulled Shulmistra for an extra
attacker with 97 seconds left and Worden scored
the empty-net goal. Miami, still playing with a
sixth attacker, closed to within one again when
Jason Mallon scored. But Turner's goal with 33
seconds left clinched the Michigan State win.
Mike Buzak made 31 saves for the Spartans.
Shulmistra made 15 for the Redskins.
Alaska-Fairbanks 6, Illinois-Chicago 3
Don Lester scored two goals to become the
all-time defensive scoring leader for Alaska-
Fairbanks as the Nanooks beat Illinois-Chicago,
6-3, Saturday night.
Fairbanks (1-3, 2-4) got the only goal in the
first period when Lester scored on a power play
at 13:37. The senior defenseman scored again at

1:11 of the second.
Trent Schachle's power-play goal made it 3-
0 after two periods. But the Flames (1-3, 1-3)
stormed back in the third period, tying the game
on goals by Derek Knorr, Matt Hanaman and
Mike Peron.
Freshman Chris Hodges got the momentum
swinging the Nanooks' way again, scoring at
11:06 of the final period. Dean Fedorchuk made
it 5-3 at 12:28 and Warren Carter scored into an
empty net at 19:29.
Lester's second goal of the night gave him
107 points for his college career, breaking the
school mark for total points by a defenseman.
Dave Collins tallied 106 points from 1982-1986.
Illinois-Chicago beat the Nanooks 7-6 Fri-
day night.
Bowling Green 6, Western Michigan 2
Tom Glantz scored a goal and assistedon two
gan, 6-2 Saturday night.
Bowling Green (3-0-1, 4-0-1) opened the
scoring on Curtis Fry's goal at 2:58 of the first,
assisted by Jeff Herman and Glantz. Western
Michigan (1-3, 2-3) answered on a goal by
Jeremy Brown at 9:06.
The Falcons scored the only goal in the sec-
ond period when Jason Clark filled the net.
Bowling Green came out firing in the third
period, getting goals from Todd Reirden, Glantz
and two by Sean Pronger, to make the score 6-1.
Brown added another Bronco goal onapower
play at 18:12 of the final period.
Bronco goalie Brian Renfrew was 36 of 40.
Bob Petrie made 26 saves on 28 shots.
Lake Superior St. 9, Ferris St. 2
Kurt Miller, Jay Ness, Steven Barnes and
Mike Morin scored power play goals as Lake
Superior St. defeated Ferris St., 9-2 Saturday.
The Lakers (4-0, 4-0) scored three goals in
each period and were in control throughout.
Lake Superior jumped out to a 1-0 lead 13
seconds into the game on a goal by Matt Alvey.
Dan Galarneau, Jason Trzcinski, Rob
Valecevic and Clayton Beddoes also scored as
Lake Superior took its second straight from
Ferris State (0-2, 0-4).
Doug Smith and Tim Christian scored for
Ferris State, Christian's coming on the power
play. The Bulldogs were one of seven on the
power play, while the Lakers were four of seven.
Paul Sass had 26 saves for the Lakers. Rich
Nagy started for Ferris State and was replaced
after giving up five goals on 20 shots at 4:15 of
the second period. Craig Lisko completed the
game, making 22 saves on 26 shots.


Wolverine freshman Jason Botterill celebrates after scoring one of his two
goals in Michigan's 13-2 victory over Notre Dame Saturday.


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stairs," Wiseman said. "Petrie goes
down a lot when you are up close. I
probably would have won the game if
I got it up."
Putting the puck in the net was not
aproblem againstNotre Dame; count-
ing the goals was. Michigan scored
three times during the national an-
them. Atleast, that'show itmusthave
seemed to the Fighting Irish, who
were shell-shocked after suffering
their 11th loss in as many games
againstMichigan in the Berenson era.
"They do so many things really
well," Notre Dame coach Ric Schafer
said. "They move fast. They control
the puck. They shoot when the oppor-
tunities are there. Their defense was
After the tense battle of the night
before, the Wolverines were happy
with the easy victory.
"It's fun to beat up on Notre
Dame," rightwing Mike Knuble said,

"after they beat up on us in football."
Although Michigan did not lose a }
game this weekend, it did lose one of
its top players. Left wing Ryan Sittler
separated his right shoulder when he
was checked into the boards in the
first period of the Bowling Green
game not long after one-timing a shot
past Falcon goalie Bob Petrie for the
Wolverines' first goal. Sittler is ex-
pected to be out between six and 12
"The best way to put it is week to
week," Berenson said. "He got hit
from the side and didn't really see it
coming. He really got hit hard."
FreshmanBrendan Morrison, who
centers Sittler's line, said the loss of
Sittler would hurt the team, but that
the Wolverines are deep enough to
cope with the injury.
"He's a big part of our line,"
Morrison said. "But we've got Stoney
(senior Mike Stone) on our line, and
he'll create some room for us."
Freshman Warren Luhning suf-
fered a pulled groin but is expected to
play Friday at Lake Superior State.

Elliot S. Valenstein
Professor of Psychology
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and Reductionism
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