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- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 31, 1994

HOCKEY
Continued from page 1
roost and start putting the puck in the
4et again."
Since their first meeting of the sea-
on - a 13-2 blowout at Yost Ice
arena - the Irish have held their own
.gainst the Wolverines.
"I thought we had a superlative
Jffort," Notre Dame coach Ric Shafer
said."It was great to play to put us in a
"osition to possibly beat theNo. 1 team
11 the country.
"We took a team that appears to be
little frustrated with themselves and
Aade them even more so. It was a great]
offort and I wish it would have been
,pped off with a victory. I thought our
;: ys deserved to win this game."
With much of the record crowd
eaded toward the parking lot, the ac-
ion picked up in the last minute of
,May. Mike Knuble scored an empty-
iet goal just seconds after Louder had
;cne to the bench.
Notre Dame kept the extra attacker
ti the ice and it paid off when Brent
4tmppa knocked the only Irish goal of
he night past Shields with 23 seconds
emaining.
Kevin Hilton regained the two-goal
dgefor the Wolverines with a tally into
he empty net five seconds later. Brian
Wiseman assisted on the goal, moving
iim past David Roberts into first place
in Michigan's all-time assist list.
While Wiseman was tying Roberts'
record with two assists Friday in Co-
umbus, the Wolverines received 10
rower-play opportunities-scoring on
hree - en route to the victory. How-
ever, the Wolverines could notputaway
Dhio State until late in the third period.
"It's always a toughrink to play in,"
said Berenson of the conference's
smallest arena.
The small ice surface resulted in a
ahysical contest. The result was a pen-
atty-marred game which saw
Michigan's Warren Luhning and Ohio
State's Rob Peters ejected for fighting
n the first period. Because of his game
mnisconduct, Luhning did not play
against Notre Dame.
Before Luhning and Peters were
ajected, Wiseman recorded his 42nd
and 43rd assists on the season, helping
Kevin Hilton andJason Botterill (power-
?lay goal) put the Wolverines up, 2-0
'ess than five minutes into the game.
Brendan Morrison scored his 15th
goal of the year with eight seconds left
in the second period to give the Wol-
verines a 31 lead.
Another goal by Morrison in the
:hird and a goal by Mike Legg with 45
seconds left in the game concluded the
scoring.
MICHIGAN 5, OHIO STATE 1.
Michigan 2 1 2-V'
Ohio State 0 1 0-1
First Period - 1, UM, Hilton 9 (Wiseman,
"Oliver),3:02.2, UM, Botterill16(Knuble, Wiseman),
14:56 (pp).
SSecondPeriod-3,OSU,Guilbault2(Richards),
x6:18. 4, UM, Morrison 15 (Legg), 19:52 (pp). .
SThird Perdod - 5, UM, Morrison 16 (Oliver,
Knuble), 13 (p). 6,UM,'Legg(stone), 19:15.
51,0 oagoml-)M11-410-25.0s1J5.&-.
21.
Powr plays -UM 3 of10,OSU 0 of 4.
Goalle saves - UM, Shields 5-7-8-20. OSU.
Askey 9-3-&20.
Referees- Kevin Hail, Perry Petterle.
IUmessnan - Tim Katrinak.
At: OSU Ice Rink. A: 1,457.
1 MICHIGAN 3, NOTRE DAME 1
Notre Dame 0 011

Michigan 0 0 3-3
{Frst Period - None.
Second Period - None.
Pel id-1, UM, Oliver 21, 13:24 (pp). 2,
UM, Knuble 25 (Hogan), 19:05 (en). 3, ND, Lamppa
8 (Harberts, Osiecki), 19:37. 4, UM, Hilton 10
(Wiseman), 19:42 (en).
Shots on gal -ND 8-16.9-33.UM 12-5-10-
27. .
tio Goe-save- ND, Louder 12-5.7-24. UM,
Shields 816&832.
Referees - Roger Graff, John Edwards.
TnesPaen - Bob Faria.
rAt: The Palace of Auburn Hills. A: 20,427.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Steve Shields makes the save against Notre Dame Saturday. Shields stopped 33 shots in the 3-1 Michigan victory.
overles, Irlish play for packed arena
Almost 500 fans turned away from attending game at oversold Palace

eers continue wininR
ways despite slimp
By PAUL BARGER
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
AUBURN HILLS - At some point in a season every team goes through ;
a slump.
No matter how good a particular team is, there will be a period during the;
season when it just can't seem to get it together, and its level of play drops a-
few notches.
The Michigan hockey team is experiencing this trend now.
However, unlike others, the Wolverines are still coming away with;-
victories. That speaks volumes. Good teams win games they don't deserve and
Michigan has found a way to do just that.
The Wolverines were outplayed by the Irish Saturday night but still came
away with the two points. They were outplayed by Bowling Green last Tuesday
night yet still got the win.
If that was the worst collective week the team has had, it's in pretty good
shape.
"Every team goes through this," senior forward David Oliver said. "There;
is always a time in your season where you just don't have things going your
way. If you didn't have these times to fight through you wouldn't become a
better team."
Members of the media and fans who are beginning to question Michigan's;
lofty ranking and wonder if they are deserving of so much publicity need only
to look at the team's record for validation.
25-2-1.
That speaks for itself. Michigan is walking away with the CCHA regular-
season championship and the consensus No. I ranking in the nation.
With the exception of last week's victory at Michigan State, the last five
games have been the worst the Wolverines have played all season. Yet most
teams in the NCAA would do anything to have the kind of nine days Michigan
just completed -four wins and one loss, including victories over Michigan State
and Bowling Green.
However, only in the victory against the Spartans did the Wolverines
showcase their full talents. Against Bowling Green, Ohio State and Notre
Dame, Michigan looked very mortal.
Fatigue was a possible factor. It is not often that a college hockey team is
asked to play five games in eight days.
But more than likely Michigan is just going through what every team must
go through, and coming out of it virtually unscathed.
"Every team has to go through some lapses and some hard times," senior
captain Brian Wiseman said. "Hopefully we can get back on track soon and get
playing our best hockey. A lot of attention has to go on what we've done.
We've lost one (CCHA) game. Our record is pretty valid."
The past week's struggles have highlighted the importance of goaltender
Steve Shields to the team. The senior has given up a scant four goals in his last:
four games and has consistently kept the team tied or ahead in contests that it
probably should have been trailing.
Michigan needed Shields more than ever Saturday when the Wolverines
were actually outshot by the Irish, 33-27. That is just not supposed to happen.
This is the team that Michigan pounded 13-2 Oct. 30.
Michigan fans should not panic, however: This is an isolated problem in a
very long season, and it should be noted that the team is only playing poorly
by its own standards.
It is a true honor to the program when four wins in five games constitutes
a slump.
The slump shouldn't last long, though. The Wolverines will play through their.
problems, and may very well come back stronger than they were before.
"A lot of people had started to come down on us asking if we're really good,"
Wiseman said. "We're just going through a lull and we'll get out of it."
And remember, it is far better to play poorly at the end of January than it
is at the end of March.

By ANTOINE PITTS
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
AUBURN HILLS - College Hockey Night at the
Palace was certainly the place to be Saturday.
For weeks advertisements in the local newspapers and
across the local airwaves tried to get fans to attend the
game between Michigan and Notre Dame.
. The marketing staff at the Palace seemed to do a good
job of promoting the game as an overflow crowd of
20,427 jammed the arena.
The crowd broke last year's record of 18,275-setat Joe
Louis Arena in a game between Michigan and Michigan
State.
"That's a tribute to the Palace," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "It's not what we did at Michigan to
market this game. It's a tribute to the way they market
their events."
However, approximately 500 fans did not get to see
the matchup between the Wolverines and Irish, being turned
away at the door. Those fans were given tickets to an
upcoming Pistons basketball games for their troubles.
General admission tickets for the game were both sold
and given away, creating the standing room only crowd.

Palace officials tried to seat people wherever they could -
even putting fans behind the media in the press box.
The crowd sat relatively quiet during the game-except
when "MAKE SOME NOISE" appeared on the Palace
scoreboard. In the third period after a Michigan penalty, a
unruly fan threwa puck on the ice after play had resumed.
The game was the second in a four-year deal between
Michigan, Notre Dame and the Palace to bring college
hockey to the northern suburbs of Detroit.
"One of the reasons was our crowds were getting so big
that there were a lot of people that really couldn't see our
games," Berenson said. "We felt the Palace would be just
another chance for some of the Michigan fans that maybe
don't live on campus but would like to see Michigan play
hockey, but don't necessarily want to travel down to Joe
Louis (Arena) either.
"It's also a good experience for our kids to play in a
big-league arena. We'd rather play on campus, in terms of
the environment, but when you look at the big picture, I
think it makes sense to play the odd game off campus."
The next chance for Michigan fans to see the Wolver-
ines play in a big-league arena will come Feb. 19 when
they tangle with the Spartans at Joe Louis Arena.

ROUNDUP Golden Flashes
==MPADA2take Lake St. to OT
& GAMES PLAYED JAN. 29

ASSOCIATED PRESS
'Kurt'Miller'scaded on apower
play 3:07 into overtime Saturday to
give Lake Superior State a 6-5 win
over Kent.
Lake Superior State (12-8-2
CCHA, 18-9-2 overall) had a 4-0 lead
at the end of the first period.
Mark Kotary scored at 13:08 of
the second, putting Kent (5-13-2, 10-
15-2) on the board. But Wayne
Strachan answered with a power-play
goal at 16:05 of the second, giving the
Lakers a 5-1 lead.
The Golden Flashes went on a
four-goal scoring spree of their own,
tying the score 5-5 at the end of regu-
lation. Mario Lacasse stopped 16 Lake
Superior shots in the third period and
finished with 50 saves for the game.
Sean Kulik made 25 saves for
the Lakers in regulation and Paul
Sass shut out the Flashes in over-
time.
Michigan St. 7, Ohio St. 4
Kelly Harper had two goals and
assisted on another in Michigan

State's 7-4 win over OhioSta$te..
Sacha Guilbault, who had three
goals for the Buckeyes, opened the
scoring at 5:01 of the first. But Michi-
gan State took a 2-1 lead on a goal by
Steve Guolla and a power-play score
by Nicolas Perreault.
The Spartans scored four straight
goals in the second period for a 6 -1
lead. Ron White and Guilbault added
two more for the Buckeyes, making the
score 6-3.
Guilbault scored again 31 sec-
ond into the third. Harper's second
goal at 19:03 ensured the Spartans
win.
Mike Buzak had 23 saves for
Michigan State, before giving way to
Eric Kruese in the third period. Kruese
stopped 4 shots.
Kurt Brown started in the net for
Ohio State but was replaced by Tom
Askey just 4:21 into the game without
facing a shot. Askey had 33 saves in
55:16.
Western Michigan 5, Ferris St. 1
Ryan D'Arcy had a goal and an
assist, and Craig Brown stopped 42
shots as Western Michigan downed
Ferris State, 5-1.
After a scoreless first period, the

Broncos (11-8-1, 14-9-2) took a 2-0
lead on goals by Derek Innanen and
Derek Schooley in the second period.
John Gruden scored Ferris State's
(9-10-1, 10-15-1) only goal at 11:53
of the second on a power play.
Shawn Zimmerman added another
goal at 13:11 of the second, giving the
Broncos a 3-1 lead.
ColinWard and D' Arcy added third
period goals for Western Michigan.
Miami 5, Illinois-Chicago 2
Marc Boxer had two goals and
two assists as Miami (Ohio) defeated
Illinois-Chicago, 5-2.
Mark Zdan gave Illinois-Chicago
(5-14-1, 6-19-1) its first goal just 27
seconds into the game.
Enrico Blasi tied the score on a
power-play goal at 2:57 of the first.
The Flames took the lead again on
Matt McElwee's goal at 4:24 and the
Redskins tied the score again on
Kevyn Adams score at 16:55.
Boxer gave Miami a 4-2 lead on
a goal 13 seconds into the second
period and another at 10:20. Shawn
Penn added the Redskins' final goal
on a power play at the 17:59 mark.
Neither team scored in the third
period.

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