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6- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 7, 1994

Wolverines receive commitment
from British Columbia junior star

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By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
and JAESON ROSENFELD
DAILY HOCKEY WRITERS

Filling the skates of graduating cen-
ter and leading assist man Brian
Wiseman will be no easy chore. And
while the Wolverines probably don't
expect one player to take Wiseman's
spot, they received a verbal commit-
ment this week from a player who could
help lessen the post-Wiseman woes.
Robbie Gordon of Cloverdale, B.C.
announced his intent to play forMichigan,
choosing the Wolverines over Denver,
Boston University, Boston College and
New Hampshire. The 5-11, 180-pound
center cited a visit with freshmen Warren
Luhning and Brendan Morrison as well as
the usual reasons for choosing Michigan.
"Ijust thought (Michigan) would be
the best place forme both academically
and athletically," Gordon said. The

Powell River Paper Kings center said
he plans to major in business.
Gordon boasts a list of credentials
that includes being named Rookie of
the Year of the Coastal Division of the
B.C. Junior Hockey League last year.
This year, Gordon leads the league
with 133 total points. In 52 games, he
has tallied 59 goals and 74 assists.
Powell River coach Kent Lewis
thinks Gordon can help the Wolver-
ines immediately.
"When he came back from the trip
he was really excited," Lewis said.
"Robbie wants to contribute to a win-
ning hockey club, and he will, even as
a freshman."
Gordon's already physical style of
play will ease his transition into col-
lege hockey, according to Lewis.
"He can play physically. He can
bump with anybody," Lewis said. "He

'Robbie wants to
contribute to a winning
hockey club, and he
will, even as a
freshman.'
- Kent Lewis:
Powell River coack
has definitely been our go-to guy this
year, and even last year, as a 16-year:
old, he was our go-to guy."
Gordon, along with centerMatt Herr
of Lakeville, Conn., defenseman Chris
Fox of Grosse Pointe and forward Bi
Muckalt of Colona, B.C. make u
Michigan's 1994-95 recruiting class sQ
far. The Wolverines will likely sign A
pair of goaltenders to replace seniors
Steve Shields and Chris Gordon.

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
Brian Wiseman and David Oliver each notched three points in a 10-4 win over Kent State Friday. That victory tied
Red Berenson with Vic Heyliger as Michigan's all-time winningest coach. Saturday's win gave Berenson the lead.
Berenson moves atop coaching list
Michigan coach passes Vic Heyliger with 230th victory Saturday

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
When Red Berenson finished his
career as a Michigan hockey player in
1962, he left behind the premier col-
lege hockey program in the nation. The
Wolverines had won arecordsixNCAA
titles and would soon add a seventh.
Berenson had just scored 43 goals in a
season, more than any Wolverine be-
fore or since.
When Berenson returned to
Michigan in 1984, the picture was
not nearly as rosy. The Wolverines
had only made one Final Four ap-
pearance in two decades, and they
were in the lower echelon of the
CCHA. Berenson, who had played
in the National Hockey League for
18 seasons and coached for three
more, had his work cut out for him.
"The first couple of years I didn't
know what I was getting into,"Berenson
said.

MICHIGAN 10, KENT 4
Kent 0 2 2-4
Michigan 2 4 4-10
FWPedod-1, UM, Soan (Wiseman, Sittler), 3:11.
2,UM, Legg9(Sittler, Madden), 6:38 Penaties-Knuble,
UM (crosschecking), 7:25; Mitchell, KSU (high-sticking),
7:57; McPherson, KSU (roughing), 9:43.
Ssoon Peiod-3, UM,Wseman 11(Hilton,Oliver),
:46.4, KSU, Muldoon 3 (Krosky, Mitchell), 1:07. 5, UM,
Monism 17 (Knube, Hogan), 1:1& 6, UM, Knuble 26
(Morrison, Botterill), 6:12 (pp). 7, KSU, Sylvester9. 6:53.
8,UM, Morrison 18 (Oliver, Knuble), 10:11 (pp). Penalties
- Mischke, KSU (roughing), 4:49; Schock, UM (high-
sticking), 7:03; Kotary, KSU (tripping), 8:30; Knuble, UM
(etwing),14:12;Mischke,KSU(holding),16:45;Mischke,
KSU, 10:00 misconduct, 16:45; Loges, UM, served by
Sitler (delay of game), 18:47.
1IdPeriod-9,KSU, Raygor6 (Fair), 2:27.10, UM,
Wiseman 12 (Oliver), 2:34.11, UM, Madden 5,4:08.12,
UM,Knuble27 (Hogan), 12:03.13, UMLuhning7(Willis,
Stone). 1244.14, KSU, Raygor 7 (Drouin), 116. Penal-
ties -- Mainhardlt, KSU (roughing), 1:02; Schock, UM
(oughing), 1:02; McPherson, KSU (slashing), 7:19; Stone,
UM (slashing), 7:19; Hogan, UM (slashing), 8:38; Stone,
UM (roughing), 13:47; Sloan, UM (roughing), 13:47;
Gunderson, KSU (rough ing), 13:47; Ma inhartit, KSU (rough-
ing, 13:47; Pain, KSU (roughing), 13:47; Luhning, UM
(interference), 15:12.
Uhotsongod-KSU 12412-33. UM 9159-33.
Power plays - KSU 0 of 6, UM 2 of 6.
Godlieuaves-KSU, Lacasse 7-5-X-12; Shaw(6:12
second) X65-11. UM, Shields 12-5-17; Loges (11:38
Second) X2-11-13.*
aes-Jeff Shell, Mark Shegos.
Lbesmm - John Kelly.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 6,867

ButBerenson slowly but surely built
up the program, and Saturday he earned
his 230th win, moving ahead of Vic
Heyliger for first place on Michigan's
all-time victories
<,flist.
<. When Don
> Shula broke
George Halas'
K record for most
victories by an
NFL coach, he
said it would be
nice if it happened
Berenson in a year in which
his team, the Mi-
ami Dolphins, accomplished some-
thing important.
It has been that kind of year for
the Wolverines. They have domi-
nated the CCHA and have been
ranked No. 1 in the country for most
of the season.
"I'm not superstitious, but I think
this is a special year," Berenson said.
"Nobody in our league- including us
- expected us to be in the position we
are now."
If Michigan makes the Final Four
for the third straight year, it will so-
lidify its reputation as one of the elite
college hockey programs in the nation.
It took nine years, but the Wolverines
appear to have made it back to the
_ 1
MICHIGAN 2, FERRIS STATE 1
Ferris State 0 1 0-0
Michigan 0 2 0-2
First Period - None. Penalties - Frescoln,
UM (interference), 2:33; Crimin, FSU (interfer-
ence), 7:00; Morrison, UM (hooking), 10:41;
Gruden, FSU (hooking), 11:23; Parrish, FSU (trip
ping), 14:22, Sergott, FSU (delay of game), 19:04.
Second Period - 1, UM, Luhning 8 (Stone,
Willis), 3:09. 2, UM, Wiseman 13 (Oliver), 10:30.
3. UM, McIntyre 6 (Kitching, Bell), 16:56. Penal-
ties - None.
Third Period-None. Penalties - Hogan, UM
(interference), 16:28.
Shots on goal - FSU 5-11-11-27. UM 7-10-
7-24.
Power plays - FSU 0 of 3, UM 0 of 4.
Goalie saves - FSU, Lisko 7-8-7-22. UM,
Shields 5-10-11-26.
Referees - Steve Piotrowski, John LaDuke.
Linesman - Kevin Newell.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 7,498.

heights they reached when Berenson
was a player.
Of course, the road back wasn't
always easy.
"We've had a lot of long bus rides
back home," Berenson said. "I always
had confidence that it would happen. It
took longer than I expected."
How did Berenson take Michigan
from a below-average team to a peren-
nial power? The most important thing
was probably recruiting. Berenson has
worked closely with his assistants to
bring in top-notch talent, and once the
players come in he makes them work
like a professional team, not like a
college team.
"We practice hard for the full
two hours of practice," Michigan
captain Brian Wiseman said. "He
cares for us as players, but he also
cares for us as people, probably more
than most coaches do. He wants
nothing less for us than we want for
ourselves. I think he deserves all of
the credit. "
Of course, modesty forbids
Berenson from taking much credit
for the school's impressive turn-
around.
"It's really a tribute to the pro-
gram," Berenson said. "This is not a
one-man program. This is a team ef-
fort."

HOCKEY
Continued from page 1
game right until the end," Berenson
said. "These are the kind of games
that help your team."
While Berenson was pleased with
his team's performance Saturday night
in a 2-1 victory, he did not have kind
words for the defense in Friday's 10-
4 blowout of Kent (5-15-2, 10-17-2).
"Tonight was one of those nightl
where (the defense) just couldn't dr
anything right," Berenson said. "I love
to see our team score goals, but I hatb
for us to give up that many scoring
chances."
Indeed, the Golden Flashes had
scoring chances, matching Michigan
with 33 shots on goal. The Wolver-
ines, however, scored on 10-of-33
tries while the goalie tandem of
Shields and Al Loges erred on only
four Kent shots.
"I'll just say that we did have
some opportunities," Kent coach Bill
Switaj said. "We didn't make the
saves. Their goalies did."
Michigan broke out of its recent
offensive slump, with all but four
Michigan skaters notching a point.
Mike Knuble led the scoring barrage
with two goals and two assists, while
Brendan Morrison and Wiseman!
added a pair of tallies each.
"You've got to take what we did
well out of this," Oliver said. "The
main thing is we got our offense go-
ing again."

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
David Oliver and the Wolverines moved to within one point of clinching the
CCHA title with Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Ferris State.

U

Through games of Feb. 5
CONFERENCE OVERALL

This week's scores Next week's

Friday's games

Friday's games

TEAM

w

1 T PTS W

Michigan 22 1 1 45 27

Michigan St.
Western Mich.
Lake Superior

14
13
12
12
10

6 3 31 ' 17
8 1 27 16
8 2 26 18.
8 1 25 14
9 2 22 12

L T Michigan 10, Kent 4
2 1 Western Mich. 3, Ferris St. 1
8 3 Miami 3, Notre Dame 2
9 2 Ohio St. 5, Michigan St. 4
9 2 Bowling Green 7, 1II-Chicago 6

Bowling Green at Kent
Ferris St. at Ohio St.

Miami

L.

10
12

1

Bowling Green
Ferris St.
Notre Dame

9 12 1 19 10 17
6 13 4 16 8 17

2 Saturday's games
1 Michigan 2, Ferris St. 1
4 Western Mich. 8, Kent 4
2 Miami 6, Notre Dame 5
1 Ohio St. 4, Bowling Green 3
4 Michigan St. 4, III.-Chicago 2

Ill.-Chicago at Miami
Michigan St. at Lake Superior"
Notre Dame at Western Mich.
Saturday's games
Bowling Green at Kent
Ferris St. at Miami
1i.-Chicago at Ohio St.
Michigan St. at Lake Superior.
Western Mich. at Notre Dame

Kent

5 15 2 12 10

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