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

Continued from page 1
like they would lose for the fourth
consecutive time. The team scored
both of its goals in the third period
and turned away the Falcons by the
identical score of the previous meet-
ing, Jan. 25.
The game, like the last contest,
was marked by outstanding
goaltending. Michigan's Steve
Shields made 25 saves while Bowling
Green's Bob Petrie made 28. The
decisive goal came at 7:07 of the
third, when senior David Oliver tal-
lied his 200th career point.
"We wanted to prove to ourselves
that we could play in somebody else's
rink and we could play in a one-goal
game," junior Mike Knuble said. "It
was really important because we want
to go into the playoffs on a two-game
streak. A season is a roller coaster, a
lot of ups and downs. We just got
stuck in adown for acouple of weeks.".
Obviously, the team is still mired
in a down. Now, it must regroup be-
fore Kent State arrives on Friday to
face off in the first round of the CCHA
"We know we can do the job,"
,senior Brian Wiseman said. "If the
'leaders do their role on the team it
shouldn't effect the way we play or
approach any game. It is a new sea-
'son. Everyone has zero wins, zero
losses and zero ties."
The team realizes that the real
season begins today at practice. If the
Wolverines can't rediscover the con-
fidence that brought them 16 straight
CCHA victories earlier this season,
there will be more nights like Satur-
day and the season will be over sooner

Roses are Read

Rick Willis battles with Ferris State's Derek Crimin in the final game of the regular season. The Bulldogs won 6-2.
Mihia prepares to take on Kent State
C: M

'M' ends season with
questions, not answers
T he Michigan hockey team finished its five-month, 36-night,
Monsters of the College Ice Rinks tour Saturday night, and when the
dust had settled, all anyone could see was more dust.
There are two teams that have made appearances wearing Michigan
uniforms, and the two teams are as different as night and day, sugar and
salt, Red Berenson and The Green Hornet.
There is the team that blew through the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association season like a January wind, stopping for nobody and leaving
opponents bitter and begging for shelter. Nobody could touch these
Wolverines, and when another team was actually able to keep a game
close, Michigan always found a way to skate off the ice with a victory.
But as the weather has gotten warmer and the ice has melted, so, it
seems, have the Wolverines.
The team that has been calling itself Michigan lately is a far different
squad from the early-season Wolverines. Michigan hasn't played superior
hockey since Jan. 5 and 6, when it swept Lake State at Yost Ice Arena.
Those wins, which put the Wolverines so far ahead of the rest of the
conference the other teams sent out a search crew to find them, represent
the last time the team went all-out for 60 minutes.
Worst of all, it doesn't seem like anyone, least of all the Wolverines, *
knows which team will show up on a given night. Heck, nobody knows
which team will show up in any given period.
Saturday against Ferris State, with Michigan down 2-1 after two
periods, there was no doubt in the minds of Berenson's team about who
would win the game.
"We knew we were going to come back," senior Mike Stone said. "In
the locker room before the third period, everyone was real confident."
Then the Wolverines went out and played their worst 20 minutes of the
year. They didn't hustle, they didn't fight for the puck, and, as a result, they
didn't win, falling to Ferris, 6-2.
Friday night, Michigan had come back from a 1-0 deficit at Bowling
Green to play inspired hockey, rallying to win the game, 2-1, ending a
three-game losing streak.
The victory over the Falcons all but screamed, They're ba-aaaaaaaaaaack.
Then came the loss to the Bulldogs.
No, they're no-ooooooooooot.
What's next?
The Wolverines could return to form, play dominating hockey, win the
CCHA tournament and go on to win the school's first national title in 30 years.
On the other hand, they could lose to Kent this weekend.
Well, maybe not. The Golden Flashes are so bad, they can be summed
up in one word: bad.
Michigan could show up to Friday's game after the first period and still
win. Actually, Michigan could show up to the game after the first period
and find itself ahead by three goals.
So this weekend's series means very little, because the Wolverines
could play poorly and still blow out the Golden Flashes. That's what
happened three weeks ago, when Michigan turned in a sub-par
performance against Kent and still won, 10-4.
But there will be a time soon when Michigan can stand up and play like
the best team in the nation or watch an opponent do it instead. Early in the
year, it was clear that if the Wolverines were going to go down, they would
go down fighting.
Now, nobody knows.

The smoke has cleared and the
Michigan hockey team finally knows
who it will face in the first round of
the CCHA playot; s.
With two losses against Lake Supe-
rior this weekend, Kent State (6-22-2
CCHA, 11-24-2 overall) remained in
1 th place and will face the first-place
Wolverines. Michigan had the option
of playing Kent or CCHA-affiliate
Alaska-Fairbanks (23-11-1 overall).
As expected, the Wolverines by-
passed Alaska-Fairbanks to face the
Golden Flashes.

Michigan 0 0 2-2
BG 0 1 0-1
First Period- None
Second Period- 1. BG, Glantz 7
(Helbing, Fry), 7:44 (pp).
Third Period- 2. UM, Willis 7
(Stone), :45 (sh). 3. UM,
Oliver24 (Legg, Stone), 7:07
Shots on goal- UM 15-10-5-
30. BG 9-9-8-26.
Goalie saves- UM, Shields 9-8-
8-25. BG, Petrie 15-10-3-28.
Penalties- Lune, BG (trip-
ping), 5:20; Botterill, UM (high
sticking), 13:45; Pronger, BG
(hooking), 17:41.'

Michigan defeated Kent 6-2 and
5-2 on the road in December and
triumphed 10-4 last month at Yost Ice
Michigan goes into the playoffs
losers of four of its last five games.
The Wolverines hope the playoffs
will help them regain the edge they
had earlier this season.
"It's a new start," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "It's been a great
season. The games now will certainly
take on more importance."
The best-of-three series begins
Friday at Yost.
defenseman Drew Denzin saw his
first action in a Michigan uniform
Saturday night against Ferris State.
Denzin, an Ann Arbor native who
played at Pioneer High School, is a
walk-on on this year's team.
"I wanted to give him at least an
opportunity to wear a Michigan jer-
sey in a home game," Berenson said.
"He's been a great kid. He just hasn't
been able to make our starting lineup
because of the quality of our team.

"I really respect the kid and he's
going to go on and do well in his life
without hockey."
his goal in Friday night's 2-1 victory
over Bowling Green, senior forward
David Oliver became the eighth player
in Michigan history to record 200 ca-
reerpoints. TeammateBrian Wiseman
surpassed 200 earlier this season.
Oliver, who already has 103 goals,
needs three more assists to become
only the third Wolverine to finish his
career with at least 100 goals and 100
assists. Denny Felsner and Dave
Debol are the only other Michigan
players to accomplish the feat.
round playoff tickets are now on sale
at the Athletic Ticket Department.
Next weekend's games against Kent
at Yost Ice Arena will be Friday,
Saturday, and, if necessary, Sunday.
The ticket office is also taking
orders for the CCHA Finals March
18-20 at Joe Louis Arena as well as
the NCAA Tournament, which be-
gins a week later.

Michigan 1 1 0-2
Ferris State 1 2 3-6
First Period- 1,FSU, Duff 10
(unassisted), 3.11(pp). 2, UM,
Wiseman14, (Botterill, Hogan),
Second Period- 3, FSU,Hunt 2
(Parrish, Sturock), 5:52. 4, FSU,
Roach 4 (Paine), 15:33. 5, UM,
Wiseman15 (Botterill, Knuble),
19:11 (pp).
Third Period- 6, FSU, Crimin 1
(Kitching, Parrish), 7:22. 7, FSU,
Kolenda 8 (Roach, Paine), 8:02;
8, FSU, Kitching 4 (Sergott),
Shots on goal-UM 14-10-10-
34. FSU 5-9-12-26.
Goalie saves- UM, Shields 4-7-
7-18. UM, Gordon x-x-2. FSU,
Lisko 13-9-10-32.

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