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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 28, 1994 - 5

When it matters most, Lakers beat Michigan

EAST LANSING - Mike Stone doesn't
deserve this.
He doesn't deserve to see a pile of Lake
Superior players in the far corner, celebrating
knocking the Wolverines out of the playoffs.
He doesn't deserve to see two of the biggest
goals of his career go to waste.
But now he stands
among his shell-shocked
Wolverine teammates at
the blue line in Munn Ice
Arena, watching those
familiar men in blue with
anchors on their chests.,
It's Stone and his-
senior classmates who
have the weight of the JAESON
world on their chests now. ROSENFELD
The Lakers have laughed Feld of
last. Again. Dreams
And this time it's for
Blaine Lacher, Lake State's goalie, jumps
around like someone has just dropped a hot coal
in his pants. His face is so red from screaming he
looks like a Hasbro toy that never made it - Mr.
Tomatohead on ice.
Meanwhile, the five Wolverine elders gather by
the goal after the rest of the Wolverines have gone,
clinging to the last seconds of their college careers.
As Stone skates into the tunnel with teammate
Brian Wiseman, he stares down at the ice.
And he's probably thinking, "I can't believe
this happened. Again."
It wasn't supposed to end like this for them.
Due to errant news reports, many in Ann
Arbor thought that it hadn't. Channel 2 reported
that Stone had scored the winning goal on a
It would have been a much more fitting

ending, but it wasn't reality.
Reality featured Rob Valicevic rocketing a
slapshot from 10 feet inside the blue line past
senior goalie Steve Shields 2:31 into overtime.
Reality also featured Shields struggling to
field press-conference questions like, "Did you
see that last shot?" or "Do you remember exactly
what happened on that third goal?"
"Nope," Shields answered to the latter,
staring blankly into the crowd of reporters. He
was probably thinking to himself, "I can't
believe the Lakers. Again."
Reality and the Lakers have been bedfellows
to this year's senior class for four years. When
the Wolverines thought they were on top, Lake
State brought them back to reality.
"I guess you could say they're our Achilles
heel," Stone said.
Stone can probably hardly remember his
freshman year by now, when the Lakers stole an
overtime heartbreaker from the Wolverines, 6-5,
in the CCHA finals.
No one needs to remind this year's seniors of
their weekend series in Sault Sainte Marie in the
1991-92 season. Michigan played the Lakers
close on Friday night and then got drilled, 10-0,
Saturday night.
Michigan got its revenge that year when Lake State
journeyed southward, sweeping them in a pair.
But in March, when it counted, the Lakers were
hoisting a CCHA championship trophy above their
heads, and sophomores Chris Gordon, David
Oliver, Wiseman, Stone and Shields could merely
watch. Two years for the sophomores, and two
postseason losses to the Lakers.
Then as juniors, the five did something that
they had never done before - they won the
regular-season series with Lake State, taking two
of three contests.
But there the Lakers were in the playoffs,
beating the Wolverines 5-3 in the CCHA

And the soon-to-be seniors spent their third
summer in a row thinking, "How are we ever
going to beat those Lakers?"
"(The seniors) made a commitment last
summer to this season and we had a great year,"
coach Red Berenson said.
Indeed, the seniors came out of the summer
blazing, and the Wolverines sent an early
message to the Lakers with a 4-2 victory Nov. 5
in Sault Sainte Marie.
And when Lake State rolled into Ann Arbor,
Wiseman set off a mob celebration with an
overtime goal, giving the Wolverines a 4-3
triumph. Michigan completed a season-sweep the
following night, 5-2.
But as the postseason approached, the Lakers
started getting hot.
And Michigan started worrying.
"There's no doubt they're in the back of our
minds, especially the seniors," Oliver said the
weekend before the CCHA finals. "They've
knocked us out three years in a row."
But this year, the seniors came through,
beating the Lakers, 3-0.
They had finally gotten the last laugh.
Or so they thought.
But the laughter turned to tears for Michigan
TheLakersbeatthe Wolverines when itcounted. And
this timethe seniors don'thave tolive with it fora summer.
They have to live with it for the rest of their lives.
"It's a hard way to end a season," Wiseman said.
"Especially when you're never going to put this
jersey on again."
A moment later, Wiseman stares up towards the
ceiling and closes his eyes, fighting off tears.
It is all too much right now.
Because the Lakers have laughed last.

*Michigan forward John Madden faces off against Mike Morin in yesterday's
overtime loss to Lake Superior State. The Lakers advance to the national
semifinals in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday.

I8AST LANSING - Michigan played at Munn Ice
Arena yesterday, and for all the world it looked like the
Wolverines were matched up against Michigan State.
Spartan fans filled the arena, largely because they had
bought tickets expecting to see Michigan State play Min-
nesota. But when the Spartans lost to Massachusetts-
Lowell Saturday, the East Lansing faithful were forced to
settle for their second-favorite pastime: rooting against
The Lake Superior State band took full advantage of
the situation, blasting out the MSU fight song as often as
their own.
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Michigan seniors Brian
Wiseman, David Oliver, Mike Stone, Steve Shields and
Chris Gordon ended their careers with a record of 129-26-
10. No other class has won as many games in Michigan
Although the seniors never won a national champion-
ship, they acquired a truckfull of accolades during their
*stay in Ann Arbor.
Their team achievements include winning two CCHA
regular season championships, a CCHA postseason

Spartan fans throw
support to Lakers
title, four NCAA.tournament appearances, two na-
tional semifinal games and four Great Lakes Invita-
tional titles.
THEY'RE NOT DONE YET: There may be more honors
on the way for the outgoing seniors. Wiseman, Oliver
and Shields are all finalists for the Hobey Baker award,
which goes to the nation's top college hockey player.
The trophy will be awarded Friday at 4:30 in St. Paul,
Minn., site of this year's Final Four.
CONFERENCE PRIDE: The CCHA placed four teams in
the NCAA tournament for the first time ever this year,
but only Michigan and Lake Superior State made it to the
quarterfinals. Western Michigan lost to Wisconsin, 6-3,
and Michigan State fell to Massachusetts-Lowell, 4-3, in
the first round.
True conference supremacy will likely be decided
this weekend. The East Coast Athletic Conference
(Harvard), Hockey East (Boston University), the West-
ern Collegiate Hockey Association (Minnesota) and the
CCHA (Lake Superior State) all placed teams in the
Final Four.
Minnesota plays B.U. and Harvard meets Lake Supe-
rior State Thursday in semifinal action. The final will be


Kevin Hilton concentrates on the puck as a Laker defender tries to poke check it away.

Minnesota sneaks past Lowell in two

Jeff Nielsen scored at 9:29 of the
second overtime period yesterday to
give Minnesota a 2-1 victory over
Massachusetts-Lowell in the NCAA
West Regional.
The game was the second-longest
in NCAA tournament history and the
longest in regional play.
Nielsen, who leads the Gophers
with 29 goals, took a pass from Tony
Bianchi, came down the right wing
and fired a high wrist shot from the
faceoff circle that beat goalie Dwayne
Roloson high on the glove side.
The goal broke up a duel between
Roloson, who made 45 saves, and
Minnesota goalie Jeff Callinan, who
stopped 35 shots.
The Gophers advance to the
NCAA Final Four in St. Paul, Minn.,
where they will meet Boston Univer-
sity Thursday.
Freshman Nick Checco, who has
five of his seven goals in post-season
play, sent the game into overtime
with a shot from the bottom of the
faceoff circle with 5:33 left in the
third period. The shot went between
Roloson's pads and the goalpost, ty-
ing the game at 1-1.

The play of goalies Roloson and
Callinan dominated the first two peri-
ods with Lowell holding a 1-0 lead on
defenseman David Mayes' second
goal of the season at 10:48 of the
opening period.
Freshman Greg Bullock carried
the puck behind the net and passed to
Mayes in the faceoff circle. His slap
shot went over Callinan's left shoul-
der to give the Chiefs the lead.
Nielsen said he wasn't looking to
pass when he made the winning shot.
"Bianchi made a terrific play to
get me the puck and I got up a good
head of steam," Nielsen said. "Checco
was coming up on the other side and
the defense had to be aware of him.
When you're in overtime you think
shot first and usually good things will
Minnesota coach Doug Woog
said his team started slowly, but
picked up intensity in the second
period when Callinan made some
excellent saves.
"After he made those big saves we
took over," Woog said. "It's fun to
have good goaltending because the
other kid was coming up big. Without
good goaltending, you won't win."

Lake Superior 6, Northeastern 5 (OT)
EAST LANSING - Northeast-
ern found itself in a familiar place in
last Saturday's NCAA Tournament
game - in overtime. The Huskies
ended up on the short end of the stick
again, losing their fourth overtime
game of the year, bringing an end to
their season.
Lake Superior State defeated North-
eastern, 6-5, at the NCAA West
Regionals in East Lansing to setup a
rematch against Michigan. Mike
Morin's goal 15 seconds into the over-
time period gave the Lakers the victory.
"The winning goal wasn't what
you would call a classic," Lake Supe-
rior coach Jeff Jackson said. "It was a
typical overtime goal."
Morin found himself with the puck
behind the net and attempted a center-
ing pass. The puck hit Huskie forward
Mike Taylor's skate and got past
goaltender Todd Reynolds for the
"I just went to the net and Dan
(Angelelli) threw it across," Morin
said. "I'm not entirely sure how it
went in. I was just aiming for the front
of the net."
Taylor had come over to the side
of the net to help out defensively, but
the puck bounced off his skate and
into the net.
"The guy had position on our
defenseman behind the net," Taylor
said. "I kneeled down trying to block
the pass out in front. It went offmy skate
and I don't know what happened."
"I was just trying to hold the post

puck into the net to record his second
collegiate hat trick.
-By Antoine Pitts
Daily Hockey Writer
UMass-Lowell 4, Michigan State 3
Hebert and Norm Bazin scored power-
play goals late in the first period Sat-°y
urday and Massachusetts-Lowell held
on for a 4-3 victory over Michigan
State in NCAA West Regional first-
round play.
Michigan State put heavy pres-;,
sure on Lowell goalie Dwayne-
Roloson in the third period, but the;':
Spartans were unable to score.":4
Roloson made eight of his 24 saves in
the final period.
Lowell,. which leads the nation in
penalty-killing percentage, allowed~
only one goal in the Spartans' nine'.
power-play chances.
"I thought we had to kill too many
penalties," said Lowell coach Bruce:.
Crowder. "Other than that, we played
well. We controlled the puck in the
offensive zone and we did a good job
of blocking out in the neutral zone to
nullify Michigan State's speed.
The Chiefs took a 4-3 lead into the
final period. Michigan State's Anson
Carter cut the margin to one with 3:51
left in the second period. Carter took
a pass from Steve Guolla at center ice
and broke in alone on Roloson for his
team-leading 30th goal.
Lowell's Christian Sbrocca
opened the scoring at 6:54 of the
first period. A Michigan State shot

Brendan Morrison had four assists in yesterday's 5-4 overtime loss.

Continued from page 1
I just told our guys to weather the
The Wolverines scored the game's

Lake Superior State 3 1 0 1-5
Michigan 1 3 0 0-4
first Pedd - 1, UM, Stone 13 (Morrison),
8:52.2, LSSU,Valcevic 15(G. Talaire),12:10.3,
LSSU, Aldridge 10 (G. Talaire, Valicevic), 14:43
(pp). 4, LSSU, Ness, 9 (Angeletli),15:18. Penalties
- Sloan, UM (interference), 3:10; Wetherill, LSSU

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