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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, December 5, 1994 - 7

Daily Hockey Writer
It is safe to say that there will be no Lady Byng trophies handed out for good
Srtsmanship after Saturday's game. At the end of the second period in
ichigan's 11-2 thrashing of Notre Dame, a slight skirmish erupted around the
Irish goal. The quarrel lasted a few minutes and temporarily prevented the teams
from heading to the lockerrooms.
When all the smoke cleared, the referees cited every player on the ice, minus
the goalies, for four minutes worth ofpenalties. This all resulted in penalty boxes
that should have had signs posted on the front that read "Standing Room
Wolverines Blake Sloan, Peter Bourke, Mike Knuble, Jason Botterill
and Brendan Morrison all found themselves in the sin bin at the start of the
third period. The cramped conditions forced Sloan to sit with his back to the
*otre Dame goal.
The players did not return to the ice until over five minutes had elapsed
in the final stanza. This was due to the fact that they were forced to wait for
the first stoppage of play until after their penalties had expired. Several
players went through extensive stretching exercises when they finally
exited the box.
"I couldn't believe we had all five guys in the penalty box," Morrison said.
"We were laughing about it. I've seen five guys in there, but not a whole line
just shoved in."
The penalty box on the other side was just as cramped after five Irish
eaters were sent off following the altercation. It got even tighter when

Penalty boxes cramped
quarters for Blue, Irish
forward Brett Bruininks got a hooking penalty three minutes into the third
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?: There was plenty of rough play going on
during the game, but all of it took place without Michigan's most notorious
checker, Rick Willis. The Wolverine captain sat out the game due to a case of the
flu that he came down with Saturday morning.
Several players were slowed during the week leading up to the game, but
Willis was the only one who was forced to sit.
"We've had about six different guys have it, but it's been one of those 24-
hour kinds," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
CHECK YOUR PROGRAM: Berenson used Saturday's game to give some ice
time to some younger defensemen who don't normally play very often. Bourke
and freshman Chris Fox both saw significant action behind the blue line for
the Wolverines.
Bourke skated in his first real game this season - his only previous
experience came in a fill-in role late in the Wolverines 6-1 defeat of Ferris State
Oct. 29. Fox, on the other hand, played in six games prior to Saturday's contest
but has struggled to fit into Michigan's deep group of defensemen.
"You need to get a look at these players and you need to keep them
involved," Berenson said. "We need to keep them in place so when we need
them, they're ready to play."
The score of the game also allowed goaltender Al Loges to see some time
between the pipes for the Wolverines. He entered the game at the 14:23 mark with
Michigan ahead 7-2. The senior made 11 saves and didn't give up a goal in
closing out the game.

Continued from page £
Left wing John Madden did not
score against the Irish, but finished
with four assists. Morrison, the team's
leading scorer, scored twice and had
one assist. Hilton also had a pair of
goals and Legg checked in with a goal
and three assists.
The blowout also allowed
Berenson to use backup goalie, Al
Loges. The senior replaced fresh-
man Marty Turco 15:37 into the
second period and did not surrender
a goal the rest of the way, stopping
Notre Dame's final 11 shots.
"We're just one injury away from
Al Loges being our starter in goal,"
Berenson said. "It's important that he
got some time."
Saturday's contest also featured
numerous scuffles between the two
teams. Yost resembled Caesar's Pal-
ace more than a hockey arena by
game's end.
On the evening, the two teams
combined for 46 penalties. Many of
the calls were the result of a pair of
skirmishes that broke out between the

A fight at the end of the second
period merited 20 penalties and an-
other tiff 19:13 into the third stanza
resulted in an additional eight infrac-
Berenson said that frustration on
the part of the Irish was to blame for
the fighting.
"We don't advocate (fighting) andI
know Coach Schafer doesn't, either,"
Berenson said. "It's a tough game, es-
pecially when you're losing."
Notre Dame 2 0 0- 2
Michigan 3 4 4-11
First Period -1, UM. Luhning 6 (Madden). 1:15.2,
UM, Muckalt 9 (Gordon). 1:27. 3. ND, Ling 5. 8:52.
shg. 4. UM, Sacka 3 (Madden, Sloan), 18:37. 5. ND.
FHasselman 2 (Gruber), 18:52. Penalties -Gruber, NO
(roughing), 8:33; Rushin. ND (cross checking). 11:54;
Andrusiak, ND (interference). 14:33.
ISecond Period - 6. UM, Herr 3 (Arnold. Legg),
7:41. 7.UM. Hilton 7 (Halko, Madden). 12:40.8. UM,
Morrison 11(Sinclair) 13:58.9,UMSacka4 (Arnold.
Legg), 14:11. Penalties - McCarthy. ND (holding).
3:05; Knuble, UM (hooking), 3:43; Gordon, UM (tip-
ping), 16:44; Morshead, ND (high-sticking). 17:21;
SloanUM, (high sticking), 17:21; Sloan. UM, double-
minor (high sticking-roughing). 20,'00; McCarthy, ND.
double-minor (high sticking-roughing),20:00; Bourke,
UM, double-minor (high sticking-roughing). 20:00;
Rushin, NO, double-minor (high sticking-roughing),
20:00; Knuble, UM, double-minor (highsticking-ough
ing), 20:00; Hasselman, ND. double-minor (high stick-
ing-roughing). 20:00; Botterill, UM, double-minor (high
sticking, roughing), 20:00; Nelsen, ND, double-minor
(high sticking-roughing), 20:00; Morson, UM, double-
minor (high sticking-roughing). 20:00; Nemeth, NO,
double-minor (high sticking-roughing), 20:00.
Third Period -10, UM, Gordon 8 (Madden, Legg).
6:25, ppg.11, UM, Hilton 8 (Morrison, Knuble),14:58,
ppg.12, UM, Legg6(Muckalt),16:03.13, UM, Morrison
12 (Knuble, Botterill), 17:22. Penalties - Bruininks,
ND (hooking), 3:27; Coe, ND (roughing after whistle),
5:54; Bruininks, ND, double-minor (roughing after
whisitle), 5:54; Botterill, UM (roughing after whistle),
5:54; Morrison, UM. (roughing after whistle), 5:54;
Herr, UM (tripping), 11:37; Bruininks, ND (slashing),
13:33; Noble, ND (roughing after whistle), 15:13; Fox,
UM (roughingafterwhistle),15:13; Nemeth,NDdouble-
minor (cross checking-roughing), 19:13; Nelsen, NO,
double-minor (high sticking-roughing).19:13; Luhning,
UM, double-minor (high sticking-roughing), 19:13;
Hilton, UM, double-minor (high sticking-roughing),
Shotsongoi-ND 811-7-26. UM19.20-13-52.
Power plays- ND O0 of 3, UM 2 of 7.
Goalie saves- ND, Salzman 16-14-xx-30, ElsIer
(13:58 second) xx-2-9-11. UM, Turco 67-xx-13,
Loges (15:37 second) xx-4-7-11.
Referee -Steve Piotrowski.
Unesmon - John LaDuke, John Nowosatka.
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Saturday's matchup between Michigan and Notre Dame
pitted one team against an opponent it has defeated more than
any other in school history. While one could assume that the
Wolverines have dominated this series, it is actually the
Fighting Irish that have dished out the beatings.
They have topped Michigan 35 times - the most of
any of their opponents. But one thing is for sure - Notre
*ame did leave the CCHA for nine seasons, only to return
with little more than the same name.
When the Irish rejoined
the CCHA in 1992-93, they
held a 33-27-2 edge over
Michigan. It's been down-
hill for the Irish ever since
and Michigan now leads the
series 38-33-2. Notre
Dame's last year of league
play was 1982-3, a season
in which it went 1-2 against
the Wolverines. Since then,
Michigan has continued a
thrashing trend and beaten
the Irish 15 straight times.
Schafer This spiral includes two 13-
2 drubbings in the past two
Michigan (7-2 CCHA, 10-4 overall), currently third in
the CCHA, played against an overmatched Notre Dame
*am (1-9, 3-11), whose nine league losses leaves it in the
conference basement.
So with the odds stacked against his squad, Irish coach
Ric Schafer devised a game plan for Saturday to keep the
game tight and low-scoring. The final score was 11-2.
"We thought we'd be able to keep it close. Then the
dam broke and it was a shooting gallery," Schafer said.
"Eventually Michigan flexed a muscle. They took advan-
tage of mistakes that inevitably occurred."
: And from there, it was the game many expected to see.
ichigan went on to score four times in each of the
remaining two periods while Notre Dame, well, didn't.

Schafer doubted whether the outcome was ever in
question, but the Irish certainly appeared up to the chal-
lenge in the first period, even after being down, 2-0, two
short minutes into the contest. Bill Muckalt's slapshot had
come just 12 seconds after Warren Luhning's goal, and
Notre Dame seemed destined to head down a path they
know all to well this season.
Although entering the game with a 1-8 record, the Irish
needed to psyche themselves up. They adopted the men-
tality that they were an 8-1 impenetrable squad playing in
the championship game. This strategy worked until real-
ity set in 7:41 into the second period.
"We scored a big goal to get some momentum back
going into the second and then we fell asleep for about two
or three minutes and they scored about three or four," said
Notre Dame's top scorer, Jamie Ling.
What it boiled down to is that this game was a grave
mismatch. In Schafer'sjudgement, the Irish simply do not
match up with Michigan man for man.
Schafer, a former Irish captain and assistant coach,
returned to South Bend after a seven-year stint at Alaska-
Fairbanks, where he faced similar restructuring problems
as he does now. He transformed a 1-23 Division H squad
into a Division I competitor skating over.500 and set tojoin
the league next season.
Now with seven years under his belt at the Irish helm,
Schafer has posted three winning seasons. Still, he lacks
one key element he believes would enable him to seri-
ously challenge a high-caliber team such as Michigan -
a building block. Notre Dame does not give out as many
scholarships as allowed (18) and Schafer's squad re-
entered the league like a box of Leggos waiting to be
Michigan coach Red Berenson said the Wolverines
had all the advantages of better competition, better
scheduling and more scholarships before the Irish reen-
tered the league and continue to do so. Still, Berenson
admitted that eventually, Notre Dame will snap its
losing streak. Schafer agrees.
"I just only hope that the old adage, 'Any given night,
anybody can beat anybody' really holds true," he said,
"and that someday we get to experience it."



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