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

Wqu nO
Early wins over Lake
nothing new for Blue

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By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
Daily Hockey Writer
It doesn't have the longevity of chocolate vs. vanilla, nor does it contain the
historical implications of the Patton-Rommel confrontations, but the Michigan-
Lake Superior State rivalry is important in its own right.
Over the pastfour years, no matchup has been more important in determining
the CCHA and - as was the case last year - national championship.
Since the 1990-91 season, the Wolverines and Lakers have combined to win
three regular season CCHA championships, all four CCHA playoff titles and two
national championships.
Michigan's 4-2 victory over Lake State Saturday night was a typical
Wolverine-Laker thriller. The importance of the rivalry was not lost on some
Michigan players.
"This is why you come to a school like Michigan," Brendan Morrison said.
"So you can compete in games like this."
It was the first taste of the big-time for others.
"This was the biggest game of the year and of my career, so far," freshman
Marty Turco said.
Statistics show that the rivalry is as dead even as the senatorial race in
California. Saturday's victory means that the Wolverines are now 10-9-1 in the
last twenty games with their rivals. Of those twenty contests, only six have
been decided by an outcome of more than three goals.
Michigan and Lake State are that even.
But there is a catch to this equality - and it's sickening enough to make
the Wolverines upchuck uncontrollably.
Michigan hasn't had trouble beating Lake State during the regular season.
The Wolverines are now 9-5-1 against the Lakers in regular season play over
the past four-plus seasons. Containing Lake State at home also isn't a problem.
Saturday's Michigan victory ensured that the Lakers' senior class will gradu-
ate without ever beating the Wolverines in Yost Ice Arena.
But come March, it always seems to be a different story.
Over the past four years, Lake State holds a 4-1 lead against Michigan in
CCHA and NCAA playoff competition.
The Lakers knocked the Wolverines out of the CCHA playoffs in three
successive seasons (1990-1993). And even when Michigan finally defeated
Lake State in post-season play for its first ever CCHA playoff championship
last March, the Lakers got the last laugh when they knocked off Michigan in
the NCAA quarterfinals a week later. Lake State went on to win its second
national title in three years.
Michigan's last national championship came in 1964.
Ouch.
So while the Wolverines' victory Saturday night was a big early season win,
it was only that - a big early season win.
Michigan captain Rick Willis had the rightidea when he described the victory,
quite plainly, as a "good win" but nothing to go rolling naked in the snow about.
"We want to beat them in the regular season and when it counts this year,"
Willis said.
Make no mistake, Saturday's outcome was a definite positive for the Michi-
gan hockey team. It was a win over a quality, ranked opponent and a big rival.
It should help the Wolverines regain some confidence which was lost from
earlier losses to Colorado College and Ferris State.
But it certainly does not a season make.
"This team is not going to be satisfied until we meet all of our goals," Willis
said. "One of those is to win the national championship."
And to do that, Michigan will probably need to beat Lake Superior again - not
only in mid-January in Sault Ste. Marie - but in late March and early April.
For Michigan hockey, that would come as a welcome change, indeed.

"

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Michigan defenseman Blake Sloan assisted on John Madden's game-tying goal at the 7:16 mark of the third period. The Wolverines trailed, 2-1, entering
the final stanza before scoring three goals to secure the 4-2 victory.
'M' defendesle edownth-right offtnsivaers
Hogan, Sloan help Blue overcome third-period deficit against Lakers

By DARREN EVERSON
Daily Hockey Writer
Playing defense in hockey involves
hard work and dedication. After all, it's
not easy to stop the other guy from
scoring, and never getting much credit
for it can be frustrating.
That usually holds true for
Michigan's group of blueliners, but
not this weekend. True, they did
live up to their title of 'defensemen'
- the Wolverines gave up just four
goals total against Ohio State and
Lake Superior State and outshot each
of them decisively.
But against Lake State, Michigan
needed a little more than just stingy
play from the defense, and Tim Hogan
and Blake Sloan delivered that some-
thing extra.
Each player set up forward John
Madden in front of the net in the
third period, allowing the sopho-
more center to score the tying and
winning goals against the Lakers.
"We expect everybody to con-

tribute," Michigan goalie Marty
Turco said. "The forwards can't do
it all by themselves."
That certainly was the case Satur-
day. Lake State led, 2-1, entering the
final period of play and had stifled the
Michigan attack. Even when the Wol-
verines were able to move the puck out
of their own end, there always seemed
to be a Laker draped all over every
Michigan forward. .
"(The Lakers) check everyone so
well, no one's open," Wolverinecoach
Red Berenson said. "The defensemen
have to step in and fill those holes."
Eight minutes into the third,
Hogan stepped forward and did just
that. Instead of simply sending the
puck into the Lakers' zone, the se-
nior defender carried it across the
blue line and to the right of the Lake
State goal. Attracting goalie John
Grahame's attention, Hogan then
passed back to Madden, who fired
the puck over the netminder's right
shoulder and into the net.

jump up and make those plays," Hogan
said. "We have to be 100 percent sure
that it's a safe time to jump forward.
It's a split-second decision, (but) it's
something that we work on in prac-
tice."
The Wolverines did appear to have
that play well-practiced. Despite send-
ing defensemen deep into Lake State's
end three times (defenseman Harold
Schock had a two-on-one chance with.*
Jason Botterill that failed), the Michi-
gan backliners never once got trapped
too far into the zone.
For Berenson, that would be unac-
ceptable no matter how many goals
they set up.
"I don't want our defensemen try-
ing to split (the opponent's) defense or
getting trapped," he said. "But we'll
take all the offense we can from our
defense as long as we don't give up *
any.
"We don't get a lot (of offense)
from the defense. We don't preach it,
but we do encourage it."

Hogan

After that tally tied the game, fel-
low defenseman, Sloan, and Madden
pulled off virtually the same play five
minutes later to win it.
"It's a great feeling when you can

BLUE
Continued from page 1
where he left off in his last home
appearance and scored Michigan's
first two goals en route to his second
career hat trick.
Two weeks ago, the sophomore
forward scored with one second left
in the game to give the Wolverines a
5-4 victory over Colorado College
and a much-needed split in the year's
first big series.
Last year, as a freshman, most of
Botterill's successes came away from
home, but so far this year he has tallied

II of his 12 points at the friendly
confines of Yost Ice Arena.
"So far this year, it's been nice
playing at Yost," Botterill said. "The
team has been up for the games, and the
crowd has been really supportive."
Mike Knuble added two goals for
Michigan in his first game back after a
chest ailment kept him sidelined for
two weeks.
He returned to the top line with
Brendan Morrison and Kevin Hilton.
The impact of his return was immedi-
ate.
The Buckeyes had trimmed the
Wolverines' 3-0 lead to just one goal
when Michigan went on the power

play. Thirty seconds into it, Knuble
skated out from behind the Ohio State
net and sent a pass up to the blue line
where Morrison manned the point.
Morrison took the puck and sent a
blistering slap shotpastBuckeye goalie
Tom Askey to put the Wolverines up
by two goals.
Ohio State would never get that
close again. Fourminutes later Knuble
scored from a Morrison pass - the

first of a trio of Michigan goals that
concluded the last three minutes of
the second period -putting the game
out of reach for good.
"(Knuble) is abigassettoourteam
not only on the ice but off the ice with
his leadership," Morrison said. "We
got off to a good start this year, but then
he had that unfortunate injury.
"I think we compliment each other
well, and it's nice to have him back."

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MICHIGAN 10, OHIO STATE 2I
Ohio State 0 2 0-2 I
Michigan 3 4 3-10 t
First Period - 1, UM, Botteril 3 (Gordon),
4:57. 2, UM, Botterill 4 (Muckalt), 5:17. 3, UM,
Hilton 3 (Morrison, Botterill), 11:26 (pp). Penalties
- Fraser, OSU (holding), 1:26; Nicolson, OSU
(holding stick), 9:13; Brent, OSU (roughing, cross-
checking), 10:08; Legg, UM (roughing), 10:08;{
Luhning, UM (interference), 11:45.
Second Period - 4, OSU, compeau 3
(Sellers, Richards), 8:36 (pp). 5, OSU, Power 5
(Dufour, McMillian), 9:51 (pp). 6, UM, Morrison 3
(Knuble, Botterill), 12:54 (pp). 7, UM, Knuble 2
(Morrison, Schock), 16:58. 8, UM, Willis 1 (Hogan),
18:30; 9, UM, Botterill 5 (Gordon, Sloan), 19:51.
Penalties - UM bench (too many men), 6:42;
Luhning, UM (elbowing), 8:00; Fraser, OSU (p. w/ I
brk. stick), 12:22; Brent, OSU (roughing), 15:10; -
Sloan, UM (high-sticking), 15:10.L
. Third Period - 10, UM, Knuble 3 (Hilton, 9
Sinclair), 9:3511,UM,Gordon 3 (Frescoln, Muckalt)
13:57. 12, UM, Hilton 4 (Sloan) 17:07. Penalties 9
- Rathwell, OSU (roughing) 10:40 Schock, UM
(roughing) 10:40.
Shots on goal - UM 16-11-7-34. OSU 2-10- {
4-16.
Power plays - UM 2 of 4; OSU 2 of 4.
Goalie saves - UM, Turco 2-8-xx-10, Loges
xx-xx4-4. OSU, Askey 13-7-4-24.
Referee -Roger Graft.
Unesmen - John LaDuke, John Pearson.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 6,084.

MICHIGAN 4, LAKE SUPERIOR STATE 2
Lake Superior State 1 1 0-2
Michigan 1 0 3-4
First Period - 1, LSSU, Felsner 7 (Aldridge,
S.Tallaire), 15:30 (pp). 2, UM, Gordon 4 (unas-
sisted), 18:07. Penalties - Botterill, UM (hook-
ing),1:36; Matteucci, LSSU (holding), 8:27; Morin,
LSSU (cross-checking), 10:38; Felsner, LSSU
(roughing), 13:01; Luhning, UM (roughing), 13:01;
Sloan, UM (hooking), 14:19; Halko, UM (tripping)
15:18.
Second Period-3, LSSU, Morin 3 (Strachan),
14:20. Penalties - Schock, UM (interference),
1:25; Angelelli, LSSU (interference), 5:23; Gra-
ham, LSSU (delay of game), 8:15.
Third Period - 4, UM, Madden 4 (Hogan),
7:16 (pp):5, UM, Madden 5 (Sloan), 16:43 (pp); 6,
UM, Willis 2 (unassisted) 19:56 emp.nt. Penalties
- Aldridge LSSU (high-sticking), 5:44; Morrison,
UM (high sticking), 5:44; Willis, UM (high-sticking),
14:50; Bench UM (too many men) 16:26.
Shots on goal - UM 10-10-11-31. LSSU 5-
13-8-26.
Power plays - UM 0 of 5; LSSU 1 of 5.
Goalie saves- UM, Turco 4-12-8-24. LSSU,
Grahame 9-10-8-27.
Referee - Matt Shegos.
Unesmen - Larry Lulich, John Kelley.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A:7,542.

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