The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 23, 1995 - 5
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Mlichigan forward Jason Botterill grabs on to the
stick of Bowling Green defenseman Todd Kelman during action Friday
night at Yost Ice Arena.
Wolverines are both
lucky and quite good
By TOM SEELEY
Daily Hockey Writer
AUBURN HILLS - During the Michigan hockey team's current nine-
game winning streak, the Wolverines have made clear that good teams find a
way to win.
Some nights, the men in maize and blue have looked awesome. They've
fired on all cylinders and made it look like they could easily dismantle a squad
the caliber of the Russian Red Army team.
Other nights, however, the Wolverines have gone through stretches where
they've played like someone forgot to remind them that Friday and Saturday
night are not exactly the time to catch up on their sleep.
But while the games' styles of play have differed, the results have not and
each game has ended with another Michigan victory celebration.
The streak began with an 11-2 manhandling of Notre Dame back on Dec. 3
and has extended through Saturday's 9-3 come-from-behind win over those
same Fighting Irish. In between, the Wolverines won a seventh consecutive
Great Lakes Invitational Championship, completed a weekend sweep of the
defending national champions on the road and won both of the overtime games
played this year.
On several occasions, Michigan has needed only its superior talent and
depth to outplay some lesser teams, but then again the Wolverines can't play
Ohio State, Michigan Tech or Notre Dame every night. Many of the Wolver-
ines' victories show that this team has really found its niche as they head into
crunch time of a grueling conference schedule.
A little over a week ago, Michigan headed to Sault Ste. Marie to face the
defending national champion Lake Superior State, but the Wolverines didn't let
all of the championship banners hanging in the rafters intimidate them.
Michigan jumped out to an early lead over the Lakers in the first game of the
senes and never looked back en route to a relatively easy 5-1 triumph.
The next night was a different story, however, as the home team came out
firing, winning every face off and beating the Wolverines to every puck. The
Lakers outplayed Michigan all night long, but each time Lake State notched a
goal, the Wolverines quickly responded to even the score. As if netting the
game-tying goal with only nine seconds left in regulation wasn't enough to
drown the Lakers, Michigan's final response came in the extra period when Bill
Muckalt scored to give the Wolverines the win.
After stealing two points, Michigan coach Red Berenson described himself
as feeling like a "bank robber leaving town."
But then in the next game, Friday night against Bowling Green, Michigan
looked more like the Keystone Cops than the No. 2 team in the country. After
staking themselves to a two-goal advantage, the Wolverines allowed the
Falcons to force the game into overtime, but Michigan pulled it out yet again..
Mike Legg deflected Peter Bourke's shot and the puck slid between the pads of
Bowling Green goalie Will Clarke.
Both Berenson and Legg described the Wolverines' win as "lucky".
"(Bourke) just rifled it at the net, and honestly it just hit my stick and went
in," Legg said.
That's the way things have been going for the Wolverines lately. Sometimes
the team has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, and other times it has
coasted from the opening face off.
The method of victory is really not that important because when a team has
eight players averaging more than a point per game over the last nine games,
like Michigan does, that team will somehow find a way to win. And while some
people may use "luck" to describe the Wolverines' good fortunes of late, the
element of chance just does not do this team justice.
And if you haven't figured it out yet, this Michigan squad is one whale of
a good team.
Bowing Green clings to
Erst place in conference
Defenseman Chad Ackerman
ored two goals and assisted on an-
ther as Bowling Green held on to
rst place in the CCHA with a 6-4
ictory over Michigan State.
*ie victory kept the Falcons (13-
-1 CCHA, 16-7-1 overall) a point
ead of Michigan, which beat Bowl-
g Green Friday, and three points
ead of the Spartans (11-3-2, 16-6-
Michigan State took leads of 2-1
d 3-2, but the Falcons scored four
raight goals to take control.
ckerman started the spree with a
Sat 14:59 of the second period to
e score at 3-3.
Mike Johnson scored 72 seconds
to the third period and Ackerman
ded his second goal at 14:06. Curtis
ry scored the final goal. Brett
nchard and Jason Clark also scored
r the Falcons.
Dean Sylvester scored twice for
ichigan State along with Richard
eyes and Taylor Clarke.
ill Clarke made 24 saves for
owling Green while Mike Buzak
opped 34 for the Spartans.
Miami (Ohio) 2, Lake Superior
Andrew Miller scored twice and
huck Thuss made 30 saves as Miami
hio) beat Lake Superior State, 2-1,
Miller beat Laker goalie John
rame at 5:24 of the second period
en the scoring. He gave the
Zedskins (8-5-4, 10-10-4) a 2-0 lead
t 13:15 of the second.
Lake Superior (5-8-3, 7-10-5)
[osed to 2-1 with Mike Morin's goal
t 7:46 of the third but could get no
Ferris St. 6, W. Michigan 2
Jason Blake scored two goals, his
irst sparking a three-goal second pe-
iod for Ferris State, as the Bulldogs
eat Western Michigan, 6-2, Satur-
Ferris State (7-9-2, 10-12-2) led 2-
when Blake scored at 6:05 of the
econd. Tim Christian added a short-
anded goal, and John Duff scored
mother goal as the Bulldogs took a 5-
Dwight Parrish and Andy Roach
ad a goal and an assist for Ferris.
)erek Innanen and Chad Anderson
:ored for the Broncos (6-9-1, 14-11-
Jeff Blashill made 24 saves for the
3ulldogs and Brian Renfrew made 25
:ops for the Broncos.
Ohio St. 7, Ill.-Chicago 1
Tom Askey made 49 saves, and
;raig Paterson, Randy Holmes and
ared Whidden scored two goals apiece
s Ohio State beat Illinois-Chicago, 7-
, Saturday to split the weekend se-
The Buckeyes (2-13-1, 5-16-2)
>ok a 7-0 lead before the Flames (7-
-2, 10-11-2) finally scored.
Sasha Guilbault netted the other
oal for the Buckeyes. Rob Mottau
cored for the Flames, and Paul Spen-
er made 25 saves.
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defeat the Falcons. Mike Knuble's goal
midway through the first period gave
the Wolverines a 2-0 lead, and a repeat
of Michigan's 7-3 win over Bowling
Green earlier this season seemed likely.
However, the Falcons managed to
hold the Wolverines to just seven shots
in the period, and they got things going
offensively in the second. Goals from
Brett Punchard and Brian Holzinger
knotted the game at two. Michigan's
Bill Muckalt broke the tie with a wrap-
around goal late in the period, but
Punchard answered with a score of his
own just moments later.
"The first 10 minutes of the game
belonged to Michigan, but our guys got
much more involved after that," said
Powers, who was hardly in tears at
"We've got a bunch of guys (in the
lockerroom) who just gave everything
and are disappointed, but I don't want
anybody hanging their head. If we com-
pete like that, we're going to win our
share of games down the road."
The following evening, the Wolver-
ines had a much easier task ahead of
them in Notre Dame - or so they
"I don't know if it was because we
won a big game last night or what,"
Berenson said. "I didn't like the way we
played for most of the game. We didn't
give (goalie Al) Loges the protection we
As it turned out, Michigan had plenty
of offense, regardless of who was in
goal. The Wolverines pulled away from
MICHIGAN 4, BOWLING GREEN 3 (OT)
Bowling Green 0 3 0 0--3
Michigan 2 1 0 1-4
First Period - 1, UM, Botterill 11 (Muckalt, Gor-
don), 3:34.2, UM, Knuble 17 (Morrison,Turco), 9:28.
Penalties - Gordon, UM (tripping), 6:15; Sinclair, UM
(holding), 11:22; Hall, BGSU (holding), 18:26.
Second Period - 3, BGSU, Punchard 8
(Johnson,Lune), 1:27 (pp). 4, BGSU, Holzinger 26
(Punchard, Kelman), 4:59.5, UM, Muckalt 15 (Botterill,
Gordon), 16:01.6, BGSU Punchard 9 (Holzinger, Fry),
16:49. Penalties-Sloan, UM (roughing afterwhistle),
1:06d Luhning, UM (charging), 8:19; Turco, UM
served by Arnold, (high-sticking), 19:31.
Tli Period - None. Penalties - BGSU, benchi
served by Crombeem (too many men), 1:37; Fair,
BGSU (roughing), 5:51; Knuble, UM (roughing), 5:51.
Sh-bongoad-BGSU 8-1160-25. UM 7-12-10-
Powrphsy-BGSU 1 of 5, UM 0of 2.
Goiesaves-BGSU, Clarke 5-11-10-0-26. UM,
isneSnan-John Kelly, Devin Newell.
At: Yost Ice Arena A 7,387
the Fighting Irish in the third period,
thanks to forward John Madden. Mad-
den pulled off a natural hat trick in the
third period, scoring all three of his
goals in the final 20 minutes of play.
"Johnny's played well in this build-
ing," Berenson said. "I don't know if
he's scored as much before, but he's
always played well in this building.
"I enjoy play in front of all these
fans," Madden said. "It's more emo-
tional and definitely more exciting."
Madden's and Michigan's success
against Notre Dame didn't come with-
out a fight. Berenson chose to give
Loges a rare start, and the Fighting Irish
greeted him rudely, opening up a two-
goal lead in the first period. After that,
the seniornetminder"stoodon his head,"
as Madden put it, stopping all but one of
Notre Dame's shots on goal.
"You could have made an instruc-
tional video out of the way they played,"
Fighting Irish coach Ric Schaefer said.
"I didn't think the game would end 2-0.
I knew we'd have to score a few more
and I knew they would get on track."
MICHIGAN 9, NOTRE DAME 3
Michigan 2 2 5 -91
NotreDame 2 1 0-3
FirstPeriod-1, ND, Welch 2 (Ling), 4:02(pp).
2, ND, Bales 5 (Ling, Harberts), 7:26(pp). 3, UM
Botterill 12 (Gordon, Knuble), 8:01(pp.). 4, UM
Fox 1 (Sinclair, Legg) 10:06. Penalties - Sloan,
(hooking), 3:32: Willis, UM (cross-checking),
I6:32; Rushin, ND (interference) 7:53: Gordon,
UM (slashing) 15:18; Bruniniks, ND (holding)
17:55; Sinclair, UM (hooking) 17:55; Knuble, UM
(roughing) 20:00: Morrison, UM (high-sticking)
20:00; Theel, ND (roughing) 20:00; Hasselman,
ND (roughing) 20:00.
Second Period- 5, UM ,Knuble 18 (Morrison),
4:31. 6.'ND. Ling 8 (Gruber), 9:34. 7, UM,
Botterill 13 (Hilton), 13:28 (pp.). Penalties -
Muckalt, UM (elbowing) 2:07; Theel,.ND (holding)
11:56; Botterill, UM (roughing) 16:41: Gordon,
UM(roughing) 16:41; Halko, UM (roughing) 16:41;
Welch, ND (roughing) 16:41; Coe, ND (roughing)
16:41; Lorenz, ND (high-dticking) 16:41;
Morrison, UM (elbowing) 17:27.
Third Period - 8, UM, Madden 9 (Luhning)
2:12. 9, UM, Legg 12 (Luhning, Muckalt) 5:03
(pp.). 10, UM, Madden 10 (Halko, Sloan) 9:01.
11, UM Madden 11, (Luhning) 14:39. 12, Morrison
15 19:08 (sh). Penalties -Willis, UM (roughing)
3:13; Lorenz, ND (tripping) 3:13; Nelsen, ND
(roughing) 3:13; Legg, UM (delay of game) 5:30;
Welch, ND (delay of game) 5:30; Sinclair, UM
(holding) 9:31; McCarthy, ND (interference)
12:15; Knuble, UM double minor sevred by
Morrison (roughing) 16:54; Hasselman, ND
(roughing) 16:54: Herr, UM (boarding) 18:04;
Luhning, UM (slashing) 18:04; Gruber, ND (slash-
Shots on goal - UM 15-11-17-43. ND 9-13-
Power plays - UM 3 of 4, ND 2 of 8.
Goalie saves- UM, Loges 7-12-14-33. ND,
Referees - Roger Graff
Linesman - Don Kline, John Laduke.
At: The Palace. A: 20,889.
Through games of Jan. 22
TEAM W L
BGSU 13 4
Michigan ±3 2
Michigan St. 11 3
Miami (Ohio) 8 5
III.-Chicago 7 7
Ferris State 7 9
W. Michigan 6 9
Lake Superior 5 8
Ohio St. 2 13
Notre Dame 2 14
W L T
16 7 1
I8 4 0
10 10 4
10 12 2
14 11 2
7 10 5
5 16 2
Loges makes bestof rare startMgp
~etmnder settles down, shines between Michigan's pipes it , fh' FT~
By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
Daily Hockey Writer
AUBURN HILLS -- If you look
the word "backup" in any dictio-
ry, you're likely to find this defini-
See Al Loges.
* three-plus seasons, the senior
is never been Michigan's No. 1
In fact, until this season, he couldn't
ien crack the second string. For three
ears, he played third fiddle behind
because you never know when you're
going to play."
But despite his lack of ice time,
Loges is no sieve between the pipes.
Saturday's contest between Notre
Dame and the No. 2 Wolverines gave
Michigan coach Red Berenson the
chance to rest Turco and to get a look
at Loges, who responded with his best
showing of the season in the 9-3 Wol-
After a rocky beginning in which
Loges allowed two early goals, he
got knocked over on my butt and lost
He finally dove on the loose puck,
bringing the NCAA-record crowd of
20,889 to its feet for one of the few
times all evening.
"Those were some huge stops,"
Berenson said. "He made two or three
Loges' performance Saturday
hardly means that Turco is out of a job.
Prior to Friday's victory over Bowl-
ing Green, Turco was among the
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