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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 22, 1996

HOCKEY

WMEB poll

Focus is key in Blue title drive

Team
1. Boston University (8)
-.2. Colorado College (3)
3. Michigan
4. Minnesota
5. Denver
6. Maine
7. Lake Superior
8. Western Michigan
9. Michigan State
10. Vermont

Points
116
108
93
91
60
48
42
36
35
26

Others receiving votes: UMass-
Lowell 3, Clarkson 1, St.
Lawrence 1
=first-place votes are in
parentheses.
CCHA Offensive
Player of the Week
Michigan junior center Brendan
Morrison scored three goals and
notched four assists in the
Wolverines' two wins. In Tuesday's
6-0 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks he
had a goal and an assist. Saturday,
Morrison tallied four points in the
first period alone in a' 11-1 stomping
of Notre Dame. Morrison has been
named CCHA Offensive Player of the
Week four times this season.
CCHA Defensive
Player of the Week
Marc Magliardliti, a freshman
goaltender from Western Michigan,
recorded two wins, a 7-2 victory over
Ferris State and a 4-0 blanking of
Bowling Green.He stopped 38 shots
in the two games and his shutout
against the Falcons is his fourth of
the league season - a new CCHA
record.

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
Asthe Michigan hockey team rollsinto
the playoffs, it seems to be clicking on all
cylinders. Brendan Morrison and Kevin
Hilton are leading an offense that has
been scoring at will; Marty Turco is play-
ing brilliantly in net; and Michigan coach
Red Berenson is directing a team that is
poised to go the extra step this year and
take the national title.
The Wolverines' overall play has
been simply fabulous right from the
get-go and ...
We interrupt this rah-rah champion-
ship cheer to bring you an announcement
concerning the Michigan hockey team's
schedule.
It ain't over yet.
Theplayoffs are still almosttwo months
down the road.
In fact, the tough part of the regular
season slate hasn't even come.
True, the Wolverines have looked like
the Montreal Canadiens of the late '70s
recently, with their superior skating and
passing that has resulted in them
outscoring their opponents, 58-8 over the
past six games.
But let's not get too carried away.
Although those numbers are truly awe-

some, they have come against the dregs
of the CCHA - five of the six worst
teams in the conference. The combined
mark of the five teams that Michigan
has played over this span is 38-87-13
for the record.
But seriously, games, or even streaks,
like these could generate a negative
effect on a team. It's been said that you
never want to play down to the level of
your competition.
Although it
hasn't happened
yet, can't some of
the poor habits of
the Wolverines'
- opponents rub off
on Michigan af-
ter games like
these?
Does a team
develop a cocky
attitude and play lackadaisically in ev-
ery game come the third period?
Can blowout after blowout make a
team lose it focus?
"In past years, (maintaining focus) has
been difficult," Hilton said. "Butthis year
it seems different. It seems we're all to-
gether.
"If someone goes out there and has a

bad shift or misses a good opportunity, in
the past we would have let him sit down
on the bench, but this year we're patting
guys on the back a lot more."
And those pats on theback, the fact that
the Wolverines realize they still have to
come out every night and play strong
two-way hockey no matter the opposi-
tion, and maintaining their focus, will be
vital when the last five games of the
season - Michigan State (twice), Lake
Superior (twice), Bowling Green -roll
around.
"Games like those obviously aren't
going to be blowouts," Hilton said.
"They're going to be one-goal, two-goal
games, or we might even be down in the
third period. It's a lot easierto go out there
when you have the confidence ofthe guys
on the bench to go out there and do your
job."
That's the attitude a championship team
needs.
"Down the road, we're not going to be
playing I I - I games," Berenson said. "The
games are going to be closer and we want
to remember that.
"But right now, we're winning the
games we should win."
And you really can't blame the Wol-
verines for that.

0

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Notre Dame.

Michigan center Kevin Hilton notched five assists Saturday againstI

Botterill notches 3rd consecutive Saturday night hat trick
By Danielle Rumore collecting 23 goals, tops on the team, and if he was ready to travel that same road Irish's major strengths. Notre Damecould out of the goal crease, practically
Daily Sports Writer 15 assists thus far. Botterill had another again after being slapped with two 10- not match the Wolverines in skating abil- Frescoln an empty net.
Predictability is usuallynotconsidered hat trick against Miami (Ohio) Jan. 6and minute majorpenalties resultingin lossof ity and could not keep up in transition. Frescoln became the 19th W
a positive quality, except when talking four goals against Illinois-Chicago Jan. playing time. "When it comes down to teams that to notch at least one goal this sea
about Jason Botterill of the Michigan 13, a team record for goals in a game by "Botterill has been working hard," can't skate with us, all we have to do is His six assists and one goal e

Y giving
olverine
ason.
qual

hockey team.
Thejunior leftwing has been extremely
predictable this season, and that couldn't
be more positive. Saturday night's game
against Notre Dame at Yost Ice Arena
was no exception.
Botterill had a hat trick - his third
straight on Saturday evenings - and an
assist in the I1-1 rout ofthe Irish. Botteril
has been a constant force all season long,

an individual.
He leads the team
in power play goals
with I1 and game-
winning goals with C C
four.
Botterill has not al- Notebook
ways been a constant
scorer and playmaker
for the Wolverine
squad. He was
plagued by penalty
problems in his first two seasons and
experienced a decline in production last
season. The start of this season looked as

Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "He
really bounced back and he is a different
player than a year ago."
Botterill generally plays well against
the Irish. Last season, he dumped in two
goals in the 9-3 victory in late January.
DEMOLITION MEN: The Wolverines have
been tearingthrough opponents' defenses
as if they were tissue paper all season
long. The Wolverines have scored five or
more goals in 16 of their 24 games, and
have won by at least five goals in nine of
their past I1 games.
Saturday night, Michigan ripped
through Notre Dame's defense, one ofthe

cycle; get open, keep it down low and we
get our goals," left wing Greg Crozier
said. "We'vebeen keeping it in theirzone
longer (so we have been scoring).
"It feels good. I've always looked at
Michigan as a powerhouse and we're
keeping tradition alive. (We have to re-
member that) every team in this league
can beat us."
MILESTONES: Juniordefenseman Chris
Frescoln scored his first goal of the sea-
son at 2:12 ofthe second period Saturday.
Frescoln received a pass from Mike
Legg who was to the left of Notre Dame
goalie Matt Eisler. The pass pulled Eisler

point total of his first two seasons. W
Senior center Kevin Hilton collected
his 150th career point early in the third
stanza. It came after he fed John Madden
the puck, leading to a breakaway goal.
Hilton has eight goals and 38 assists on
the season.
$aturda' .sGame

CCHA Standings
,Team (overall record) Won

Notre Dame 0
Michigan 5

1
3

0-1
3-11

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4.
<5. '
~6.,
'7. !
8.

Michigan State (20-6-0)
Western Michigan (20-5-2)
Michigan (20-4-0)
Lake Superior (17-4-1)
Bowling Green (15-9-1)
Alaska-Fairbanks (7-17-1)
Notre Dame (6-14-3)
Miami (Ohio) (6-14-2)
Ferris State (7-15-2)
. Illinois-Chicago (7-14-3)
.. Ohio State (5-13-2)

16
15
15
13
9
7
5
5
5
4
3

Lost
3
4
3
4
7
16
11
11
12
13
13

Tied
0
2
0
1
1
0
3
2
2
1
2

Pts
32
32
30
27
19
14
13
12
12
9
8

IRISH
Continued from Page 1B
Brendan Morrison had two goals and
three assists and has I1 goals and 20
assists in his past eight games. Jason
Botterill scored three goals and an assist
to extend his goal-scoring streak to five
games. And Kevin Hilton, who has re-
corded an assist in each of his past eight
games, notched five assists.
The supporting cast filled in nicely.
John Madden scored a couple of goals
within a minute of each other. Bill
Muckalt, Dale Rominski and Sean
Ritchlin all found the back of the net.
And a newcomer to the center stage
played an old part well. Junior defensman

Chris Frescoln scored his first goal of the
season. The only other goal of his career
came at home against the Irish his fresh-
man year.
"A lot of people are getting involved in
the play, and we've got confidence,"
Berenson said of Michigan's impressive
puck movement, which has lead to re-
peated scoring spurts. "When you've got
confidence, (the puck) is an egg. Without
it, it's a grenade."
There weren't many explosions on
Notre Dame sticks. The Irish, who were
coming off of a 1-0 victory at Illinois-
Chicago, could hardly get a rush orga-
nized and could only muster 19 shots to
Michigan's 48.
The only Notre Dame goal came at

Friday's scores
Lake Superior 5, Alaska-Fairbanks 4
Michigan State 4, Bowling Green 2
Western Michigan 7, Ferris State 2
Notre Dame 5, Illinois-Chicago 4 (OT)
Ohio State 4, Miami (Ohio) 4 (OT)

Saturday's scores
Lake Superior 4, Alaska-Fairbanks 1
Western Michigan 4, Bowling Green 0
Michigan State 5, Ferris State 4
Michigan 11, Notre Dame 1

15:51 of the second, when Jay Matushak
snuck up behind the Wolverines. Botterill
had just scored to put Michigan up, 8-0,
and a defensive lapse, which may have
been influenced by the score, gave the
Irish their only opportunity to beat
goaltender Marty Turco.
Things were so bad for Notre Dame
that, at one point in the first period, the
Irish were on the power play and had to
chase the Wolverines because Michigan
wouldn't give up the puck.
"Do we havethe depth and talent Michi-
gan does? Not yet, no way," Notre Dame
coach Dave Poulin said. "They're good."
The Wolverines were good on the
power play -again. They went 4-for-8,
extending their lead in the CCHA by
scoring their 50th goal in 163 chances
with the extra man (30.7 percent).
Michigan was good shorthanded -
again. Though the Wolverines didn't score
a shorthanded goal, as they had in their
past five games, Michigan killed off all
five Notre Dame power plays. The Wol-
verines haven't allowed a goal in 46
straight shorthanded situations.
"I like our concern for defense,"
Berenson said. "We're still trying to play
honest, two-way hockey ... This is not a
good time to play Michigan."

First Period - 1, UM, Botterill 21 (Morrison
Hilton) 4:44 (pp). 2, UM, Morrison 17 7:25. 3,
UM, Ritchlin 6 (Crozier, Berenzweig) 12:14
(pp.). 4, UM, Botterill 22 (Hilton, Morrison)
17:57 (pp.), 5, UM, Morrison 18 (Frescoln,.
Sakala) 19:29. Penalties - Morshead, ND
(cross-checking), 3:52; Hagkull, ND (delay of
game), 7:25; Morrison, UM, (delay of game)
7:25; Noble, ND (holding), 11:51; Herr, UM
(elbowing) 12:57; Coe, ND (hooking), 17:42.
Second Period-6, UM, Frescoln 1(Luhnin4
Legg) 2:14. 7, UM, Rominski 5, (Hilton),11:53.
8, UM, Botterill 23 (Schock, Morrison) 14:18
(pp.). 9, ND, Matushak 3 (cotnoir) 15:51.
Penalties - Crozier, UM (slashing), 6:19;
Nelsen. ND (roughing), 6:19; Frescoln, UM
(roughing), 7:11; Noble, ND (interference),
7:52: Thornton, ND (hooking), 12:58.
Third Period-10, UM, Muckalt 12 (Botterill,
Bourke) 1:28. 11, UM, Madden 16 (Hilton,
Rominski), 3:36.12,;UM, Madden 17 (Hiton),
4:12. Penalties-Matushak, ND (high-Sticking)
5:01; Morrison, UM, (slashing) 5:01, Crozier
UM, (elbowing),5:52;Cotnoir, NDdoubermino
(roughing, high-sticking), 9:23; Schok, UM
(roughing), 9:23; crozier, UM (slashing), 9:23;
Thorton, ND (roughing), 9:23; U iAR, ND
(charging), 10:38; Morshead, ND (high-
sticking) 12:48; Muckalt, UM (charging),
17:32; Luhning, UM (high-sticking), 19:47.
Shots on goal - ND 4-7-8-19; UM 161319-
48. 1
Power plays - ND 0 of 5; UM 4 of 8.
Goalie saves - ND, Eisler 11-6-xx--17-
(31:45), Salzman xx-4-16-20 (28:11,UM,
Turco 4-6-xx--10 (40:00). Malicke -x-8
(20:00).
Referee - Roger Graff.
Linesmen - Don Cline, Michael Poiski
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 7,359

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