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48 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 5, 1996

HOCKEY

WMEB Poll
Team
1. Colorado College (12)
2. Boston University
3. Minnesota
4. Michigan
5. Michigan State
8. Lake Superior
7. Denver
8. Maine
9. Western Michigan
10. Vermont

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46
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23
15

Others receiving votes: UMass-
Lowell 13, St. Lawrence 6,
Minn.-Duluth 4, N. Dakota 4,
Clarkson 3.
First-place votes are in
-parentheses.;
Ohio State 0 0 0-0
Michigan 2 3 2-7
First Period - 1, UM, Madden 19 (Luhning), 8:12; UM,
Muckalt 14 (Schock, Halko). Penalties - Morrison, OSU
(cross-checking), 3:09; Muckalt, UM (interference),4:48;
Beusilinick, OSU (hooking) 5:02; Harrison, OSU (roughing)
11:01; Rominski, UM (charging), 12:18; Pateson, OSJ
(tripping), 13:54 Schaffnit, 0OS (slashing), 15:18;
Botterill, UM (slashing). 15:18; Legg, UM (hooking),
16:01; Frescon UM (cross-checking). 16:53: Sellar,
OSU (roughing), 19:36; Frescoln, UM (roughing), 19:36;
Brent, OSU (misconduct) 1-minute major20:00;Botterill,
UM (misconduct) 10-minute major, 20:00.
Second Period - 3, UM, Luhning 14 (Sloan, Turco),
5:46; 4, UM, Hilton 9 (Madden, Halko) 9:49 (pp): 5. UM,
Rominski 6 (Botterill Madden),12:46. Penalties-Crozier,
UM (hooking), 6:12; Dufour, OSU (hooking), 8:04;
DiPasquo, OSU (tripping),10:35 Frescon,UM (roughing),
13:42; Power, OSU (cross-checking), 18:31.
ThirdPeriod -6. UM, Muckalt 15(Legg), 13:36;7, UM,
Ritchlin 7 (Frescoln, Herr), 16:16. Pealties - Power,
OSU (checking-from-behind), 3:59; Rominski. UM
(checking-from-behind), 17:40; Frescoln, UM (tripping),
19:31.
Shots on goal -OSU 7-10-11-28. UM 1214-15-41.
Power plays - OSU 0 of 7; UM 2 of 8.
Goalie saves - OSU, Brown 10-11-3-34. UM, Turco
710-11-28.
Referee - Mark Shegos.
Unesmen - Dave Kronenberg, Bob Faria.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 7,237.
Ohio State 0 0 2 0-2
Michigan 0 0 2 0-2
Frst Period - Penalties - Schaffnit, OSU (hooking),
1:56; Winter, 0SU (cross-checking), 5:12: Halko UM
(interference), 9:07; Sloan, UM (cross-checking), 9:14;
Brent, OSU (checking-frombehind), 13:39.
Second Period - Penalties - Harrson, 0SU (tripping),
1:14; Schock, UM (interference), 4:25; Schock, UM
(holding), 17:17.
Third Period -1, OSU, Whidden 2 (DPasuo Dufour),
7:27; 1, UM, Bourke 1 (Luhning, Madden) 7:42;
2, UM, Muckalt 16 (Sloan) 9:28; 2, 0SU,
McMillan 2 (Winter) 16:29. Penalties -
Rtchin, UM (roughing sfter whistle). 2:15:
Compeau, OSU (roughing after whistle), 2:15;
Winter, OSU (holding the stick), 2:22.
Shots on goal - OSU 8-8-8-0-24. UM 19-12-
165-52.
Power plays - OSU 0 of 4; UM 0 of 5.
Goalie saves - 0SU, Askey 1912145-50.
UM, Malicke 8-8-6-0-22.
Referee - Jeff Shell.
Linesmen - Don Cline, John Dobrzeiewski.
At: Yost ice Arena. A: 7,427.
up nextr:
vs.
WUIC
Who: Notre Dame and Illinois-Chicago
Where: South Bend and Chicago
When: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
CCHA Offensive
Player of the Week
Chris Brooks, a senior left wing
from Western Michigan, had five
points as the Broncos tied Ferris
State, 3-3, and defeated illinois-
Chicago, 54. Against the
Flames, Brooks scored Western
Michigan's third goal and
assisted on three others.
CCHA Defensive
Player of th Week
Tom Askey, a senior goaltender
from Ohio State, stopped 50
shots in the Buckeyes 2-2 tie at
Michigan Saturday night. He
Stopped all 33 Wolverine hts in

the first two periods and held the
nation's third-best power play
scoreless in five chances. He
improved his season's save
percentage to .920. -

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
Every team must lose a few games
during the season. Even teams that domi-
nate the majority of the regular-season
opponents dip in productivity.
The fourth-ranked Michigan hockey
team fell victim to this malady the week-
end ofJan. 26-27 when it traveled to Ohio
State and Bowling Green. The Wolver-
ines tied the Buckeyes, 4-4, and fell to the
Falcons, 6-5. The two-game winless streak
matches Michigan's longest such streak
this season.
Michigan coach Red Berenson said
that losing or tying a few is not the end of
the world, as long as the squad learns
from its mistakes.
"We're notasgoodas everyonethinks,"
Berenson said. "We definitely had some
great games, but we're not a team that is
unbeatable or a team that's going to walk
through the season.
"It'sgoodthat we playedinthese games.
it will teach our kids to play with more
patience."
This past weekend, Michigan took on
Ohio State again, this time in a two-game
set at Yost Ice Arena. It had a chance to
turn the tables on one of the major prob-
lems it faced two weekends ago - its
defense.
The Buckeyes geared the game on their
home ice around the neutral zone trap,
which disrupted most aspects of the Wol-
verines' usual game plan.
Although the Wolverines tied one of

the games this weekend, for the most
part they did a convincing job of break-
ing apart the trap and transforming their
defense to fit the scrappy Buckeyes'
squad.
Michigan won the first contest, 7-0,
Friday night and finished Saturday night's
overtime with a 2-2 tie.
The shutout in the first game was evi-
dent ofthe Wolverines' defensive stance.
"The shutout speaks for itself," left
wing John Madden said after the win.
"We were home practicing breaking out
of the trap all week and we had confi-
dence (tonight)."
Michigan controlled the puck in the
Buckeyes' end fora considerable amount
of the game, limiting Ohio State's quality
scoring opportunities. Yet, the Buckeyes
managed to break out of their zone often
enough to get 28 shots on Michigan goalie
Marty Turco. Turco made some key saves
to preserve the shutout.
"(As a team) we are stressing defense,
defense, defense," Turco said. "It's key
for me. I was in the game a lot more. The
last couple of face-offs were tough be-
cause I was looking forward to the shut-
out."
The Buckeyes had seven power play
opportunities, most coming in the pen-
alty-filled first period, but failed to con-
vert any of their chances.
Changes in goaltenders for both teams
marked the start of game two. Ohio
State replaced netminder Kurt Brown
with Tom Askey while Gregg Malicke

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Defense was a highlight in an otherwise lackluster weekend for the Michigan hockey team.

replaced Turco.
The contest was scoreless through the
first two periods. Michigan once again
played a good defensive game to com-
pensate for its lack of offensive fire-
power. Malicke, in his first start since he
transferred from Clarkson, faced 24 qual-
ity shots yet managed to turn aside all but
two of them. He did not face a single shot

in the overtime period as Michigan spent
most ofthe five minutes in the Buckeyes'
zone.
The key defensive stance occurred
in the first period when Ohio State
had a five-on-three man advantage.
Malicke stopped key shots that could
have easily changed the outcome of
the game.

Despite the tie, Berenson acknowl-
edged that his team played well and
displayed an intense defensive effort
the entire weekend that was lacking
against the Buckeyes last weekend.
"I liked the way our team played,"
Berenson said. "We played better de-
fensively and Malicke played a goc%
game for us."

LEROI
Continued from Page 11B
two points that other CCHA teams
aren't getting.
"I think we deserved these two ties,"
Markell said after Saturday's tie, a
slight grin across his face. "These are
two points that other teams don't ex-
pect us to get, and right now, we need
any points we can get." -
In fact, the Buckeyes started to climb
out of last place in the CCHA with three
ties in the past two weekends. Ohio
State gained ground on both Ferris State
and Illinois-Chicago in the race for the
final conference playoff berth.
Markell has to be happy with his
team's effort. Unlike last weekend,
Michigan played well on both ends of
the ice, and Ohio State hung right with
coach Red Berenson's squad.
Berenson, on the other hand, was a
little frustrated. Usually when the Wol-
verines fire 52 shots on goal, more than
two of them find their way in and usu-
ally, Michigan comes away with a vic-
tory.
Even more disappointing is that the
Wolverineskeep losingground on league-
leader Michigan State, which hasn't lost
a CCHA game since Dec. 9 against Lake
Superior State and is now six points ahead
of Michigan in the standings.

With only four more weekends left
in league play, six points is a whole
lot more ground to overcome than
four. A pair of ties to the worst offen-
sive team in the CCHA may keep
Michigan from winning the regular
season title.
"It's disappointing when you give u
a lead in the third period~at homeW
Berenson said."It cost us a point. When
you tie a team and give up two points to
a team like that, it's frustrating.
"It's not that they're a bad team, but
there's no question, we should beat a
team like that."
Michigan dropped four points in two
weekends during a supposedly weak
spot in the schedule. From here on out,
it will only get harder. The Wolverines
play at Illinois-Chicago and Notre Dar*
and then face Michigan State twice,
have two games at Lake Superior and
host Bowling Green - all tougher
games than any they've played in the
last month.
Michigan might have to win all eight
games to compensate for the last two
weekends. The Buckeyes may have
derailed the Wolverines' hopes at a
CCHA title. Either way, Ohio State got
the best of Michigan, any way you thit
about it.
- -Iohn Leroiycan be reached over e-
mail at jrleroi@umich.edu.

SARA STILLMAN/Daily

Wolverine Steven Halko pursues Ohio State's Randy Holmes during Saturday night's 2-2 tie.

ICERS
Continued from Page 1B
Hilton, helped keep the puck out of
the Michigan net and allowed only
four OhioState shots to reach Malicke.
"I thought Malicke played a good
game for us," Michigan coach
Berenson said. "It was important to
get him in the net and really put him
under fire, and he got it tonight and
did a good job."
Meanwhile, at the opposite end of
the ice, Askey was making his pitch
to be Hoover's new salesman, as he
gobbled up every puck that came his
way.
Throughout the first period, he
stopped Warren Luhning, John Mad-
den and Sean Ritchlin all from point-
blank range. In the second, Askey
plucked a Jason Botterill slapshot out
of the air as if he knew exactly where
the CCHA's leading goal scorer was
placing it.
"Obviously, Askey was the differ-
ence in the game," Berenson said.
Finally, the Buckeyes broke through
at the 7:27 mark of the third as Pierre
Dufour stole a Botterill clearing at-
tempt and fed little-used center Jarret
Whidden, who beat an out-of-posi-
tion. Malicke to open the scoring.
But 15 seconds later, before Ohio
State could sit down, Michigan struck
back. Defenseman Peter Bourke fired
a wrist shot, beating a screened Askey
top shelf for his first of the season,
and sending the anxious Yost crowd

into bedlam.
"It felt good to score a goal and get
us going," Bourke said, "especially
since we were having some problems
getting it past their goalie."
Less than two minutes later, Bill
Muckalt scored his third goal of the
weekend, deflecting a Sloan center-
ing pass right at the mouth of the goal
between Askey's legs.
But the euphoria of having a lead
was short-lived for the Wolverines,

as the Buckeyes
came back seven
minutes later,
scoring off a
flurry in front of
Malicke. Sopho-
more center Tyler
McMillan found
a loose puck that
Malicke thought
he had covered up
by lying on his
back, and lifted it
into the Michigan
net.

Muckalt

satisfied coming away from the week-
end without the full four points, espe-
cially following last week's one-point
showing.
"The disappointing part is that we
gave up a lead in the third period at
home," Berenson said. "It cost us a
point."
Friday night's 7-0 Wolverine white-
wash gave little indication of what
was to come the following night. It
was Kurt Brown, not Askey, between
the pipes for the Buckeyes. Michigan
took full advantage of that, breaking
the game wide open with three goals
in a seven-minute span in the second
period. A power play score from
Hilton at the 9:49 mark sandwiched
goals by Luhning and Dale Rominski.
The game was dominated by the rough
play initiated by Ohio State. Twenty-two
penalties were called, most of them re-
sulting from obstruction calls. But at sev-
eral moments, the style of play crossed
over from rough to somewhat dirty.
"To have a chance, (the Buckeyes)
have to play that kind of rough style to
hang with us," Michigan defenseman
Harold Schock said.
And they didn't hang with the Wolver-
ines for much of the second half of the
game. The Wolverines iced it in the third
period as Muckalt scored his second of
the night at 13:36 and Ritchlin followed
less than three minutes later to close out
the scoring.
Marty Turco stopped all 28 Buckeye
shots for his second shutout and
Michigan's fifth of the season.

The furious play continued throughout
the remainder ofregulation and into over-
time. And once again, Askey was ready
for anything the Wolverines sent his way,
turning away Madden, Muckalt and Mike
Legg at different junctures of the extra
session.
"We ran into ahotgoaltender," Malicke
said of his counterpart. "Askey was on
fire."
Although it wasn't explicit in the
lockerroom, the Wolverines weren't

JOE WESTRATE/Daly
Michigan center Bobby Hayes swipes the puck from Buckeye Todd Compeau
during Saturday's 2-2 tie between the Wolverines and Ohio State. Michigan
stomped the Buckeyes the night before, 7.0.

__

CCHA standings

Lake State tops Bowling Green in overtime, 4-3

Team (overall record)
1. Michigan State (24-6-0)
2. Western Michigan (22-6-3)

Won
20
16

Lost
3
4
d

Tied
0
3

Pts.
40
35

BOWLING GREEN (AP) - Joe
Blaznek scored a third period goal to
force overtime, then scored a power-

MIAMI, OIIIo 8, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 4
Pat Hanley had two goals and Tim
Leahy had a goal and two assists as Mi-

Tom White.
Eustace King turned away 25 shots for
the Redskins. Larry Moberg made 35

tans (20-3-0, 24-6-0).
Erik Berg turned away 33 shots for
Notre Dame(5-13-3,8-16-3).Chad Alban

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