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ZB - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 26, 1996


First-place votes are in
1. Colorado College (11)
2. Boston University
3. Lake Superior
4. Michigan
5. Minnesota
6. Michigan State
7. Western Michigan
8. Massachusetts-Lowell
9. Vermont
10. Maine


Lakers hurt 'M'
postseason hopes
with series sweep

Others receiving votes: Denver 7,
St. Lawrence 3, Clarkson 2.
Michigan 1 1 2 0-4
Lake Superior 0 2 2 1-5
,First period -1 UM, Hayes 6 (Arnold), 12:46.
Penalties - Grahame, LS served by Sessa (slashing),
9:43; Frescoln, UM (holuing the stick), 19:25.
Second period - 2, UM, Muckalt 21 (Halko). 5:23
(pp). 3, LS, Alvey 11 (Fuss, Battaglia), 7:56 (pp). 4,
LS, G. Tallaire 5 (Aldridge), 16:33 (pp). Penalties -
Alvey, LS (slashing), 1:41; Aldridge, LS (interference),
5:12; Schock, UM (high-sticking), 6:13; Schock, UM
(high-sticking), 10:34; Blaznek, LS (cross checking),
11:01; Halko, UM (hooking), 15:14; Turco, UM served
,by Luhning (tripping), 16:23; George, LS (roughing),
19:47; G. Tallaire, LS (hitting after the whistle),
20:00; Muckalt, UM (hitting after the whistle), 20:00.
*Third period - 5, UM , Herr 17 (Legg, Berenzweig),
2:14. 6, 15, S. Tallaire 24 (Aldridge), 3:35. 7, UM,
-Herr 18 (Luhning), 10:39. 8, LS, Felsner 14 (S.
Tallaire, Aldridge), 19:25. Penalties - Laviolette, LS
(holding), 3:59; Madden, UM (roughing), 6:43;
-,Laviolette, LS (roughing). 6:43.
Overtime -9, LS, Aldridge 11 (Battaglia), 2:16.
,Penalties - Luhning. UM (hitting after the whistle),
S1:14; Laviolette, LS (hitting after the whistle), 1.44.
Power plays - UM, 1 of 6; LS, 2 of 5.
Shots on goal - UM, 98-13-1-31; LS, 6-8-17-1-32.
Goalie saves - UM, Turco 6-6150-27; 5, Grahame
Referee - Steve Piotrowski.
Linesmen - Dale Cryderman, Terry Schug.
Attendance: 4,184 At: Taffy Abel Arena.
Michigan 1 1 1-3
Lake Superior 2 4 1-7
First period i, UM, Schock 5 (Muckalt, Halko),
7:04 (pp). 2, LS, Trzcinski 12 (Felsner, Aldridge),
15:42 (pp). 3, LS. S. Tallaire 25 (Aldridge. G. Tallaire,
-19:35 (pp). Penalties - Matteucci, LS (interference),
5:05; Aldridge, LS (roughing), 7:56; Luhning, UM
(roughing), 7.56: Fuss, L£ (holding) 11:02: Sloan, UM
(holding), 14:46; Sakala, UM (cross-checking), 15:32;
Madden, UM (high-sticking). 17:52: Alvey, IS
' (roughing), 17:52: Sakala, UM (holding). 19:11.
Second period - 4. LS, Blaznek 12 (Aldridge
Battaglia), 8:43 (pp). 5, iS Lambeth 4 (Trzcinski),
10:07. 6, 1S, Trzcinski 13 (Felsner), 12:54 (sh). 7,
UM, Crozier 12 (Hayes, Berenzweig), 14:45. 8. L5,
Trzcinski 14 (Aldridge, S. Tallaire), 18:45 (pp).
Penalties - Laviolette, LS (interference), 2:53; Halko,
UM (interference), 7:43; Lambeth, LS (holding),
11 39; Aldridge, LS (tripping), 16:10; Herr, UM double
minor (interference, roughing), 17:04.
' Third period - 9, LS, Aldridge 12 (Felsner, Trzcinski),
6:45 (pp). 10, UM, Botterill 28 (Hayes, Arnold),
19:08. Penalties - Muckalt, UM (tripping), 6:16;
Luhning, UM major (check from behind), 8:08; Crozier,
UM (roughing), 17:35: Graham, LS (roughing). 17:35.
Power plays - UM, 1 of 5; LS. 5 of 8.
Shots on goal - UM, 98-6-23; LS, 7-12-14-33.
Goalie saves - UM Turco 55-x-10, Malicke x-3-
13-16. LS, Grahame 8-7-5-20, Kulick x-x-0-0.
Referee - Matt Shegos.
Linesmen - Dale Cryderman, Terry Schug.
Attendance: 4,217 At: Taffy Abel Arena
Uip next

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
SAULT STE. MARIE - This week-
end, inside Taffy Abel Arena, away from
the six-foot snow drifts and icy rain, Lake
Superior State and Michigan played two
hockey games.
Both teams played exceptionally well
Friday night. It was the type of game that
keeps fans at the brink of jumping out of
their skin and reminds coaches of the
reasons they decided to coach in the first
It was also the type of game that can,
literally, take the
air out of a team.
Maybe that is
what happened to
the Wolverines
Saturday, but one
thing is for certain -
- things did not
turn out the way
they were sup-
posed to.+
This column
was supposed to be about how Michigan
moved past first-place Michigan State in
the conference standings and how the
Wolverines were going to be in serious
contention to finish the regular season in
first place. It was supposed to be about
how next Friday's game against the Spar-
tans at Yost Ice Arena was going to deter-
mine which team finished first.
Instead, this column is about how
things seemed to start out so well before
they went from bad to worse for the
Wolverines this weekend. Michigan had
42 points going into the series, and
ended the series with the same 42 points.
This column is about how the two losses
propelled Lake State into a tie for sec-
ond with the Wolverines - second
place, at least for now.

By this coming Saturday, when the
other CCHA teams will have finished
their regular-season schedules, Michigan
may potentially fall to fourth place.
This column was supposed to be about
the little things, the things the good teams
do game in and game out - the same
things the Wolverines have done to win
25 games.
The little things.
Like John Arnold keeping the puck
alive in the neutral zone, making
Michigan's first goal Friday night pos-
sible. Or like Bobby Hayes and Chris
Frescoln dropping to the ice and using
their bodies to stop slapshots and passes
while killing penalties. Or about proper
forechecking and using the boards to keep
plays alive.
Instead, this column is about how all of
that was overshadowed by the Lakers.
Overshadowed by the way Lake State
forechecked and used the boards and did
the little things that Michigan has done all
"Their best players outplayed our best
playeirs," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "We played less than our best."
This column was supposed to be about
Michigan's top-rated power play and its
second-ranked penalty killing unit in the
CCHA. It was supposed to be about how
Michigan has not allowed a single short-
handed goal in its past six games before
this weekend (0 of 36 total chances) and
how the Wolverines converted two-thirds
of their man advantages last Saturday
against the Spartans.
But this column is about how a slew of
penalties allowed Michigan to be
outplayed on special teams. It's about
how Lake State converted two of five
Friday, and five of eight man advantages
Saturday and it's about how the Lakers
limited the Wolverines tojust two ofnine


Lake State defenseman Keith Aldridge (center) scored nine points in the Lakers' weekend sweep of the Wolverines.

total power play conversions.
"We took unnecessary penalties,"
Michigan right wing Bill Muckalt said.
"We had a defensive let down and they
This column was supposed to be about
John Madden, the CCHA leader in short-
handed goals with eight, scoring the one
and only shorthanded goal this weekend
in game two. 6
But he didn't score the shorthanded
goal, or an even-strength goal for that
Instead, this column is about Lake
State's Jason Trzcinski scoring that short-
handed goal, his first shorthanded of the

This column should be about Michi-
gan goalie Marty Turco returning to his
hometown, putting on a show, and being
the hero in front of his family and friends
in Abel arena, the way he did last season.
But he wasn't the hero.
Instead, this column is about how he
was pulled in the second period of game
two, in front of his family and friends,
after giving up four goals.
And this column should be about the
upcoming NCAA Tournament Finals in
Cincinnati, and how there is absolutely
no doubt that the Wolverines will be
But, it's about how that doubt, regard-
less of how slight it is, now exists. If the

Lake State wins first regular season
game over Blue since 19 92-93 season

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer

Superior State
hockey team did
somethingthis week-
end that it had not
done since 1992.
Actually, it did it
The No. 7 Lakers
(20-6-2 CCHA, 24-
6-2 overall) grabbed
their first regular sea-


down the left wing and flipped the puck in
between Michigan goalie Gregg
Malicke's legs for the score.
NOT-so SPECIAL TEAMs: The Wolver-
ines were first in power-play conversions
and secondinpenalty killing inthe CCHA,
before the weekend series.
Lake State converted seven of its 13
man advantages this weekend. The Wol-
verines converted just one of six power-
play chances Friday night, and one of five
Saturday night.
"Their penalty killing did a good job
keeping our power-play off balance,"
Berenson said. "Special teams were a
strength of ours until this weekend."

The Lakers were third in both power
play conversions and penalty killing in
the conference before the twin bill. Lake
State moved up to second in both catego-
ries after the sweep.
"They definitely pressed us more and
we weren't used to that," sophomore for-
ward Matt Herr said.
CRIMINAL ACTIvITY: Lake State sopho-
more goalie John Grahame will be ar-
raigned Feb. 27 for Tialicious destruction
of property under $100, according to
Chippewa County prosecuting attorney
Patrick Shannon.
Grahame is the third member of the
Laker hockey team to face misdemeanor

charges. He and teammates Mike
Kucsulain and Keith Aldridge were al-
legedly involved in a window-breaking
incident Feb. 11. All three will be ar-
raigned Feb. 27.
Aldridge was named the first starofthe
game Friday night and second star Satur-
day. He scored the overtime goal and
collected three assists in game one. He
notched one goal and four assists in game
THE LAST TIME: The last open skate at
Yost Ice Arena will be held March 10
from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Renovations on the
arena will begin after the end of the
hockey season and continue until Sep-

Vs .

Wolverines do not finish first in the
CCHA, which is very possible, they need
to win the CCHA Tournament to receive
an automatic bid to the NCAAs. lfthey do
not win the tournament, they better cross
their fingers for one of the four at-ar
bids for the tournament.
This column should be about how the
Wolverines have nothing to worry about
except which hotel to stay in while in
But, they do need to worry.
This column is about how Michigan
must regroup, stay focused on each of its
remaining games, and concentrate on the
upcoming CCHA Tournament-itsticket
to the NCAAs.
Continued from Page lB
rebound of an Aldridge wrist shot.
When Herr scored again seven min-
utes later to make it 4-3, the Laker
crowd was silent.
But fortunately for them, their heres
Withj ust more than a minute remain-
ing, Lake State coach Jeff Jackson called
a timeout and pulled goaltender John
Grahame in favor of an extra skater.
Thirty seconds later, off ainad
scramble in front of the Michigan net,
Brian Felsner reminded the Wolverines
ofwhat his older brother Denny usedto
do so many times for Michigan.
Sitting "back door," as Michig
netminder Marty Turco described
Felsner stood at the back ofthe creasend
batted the puck out of the air past Turco-
stripping the Wolverines of any kind of
momentum that they might have had
During the two-minute break befere
overtime, Berenson uncharacteristically
took his team back to the lockerroon,
hoping to motivate his players.
Aldridge took it upon himself to kill
any of that motivation.
After receiving the puck at the ri
point, Aldridge was left unguarded
simply skated down the right wing and
flipped the puck up of the crossbar and
behind Turco.
After the game, the feeling in the
Michigan lockerroom was that the game
shouldn't have gone into the extra ses-
sion in the first place.
"We let them back in the game a few
times," Berenson said, "and when we
got the lead, we couldn't keep thm@
Saturday Michigan had to worry very
littleaboutlettingthe Lakersbackintothe
game since the Wolverines only had con-
trol of the game for maybe half a periodi.
Followipg Harold Schock's goal,
seven minutes in, Lake State scored
five straight goals, capped by Jason
Trzcinski's shorthanded tally at the
12:54 mark of the second.
Michigan's glimmer of hope came
after Greg Crozier scored two minu
later, making it a three-goal game a
more importantly, injected some' life
into the Wolverines.
But that life was taken shortly there-
after when Herr was hit with a fopir-
minute penalty. Trzcinski scored his
third goal of the evening, locking the
game for the Lakers.

CCHA Offensive
.Player of the Week
Lake Superior State senior
defenseman Keith Aldridge had
two goals and seven assists in
""he Lakers' weekend sweep of
yMichigan. Aldridge had the
game-winning goal and three
assists in Lake State's 5-4
-,overtime win Friday night.
SCCHA Defensive
Player of the Week
'Jeff Blashill, a sophomore
sgoaltender from Ferris State,
-recorded both wins in the
Bulldogs' sweep at Illinois-
'Chicago. On the weekend, he
stopped 30 of 31 Flame shots.
Saturday, he recorded his second
shutout of the season as the
Bulldogs won, 8-0.

son victory over No.3 Michigan (20-6-2,
25-7-2) since their 6-1 victory during the
1992-1993 season at Taffy Abel Arena.
Lake State swept the Wolverines this
weekend, 5-4 in overtime Friday and 7-3
Saturday, at Abel Arena.
Michigan last faced the Lakers at Yost
Ice Arena Dec. 8. The Wolverines
outplayed Lake State for most of the
second half of the game, winning the
contest, 8-2. Michigan outshot Lake State,
34-18, in that game.
This weekend, Lake State turned the
tables on the Wolverines, outshooting
them, 32-31, Friday and 33-23 Saturday.
Not including the overtime periods against
Ohio State Jan. 26 and Feb. 3, Michigan
had outshot its opponents in 87 of the 96
periods this season.
"Obviously, this was a very disappoint-
ing weekend," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said.
HE'S BACK!!: Lake State senior left
wing Jason Trzcinski was back to haunt
Last season, he scored the overtime
goal in the 5-4 CCHA semifinal win over
the Wolverines, knocking Michigan out
of the playoffs. Lake State went on to win
the playoffs aftera 5-3 victory overMichi-
gan State the next night.
This weekend, Trzcinski had a hat trick
and three assists in Saturday night's vic-
tory, and was named the first star of the
game for his efforts. His first and third
goals were scored on a power play and the
second was a shorthanded goal. On the
shorthanded effort, Trzcinski picked up
the loose puck in the neutral zone, streaked


Michigan right wing Bill Muckalt was one of the lone bright spots for the Wolverines this weekend.

CCHA standings

Ferris State sweeps Flames, secures playoff berth


Team (overall record)
1. Michigan State (26-8-1)
2. Lake Superior (24-6-2)
4. Western Michigan (25-7-3)
5. Bowling Green (23-12-1)





The Associated Press
Scot Bell scored a hat trick and had
two assists and Ken Sergott added
two goals as Ferris State shutout Illi-
nois-Chicago, 8-0, Saturday night.

Brad Holzinger had two goals and
six other Bowling Green players
scored as the Falcons defeated Notre
Dame, 8-2, Saturday night.
Garry Gruber scored both ofNotre

COHA overall scoring leaders
Player Goals
1. Kevin Hilton, Michigan 9
13U,..I... Rratimn Mnricn ..hisrEan 21



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