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10 -The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 27, 1996

Opportunities
By Alan Goldenbach Oh, he couldr
Daily Sports Writer correct.
SAULT STE. MARIE - Less than The Lakers
three months ago, Michigan handed handed the Wol-
Lake Superior one of its most re- verines their first
sounding defeats in team history, 8-2. weekend sweep
Prior to this weekend, Michigan of the season in
coach Red Berenson took very little two games that
stake in how that game would play were like night
into this weekend's matchups at Sault and day.
Ste. Marie. But there were
"These are two totally different two constants in
teams now," Berenson said. the two games.

lost due to'M' penalties.

n't have been more
nd each game hinged
-4 overtime thriller,
nes down a man late

in the second period, Michigan
goaltender Marty Turco was hit with
a tripping penalty that wasn't taken at
the most ideal of situations.
The Wolverines were already down
a man, following Steven Halko's
hooking penalty less than a minute
before, and the Lakers had capital--
ized on their last power play earlier in
the period.
Moreover, the momentum was
clearly beginning to shift toward the
Lakers' side. They were starting to
get several more scoring opportuni-
ties, evidenced by their outshooting
Michigan, 5-1, over the minutes that
preceded the two penalties.
"We took some foolish penalties in

Michigan coach Red Berenson could
not work his magic on the Wolverines
as they dropped two to the Lakers.
WALKER VAN DYKE/Daily

Lake State
won both times at
on a penalty.
In Friday's 5-
with the Wolveri

the second period," Berenson said.
"Turco's penalty hurt us."
Before Turco, Berenson or any of
the Wolverines could realize it, Gerald
Tallaire deflected a Keith Aldridge
slapshot into the net.
And although the scoreboard read
.2-2 at that point, Lake Superior had
an immeasurable edge with the em
tion.
"I don't know if (Turco's tripping
call) was abad penalty on his part, but
I think it was," Berenson said after the
game. "It put us two men short, and
we gave up a power play goal and let
them back into the game."
Even though the Wolverines took
the lead two other times in the third
period, it was evident that they lost
their chance to put the Lakers awa
Saturday night, it was the opposite
scenario for Michigan. The Wolver-
ines gave up their lone opportunity to
get back into the game.
Instead, they were the ones being
put away.
In fact, Michigan could have con-
We took some
foolish penalties
in the second
period. Turco 's
penalty hurt us."
- Red Berenson
Michigan hockey coach
on this weekend's sweep
sidered itselflucky to have the chance
that it had in the second period.
After giving up five straight goals,
including a very soft one to a David
Lambeth slapshot - which chased
Turco to the bench - and a short-
handed goal to Jason Trzcinski, the
Wolverines could have packed their
bags, left for home and saved them-
selves another period and a half of
grief.
But Michigan then showed resil-
iency that it hadn't displayed thus far
in the season.
Just two minutes later, Greg Cro-
zier netted his first goal in four weeks,
making it 5-2.
Right after that, Aldridge went off
for tripping Bill Muckalt who was
streaking toward the Laker net.
So here was Michigan's golden op-
portunity. As a result of hard wor
from its fourth line, the Wolverind
had a chance to make it a two-goal
game going into the locker room, and
greatly minimize the damage of the
five Lake State goals.
But before the Wolverines could
set up their power play unit in the
Lake State zone, Matt Herr uncharac-
teristically took a bad penalty for in-
terference in the neutral zone. To make
matters worse, referee Matt Sheg.
tacked on an additional two minute,
for Herr, after he smacked his victim
with his stick as he was skating off.
And once Aldridge came out of the
penalty box, the Laker power play
went to work again, as Trzcinski
capped off his hat trick with a power
play goal.
Just like that, a potentially two-
goal game was turned into a 6-2 blow-
out, and now Michigan definitely
could have packed its bags. 0
A two-goal turnaround just from a
penalty.
Berenson knew it too.
"When the score was 5-2, we had
two or three glorious chances on our
power play to make it 5-3 and change
the momentum of the game," he said.
"Then they get the penalty and the

next goal and bang, the game was just
about out of reach."
And with it, perhaps the WolveO
ines' chances of a CCHA title.
Knicks'
Reid fined,
suspended.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK-J.R. Reid of the New
York Knicks was suspended for two
games without pay and fined $10,000
by the NBA yesterday for flagrantly
elbowing Phoenix's A.C. Green in the
mouth during a game.
Reid's elbow knocked out two of
Green's teeth in Sunday's game.
The fine and suspension were th
stiffest penalty in NBA history for
throwing an elbow. Reid will miss
Monday's game against the Los Ange-
les Lakers and Wednesday's game at
Sacramento.
Reid has played in 784 straight games
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