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Heath Murray moving on up
Former Wolverine pitcher Heath Murray was invited to the spring
training camp of the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. Murray, a
third-year pro who was drafted by the Padres in the 1994 major league
draft, was also recently named one of San Diego's top 10 prospects by
Baseball America.

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Wednesdoy,
January 17, 19P6

Blue breaks Fairbanks

Special
teams ke
.o ffensive
explosion
By John Lerol
Daily Sports Writer
Ian Perkins can join the club. The
Alaska-Fairbanks goaltender now knows
firsthand what six netminders from three
Ether teams could have told him: suiting
up to face Michigan is the furthest thing
from a good time.
Perkins left Yost Ice Arena after last
night's 6-0 Wolverine stomping with a
sore body and a bruised ego. The fresh-
man goaltender was humiliated by the
Michigan offense.
The Wolverines bombarded Perkins
with 43 shots - the fifth straight game
Michigan has fired at least 40 shots.
. The Wolverines' offensive attack
steamrolled any efforts the Nanooksmade
defensively. But everyone should be used
to that by now.
Since winning its eighth consecutive
Great Lakes Invitational Championship,
Michigan has blasted its opponents off
the ice, winning five games by a com-
bined score of 48-
7. And it's the
Wolverines' spe-
:ial teams that
have allowedthem
to dominate their
opponents.
"We have a lot
of strong players
to put out there
whentwe'retup a
man," said left
wing Matt Herr, who scored a short-
handed goal against the Nanooks. "We
*ave a guy like Brendan Morrison mov-
ing the puck around out there. It's amaz-
ing what we can do as a group."
The Wolverines' power play has done
enough scoring for two entire teams in
their past five victories. Michigan has
converted 14 of its past 21 power play
opportunities.
Friday night against Illinois-Chicago,
the Wolverines connected on all thee of
their man-up situations. The next night,
they were 5-for-8 with a man advantage.
JasonBotterill and Warren Luhning each
scored power play goals for the Wolver-
ines against Alaska-Fairbanks last night.
Michigan coach Red Berenson has enough
weapons in his arsenal to give two power
play units equal ice time.
Botterill is scoring goals at arapid pace
off of passes from setup men Brendan
Morrison and Kevin Hilton, who are scor-
ing plenty of goals on their own.
Right now, it seems like the only de-
'tense the Michigan power play couldn't
solve would be around Fort Knox.
"We're putting the puck in the net right
now," Herr said. "So I'd say our power
play is pretty successful right now."
The Wolverines have 46 power-play
goalson 155 chances-tops inthe CCHA.
Botterill is third in the league in power-
play goals, but he's missed six games this
season.
The only thing more dominating than
iehigan's power play has been its pen-
alty killing. In the past eight games, the
team has held its
opponents score.-m
less in 41 power
play tries. Mean-
while, the Wolver-
ines have found

success even while
down a man, scor-
ing eight short-
anded goals over
the same stretch.
Michigan not only
boasts the league's
mostprolificpower
play, it also has the
CCHA's stingiest
defense.
And while pro-
tecting his own net
on the Wolverines'
op penalty killing
unit, center John
Madden has scored
seven shorthanded The Wolverines not
goals- better than
all but two teams in the CCHA.
"Right now our team is playing well,

Six Michigan goals doom

outmanned
By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
You think the Michigan hockey team
is hearing "The Victors" in its sleep?
After the Wolverines' fifth straight
offensive onslaught, the pep band has
played the Michigan fight song a total
of 47 times -once for each Wolverine
goal -in the past five games. And that
doesn't even include all the other in-
stances before each period.
Michigan continued on one of the
most impressive streaks in team history
with a 6-0 blanking ofAlaska-Fairbanks
(7-14 CCHA, 7-15-1). It was the eighth
time in 10 games that Michigan scored
more than six goals.
More importantly, the win moved
Michigan into a first-place tie in the
CCHA with Michigan State. Both teams
carry conference records of 14-3 and
have two games in hand on second-
place Western Michigan.
Warren Luhning scored twice and
Jason Botterill built on his CCHA-lead-
ing goal total by notching his 20th ofthe
season to pace Michigan (19-4 overall),
which last scored this many goals in a
five-game stretch back in the 1992-93
campaign, when five late-season wins
were generated by 47 Wolverine goals.
Overlooked in the midst of all the
offense was the play of Michigan
goaltender Marty Turco who recorded
the Wolverines' fourth shutout of the
season. Turco has anchored a Michigan
defense that has allowed only nine goals
in its past six outings, also marking the
team's best streak of the season.
Yet despite all of these positives,
Michigan coach Red Berenson still
found flaws in his team's performance.
"This was not our best game in our
last few," Berenson said. "We didn't
play well in the third period and we
were outshot. So you could say that was
the sour part of the game."
Matt Herr opened the scoring at the
4:45 mark of the first with his 10th goal
and second shorthanded tally of the
season. He took the puck from behind
the Nanook net and sent it to Bobby
Hayes, who fired a slapshot from point-
blank range that goalie Ian Perkins
blocked. But Herr picked up the re-
bound and poked it between. Perkins'
legs to give Michigan its 13th short-
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anooks
handed score of the season.
Luhning followed less than five m'n-
utes later with his 12th goal, breaking
his longest scoring drought of the sea-
son on a 4-on-3 power play. He fond
the puck in the low slot off a faceoff4nd
waited until Perkins went down and
then flipped the puck up top to score.
The rest of the first period was doini-
nated by defensive zone giveawaysby
both teams that resulted in Turco and
Perkins taking the spotlight with some
outstanding saves.
. Michigan struck early in the second
as Brendan Morrison took his own re-
bound on Perkins' left, spun around 4nd
fired it top shelf to Perkins' far sktde.
Morrison later added an assist bringing
his CCHA-leading point total to 421
Greg Crozier followed at the 4=06
mark, with his 10th of the season. It v'as
good performance for the freshman af-
ter Berenson sat him out of Michigan's
last game following a 10-game stretch
where he only had three points.
"Sitting out makes you realize tiat
it's really ateam game andthat it doesn't
come down to one or two guys," dro-
zier said. "Tonight, I was really firedup
to play and I wanted to score."
Thirteen seconds later, Luhning
cappedthe Wolverines' fastest two goals
of the season, making it 5-0.
Alaska coach Dave Laurion calld a
timeout after that, hoping to kickspart
his team. But it was to no avail. #
Laurion seemed shocked after khe
game at the beating his team took.
"At times they just make you look
bad," he said. "I haven't seen a better
team in our league. I don't care what the
points say.'
Botterill closed out the scoring: 11
minutes later on the power play.
But the fact that there was no mpre
scoring certainly didn't mean that there
wasn't any other action.
With six seconds remaining in the
second period, Morrison and Bob
Schwark got involved in a shoving
match. After Morrison was hit wit a
roughing penalty, Schwark gave him a
vicious spear to the face that kept
Morrison on the ice for a few minutes.
Nothing more came ofit and Schwark
received a major spearing penalty aid a
game disqualification.

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Michigan's Matt Herr eyes the puck during the Wolverines' 6-0 blanking of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Speanng of Morson scares arena

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
In the midst of another easy win, the
Michigan hockey team almost suffered
one of its biggest losses of the season.
Last night, the CCHA's leading scorer,
Brendan Morrison, was speared in the
face during the third-ranked Wolverines'
6-0 pasting ofAlaska-Fairbanks. Morrison
was unhurt, but the fans, players and
coaches at Yost Ice Arena were all held in
suspense for a moment while he was
attended to by Michi-
gan trainer Rick
Bancroft.
"That was really ocX
vicious," Michigan
coach Red Berenson Notebook
said. "Their guy
speared him deliber-
ately in the face. He
almost took the best
player in the league's
head off. That's terrible."
The play occurred with about 15 sec-
onds remaining in the second period.
Morrison was intercepted by Nanook
Bob Schwark on his way to the bench
and ended up riding Schwark into the
boards.
Schwark retaliated by swinging his
stick at Morrison, striking him in the face
mask and the throat. Morrison fell to the
ice, eliciting a big reaction from both his
teammates and the crowd.
Several Wolverines had their legs over
the boards, ready to step in to protect
Morrison ifnecessary, and the fans booed
loudly. Referee Matt Shegos gave

Schwark a five-minute major and a game
disqualification forthe spear, but Berenson
was still outraged and talked with Shegos
after the period ended.
"(Shegos) has got to protect players
like Morrison," Bereftson said. "That was
terrible. We'll look at it on thetape and let
the league know. They've got to protect
everybody."
Morrison did not miss a shift. Schwark
was unavailable for comment.
HE'S BACK: Michigan freshman Greg
Crozier made sure his presence was felt
on the scoreboard last night.
The forward sat out for the first time in
his young career Saturday night because
his production was slipping. Crozier was
impressive at thebeginning ofthe season,
but after Friday night's game with Illi-
nois-Chicago, he had only one goal and
two assists in his past ten games.
Saturday Berenson said he thought
Crozier needed a chance to see the team
perform to help him break out of his
slump. Last night Berenson was happy to
see some progress.
"He had to come back and play better,"
Berenson said. "He's been struggling,
and he has to contribute."
LEADING THE PACK: As a team, Michi-
gan is now in athree-waytie for first place
in the CCHA with No. 9 Michigan State
and No. 10 Western Michigan. As indi-
viduals, the Wolverines are leading the
league in many categories.
Morrison leads in points with 42, se-
nior center Kevin Hilton is second with
41, forward Jason Botterill is one point
out of third with 34 and forward John
Madden is in fifth with 33.
Goaltender Marty Turco leads the
CCHA in wins with 19 and, after last
night's shutout, is first in goals against
average with a 1.91 mark.
Madden's seven shorthanded goals are

tops in the league.
SCREECHING STREAK: Michigan had
outshot its opponents in its past 32 peri-
ods - until the third period.
Though the Nanooks couldn't score,
they put more pucks on net than the
Wolverines, 8-6, halting Michigan's
streak at 34 periods.
Alaska-Fairbanks 0 0 0 - 0
Michigan 2 4 0-6
First Period - 1, UM, Herr 10 (Hayes),
4:45 (sh). 2, UM, L.uhning 12,(Hilton),
9:42 (pp). Penalties - Morrison, UM
(hi-stick), 4:05; Oakenfold, UAF
(holding), 8:55; Ritchlin, UM (tripping),
9:06; Ferguson, UAF (holding), 9:17;
Crozier, UM (interference), 18:06.
Second Period - 3, UM, Morrison 16
(Schock, Muckalt), 1:13. 4, UM,
Crozier 10 (Fox, Frescoln), 4:06. 5,
UM, Luhning 13 (Madden, Frescoln),
4:19. 6, UM, Botterill 20 (Morrison,
Hilton), 15:21 (pp). Penalties - Herr,
UM (roughing), 10:07; Fraser, UAF (hi-
stick), 13:49; Scott, UAF
(interference), 16:39; Drygas, UAF
(roughing), 19:10; Hayes, UM
(roughing), 19:10; Schwark, UAF major
(spearing), 19:51; Schwark, UAF
(game disqualification), 19:51;
Morrison, UM (roughing), 19:51.
Third Period - no scoring. Penalties -
Hayes, UM (interference), 6:48;
Luhning, UM (x-check), 7:48; Drygas,
UAF (tripping), 10:31; Herr, UM
(roughing), 11:03; Hayes, UM
(roughing), 12:04; Botterill, UM
(slashing), 19:02; Botterill, UM major
(misconduct), 19:02; Daily, UAF
(slashing), 19:02.
Shots on goal - UM 15-22-6-43; UA F
4-5-8-17.
Power plays - UM 2 of 6; UAF 0 of 8.
Goalie saves - UM, Turco 4-5-8-17-
(60:00). UAF, Perkins 13-18-6-37
(60:00).
Referee - Matt Shegos.
Linesmen - Dave Kronenberg, Mark
Pouliot.
At: Yost Arena. A: 5,988

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JOE WE5TRATE/Daily

Michigan's Bobby Hayes wrestles for the puck with Alaska-Fairbanks' Chris
Hodges last night at Yost Ice Arena.

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