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68 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 25, 1996

HocKEY

Mornson's
presence
is enough
By ii Rose
Daily Sports Writer
Being pegged as the preseason Hobey
Baker favorite hasn't done Brendan
Morrison any favors.
The Michigan center is known around
the country as the best player on the
nation's best team - so if there's one
player for opponents to gear up for, he's
the man.
The added attention has made
Morrison a marked man, and the senior
is getting a bit frustrated.
Some have said he's struggling. Some
have said he's not producing.
But after a six-point weekend in
which Morrison led the Wolverines to

'M' role players notch firsts.

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
There are firsts for everything.
It just so happened that Michigan
accomplished many of its firsts Saturday
night against Brown.
Li the Wolverines' 7-2 blowout of the
Bears on Saturday, a few players who
haven't contributed much - or at all -
made names for themselves.
Michigan coach Red Berenson gave
Gregg Malicke his first start of the sea-
son in goal Saturday. It was his first start
since Feb. 3 of last season when
Michigan tied Ohio State, 2-2, at Yost Ice
Arena - his only start of the season.
Saturday night, Malicke.didn't have to
face too many shots - 11 in all - but
he still made some tough saves.
In a game in which the Wolverines
outshoot their opponent, 47-11, it's not
that easy to stay focused when the puck
is always in the opponents' end.
"That was a tough game to play when
you don't get many shots," Berenson
said. "I thought he was solid, I thought
he was comfortable. He was in position
on his shots."
Malicke didn't have to stop a shot
until the 10-minute mark in the first peri-
od with Michigan leading, 2-0.
"It's great when the team comes
together like this and plays so well in
front of me," Malicke said. "The guys
really wanted to get me a win just as bad
as I did. It's hard to stay focused when
you don't face a shot, but the outcome is
satisfying. No complaints."
Malicke's toughest challenge on the
night came midway through the second

period. Brown left wing Damian
Prescott, who had three goals on the
weekend, came in alone on a breakaway
after the puck bounced over a Michigan
stick. But the Wolverines' netminder
stayed firm and didn't budge, saving the
shot in his midsection.
Malicke not only got his first start of
the season, he notched his first point of
his career.
The Michigan goaltender passed the
puck up the left boards to Dale
Rominski, who deflected it off the
boards to a streaking Matt Herr. Herr
scored the goal while on his stomach
after being pulled down by Brown
defenseman Jim Andersson.
"I was debating whether to freeze the
puck or get it out of there because Brown
really skates hard," Malicke said. "It's
not something that any other goalie
would have done differently. You've got
two options. Play it off the boards or
freeze it. It went my way, and it was a
nice touch."
The Michigan offense also had some
firsts of its own.
Chris Fox, who played as a forward
instead of his usual defenseman role,
graced the twine for the first time this
season.
Michigan's Brendan Morrison
regained a loose puck in front of the
Bears' net. He backhanded a pass to a
wide-open Fox, who poked it high into
the open net three minutes into the sec-
ond period, making the score 3-1.
Michigan center Andrew Merrick also
celebrated for the first time. The fresh-
man had not scored a goal in the first 12

games. With three minutes left in the
second stanza, Merrick freed himself
from a pack of Brown defensemen and
found an opening to the net. He dribbled
the puck through the legs of Brown goal-
tender Jeff Holowaty.
"It was great to finally put the puck in
the net to get the monkey off my back,"
Merrick said. "It was due."
Afterwards, at the post-game press
conference, Merrick was asked if he had
grabbed the puck for his first college
memento. He quickly held up his hand
from underneath the table and revealed
the puck with a huge grin on his face.

two nonconfer-
ence victories,
Michigan's
c a p t a i n
removed all
doubt about
whether his
supposed
slump is over,
and he did it
without getting
a break from
the clutch-and-

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Michigan 5, Brown 2
Brown 1 1 0-2
Michigan 1 2 2-5
First period -1. UM, Herr 9 (Morrison,
Muckalt), 2:43; 1. BU, Prescott 3, 16:48;
Penalties - Andersson, BU double minor (rough-
ing),5:19 (served by Sventy); Merrick, LJM
(roughing), 5:19; Botterill, UM (checking from
behind), 6:46; ONeil, BU (holding), 10:50; Fox,
UM (cross-checking), 13:44; G. Hayes, BU
(elbowing), 16:54.
Second period - 2. UM, Herr 10 (Clark,
Muckaft), 4:18 (pp); 3. UiM, Muckalt 9 (Sloan,
Morrison), 16:48: 2. BU, Prescott 4 (Andersson,
Clapton), 17:54 (pp). Penalties-- DiRenzo,
Brown (hooking), 2:55; Noble, BU (Cross-check-
ing), 6:42; B. Hayes, tUM (slashing). 7.53; '
Kersey, BU (roughing), 13:00 B. Hayes, UM
(roughing), 13:00; Herr, UM (roughing), 16:54;
Peach, UM (high-sticking), 16:54; Smith, BU
(hooking) 18:14.
Third period -4. UM, Botterill 7 (Schock,
Muckalt), 6:35 (pp); 5. UM, Morrison 5
(Botterll, Berenzweig), 11:37 (pp). Penalties -
Smith, BU (hooking) 5:25; Fox, UM (elbowing)
8:25; Merrill, BU (checking from behind) 10:49;
Prescott, BU (roughing) 11:37; Botterill, UM
(roughing) 11:37; B. Hayes, UM (slashing)
17:04.
Shots on goal - BU 7.8-5 - 20; UM 14.21-9=-
44.
Power Plays -BU,l1of 7:UM. 3of 8. ,
Saves - BU, Holowaty 1319.7 -39; UM,
Turco 6-7-5 - 18.
Referee - Jim Sotiroff.
Linesmen - Dave Kronenberg, Don Cline.
At Yost ice Arena. A: 6,427
J ia1 h-.Z, aT

grab defense he has become so accus-
tomed to dealing with.
It's no secret that Michigan's oppo-
nents have done everything they can -
legal or not - to slow Morrison down,
and the senior has taken a beating.
And it's true, his goal-scoring is
down. With just five goals in 13 games,
nobody knows better than Morrison that
he could be putting the puck in the net
more than he has.
But to say that Morrison is struggling
is missing the point. It doesn't matter so
much who scores the goals - what's
important is that somebody scores them.
And the Wolverines are scoring when
Morrison is on the ice.
Regardless of how frustrating it may
be for Morrison to have to deal with
game after game of cheap shots and
double-teaming, all the attention he
attracts makes it possible for a guy like
Matt Herr to score four goals in two
games, like he did this weekend.
If it% not Herr, it's someone else. This
weekend, Morrison set up goals for four
different Wolverines. And Morrison
spent both games peeling off Brown
defensemen.
"Brendan's a wonderful player"
Brown coach Bob Gaudet said. "But I
think if teams just key on Morrison,
those other guys can really light it up."
Its a trend that Gaudet picked up on
after "those other guys" lit his Bears up
on two consecutive nights.
But Morrison and the rest of the
Wolverines have been seeing it all year.
The bottom line is that Morrison is
creating things on offense. He has been
all along - his 24 points are second-
best for the Wolverines. If he were real-
ly struggling, Michigan simply would
not be I1-1-1.

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Michigan backup goaltender Gregg Malicke played all of Michigan's 7-2 victory
Saturday, but saw little action. He made 11 saves and scored his first career point
with an assist on Matt Herr's breakaway goal.

BROWN
Continued from PagelB
Saturday and Berenson said he expects
Legg to play this coming weekend.
"When I see a report that I'm not
pleased with academically - that's my
decision'" Berenson said. "It's nothing to
do with their eligibility or anything else."
Brown hung close with the
Wolverines for the majority of the game
Friday, although the outcome of the
game was never in any real doubt.
Midway through the third period with
Michigan leading, 4-2, the Wolverines
shut down Brown on a key power play.
Michigan's penalty-kill unit, includ-
ing Rominski, blocked several Brown
shots during that power play.
"(Rominski) showed some real heart
out there," Berenson said. "It was like he
was wounded, but he got up again and
took another one."
Early in the first period, Herr scored
the first goal of the game off a pass by
Morrison from behind the Brown net.
With just under four minutes remain-
ing in the period, Brown left wing
Damian Prescott knotted the score at
one. After a sloppy pass from Michigan
defender Harold Schock, the puck
ended up on the stick of Prescott, who
skated in alone and beat Michigan goal-
tender Marty Turco.
Prescott scored three goals in the
weekend series.
Herr put the Wolverines ahead for
good with his second goal of the game
early in the second period during a
Michigan power play.

Herr picks up slack for Cers,
equals Brown's offensive output

0

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Brown won't forget Michigan's Matt
Herr for a long time. When one player
equals the goal output of the opposing
team, he is difficult to forget.
Herr, the CCHA Offensive Player of
the Week, is playing arguably the best
hockey of his career. Just ask Brown.
This weekend the Michigan hockey
team was missing a few stars. At
Michigan coach Red Berenson's discre-
tion, John Madden sat out Friday's game
and Mike Legg was sidelined for both
contests. Berenson cited academic rea-
sons in both cases.
Herr made up the difference. Just 2:43
into Friday's game, Herr came charging
down the ice, received a pass from
Michigan captain Brendan Morrison,
and knocked a wrist shot past Brown
goaltender Jeff Holowaty.
Berenson moved Herr up to the line
with Morrison and right wing Bill
Muckalt, hoping to add some speed.
"Any line you put (Herr) on, he's
going to help that line," Berenson said.
"He's been probably our most consistent
scorer right from day one."
While Herr scored when the teams
were at even strength, his most valuable
talents lie when the sides aren't equal.

Early in the second period Friday,
Michigan was 0-for-3 on the power play
and about to fail on a fourth consecutive
chance when Herr made Brown pay.
Muckalt's shot from the point car-
omed off Holowaty and fell in front of
Herr. After controlling the puck on the
left side of the net, Herr lifted it above
the defenseless goaltender to tally anoth-
er Michigan score.
This week, Berenson added Herr to
Michigan's top power-play unit, and the
results were evident.
"We have to come out and have the
confidence that we'll score a goal if we
have a power-play situation,' Herr said.
"We need that threat every time we go
out there, that we're going to score."
His second goal of the night broke a I-
1 tie and helped boost Michigan to a 5-2
victory.
Saturday was no different. Michigan's
blowout was ignited by Herr, who leads
the team with 12 goals.
Just three minutes into the game,
Morrison fed Herr again. Michigan had
not only jumped out +o an early lead, but
recorded another power-play goal.
Herr says he is unsure why he is scor-
ing so many goals.
"I'm working hard right now and (the
goals) happen to be going in," he said.

Much to Brown's dismay, he saved the
best for last.
His final tally of the weekend was a
symbol of perseverance.
Michigan goalie Gregg Malicke con-
trolled the puck deep in the Michigan
zone, and sent it up the ice off the
boards. It slid to Michigan forward Dale
Rominski, who fed Herr for the short-
handed opportunity
Herr drove toward the net and was
dragged down by Brown defenseman
Jim Andersson. In most situations, lying
on the ice would be a satisfactory excuse
not to get a shot on the net, but Herr was
able to anyway.
"I happened to go hard to the net,
Herr said. "Either the puck was going in
the net or I was going in."
He not only poked the puck at the net
but slid it through the goalie's legs for a
goal.
With his family in the stands, Herr
sparked Michigan to its most dominant
weekend yet. It was a weekend to
remember for the junior wing, but to
hear Herr tell it, the best is yet to come.
"It's still November, and we're not
playing for the NCAA championship,
(but) it's a building process," he said.
"Hopefully when we get to the top, we'll
be playing our best hockey."

Mwcnigan i, urown 2
Brown 0 1 1-2
Michigan 2 2 3-7
First period- . UM, Herr 11 (Morrson,
Schock), 3:01 (pp); 2. UM, Ritchlin (Herr,
Morrison), 7:34 (pp); Penalties - Bradford, BU
(holding the stick), 1:51; Quinnell, BU (cross
checking), 4:52; Prescott, BUI (tripping), 6:55;
Herr, UM (slashing), 9:53; Luhning. UM (high-
sticking), 10:30; Bradford, BU (high-sticking),
13:33; Fox, UM (high-sticking), 13:33; BU bernh
minor (too many men), 18:28 (served by
Sventy).
Second period -. BU, Kersey 2 (Flynn,
Andersson), 1:51; 3. UM, Fox 1 (Morrison,
Magnuson), 3:00; 4. UM Merrick 1(Romins)
17:13. Penalties - Luhning, UM (high-sticking).
:53; Merrick, UM (crosschecking), 4:00; McKay,
BU (interference), 10:55; Luhning, UM (interfer-
ence). 10:55; Garrow, BU (holding)., 14:09:
Noble. BU (hooking), 19:57; Morrison, UM (delay
of game), 19:58; Andersson, BU (delay of game)
19:58.
Third period-5. UM, Herr 12 (Rominski,
Malicke), 9:08 (sh); 6. UM Luhning 7(Madden),
9:22 (sh); 7. UM Luhning 8 (Botterill, Madden),
9:55; 2. BU, Prescott 5 (Andersson, Quinnell),
13:33 (pp). Penalties -Andersson, BU (cross
checking) 5:16; Magnuson, UM double minor
(roughing) 10:33 (served by Frescoln); Prescott,
BU (roughing) 7:32; Stirling, BU (tripping) 11:06
(served by Flynn); Muckalt, UM (high-sticking)
12:40; Sloan, UM (slashing) 14:56; G. Hayes,
8U minor-game misconduct (spearing) 14:56
(served by Sventy).
Shots on goal - BU 36-2-11; UM 19-1315
- 47.
Power.Plays - BU, 2 of 7; UM, 2 of 10.
Saves - BU, Holowaty 17-11-7 -35, Stirling x-
x-5 - 5; UM, Malicke 35.1--9.
Referee - John Kelly.
Linesmen - John Pearson, Larry Lulich.
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