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HOCKEY

The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday - October 21, 1996 - 7B

Mad en
energize s
lc
.. Jim R o s e
" aly Sports Writer
DETROIT - If at first you don't
succeed, try, try again. And then again.
Michigan center John Madden prob-
ably muttered those words to himself a
fdw times Friday night.
=a- After failing to convert on a trio of
point-blank scoring opportunities in the
first period of Michigan's 3-0 victory
over Maine, Madden probably mut-
ed a few other choice phrases to
mself as well.
But it was the fourth time that turned
out to be the charm for Madden, who
finally found the back of the net with
17 seconds remaining in the first
frame. The center slid the puck through
the pads of sprawling Maine goaltender
Alfie Michaud on a shorthanded break-
away, sending the Wolverines into the
first intermission with a huge momen-
m boost.
_Madden added another goal in the
third period and was chosen as the
game's No. 1 star. But it was his first
goal that set the tone for the night.
Michigan coach Red Berenson said
Madden's goal put the Black Bears on
their heels.
"It's nice when the other team is on
the power play, and they're more wor-
ried about the penalty killers than
their) own power play," Berenson said.
Madden has definitely been a penal-
ty killer to worry about for opposing
teams. Last season, he led the nation
with 10 scores in man-down situations.
"Johnny Madden, no question, is the
spark plug for our team," Berenson
said. "He can turn a bad situation -
like being shorthanded - into a good
situation - like a shorthanded goal."
Madden did have to deal with his
Aare of bad situations Friday night.
rst there was the slow start. Then in
the third period, with the Wolverines
nursing a 2-0 lead, he was run into the
boards by Maine defenseman Jeff
Libby. Madden crumpled to the ice
and did not immediately get to his
feet.
"I just kind of sat there for a minute,
trying to get my wind back," Madden
said. "It took me a while to tell
(Michigan trainer) Rick (Bancroft) that
*ouldn't breathe.
:"(Bancroft) was right in my face, and
I said, 'Rick, I can't breathe.' So he
stepped back and let me have a little
air.'
A little air was apparently all
Madden needed. About a minute later,
he was back on the ice, scoring the
game's third and final goal. The score-
board said that there was still 2:29 to
lay, but for the Black Bears, the night
s effectively over.

MAINE
Continued from Page lB
But Madden made sure that didn't hap-
pen.
Still shorthanded, he stripped the puck
from Maine defenseman David Cullen
at the Michigan blue line and had a
breakaway. After faking with his fore-
hand, he backhanded the puck through
Michaud's five-hole with 17 seconds left
in the period.
"I think the first goal was a really big
goal in this game," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "You just had the feeling

that there wouldn't be a lot of goals
scored."
Muckalt had the prettiest goal of the
night.
With 12 minutes remaining in the
second period, Michigan's Jason
Botterill slapped a pass to Muckalt,
who was standing in front of the net
with his back to the goaltender. Still
with his back turned, Muckalt tipped
the pass between his legs past Michaud
into the net.
Muckalt's third goal of the year was
also his 50th career goal and 100th
career point.

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JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Michigan freshman Andrew Merrick carries the puck in Michigan's 3-0 victory over Maine at the Joe Louis Arena Friday.
Merrick saw plenty of ice time, and even spent some time in the penalty box for hitting after the whistle and high-sticking.
Wo vennes don't dominate, but
don't need to aginst aie

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By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - It was no triple-over-
time thriller. Actually, it proved to be
more of a snore for the announced crowd
of 10,489 fans, half of which did not
show up. Indeed, at first glance,
F r i d a y' s
Michigan-Maine
game at the Joe
Louis Arena
seemed to be
nothing more than
a ho-hum, 3-0
Michigan victory
in a really big
arena.P[ 1 ,
But the game
was more meaningful than that.
Not only did the Wolverines improve
significantly from their performance last
weekend against Lake Superior, but in
doing so, they took one step closer to the
form that won them last season's nation-
al championship.
Certainly, Michigan did not dominate
Maine. In fact, midway through the third
period, Maine came dangerously close to
making it a one-goal game.
With the Wolverines ahead, 2-0, a
high stick by Michigan freshman

Andrew Merrick gave the Black Bears a
man-advantage. On the power play,
Maine's Dan Shermerhorn, waiting
alone next to the left goal post, received
a perfect pass. But the wide open
Shermerhorn whiffed on what should
have been an easy back-door conversion.
Even though the Wolverines did not
roll over Maine, it is the way they won
that was most encouraging. The win was
reminiscent of many of Michigan's
close-game victories last season.
For the most part, Michigan played a
complete game against Maine, some-
thing it could not do last weekend
against the Lakers. The Wolverines came
out flat and confused for much of the
first period against Lake Superior.
Against Maine, the Wolverines looked to
play hard for 60 minutes, and they did.
"One of the goals tonight was to start
strong and finish strong as well," said
John Madden, who scored two of the
Wolverines' three goals. "I think we got
that from all the guys tonight."
Michigan also displayed more disci-
pline than in its first two games. After
racking up 72 penalty minutes against
the Lakers and Waterloo combined, the
Wolverines committed just six penalties
for 12 minutes Friday night. In the key

third period, Merrick's was the only
Michigan penalty.
When the Wolverines were shorthand-
ed, they stifled the Maine offense, which
went 0-for-4 on the power play.
And when the Black Bears finally
found something resembling an offen-
sive attack early in the third period,
Michigan goaltender Marty Turco came
up big with two clutch saves.
"It's nice to see Marty hang in there
and be able to make a difference, even
though he wasn't getting a lot of work,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"But he looked sharp when he did."
As a team, Michigan looked sharp
when it needed to. In the end, the
Wolverines did what they needed to do
to win, not that they wouldn't mind win-
ning more convincingly.
"We were a good team (last season),
but we played in one-goal games,"
Berenson said. "There's no saying we
will be a dominant team this year, but
our goal is to try and be a dominant
team."
Whether or not dominance is in
Michigan's future, what may have been a
snooze Friday night for some fans was a
step in the right direction for the
Wolverines.

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Maine 0 0 0-0
Michigan 1 1 1-3
First period - 1. UM, Madden 2 (unassisted),
19:43. Penalties - Maine, Cardinal (tripping),
4:11; Maine, Wlasow (playing without a hel-
met), 7:07; UM, Luhning (charging),11:05;
Maine, J. Mansoff (hooking), 15:03; UM,
Frescoln (hooking), 19:01.
.,Second period - 2. UM, Muckalt 3 (Botterill,
erenzweig), 8:19. Penalties - UM, Clark
(interference), (served by Merrick), 9:28; UM,
Merrick (hitting after whistle), 12:26; Maine,
S.Mansoff (hitting after whistle), 12:26;
Maine, Wlasow (holding), 17:15; UM, Botterill
(roughing), 17:15; Maine, Libby (roughing),
17:15.
Third period - 3. UM, Madden 3 (Morrison,
Luhning), 17:31, (pp, 5 on 3). Penalties -
UM, Merrick (high-sticking), 12:07; Maine,
Oliver (tripping), 15:34; Maine, Libby (rough-
ing), 17:17.
Shots on-goat - Maine 3-6-8 -17;UM8-10-
13- 31.
owr Plays - Maine, 0 of 4; UM, 1 of 6.
Saves - Maine, Michaud 7-9-12 - 28; UM,
Turco 3-6-8 - 17.
Referee - Steve Piotrowski.
Unesmen - John LaDuke, John Dobrzelewski.
At: Joe Louis Arena A: 10,489.
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