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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 18, 1996

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Michigan goaltender Marty Turco put forth a stellar performance Friday night in the Wolverines' 54 victory over Michigan
State, stopping 27 of 28 shots.
Icers show championship traits.
in late third-period comeback

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By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
BOWLING GREEN - It was more
of a sure thing than Republicans in the
Bible belt.
It was more of a sure thing than stock
in Microsoft.
It was even more of a sure thing than
DNA evidence.
There was no doubt that Michigan
center John Madden's shot was going in
the net.
Michigan was shorthanded with just
over seven minutes to play, down by
one goal.
Michigan cen-
ter Bobby Hayes
brought the puck C
down the right
side into Bowling
Green's zone and
made a centering
pass to Madden -
- the shorthand-
ed superman.'
Anyone who
has followed Michigan in the past two
years knew that nothing could stop
Madden's high shot but the back of the
Madden led the nation last season
with 10 shorthanded goals. That was in
43 games.
Through 11 games this season, he
already has four.
On Saturday night's game-tying goal,
Madden was quick to give the credit to
Hayes for setting him up and Chris Fox
for taking a defenseman wide, leaving
Madden open. But it's obvious that
Madden has been more than just

Because of his feats, he is constantly
being asked if he cheats the penalty kill
by looking for an odd-man rush.
"It's not really a (matter) of looking
for them," Madden said. "It's just know-
ing my defenseman is going to clear the
puck out of the zone and the fact that I
know when I'm on the power play, I try
to hold the line.
"If the puck gets by, there's nobody
back there by the goalie. So I just try to
read and react."
Just a minute before Madden's goal
tied the game at three - which would
be the final - things looked bleak for
The Wolverines were down, 3-1,
halfway through the third period and
hadn't scored in over 40 minutes.
But the Wolverines showed why they
are a championship team.
They were patient.
They had good opportunities all
night. The law of averages says when
you get good chances, some of them
will go in.
But they weren't for most of Saturday
for Michigan.
"It was one of those nights where the
puck was not going in for us," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "We made
some good plays where we didn't
But the Wolverines didn't get mad.
They didn't get frustrated. They didn't
try to take the Falcons' heads off like
the Falcons did a week earlier when
they were trailing, 3-1, to Michigan.
Instead, the Wolverines got even -
"I think guys were looking up at the
clock (saying), 'We'd better start rallying

pretty soon,"' Michigan left wing Mike
Legg said. "We were pretty patient. (In
those situations) we know it's going to
come if we keep pressuring them.
Not only did they come back, y
did it on the road against a good te -
that was trying to end a five-game los.
ing streak.
"It's a sign of team confidence,
Berenson said. "They have the confi.
dence they can come back.
"The leadership was there on ou
team when we needed it."
For the second night in a row
Michigan was playing with a deplete
Defenseman Chris Frescoln and righ
wing Justin Clark were suspended fo
the-game after receiving game disquali
fications for fighting Friday agains
Michigan State.
Friday, the Wolverines had to mak
up for the play of Jason Botterill, Bil
Muckalt and Bubba Berenzweig, wh<
were sitting in the stands serving one
game suspensions from the Nov.
brawl against Bowling Green.
Madden said that left the team
out and flat to start Saturday's game'-
more adversity to overcome.
"We had a lot of guys really tired,; h
said Saturday. "We played a long gam
last night against Michigan State. A lc
of guys weren't fresh.'
Unlike Madden on Saturday's short
handed opportunity, getting points:of
the road in the CCHA is not a sure thing
Saturday, the Wolverines showea
traits of a championship team, earning
valuable point (and almost two) whet
they easily could have walked out o
Bowling Green with nothing.

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season, and it tied the game with
7:13 left to play.
The Wolverines managed to hang
on and come away with a 3-3 tie,
picking up a point in a game that,
moments earlier, had appeared all
but lost.
"I thought we finished the game
well," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "They were a desper-
ate team, and they're a better team
than their record shows."
Bowling Green is 2-4-1 in the
CCHA, 6-5-1 overall.
The tie, cou-
pled with Friday's
convincing 5-1
victory over
Michigan State at
Yost Ice Arena,
allowed Michigan
(6-1-1, 9-1-1) to
pull into first
place in the
CCHA, a point
ahead of second: Madden
place Miami
(Ohio). The
Wolverines' victory avenged their
only loss of the season, a 5-4 loss to
the Spartans on Nov. 2.
But the big victory didn't carry
over into the early stages of
Saturday's game.
"We were upset with the way we
played in the first two periods,"
Michigan wing Mike Legg said after
the tie. "But we came out strong in
the third period. If the game was a
little bit longer, I think we might've
taken it to them."

After two straight goals swung the
momentum to the Wolverines' side,
Michigan captain Brendan Morrison
nearly delivered the knockout blow.
The senior chipped a shot past
Petrie, and replays appeared to show
that it hit the back of the net, but
there was no signal from the goal
judge or the referee. More impor-
tantly, the scoreboard still read 3-3.
The game with Bowling Green
was also expected to be the second
round of last Saturday's Fight Night
at Yost Ice Arena. Last weekend's
bouts resulted in the suspensions of
six players - three Falcons and
three Wolverines, served during
Friday night's games - and three
injured players, none of whom
played this weekend.
In addition, the fights gave rise to
such revenge-minded comments as
"(Bowling Green forward Dave)
Faulkner's absolutely dead," and
"It's war," by various Michigan
skaters. As it played out, Faulkner
lives - in fact, he was the game's
No. 1 star on Saturday - and there
were no major fights to speak of.
CCHA commissioner Bill Beagan
was on hand to keep track of things
and both teams were, for the most
part, well-behaved.
Friday's game, however, was
another story. Playing without Jason
Botterill, Bill Muckalt, Bubba
Berenzweig and an injured Greg
Crozier, the Wolverines came out

charging against the Spartans.
And ultimately, the revenge facto
- not to mention the Yost factor
outweighed the suspension factor
and the Wolverines came away wit
a surprisingly easy victory.
Legg took charge early on, scor
ing two goals in the first period or
what he referred to as "short putts.'
Later, with Michigan leading, 4-1
sophomore Justin Clark was
slammed from behind into th
Michigan State net. The ensuing
melee resulted in four suspensions
66 penalty minutes, two angry
goalies and two disappointed co~i
es. W
"I'm not going to comment on the
officiating," Berenson said.
When Spartans goaltender Chac
Alban came out of his crease anc
joined in the fighting behind-hi
own net, Michigan netminder Mart)
Turco skated all the way down-the
rink, past center-ice, and motionec
for Alban to meet him halfway
Alban responded in much the sam
manner - lots of arm motions
yelling - but declined Turco's invi-
tation to dance.
"I didn't like it, it's not part of the
game," Michigan State coach Ror
Mason said of the fighting. "Nc
team needs that."
The already-thin Wolverines sur<
didn't, and the suspensions eos
them Clark and defenseman Chris
Frescoln for Saturday night's gam.

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