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48 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 17, 1997

HOCKEY

Legg steps to the forefront
on offense, special teams

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By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Recently, everything has been going
right for Mike Legg.
Over the past three weeks, Legg has
been Michigan's offensive spark, lead-
ing the team with 13 points as Michigan
has cemented itself atop the CCHA.
This weekend was a prime example,
with Legg recording a goal and four
assists in the two Michigan victories

over Notre Dame.
He attributes his
recent success to
increased effort.
"I'm just trying to
work hard," Legg
said. "(If) I work
hard, everything will
fall into place."
He demonstrated
that intensity this
weekend.

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Notre Dame 0 0 1-1
Michigan 0 0 3-3
First period - No scoring. Penalties - ND. Dhadphale
(hooking), 5:10; ND, Fraser (holding), 13:38; ND,
Simon (elbowing), 19:55. Second period - No scor-
ing. Penalties - ND, Hagkull (interference), 2:23; ND,
Hagkull (cross-checking), 4:29; ND, Cotnoir (rough-
ing), 4:29; UM, Ritchlin (roughing), 4:29; UM, bench
(too many men/served by Herr), 8:08; UM, Turco
(interference/served by Crozier), 12:03; ND,
Dusbabek (interference), 13:09; ND, Jurkowski
(roughing), 16:58; UM, Madden (roughing), 16:58;
ND, Jurkowski (holding), 19:25. Third period -1 UM,
Botterill 24, (Morrison, Legg) 1:04 pp; 2. UM,
Berenzweig 6, (Bourke) 3:07; 1. ND, Dhadphale 5,
(Simon, BoergaB 4:13: 3. UM, Schock 4. (unassisted)
13:44. Penalties - ND, Bagne (cross-checking),
8:58; ND, Fraser (delay of game), 10:32; UM, Botterill
(misconduct), 13:56; ND, Nelsen (roughing), 14:24;
ND, Dusbabek (roughing), 14:24; UM, Crozier (rough-
ing), 14:24; UM, Luhning (double roughing), 14:24.
Shots on goal - ND 44-7 -15, UM 20-13-14 - 47.
SPower Plays - ND, 0 of 3; UM, 1 of 9.
Saves - ND, Eisler 20-13-11- 44, UM, Turco 4-4-6
-14
Referee - John Kelly.
Linesmen - Don Cline, Larry Lulich.
! At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 6,478.

Legg assisted on Michigan's first two
goals Saturday, helping the Wolverines
jump out to a quick 2-0 advantage in the
first period. He added a tally of his own
in the second period.
Legg's four-point night Saturday was
pushed into the shadows as Michigan
captain Brendan Morrison eclipsed the
Michigan career points record. But that
didn't matter to Legg, who had nothing
but high praise for his teammate.
"He's like a surgeon," Legg said.
"(Morrison is) unbelievable."
Against Notre Dame on Friday, Legg
was a part of more Morrison history. He
received the second assist after passing
MORRISON
Continued from Page 11
the ice to celebrate a goal," Poulin said.
"Now, apparently, there was some
change between the officiating crew
and the director of officials after the
second period. I knew nothing of this.
"1 understand it's a great achievement,
without question. But you're changing a
rule that's in the book while the game is
going on. "
Evidently, Poulin
didn't fully under-
stand the signifi-
cance of what had
just happened, and
he should know
better.
Like Morrison,
he too was a Hobey
Baker candidate,
when he played for Morrison
Notre Dame in
1982.
Poulin played in the NHL for almost
10 years. He knows hockey. He should
know something special when he sees it.
He must not have been looking.
"There's 60 minutes in the game,
(and) we don't stop playing," Poulin

to Morrison, who set up Jason Botterill
for Michigan's first goal. The assist by
Morrison set the Michigan record for
career assists,
A POWERFUL OUTFIT: With four
goals on the power play Saturday
against the Fighting Irish, Michigan
took advantage of its opportunities,
changing the course of the game in the
process.
"The power play was clicking,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"(Friday) we weren't very sharp, but
tonight was a huge difference."
Two goals with a man advantage in
each of the first two periods gave
Michigan a comfortable lead on its way
to a 6-1 victory.
The game presented Michigan with
12 power-play opportunities and
Berenson was pleased with the results.
"In a game with a lot of penalties, our
special teams need to be a positive fac-
tor in the game," he said. "And (tonight)
they were."
Berenson felt a change was necessary
after Friday, when Michigan went 1-for-
9 on the power play.
So he moved Morrison from the
point, where he played Friday, to the
side Saturday. Legg substituted for Matt
Herr, who was removed from the top
unit.
Berenson was pleased with the pro-
duction, but isn't about to tie himself
into a set rotation. "I like that combina-
tion;" he said.
The change paid immediate divi-
dends.
said.
Maybe Poulin should have been
warned during intermission of the possi-
ble celebration. But that oversight is no
excuse for how his team behaved fol-
lowing the celebration.
Like many other teams this season,
Notre Dame's style of play took a turn
for the worse in the final period. The
Fighting Irish bumped, clutched,
grabbed, and threw blatant cheap shots at
Morrison.
But Morrison resisted retaliation, and
stayed out of the penalty box. Almost
any other player, at any level, would have
lost his composure.
Not Morrison. Not on his night.
The last-place Irish are many years
away from reaching anything even
remotely similar to the current status of
Michigan hockey.
"I think coach Poulin, down the road,
if something like that happens in their
program, that he'll better appreciate the
situation," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said.
Until then, Morrison will receive
plenty of appreciation from the rest of
the hockey world, which certainly under-
stands the magnitude of his achieve-
ments.

Morrison scored both his goals when
Michigan had an extra man on the ice
and also assisted on Warren Luhning's
goal.
"(Morrison) thrives on the power
play," Poulin said. "He scored two
power-play goals, and he excels at that."
THE MIDAS TOUCH: Hopefully for
Michigan, Lance Alstodt's lucky streak
will rub off.
Two weeks ago, Alstodt stood before
80,000 fans at the NFL Pro Bowl and a
national television audience and calmly
booted a 35-yard field goal to win $1
million.
Friday, he witnessed a crowd of sim-
ilar intensity despite the difference in
size.
Alstodt, an avid Michigan supporter,
watched Michigan defeat Notre Dame,
3-1, at Yost Ice Arena. His allegiance to
Michigan hockey is not a new phenom-
enon, however.
"I've always gone to Michigan hock-
ey games;' he said. "I saw them (in
1992) when the final four was in
Albany. I followed them all the way
there - unfortunately, things didn't pan
out."
The Wolverines may hope the sce-
nario will not repeat itself as a little of
Alstodt's good fortune may make the
difference in the playoffs.
PAYING THE PRICE: In a season full
of turmoil, University of Maine at
Orono has received yet another setback.
On the heels of major NCAA sanc-
tions, the Bears found out Thursday that
they will be ineligible to compete in this

MARK FRIEDMAN/
Michigan goaltenders Gregg Malicke and Marty Turco greet each other Saturday
night. Malicke got a rare start, while freshman Greg Daddario also saw action.

year's Hockey East post-season tourna-
ment.
The decision by the league's execu-
tive committee was finalized after the
NCAA denied Maine's appeal to reduce
its sanctions.
Maine was banned from all postsea-
son play and tournament appearances
last summer after an 18-month NCAA
investigation. Recruiting, boosters and

athletes' eligibility were all to blame for
the sanctions. Maine also was forced to
give up two scholarships this season
and one in 1997-98.
After receiving a personal one-year
ban from coaching last summer, former
Maine coach Shawn Walsh has watched
his team deteriorate from a nation
power into one of average standing w
a 20-10-1 overall record.
Michigan's all-
time scoring
leader was
hooked more
than a few times
in Saturday
night's game
against Notre
Dame. The
Fighting Irish
seemed to play a
lot rougher after
Morrison set the
scoring record
early In the thir
.FperIod.
MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily

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NotreDame 0 0 1 -
aMichigan 3 2 1 - 6
First period -1. UM, Morrison 22, (Herr, Legg), 7:13
pp; 2 UM, Luhning 17 (Legg, Morrison) 18:36 pp; 3.
UM, Hayes 5 (Madden, Clark) 19:35. Penalties -
,.UM, Peach (tripping), 4:23; ND, McCarthy (interfer-
ence) 4:35; ND, Urick (slashing), 5:45; UM, Luhning
(high stick). 12:58; UM, Rominski (roughing), 15:00;
ND, Nelsen (holding), 18:05.
Second period - 4. UM, Legg 19 (Botterill, Luhning),
2:03 pp; 5. UM, Morrison 23 (Madden, Legg), 17:45
4-on-3 pp. Penalties - ND, Fraser (elbowing), :22;
ND, Urick (holding the stick), 6:29; UM, Clark (high
stick), 9:14; UM, Merrick (roughing), 13:10g ND,
Hagkull (roughing), 16:15; UM, Ritchlin (roughing),
16:15; ND, Fraser (high stick), 16:39; ND, Nelsen
(cross-checking), 17:01; ND, Noble (slashing), 17:54.
ThIrd period - 6. UM, Herr 24 (Morrison, Peach),
2:58; 1. ND, Urick 13 (Hagkull, McCarthy), 7:18.
Penalties- ND, Dusabek (elbowing), 4:23; ND,
Molina (roughing), 4:23; UM, Hayes (roughing), 4:23;
UM, Sloan (roughing), 4:23; UM, Luhning (high-stick-
ing), 8:13; ND, Dusabek (slashing), 8:19; ND, Molina
(delay of game), 12:25; ND, Simon (tripping), 16:19;
ND, Urick (roughing), 18:11.
Shots on goal - ND 747 - 18; UM 15-15-9 - 39.
Power Plays - ND 0 of 7; UM, 4 of 12.
Saves- ND, Karr 12-13-8-33; UM, Malicke 7-4-4
- 15; Daddario x-x-2 - 2.
Referee - Edwards.
Uinesmen - Pouliot, Newell.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 6,590.

IRISH
Continued from Page 1B
Morrison after the play, delaying the game for
several minutes.
"It was a really special moment," Morrison
said after the game. "I've been really lucky to
be surrounded by great players here at
Michigan for the past four years, and without
them, this never could have happened."
The game began with a host of Wolverines
getting on the scoreboard, and Michigan
jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period.
Morrison picked up the first goal seven min-
utes after the opening faceoff, and Michigan
didn't score again until forward Warren
Luhning redirected Mike Legg's shot from the
point with under two minutes left in the period.
Then, with just 25 seconds remaining before the
first intermission, Bobby Hayes hustled around
from behind the net to poke in John Madden's
deflected shot.
Legg and Morrison scored in the second peri-
od, before Herr's third-period goal rounded out
the scoring for Michigan.
Malicke held Notre Dame scoreless until the
third period, when he was beaten at 7:13 by
right wing Brian Urick for the sole Irish goal.
Daddario made two saves in his first league
action of the season.
Michigan coach Red Berenson said that
Malicke's performance was particularly impor-
tant.
"You never know, he could be the most
important player on our team," Berenson said.
"You never know what can happen. If Turco gets
hurt, Gregg would have to step in and be the
guy.
"He's been through everything the other guys
have - all the practices - but he doesn't get to
start. When he plays, I think the players show
their appreciation."
While the atmosphere after Saturday's game
was celebratory, Friday's post-game press con-
ference was quite different. Although Michigan
won, 3-1, the players were nowhere near happy.

"We were just kidding ourselves out there,"
Morrison said. "Obviously, we have to play bet-
ter as a team."
Neither team could get on the scoreboard
through two periods, and it wasn't until a
minute into the third that Jason Botterill scored
on a pass from Morrison. The assist was the
165th for Morrison, and Botterill wasted
time in retrieving the puck for his teammate.
"It was nice to help him out on the goal that
got the record," Botterill said. "Brendan's very
deserving of that honor, he's worked hard here
for four years."
Bubba Berenzweig scored Michigan's second
goal while being held. Skating from right to left
between the circles, he slid the puck past Notre
Dame goaltender Matt Eisler. Peter Bourke
assisted.
The Irish got on the board when center Anil
Dhadphale put a slapshot past Michigan goal-
tender Marty Turco while skating up the right
side of the ice.
With 6:16 to play, Harold Schock finished the
scoring with an unassisted goal. The Wolverines
thought they had another goal 10 seconds later,
but the net was shaken loose from its moorings
before the red light was turned on. Botterill's
protestations of the call - or no-call - earned
him a 10-minute misconduct.
Eisler made 44 saves, and the Irish defer
frustrated the Michigan power play all night.
"I thought our execution was very poor,"
Berenson said. "We put ourselves in a position
to be beaten at home. Notre Dame didn't get a
lot of chances, but they still could have won the
game in the end. We were very vulnerable.
"It's disappointing when we don't execute the
way we say we're going to and the way we do in
practice.
"We had a lot of players that just 'got
through' the game. They were not ready to m-1
a difference in the game."
Berenson did give credit to sophomore Justin
Clark, who played a strong game in his first-
action after missing close to two months with
mononucleosis.

M/A~RKFRIEDMAN'/Daiy
Michigan defenseman Blake Sloan was just one of several Wolverines involved In extracurricular activity
with The Fighting Irish Saturday night.

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