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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 14, 1997 - 13

Morrison named CCHA Player of the

Year for 2nd time

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - Dinner was outstanding
for the Michigan hockey team last night.
The food wasn't bad, either.
The evening began and ended with
Wolverines on stage at the CCHA Awards
Wquet last night at the Crowne Plaza
ronchartrain Hotel in downtown Detroit.


Michigan brought
home a wealth of
hardware from the
banquet, including
trophies for the reg-
ular season cham-
pionship, Player of
the Year Brendan

Botterill returned to the stage moments
later as part of the CCIHA All-Academic
team. An economics major. it was the
senior's second straight year on the team.
Morrison didn't have much downtime,
either - after a short presentation nam-
ing Miami (Ohio) coach Mark Mazzoleni
Coach of the Year, Morrison was called
back up to the stage to be honored as the
CCHA scoring leader. He totaled 18 goals
and 31 assists in 27 league games.
Western Michigan defenseman Daryl
Andrews was named Rookie of the Year.
Andrews is the third Bronco in five years
to win the award.
Turco was voted Goaltender of the
Year, but after the ceremony, he said this
weekend's tournament is what he's really
looking forward to.
"This is what we've been waiting for'
he said. "It's an exciting time - the play-
offs always are. We're just ready to go out
as a team and hopefully win a couple of
Michigan's John Madden was present-
ed with the award for the best defensive
forward by Notre Dame coach and former
NHL Selke Award winner Dave Poulin.
Madden's 23 career shorthanded goals -
8 of which have come this year - are an

NCAA record.
"I'm happy for John Madden,"
Berenson said. "When you have so many
great players on one team, somebody's
always getting ov erlookd. I le\ been
coming to this banquet Ibr three year s
and he's had to sit and wich everyone
else get the awards.And he's i great.great
hockey player so he': finaily getting
his due.'
Andy Roach, a senior from Ferris
State, was voted the league's top offensive
defenseman. Roach was runner-up in the
category for each of the past two years.
The other blue line award went to
Michigan State captain Tyler Harlton,
who was named the conference's best
defensive defenseman. The Spartans have
the best overall penalty-kill percentage in
the nation.
For the second consecutive season, the
night's final award went to Morrison, as
CCHA Player of the Year.
"It's a very nice honor," Morrison said
after the ceremony. "I've been lucky to be
surrounded by so many great players here
at Michigan, and this is something that
never could have happened if it weren't
for my teammates,"
At the end of the evening, Berenson

was reflective about what this team has
"It's good that there's a lot of recogni-
tion for this group, they deserve it,' he
said. "I remember coming here when
there weren't any Michigan players at all
winning awards.
"And it's nice to see the league
acknowledge these guys - it's not as if
I'm standing up there talking about them.
The other coaches did all the voting for
them, so it's nice to get that kind of recog-

The big winners
Player of the Year: Brendan Morrison, F, Michigan
Coach of the Year: Mark'Mazzoleni, Miami (Ohio)
Goalie of the Year: Marty Turco, Michigan
Rookie of the Year: Daryl Andrews, D. Western Michigan
Tp Defensive forward: John Madden, Michigan
Top Offensive Defenseman: Andy Roach, Ferris State
Top Defensive Defenseman: Tyler Harlton, Michigan State

Morrison and Goaltender of the Year
,rty Turco.
After dinner was served, Red Berenson
and the three captains - Morrison, Jason
Botterill and Blake Sloan - accepted the
trophy for the CCHA regular-season
championship. Berenson gave a short
acceptance speech, in which he gave most
of the credit to his nine-man senior class.
in particular, he commended Morrison
and Botterill for returning to Michigan for
their senior seasons despite the lure of the

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him that I think he's excited, he's
Turco will need to be focused if he is
to stop Bowling Green's top scorers.
After a season full of injuries, the
Falcons are finally healthy. With a 10-
-5 CCHA record and an overall
mark of 17-15-5, the Falcons must win
the CCHA tournament to get into the
Bowling Green, which came into the
playoffs seeded fifth, advanced to

tonight's game after sweeping the
then-No. 4 seed, Lake Superior, last
weekend. The Falcons came from
behind to beat the Lakers in the first
game, 3-2, and scored three goals in.,
the third period of the second game on
their way to an 8-4 victory.
The Falcons' three leading scorers
- Mike Johnson, Curtis Fry and Brett
Punchard - each scored three goals
on the weekend.
If Turco and the Wolverines take
care of Bowling Green tonight, they.
will face one of the only two teams to
beat them this season - Michigan

State or Miami - on Saturday night at
The Redskins defeated Michigan
most recently, 4-2, on March 1. But it's
the Spartans who have had the
Wolverines' number.
The Spartans handed Michigan its
first loss of the season - a 5-4 heart-
breaker on Nov. 2, in East Lansing.
The Wolverines then returned the favor
two weeks later\with a 5-1 victory at
Yost. But on Feb. 8, the Spartans
defeated the Wolverines, who had won
23- straight since the first loss to the
Spartans, 2-1 at Joe Louis.

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