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48 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 24, 1997

CCHA Players
of the Week

Muckalt vents frustration with officials

Offense: Mike York, Michigan State
The Junior center scored a goal and
had three assists as the Spartans
won a pair of games against Ohio
State and Bowling Green this week-
end.
Defense: Josh Harrold, Miami
(Ohio)
The defensemen scored the game
winning goal in the Redhawk's vic-
tory over Western Michigan on
Friday night and led Miami's
defense which allowed only 45
shots on goal in two games.

Michigan 4, Bowling Green 2
Bowling Green 0 1 1 -2
Michigan 2 1 1 -4
Fir period -1. UM, Hayes 7 (Peach, Van Ryn),
11:12; 2. UM Kosick 5 (Langfeld, Peach).
Penalties- UM,Gassoff (roughing), 1:56:BG,
Valentine (roughing) 1:56; UM, Rominski (interfer-
ence), 7:12; BG, Dejarlais (rouging), :12; UM,
Rominski (holding the stick), 9:26; BG, Hustler
(interference), 10:01; UM, Rominski (hooking),
15:38; BG, Schueller (double-minor roughing),
17:58; UM, Langfeld (roughing), 17:58.
Second period - 1. nGNowosad 2 (Ham, Jones),
7:59; 3. UM, Koch 1 (Langfeld), 15:18. Penalties -
BG, Nowosad (interference), 11:16; UM, Crozier
(interference), 18:43.
third period - 2. 8G, Valentine 4 (Murphy), 2:14;
4.UM, Rominski 3 (unassisted), 19:36. Penalties -
iM, Merrick (hooking), 3:23; BG Valentine (interfer-
ence), 5:03; UM, Ritchlin roughing), 5:26; BG,
(roughing), 5:26.
Shots on goal -BG 5-9-8 - 22; UM 15-9-5- 29.
Power Plays- BG, 0 of 4; UM, 0 of 5.
Saves - BG, Savard 13-8-4 - 25; UM, Turco 5-6-7
-20.
Referee- Roger Graff.
Assistant Referees - Don Kline, Dave Kronenberg.
At Bowling Green Ice Arena. A: 4,683.
Sunday's hockey game
Michigan 3, Ohio State 2 (ot)
Michigan 0 1 1 1--3
Ohio State 0 2 0 0--2
Firt period - No scoring. Penalties - UM,
Muckalt (cross checking), 4:11; UM, Peach
(Tripping), 8:33; OSU, Dufour (holding the stick),
9:08; OSU, Cousineau (roughing), 14:23; UM, Van
Ryn (roughing), 14:23; UM, Rominski (unsportsman-
like conduct), 17:13; OSU, Signoretti (tripping),
18:28; UM, Muckalt (charging), 19:45; UM,
Muckalt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:45.
Second period -1. UM, Muckalt 11(Kahler), 3:53;
1. OSU, Meloche 5 (Dufour, Boisvert), 5:48; 2. OSU,
Cousineau 2 (Richards, Boisvert), 19:55. Penalties
- OSU, Shaleski (roughing), 5:17; OSU, McMillan
(roughing), 5:17; UM, Ritchlin (roughing), 5:17;
tIM, crozier (roughing), 5:17; OSU, Jestadt (high
sticking), 6:36; UM, Turco (slashing), 13:08; OSU,
Maund (roughing), 15:08.
Third period- 2. UM, Rominski 4 (Muckalt,
Hayes), 3:49. Penalties - UM, Magnuson (cross
checking), 16:59.
Ovetime - 3. UM Koch 2 (Langfeld), 4:29.
Penlties - none.
Shots on goal - UM, 5-13-9-4 - 31; OSU, 16-11-
13-2-42.
PowerPlays -UM,0of 4; OSU,Oof 7.
Save- UM, Turco 16-9132 -40; OSU, Maund
S5-12-&3 s28.
Referee - Roger Graff.
Assistant Referees - Robert Faria, Michale
Mondalek.
At: Ohio Exposition Center. A:1,625.

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Wrctr
COLUMBUS - Bill Muckalt, assistant cap-
tain of the Michigan hockey team, seems to
have Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde complex. He's the
NCAA's current points-scored leader and has
demonstrated that he's a step above everyone
else on the ice.
But Muckalt has two sides to his personality.
On the one hand, he's the playful one on the
team, the one who jokes around the most at
practice and at home. He often challenges third-
string goaltender and fan favorite Greg
Daddario to one-on-one post-practice chal-
lenges that draw most of the team to watch.
He kids around at post-game conferences and
flings pucks into the stands at pesky reporters
during practice.
Before the season started, Muckalt even fooled
his teammates that he was going to forgo his
senior season and enter the professional ranks.
That's just one side of Muckalt. The humor-
ous side.
But then there's the other side. The Williams
Lake, B.C. native has shown that he has a short
fuse and fiery temper.
In yesterday's 3-2 victory over Ohio State,
Muckalt got into a little bit of trouble. Play
stopped in the first period after an official whis-
tled the Wolverines for being offsides.
Muckalt, speeding into the zone, collided into
a Buckeye and sent him into the Ohio State
bench. An official whistled Muckalt for charg-
ing, and held on to the left wing's shirt.
Muckalt, furious, voiced his displeasure while
jumping up and down on the ice.
The result - two penalties for Muckalt,
charging and unsportsmanlike conduct.
"I didn't mean to lose my cool and they know
it," Muckalt said. "It's been going on the whole
year."
And, to show just how important he is to the
Wolverines, as soon as his four minutes of
penalty time expired, Muckalt exited the box
and immediately received Troy Kahler's pass to
score the first goal of the game.
The move resembled Superman coming out
of the phone booth to save the day.
"I want to lead this team the best I can and

help them win any way I can," Muckalt said.
But yesterday's episode of rage by the fierce-
ly-competitive Muckalt wasn't the first. During
Wednesday's practice last week, Muckalt got
upset after missing a shot and flung his stO
into the stands.
Michigan coach Red Berenson stopped prac-
ticed and loudly chastised Muckalt for losing
his temper.
For the Wolverines, Muckalt's sometimes
volatile attitude can be tolerated. It has to be
tolerated.
Last' weekend, he had a hand five of the
Wolverines' six goals against Ferris State
including the game winning goal in overtime in
Michigan's 3-2 victory. This past weeker
assisted on the second goal after scorin
Michigan's first.
Berenson feels that since Muckalt is the focus
of the other teams' attention, Muckalt should
benefit from the unwritten responsibility all
officials, professional or collegiate, follow
when treating most other superstars - provid-
ing protection.
Berenson feels they haven't protected his
superstar well enough.
For other teams "he's a target, he's being t
geted and he was responding to it. It's rea y
important that our officials understand who the
best players are in the league and protect them
ice. There's got to be a Gretzky rule, a Lemieux
rule, a Brendan Morrison rule and a Billy
Muckalt rule.
"He shouldn't be leading our team in penal-
ties, but he is because he's retaliating every
night."
At various times during the season, Muckalt
has beaten the defense with his unmatch:
speed, only to get dragged down from behiW
without a penalty being called.
It happened this weekend at Bowling Green.
"It's a little frustrating, after a while, to put
up with so much stuff that doesn't get called"
Muckalt said. Friday night "and tonight, the
same official wasn't calling anything,
"I get to get abused. You feel like you can
only take so much and you've got protect your-
self. That's just something you have to deal
with."

PAUL TALANlAN/Daily
Right wing Bill Muckalt has been annoyed with the officiating this season. Yesterday, against Ohio
State, he let the officials know about it - and he received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Good goaltending gves
Blue edge in ig games

Up next

Minnesota
Friday, Yost Ice Arena 7 pm.

Wisconsin
Sunday, Yost Ice Arena, 4 p.m.
The Three Stars
The Michigan Daily hockey writers'
picks for Michigan's three stars of
the weekend:
Third Star: Dale Rominski
The junior forward scored a goal in
each of the weekend's games
Including the tieing goal early in
the third period against Ohio State.
Rominski was also an integral part
of the Michigan penalty killing unit
which did not allow a power play
goal in 12 chances
Second Star: Marty Turco
The senior goaltender stopped 40
shots in Sunday's 3-2 overtime vic-
Aory over Ohio State and made 20
saves in Friday night's 4-2 victory
over Bowling Green.
first Star: Geoff Koch
After struggling to find his scoring
touch for much of the season, the
freshmen forward scoredathe game
twinning goals against Bowling
Green on Friday and against Ohio
$tate yesterday. The goals were
the first two of his career.
CCHA Standings

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Michigan coach Red
Berenson knows his team is in for its share of
close games this season. But after this week-
end, he has a reason to think the Wolverines
have a shot to win tight contests.
"We've got an NHL goalie in goal,"
Berenson said. "Marty Turco is keeping us in
every game, giving us the
chance to win the game."
On a night when Ohio State
shots came in flurries, Turco
responded by turning most of
them away - even if he did-
n't know where they were
coming from.
"I didn't see a lot of shots
from the point," Turco said.
"Fortunately, most of the time
I saw where the puck was going, and I put my
legs or my glove out there."
One fortunate incident for Michigan came
when Turco preserved a 2-2 deadlock in the
third period on a breakaway by Ohio State right
wing Eric Meloche. The save enabled the
Wolverines to pull out the overtime victory.
"You forget about those things when you
win, but Turco made the difference," Berenson
said.
Friday night at Bowling Green, Turco made
another unbelievable save late in the third peri-
od to prevent the Falcons from tying the con-
test at three.
After facing Turco for the first time this year,
Ohio State coach John Markell was first in line
to applaud the senior netminder's play.
"I thought he won the game today," Markell
said. "They were scrambling for their life and
he came up big."

THE FRESHMAN: When all was said and done
over the weekend, it was one of the more
reserved freshman's actions that spoke the
loudest for the Wolverines.
Michigan left wing Geoff Koch sealed the
deal for the Wolverines against both Ohio State
and Bowling Green, tallying two game-win-
ning goals. The goals were the first two of
Koch's career, and were key to Michigan's
four-point weekend.
"I'll take what I can get at this point," Koch
said, following his goal Friday night.
But instead of taking what came to him yester-
day, Koch forced the issue in overtime, skating
through the zone and pushing the puck past Ohio
State goaltender Jeff Maund for the victory.
The goal may have been all Koch could have
gotten - but for the Wolverines, it was all they
needed.
COACH HERR: While Michigan left wing
Matt Herr remains off the ice with a groin
injury, his role during games has changed over
the past few weeks.
Since Michigan's 3-2 home victory over
Ferris State on Nov. 14, the senior captain has
been down on the bench with the rest of the
Wolverines, as opposed to in the press box.
Michigan coach Red Berenson invited Herr
down to the ice the night of the game, and he
jumped at the opportunity.
"Coach came up to me and said, 'Would you
like to come down?', and I said, 'Yeah, I'd love
it,"' Herr said. "It helped me get more into the
game."
Now, Herr sees things from a different per-
spective - one he doesn't seem to enjoy as
much.
"After the game, coach said to me, 'Now you
know how hard it is,"' Herr said. "I sweat more
on the bench than I do on the ice."

PAUL TALANIAN/D
Bowling Green goaltender Mike Savard sprawls to cover the puck against Michigan on Friday. Savard
stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced, but still lost.

Since that game, Herr has been on the bench
during road games at Ferris State in Grand
Rapids a week ago, Bowling Green on Friday
and Ohio State yesterday.
ROSES ON ICE: In the wake of the Michigan
football team's 20-14 win over Ohio State on
Saturday, a number of dedicated Wolverine
fans made the trip to Columbus yesterday to
catch the hockey game - as well as gauge the
reaction of the Buckeye faithful to the Ohio
State loss on Saturday.
Rather than shy away from the journey into
the proverbial lion's den, some members of the
Michigan hockey band pressed on.

"We usually go to one or two road games a
year," Kinesiology junior Michael Ball said.
"We especially wanted to come to Columbus to
see the reaction after (Saturday)."
And it was quite a reaction they received as .
the group proudly paraded around the rink with
roses raised in the air.
"Oh yeah, we've been getting a lot of s A
from people," Ball said. "Usually we don't lik
to taunt people, but it's good to be back on -
top.
Fortunately for Ball and his friends, the same
could have been after the hockey game - at
least against Ohio State.

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lead for long. Two minutes later, Ohio State's Jean-
Francois Defour shot the puck from behind the net,
deflecting off
Michigan goaltender Marty Turco into the slot,
where Eric Meloche shot it above a sprawling Turco
for the goal.
The only other blemish to Turco's save average
came at the end of the second, when Ohio State's Tyler
McMillan drove a slap shot from between the faceoff
dots over Turco's shoulder on a 3-on-3 rush. Other
than the two letdowns during the second period, Turco
had a great afternoon, bailing out the Wolverines fre-
quently en route to 40 saves for the game.
Perhaps Turco's most spectacular save didn't
come until the middle of the third period, however.
After going for almost 20 minutes without scoring,
Michigan finally tied the game up at 3:49 in the
third, when in a 2-on-2 rush, Muckalt centered the
puck to a trailing Dale Rominski for the goal.
Ten minutes later, the Buckeyes had their best

ther managed to capitalize.
Just when it seemed the Wolverines would go
home with their second tie of the season, Koch
jumpstarted the Wolverines^" offense once and for
all. Koch attacked the net as he skated down the
right wing, beating Maund for the decisive goal x
the second of Koch's career, and his second of the
weekend.
Unable to halt his momentum, Koch careened
into the net. Before the forward could get to his
feet, he was mobbed by a frenzied group of his
teammates, celebrating the goal and the victory.
"I don't know if it was the 3 o'clock game or
what it was, but it took us until about 5:30 to wake
up," Berenson said. "We had a good third period -
that was the best part of our game."
The Wolverines managed to defeat Bowling
Green without an overtime Friday, although the
game was much closer than indicated by the final
score of 4-2.
Facing a situation similar to last Sunday's game
against Ferris State, when the Wolverines held a 3-
0 lead but let the Bulldogs come back to earn a tie,

score 2-0.
Going into the second period, the Wolverines
were determined not to experience a letdown li
they had last season.
But the Falcons had other ideas. The momentum
shifted dramatically, almost as if the two teams had
simply exchanged uniforms during the intermis-
sion.
Bowling Green looked fresh and aggressive,
managing to keep the puck in Michigan's zone for
most of the second. The Falcons finally capitalized
when Bowling Green's Stewart Nowasad beat Turco
off a rebound.
Michigan, however, wouldn't allow a repeat
last weekend's tie with Ferris State. With a sho
from the slot, Koch scored the first goal of his
career at 15:18 in the second, breaking the Falcons'
spirit and icing the game for the Wolverines.
"That was a huge goal," Berenson said. "Anytime
the score is 2-1, and you can make it 3-1, it changes
the game's flow. We were lucky to get the goals
when we needed them."
Bowling Green managed to score again in the

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