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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - October 13, 1997_-_7B

klerr goes down


scary' pain.

By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Writer
* MINNEAPOLIS - The Michigan
hockey team's win over Minnesota was
also tempered by a loss, though the full
impact of the loss is yet to be known.
On a team already loaded with fresh-
men and inexperience, the last thing the
Wolverines needed was an injury to
one-of their top upperclassmen -
much less their captain.
Senior left wing Matt Herr suffered a
groin injury during the second period
TFriday's match against the Golden
Tophers. The full extent of the injury
has not been determined.
"I was going down, chasing the
puck'" Herr said. "I think we were
penalty killing, four-on-four. I just
accelerated too fast, and my groin
popped. I heard it over the crowd, over
everything. I couldn't pull my leg back.
"It was definitely scary."
Friday's injury wasn't the 0900
rst of its kind for Herr. He
also sat out last Monday's prac-
tice with a strained groin,
although at the time, he had no
doubts he would play against
the Gophers.
This injury is much more
serious than the first, however.
Herr skipped yesterday's game

relatively shallow center position, try-
ing out right wing Dale Rominski at
center during the Toronto game.
The Wolverines handled Toronto eas-
ily, beating the Varsity Blues, 9-2, but it
remains to be seen how Michigan will
fare against more difficult opponents
without Herr's help on the ice.
thy enemy" is a credo of Michigan
hockey, then freshman Josh Langfeld
was well-prepared for Friday's game
against Minnesota.
The forward is a native of Coon
Rapids, Minn., and was heavily recruit-
ed by many schools in his home state,
including Michigan's first opponent.
Langfeld not only had a large group
of friends and family cheering him on
at the game but was also playing
against friends - people he has played
with and against ever since his child-


"It was fun," Langfeld
said. "I was a little nervous,
but otherwise it was a fun
experience. I played against a
bunch of friends - it was
Langfeld said he felt a lot
of pressure to prove himself
against his old teammates.
"When we practiced (at the

To the surprise of
many, Michigan
snuck past
Minnesota this
weekend in
Minneapolis, 3-2.

against Toronto, and his current status
is uncertain, Michigan coach Red
4 erenson said.
"Right now, it's a serious groin
injury," Berenson said. "He's going to
get an MRI to make sure it's not any
more serious. I can't tell you it's not
any more serious, but I'm expecting
that they're not going to find anything
that makes it more serious at this
Berenson said that Herr is doubtful
for this weekend's series against
{ "Right now, it's week-to-week, not a
day-to-day thing," Berenson said.
"Maybe at the end of this week he'll
start skating, maybe it'll be two weeks,
so we'll wait and see."
Herr's absence will leave a dearth of
senior leadership on the ice.
The captain was an integral part of
Michigan's first line when it faced
Minnesota, and not only does Herr play
ft wing, but he can also stand in at
His loss has meant that Berenson has
had to do some extra tinkering at the
Continued from Page 1B
Marty Turco and gave the other
goalies, Gregg Malicke and Greg
Daddario, an opportunity to compete.
The Wolverines had 56 shots on
goal and allowed only 16.
Daddario allowed the only two.
scores against Michigan, both in the
third period, when the game was
already well out of reach.
"It was a game we expected to
win," Berenson said. "As a coach and
as a team, it's how you play. We come
out of this feeling good about our-
Yesterday's feel-good victory was
even more satisfying for the
Wolverines after escaping Minnesota
with the first win of the weekend.
Beginning with the first period, it
looked as if it was going to be a long
night - and season for Michigan.
"I've never played with a crowd
like that," freshman Mike Van Ryn
said. "It was pretty amazing."
Forward Justin Clark pulled a shot
rom the right slot to score Michigan's

Target Center) the day before the game,
I saw all the guys (from Minnesota)
watching me,' Langfeld said. "I started
thinking to myself, 'Oh man, they're all
staring at me.'
"Coach (Berenson) came up to me
and said, 'Don't think about those
guys; don't call them when you get
back to the hotel - just focus on the
game and don't think about them, or
else you'll play like crap."'
Langfeld's contingent of fans num-
bered approximately 50 - and the
group possessed an enthusiasm that
bettered their size.
"They were all sitting behind the
bench, shouting and screaming,"
Langfeld said. "A lot of them were
probably drunk."
Among the fans were Langfeld's par-
ents - although they were not among
the inebriated. Langfeld's mother and
father enjoyed seeing their son play
college hockey for the first time.
"I thought Josh played real well," Mr.
Langfeld said. "Michigan really
stepped it up the second and third peri-
od, and they outplayed Minnesota -"
first goal of the season. At that
moment, the team's confidence visi-
bly changed.
Two defensive lapses threw the
Wolverines into a compromising posi-
tion. The first came after only 54 sec-
onds into the period. Minnesota for-
ward Dave Spehar got past Michigan
defensemen Sean Peach and Mike
Van Ryn and shot it past Turco.
"Everyone was nervous to play the
first game, can't wait to play,"
Berenson said. "It took a while before
for us to realize that we have to just
worry about the game."
When Minnesota scored its second
goal. after 13:16 in the first period,
everything hit the fan. The 16,106
fans at the Target Center were in a
frenzy, expecting to exact revenge on
the Wolverines for defeats in years
"One play here, one play there, the
score could be a lot different,"
Minnesota coach Doug Woog said.
Fortunately for the Wolverines, the
score wasn't. Clark's goal marked a
turning point in the contest. Michigan
seemed to regroup, not allowing

"The second period," Mrs. Langfeld
Seeing Josh don the maize and blue
meant a lot to his family.
"We kind of cried, when you see him
out there like that," Mrs. Langfeld said.
"When you see that big 'M' on the
jersey, it's like a dream come true," Mr.
Langfeld said. "He's worked hard the
last two years."
FRIENDLY FIRE: Michigan goal-
tender Marty Turco got a surprise from
a teammate during the third period of
the Minnesota game - but it wasn't a
pleasant one.
While trying to clear the puck away
from a Gopher and the Wolverines' net,
Michigan defenseman Chris Fox acci-
dentally sent a shot in Turco's direction.
"He came over, and he looked at me
and didn't know what to say," Turco said.
"I just started laughing. It was funny, I
just said, 'What, you think I didn't get
enough shots today?' We just chuckled
and put our game faces on again."
At the time of the mishap, Michigan
was leading, 3-2. Fortunately for
Michigan - and Fox - Turco made the
Minnesota to generate momentum or
score again. The defense did manage
to regroup, but the victory was due in
large part to Turco's efforts. The
senior netminder turned away 29
"I thought I played well," Turco
said. "I did nothing out of the ordi-
nary, I just played solid. And that's
what is asked of me."
Senior Bill Muckalt's goal in the
third period after 8:14 completed the
Michigan rally. But Muckalt had
many opportunities to pad the lead,
only to have a Gopher trip him up
near the net each time.
"The ref told me after the game that
he should've called a couple of
those," Muckalt said. "He called a
tight game. It's frustrating when you
work hard to get a shot and somebody
has to cheat to stop you. But that's
part of hockey.
"I'm not getting down on the offici-
ating, I thought he called a fair game."
Van Ryn's power play goal at 6:55
in the second period tied the game,
setting up Muckalt's game-winner.
"Muckalt's a good player," Woog

Michigan 1 1 1
Minnesota 2 0 0
First period -1. MN, Spehar (Smith), 0:54 ; 2.
MN, Anderson (Hankinson, Berg), 11:04; 1. UM
Clark (unassisted). 16:31. Penalties - MN,
Abrahamson (holding), 6:35; UM, Hayes (trip-
ping), 9:15; UM, Peach (high-sticking), 12:44;
MN, Miskovich (high-sticking), 12:44.
Second period - 2. UM, Van Ryn (Muckalt),
6:55 (pp). Penalties - MN, Pagel (hooking),
5:31; MN, Spehar (roughing),5:48; UM, crawford
(roughing), 5:48.
Third period - 3. UM, Muckalt (Berenzweig),
8:41. Penalties - MN, Kohn (tripping), 16:11
Shots on goal - UM 10-108- 28; MN 11-8-
12- 31.
Power Plays - UM 1 of 3, MN 1 of 1
Saves - UM, Turco 9-8-12 - 29; MN, DeBus 9-
6-x -15; MN, Marvin x-3-2 - 5; MN, Day x-x-5
Referee - Greg Shepard
Unesmen - Marco Hunt, Ed Zepeda.
At: Target Center, Minneapolis

Vs .

Toronto 0 0 2-2
Michigan 3 3 3-9 ;
First period-1. UM, Gassoff1(Largfeld, Kayler 11.O
;2. UM, Matzka 1(Berenzweig),13:16;3.UM, Muckalt
1 (Kosick, Crozier), 17:19 (pOM). Pe its--UT,
Dykeman (hooking), 1:08; UM, Muckat (Intereence),
2:30; UTHolloway (charging), 5:37;UT, Zinn (roughing),
6:35; UM Koch (slashing), 6:35; UM, Muckalt (trippig).
6:46; UT, MacKinnon (charging), 15:21; UT, Poupart
(slashing), 18:08; UM, Koch (slashing), 19:42, UT.
Second period - 4. UM, Hayes 1 (Gassoff), 3:25; 5. UM,
Berenzweig 1(Kayler, Rominski), 6:25,6. UM, Peach 1
(Kayler, Rominski), 11:24 (ppg). Penalties -- UT,
Dykeman (slashing), 4:22; UT, Zinn (roughing), 4:46; UM,
Laigfeld (roughing), 4:46; UT, Glaser (hooking), 11:M9
UM, Trainor (tripping), 12:31; UT, Poupart (cross check),
Thrd period- 7. UM, Muckalt 2 (Crozier), 4:02; 8.UM,
Langfeld 1 (unassisted). 4:29; 1. UT, Dello 1
(Glaser),6:29; 2. UT, Andrikopoulus1(Zinn),12:17 (pro;
9. UM, Crozier 1(Muckaft, Kosick),12:48. Penrities-
UM, Berenzweig (roughing), 8:56; UM, Kayler (cross
checking), 9:59; UT, VaU Waleghem (roughing), 12:10;
UM, Matzka (roughing), 12:10; UM, Matzka (high stick"
ing), 12:10; UT, Di Reeze (delay of game) 14:05; UM,
Koch (delay of game), 14:05; UT, Zin (roughing), 15:43;
UT, Gallagher (holding), 18:56; UM, Gassoff(inter.fe
ence), 18:56.
Shtsongoal-UT 538-16UM 181820-56.
PowerPlays-UT,lof6; UM,2of8.
Saves - UT, Dykeman 15517-47; UM, Daddado x,
x4 -4; UM, Turco 5x-x -5; UM, Malicke x-32 -5.
Rehmre - Rcoger Groff.
Unesmen - Devin Newell, Steve Mclnchak
At Yost Ice Arena, A:6,139
Yesterday's game was the first offi-
cial game of the season, but since
Toronto is not an NCAA Division l
opponent, the statistics do not count
for the Wolverines nationally.


said. "I always enjoy watching him
even in games that I'm not coaching
against him. He has a good personali-
ty and he's a good sport."
Although last weekend's games were

Michigan's first competition of the sea-
son, the situation is somewhat unusual.
Friday's contest, dubbed the Hall of
Fame game, is considered an exhibition
and doesn't count in overall standings.





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