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Turco's fourth season should be his most chal
By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
For the past three seasons, any talk
about goaltenders at Michigan has
been talking about Marty Turco.
As soon as he arrived in 1993,
Turco was thrown into the net, with
full confidence placed in his abilities
as a goalie. And he didn't disappoint,
being named CCHA rookie of the
His other achievements read like a
list of career goals for any netminder:
all-time Michigan shutout leader,
1997 CCHA goalie of the year, three
CCHA titles, active CCHA leader in
five categories, 1996-97 All-
American, 1995-96 NCAA all-tour-
nament team selection. 1995-96
Not to mention with 94 career vic-
tories Turco is on pace to break the
NCAA-record 111 wins set by for-
mer Wolverine and current Buffalo
Sabre Steve Shields. All the current
Michigan goalie needs is to win a lit-
tle more than half as many games as
he won last year.
No problem, right?
But suddenly there's all this talk
outside the hockey program concern-
ing Turco's ability, that his success
was a by-product of the tremendous
talent on the ice in front of him.
All eyes are going to be on the
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native, just
"If you play in goalie in the CCHA
and especially at Michigan. there's
always going to be pressure," Turco
The same pressure might be there,
but the situation this time is different.
So many times during the previous
three seasons, Turco has had to play
the waiting game. Patiently sitting
back, deflecting an occasional shot,
he knew the goals would come from
the high-octane offense at Michigan.
Now, no one knows what will hap-
pen or where the goals will come
from. Or even if there will be enough
goals will in fact come.
"I don't think I have to work on
concentration as much as I did in
years past," Turco said. "I didn't see
some shots in some games, and I had
to work on that. Now I'm going to
expect a lot of shots, so my concen-
tration improved during the last
And that's the big criticism Turco
undoubtedly has been hearing: makes
the great saves at clutch times, but
lets the easy ones squeak past him.
The only problem this season is
that without those easy saves, there
might not be games where clutch
saves matter -- the championships,
the playoffs, to name the most impor-
"Marty can only do so much,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"He can't score goals, he can't carry
the puck out of our zones. For the
most part, the only thing he can do is
to make sure the other team doesn't
score bad goals"
The challenge presented to Turco is
formidable. Not only is the offense
not as potent, there are apparent
question marks on the blue line as
well. With the departure of key
Wolverines on defense, only Bubba
Berenzweig, Sean Peach and Chris
Fox remain as experienced defense-
"Marty can help the young defense
in terms of talking to them, giving
the puck to them, being a little bit
like a third defensemen," Berenson
said. "But he can't get caught up too
much in all that. This is a huge chal-
lenge for him. He's got to get himself
in order. That will help our defense
not be crushed every time they make
a mistake when the puck ends up in
the net on a shot that maybe Marty
should have stopped."
Although Turco downplays the
apparent increase in scrutiny upon
himself, he does recognize that this
season is completely different than
any other he's taken part in at
"Our work ethic in practice, how
intense we are and how we out-work
the other teams - that's going to be
our recipe for success," Turco said.
"Not nine seniors and great talent,
but that's what is going to do it for us.
"Now being a senior, it's time to
step up in the leadership role. Maybe
not say anything on the ice, but show-
ing through example on the ice."
Regardless of what happens, Turco
is the man between the pipes. There
is little debate about that. Behind him
is senior Gregg Malicke, who after
transferring to Michigan after his
freshman year has always been in
Turco's shadow. This season should
be no different.
The third goalie is perennial fan-
favorite Greg Daddario, who
although is an instrumental part of
the team's game-prep practices, will
see the same amount of time as in
"Once the season gets around,
there's going to be no more freshman,
sophomores, juniors or seniors,"
Turco said. "It's going to be 27 guys
on one hockey team."
But only one Turco.
CCH A Media Poll
1.MlchIan State (20) 371
2. MIchigan (±0) 351
3, Miami (Ohio) (3) 311
4. Lake Superior 299
5. 0owling Green 242i
6. Western Michigan 225
7. Ohio State 143
8. Notre Dame 138
9. Norther Michigan 108
10. Ferris State 107
11. Alaska-Fairbanks 81
-first place votes in parentheses
Michigan hockey numeric roster
2. Kevin MagNuson
3. Bubba Berenzweig
4. Mike Van Ryn
6. Scott Crawford
7. Justin Clark
8. Matt Herr (C)
9. Mark Kosick
10. Scott Matzka
11. Andrew Merrick.
15. Craig Assenmacher
16. Bill Muckalt (A)
17. Sean Ritchlin
18. Geoff Koch
19. Troy Kahler
20. Bob Gassoff
21. Josh Langfeld
22. Bill Trainor
23. Date Rominski
24. Sean Peach
25. Bobby Hayes
26. Chris Fox
27. Dave Huntzicker
29. Gregg Malicke
30. Greg Daddario
33. Greg Crozier
35. Marty Turco (A)
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