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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 4, 1997 - 13

'M' freshmen ignite offensive outburst

By Fred Link
Daily Sports writer
Coming into the season, the Michigan hockey team
knew its success would be determined in large part by
the play of its 10 freshmen.
If last weekend's games against
Alaska-Fairbanks are any indication,
the Wolverines will be fine.'
After struggling offensively in a 4-
2 loss to Michigan State, the
Wolverines broke out for 10 goals in
two games against the Nanooks. A
primary reason for the Michigan's
offensive outburst was the play of its
freshmen, who tallied six goals and five assists against
Fairbanks.
Freshman center Mark Kosick led the way, scoring
the first hat trick by a freshman since Bill Muckalt in
1994.
"Kosick jumped up and had a big game Friday,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "He was a much
better player this past weekend than he's been."
But Kosick was hardly the only freshman to con-
tribute offensively against Fairbanks. Forward Josh
Langfeld and defenseman Mike Van Ryn continued
their strong play. Langfeld netted two goals and added

an assist over the weekend, while Van Ryn contributed
one goal.
Kosick's five points over the weekend gave him 10
points on the season, making him the team's second
leading scorer. For Langfeld, the two goals gave him
five goals this season, good enough for second on the
team. Van Ryn is the team's highest-scoring defense-
man with eight points.
As good as the freshmen have been, Berenson
expects even more contributions from the freshman
class as the season progresses and they adapt to playing
in the CCHA.
"I think you'll see an awakening of more of the fresh-
men as we go through the early part of the season,"
Berenson said. "We think we know what they can do,
but they're not all going to do it right away. We are see-
ing players play better and play closer to their poten-
tial."
YELLOW SNOW: Many of the Wolverines were upset
with what they perceived as dirty play on the part of the
Nanooks - and the referees' unwillingness to call
enough penalties on them. Instead, the referees called a
pretty even game in terms of penalty minutes.
"They played a real physical style of hockey,"
Berenson said. "They should have had probably six to
two - that kind of ratio - in penalties. Unfortunately,

the referees don't always see it that way, and they even
things up.
"So, we're getting penalized for the way the other
team is playing, not the way we're playing"
In all, the Wolverines were called for 69 minutes of
penalties over the weekend, giving the Nanooks 15
power plays, including two five-on-three power play
opportunities.
"I don't necessarily think we deserved the penalties
that we got," said Michigan forward Dale Rominski,
whose five-minute major penalty late in Saturday's con-
test led to two Fairbanks goals. "They're a dirty team.
There was a lot of holding, slashing - the type of stuff
that should be called in a normal game but obviously up
there it wasn't."
THE WANDERERs: After making the 12-hour trip to
Alaska last weekend, the Wolverines will be on the road
again this weekend. The Wolverines will travel eight
hours by bus to Marquette to play Northern Michigan.
With all of the time spent traveling, the Wolverines
don't have much time for anything other than hockey.
"I'm so behind in school, Kosick said. "After this
weekend, I think the travel schedule gets a little bit bet-
ter, and I'll be able to catch up. Right now everything is
focused on hockey for everybody. School has taken a
back seat for the last couple of weeks."

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
The Wolverines, who lost to Michigan State then traveled 12 hours by plane to
Alaska, now must make an eight-hour bus trip to Northern Michigan.
IRunning as a team, 'M'
harriers beat Bad gers

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
There's nocontroversy as to who's
been the Big Ten king when it comes to
cross country. Wisconsin has won 14 of
*e revious -16 championships, dating
back t 981. But Saturday, the king was
dethroned.
Te Wolverines broke a streak of con-
ferenc dominance by Wisconsin by
winngg the Big Ten championship in
Coluibs. Michigan won the confer-
ence i1t 993, one of only two interrup-
tionsUihe Badger dynasty.
Th&Wolverines combined top indi-
vida-frformances with team depth to
*k 1 ititle with 29 points. Wisconsin
was; i runner-up with 42 points. It
markeaihe sixth time Michigan has won
the I3Ten championship under coach
Rani shurst.
Mihigan's Kevin Sullivan and John
Mqtiner have finished 1-2 in all but
orTrce this year, leaving cross country
fansaicipating the result of their first
big-nel clash of 1997. It looked like it
would,"e a battle between Mortimer's
htding-quick starts and Sullivan's
uge Z&k - and it was.
Suiuan climaxed a successful return
from 1jury, which sidelined him for all
of 196;by winning the Big Ten individ-
ual i4 in classic fashion. His time of
23:42 for 5,000 meters not only earned
him thechampionship, but also gave him
the Ohio State course record.
Sullivan became only the third runner

in Big Ten history to win individual titles
all four years. He took the conference's
top spot in 1993, '94, '95 and '97, fol-
lowing his absence.
"We knew Wisconsin was going to be
tough," Sullivan said. "I'm really happy
with the race."
Mortimer turned in a solid perfor-
mance, finishing in second place overall
with a 24:01, 19 seconds behind
Sullivan. It was obviously a bittersweet
race for Mortimer, falling behind
Sullivan after the four-mile mark.
Michigan's Steve Lawrence stepped
up big for the Wolverines, completing
the course in 24:42. His seventh-place
finish overall qualified him for first team
All-Big Ten recognition. Lawrence's
consistent finishes have been a major
reason for Michigan's No. 3 ranking.
"We had a pretty good feeling going
in," Lawrence said. "We were all psy-
ched up."
The Wolverines' Jay Cantin was able
to stay with Lawrence most of the way,
finishing right behind him in a time of
24:45. Cantin earned eighth place over-
all, putting him at the head of the second
team All-Big Ten roster. Cantin has con-
sistently finished in the top five this sea-
son, scoring points for the Wolverines,
but Saturday he helped to lock up the
championship for Michigan.
Ann Arbor native Todd Snyder round-
ed out the top five for the Wolverines,
turning in a gutsy 24:54.
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to an illness, yet found enough energy
within himself to stick it out for the
5,000 meters. He finished I I th, also
qualifying him for second team All-Big
Ten honors.
"Snyder has bronchitis and is on
antibiotics, but he passed five guys in the
last 1,000 meters," Warhurst said. "He
ran super for the condition he's in."
Michigan's Don McLaughlin placed
21st in 25:20. Had there been a tie
between the Wolverines and Wisconsin,
the team with the higher-finishing sixth
man would have won.
Chris Bunt (53rd, 26:07), Cory Brown
(60th, 26:19), and Mike Wisniwski
(68th, 26:30) were the final finishers for
Michigan. All three gained valuable
experience running in the Big Tens,
which will serve them well in the future.

Though
* Wisconsin has
dominated the
Big Ten the past
16 years,
Michigan was
able to top the
Badgers with a
team effort over
the weekend and
take the title.
LOUIS BROWN/Daily
The Wolverines will depend on Bunt,
Brown and Wisniewski to help carry the
load as Sullivan graduates, and
Mortimer possibly redshirting.
The season essentially began Saturday
for Michigan. s After sweeping through
their regular-season schedule with rela-
tive ease, the nation is finally getting a
chance to see the Wolverines at their
best. The showisn't over yet, however.
Michigan will have two weeks to prepare
for the NCAA District IV champi-
onships, to be held in Bloomington. The
NCAA District IV meet will be the
Wolverines' gateway to the NCAA
championships Nov. 24, in South
Carolina.
"We raced the way I expected us to,"
Warhurst said. "I'm very happy for
them."

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