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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSTuesday - January 20, 1998

HOCKEY

Quotable:
"Bobby Hayes has stepped up to
play at a different level than he
has his first two years. He's
proven to be our No. 1 center-
man."
- Michigan coach Red Berenson

Michigan

5

oshtKey play:
The opening faceoff - Michigan
outshot the Nanooks, 45-17. A
performance like that can't come
down to a single play. Kudos to
the Nanooks for even showing up.

*1A Alaska-Fairbanks I

The "three Stars
The Michigan Daily hockey writ-
ers' picks for Michigan's three
stars of the game:
Third Star: Bubba Berenzweig
The junior defensemen anchored a
solid defense that only allowed
17 shots on goal.' He also added
an assist in the third period.
Second Star: Bill Trainor
Trainor recorded two assists in
the game. The freshman left wing
assisted Justin Clark's goal in the
second period and Bobby Hayes'
shorthanded goal in the third.
First Star: Bobby Hayes
Hayes was all over the ice, rack-
ing up four points on the evening.
The junior center scored the final
two goals of the game and assist-
ed on the first two. He was also a
key part of Michigan's penalty kill
unit, which was a successful 1-9.

Hayes provides unexpected offensive punch.

Michigan 5, Alaskafairbanks 1
A. Fairbanks 0 1 0 -1
Michigan 2 1 2 -5
First period -1. UM, Crozier 1 (Muckalt, Hayes),
10:33. 2. UM, Kosick 1 (Hayes, Muckalt) 19:06 (5-
0-3 pp). Penalties - UAF, MacFarlane (interfer-
ence), 1:24; UAF, MacFarlane (interference), 4:54;
UM Trainor (tripping), 10:58; UAF, Coady (slashing),
16:18; UM, Kahler (roughing), 16:18; UAF,
MacFarlane (holding), 17:32; UAF, Lawerence (high
sticking), 17:32; UM, Peach (high sticking), 17:32;
UAF, Jaros (high sticking), 18:22; UAF, MacFarlane
(game misconduct), 19:10; UM, Langfeld (tripping),
19:46.
Second period -3. UM, Clark 1 (Trainor), 4:22.
Penalties - UM, Peach (cross-checking), 7:05;
UM, Fox (slashing), 8:53; UAF, Epp (tripping), 9:28;
UAF, Fraser (elbowing), 12:48: UAF, McLean (trip-
ping), 17:49; UM, Muckalt (hooking), 19:19; UAF,
Zinger (slashing), 19:32; UM, Clark (cross-check-
ing), 19:32.
Third period -1. UAF, Trembecky 1 (Lawerence,
Reinheller), 0:27. 4. UM, Hayes 1 (Berenzweig)
10:25 (4-on-4). 5. UM Hayes 2 (Trainor, Crawford)
12:33 (4-on-S sh). Penalties - UAF, Jaros (holding),
1:09; UM, Muckalt (interference), 2:24; UM,
Crawford (tripping), 3:06; UAF Jaros (hooking),
4:11: UM Muckalt (high sticking) 8:35; UAF, Barren
(holding), 8:35; UAF, Latimer (high sticking) 8:47;
UM, Ritchlin (high sticking), 8:47; UM, Muckalt
(cross-checking) 11:40; UM, Muckalt (cross-check-
ing/Crozier) 11:40; UM, Muckalt (misconduct),
11:40; UM, Clark (interference), 15:42.
Shots on goal - UM 18-11-16 - 45; UAF 2-8-7 -
17.
Power Plays - UM, 1 of 9; UAF 1 of 9.
Saves - UM, Turco 2-8-1 -11; UM, Malicke x-x-5
- 5; UAF, Perkins 16-10-14 - 40.
Referee - Matthew Shegos.
Unesmen - Dave Kronenberg, Mike Poliski.
At: Yost ice Arena. A: 6,477.
Click:to pick
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award
is given annually to the most out-
standing college hockey player.
Although the selection is made by
members of the media and coach-*
es, fans may participate in a sepa-
rate vote.
Last season's award went to
Michigan forward Brendan
Morrison, but he was not the fans'
choice..That distinction went to
Clarkson's Todd White.'
U.S. College Hockey Online
Magazinehas placed the unofficial
fan ballot on their homepage. The
Michigan players on the ballot are
forward Bill Muckalt and goal-
tender Marty Turco.
To place a vote visit:
www. uscollegehockey.com/hobey/
hobey.htm
Uprocoming
schedule.,
Jan. 23-24 Miami (Ohio)
Jan. 30 Notre Dame

By Fred finkI
Daily Sports Writer
With Matt Herr serving a one-game
suspension and Bill Muckalt failing to1
put the puck in the net for the second
straight game, the Wolverines neededI
someone else to provide an offensive1
spark.I
As he has all season, Bobby Hayes1
responded - this time with a career-
high four-point effort that included his;
13th and 14th goals of the season. ;
Saturday, Hayes performed like a
dominant player, creating scoring1
chances and making plays defensively.1
In the first period, Hayes helped
Michigan take an early 2-0 lead, assist-I
ing on goals by Greg Crozier and
Mark Kosick.
But Hayes saved his best play for
late in the game.
With Michigan leading 3-1 early in1
the third period - and the Nanooks1
with a two-man advantage for more
than a minute - Hayes played an
important role on the penalty killing
unit that prevented the Nanooks from
getting a good scoring chance.
Later in the period, Hayes put the1
game out of reach when he cut in on1
Alaska-Fairbanks goaltender Ian
Perkins and stuffed the puck under the
sprawling goaltender to give the
Wolverines a commanding three-goalI
lead.
Two minutes later, Hayes scored a
shorthanded goal, giving the
Wolverines a 5-1 victory. The short-
handed goal was his fourth of the sea-
son and tied him for the most short-
handed goals in the nation.
"He has a way of digging down and
Clark goes
full circle,
scores-goa
By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan forward Justin Clark got a
help from his friends Saturday night ag
Alaska-Fairbanks. After scoring Michigan's
goal of the season against Minnesota more
three months ago, Clark had struggled to
his scoring touch.
But in the second period against the Nan
Clark received a puck from forward Bill Tr
behind the opposing net and wrapped it an
Alaska netminder Ian Perkins to give Micli
a 3-0 lead.
"I've been waiting
that one for quite a wi
Clark said.
And it was a discu
with Michigan c
Bobby Hayes between
first and second periods
helped Clark score his
ond goal of the season.
"Bobby tried earlier i
game to go shortside on (Perkins) whei
wrapped it around, and we talked about
between periods to try and go farside," C
said. "So I just brought it around as far
could."
It was a goal that was well received not
by Clark, but by Michigan coach Red Bere
as well. Berenson has been looking for a
balanced scoring attack the entire season.
"I think there are number of guys on the i
that have to break out," Berenson said. "It's
to see Clark get rewarded with good pati
and good hard work - he's had some
games."
NANOOKS

Continued from Page 1B
play for their second goal of the period at
19:06. Center Mark Kosick stuck in the
puck off the rebound of another deflect-
ed shot. Muckalt earned another assist on
the play, giving him two assists for the
game, despite being held without a goal.
Michigan increased the margin of the
lead to 3-0 in the second period. At 4:22,.
Clark took a nice feed from Bill Trainor,
skated behind the Alaska net and scored
on a wraparound from the right.
For a while, it seemed as if Michigan
might pull off the shutout. The
Wolverines outshot the Nanooks, 45-17,
on the night.
But a goal from Alaska center Jeff
Trembecky pulled the Nanooks within
two just 27 seconds into the third period.
If there were any doubts that Michigan
would pull out a victory, junior center

paying the price," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "Whether it's blocking
shots or making a play on the short-
handed goal or whatever it takes."
With four points on the night, Hayes
moved into fifth place in the CCHA in
league scoring and second place on the
team. The points extended Hayes'
point-scoring streak to six games.
Not bad for a player who had just six
goals all of last season, and just 14
goals in his first two seasons.
"Bobby Hayes has stepped up to
play at a different level than he has in
his first two years," Berenson said. "If
you looked at his stats last year he was
really struggling to score. And yet look
at him this year; he's a different play-
er."
Hayes began the season playing on
the fourth line but has quickly moved
his way up on the depth chart. Since a
home-and-home series against Ferris
State in mid-November, Hayes has
been playing on the top line with Bill
Muckalt.
With the departure of nine seniors
from last year's team, Hayes has had
the opportunity to play more, and he
has taken advantage of the opportuni-
ty, recording career highs in goals and
assists.
"He's proven to be our No. 1 center-
man," Berenson said. "He's been a top
penalty killer from day one, and he's
given us leadership.
"He's the type of player I'm sure a
lot of our players would like to emu-
late. He pays the price, and he can help
you defensively and he can help you
offensively. And he might be our
smallest player"

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WARREN ZINN/Daily
Bobby Hayes scored two goals and added two assists in Michigan's 5.1 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks. For Hayes, the four
points marked a career-high and extended his point-scoring streak to six games.

Tougher foes
l ie ahead for

A

WARREN ZINN/Daily
In Saturday's victory over Alaska, Michigan's Greg Crozier scored the first goal of the game, and
his fourth goal of the season, for the Wolverines.

PENALTY KILLS: The Nanooks weren't the
only ones making a long road trip this weekend.
The parents of Alaska captain Eon MacFarlane
made the 1,315-mile trip from Nova Scotia to
watch their son play.
But Rick and Louise MacFarlane might have
questioned their decision after their son's dis-
play Saturday night. The 5-foot-10 defenseman
was ejected near the end of the first period after
being called for his fourth penalty of the contest.
MacFarlane received two interference penal-
ties in the first five minutes of the game, and
then, followed with a holding penalty with four
minutes left in the period.
Four seconds after Michigan forward Mark
Kosick scored a power-play goal to release
MacFarlane from the penalty box, MacFarlane
was slapped with a 10-minute game misconduct
penalty, which removed him from the game.
Alaska, which leads the CCHA in penalty

minutes, had seen MacFarlane rack up 34 penal-
ty minutes heading into the weekend - a rela-
tively high number when compared to
Michigan's penalty minutes.
Too bad his parents didn't remember that.
LIGHT'S OUT: Michigan's fourth goal of the
game was clouded by a bit of confusion thanks
to Saturday night's goal judge.. After a Hayes
shot dribbled past Perkins in the final period, the
Wolverines looked to go up, 4-1.
But when the goal light wasn't turned on,
there was some debate. Referee Matt Shegos
quickly discussed the matter with the goal judge
and eventually awarded Michigan the goal.
Despite the clarifications, Berenson still seemed
to question the issue.
"It's hard for the goal judge, too, because
some of those pucks go in and out real quick -
but that one didn't," Berenson said. "That one
just trickled over the line, as I saw."

Wolvennes
By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
For most of the hockey season, two typed signs have been sit-
ting along the glass at Yost Ice Arena. Each one reads "Beat 'em
in Boston."
Although those signs haven't really stood out before, people
are now starting to take notice - of both the signs and the
Wolverines.
At the onset of the season, most fans and even hockey
'experts' were saying that this season was going to be a disa
pointment. No chance to make it to the NCAA championship
in Boston. No chance for Michigan to live up to the legacy left
by the Wolverines of the recent past.
The preseason coaches' poll picked the Wolverines to finish
third in the CCHA -behind Michigan State and Miami (Ohio)
- while the media picked them for second place.
Even Michigan coach Red Berenson said it would take at
least half the season for the Wolverines to come together as a
team. Captain Matt Herr speculated that the team could lose as
many as 10 games early in the season
before they jelled.
What a difference a few short
months make. (l'
The season has reached the halfway
point. And - who woulda thunk it? -
Michigan is on top of the CCHA.
And suddenly those same people are
making hotel reservations in Boston for
April 2-4.
The fair-weather fans and media are
starting to talk about a 30-win season
and an ahead-of-schedule return to national dominance.
Hold on, not so fast.
It's true that the Wolverines have been dominant since fall
term classes ended back in December. It's true that goaltender
Marty Turco has shown why he's one of the best in the country,
keeping the Wolverines alive in one-goal and two-goal games.
Michigan has beaten up on the lower half of the conference
- 10th-place Western Michigan, sixth-place Ohio State, 1Ith-
place Bowling Green and ninth-place Alaska-Fairbanks. It's-
true that anyone in the conference can beat anyone else on any
given day, but these teams just aren't the competition the
Wolverines will face in the postseason.
Michigan's only loss since mid-December came to the top
ranked Spartans. Although No. 5 Michigan sits atop the con-
ference standings, the Wolverines are ranked below the
Spartans and just above No. 7 Miami (Ohio) nationally. Until
the Wolverines defeat at least one of these teams, they won't
advance further in the national rankings.
This brings us to the present: the upcoming weekend against
the Red Hawks is the most crucial of the season, and the play-
ers know it.
"This is like the turning point in the season, whether we go
forward or we go backward," Michigan center Bobby Hayes-
said. "These two games are probably the most important gam
of the season for us right now."
This weekend the Wolverines can really turn some heads. In
Oxford, the Wolverines have a chance to show just how good
they are, or just how much work they still have to do.
So don't make reservations for Boston just yet.

Jan. 31
Feb. 7

Notre Dame
Lake Superior*.

*at Joe Louis Arena
Home games in BOLD
CCHA players
of the week, - {
Offense: Tyson Holly, Northern
Michigan (LW)
Holly had five points as the
Wildcats won twice at home,
moving to third place,
In the two victories, the sopho-
more scored four goals. In
Friday's victory over Miami
(Ohio), Holly scored Northern's
third and fifth goals.
Defense: Jeff Kozakowskl,
Michigan State (D)
The 6-foot-i, 205-pound
Kozakowski led the Michigan
State defense in two victories,
allowing only one goal and 34
shots on goal in the two con-
tests.

Bobby Hayes quickly erased them. Hayes
scored his first goal of the night at 10:25
in the third, giving Michigan a 4-1 lead.
Hayes finished off the scoring with
just eight minutes remaining in the game.
Muckalt - frustrated all night by cheap
penalties - had been tossed from the
game a minute earlier, after receiving a
10-minute game misconduct.
But Hayes answered back, scoring a
shorthanded goal on a breakaway shot.
Hayes said it's important for Michigan
to win without goals from Muckalt, but
said Muckalt's two-game "slump" is
partly the fault of the Wolverines.
"I still don't think our line played up to
our ability," Hayes said. "If our line's
going 110 percent, then Billy Muckalt's
going to score a couple of goals. I got a
couple breaks, made a couple moves,
was able to put the puck in the net.
"We're going to need Billy, but it's
good to see some other guys scoring."

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Michigan freshman Dave Huntzicker helped back up a solid
defensive effort for the Wolverines on Saturday night.
Michigan only allowed the Nanooks 17 shots.

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