10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 7, 1998
Turco ties NCAA record
By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Witriter
As the winter-break crowd of 6,495 filed out of
Yost Ice Arena on Jan. 3, a boy asked his father,
"Can I play goalie next time, dad?"
After hearing the crowd chant "Marty, Marty"
and seeing Michigan goalie Marty Turco's team-
mates mob him in the crease following his 32-save
shutout of Ohio State, who wouldn't want to get
between the pipes?
The chants and the congratulations belonged to
Turco that night as he won his 111th career game
to tie the NCAA record.
At the beginning of the season, Turco's win total
stood at 94, and with a young team in front of him
this year, he had to deal with the fact that he might
not get the record. But none of his teammates ever
really believed that he wouldn't get it - it was as
much their responsibility as his.
Turco is the first to point out that the fun he has
playing with the other Wolverines makes tying the
record even more special to him.
Some of the fans among those chanting his
name may have been the same ones who felt
Turco's wins came as a result of the talented teams
he has played with the past three seasons, and not
due to any outstanding talents the goalie possess-
Even though the goalie is the only individual
who gets credited with a win, nobody thinks that
the goalie makes it happen any more or less than
the other five skaters do.
" I'm just the name it gets tacked onto," Turco
Still, it's nice to be recognized, and no team
would ever be able to win a game without the
goalie. Turco's teammates are happy for him and
all the great things that his record says about the
Michigan hockey program, too.
Captain Matt Herr said he has been excited to
have "such a great kid" with him the past four
years. The senior also added a goal and two assists
to help Turco, his roommate, tie the record.
Turco currently shares the record with former
Michigan goalie Steve Shields, now with the
"That's an amazing feat," Herr said of the two
standout Wolverines. "To have one is amazing but
to have two is just incredible."
Turco's record may not be solely an individual
record, but still, it must be nice to consider your-
self the best in college hockey, right?
Turco said he will enjoy his record and probably
look back on it with fondness, but for right now, he
still has more than 20 games to play. Above the
stands that Turco faces for two periods in each
ho-me game used to hang a banner counting
Turco's wins. And although it was gone for the
Ohio State series, Turco said he "couldn't help but
think about" the record. Michigan head coach Red
Berenson also said he didn't want the record to
become a distraction for his ace goalie.
"We (didn't) treat this like a big thing,"
Berenson said. "It's really not ... I expect this just
to be a passing thing"
It will be temporary, and Turco is well aware of
this. When questioned what he'll do with the stick
and the puck from his record-tying game, he
replied that he would give his stick to trainer David
Brooks, and he hadn't decided what to do yet with
"To me," Turco said, "the mementos aren't as
important as having the memories and the feel-
MALLORY S.E. FLOYD/Daily
Midway through his senior season, Michigan goaltender Marty Turco is poised to break the all-time
NCAA record for career victories with his next victory.
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first goal of the season.
The Spartans took the lead less
than a minute and a half later when
Sean Berens scored off a rebound.
Early in the second period,
Michigan tied the score at two when
Muckalt one-timed a pass from
Hayes past a sprawling Alban.
But the Spartans responded with
two goals in two minutes - both
from defenseman Mike Weaver - the
first of which came only 32 seconds
after Muckalt had tied the score.
Muckalt pulled the Wolverines to
within one midway through the sec-
ond period when he blasted a shot
from the faceoff into the top corner
of the net.
Midway through the third period
the Wolverines appeared to tie the
game, but Greg Crozier was ruled to
have kicked the puck into the net,
and the goal was disallowed.
Michigan State added an insur-
ance goal by Andrew Bogle to make
the final 5-3, ending the Wolverines'
streak of GLI titles.
"It's frustrating to be on the other
end of it," Muckalt said. "I guess it
had to end sometime, but I'm
extremely disappointed that it ended
In their first round game, the
Wolverines defeated a surprisingly
tough St. Lawrence team, 3-2.
Michigan outshot the Saints, 47-
17, but needed a late goal by Josh
Langfeld for the victory.
Troy Kahler and Chris Fox also
scored for the Wolverines.
In two games before the GLI, the
Wolverines defeated Western
Michigan 4-3 at Van Andel Arena in
Grand Rapids and 4-1 at home.
In the first game, Michigan took a
2-0 lead on goals by Langfeld and
Andrew Merrick. But Western came
back to tie it on two goals by
defenseman Joe Corvo.
Michigan answered with a goal
each from Muckalt and Herr and
hung on for the 4-3 victory.
In the second game, the
Wolverines cruised to a 4-1 victory,
getting goals from Mark Kosick,
Herr, Dale Rominski and Geoff
By BJ. Luria
Daily Sports Writer
While most Michigan students
were busy celebrating a football
national championship over the
semester break, it was business as
usual for the women's basketball
The Wolverines (2-2 Big en, 10-
4 overall) won four of their si
games over the break and opened the1
Big Ten season with two wins and
two losses. If it weren't for a heroic
overtime effort by Penn State on
Sunday, Michigan could be 3-1 in
The Nittany Lions came back
from 13 points down to force over-
time. Pollyanna Johns had one last
chance to win the game in regulation
for the Wolverines, but she wa
unable to convert a shot under heav
pressure by the Penn State defend-
In overtime, Michigan point guard
Anne Thorius missed a last-second
shot as she was knocked to the floor
by several Nittany Lions and Penn
State pulled out an 85-84 victory.
Johns, as she did in all five of
Michigan's games over the break,
led the Wolverines in scoring with
Against Penn State, Michigan's
scoring attack was as balanced as it
has been all season. The Wolverines
had five players posting double fig-
ures, including Thorius (15), Stacey
Thomas (14), Tiffany Willard (13)
and Molly Murray (12). Murray
broke the Michigan record for career
3-pointers in the contest after com-
ing into the game tied with Jennifer
Kiefer and Amy Johnson at 1026
Murray, a senior co-captain, now has
The loss broke a two-game Big
Ten winning streak for the
Wolverines. Michigan opened its
Big Ten schedule with a 70-66 loss
to Ohio State on Dec. 28. It was the
eighth straight time that the
Wolverines have opened the Big Ten
season with a loss. Michigan scored
just 20 points in the first half as i
shot 26-percent from the field.
Mandy Stowe led the team at half-
time with four points.
The Wolverines rebounded in the
second half, outscoring the
Buckeyes, 46-37. Thomas recorded a
double-double with 11 points and tl
rebounds, and she added six steals.
Johns scored 17 of her 19 points in
the second half to lead the
Following the loss to Ohio State,
Michigan defeated Minnesota on
Dec. 30, 94-74, and Northwestern,
77-69, three days later. Against
Minnesota, Johns scored 29 points
and recorded her 1,000th career
point. She is the eleventh Wolverine
to reach the milestone. Four other
Wolverines recorded double figures,
including Willard, Anne Lemire,
Thomas and Thorius.
Michigan kicked off its semestei
break with victories over Princeton
and Bowling Green, and entered the
Big Ten season with an 8-2 non-con-
Next up for the Wolverines is
Purdue on Friday. The Boilermakers
were picked by many to finish at or
near the top of the Big Ten.
Michigan will be able to see where it
stacks up in the Big Ten in Friday'
game and again when it travels to
Illinois on. Sunday. The Fighting
Illini were also picked to finish near
the top of the conference.
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