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4B The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 2, 1998

HOCKEY

Personally, I don't think there should be a big
difference between Bily Muckalt and Gr%
Crozier. But there's been a big difference.
-Michigan coach Red Berenson
The Three Stars
The Michigan Daily hockey writ-
ers' picks for Michigan's three
stars of the weekend:
Third Star: Bobby Hayes
The junior forward added on to
his career season, chalking up
four points, including two goals in
the two games against Notre
Dame this weekend.
Second Star: Krikor Arman
The walk-on came out of nowhere
in, his first game for Michigan,
scoring two of the Wolverines'
first three goals in Friday's game
at Notre Dame. Does "Krikor"
have as nice a ring as "Rudy?"=
First Star: Greg Crozier
The junior racked up four points
on the weekend, including the
first hat trick of his career
Saturday. And it couldn't have
come at a better time: Crozier's
third goal won the game for
Michigan.

Michigan 7
Notre Dame 2

Michigan
j Notre Dame

5

4 (OT)

° Key play:
With :23 left and Saturday's game
tied at 44, referee Matt Shegos
disallowed what would have been
the game-winning goal for the Irish
after whistling the puck dead.
IrAA luck
rmns out rn'io
tA f peio

MIchigan 7, Notre Dame 2
Michigan 3 2 2 - 7
Notre Dame 1 1 0 -2
First period - 1. ND, Kopischke 2 (Fraser, Dwyer),
9:20; 1. UM, Arman 1 (Fox, Matzka), 13:46; 2. UM,
Hayes 17 (Herr, Fox), 16:05 (pp); 3. UM, Arman 2
(Gassoff), 17:32. Penalties - UM, Herr, (roughing),
10:12; ND, Cotnoir (interference), 15:04; ND,
Kopischke, (hooking) 18:34.
Second period - 4. UM Kosick 8 (Rominski,
Crozier) 1:15; 2. NO Eaton (Dwyer) 7:10 (pp); 5.
UM Rominski 8 (unassisted) 11:19. Penalties -
UM, Peach (holding), 5:23; UM, bench (too many
men) 6:48; ND Boerga (holding), 11:31; UM, Turco,
(roughing), 18:39.
Third period -6. UM, Matzka, 2 (Langfeld, Koch),
2:25; 7. UM, Muckalt, 26 (Hayes), 14:47. Penalties
- ND, bench (too many men), 6:45; ND, Simon,
(hitting from behind, major, game misconduct),
7:36; UM, Langeld (holding the stick), 8:43; UM,
Arman, (playing with broken stick), 19:31.
Shots on goal - UM 9-9-9 - 27; NO 12-11-8 - 31.
Power Plays -UM,of 5; N2of 5.
Saves - UM, Turco 11-10-8 - 29; UM, Malicke x-
x- - 0; ND, Karr 6-7-7 - 20.
Refere - Steve Piotroski.
Unes"m - Brian Troester, John Pearson.
At: Joyce Center. A: 2,667.

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Michigan left wing Bill Muckalt spent the entire weekend against Notre Dame, clutching and grabbing in an attempt to gain any advantage possible. Muckalt's
Wolverines saw the light, and gained two victores, toppling Notre Dame, 7-2 and 54. The victories kept Michigan in first place in the CCHA.
Anman hammers Notre Dae in debut

Michigan 5,
Notre Dame
Michigan

Notre Dame 4 (OT)
0 1 3 0-4
3 1 0 1--5

First period - 1. UM, Herr 1 (Muckalt, Hayes),
3:19 (pp). 2. UM, Hayes 1 (Huntzicker, Muckalt)
9:43 (pp). 3. Crozier 1 (Rominski, Kosick) 19:41.
Penalties - ND, Jurkowski (interference), 2:40;
UM, Matzka (slashing), 4:17; ND Van Arkel (rough-
ing), 9:04; ND, R. Clark (charging), 9:58; UM,
Gassoff (elbowing), 13:05; ND, Cotnoir (interfer-
ence), 17:23.
Second period -1. ND, Urick 1 (Noble), 4:27. 4.
UM, Crozier 2 (Muckalt), 15:53. Penalties - ND,
Simon (holding the stick), 1:06; ND, Boerga (rough.
ing), 5:19; UM, Matzka (roughing), 5:19; UM,
bench - Crozier (too many men), 13:26.
Third period - 2. ND, Carlson 1 (Urick, Simon),
8:19 (pp). 3. ND, Van Arkel 1 (Simon), 9:20. 4. ND,
Eaton (Carlson), 15:45 (pp). Penalties - UM, Herr
(interference), 0:23; UM, Merrick (slashing), 6:59;
UM, Matzka (high-sticking) 14:57.
Overtime-S. Crozier 3 (Kosick), 3:19. Penalties
- none.
Shots on goal - ND 10-7-15-0 --32; UM 19-12-9-4
-44.
Power Plays - ND 2 of 6; UM 2 of 5.
Saes - UM, Turco 10.6-x-x - 16; UM, Malicke x-
x-12-0 -k12; ND, Eisler 1611-9-- 39.
Refeee - Matt Shegos.
Unesmen - Mike Poliski, Bob Faria.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A 6,529.

By Red U nk
Daily Sports Writer
KrikorArman was an unlikely hero for
the Michigan hockey team Friday, scor-
ing two goals - including the game win-
ner - in his first game as a Wolverine.
With Michigan trailing 1-0 midway
through the first period and being out-
played by Notre Dame, the sophomore
walk-on gave the Wolverines a lift, as he
fired a backhand shot by Notre Dame
goaltender Forrest ----.---------
Karr to tie the game Hocke
Less than four Notebook
minutes later, Arman -----------------
scored his second goal of the night when
a shot by Bob Gasoff deflected off a
defender's skate to Arman right of the
goal mouth and he slammed the puck
into the open net.
"It was awesome "Arman said. "It was
a great way to have a first game. I think
God was a little on my side tonight. The
first goal happened to squeeze in a tight
spot. The second one I had a wide-open
net"
For Arman, though, just playing in a
game was unexpected.
After tallying 22 goals and 28 assists
for the Dearborn Heights Nationals in the
North American Hockey League, Arman
came to Michigan just hoping to make
the team. He impressed coaches enough
during walk-on tryouts to earn a spot on
the team.
"I came to Michigan to be a hockey
player,"Arman said. "But I didn't know if

I was going to be."
For a year, the biology/pre-med major
practiced every day, devoting long hours
to the team. He never got a chance to play
in a game.
"He comes here every day and works
hard," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "He lifts weights, he runs in the
summer time - he does everything our
team does. He listens to the coaches, the
meetings. He practices hard, does extra
skating and then doesn't play. And he sits
in there every day knowing he has no
chance to play."
At the beginning of the season,
Berenson didn't give Arman much of a
chance of playing either.
"I didn't give him a chance of playing
at the start of the year' Berenson said. "I
wasn't sure if we really could carry him
because I didn't know if he could play in
a game."
But as the season progressed,
Berenson began to realize that Arman
was practicing as well as some of the for-
wards who were playing regularly.
"I think he's improved to the point
where we wanted to see him in a game,"
Berenson said. "Because I think he's very
close to some of our other players."
So, Berenson put Arman in the lineup
against Notre Dame, and Arman made
the most of it.
"He had a good game and he scored
timely goals, Berenson said. "And what
the heck, he's already tied or ahead of
three or four of our forwards."
PENALTY-KILLING WOES: Michigan's

he third period was painful to
watch. It really was.
Michigan giving up four goals in
that frame on Saturday was one of the
more troubling sights of the season. 9
I know Notre Dame only 'officially'
scored three goals, but I'm saying
'four' because the fourth goal should
have counted. But the luck of the Irish
turned out to be bad luck, and the
fourth one was denied.
"College hockey is a game of
momentum," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "And we lost the
momentum in the third period, and they
got it"
Goaltender Gregg Malicke entered
the game at the onset of the period, giv-
ing Marty Turco a well-deserved rest.
The three-goal
lead seemed
secure. Michigan
was apparently
dominating Notre
Dame in every
aspect of the con-
test.
Apparently. SHARAT
"It's a lesson
for our team and RAJU
Sharat
agood experi- in the Dark
ence for our
team, as well'
Berenson said. "It just goes to show
you that last night's game was not a 7-2 .:
game, and tonight's game maybe had- theamrigofa72ae.
The Fighting Irish must have slippe
something into Michigan's water bot-
tIes, because the Wolverines were look-
ing sluggish. So was Yost Ice Arena.
And after eight minutes of anemic play
by Michigan, Notre Dame took advan-
tage of a power-play opportunity, cut,
ting the lead to two.
OK, no need to panic. A 4-2 lead is
still sizable. Everything's fine.
One short minute later, the Irish put
one in the net again.
Not good. But a 4-3 lead is still a
lead, and maybe Michigan can fight off
the Irish and walk away with the win.
Then Michigan's Scott Matzka got a
penalty. Then Notre Dame scored on
the power play. Then suddenly the score
was tied, 4-4.
A three-goal lead vanished, in Yost,
against a eighth-place team?
Better believe it, because Michigan
hardly could.
"For us to come out with two points
today, it's really a miracle," Crozier
said.
And then the fourth goal - the un-
goal - with 23 seconds left in the peri-
od. Oh boy. That was the true miracle.
Referee Matt Shegos made
Michigan's biggest save of the game,
blowing the play dead because he
thought the puck was covered up. The
puck was sitting peacefully in front of
Malicke as the whistle blew, millisec-
onds before Notre Dame's Brian Urick
fired it into the net.
If it wasn't for the bad luck of the
Irish, Michigan never would have had.
an overtime, never have had a chance
for Greg Crozier to complete his hat
trick and win the game.
In the postgame press conference,
Malicke didn't look anyone in the eye
as he spoke, clearly wishing he was
anywhere but facing the press.
"It's just unacceptable, my perfor-
mance;' Malicke said. "I don't know
when I'm going to go in, but when I go
in I have to make a statement. Tonight I
didn't make a statement."
But the senior goaltender was too
hard on himself. He did have a role in
the third period collapse, but the near-
loss wasn't his doing.
Berenson defended his goalie, saying
it wasn't Malicke's fault, that
Michigan's defense played poorly and

the penality killing was 'horrendous.'
Regardless, gopd teams win close
games, and Michigan has proven that it
can pull out close ones.
Michigan is 10-3 in one-goal games,
tying a single-season record for nail-
biting victories.
The Wolverines had no business
winning Saturday's game. But, they did
win, they did gain a point on Michigaro
State in the standings. And they did it
by the skin of their teeth - again.
- Sharat Raju can be reached at
sraju@umich.edu.

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
In his firstdgame as a Wolverine, sophomore walk-on Krikor Amen played 12 shifts
and scored two first-period goals, including the eventual game-winner.

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penalty killers struggled against Notre
Dame's power play.
In Friday night's contest, Notre Dame
went 1-for-5 on the power play, scoring
only with a 5-on-3 advantage. But the
Wolverines' success on the penalty kill
was due largely to the efforts of goal-
tender Marty Turco.
On Saturday, Notre Dame scored two
power play goals in the third period,
IRISH
Continued from Page 113
give the Irish their third power-play
opportunity of the period.
The penalty - a questionable call,
Berenson said - was the final push
Notre Dame needed to complete the
comeback, as defensemancMark Eaton
knotted the score at four from the point.
But with four minutes left in the con-
test, the Irish weren't about to concede an
extra period. Notre Dame had Michigan
on it's heels, and it pressed harder.
Urick took the puck on a rebounded
shot and put it in the net, seemingly giv-
ing the Irish a 5-4 lead with just 23 sec-
onds left in the game.
But the goal was waved off, as referee
Matt Shegos claimed the whistle was
blown before the rebounded shot reached
Urick, hence calling the play dead.
The break the Wolverines received
forced an overtime frame, where Crozier
stepped into the spotlight.
Criticized this year by Berenson for
his lack of production, the maligned
junior completed the first hat trick of his
Michigan career with a slapshot from
the right point which squirted through
the five-hole of Notre Dame goalie Matt

including the game-tying goal.
"Our penalty killing was horrendous,"
Berenson said. "We gave up two power-
play goals, and that shouldn't happen. No
way."
MUCKALT IN THE BOOKS: With a goal
in Friday's game, Bill Muckalt tied
Gordon McMillan for 10th place on the
Wolverine's all time goal-scoring list
with 99 goals.
Eisler.
"He's a player that we've been waiting
for and waiting for and since his fresh-
man year he has not scored the way that
we've hoped he could score, Berenson
said. "Personally I don't think there
should be a big difference between Billy
Muckalt and Greg Crozier, but there's
been a big difference:'
Although Saturday night's perfor-
mance left Berenson with questions,
Friday night's game was relatively
straightforward, as Michigan got out to
an early 4-1 lead and never looked back.
After going down 1-0 on a goal by
Notre Dame left wing Jay Kopischke,
Michigan walk-on Krikor Arman tied
things up with his first career goal - in
his first shift for the Wolverines.
Minutes later in the first period, Arman
added another goal, to the disbelief of
the Wolverines.
"I said to myself this week, 'He's not
any better or any worse than about five
or six of our forwards.' So we put him in
a game" Berenson said. "And he's not."
In addition to Arman, Michigan cen-
ter Bobby Hayes tallied two points, scor-
ing a goal in the first period and adding
an assist in the third on a goal by right
wing Bill Muckalt.

,March 13 CCHA Quarterfinals
March 14 CCHA Quarterfinals
March 15 CCHA Quarterfinals
March 20 CCHA Semifinals*
March 21 CCHA Finals*
*at Joe Louis Arena
Home games in Bold
LT A

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Freshman defenseman Josh Langfeld and the rest of the Wolverines made an
Impact on the Irish this weekend, as they swept the home-and-home series.

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