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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 9, 1998


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!e victory.

Third-period collapse kills Lakers again

By Pranay Reddy ,
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - 'It's all your fault, it's all your
The harsh mantra Michigan hockey fans pelt at
opposing goalies is often too harsh - of course,
that's the point. But for once, on Saturday night, it
was a bit more appropriate.
With Michigan up 2-1 on Lake Superior State
late in the third period, Lake Superior goalie Rob
Galatiuk received the puck on his end of the ice on
a dump-in from the Michigan defense. As Galatiuk
calmly attempted to slap the puck away, his stick
broke - and so did the figurative back of the entire
Lake Superior hockey team.
Michigan center Mark Kosick picked up the
puck, which dribbled only a few feet in front of
Galatiuk, and put it in the top-right corner of the
goal. The 3-1 lead with less than seven minutes
remaining sealed the game for the Wolverines, on a
night that took their offense some time to get going.
"We had to play with a lot of patience to come
back," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "I felt
like if we got one goal then we would be OK.
"Maybe we wore them down a little bit at the end
of the third period."
Maybe? A simple look at the scoreboard clearly
indicates that, as the Wolverines scored all four
goals in the third period - the second-highest out-
put in a period this season.
In a bitter coincidence for the Lakers, Michigan's
season-high for goals in a period came earlier
against Lake Superior during a game in Sault Ste.
Marie. In the Dec. 5 contest, the Wolverines blew
open a 2-0 game with five goals in the third period
to win 7-0.
Once again on Saturday night, the Lakers fell
apart in the final stanza, leaving coach Scott Borek
with questions about the stamina of his squad.

"I think we just wore ourselves down," Borek
said. "We haven't played that big of a bench and I
think our guys didn't respond very well ... they
completely controlled the play of the game and we
didn't respond at all.
"I'm not sure if it was fatigue physically or
fatigue mentally."
Granted, most teams in the country cannot claim
to be as deep as the Wolverines, who are solid from
their first to fourth lines. But does the discrepancy
in depth still explain both a four-goal collapse
Saturday and a five-goal period two months ago?
Apparently yes, the way Borek sees it.
"Their best players are better than our best play-
ers and their younger players are better than our
younger players when it counted," Borek lamented.
"We need more out of our top guys and we need our
younger guys to not play like younger guys."
Borek's point illustrated the difference between
the two teams, on a night where Michigan's second
line added three goals, one from each linemate.
Where on most nights Michigan's scoring punch is
provided by first-liners Bobby Hayes and Bill
Muckalt, Saturday night was a showcase for
Michigan's other line - wingers Matt Herr and
Dale Rominski, and Kosick.
"This week we did a lot of talking, and we weren't
really happy with our performance in the last couple
of games," Rominski said. "Our team needs us to be
a good line and that puts the pressure on us."
With critical games against Miami (Ohio),
Northern Michigan and second-place Michigan
State coming up, Rominski and his linemates
picked a good time to step up their play.
They made the difference on a night where
Michigan's usual suspects weren't able to come
through. And for the Wolverines, that is a welcome
addition heading into the crux of the conference
title race.

Michigan 4, Lake Superior 1
Michigan 0 0 4 -4
Lake Superior 1 0 0 - 1
First period - 1. LS Sessa 15 (Blaznek), 12:47.
Penalties - LS, Laviolette (holding) 0:31; LS
Praznk k(tripping), 1:53; LM, Fox (roughing), 6:22;
LS, Elaznek (roughing), 6:22; LS, Lambeth (slash-
ing), 8:12; LS, Praznik (slashing), 13:45; UM,
Berenzweig (interference), 18:08; LS, Kucsulain
(charging), 19:49; UM, Turco (interference), 19:49.
Second period - No scoring. Penalties - UM,
Crawford (roughing). 1:37: 1L, Laviolette (interfer-
ence), 10:17; UM, Herr (roughing), 11:39; LS,
Sessa (roughing), 11:39; UM, Kosick (hooking),
Thirdperiod -1. UM, Koch 4 (Matzka). 2:03; 2.
UM, Herr 7 (Kosick), 3:29: 3. UM, Kosick 9 (unas-
41sted) 13:15; 4. UM, Rominski 9 (Kosick, Van
Ryn) Penalties - LS, Kucsulain (roughing), 6:51;
LS, Kucsulain (roughing), 6:51; LS, Praznik (rough-
ing), 6:51; LS, Slukynsky (roughing), 6:51; UM,
Rominski (roughing), 6:51; UM, Van Ryn (roughing),
6:51; UIM, Fox (roughing), 6:51; UM, Herr (rough-
ing), 16:10; LS, Kucsulain (roughing) 16:10; LS,
Kucsulain (10-minute misconduct), 16:10; LS, Keup
(roughing), 18:08; UM, Peach (holding), 18:08.
Shots on goal - UM 31117 - 31; LS 3-7-9 -19.
Power Plays - UM, 0 of 6; LS 0 of 3.
Saves-- UM, Turco 2-7-9 -L18; LS Galatiuk 3-11-
13 -.27.
Referee - Steve Piotroski.
Unesmen - John Pearson, Steve McKinchok.
At:Jde Louis Arena. A:13,828.

Michigan's 41 victory

Hobey Baker candidate Bill Muckalt watches as the puck skips over the goal in
over Lake Superior on Saturday.

Confidence crucial for Hayes

Continued from Page 1B
about Michigan," coach Red Berenson
said. "He wanted to come to Michigan.
That's the kind of kid you want.
"Nobody had to recruit him. It's as
simple as that. When he came in, he was
happy and grateful. He had a great atti-
tude, and he's still got a great attitude."
And Hayes' attitude showed from the
beginning. He may have started out with
little self-confidence, but from the
moment he stepped onto the ice, in his
very first practice as a Wolverine, Hayes
began to understand his potential as a
hockey player.
"When I got here, I didn't think I was
too far behind, but I did have a lot to
learn," Hayes said. "When I made the
lineup my first game, I kinda looked
around, and I was like, 'Wait a minute, I
can play. I can be in the lineup every
night if I want to, if I put my head to it."'
Hayes played in 43 games his fresh-
man year, and 38 when he was a sopho-
more, racking up a total of 14 goals and
24 assists over his first two seasons.
Hayes' confidence was building, slowly
but surely.
But he was never called on to be much
of an offensive threat. Playing behind
hockey greats like Brendan Morrison,
Hayes' role was one of a great two-way
player; someone who would work harder
than everyone else, but might not put up
numbers like everyone else.
Even before this year - even with
the graduation of the greatest class in
Michigan hockey history - Berenson

foresaw Hayes in the same type of role
he had played in the past two seasons.
"Bobby Hayes should continue to be a
serious player on this team in terms of
his defensive skills and his penalty
killing responsibilities," Berenson said
before this season began. "He should
also improve offensively."
That last comment - almost added as
an afterthought - proved to be one of
the largest understatements of the year.
With eight games to go in the regular
season, Hayes has scored two points less
this year than he scored over his first two
seasons combined. Hayes has shown
flashes of offensive brilliance before,
though. In 1996, a Hayes goal with the
game tied 3-3 in the third period barely
lifted the Wolverines above Lake
Superior for the CCHA tournament title.
Berenson said Hayes has always had it
in him - although he's definitely a dif-
ferent player than he ever was before. So
why now? Confidence, of course.
"I don't think other teams realize what
a good player he is," Berenson said.
"They know what a good player he is,
but not what a dangerous player he is -
that he's become. And he is doing things
that I've never seen him do before, and I
think that comes from confidence."
Perhaps one of the reasons other
teams don't take Hayes as seriously as
they should has to do with his stature.
Hayes - listed generously by the media
guide at 6-feet, 165 pounds - is one of
Michigan's smallest players.
But what Hayes lacks for in bulk, he
makes up for with a remarkable willing-
ness to expose his frame to a tremendous

amount of physical abuse. Hayes is still
one of the team's premier shot-blockers
and hardest workers. And this ability
doesn't come from confidence.
"No, I'd say that's more stupidity,"
Hayes said ,"I've been blocking shots
ever since I can remember. But when I
was younger, it never hurt me. Every
time I blocked it, I'd get a breakaway.
"Now I'm not getting as many break-
aways, but getting goals aren't always a,
important as preventing them. Shots are
hurting a little more, but I think the over-
all result is still worth it."
That toughness helped make Hayes a
crucial player for Michigan before this
year, even if the numbers don't exactly
show it.
"He accepted his role as a fourth-line
player and never complained," Berenson
said. "And now he's got his chance to
take a better role, and he's really taker4
advantage of it. He talks like a coach,
encouraging everyone to do the right
thing for the team."
His newfound leadership role - and
his stronger confidence - have inspired'
Hayes to dream of even greater success.
"Before, I wanted to coach a hockey
team at a high school in Ann Arbor,'
Hayes said. "But now I wouldn't mind
going out and trying to play some profes-
sional hockey for a little bit. It's a new
goal I'm thinking of pursuing after I fine
ish here.
"Right now, I'm dedicated to the team
and to what I do on the ice for
One of Michigan's top players? Pro
hockey? How will Hayes manage to do it


Bobby Hayes' hard work has been paying dividends this year. The 165 lb. junior
plays on Michigan's starting line.

Continued from Page IB
him down and I just couldn't get it up
high enough. He ended up going down
for me again and I held on to it a little
longer and ended up putting it away."
Michigan began to control play after
Herr scored and the Lakers fell apart.
"" With seven minutes remaining in the
game, Michigan dumped the puck in on
Galatiuk. As Galatiuk tried to clear the
puck to the boards, the blade of his stick
broke and the puck trickled to Michigan
forward Mark Kosick, who waited for
Galatiuk to go down. Kosick then calmly
put the puck into the top right corner of
the net for the 3-1 lead.
Michigan scored its final goal two
minutes later when Dale Rominski took a
pass from Kosick and squeezed a shot
between Galatiuk's pad and the post.
The four goals in the third period were
a complete turnaround from the first two
periods, when the Wolverines struggled
with Lake Superior's defense.
"I don't think we're a team that gets
frustrated," Rominski said. "For two peri-
ods we don't score any goals, in the third
period we're still coming out. Michigan

teams are teams that don't get frustrated."
Michigan's play in the third period was
a complete turnaround from the first
period, when the Wolverines couldn't
generate any offense despite having four
power-play opportunities - including 38
seconds with a two-man advantage.
"They're very good at penalty killing,"
Herr said. "They're No. 1 in out league in
penalty killing. It's definitely a lot of
clutch-and-grab. You'll be in the corner
and they'll have you pinned there for five
or six minutes. You could have a whole
dinner in there."
While the Wolverines were struggling
to score in the first two periods, the
Wolverines weren't giving up many
opportunities to the Lakers, limiting
them to 10 shots in the first two periods.
"I thought the guys played awesome
tonight," Michigan goaltender Marty
Turco said. "Making the right plays -
easy plays up the glass if there wasn't a
play to make. They did a great job tonight
like they have all year."
With Michigan State's loss to Ohio
State, 4-2 Friday night, and tie with
Miami (Ohio), 0-0 Saturday night, the
victory gave the Wolverines a three-point
lead in the conference standings.

Lake Superior fell
apart again in the
third period
Saturday, as
Michigan torched
the Lakers for
four third-period

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