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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 23, 1998


*You can't really pinpoint c
was just a whole bunch of

"Fv Key play:
Late in the first period Saturday
the puck took a funny bounce off'
the boards to Mike York, who put
it into the empty net to give the
Spartans a 10 lead.

Alban overshadow
Michigan's goalies

By Shwat Ra uf
Daily Sports Editor
DETROIT -The media, the players
and the coaches for Michigan and
Michigan State often talk about the
rivalry between the two schools. No
two players personify that rivalry better
than the goaltenders - Marty Turco
and Chad Alban.
But in his last chance to play against
the Spartans at Munn Ice Arena, the
Wolverines' netminder was absent from
his usual place between the pipes.
Turco was benched by Michigan coach
Red Berenson for Friday's game -
arguably the biggest game of the season
- for missing classes.
"I let the team down ... in terms of
one of your leaders doing something
stupid, that doesn't represent myself
well or the school," Turco said. "I apol-
ogized to the guys, and we've got to
move on."
On the other side of the ice,
Michigan State's netminder didn't have
any suspensions to worry about. Alban
played well, holding the Wolverines to
a mere two goals in two games. He
made 42 saves over the weekend.
"We get credit a lot of times for
being a good defensive team,"
Michigan State coach Ron Mason said.
"You can't be a good defensive team if
you don't have a good goalie."
With Turco out, senior Gregg
Malicke got the nod for Michigan.
Malicke, who transferred from
Clarkson after one year, started for the

first time as a Wolverine on Friday.
"It was great to play a full game, n
doubt about it," Malicke said. "I wis
the outcome was different. But I'm nc
disappointed in my performance.
made the saves that I had to, and I thin
I didn't get some bounces."
Although Friday's 5-1 outcome d
n't suggest a strong goaltending per
mance, the Rochester Hills nativ
turned away 24 shots. He fell victim t
defensive collapses by the Wolverines
"I thought Malicke was fine,
Berenson said. "He was not a factor i:
the game."
At Munn, the fans were ruthles
toward Turco, a man who wasn't eve:
One sign held up before the g
read, 'Hey Turco, how's class?' Chant
of 'Where is Turco?' turned into 'W
want Turco,' after the Spartans got ou
to a sizable lead.
The crowd "was kind of cool,
Malicke said. "I got a kick out of it.
was actually kind of chuckling when
went out there and they were sayin
'Turco, been to school lately?' Yoi
gotta love the fans. The fans make th
game what it is."
As it turned out, Turco couldn't ml
the difference when he took his usua
place on the ice at Joe Louis Arena.
Turco made 15 saves against th
Spartans, but his presence on the ici
wasn't enough to deter Michigai
State's offense - or a Michigan Stat

Michigan State 4, Michigan :1
Michigan St. 1 1 2 -4
Michigan 0 0 1 - 1
First period -1. MSU, York 22 (Hodgins,
Kosakowski), 18:38 (pp). Penalties - MSU, Harlton
(interference), 2:45, MSU, OKeefe (tripping),
11:18 UM, Fox (interference) 18:31.
Second period -2. MSU Berens 30 (Dolyny, York),
2:54 (pp). Penalties - UM, Rominski (interfer-
ence), 2:05: UM, Rominski (5-minute major, slash-
ing), 5:35; MSU, Bogle (slashing); 11:09.
Third period - 3.. MSU Whitten 3 (Berens,
O'Keefe), 11:40; 1. UM, Hayes 19 (Van Ryn,
Muckalt), 11:57; 4. MSU, York (unassisted), 18:51.
Penalties - None.
Shots on goal - MSU 4-11-4 - 19: UM 10-5-7 -
Power Plays - MSU 2 of 3; UM 0 of 3.
Saves - MSU, Alban 10-5-6 - 21; UM, Turco 3-10-
2 - 15.
Referee - Matt Shegos.
Unesmen -John Dobrzelewski, Dave Kronenberg.
At: Joe Louis Arena A: 19,983
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Backup goaltender Gregg Malicke made an admirable attempt when he stepped into the skates of suspended Michigan net-
minder Marty Turco, stopping 24 of 29 shots against Michigan State on Friday night.
Mason cature1s 800th
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Michigan State 5, Michigan 13
Michigan St. 3 1 1 -5
Michigan 0 1 0 - 1
First period -1. MSU, Adams 7 (York, Dolyny),
3:30; 2. MSU, Berens 27 (OKeefe, Gaskins),
11:07; 3. MSU, Berens 28 (OKeefe, Harlton),
19:38. Penalties - UM, Kosick (hooking). 7:51;
UM, Hayes (double-minor, roughing), 16:33.
Second period -1. UM, Herr 8 (Kosick, Langfeld),
3:57 (pp); 4. MSU, Dolyny 16 (Bogas, Berens), 8:06
(pp). Penalties - MSU, Hodgins (roughing), 2:54;
UM, bench (too-many men), 7:05; MSU, Patchell
(cross-checking), 15:20. Third period - 5. MSU,
Berens 29 (unassisted), 6:25. Penalties - MSU,
O'Keefe (hooking), 0:36; UM, Herr (roughing), 4:17;
MSU, Harton (roughing), 11:32; UM, Merrick
(roughing, cross-checking), 11:32.
Shots on goal - MSU 11-5-13 - 29; UM 4-11-7 -
Power Plays --MSU 2 of 6; UM1 of 3.
Saves - MSU, Alban 4-10-7 - 21; UM, Malicke 8-
412 - 24.
Referee - Duke Shegos.
Unesmen - John Nowosatka, Steve Mcinchak
At: Munn Ice Arena. A: 6,689.

By Pranay Redty
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - The stories floating around
Michigan State's 5-1 victory over Michigan on
Friday night were plentiful:
Michigan State's stingy neutral-zone trap ver-
sus Michigan's potent offense.
Backup goaltender Gregg Malicke playing for
suspended Michigan netminder Marty Turco.
The Spartans vying for first place in the
(Probably the most important) Michigan ver-
sus Michigan State. _-- .-.,_..__-
But for a few minutes after Hockey
Friday's game, all those story-
lines took a back seat to one Notebook
man -- Michigan State coach -...---- _--
Ron Mason.
Friday's victory gave Mason the 800th of his
career, the most by any coach in college hockey his-
Despite the milestone, Mason was more con-
cerned that Friday's victory put his Spartans in place
to gain the CCHA lead with a win Saturday night
against the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena.
"Well, I'm more interested in playing for first
place than I am for 800 wins," Mason said. "The
outshowing of affection after the game, that's some-
thing I've never had happen. To see something like
that, it touches you.:
Mason referred to the rush of fans onto the ice at
Munn Ice Arena following the victory. Prior to the

game, 800 fans were given cardboard signs with a
'W' printed on each. After the win, Mason stayed on
the ice as the fans rushed down to congratulate the
coach on his achievement.
In addition to fans, a notable peer of Mason also
added his share of congratulations.
"For anyone to stick in college coaching that
long is a real tribute," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "I congratulate Ron Mason. He's
done a great job"
IN THE ZONE: In the week leading up to the
games, much of the talk centered around Michigan
State's effective, yet debated, neutral-zone trap.
Hockey purists argue that the defensive style slows
down the college game.
But after the weekend's display, Michigan State's
defense wasn't the only unit being discussed. The
Spartans lit up the Wolverines with nine goals in the
two games - not bad for a defensively oriented
team. Even in its offense, the talk came back to
Michigan State's defense.
"We basically get our offense from our defense,"
Michigan State center Mike York said. "We get our
breaks and our bounces, and we took advantage."
Nevertheless, Mason didn't shy away from laying
praise on his entire team - not just the defense.
"We're a well-rounded hockey team," Mason
said. "Our power play is best in the league, our
penalty killing is outstanding, our goals-against is Dave
good and our offense is good. agat
"We still pride ourselves on being able to play Spar
defense, because that's where our strength is."
Continued from Page 18
But Friday's spanking woke up the Wolverines
for Saturday's matchup. A sellout crowd of
19,983 Michigan and Michigan State fans filled
the Joe with a tangible energy from the opening
faceoff, and the Wolverines responded.
Michigan attacked the Spartans' neutral-zone
trap, peppering Michigan State goaltender Chad
Alban with 10 shots in the first period. But Alban
came up with save after save, and all it took was
a fluke play during a Michigan State power play
for the Wolverines to give up the game's first goal
and head into the second period down 1-0.
After 18:38 of the first, the puck ricocheted
unexpectedly off the board behind Michigan's
net, directly to the stick of Michigan State's Mike
York. Michigan goalie Mary Turco had left the
net to clear the puck, giving York an essentially
open-net goal.
The puck "was coming around the glass,"
Turco said. "I was just about to stick out my hand
to stop it, and it hit the partition right in front of
me, the last of the zamboni ones. It bounced out,
and it happened so quick, I just looked around
and it was right on York's stick."
As frustrating as it was to go down on a
bizarre mishap after outplaying the Spartans all
YERS/Daily period. Berenson said the Wolverines tried to
nst maintain their composure.
"You can't overreact to that," Berenson said.


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e Huntzicker and the rest of Michigan's defense put forth a better effort in Saturday night's game
nst Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, it was to no avail, as the
'tans won the game, 4-1.

"Obviously, it was a big goal ... and I thought we
played pretty well in the second:'
Michigan played well - but not as well as
in the first. The Wolverines were outshot, 11-5,
by the Spartans during the second period, and
allowed another power-play goal in the open-
ing minutes of the period.
Michigan was only down by two goals head-
ing into the third, but Michigan State's trap man-
aged to slow the game to a turtle's pace in the
first half of the final stanza. The first shot by
either team was taken five minutes into the peri-
od, and the monotony was practically enough to
put the most zealous fans at the Joe to sleep.
Then, with 8:20 remaining, both teams woke
up. Michigan State's Damon Whitten beat Turco
top-shelf offa pass behind the goal line from Sean
Berens. Less than a minute later, Michigan coun-
tered with its only goal when Bobby Hayes
deflected in a shot from the point by Mike Van
Even though the Wolverines were down by
two goals, the momentum had shifted quickly in
Michigan's favor. Berenson pulled Turco from
the game with a little over two minutes left, but
York scored a true open-net goal, destroying any
hopes of a comeback.
In Friday's game, thoughts of a comeback
were practically abandoned after the first period.
Backup Gregg Malicke started in net in
place of Turco, who sat out for academic rea-
sons. The first start of Malicke's career wasn't

exactly a pleasant one. Sloppy Michigan pla
gave the Spartans the edge all night, an
Michigan State outshot the Wolverines, 29-22
on the evening.
Two defensive breakdowns by the Wolverine,
equaled two goals for Michigan State at 3:30
11:07 of the first period. Alban stoned Michiga
forward Bill Muckalt on a fast break with thre
minutes left in the first period, and the Spartan
scored their third goal 2 1/2 minutes later. The
never looked back.
Michigan captain Matt Herr score
Michigan's first and only goal at 3:57 of the sec
ond, but Michigan State came back with anothe
goal just four minutes later. Berens ended th
scoring with an unassisted goal off a faceoff a
6:25 in the third period, giving the center a
trick on the evening - the first tallied aga
the Wolverines all season.
The two victories this weekend gave th
Spartans a sweep of their conference games wit
Michigan. It was the first time the Wolverine
were swept in a CCHA series since 1988-89
when the Spartans again took the honors.
"There's no way I feel good walking awa
from this rink with two losses agains
Michigan State my senior year," Herr said
"And I want the freshmen and everybody
on our team to feel that exact same way. I wan
every single guy on that team to take it person
ally, these two losses, because I know I do, an
the rest of the seniors do."

Michigan forward Geoff Koch had a difficult time again
Michigan State's rugged defense - so did the rest of
Michigan's offense.


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