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4B - The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday -January 12, 1998


"He just has a way of just stop-
ping the puck. He's made saves
that a goalie shouldn't be able to
- Michigan coach Red Berenson
on goaltender Marty Turco
The Three Stars
The Michigan Daily hockey writ-
ers' picks for Michigan's three
stars of the weekend:
Third Star: Josh Langfeld
The freshman out of Coon Rapids,
Minn., continues to prove his
worth on the Wolverines. He
scored two goals in Saturday's
43 overtime victory and another
in Friday's 4-2 win.
Second Star: Bill Muckalt
The Hobey Baker hopeful record-
ed a hat trick on Friday. Muckalt,
the driving force of the Michigan
offense, has scored 25 goals in
24 games this season.
First Star: Marty Turco
The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
native recorded his 112th and
113th victories to break former
Michigan goalie Steve Shields's
NCAA record of 111.

Friday's game
Bowling Green 2
Michigan 4

Saturday's game




W. Michigan 3 (OT)

Rough tactics characterize

Western's game

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
KALAMAZOO - If you find yourself watching
a hockey game that features anything resembling the
following: shattered glass, 25 total penalties, five
stoppages in play due to injury, several outbreaks of
fisticuffs and profanity-laden crowd cheers - then
you're probably watching a hockey game at Western
"Their team plays that way and we're not sur-
prised," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "We
knew that coming in. You pay the price when you
come here."
The Broncos play a smash-mouth, bruising style
of hockey. They've been playing that way for years,
and this year has been no different.
A quick glance at Western Michigan's roster
shows that this isn't a chess team. Only one defen-
sive player weighs less than 200 pounds, and the
lightest non-goaltender tips the scales at a not-so-
light 175.
"We've got the type of team that needs to play
(physical) to be effective," Western Michigan coach
Bill Wilkinson said. "Michigan's more of a free-
wheeling and skating team. If you let them do that,
then obviously they'll take advantage."
The most convincing evidence to support the
Bronco's claim as the bruisers of the CCHA is the
board that shattered in the second period at Lawson
Arena. Michigan's Matt Huntzicker and Western
Michigan's Brent Lovett collided into a glass board
that presumably has seen it's share of action.
But Michigan defenseman Mike Van Ryn proba-
bly got the worst of all the rough play. The freshman
was checked into Western Michigan's penalty box
door, causing it to open and injure him in the groin.
"I don't know how bad it is or what's involved in
recovering in that area," Berenson said. "We'll have
to wait and see"
Above everything else, what Western Michigan
fans come out to see are the fights.Western

Michigan, a team currently in the middle of a 12-
game skid, guarantees that to the crowd.
"I don't think we're running around trying to hurt
anybody," Wilkinson said.
And there were fights, all right. Some were little
skirmishes that are common to any hockey game.
But many were of the street-brawl variety.
Midway through the third period, Michigan goalie
Marty Turco was in the middle of a not-so-friendly
exchange with Western Michigan defenseman Geoff
Collard. Each received two penalties.
"He was on top of me and I was just laying there
and he started driving my head into the ice," Turco
said. "So I grabbed my blocker and ripped his hel-
met off. He didn't take too much liking to that.
"I grabbed my mask to make sure he didn't take it
off my head to do further damage, Turco said.
At the same time, Michigan's Andrew Merrick
and Lovett were penalized for their separate scuffle.
But the Western Michigan crowd is almost as
rowdy as its team. And before the game, the
announcer warned that those using bad and profane
language would be kicked out.
If that policy was enforced, no one would have
seen the outcome of the game. Despite the usual out-
put of profanity found at almost any hockey game,
the Kalamazoo fans were particularly fond of a
small variety of four-lettered words.
"We talk about that before we come here, the fact
that it's a hard rink to play in because of the crowd,"
Michigan defenseman Bubba Berenzweig said.
Michigan defenseman Chris Fox was the biggest
target of attack by the crowd. The senior Wolverine
faces felony charges for allegedly striking an oppo-
nent in the mouth with his stick in a summer pick-up
league. Fox's recent exposure in the news prompted
the Bronco fans to chant "Fox is guilty" and "Felon
... felon."
Fox got a chance to wave good-bye to the crowd
after the Wolverines won in overtime, however.

Michigan 4, W. Michigan 3 (OT)
Michigan 1 2 0 1-4
W. Michigan 0 2 1 0- 3
First period - 1. UM, Herr 1 (Kosick, fox), 3:11
(pp). Penalties - WMU, Corvo (holding), 2:06; UM,
Herr (checking from behind/Kahler), 4:07; UM Herr
(game disqualification), 4:07; WMU, Irving (interfer-
ence), 8:32; WMU, Lukasak (charging), 10:36; UM,
Van Ryn (roughing), 14:58; WMU, Mindel (rough-
ing), 14:58.
Second period - 1. WMU, Novock 1 (Duke, Melas),
6:35 (pp): 2. UM, Langfeld 1 (Clark, Matzka), 8:01;
3U M,Langfeld2 (Kosick, Crozier), 14:55 (pp); 2.
WMU, Mindel 1 (Novock, Melas), 16:41. Penalties
- WMU, Lovett (interference), 2:45: UM, Merrick
(interference), 5:26; WMU, Duke (slashing), 13:56;
UM, Rominski (roughing), 17.16, WMU, Corvo
(elbowing). 17:16.
Third period - 3. WMU, Waring 1 (Corvo, Lukasak),
12:27. Penalties - UM, Rominski (roughing), 7:31;
WMU, Irving (roughing), 7:31; UM, Merrick (rough-
ing), 9:13; Corvo (roughing), 9:13; Turco (rough-
ing/Kahler), Turco (holding/Kahler), 9:13; WMU,
Collard (roughing) 9:13; WMU, Collard (holding),
9:13; WMU, Lukasak (interference) 9:46; UM,
Crozier (unsportsmanlike), 10:56; WMU, Melas
(unsportsmanlike), 10:56; WMU, Duke (holding),
13:47: WMU Duke (slashing), 19:15.
IOvertime - 4. UM, Berenzweig 1 (Hayes, Langfeld),
4:36. Penalties - no penalties.
Shots on goal - UM 8-13-13-4 - 38; WMU 8-6-6-1
Power 'Plays - UM. 2 of 8; WMU, 1 of 2
Saves - UM, Turco 8-4-5-1 - 18; WMU, Barnes, 7-
11.13-3 - 34.
Referee - John Kelly.
Linesmen - Brent Gawlik, John Pearson.
At: Lawson Ice Arena. A: 4,074.

After skating by Bowling Green one night earlier at Yost Ice Arena, Michigan was not treated as kind by,
Western Michigan. Justin Clark was among those bounced around in a physical contest in Kalamazoo..,

Broncos key on MU(
prevent a hat-trick r

Michigan 4, Bowling Green 2
Bowl. Green 1 0 1 - 2
Michigan 0 2 2-4
First period - 1. BG, Ham 1 (Edinger), 00:56.
Penalties - BG Jones (interference), 3:27; BG,
Lamarre (hooking), 11:27; UM, Langfeld (unsports-
manlike), 12:46; BG. Schueller (roughing), 20:00;
BG Hull (roughing), 20:00; UM, Muckalt (roughing),
20:00; UM, Gassoff (roughing), 20:00.
Second period - 1. UM, Langfeld 1 (Merrick,
Matzka), 4:37; 2. UM, Muckalt 1 (Herr), 15:31
(pp). Penalties- UM, Herr (interference),.11:46;
B8G, Nowosad (unsportsmanlike), 15:29; 8G,
Desjarlais (slashing), 16:27; UM, Langfeld (slash-
ing), 16:27.
Thd period -2. BG, Ham 2 (Bonvie), 5:16; 3. UM,
Muckalt 2 (Hayes, Berenzweig), 14:19; 4. UM,
Muckalt 3 (Hayes, Fox), 19:57. Penalties - 8G.
Holzinger (interference), 9:14; UM, Hayes (high
sticking), 11:42.
Shots on goal - BG 5-7-4 - 16; UM 14-11-15 -
Power Plays - BG,0 of 3: UM, 1of 4.
Saves - BG, Timm 14-19-3 - 36; UM, Turco 4-7-0
- 11.-
Referee - John Kelly.
linesmen - Butch Friedman, Bob Faria.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 6,519.

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan forward Bill Muckalt tallied
what might go down as the quietest hat
trick in college hockey history Friday
night against Bowling Green. His efforts
may have gone
largely unnoticed
because of teammate
Marty Turco's
NCAA record-set-
ting victory.
But despite the
lack of notoriety
from fans and
media, Western
Michigan's defend-
ers the following night in Kalamazoo
paid plenty of attention to Muckalt and
his every move.
"We were keying in on Muckalt from
the standpoint that he's got 22 goals and
leading the league," Western Michigan
coach Bill Wilkinson said. "If you don't
pay special attention to him you're going

to get burned.
"We didn't give him any opportunities
to shoot the puck. We matched up our
better defensemen against (his line) ... I
thought we contained him pretty well"
If statistics are any judge, the Broncos
certainly did bottle up Muckalt. For the
first time since Nov. 21 at Bowling
Green, Muckalt was shut out as he failed
to score a goal or record an assist.
With the victory over the Broncos,
Michigan raised its record to 2-3 in
games that Muckalt failed to tally a point.
night's game, Michigan football was
honored yet again for its national cham-
pionship season.
Senior co-captain Eric Mayes - who
was injured during the footbill season
- was brought out to center ice with the
aid of two referees and dropped the puck
on a ceremonial faceoff.
Mayes was escorted to the faceoffcir-
cle to the sounds of an appreciative cho-
rus of applause from the Ybst Ice Arena

fans. Accompanying Mayes was
Michigan defensive coordinator Jim
The short ceremony followed a sim
lar presentation of the national champi
onship trophy by offensive lineman Jon
Jansen a week earlier before a game
against Ohio State.
HOOP HERO: Muckalt's game-win-
ning goal against Bowling Green was
one the more acrobatic of the year for the
6-foot senior.
As the puck was flipped up in the air,
Muckalt's instincts brought him back to-
an inspiring friend.
"I've been hanging out with Travis
Conlan a little bit, and he's been kidding
around how he's just starting to dunk, so
I jumped up," Muckalt said.
Muckalt displayed his leaping abili-
ty by bringing the high-flying puck
back to the ice, and poking it over the.
right shoulder of Bowling Green
goalie Shawn Timm to break a two-alb

Michigan freshman Josh Langfeld's goal opened the scoring Friday night and set
the tone for one of his most productive weekends at Michigan.

Jan. 23-24
Jan. 30
Jan. 31

Feb 13
Feb. 14
Feb. 20
Feb 21
Feb 27
Feb, 28
Mar. 6
Mar. 7
Mar. 13-15
Mar. 20

Miami (Ohio)
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Lake Superior*
Miami (Ohio)
Northern Michigan
Michigan State
Michigan State*
Ferris State
Lake Superior
Bowling Green
Notre Dame
CCHA First Round*
CCHA Semifinals*

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tonight than they were last night," Berenson said
after the game. "We had a good meeting this
morning, and I think a lot of guys realized that
they can play better."
Herr must have been paying special attention
at the meeting, because even though he only
played for four minutes, he made the most of
them, scoring Michigan's first goal of the game.
The goal came at 3:11 of the first period, dur-
ing the Wolverines' first power play of the night.
Michigan freshman Mark Kosick faked a shot
from the right point, then passed the puck to
Herr in the slot for the goal.
After Herr's early departure, Michigan for-
ward Josh Langfeld was able to pick up the scor-
ing slack. Western tied the game at 1-1 with its
own power play goal at 6:35 in the second, but
Langfeld answered back quickly.
Less than two minutes after the Western goal,
Langfeld scored on a odd-man rush. Langfeld
took a nice pass from Justin Clark, then deked
Western goaltender Matt Barnes for the goal.
But Langfeld wasn't done. At 14:55 in the sec-
ond, the freshman scored his second goal of the
night, putting the Wolverines up by two over
Western, 3-1. It seemed like the Michigan put
the game out of reach for the Broncos, who
struggled to establish an offensive presence all
Miraculously, though, Western was able to
come up with two more goals of its own, at 16:47
in the second period, and then again at 12:27 in
the third. The Broncos evened up the score at 3-
3 - despite being outshot 34-20 by the
Wolverines - and sent the game into overtime.
So who would step up for Michigan in the
extra stanza? Langfeld? Star forward Bill

Muckalt? The answer came from one of the more
unlikely candidates - Michigan defenseman
Bubba Berenzweig.
With time running out, the junior snuck a shot
from the slot past Barnes. There were only 24
seconds left on the clock.
"We're playing against Western Michigan, and
they're not that high up in the (CCHA) rank-
ings," Berenzweig said. "But the thing is, this is
probably the most exciting goal I've ever scored
in my life."
The situation was particularly different for
Turco. Michigan's goaltender went from being
lauded as a hero by home-crowd fans after his
record-breaking victory Friday to being verbally
assaulted by chants of "Turco sucks" from the
Western fans Saturday.
Turco said he'll miss the fans from Western
after he graduates.
"It was fun," Turco said. "It was sad, your
senior year and you're making your last rounds
in the CCHA loop. I don't take it personally;
they're just trying to get under my skin.
"But (Saturday night) was definitely a differ-
ent perspective from a great time (Friday) night."
Friday's game against Bowling Green (2-11-2,
4-17-2) carried a much different atmosphere
than Saturday's game. Excited and anxious fans
were rewarded with a Michigan victory, despite
some sloppy play from the Wolverines.
Bowling Green took advantage of a Michigan
giveaway in the opening minute of the first peri-
od to take an early lead, 1-0. Langfeld tied the
score at 4:37 in the second, but Muckalt was the
real offensive story of Friday's game.
The senior assumed responsibility for the
record-breaking victory, scoring Michigan's next
three goals - the last one an open-netter - for
the hat trick and a 4-2 Michigan win.
Despite the three-goal performance, Muckalt


..a 4

As has been his place all season, Bill Muckalt led Michigan to victory, recording a hat trick on Friday.

was only awarded third star of the game - Turco
being the obvious choice for first star, and
Bowling Green goaltender Shawn Timm winning
second for his tremendous play in the net.
"Third star, hey," Muckalt joked after the
game. "(If I) might have had six, I might have
got second star. But that's all right - I'm so
happy for Marty, I'm so happy for the program.
"Marty's a great goaltender and a good person,
and I couldn't be happier for him."
Turco showed his appreciation after the game,
as well - for the Michigan fans. He skated

around the rink, waving to the crowd and blow-
ing kisses after being presented with a plaque for
his accomplishment.
"I didn't know how I'd react when this game
ended," Turco said. "It was self-gratifying in that
fact that where I've come from and what it
made me today.
"It was a great feeling because I'm a part of
this program, a part of this institution, the
University of Michigan, that has provided me
with so much since the day I stepped on cam-

*at Joe Louis Arena
Home games in BOLD

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