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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - March 30, 1998 - 58

KEY

Key play:
Michigan forward Matt Herr skated
out of the penalty box and scored a
short-handed breakaway goal in the
second period to give the Wolverines
their first goal of the game, making
the score 2-1. The goal began the
Michigan comeback.

Neutral site' pushes 'M' past North Dakota

M:ichigan4, North Dakota
Michigan 0 2 2 -4
North Dakota 2 1 0 -- 3

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
The sarcastic look on Matt Herr's face during
Saturday's postgame press conference spoke vol-
es about Michigan's dramatic 4-3 upset of
h Dakota.
Michigan coach Red Berenson was in the mid-
dle of saying, "Was it fair to have this game at
Yost? Maybe it wasn't fair."
Meanwhile, Herr, ever the joker, grinned from
ear to ear and humored Berenson by adding,
"Yeah coach, it was fair."
The funniest part of the entire exchange was
the fact that everyone in the arena knew one
thing - Yost Ice Arena was anything but a neu-
site
e fans who packed Yost on Saturday were
staunch supporters of the Wolverines, not a mix
of fans from every school playing in the region-
al.
And don't think North Dakota coach Dean
Blais missed that.
"I'm sure the fans enjoyed (the game)," Blais
said. "It was a real treat for a spectator, especial-
ly when it's all Michigan fans. It's tough to come
into Ann Arbor - with the home ice, home
crowd - and win.
It's certainly not an easy thing to do. It's
tough to come in here with the fans and the tra-
dition and try to win."
The fans made things difficult for the Fighting
Sioux throughout the night. Every faceoff won,
pass made and goal scored swung momentum
Michigan's way. When the Wolverines needed it
most, their fans stepped up their effort - almost
begging the players to do the same.
The second period effort by Michigan's fans

was especially rousing during a 10-minute
stretch of the game in which Michigan was
flagged for five penalties. With the penalty box
filled and the Wolverines facing numerous
penalty-kill situations, crowd noise made as
much difference as an extra man on the ice.
"Our fans were a big part of this," Herr said.
"They deserve as much credit as our team work-
ing real hard. There are times when we do take
some of those penalties, and you hear 'Let's Go
Blue' or 'Hail to the Victors' pumping out loud
- it's definitely a factor."
While the fans raged on through the night,
Michigan seemed to gain strength with every
increase in decibel level.
In the end, Michigan center Bobby 'Maize'
Hayes explained his jubilation following his
game-winning goal and how the crowd pushed
Michigan through the adversity of questionable
officiating and a speedy North Dakota squad.
"It means a ton," Hayes said. "I know they
weren't just screaming for me, they were
screaming for the entire team - the fans are just
incredible.
"Our team was feeding off them all night long,
and we couldn't have done it without them."
Aside from the success of his team, Berenson
was pleased with the show put on at Yost over the
past weekend. Michigan's attempt to host the
West Regional of the NCAA Tournament was a
success in his eyes, and it also seemed to be a hit
with the fans.
Though ticket sales were slow to pick up, by
Friday all tickets were sold out and there were
few, if any, no-shows. And for their efforts, the
fans were greeted with some of the most com-
petitive college hockey of the 1997-98 season.

First period -1. NO, Henderson 24 (Vig), 8:25; 2,
ND, Hoogsteen 20 (Jay Panzer), 18:53. Penalties -
ND, Murphy (charging) 0:15; UM, VanNRyn (holding)
8:54; UM, Merrick (roughing) 10:58: ND, Calder
(roughing) 10:58; ND.,IUlmer (boarding) 17:57; UM,
Herr (slashing) 18:53; UM, Merrick (check from
behind)19:47; UM, Merrick (10-min, game misc. -
served by Gassoff), 19:47.
Send period -1. UM, Herr 13 (Clark, Turco),
3:28 (sh); 3. ND, Calder 9 (Hammer, Vig), 5:06; 2.
UM, Muckalt 32 (Kosick, Herr), 8:38 Penalties -
ND, Williamson (interference) 3:28; UM, Langfeld
(elbowing) 4:27; UM, Hayes (10-mn, game misc.)
5:06: ND, Bull (interference) 7:53:ND, Blake (high-
sticking) 8:58: UM, Langfeld (interference -
served by Gassoff), 9:05; UM, Langfeld (10-min,
game misc.) 9:05; UM, Huntzicker (tripping) 9:18:
ND, Murphy (interference), 10:36; UM, Koch (inter-
ference), 17:29, ND, Henderson (hit after whistle),
20:00.
Third period -1. UM, Crozier 12 (Kosick, Herr):;2.
UM, Hayes 21 (Herr, Clark). Penalties - UM, Koch
(hit after whistle), 9:06; ND, Armbrust (hit after
whistle).
Shots on goal - ND 6-18-8 - 29 --24; UM 7-11-
11 -29.
Power Plays - NO 2 of 6: UM 0 of 7.
Saves - ND, Schweitzer 7-9- 9- 25; UM, Turco 4-
17-8 -29.
Referee: Tim Benedetto
linesmen: Bill Jones, John Jones
At: Yost Ice Arena A: 6,554

Michigan cap-
tain Matt Herr
shows his
appreciation to
the 'neutral'
fans at Yost ice
Arena after
Saturday's vic-
tory. Herr said
the fans were
as much a part
of the victory as
the team was.
WARREN ZINN/Daily
"I think it was a success just from the envi-
ronment in the building, the kind of games and
the crowd," Berenson exclaimed. "It was a spe-
cial environment: people out on the street, peo-
ple out on the lawn in front, T.V. cameras every-
where.
"I'm looking around, and I'd like to capture
this whole moment as one of the highlights of
Yost, ever. What a great environment:'

Michigan 2, Princeton 1.
Princeton 0 1 0 -1
Michigan 0 1 1 -2

In addition to Michigan's stunning upset over
defending national champion North Dakota,
Ohio State pulled off quite a thrilling upset over
CCHA champion and No. 1 Michigan State in
the first game on Saturday.
The excitement of Saturday's two games com-
bined with Friday's contests cemented the idea
for Berenson that the NCAA Tournament at Yost
was a smashing success.

FIrst period -no scoring
Penalties - PR, Betoli (high sticking).(1:07: UM.
Rominski (holding stick), 4:06; PR, Manin (interfer-
ence).12:58; PR Morin (cross checking).10:00;
PR, Yopyk (holding stick), 11:10
Second period-1. UM, Fox 5 (Kosick, Herr),
10:45 (pp); 1. PR, Halpern 28 (Masters), 18:38.
Penalties - UM, Koch (charging), 4:11: UM,
Muckalt (hitting after whistle) 7:14; PR, bench (too
many men on ice) 9:50, Corrinet serves; PR, Betoli
(slashing), 11:56.
Third period - 2. UM, Kosick 12 (unassisted),
0:41. Penalties - UM, Van Ryn (hooking) 18:40.
Shots on goal - PR 8-6-7 - 21; UM 158&8 - 31.
Power Plays - PR 0 of 4; UM lof 6.
Saves - PR, Saltarelli 15-7-7 - 29; UM, Turco 8-5-
7- 20.
Referee: Don Adams
Linesmen: Derek Shepherd, John Champion
At: Yost Ice Arena A: 6,437

NCAA Roundup

I

Buckeyes end Spartans'
dream season, 4-3, in OT

By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
One week ago, Michigan State and Ohio State
battled into the second overtime before Mike
York scored to give the Spartans the CCHA
playoff title. Saturday, the two teams faced off
again, but this time it was the Buckeyes who
emerged victorious, winning 4-3 at the 8:47
mark of the first overtime.
The Buckeyes ended the game when Eric
Meloche cut down the left wing and
fired a bad angle shot in on
Michigan State goaltender Chad
Alban. The shot deflected off Alban
directly to Ohio State defenseman
Andre Signoretti, who blasted the ,
rebound past Alban and into the far
side of the net for his second goal of
the game.
"I just buried my head and shot it
as hard as I could, and it went in,"
Signoretti said.
Just before Signoretti's goal, Michigan State
had a chance to win the game when Mike York
deflected a point shot in on Ohio State goal-
tender Jeff Maund. But the Ohio State netminder
made a tremendous glove save to keep the game
tied.
"We had our opportunity to score, and Maund
made a great save," Michigan State coach Ron
Mason said. "And they came down and had their
opportunity to score and they scored. So I guess
it's tit for tat."
Ohio State had to rally from a 2-0 deficit to

force overtime. Michigan State took an early
lead on a power-play goal by Brad Hodgins. Late
in the first period, the defenseman fired a shot
off a York rebound past Maund.
The Spartans took a two-goal lead in the sec-
ond period when Sean Horcoff deflected a shot
from the point over Maund.
"We just knew that if we kept going, that we
would get a break," Ohio State coach John
Markell said. "I didn't say too much, but the
team knew it was either do or die.
You either score two goals and
you're back in it or you're done."
The Buckeyes answered just 41
seconds later. Signoretti scored his
first goal of the night when he fired
a shot off the faceoff which alluded
Alban, to pull Ohio State within one
goal.
Ohio State tied the score, 2-2, just
five minutes later when Meloche
snuck in behind the Spartan defense and beat
Alban through the legs.
Rustyn Dolyny scored the Spartans' third
power play goal of the game late in the period to
give the Spartans the lead again.
Again, Ohio State battled back to tie the game
when Neil Rech chipped a rebound over Alban
just under six minutes into the third period.
For the remainder of the period and in over-
time both teams had tremendous scoring
chances, but neither Alban nor Maund would
surrender a goal, until Signoretti's goal ended
the game.

WARREN ZINN/Daily
hio State defenseman Andre Signoretti led the Buckeyes with two goals against top-seeded
VMichigan State on Saturday, as Ohio State knocked off the Spartans, 4-3, in overtime.

New Hampshire stuns Boston U. in overtime
Wildcats will face Michigan in semifinal game; Boston College to square off with Ohio State

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Odd-man rushes, turnovers
nd short-handed goals made the scoring decisions in
New Hampshire's 4-3 overtime victory over No. 1
Boston University yesterday in the NCAA East
Regional.
Tournament MVP Mark Mowers won the game
10:49 into overtime when short-handed New
Hampshire broke away in a two-on-one and Mowers
slid it behind Michel Larocque.
In what was perhaps the most even matchup of the
weekend tournament, both teams put on a skating,
nassing and hitting display.
"I don't think there were too many people who
thought we were going to win tonight," Mowers said.
His game-winning goal was his second short-handed
goal of the game. He also assisted on Derek Bekar's
power-play goal in the second period that tied the
game at three apiece.
Dakr nkon hoadtwrn scctc forNe Nar anhire 25-

Larocque dived back too late to stop Mower's poke.
"It took me three or four seconds before I even real-
ized it was the game winner," Mowers said. "All I had
to do was pretty much tap it in."
Boston University, which has made the final four
seven of the past eight years, is the host for this year's
final rounds.
"It'll be difficult for us to swallow," Parker said.
BOSTON COLLEGE 6, COLORADO COLLEGE I
Boston College scored three first-period goals yes-
terday to beat Colorado College 6-1 in the second
round of the NCAA East Regional yesterday.
Boston College, which had a first-round bye, used
fresh legs to outskate a tired Colorado College team to
the puck and jump on turnovers throughout the game.
Jeff Farkas' shorthanded goal with 1:09 left in the first
gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead, draining the life out of the
Tigers.
"We ncoldIn't yet anv enerov ionin" said Tigers

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