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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 3, 1998

Eagles vs.
Michigan,
tomorrow
EAGLES
Continued from Page 11
And in recent years, the two
schools have had an off-the-ice-
"rivalry."
"Michigan and us have been
recruiting the same players for the
last three years," York said.
"Some go to Michigan, some go to
Boston College. They've been one of
our chief rivals at recruiting talent
and talented players."
The Wolverines, who last won the
1996 title, will be looking to extend
their NCAA record of eight champi-
onships, when they take on the
Eagles, Saturday night in Boston, in
front of an assuredly pro-Eagles
crowd.
Michigan 4, New Hampshire 0
New Hampshire 0 0 0 - 0
Michigan 1 2 1 -4
First period -1t. UM, Bervozweig 7 (Riominski),
13:34 (sh). Penatties - UN, Johnson (holding.
3:16; UNH, Bragnalo (highsticking), 5:03; tIM Clark
(charging), 12:2C.
Second period -2. UM, Berenzweig 8 (Hayes,
Merrick), 7:43 (pp); 3. UM, Koch 5 (Clark,
Huntzicker), 8:26. Penalties - UNH, Enders (rough.
ng), 0:21; UNH, O'Brien (hoding, 6:32; UM,
8 Bron le (hooking), 00:02.
Third riod-4. SM, okrn 14 (Muckalt, Langfeld),
.17:12 (pp). Penalties- UM, Crozier (cross-check-
ng), 8:24; UNH, Nolan (highsticking), 15:27; UNH,
Mowers (roughing), 18:38: UNH, Johnson 10 minute
misconduct), 18:38; UM, Langfeld (roughing)'
018:38).
Shots on goal - UNH 4.510 - 19: SM 14115 -
.30.
Power Plays - UNH, 0 of 3: UM, 2 of 5
rSaves- UNH, Matile 13.94 -26; UM. Turco, 45-
10 -19,
Referee -Mike Noeth.
inesmen- Fred Campatelli, Joel Dupree
,At: FleetCenter. A: 17,989.

Blue defense is peachy-
keen, even without Peach

*

MARGARET MsERS/Daly
Defenseman Bubba Berenzweig got plenty of hugs from his Michigan teammates
after scoring two goals in the Wolverines' semi-final victory over New Hampshire.
Michigan vs. Boston College, the key players®..
MichiaCnn Boston College
Sda Forward Forward ' Mike Motta
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By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
BOSTON - In a case of startling
efficiency, Michigan's defense domi-
nated New Hampshire's high-powered
offense last night - even though only
four Michigan defensemen saw signifi-
cant ice time. Despite losing solid blue-
liner Sean Peach for the season, the
Wolverines have subdued two of the
nation's highest-scoring teams in their
past two contests.
And as Michigan heads into the
NCAA championship game tomorrow
night, it's difficult to decide which is
more astonishing - shutting, out the
Wildcats last night, or squashing North
Dakota's offense almost a week earlier.
"The fact that New Hampshire was
such a good team offensively brought
the best out in our team," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "When we
played North Dakota there was no ques-
tion they had maybe the best offensive
team in the country - I think our team
played scared, they checked scared.
"I think playing that game prepared
us to play a team like New Hampshire,
who I compare to a North Dakota-type
team. They're a team who can bury you
in five minutes."
But against the Wolverines, New
Hampshire's offense was given few
opportunities to make a run - even
with Michigan rotating only four
defensemen for the majority of the con-
test. Blueliners Bubba Berenzweig,
Dave Huntzicker. Mike Van Ryn and
Chris Fox carried the load for the
Wolverines the entire night, and per-
formed splendidly with their ample
time on the ice.

In fact, the quartet has been logging
extra minutes ever since Peach suffered
a concussion on Mar. 27 in Michigan's
CCHA first-round loss to Notre Dame.
Losing Peach has hampered
Berenson's ability to rotate defensemen
frequently and give them a rest.
Nevertheless, the
four haven't
missed a beat, fol-
l o w i n g
Berenzweig's lead.
The junior has
been an ironman
as of late and his
play has improved.
In a testament to
his stamina,
Berenzweig B e r e n z w e i g
seemed to never
leave the ice in Michigan's first-round
tiebreaker with the Fighting Irish. A
concussion to Van Ryn in the second
game of the series forced Berenzweig
to take the majority of the defensive
shifts.
"Six to eight weeks ago, (Bubba) did
something that makes a coach happy,"
Berenson said. "He has become the
rushing defenseman we all thought he
could ... He's playing the best hockey of
his career."
Berenzweig, as well as his linemates,
has also had to face more formidable
competition in his past two games. The
Wildcats, who averaged 4.41 goals per
game during the season, were frustrated
all afternoon by the Wolverines.
Michigan did an especially good job
limiting the shots of New Hampshire's
two biggest weapons -- Derek Bekar
and Hobey Baker Award finalist Jason

Krog. As a team, New Hampshire took
a total of 19 shots compared to
Michigan's 30, with 10 of those comi4
after the Wolverines already posted a 3-
0 lead.
In addition to the blueliners,
Michigan's forwards had a hand in
keeping the Wildcats at bay throughout
the game. Forwards like Justin Clark
and Dale Rominski regularly made trips
to Michigan's end of the ice to help out
their teammates, which was greatly
appreciated by Berenzweig.
"I think our forwards really help
out today," Berenzweig said. "Th
came back every single chance UNH
had on a rush. When our forwards are
coming back like that it makes it really
easy on the defense."
Mark Mowers, one of New
Hampshire's best playmakers and
Hobey Baker finalist, attested to
Michigan's defensive dominance
throughout the contest. He even com-
pared the Wolverines to some of t
better defensive teams he has all se.
son.
"They were aggressive and we were0
little timid early on," Mowers lamented.
"They bottled us up. They didn't give u
a lot of opportunities."
When Michigan's spectacular defensc
did make a mistake, netminder Mart
Turco was there all night to clean up Il)e
mess. On a few occasions, Turco bailed
out his otherwise stellar defensemn
and kept the momentum with Michigl
"Turco made some great saves,'
Mowers said. "It's a game of momen
tum. Who knows? If one of those had
gone in we would have some momen-
tum and it might have been a differen

Michigan baseball to visit Bucks
By Jacob Wheeler
ilSy Sports Writer oftball opens here
If last season's Big Ten race was any indication, this
weekend's Michigan-Ohio State series in Columhus is the
make-or-break point of the season. The two rivals open By T.J. Be*a
play this afternoon, face off in a twi-night double header DailySports Witer
tomorrow and conclude with a fourth game on Sunday. Winning is something that the Michigan softball team
This matchup pairs the defending regular season confer- takes for granted. With consistent top 10 rankings and reg
ence champion and the defending Big Ten Tournament ular berths in the College World Series, the softball team is
champion against each other. used to success.
The Wolverines clinched the conference title with two With that being said, this years start is unusual for the
wins over Ohio State last May. But the Buckeyes turned Wolverines. No, the Wolverines are still performing wit
around and beat Michigan twice at the Big Ten Tournament the best ofthe nation a 26-3 record and a No.2rankinl
a week later. Both series were played in Ann Arbor. proves that. The odd thing about Michigan's season is it
This year's matchup doesn't hold as many inmediate conference start.With an unblemished5-Omarkin BigTei
ramifications, however, because it's still only the beginning play, the Wolverines havebroken their own team record fo
of April. And Michigan (1-3 Big Ten, 8-12-1 overall) is on conference starts Added to wins in its last 13 non confer
the outside of the conference race looking in, after losing ence games, Michigan finds itself riding an 18-game teat
three of four games at Illinois this past weekend. The Wolverines get a chance to add to its record confer
Ohio State (2-2, 14-7) wasn't very happy with its con- ence start this weekend against Ohio State at Alumni Field
ference opener either. The Buckeyes lost two of four games Michigan takes on the Buckeyes in a doubleheader tomor.
at Northwestern. But row aftemoon and caps off the series with a me or
Blig Ten they're still in a much Sunday.
better position to make a After29 games inplaces such as San Diego and Tamp
Standings run at the title than - among other places the Wolverines get to play th
Michigan. home team for the first timetthis weekend as Ohio State i
Team Record This weekend's pitch- the first team to visit Ann Arbor in 1998. In Ohio State, th
Ililnois 3-1 ing matchups appear to Wolverines face a team who hasn't seen much success a
lows 3. favor Ohio State, as of lateAfter winning 40 games in1994,heBuckeyes fe
Ohio ate 2-2 well. to 20-31 last season inrcoach Linda Kalafatis' fistseason
Penn State 2-2 Senior Mike The rehuilding processhas seensote sucesfor Ohi
Penn $t1e 2-2 Hribernik (2-2) has been Stae thus farthis season, as the Buckeyes have starte
Northwestern 2-2 the fourth past couple with a 12-11Irecord, They are 2-3 in therBig Tet, havin
Minnesota 2-2 weeks. But he'll have the split a doubleheader with Indiana on Wednesda
Indiana 2-2 daunting task of facing Michigan has also played the Hoosiers this year, smackin
Purdue 2-2 last year's Big Ten the Hoosiers last weekend in a three-game sweep
Michigan 1-3 Pitcher of the Year Justin . Leading the way for Ohio State is second basema
Michigan State 1-3 Fry 13-1) in tomorrow's CandceKollen. Tb senior is the Buckeyes' all-tint
games. leader in runs score with 113.

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