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8A The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 6, 1998

HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

'Time

to

believe'

in Michigan hockey-

Yost rally
celebrates
victorious
season
By Melissa AndrzoJa k
Daily Staff Reporter
Last night, the scoreboard at Yost
Ice Arena was stuck reading 2:09 left
in overtime and the score of Home, 3
and Visitors 2, commemorating the
hockey team's come-from-behind
victory against Boston College on
Saturday that clinched the NCAA
National Championship.
"Somebody pinch me."
The words, spoken by senior assis-
tant captain Billy Muckalt, summed
up the feelings of players, coaches
and fans alike at last night's pep rally.
Enthusiasm for the team came across
loud and clear as fans gathered
around the ice to chant "The
Victors!" for the last time this season.
The boys in blue strapped on their
yskates and glided to their seats at cen-
ter ice.
"This has been a team effort and
that is why we are sitting here today,"
said Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson. "It makes me feel like I've
got the best job in the country."
Senior leaders shared their feelings
about their last season lacing up the
skates for the Wolverines.
"There is no recipe for success,"~
said senior goaltender Marty Turco.
"There is not just one reason, there
are many and every one of them is
sitting up here today."
Referring to the team's slogan,
Turco said it's "time to believe."
In addition to the nearly 1,750 fans
who gathered last night at Yost to wel-
come home the 1998 NCAA Hockey
Champions, players and coaches were
honored with words from University
jPresident Lee Bollinger and Athletic
Director Tom Goss.
"It is a moment worthy of a great
university," Bollinger said. He spoke
highly of the team and what they have
accomplished for the University.
"Any time you have athletes who
perform that well, it inspires every-
one across the University for years to
come, it becomes a part of the lore
and the tradition," Bollinger said.
Senior captain Matt Herr agreed,
saying anytime a championship is
won "it does something for the
morale of the campus."~
LSA senior Paul Schultz, who works
at Yost, said the championship was
unexpected because nine key Michigan
hockey players graduated last year.

CHAMPS
Continued from Page IA
Turco, named the most outstanding
player of the NCAA Tournament,
kept the Wolverines in the contest
giving their offense time to get on
track.
Falling behind 1-0 after the open-
ing period, Michigan finally broke
through in the second when center
Kosick evened the score for the
Wolverines. Kosick banged away at
a Bubba Berenzweig rebound and,
deflected the puck off Clemmensen's'
mask - after the netminder went
down to block Berenzweig's initial
shot.
After Michigan's goal, it was
Turco who took over for the
Wolverines, as the goaltender virtual-
ly stood on his head to keep the score.
tied at one. On two particular occa-

sions, Turco erased mistakes by his
blueliners on what should have been
go-ahead goals for the Eagles. But
even Turco could not thwart Boston
College's final scoring chance of the
second period.
Holding the man advantage after
a hitting-from-behind penalty on
Herr, Boston College's Bobby Allen
faked a shot, freezing Michigan's
defense before sending the puck on
net. Teammate Jeff Farkas then
intercepted Allen's shot and flipped
the puck toward forward Mike
Lephart, who put it past Turco for a
2-1 lead.
It wasn't until late in the third that
Michigan would even things up
again, with Kosick stepping up again
for the Wolverines with a rebound
shot. This time, Fox sent a puck goal-
bound, which was redirected by
Muckalt. Stopped by Clemmensen,
the puck came out to Kosick, who

again took advantage of being in the
right place at the right time, knotting
the game at two.
"Mark Kosick showed a lot of
resilience for a young kid," Pearson
said. "Coming in and playing at this
level - I give that kid full marks."
Early on, Boston College was quick
to take advantage of the decided
home-ice edge, scoring roughly five
minutes into the first period. Boston
College set the tempo from the onset,
utilizing its speed to get up the ice and
pass Michigan's defense.
One such effort materialized into a
goal for the Eagles, when Boston
College forward Kevin Caulfield flew
up the right side of the ice along the
boards. Caulfield received a pass fromi
teammate Mike Mottau and fired a
slapshot from the right faceoff dot past
the right leg of Turco. The score elec-
trified the crowd and put the Eagles up
early, 1-0.

'M' fans throw 2nd national
championship victory party

a

SARA STILLMAN/
Daily
Freshman
Josh
Langfeld
(above) and
senior Bill
Muckalt
(left)
celebrate
the
Wolverine's
victory
yesterday at
a pep rally
held for the
hockey
team at
Yost Arena.

"It is a moment worthy of a great
University."
-Lee Bollinger
University president

"This was supposed to be a
rebuilding year. I think (the champi-
onship) shows how great a program
this really is," Schultz said.
Coaches and players stressed that
the championship was recognition of
a great hockey team, but more impor-
tantly, a great university.
"This championship was a positive
tribute to not just the hockey team, but
to the school," Berenson said. "These
players came here to graduate from the
University of Michigan and playing
hockey was secondary. The reputation

of Michigan definitely plays a role in
the type of students we attract."
Herr also said that as a student ath-
lete, it was an honor to be recognized by
both the University's athletic head, Tom
Goss, and the academic head, Bollinger.
Community members also shared
their excitement for the University.
"It is another championship for the
University," said Ann Arbor resident
and fan Chuck Mancherian. "It shows
that not only academically, but athlet-
ically, the University of Michigan is
a powerhouse."

CELEBRATION
Continued from Page 1A
every time he stood up.
University of Michigan and Boston
College students and alumni crowded
Boston bars to watch the game, with
rivalries sparking some conflict
between patrons, said Boston's
Sullivan's Tap bouncer Bob
McCauley.
"There was wildness on both sides,"
McCauley said, adding that opposing
fans broke into fights and threw bottles
to the floor. "It doesn't do our business
any good and it is an embarrassment for
both schools."
One Michigan fan who watched the
game from a pub in downtown Boston
said he faced the wrath of angry Boston
College supporters.
University alumnus Rasim Oz said
that although he was careful not to
wear any Michigan apparel inside the
bar to avoid being harassed by Boston
College fans, he could not contain his
excitement when Michigan won the
game. As he jumped into the air in
celebration, Oz said an Eagles fan
intentionally burned his hand with her
cigarette.
"East Coast people - do not mess
with their sports teams," Oz said. "I got
the hell out of there."
During the sudden death covertime
period, fans at Touchdown Cafe in Ann
Arbor chanted "Tur-co!," honoring
Michigan's goaltender Marty Turco,
while shouting at the referees. One man
pounded a spoon against an empty beer
bottle in the rhythmic pattern of the
University's trademark "Go Blue"
cheer.
Turco's parents, Gino and Alma, said
that watching their son and his team-
mates capture the title was "awesome."
"It was the best thing I ever saw in
my life," Gino Turco said.
While ESPN sports commentators
gave the edge to Boston during the
majority of the game, few fans in Ann
Arbor doubted that the Wolverines
would be the victors.
"No one else in the country can say
they have two championships in one
year," said Ryan Stayton, an
Engineering sophomore, as he stood
on South University, stretched out
his arms and yelled into the street,
"This is the greatest university in the
world!"
Athletic Director Tom Goss said the
team's perseverance allowed the

SARA STILLMAN/Daily
Engineering senior Nick Offredi celebrates Michigan hockey's national
championship Saturday by waving a Michigan flag on the steps of the Union.

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Wolverine's to clinch the champi-
onship.
"History probably was made
tonight," Goss said.
Engineering junior Mark Dub said he
never doubted the Wolverines would
win the championship.
Dub, who is working for NASA in
Texas this semester, bought a plane
ticket to Ann Arbor three weeks ago
so he could toast the victory on cam-
pus.
"That's how good this team is - I
had so much confidence," Dub said. "I
gave up 85 degrees and sun just to stand
on Bollinger's lawn."
As fans on campus streamed out of
their homes, friends hoisted each other
onto their shoulders and hugged police
officers who attempted to keep the
crowd under control.
"Too bad Lee's in Boston - I'm
sure he'd love it here," Engineering
senior Steve Stewart said. "It's been
one hell of a senior year. Thank God we

had Turco."
It was a sweet victory for the
Wolverines who, after graduating a tal-
ented class of seniors, were not expect-
ed to advance to NCAA final four.
"This is our senior year," shoute
one man in the Touchdown crow
"We've lived through this before.
This is a hell of a way to leave the
University!"
After experiencing the Michigan
football team's national champi-
onship earlier this year, fans said
Saturday's hockey victory was the
icing on the cake.
"The win was awesome," said
Engineering sophomore Kevin Cho
who dressed for the occasion in a yel-
low wig. Choo said he and his friend
wore the wigs at the Rose Bowl as well.
"They need to re-vote that (football)
coaches poll.
"We have more championships (than
the University of Nebraska). We're the
overall winners," he said.

The Search for
Arab-Israeli Peace:
There's No
Turning Back
Lecture by
Dr. Aaron Miller
Deputy Middle East Coordinator
for Arab-Israeli Negotiations,
U.S. Department of State

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