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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 12, 1998

Quote of the Week
"He's pretty lucky that I didn't rip his head off."
- Michigan defenseman Bubba Berenzweig,
about his retaliation penalty against Lake
Superior center JeffAttard

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Michigan 2
Lake Superior 0

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Key play:
Michigan takes a quick lead in the
game, as captain Dale Rominski
fires a rebound past Lake Superior's
Rob Galatiuk for a 1-0 advantage at
3:26 in the first period.

The Three Stars
The Michigan Daily hockey writ-
ers' picks for Michigan's three
stars of the Lake Superior game:
Third Star: Dale Rominski
The senior forward came out
strong in his first game of the
season with his first period goal.
Second Star: Mike Comrle
The new freshman skated circles
around the Lake Superior defense,
en route to his second period goal
off a rebound shot by Scott
Matzka.
First Star: Josh Blackburn
The freshman goalie in his first
CCHA game scores a shutout. He
only made 12 saves, but when he
did have to stop the puck he was
perfect. An impressive debut for
the kid.

Lakers'
Borek

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Michigan 2, Lake Superior 0
Michigan 1 1 0 -2
Lake Superior 0 0 0 -0
First period-1. UM, Rominski 1 (crzier, Van Ryn)
3:26. Penalties -IS, Knox, (holding) 1:26 Lg,
Waford (holding) 1:26 UM, Berenzweig, (charging)
1:41 LS Mccauley, (slashing) 2:39; UM Peach (tri.
ping) 7:49; LS Slukynsky (hooking) 11:41; LS
Praznik (elbowing) 12:33; UM Ritchn (roughing
after whistle) 19:16 (double minor); LS Cheeseman
(roughing after whistle) 19:16; UM Hayes (roughing
after whistle) 19:16; LS Attard (roughing after whis-
te) 19:16.
Second period -2. UM Comrie 1 (Matzka) 6:43.
Penalties - LS Slukynsky (slashing) 2:34; UM
Langfeld (cross-checking) 4:18; LS Vince (roughing
after whistle) 10:36; UM Hayes (high sticking)
15:33; LS Attard (tripping) 15:46; Berenzweig
(roughing after whistle) 18:55; Attard (unsports-
manlike) 18:55.
Third period - No scoring. Penalties - LS Frick
(tripping) 5:28; LS Kusculain (high sticking) 9:30;
LS McCauley (roughing after whistle) 9:47; UM
Koch (checking from behind) 12:43; UM Jillson
(roughing after whistle) 15:Q5; LS Nightingale (high
sticking) 18:40; LS Walford (cross-checking) 19:49.
Shots on goal - UM 1315-12 -40; LS 4-5-5 -
14.
Power Plays - UM, 0 of 11; S Oaof 6.
Saves - UM, Blackburn 4-5-5 - 14; LS, Galatiuk
12-14-12 - 38.
Referee - Matt Shegos.
Lnesmen - Jon Goseger, Butch Friedman.
At: Yost Ice Arena. A: 6,587
Upcoming
schedule m
Oct.16 Niagara.
Oct.17 Niagara
Oct. 23 Alaska-Fairbanks
Oct. 24 Alaska-Fairbanks
Oct. 30 : owling Gren'
Oct. 31 Northern Michigan
Nov.13 Alaska-Farbanks
Nov 14 Notre Dame
Nov. 20 Michigan State
Nov. 21. Notre Damo
Nov. 27 Minnesota
Nov. 29 Wisconsin
Dec. 4 Miami (Ohio)
Dec. 5 Bowling Green
Dec. 11 Northe Michigan
Dec. 26 Michigan Tech (GLI)
Dec. 27 Michigan State/
Northern Michigan
(GLI)
Jan. 2 Ohio State
Jan. 8 Forris State
Jan. 9 Ferrs State
Jan. 15 Ferris State
Jan. 16 Western Michigan
Jan. 22 Bowling Green
Jan. 23 Ohio State
Jan. 29 Michigan State
Jan. 30 Notre Dame
Feb. 5 Lake Supelor-
Feb. 6 Ohio State
Feb. 1 3 Western Michigan
Feb. 19 Western Michigan
*at Joe Louis Arena -
Home games In Bold<

WkARREN ZINN/Daily
He faced just 14 shots, but Michigan freshman goaltender Josh Blackburn was spectacular when he had to be, earning a shutout In his first career start over Lake
Superior, 2-0.
Hard hitting noprobliem for Michigan

By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
It all started with a little spray of ice.
Lake Superior center Jeff Attard,
charging hard while following the puck
into the glove of Michigan goaltender
Josh Blackburn, stopped a little short
and abrupt, leaving a few shavings of the
Yost Ice Arena surface on Blackburn's
jersey and in his face.
Bad move.
Just as Attard stopped his momentum,
it started up again. But instead of skating
to the faceoff circle, Attard found him-
self plunging to the ground, a victim of
Michigan defenseman Bubba
Berenzweig's rage.
Berenzweig, upset about the near-col-
lision with Blackburn, grabbed Attard by
the head and threw him to the ice. Both
players were penalized, but in
Berenzweig's mind, Attard got off easy.
"It was a pretty dumb thing to do,"
Berenzweig said of Attard's near-miss.
"He's pretty lucky that I didn't rip his
head off because I was pretty pissed off."
The scrum at the end of the second
period summed up the flow of yesterday's
2-0 Michigan victory over Lake Superior.
The game saw two rivals going mano-a-
mano, tit-for-tat, in a struggle to establish
who was the bigger, badder team.
If Joe Louis was alive, he would prob-
ably be proud of last night's action.
Although yesterday's action still falls
in the category of hockey - the players
were still using ice skates and sticks -
the gloves might as well have been of the

boxing variety. Michigan coach Red
Berenson seemed to concur with the
boxing symbolism, describing the game
in Al Bernstein-like terms.
"We aren't a team of angels either,"
Berenson said. "When you get in a back-
alley brawl, you have to fight like a
back-alley fighter. I'd rather see the
game played the way it should be played,
but sometimes it gets out of hand."
While there may have been a little
chippiness in yesterday's game, the most
brutal casualty of the Laker-Wolverine
war came on a legal hit.
During the third period, Lake Superior
defenseman Blaine McCauley planted
Michigan center Scott Matzka's head
into the glass, causing Matzka to plunge
to the ice.
A bloody Matzka lost consciousness
and received stitches in the head. Still
woozy, Matzka was escorted off the ice
after lying on it for a few.
Despite the injuries and hits after the
whistle - nine players received penal-
ties for roughing after the whistle -
Lake Superior coach Scott Borek
thought the action was well within the
rules. The hard checking was Lake
Superior's strategy to bridge the talent
gap between itself and the Wolverines.
"I think both teams played tough and
played hard," Borek said. "We have to
slow Michigan down, and I believe that
playing physical has to be the way."
Berenson was well aware of the Lake
Superior strategy, as he spent the week
before the game talking about the

can't fool
Shegros
By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Wntcr
When you're a young hockey t
like Lake Superior, en route to being
outshot 38-14 by defending national
champion Michigan, you look for every
advantage you can get.
Lake Superior coach Scott fBorek
bought into that theory yesterday,"trying
to persuade referee Matt Shegos into let-
ting the Lakers' Blaine McCauley off
the hook without serving his minor
penalty for slashing.
It was an odd sequence of eve,
which saw Shegos call three consecutive
minor penalties on Lake Superior,
including two at once.
"We were confident that the penalty
had not expired when the goal went in,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "If
(the penalty) had not started, then it's too
late"
McCauley's penalty, at 2:39 of the
first period, didn't get served right away
since the Lakers already had two play
in the 'bad-boy box.'
Michigan's Dale Rominski scored a
power-play goal at the 3:26 mark to give
the Wolverines a 1-0 lead, just as Lake
Superior's two minor penalties were
scheduled to end.
An animated five-minute controversy
ensued, as Shegos wasn't allowed to
view a replay of the clock's status on
television. The Wolverines contested
that extra seconds had run off the cl*
after Rominski's score, and that
McCauley should
stay.
Lake Superior Hockey
claimed that the Notebook
penalties had
expired, and that
McCauley should be freed. Releasing
McCauley would've put the Lakers on
the power play, since Michigan's Bubba
Berenzweig still had 15 seconds remt-
ing on a charging penalty.
Shegos originally decided to let
McCauley out ofthe box, but after some
enlightening advice from veteran
Michigan coach Red Berenson, reversed
his decision.
"Actually, Red was right," Borek
admitted. "I tried to talk Matt (Shegos)
out of it, but he made the right call."
No-FLuKE LAKES?: Although the
Lakers were rated a lowly ninth in
preseason CCHA media poll, they h e
established a notable presence in the
league's first weekend.
Despite going 0-2 in their two road
contests, Lake Superior played two
highly-touted teams tough before losing.
At Notre Dame on Friday, the Lakers
jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Irish,
eventually losing 3-2
Lake Superior has 22 underclassmen
on its roster, and knows this season will
be a true test of its character.
"We didn't come to lose;' Borek .
"I'm not happy with the result, but we
played very, very hard."
SLownG THE FLow: Lake Superior's
best, and perhaps only, chance of beat-
ing Michigan was to play a plodding
style and slow the speed of the game
down to its level.
"We had to slow Michigan down and
play physical" Borek said. "They're an
extremely talented team."
All of the Lakers got into the slow-
down strategy. A total of 16 minor
penalties were levied against Lake
Superior, but the Lakers were relentless.
Even Lake Superior goaltender Rob
Galatiuk got into the action. Aside from

turning away 36 Michigan shots,
Galatiuk kept the Wolverines off bal-
ance using an unusual weapon - his
shoulder blades.
Whenever Michigan intensified the
offensive pressure, Galatiuk helped &
play, knocking the net off its moorings
four times to prevent extra shots.
Sometimes Galatiuk was subtle, but on
other occasions it was a blatant attempt
to stop play.
Shegos never found Galatiuk to be the
culprit for a delay of game penalty, call-
ing for faceoffs every time instead.
Although holding Michigan to just
two goals was the feat that likely eaiaw
Galatiuk the honor of being the ganWs
second star, his sly shoulder bumps also
were a defensive asset.

WARREN5ZINN/Daly
The Wolverines were able to dish out as many hits as they took yesterday. The
Lakers used a physical strategy to try and bully Michigan.

Lakers' hard-hitting style. He said he
expects many other teams to follow Lake
Superior's lead as the season wears on.
"They are a tough, physical team,"
Berenson said. "You are going to see that
every night in this league. We expect
teams to come at us hard"
With this physical play likely to
become the rule instead of an exception,
Michigan's record may hinge on how
they handle the roughness of their oppo-
BANNER
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because it gives the team a feel of tran-
sition to a new season.
And one of the biggest transitions is
the change of goalies.
The graduation of Turco left the
Michigan net empty, but freshman
Josh Blackburn has stepped into the
starting role with ease.
Blackburn made 12 saves and
earned his first shutout in his first
CCHA game.
Turco was impressed with the young
goalie's performance.
"He looks really composed out there
for being a rookie goaltender in this
league;' Turco said. "Unfortunately he
hasn't seen a lot of shots, but when he
has, he made some big saves."
Turco played an integral role in
developing the young goalie when
Blackburn visited Ann Arbor two sum-
mers ago.
"He came in the summer and stayed
in my house," Turco said. "I got him
working out and getting in shape a lit-
tle bit."
Turco tried to give Blackburn a pic-
ture of what it was like to be

nents. While Berenson was down about
how many retaliation penalties the
Wolverines received, Berenzweig was
happy about how the Wolverines han-
dled themselves.
"We had a couple retaliation penalties
that we possibly could have held back
on, but that's hard," Berenzweig said.
"When our team is playing physical,
penalties are going to come, but I didn't
think they were all that bad."
Michigan's goalie and what he can
expect upon stepping into the pres-
sure-ridden position.
"We just talked about hockey and
what it was like for me and what it
might be like for him," Turco said. "I
told him 'do what you can do and work
and don't:ever think you can't get bet-
ter because it's a long four years'."
Blackburn's hard work so far his
paid off based on his success so far.
But he must still deal with the pressure
to perform as well as Turco and his
other predecessors.
"If he learns every day and does
what he's capable of doing there
shouldn't be a problem with Josh
Blackburn," Turco said. "I think (the
pressure) is magnified by people talk-
ing about me.
"He'll get through it and people will
start concentrating on the Wolverines
and the season."
As to whether he had any predic-
tions for the season, Turco believes
that Michigan has a great chance to
repeat.
"They have the horses for it and I
think that if Josh plays well and if the
goaltender gives you the chance, the
Wolverines can repeat," he said.

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Marty Turco and Michigan captain Bubba Berenzweig prepare to raise the national
championship banner they won last season.

CCHA Standings

Notre Dame wins nair to take early lead

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