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The past year has offered a string
of disappointments for Miami
coach Mark Mazzoleni. First, his
1997-98 team blew a hot 14-3-1
start by losing 1I of its final 19
contests at the end of the season.
Then, just as Mazzoleni was
beginning to build a consistent
winner, Miami graduated 10
seniors, including starting goal-
tender Trevor Prior.
Now, the RedHawks must pick
up the pieces and rebuild to con-
Last year's overall record: 19-14-4
Last year's CCHA record: 14-12-4
Last year's results vs. Michigan
Jan. 23 Miami 3, Michigan 1
Jan. 24 Miami 4, Michigan 3
Feb. 13 Michigan 3, Miami 1
199899 games against Michigan
Dec. 4 Oxford
Feb. 26 Ann Arbor
Feb. 27 Ann Arbor

tender's status in the CCHA once
more.
A young defensive corps could
be Miami's biggest liability.
Mazzoleni said that he may dress
four freshman defensemen each
game, an unusually high number.
But the freshmen will have a
leader to guide them -- senior cap-
tain Ryan Brindley.
"I think Ryan is, pound for
pound, one of the toughest players
in the CCHA," Mazzoleni said. "I
think we're going to let Ryan play a
little bit more assertive in his senior
year, because I think I may have
held him back too much his first
three years."
The RedHawks will be relying on
this inexperienced defense to pro-
tect new starting goaltender Ian
Olsen.
Olsen posted a winning 5-4-2
record in his 14 games last season,
but took a backseat to Prior during
most of CCHA play.
"I feel very confident about the
young man we have there in Ian
Olsen," Mazzoleni said. "He has
waited very patiently to take the
No. 1 job, and the challenge is his
now. He has to go with it."
The strength of Miami's game is
on offense.
The RedHawks will rarely lose
games because they can't put goals
on the scoreboard.
But if Miami tries to get into a
shootout night after night against
CCHA teams, it will be a very long
season in Oxford.
- Chris Duprey

Wildcats
have big
potential
WILDCATS
Continued from Page 138
year between the pipes.
Of goaltenders who have played
1,000-plus minutes, Hoey owns the
second w gt oals-against axvertge
in Northern Michigan's historv at
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S"Were imature team," Comely
said. I nt ou one or two
plaver . I thg arc an absolute to
this tr hecan- I think we need
an awo (4 0f p' cr5 to do well"
Comely has another reason to be
excited this year. too.
Like Ohio State, Northern is con-
stuctine a new arena. The S9.5 mil-
lion student events center will
replace Lakeview Arena - a facility
that the team has used since it was
declared a varsity sport in 1976.
Unike the 20,000-seat Jerome
WARRENZINN/Daily Schottenstein Center, however,
Bowling Green fell to the depths of the CCHA last season, therefore, this season's prac- Northern's arena will seat just 4,000.
tices will probably resemble open tryouts. -David Den Herl.er
Unknown Bowling Green needs

ubba Berenzweig is what
many people would call a
man's man. At six feet, one
inch and 212 pounds, the senior defense-
man and captain is an intimidating pres-
ence. People like him are born and bred
to play hockey, one might say.
With that said, Berenzweig cites one
person as the reason he started to play
hockev - his older sister.
His older sister? Nonnallyy ou hear
about the father who prompted his son to
play sports at a voung age. Not for
Berenzweig, thougi h.lis sister and moth-
er were the ones who first took
Berenzweig onto the ice.
"I started ofd when I was three years
old because my sister was a figure
skater:" 'Berenzwveig said. "My mom
would have to drag me to the rink and
final!v they decided to put me on the ice.
I actually started out when I was three
years oId as a figure skater."
Wait. The captain of the Michigan
hockey team was a figure skater? Bubba
Boitano, perhaps? Thankfully for Yost
hockey fans, Berenzweig's career of dou-
ble axels and triple salchows finished as
soon at it began.
"I really wasn't figure skating, I kinda
just sat on the ice on my butt,"
Berenzweig said. "I cried about being a
figure skater, so the next year they put me
in hockey gear, and I was happy as hell."
Once the pads, helmet, and stick were
introduced into Berenzweig's skating
schedule, figure skating went by the way-
side. In fact, Berenzweig doesn't even
watch figure skating in the Olympics.

BUBBA MEANS DEFENSE
BY T.J. BERKA - DAILY SPORTS WRITER

"I'm not a big figure skating fan,"
Berenzweig said. "They are amazing ath-
letes and I could never do what they do,
but I can't say that I'm a fan."
Berenzweig quickly emerged as a
skillful hockey player after he committed
himself to playing. He found himself ris-
ing to the head of his youth teams.
After Berenzweig took to the sport.
his parents took to hockey as well.
Berenzweig's mother inspired his hockey
growth.
"My mother was actually the one
who was really into it" Berenzweig said.
"She w'ould take me to the rink early in
the morning. When I got older and when
my parents figured out where it could
take me. that's when my father got
involved."
Hockey ended up taking Berenzweig
from his suburban Chicago home in
Arlington Heights, Ill., to Loomis-
Chaffee prep school in Connecticut.
Berenzweig's high school experience
made him one of the most sought-after
recruits. Every school looked to land
Berenzweig, expect for one.
"Every single school recruited me,
except for Michigan State," Berenzweig
said. "They started recruiting me, and
then I got a letter saying that they were no
longer offering me a scholarship."
This slight by the Spartans is not lost
on Berenzweig, as he holds a special
hatred for the Spartans and their coach,
Ron Mason. But Berenzweig has a theo-
ry as to why the Spartans passed on him.
"I don't know if this is true or not, but
I guess I badmouthed Mason to (former
- - - - -

Spartan forward) Scan Berens, and I got
the letter two weeks later," Berenzweig
said. "I don't know if that had anything to
do with it, or if they figured that I was
going to Michigan and said, 'Screw that."'
Loomis-Chaffee was also where he
teamed up with current Michigan goalie
Greg Daddario. Daddario and
Berenzweig became fast friends, and
remain best friends to this day.
"He came to Michigan partly because
I came here." Berenzweig said of
Daddario. 'He wlalked on and made the
team. which was one of the most fulfill-
ing things in my life. It was such a grceat
experience for him and mc
Mlasons loss was Michican coach
Red Berenson's Lain. as Berenzxweig has
been key in the Wolverines' two recent
national titles. Berenson has also given
Berenzweig quite a bit in regards to
teaching and knowledge.
"Coach has taught me a lot about
humility," Berenzweig said. "He's very
good at what he does in terms of getting
you focused with what you need to do."
Berenzweig received the ultimate
compliment for a team player at the start
of the season, when he was elected cap-
tain.
"It's the greatest honor in the world,"
Berenzweig said. "You got 26 guys in the

Bubba Berenzweig is the immovable force
leads a talented group of nine defensemei

lockerroom who you respect and you'd
do anything for, and to have them sit
there and elect you captain is one of the
most fulfilling things there is."
As a captain, Berenzweig has his
work cut out for him, as last year's team
chemistry was a main component in the
Wolverines winning the national title.
"What I want to happen is to bring
this team as close together as possible,"

Players to watch
Jeremy Bautch
C.J. Buzzell
Ryan Brindley

Yr.
Jr.
Sr;
Sr.

Pos.
RW
RW
D

youthful help to compete in

'98

Head coach
Mark Mazzoleni, fourth season
Notable: Miami has tallied at least
18 wins in six of the past seven sea-
sons.

8 CCHA Rank - Media Poll
When one talks about Bowling
Green hockey tradition, one talks about
NCAA playoff appearances and CCHA
titles.
But when someone talks about
Bowling Green's season last year, one
word comes up - AARGH!
The Falcons fell to the depths of the
CCHA last year, as Bowling Green went
8-27-3 with a youthful team. While the
Falcons are a year older, they aren't
expected to do much better this year.
But, 'better' is the only option that
Bowling Green will even consider.
"We're out to prove that where we
finished last year was just an aberration,
and that's not going to be indicative of
Bowling Green's hockey program,"
Bowling Green coach Buddy Powers
said. "We're going to prove that we're
not a bottom-feeder and that we belong
in the upper echelon of this league."

Leading the charge is goaltender
Shawn Timm. Timm, who started as a
freshman last season, showed a little
spark last season with an .884 save per-
centage. He'll team up with senior Mike
Savard between the pipes.
The rest of the team, Powers said, is
pretty much undecided and subject to
intense preseason competition.
"Our camp is going to be extremely
competitive," Powers said. "There are a
lot of jobs open when you have the type
of season we did last year."
Although Powers won't commit to a
lineup, one can assume that sophomore
Doug Scheuller will be one of the
defensemen. Schueller scored 19 points
as a freshman last year. Chris Bonvie,
who scored 12 goals last year as a fresh-
man, should lead the forwards.
The Falcons, young talent and all,
have a steep hill to climb. While the
Falconsashould get double-digit victories
this year, not much more should be
expected.
-TJ T Berka

Last year's overall record: 8-27-3
Last year's WCHA record: 6-21-3
Last year's results vs. Michigan
Nov. 21 Michigan 4, B.G. 2
Jan. 9 Michigan 4, B.G. 2
Mar. 6 Michigan 5, B.G. 4
1998-99 games against Michigan
Oct. 30 Ann Arbor
Dec. 5 Bowling Green
Jan. 22 Ann Arbor

The Bubba File
Name: Andrew "Bubba"
Berenzweig
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-1
Weight: 212
Likes: National champi-
onships, hard checks into the
boards and Greg Daddario.
Dislikes: Figure skating, Ron
Mason, and the city of East
Lansing.

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Doug Scheulfer
Chris Bonvie

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Notable: Bowling Green is not as
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Last year's record: 14-10-3
Last year's results vs.
Michigan: None.
1998-99 games against
Michigan
Oct. 16-17 Ann Arbor

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Last year's record: 17-20-3
Last year's results vs.
Michigan:
Oct. 10 Mich. 3, Minn. 2
Nov. 28 Mich. 4, Minn. 3
1998-99 games against
Michigan
Nov. 27 Minneapolis
Players to watch'Yr. Pos
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Dave Spehar Jr. -RW

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Last year's results vs.
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1998-99 games against
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