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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 26, 1998

Michigan State ties Ohio State*

By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - While the Michigan
hockey team was busy dodging polar bears
in Alaska, Michigan State and Ohio State
met at Munn Arena Saturday night for the
CCHA's first marquee match.
But if a tie is like kissing your sister, then
the Spartans have some explaining to do
this season.
Despite a hat trick from senior Bryan
Adams, the Spartans blew a two-goal lead
in the third, drawing the Buckeyes into
overtime for the third straight meeting
between the two teams. The extra stanza
expired without a score, and the first true
CCHA showdown ended in a split decision,
4-4.
Ohio State took an early lead in the con-
test when Michigan State goalie Joe
Blackburn gave up a power-play goal from
the point to Ryan Jestadt.
Despite a solid first period from Ohio
State netminder Jeff Maund, the Spartans
tied it up with four seconds left when fresh-
man Andrew Hutchinson slapped in a final

effort from the blue line.
After the first intermission, it was all
Adams for Michigan State. The forward and
assistant captian recorded an unassisted
goal early in the second period, and took
two more feeds from captain Mike York in
the third for the hat trick.
But the Buckeyes refused to die, and late
goals from Ohio State captain Dan
Cousineau and junior Louie Colsant sent
the game into overtime, where it ended in a
tie.
"Yorkie was getting me the puck, and I
just managed to shoot it at the net," Adams
said of his first career multiple-goal game.
"And, the sticks that I had weren't break-
ing."
Broken sticks had plagued Adams' slap-
shot early in the season.
Although he did not record a goal in the
contest, York, Michigan State coach Ron
Mason's Hobey Baker hopeful, did walk
away with three assists and was not com-
pletely disapponted with the game's out-
come.
"We worked hard," York said after his

team recorded its third tie of the young
CCHA season. "And it's better than a loss."
Losing is something the Spartans have
managed to stay away from so far, and
Saturday's game offered some explanation.
Michigan State flung 39 shots at Maund
while holding the Ohio State power-play
unit scoreless.
The Spartans killed a first period five-
on-three with impressive efficiency, at
broke several Ohio State scoring chances
the other way for good shots on Maund.
"Playing like we are now, we're going to
win a lot more than we're going to lose,"
Mason said after the game.
Mason said that when teams are happy to
leave Munn Arena with a tie, it is a good
indication of the caliber of his hockey team.
And Ohio State coach John Markell was
the first to say he was happy with a tie
Saturday. Losses to Ferris State and Note
Dame had the highly trumpeted Buckeye
in an early CCHA hole coming into the
showdown with Michigan State.
"We needed this point here tonight,"
Markell said.

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Despite being ranked No. 2 by the CCHA preseason media poll, Ohio State has not responded in the
early part of this season. The Buckeyes tied Michigan State in East Lansing Saturday night, 44.

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conversation between new CCHA com-
missioner Tom Anastos and the league's
top four contenders for the title.)
EAST LANSING - "Hello, CCHA.
I'm your first-year commissioner, Tom
Anastos. I'm going to take a roll call of
some of our better teams, so I can get
better acquainted with you. Please listen
closely, and respond when called."
Anastos: "I guess we'll start out with
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the gauntlet rolling."
Anastos: "Don't you have Josh
Blackburn, a freshman, starting in goal?
How can you be anywhere near the top?"
Michigan: "Mr. Anastos, we're so
good, we could start Gilbert Gottfried in
goal and still dominate this league."
Anastos: "I guess so. Thank you,
Michigan. Next up is Ohio State. Ohio
State? Hello?-------------
Where are you, Hockey
Buckeyes?":
Ohio State: O ent
"Being near the----------
bottom of the pile doesn't feel too good.
It's so disappointing being tied for sev-
enth place, 1-2-1 in the conference, after
the preseason media poll picked us sec-
ond. After all,journalists can't be wrong.
They know everything."
Anastos: "Hmmm. I see what you
mean. What accounts for your slow
start?"
Ohio State: "We surprised everyone
with our success last year - even our
parents. Now the league has painted a
bullseye on our backsides, so we can't
hide from anyone. 4
"We also have to play a ton of road
games early in the season, because the
Schottenstein Center is taking its sweet
time getting completed. That means we
have to deal with our early season prob-
lems on the road, no less."
Anastos: "Tough one. Best of luck to
you, Ohio State. I'd now like to ask

Michigan State to rise."
Michigan State: "Hello, commission-
er. As always, we're hovering near first
place. But the knock on us is that we
don't yet have the killer instinct needed
to close out games.
"Saturday night, we had a 4-2 lead
over Ohio State at home with just more
than six minutes to play. Then the
Buckeyes scored two quick goals off tip-
ins and we were forced to settle for a tie.
It's not like Ohio State was playing well
or anything. It looked as disorganized as
a bunch of third-graders without their
Trapper Keepers.
"If we continue this loose play, it will
be difficult to win."
Anastos: "I see. Have a good season,
and I hope you find your identity,
Michigan State. Is Notre Dame in the
house anywhere?"
Notre Dame: "Right here. Everyone
in South Bend is wondering if we're
finally for real, or if our early success is
as fake as an old person's teeth.
"We won our first five CCHA games
this season, but then we foolishly
dropped a 2-1 decision at Western
Michigan on Saturday. Still, we're
pleased with our start, and we'd like to
make some waves this season."
Anastos: "Well, thank you, everyone.
I didn't realize this year was so wide
open. It looks like we're going to have
more than two teams in a competitive
race around here."
"It's about damn time."

NANOOKS
Continued from Pages6
time getting into a groove thus far
this season, was improved against thA
Nanooks. The Wolverines scored
four power-play goals this weekend
- two in each game - as they took
advantage of an overly physical
group of Nanooks.
"They took some poor penalties;'
Berenson said. "The referees did a
good job in curtailing them, but some
of the penalties were what a coach
would call stupid and unnecessary."
The Nanooks, although they lost
6-1 Friday, kept the game close for
while, keeping Michigan scoreless
for the first 15 minutes of the game
Rominski scored to give the
Wolverines a 1-0 lead after the first
period, but the Nanooks answered
with a Dwayne Zinger goal to dead-
lock the game at one.
Zinger's goal gave Michigan a
zing, as the Wolverines answered,
with three second period goals to pu1
Alaska-Fairbanks away.
"We took the game to them in the
second period" Berenson said.
Van Ryn and Berenzweig scored
power-play goals to put Michigan on
top, 3-1, while Scott Matzka scored.
an unassisted shorthanded goal, his
first goal of the season.
"Shorthanded goals are a bonus,
Berenson said. "Those goals are
back-breakers."
The game was Matzka's firs
since Oct. 11, when he suffered a
concussion in the season opener
against Lake Superior.
Michigan put the Nanooks away
in the third period, beating Perkins
twice more. Mark Kosick scored his
second goal of the season and Sean
Ritchlin added his first.
Besides the obvious positives of
the weekend- they won two confer,
ence games, and that they don't hav
to make any more 1 2-hour plane,
flights - the Wolverines saw,
improvement in their penalty killing.
The Wolverines, after struggling
on the penalty kill, killed all 15
Alaska-Fairbanks power play oppor
tunities and scored their first short-
handed goal of the season.
Goaltender Josh Blackburn -
who lived in Fairbanks as a child -
also had a bounce-back weekend
After being shelled for five goals oa
15 shots against Niagara last Friday,
Blackburn stopped 37 of 39 shots
this weekend, a .949 percentage.

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