6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 2, 1998
Icers fall to Northern, split weekend,
Wildcats chase Blackburn in Halloween
debacle, but Blue handles Bowling Green
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By TJ. Barka
Daily Sports Writer
Somebody dressed up in the uni-
forms of the Michigan hockey team on
Saturday. But it was hard to tell whether
it was the hockey team or just a few
Whoever it was, they were no match
for Northern Michigan (3-1 CCHA, 7-1
overall), as the Wildcats blew out the
Wolverines, 6-1, in Michigan's worst
home loss since January 7, 1989.
"It's Halloween," Michigan defense-
man Bubba Berenzweig said. "Weird
stuff happens out there."
The goblins were out in full force
against the Wolverines (4-1, 5-2) on
The most eerie example of spooky
happenings took place in the third peri-
od, when Northern's Kevin Schmidt
cleared the puck out of his zone for a
line change during a power play.
The puck hit the side boards and
took a funny bounce after traveling the
length of the ice. It slid into the goal
past Michigan goaltender Kevin
O'Malley, who dove for the puck after
misreading the bounce.
"I felt I did OK except for the
bounce," O'Malley said. "It was just
one of those weirdthings that happens."
O'Malley's presence in the game
was also unexpected, as Michigan's
starting goalie, Josh Blackburn, was
pulled in the second period after giving
up four goals in a 10-minute span.
"Blackburn will be the first to admit
that two or three of those goals were
preventable," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "There's no question
that the second period was our undo-
Another weird thing happened on
Saturday. The Wolverines couldn't gen-
erate many shots. Michigan, which had
registered at least 30 shots in all of its
games coming into this weekend, man-
aged just 14 overall and five in the first
"We had plenty of offensive oppor-
tunites, but the shots weren't getting
through," Berenson said. "Northern
played really well and really hard."
The Wolverines did make the most
of their only shot in the first period
Saturday. Josh Langfeld scored his sec-
ond goal of the season from a Mike
That goal gave the Wolverines false
confidence, however, as Northern ruled
the rest of the game.
"We got into one of our lulls and the
puck bounced their way during those
lulls," Berenzweig said. "I think we felt
a little too comfortable with a one-goal
The Wolverines also got comfort
from Friday night's game, a 5-2 victory
over Bowling Green.
Although the Falcons gave
Blackburn a lot more action than he's
used to with 34 shots, Blackburn
proved to be up to the task, turning
away 32 of those shots.
"It's a lot easier to get into a
groove," Blackburn said on the increase
in shots. "You are never sitting there for
too long and it's easier to stay focused."
Despite Blackburn's enjoyment of
the increased action, Berenson was dis-
tressed about the number of chances the
Josh Langfeld scored Michigan's only goal on Saturday night, but was busy on
Friday night as well. He spent four minutes in the penalty box against the Falcons.
Falcons had against him.
"We gave up too many chances and
left the defense outnumbered,"
Berenson said. "I know the fog is com-
ing in tonight, but a lot of us seemed to
be in a fog tonight."
Michigan made good on its 20
shots, beating Savard four times and
scoring an empty-net goal with 22 sec-
onds left in the game.
Comrie scored two of the goals, his
fourth and fifth of the season, to take
the team goal-scoring lead.
Comrie's goals were the product of
great passes. In both instances, Comrie
was fed the puck in point-blank range,
and both times he deposited it.
"Both passes were great passes,
Comrie said.,"We came out ready
(Friday) and we wanted it the wholO
Mike Van Ryn and Dale Rominski
also wanted something Friday night -
the goal-scoring lead. Tied with Comrie
at the beginning of the night with three
goals, Van Ryn and Rominski both
added their fourth.
Van Ryn started out the scoring in
the second period when he beat Savard
with a stickside slapshot over Savard's
right shoulder. The goal, Van Ryn's
fourth, equaled his output from all la9
season. Rominski added his goal in the
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By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
Dave Huntzicker paid the Price.
Late in the third period of Friday's
5-2 victory over Bowling Green,
Huntzicker was set to level a booming
check on Bowling Green's Dan Price.
But rather than the well-built
Huntzicker winning the physical bat-
tle, as he usually--------------
does, Price came Hock
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and separating his shoulder.
"I had a pretty good opportunity,
so I was stepping up to hit him,"
Huntzicker said. "We went shoulder
to shoulder, and I got banged up pret-
The sophomore's absence left
Michigan coach Red Berenson with
only seven defensemen who were able
to dress Saturday, instead of his usual
Sean Peach's recurring bout with
"lace bite" made him unavailable to
fill the role. Sophomore Bob Gassoff
stepped in to fill Huntzicker's void on
Saturday against Northern Michigan,
teaming up with freshman Jeff
The separated shoulder puts an
abrupt halt to what had been a hot start
for Huntzicker. After tallying just eight
points last season, the former walk-on
found his passing touch early in 1998,
notching three assists to go with an
impressive plus-5 rating..
Huntzicker will likely be benched
for three weeks, if his rehabilitation
with athletic trainer Rick Bancroft
goes as planned. Because Michigan
doesn't play again until Nov. 13 - at
home against Alaska-Fairbanks and at
Notre Dame the following night -
there is a good possibility that
Huntzicker will return to the lineup
for the all-important clash with
Michigan State on Nov. 20.
"I guess if you're going to get
hurt, this is the week to do it,"
Huntzicker said. "I'll get plenty of
rest, and I'll do my best to get back as
quickly as possible."
PUNCHLESS POWER PLAY:
Berenson and the Wolverines are the
first to admit that the power play has-
n't been clicking. But after an 0-11
showing with the extra man agains
Northern Michigan, dropping its per
centage to 10.8 percent, it's safe to
say the power-play unit is in a bona
Despite controlling the game and
owning a big lead, the Wildcats con-
tinued to take foolish penalties, as if
they were inviting Michigan back in
Even with the numerous opportu-
nities, the Wolverines couldn't con-
vert. The lack of a successful attac
on the power play has had a down-
ward spiral effect.
Defensemen at the point have hes-
itated to shoot the puck, instead opt-
ing to look for the perfect pass.
Northern Michigan cut off the
Wolverines' passing lanes with its
aggressive penalty-killing style, and
most of the time, Michigan couldn't
even set up in the offensive zone.
"The power play has to be a fa
tor," Berenson said. "If we get that
many opportunities, we've got to bes
able to generate some goals on the
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