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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 9, 1998

Memories of record reveal
coach's old-fashioned values

Michigan State
Notre Dame
Ferris State
Northern Michigan
Bowling Green
Western Michigan
Miami (Ohio)
Ohio State
Lake Superior






Michigan on vacation
The Michigan hockey team had a
bye last weekend, while the rest of
the CCHA was in action.
The Wolverines will hit the ice again
Friday against Alaska-Fairbanks at
Yost Ice Arena. Michigan then
heads to South Bend for a matchup
with dangerous Notre Dame.

By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
While the Michigan hockey team had
a weekend off, coach Red Berenson had
time to reflect on a memorable night.
1 Thirty years ago Saturday, Berenson
went down in the NHL record books as
the only player to notch a double hat
trick - six goals in one game - on the
The event took place in Philadelphia,
but Berenson was a forward for the sec-
bnd-year franchise St. Louis Blues - a
team that was trying to establish itself
in the league, as
well as a rivalry
with the Flyers.
"I was in a bit of
a slump,"he recalls
of the early 1968-
09 season. "So
when I scored the
first goal near theb
end of the first
period, I remember
Saying, 'Geez. Berenson
Well, thank God I
can still score."'
After the first intermission, any
slump that Berenson or the young Blues
may have been in came to an end.
St. Louis' "Red Baron" scored four
times in the second - still a tie for
most NHL goals in a period - and
once more in the third, bringing his goal
total to six and the Blues' to eight in the
game. The Flyers fell in a shutout, 8-0,
and St. Louis' season began to roll.
The expansion Blues piled up a
record of 37-25-14, led by outstanding
goalkeepers Jacques Plante and Glenn
Hall, and a young coach by the name of
Snotty Bowman. As the team barreled
toward the playoffs, Berenson even
found himself on the cover of the April
7 edition of Sports Illustrated. St. Louis
Went all the way to the NHL finals that

year, but could not manage to defeat
Montreal for the Stanley Cup.
Berenson never won a Cup with the
Blues, but he can reminisce about his
championship season with the Montreal
Canadiens just three years prior, in
But hockey, Berenson remembers,
was simply a different profession when
he was winning Stanley Cups and scor-
ing double hat tricks.
"I remember when we won (the
Stanley Cup), it was a great feeling.
There was no question about it,"
Berenson said.
"But I also remember that two days
later, I was sitting in class in the
University's School of Business
Administration, starting on my MBA,
and that was a great feeling."
Berenson earned a BBA and an
MBA, both from Michigan. In the NHL
he remembers, there was no free
agency, no multimillion-dollar con-
tracts and no high-priced private
endorsement deals.
Every player was day-to-day - heck,
they didn't even wear helmets - and if
they had hopes of life after hockey, edu-
cation was essential.
"There was absolutely no security in
hockey at that time" Berenson recalls.
"I didn't know from year to year if I'd
be playing in the NHL or not, so if I
didn't, I was prepared to leave and get
on with my life."
That principle is something Berenson
still holds dear.
The Wolverines' all-time winningest
coach has a long history of placing edu-
cation on a pedestal - the most recent
example coming late last season when
he benched goalie Marty Turco for aca-
demic reasons just before a critical
CCHA game with Michigan State.
"The good thing that I think everyone
can take from the coaching staff is the

fact that we are interested in them get-
ting a degree. That really is a very
important part of our program, it's not
just lip service."
But when it comes to professional
hockey these days, a degree isn't always
part of the picture. NHL franchises
farm young players in the minor
leagues to fill future positions, and it is
hard for some players to resist the allure
of quick contracts. And although
NCAA hockey is becoming increasing-
ly popular, junior hockey leagues some-
times seem to offer a faster track to a
professional contract and a chance at
NHL stardom.
The CCHA is not immune to the
magnetic attraction of the pro ranks.
Notre Dame this season lost Mark
Eaton to the Philadelphia organization,
and last year forward Ryan VanBuskirk
broke an oral commitment to Michigan,
instead opting to sign with the Sarnia
Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
Looking back on his time as a player
and later a coach in the modern NHL,
Berenson recalls many cases where
players struggled after their hockey
careers. Some were successful on the
ice, and some weren't, but, "it seemed
like they just weren't prepared for a
career after hockey" Berenson said.
"And part of it was that they never made
the choice to go to school."
And for the past 15 years, Berenson,
the "Red Baron", Stanley Cup champi-
on and and NHL record-holder, has
been offering players a chance to follow
in his footsteps - or perhaps even
eclipse them. The experience he brings
to the college game earns him not just
respect, but also credibility in the eyes
of prospective students and Michigan
hockey players.
"If I tell them something," Berenson
says, "they can at least understand that
I've been there."

Michigan hockey livens up
practice during idle week

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
After Saturday's 6-1 drubbing at home to Northern
Michigan, the Michigan hockey team took a different
approach to practice last week.
Michigan coach Red Berenson wasn't to be found on
the Yost ice. There were no cones, no whistles, and cer-
tainly no referees.
It was scrimmage time.
For at least the early part of the week, hockey practice
became fun again for Michigan.
There were no speeches from the ----------------
coaching staff about finishing checks, Hockey
playing disciplined hockey, or making
crisp passes. There were no repetitive Commentary
drills to endure, no extra practice ses--------------
sions as punishment for Saturday's defeat.
Everyone was an offensive player during the scrim-
mages, just like on the frozen ponds where the Wolverines
learned the game. There weren't any defensemen, really
- everyone wanted to score, and no one was going to be
left out of the mix.
Defense was almost impossible to find. There was no
organization, no setting up of plays. It seemed that no
matter who you were on the ice, if you stole the puck on
defense. it was your turn to lead the offensive rush.
Even third goaltender Greg Daddario became a regular
skater, clad in his full pads and toting a normal stick, try-
ing to help his team win an important lockerroom rivalry.
A healthy take-no-prisoners, we're-better-than-you-
and-we'll prove-it attitude took over practice. It probably
wasn't as much fun for goaltenders Josh Blackburn and
Kevin O'Malley, who endured the lion's share of the beat-

ing in net.
But for the rest of the team, it was perfectly therapeutic.
The loose atmosphere couldn't have sunk in at a better
time for the Wolverines. Saturday's loss was demoralĀ°
ing, as every bounce went against them. Nothing w
Michigan's worst defeat of the season came against one
of the CCHA's best teams. The loss came at home, which
always hurts. But even worse, most of the Wolverines'
parents were on hand to watch their sons fall by five
Already in this young season, Michigan has encoun-
tered a turning point. And it has chosen the right fork in
the road to take.
After the Wolverines' first CCHA loss, captain Bub
Berenzweig has made sure that team morale doesn't dro
below an irreversible level.
Rather than moping around the entire off week and
bemoaning their fate, Michigan chose to jump right back
on the ice to try and work out some of the problems that
plagued the team this past weekend.
Eventually, things will go back to normal again.
Berenson will be on patrol at practice, and the usual
power-play and skating drills will come back.
Yet for a brief period in the Wolverines' season, hockey
wasn't a chore. It went back to beine a game for voung
men. Winning wasn't everything, it wasn't the only thin
but it was pretty important. It was a refreshing change.
When the Wolverines begin to play better in the real
games, the ones that count, maybe the fans will see the
same smiles and hear the same laughter that was heard at
practice this week.
Just don't count on seeing Daddario at forward.

Michigan State stays atop CCHA;
Northern keeps pace with victory

'M' hoops
won't face
rea action

scored at 6:06 of the third period to
break a tie and give Michigan State a 2-
I win Saturday, extending the Spartans'
home unbeaten streak to 19 games.
It marked the third straight game that
the Spartans (4-0-2 CCHA, 5-0-2 over-
all) were tied 1-1 heading into the third
period and won.
The Lakers (0-5-1, 0-7-1) took a 1-0
lead just 39 seconds into the first period
as Mike Vigilante scored his first goal of
the season.
With Michigan State's John Nail in the
penalty box for roughing, Bryan Adams
scored for the Spartans at 4:59 of the
second period to tie the score. The
Spartans have three shorthanded goals
this season and have allowed just two
power-play goals.
Mike York had a pair of assists for the
Spartans. Joe Blackburn made 14 saves.
J.P. Vigier had a goal and an assist as
Northern Michigan stormed past
Bowling Green 4-1 Saturday.
Vigier's first-period assist led to a goal
from Roger Trudeau to put Northern
Michigan (4-2 CCHA, 8-2 overall) in
front at 16:59. Then Vigier scored on the
power play 4:27 into the second to give

his team a 2-0 lead over Bowling Green
(3-3-1, 44-1).
Craig Desjarlais brought Bowling
Green within one 4:28 into the third. But
late goals from Tyson Holly and Bryan
Phillips sealed the win for Northern
Northern Michigan's Dan Ragusett had
34 saves. Bowling Green's Mike Savard
finished with 26.
Matt Barnes made 32 saves, including
12 in the third period and two in over-
time, and Corey Waring scored with
3:12 left as Western Michigan tied Ohio
State 2-2 on Saturday.
The Broncos (1-3-4 CCHA,1-3-4 over-
all) took a 1-0 lead at 6:09 of the first
period on a goal by Dave Gove, assisted
by Waring.
The Buckeyes (1-3-2, 1-6-2) tied the
score midway through the period on an
unassisted goal by Hugo Boisvert, his
fifth goal of the season.
Ohio State took a 2-1 lead when Jaisen
Freeman scored with 2:26 left in the first
The Buckeyes allowed a season-low 16
shots on net, with Jeff Maund stopping
14 of them.
The tie was the fourth this season for
the Broncos. The school record for ties

in a season is six.
Brian Urick's goal 12:36 into the third
period gave Notre Dame a 4-3 win over
Northeastern on Saturday.
Notre Dame (7-1-1) led 3-2 after David
Inman's power-play goal, but
Northeastern (2-3) tied the game with
just over a minute later on Jim Fahey's
second goal of the night.
Forrest Karr had 34 saves for Notre
Dame in the win, while Scott Sutton had
29 saves for Northeastern.
Kevin Swider and Joel Irwin both had
a and an assist to power Ferris State past
Minnesota State 3-1 Saturday.
Irwin began the scoring 1:43 into the
second period on an assist from Swider.
Defenseman Jim Dube gave Ferris State
(5-2-1) a 2-0 lead with his unassisted
goal at 4:36.
Minnesota State (5-2-1) got on the
board with a goal late in the third period
from Tom Wolfe.
But with less than two minutes left,
Swider took a pass from Irwin and score.
Vince Owen stopped 21 shots for Ferris
State. Brian Nelson blocked 18 for
Minnesota State, which formally
changed its name from Mankato State in



By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Editor
For those of you who pur-
chased tickets for tonight's
men's basketball exhibition
game between Michigan and
Athletes in Action, you are owed
an explanation.
You will not" be seein
Athletes in Action star guar
Mike Penberthy (Masters
College '97) or explosive power
forward Rob Preston (Idaho
State '98).
Why, you ask? Why won't
your favorite Athletes In Action
stars be suiting up tonight at
7:30 p.m. at Crisler Arena?
Because Athletes in Action's
Red team is playing tonight -
not its Blue team.
So don't worry, at least you''
get a chance to see fan favorites
like quick-as-lightning, 5-foot-
10, point guard Landon Hackim
(Miami, Ohio '96) and high-fly-
ing power forward David Wood
(Nevada-Reno '87).
In all seriousness, the
Wolverines look at tonight's
game as a good opportunity to .
scrimmage another team
besides themselves.
Not to mention the fact that
Athletes in Action is a pretty
good matchup, considering they
took Indiana to overtime last
Wednesday before losing, 97-
"We want to see how we can
execute as a team," Michigan
forward Josh Asselin said. "The
whole point is to see how we,
play offensively and defensive
against another team, not so
much whether we win or lose."




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