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15) Iowa 65
(20) SYRACUSE 90,
Boston College 51
81,Virginia 47
#22) TCU 114,
Air Force 87

(5) Cincinnati 81,
(11) Arizona 85,
(3) STANFORD 94,
Washington State 45
Ottawa 3,

Florida 2
Washington 1.
NY Islanders 5,
Pittsburgh 2.

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Heaking 'M' track
Head on over to the Indoor Track Building tomorrow
and check out the men's and women's indoor track
and field teams in the 18th annual Red Simmons
Invitational at noon against Central, Eastern and
Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Toledo.

January 22, 1999




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-y Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team knew it would have
trouble beating Bowling Green last night if it
,allowed the Falcons' top line to run wild offen-
The Wolverines also figured it would be diffi-
cult to win if it turned the puck over in its own
zone frequently, or if it surrendered goals on
Bowling Green's power
ay. Michigan 5
Michigan did all of )7 Bowling Green 4
those things, but thanks
o a two-goal burst early in the third period, the
Wolverines (14-3-1 CCHA, 17-5-2 overall) were
still able to hold off Bowling Green (7-9-2, 11-11-
2) 5-4 at Yost Ice Arena.
"It was a 0-0 game, for all purposes," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said of the third period.
"Both teams looked like they could run away with
it. The momentum kept shifting."
;'For the second time in as many weeks, Michigan
opened up the final period with a full power play,
courtesy of Bowling Green defenseman Ryan
Murphy's charging penalty at the conclusion of the
This time, the Wolverines capitalized on the
opportunity, as Josh Langfeld completed a daz-
zling behind-the-back pass to Mike Comrie for a
slam dunk and a 4-3 Michigan advantage.
Just 55 seconds later, Scott Matzka found his
passing touch, and hit Dale Rominski from across
e crease. Rominski's shot was on target, beating
wling Green netminder Mike Savard and giving
Michigan a two-goal advantage. The Wolverines
would never relinquish the lead.
For the better part of the third period, Michigan
played classic rag-the-puck hockey, both to pre-
vent easy scoring opportunities and to save the
legs of its five remaining defensemen. Mike Van
Ryn suffered a calf injury in the first period after
sliding into the Bowling Green net and didn't
t even strength, the Wolverines stymied the
falcons' high-powered offense. But after Matzka
was sent off for high-sticking with 5:25 remaining
in the game, the Falcons came to life.
Just 13 seconds into the power play, Dan Price

Both teams powerful
with man advantage

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
Last night's Michigan-Bowling Green
battle definitely had its power.
Both teams combined for six power-
play goals, and both netted three of their
six opportunities. -----------------
Even though the Hockey
Wolverines pre-
pared all week to Notod
defend the Falcons' -----------------
power play - one of the most prolific in
the conference - the Michigan penalty-
kill unit still gave up more goals than it
had in any game this season.
"We knew they had a good power play
and we just couldn't stop them,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"We also took too many penalties - too
many for my liking."
The Falcons used their man-advan-

tage prowess to haunt the Wolverines all
night, keeping within a goal each time.
"We had good puck movement. We
really finished our chances tonight,"
Bowling Green coach Buddy Powers
said. "When our guys make good reads
like they did tonight, we should be suc-
Assistant captain Dale Rominski said,
most of Michigan's mistakes were pure-
ly fundamental errors, sometimes due to
one man positioning himself incorrectly.
"On their goals we obviously had a
lapse, but they were honest mistakes,"
Rominski said. "They moved the puck
excellently. Maybe we should take notes
from them."
But the Michigan power play didn't
need to take any notes tonight, saving
the Michigan's penalty-kill letdown
See POWER PLAY, Page 10

Bob Gassoff played his second straight game last night at his new position - forward. The sophomore took
several shots and made sure that his physical presence was felt. Although Gassoff didn't score, he did take a
slapshot from beyond the blue line at Bowling Green goalie Mike Savard.

controlled a rebound and fired it past Michigan
goaltender Josh Blackburn to make it 5-4 and
bring Bowling Green within striking distance.
The Falcons continued to buzz around the
Michigan net with less than a minute left, as both
Price and Adam Edinger had chances to send the
game into overtime. But they couldn't get the look
they needed and the Wolverines closed out the vic-
tory without further threats.
"We played hard. Michigan played hard,"
Bowling Green coach Buddy Powers said. "But it
came down to the fact that we made one more mis-
take than they did."
Role players like Geoff Koch made key contribu-
tions to Michigan's cause. Koch recovered from con-
cussion-like symptoms suffered this past weekend to
tally a power-play goal last night, and as provide
much-needed toughness along the boards.

Despite being pleased with the victory, it cer-
tainly wasn't the type of game Berenson had envi-
sioned in preparation for tomorrow's clash against
Ohio State in Columbus. Three of Bowling
Green's four scores came on their power play, and
the Wolverines permitted Price and Edinger, the
Falcons' most obvious offensive weapons, to notch
a goal apiece.
Fundamentally pretty or not, the victory gave
Michigan the two points it needed to knot up first
place in the CCHA race with Michigan State. And
the scrappy nature of last night's game also over-
shadows the fact that the Wolverines have won
four of their last five.
"That was a great challenge tonight," Michigan
assistant captain Dale Rominski said. "We're still
very confident that we can come out and play a
full game."

Michigan forward Sean Ritchlin put this shot In the second period past Bowling
Green goaltender Mike Savard to give the Wolverines a 3-1 advantage. The goal
was Ritchlin's seventh of the season.

Men's tennis sweeps William & Mary


By Nick Felzen
Daily Sports Writer
With William & Mary bringing back
We same exact team the school had last
year, this year's matchup at the Varsity
Tennis Center for the Michigan men's
tennis team was supposed to be
tougher than last year's.
The end result though was better
than last season's 6-1 victory, as
Michigan won 7-0 yesterday.
"Because we played this exact same
t m last year, we can use this match
measuring stick:' Michigan tennis
player Will Farah said.
In last year's match against William
& Mary, Michigan relinquished its
doubles point to William & Mary, but
won all of the singles matches.
: The doubles portion of the dual
competition consists of three matches
with a combined total of one point. So,
the- team that wins two of the three
doubles matches wins that point.
4 ut during last season's doubles
ch, Michigan won two of the three
matches this time. The No. 3 doubles
tehm of Jake Raiton and Henry Beam
lost a close match, 5-8.
The No. 2 doubles team of Will

Farah and Brad McFarlane won their
match, 8-5. After these two matches
were completed, the doubles point was
up for grabs - the pressure was put
upon the No. 1 team of Danny McCain
and Matt Wright.
They came through in a very tight
and competitive match, 9-7, in extra
But yesterday marked the first dual
match for a team that has three fresh-
men on it - Beam, Ben Cox and
Danny McCain.
"You never know how the freshmen
are going to react to the team match-
es," Raiton said. "In a team match you
are not playing for yourself anymore
but for the team. If we can get a win
here, it can really help our confi-
In singles play, the Wolverines went
on to sweep all seven of the matches.
Four of the six matches were taken
care of in two sets, Wright's and Cox's
match went three.
Despite the Wolverines' bagel job of
William & Mary, some Wolverines felt
that the team has room for improve-
"Collectively we coul have played

better today, on a personal level I think
I can play better:' Wright said. "It is a
good feeling however, that even
though we didn't play our best, we still
Even though the final score of the
match was 7-0, many of the matches in
this contest were close.
The Wolverines apparently picked
up their intensity during the more
important parts of their matches. Cox's
and Farah's matches, respectively,
served as an example of such play.
"Ben Cox started out not playing
aggressively, and finally he started
playing better during crunch time,
Michigan coach Brian Eisner said.

"Will Farah played exquisitely
today," Eisner said. "His opponent,
Trevor Spracklin is a very good player
- ranked no. 78 in the nation."
With yesterday's dual match out of
the way, the Wolverines are preparing
for the upcoming spring season.
"For the first dual match of the sea-
son, everyone is playing well and we
are meshing as a team," Michigan
junior Brad McFarlane said. "We are
excited for the upcoming non-confer-
ence matches and the season in gener-
Michigan's next match is Sunday at
11 a.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center
against DePaul.

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