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10 ^ - The Michigan Daily -- Friday, January 22, 1999

M' gets caught in a
shootout with Falcons

By T.J. Barka
Daily Sports Writer
The two gunslingers put their hol-
sters on their belts and took 12 paces
back. After hesitating, the gunslingers
turned around and starte l shooting.
No, this isn't some TB3S rerun of
Gunsmoke. It was just another ordinary
night with the Michigan hockey team at
Yost Ice Arena. At least, ordinary when
the Wolverines lock horns with
Bowling Green.
For the third time this season,
Michigan defeated the Falcons. For the
third time this season, the Wolverines
put up five goals on Bowling Green
goaltender Mike Savard.
But just because the Wolverines can
score, seemingly at will, against the
Falcons doesn't mean Michigan had a
walk in the park. When Bowling Green
scores four goals as it did last night, a
walk in the park is the farthest thing
from Michigan coach Red Berenson's
mind.
"This was kind of like an old-fash-
ioned Michigan-Bowling Green game,"
Berenson said. "The play was back and
forth and the momentum kept shifting."
Michigan grabbed momentum dur-
ing two moments of the game. The first
instance came in the first period when
the Wolverines were trailing. 1-0. On a
power play, Dave Huntzicker let loose a
shot from the point which Geoff Koch
redirected in the net to tie the game at
one.
"It felt good to finally get a goal,"
said Koch, who hadn't scored a goal
since Nov. 14. "I don't plan on having a
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long drought like that again."
The goals kept pouring in 43 seconds
later, when Mark Kosick converted on
another power play, tapping the puck
past Savard out of a scrum in the
crease.
The second surge came in the third
periodL when Mike Comrie and Dale
Rominski scored goals 55 seconds
apart to break a 3-3 tie. Comrie's goal,
coming off a no-look pass from Josh
Langfeld, was a huge boost for the
Wolverines.
"That was a good play" Berenson
said. "We haven't been making good
play around the net lately, so that was
huge:'"
Rominski, after scoring Michigan's
final goal, offered up his opinion on
why the Wolverines go nuts on Savard
and the Falcons.
Bowling Green "is a very high-risk
team. They jump up and play and
vacate the zone," Rominski said. "Their
goalie also gives up a lot of rebounds as
well."
While the Falcons got burned at
times with their risky play, they also
reaped some rewards for their aggres-
siveness. With Mike Van Ryn suffering
a calf injury in the first peri od, the
Falcons took advantage of a shortened
Michigan defensive lineup to score four
goals.
"We played five defensemen for
much of the game and they got a lot of
work;' Berenson said. "Sometimes they
looked like they were overworked, and
sometimes they looked good'
Tired or not, the Michigan defenders
enjoyed last night's up-and-down fren-
zied pace.
"I like a high-tempo game,"
Michigan defenseman Jeff Jillson said.
"Bowling Green is a high-tempo team
that likes to dump it in and check hard."
With lots of goals, lots of hits and
lots of action, there was another winner
besides Michigan- the fans.
"It was one of those games,"~
Berenson said. "It wasn't a goalies
game, it wasn't a coaches game - it
was a players game and a fans game."

Blue shows powei*
POWER PLAY
Continued from Page 10
the Michigan penalty-kill letdown by matching the Falcons
three goals and earning a much-needed two points in the stand-
ings
WHERE'S THE D?: Unlike earlier in the season when the
Wolverines stifled many of their opponents, giving up tw
goals or fewer in 16 games, Michigan has struggled of larW
The Wolverines have given up three or more goals in each of
the past five games. Last night's game saw a wide-open offen-
sive battle with both teams giving up several excellent chances.
And few blamed Michigan goaltender Josh Blackburn, who
was often left in dangerous situations with little chance on
many of the goals.
"They were moving well all night," Geoff Koch said "We
were real vulnerable in the slot."
And in other recent games Michigan gave up a late third-
period goal to give its opponent a chance to get back into the
game. tngt
"I definitely thought that we gave up too muchtoih
Berenson said. "It wasn't a goalie's game."
Losing sophomore Mike Van Ryn didn't help the Michigan
defensive cause, either. The defenseman left the game early in
the first period with a calf muscle injury after crashing into the
net on a scoring chance.
Van Ryn's luck didn't improve as referee Matt Shegos disal-
lowed the goal, ruling that the net came off its moorings before
the puck trickled into the net,
Berenson had no comment on whether or not Van Ryn
would be available for Saturday night's game at Ohio Star;
saying he would look at the situation today.
OBSTRUCTED VIEW SEATING: Some of Michigan's 'other'
athletic stars were seen in the stands of Yost Ice Arena last
night.
Michigan basketball players Josh Asselin and Brandon
Smith caused a slight vision problem in one of the sections.
Apparently some fans had trouble seeing over the tall basket-
ball players.
IN MEMORY: Former Michigan hockey greats Marty Turco
and Jason Botterill also came to last night's game. Both came in
memory of former Sports Information Director Brian Fishman,
who died from carbon monoxide poisoning on Jan. 7.
Puck talk
"'Matzka and I are having a little race. I tied him
tonight, and hopefully I will go ahead."
- Michigan s Geoff Koch, on a friendly goal-scoring
competition with fellow forward Scott Matzka.
Both players now have two goals on the season.
Key Play
Last night, 18:24 left in the third period
Josh Lan gfeld feeds Mike Comrie with a behind-the-back
no-look pass for Michigan s go-ahead goal.

DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
Assistant captain Dale Rominski scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist in last
night's 5.4 victory over Bowling Green. Rominski's performance carried over from the Western Michigan
game this past Saturday when he netted his first career hat trick.

The Daily Stars
The Michigan Daily hockey writers'
picks for Michigan's three stars of
thre night:
- .MIKE CoMRIE ,-
FORWARD
Put Michigan ahead to stay in the'
third period by scoring his team-:
leading 12th goal. Aiso registered
an ,assist.
E 2. DAvE HUtoZliCER -
Had two assists 37 seconds apart
to put Michigan up 2-1 in the first
period. Huntzicker also helped.
pick up the slack for injured;
defenseman Mike 'Van Ryn.,
FORWARD
Broke a twos-month goal-scoring
drought by recording Michigan's
first goal of the contest.

Michigan 5, Bowling Green 4
Bowling Green 1 2 1 --4
Michigan 2 1 2 -5
First period -1. BGSU, Bonvie 7 (Edinger, Murphy),
10:21 (pp); 1. Mich, Koch 2 (Huntzicker, Comrie)
16:56 (pp); 2. Kosick 7 (Rominskri, Huntzicker), 17:33
(pp). Penalties - Mich, Langfeld (slashing) 7:10;
BGSU, Price (interference) 7:34; BGSU, Edinger (hook-
ing) 8:07; Mich, Langfeld (holding) 9:28; Mich, Koch
(delaying). 13:48, BGSU, Williams (delaying), 13:48;
BGSU, Desjarlais (high-sticking). 15:21: BGSU, Barlow
(high-sticking), 17:48: Mich, Annan (slashing), 18:18.
Second period - 3. Mich, Ritchlin 7 (Jillson, Peach),
5:37; 2. BGSU, Edinger 15 (Murphy), 5:53; BGSUJ, 3.
Moore 3 (Murphy), 11:33 (pp). Penalties - Mich,
Comrie (high-sticking) 9:48; BGSU, Ham (cross-check-
ing) 15:10; BGSU, Murphy(charging) 20:00.
Third period- 3. Mich, Comihe 12 (Langfeld, Jillson),
1:"36 (pp); Mich, Rominski 10 (Matzka, Trainor), 2:31;
BGSU, Price 12 (Edinger, Bonvie), 14:48 (pp),
Penalties - Mich, Huntzicker (holding), 4:10; Mich.
Matzka (high sticking) 14:35.
Sts on goal - BGSU 8-108- 26; Mich 12.-9-
29.
Power Plays - BGSU, 3-of-6; Mich, 3-of-6,
Saves - BGSU, Savard 10-8-6-24, team 0-0-0-0
Mich, Blackburn 7-8-7 -- 22
Referee - Matt Shegos
Linesmen - Pat Braco, Dave Kronenberg
At: Yost Ice Arena
Attendance: 6,084.

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