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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 2, 1999 - 9

i3oston College denied again,
this time by Maine in semis

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -
Freshman Niko Dimitrakos scored
Maine's first goal, then made a bril-
qint pass to set up Bobby Stewart's
inning shot 5:16 into overtime yes-
terday as the Black Bears downed
Boston College 2-1Ito advance to the
NCAA hockey championship game.
Michigan State faced New
Hampshire in the other semifinal late
yesterday night at the Arrowhead
Pond.
After Dimitrakos evened the game
early in the third period, he helped
end it in overtime. He took the puck
ind the Eagles' net, skated around
t ie boards to his left, away from the
goal and nearly to the blue line, then
backhanded a pass just in front of the
crease.
The puck nicked the stick of the
Bears' Barrett Heisten and slid to
Stewart, who wristed it in over goalie
Scott Clemmensen's left shoulder.
The victory ended Boston
College's drive to make it to the title
11me for the second year in a row.
The Eagles lost to Michigan in over-
time last year.
The game was the fifth between
Maine and Boston College this year,
with the Black Bears winning three.
After Clemmensen shut out the
Black Bears for the first two periods,
Dimitrakos tied it I-1 with a slap shot

Frozen Four Update
Yesterday's Results:
Maine 2, Boston College 1 (0D
Michigan State vs. New Hampshire, inc.
Tomorrow's NCAA Championship game:
Maine vs. Michigan State-New Hampshire winner
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Notables: This is Maine's first appearance in the championship games
since 1995, when the Black Bears beat Michigan in the semifinals 4-3 and
then lost to Boston University in the championship.

2:34 into the third. Dimitrakos got a
clear shot from 20 feet, thanks to a
feed from Ben Guite and a defensive
lapse by the Eagles. Guite, left alone,
took the puck behind the Boston
College goal, spotted Dimitrakos
breaking up the middle and slid him a
perfect pass.
Dimitrakos sailed the puck into the
upper right corner of the net for his
seventh goal of the season and sec-
ond of the NCAA Tournament.
Defenseman Marty Hughes had
put the Eagles ahead at 5:34 of the
second period with his first goal in
26 games dating to Dec. 28.
With Doug Janik serving a two-
minute hooking penalty, Hughes took
a pass from Mike Lephart following a
faceoff in the right circle. Hughes,
slicing down the center, beat goalie
Alfie Michaud for his third goal of

the season.
The Black Bears had numerous
scoring opportunities in the first peri-
od, but Clemmensen stopped 13
shots, several from just outside the
crease.
Clemmensen, a sophomore who
had a 2.90 goals-against average this
season, smothered a point-blank shot
by Matthias Trattnig in the opening
minutes, and late in the period deftly
knocked away three shots in rapid
succession during a scramble in front
of the net.
Michaud, tops in the nation with 24
regular-season victories, faced nine
shots in the opening period.
Both goalies finished with 35
saves.
The overtime game was the 16th in
an NCAA semifinal and fifth of the
decade.

APPHOTO
With a 2-1 overtime victory over Boston College in the seminfinals of the NCAA Tournament, Maine earned a chance to play
for the NCAA Championship tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. against the New Hampshire-Michigan State winner.

'Tennis ready to face Big Ten foes

By Adam J. Falkauff
Daily Sports Writer
After opening up the Big Ten sea-
son with two impressive victories in
Iowa and Wisconsin, the Michigan
men's tennis team will have its home
opener tomorrow, at the Varsity
Tennis Center against its archrival
Ohio State. The Wolverines will play
Penn State on Sunday.
If the good weather hold up, both
matches will be played on the
William Clay Ford outdoor courts.
The match against the Buckeyes
will mark the 85th meeting between
tho two programs. Michigan has
owned the Buckeyes in past years,
and the Wolverines hold a 69-13-2
eord in the all-time series.
1 This weekend, Michigan will be
looking to defeat the Buckeyes for
the seventh straight time. Michigan
beat Ohio State 7-0 last season in
Columbus.
Sunday's match against Penn State
will be just the 12th meeting
between the two teams.
Although their rivalry has been
short-lived, Michigan has proved to
;Oe the dominant team, winning 10 of
TO0MORROW
..............................................................
Who:
Tomorrow- Michigan vs.
Ohio State; Sunday - -
Michigan vs. Penn State
Where;
Varsity Tennis Center
(admission free)
When: Both games start at 1
p.m

the I1 matches that have been
played.
The Wolverines have won all five
previous meetings in Ann Arbor,
including a convincing 7-0 victory last
season .
Michigan opened up its Big Ten
dual team match season with a pair of
wins last weekend.
The -Wolverines defeated Iowa, by
the score of 5-2, and then went on to
beat Wisconsin, 4-3, in a very compet-
itive match.
Michigan started out last year's Big
Ten campaign 6-0, but then lost steam
towards the end of the season, drop-
ping three out of their last four match-
es to finish with a mediocre 7-3
record. Then the team went on to a dis-
appointing fourth-place finish at the
1998 Big Ten Championships.
This season the Big Ten
Championships will be held in Ann
Arbor, and Michigan is poised to make
a run.
The squad extended its season-best
winning streak to six this past week-
end, matching last season's streak.
Now the team will shoot for the all-
timhe mark of 11 straight victories, set

during the 1996 season,
The Wolverines have been steadily
climbing the Intercollegiate Tennis
Association rankings all year, and have
reached the No. 39 slot, in the poll that
was released on March 22. Michigan
began the season ranked No. 59, and
six consecutive victories definitely
contributed to its recent gain of votes.
Freshman Ben Cox snatched the
team lead in victories this past week-
end, winning both matches to start the
Big Ten season.
Cox has a perfect 10-0 dual-match
record, and on the season he is an
impressive 17-4.
Cox not only has the team lead in
victories but possesses the highest
winning percentage on the team, with
an .810.
With only three more victories
Cox will become the first freshman
since current teammate Matt Wright
to reach the 20-win plateau.
With a pair of victories this week-
end, the Wolverines may not only
climb even higher in the ITA rank-
ings, but would also inch closer to
Michigan's all-time winning streak
of 11 matches.

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