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By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT -- His hair still wet and his spirit
just as damp, Michigan captain Sean Peach made
his way from the team's lockerroom. Shaking his
head the veteran defenseman headed toward the
Michigan bus that waited in the shadow of the rear
exit lights of Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
He held no trophy.
And as the echoes of a more exuberant
Michigan State team filled the corridor beneath
the arena, a white pizza box seemed a dismal
replacement for the championship hardware he
had hoped to hoist.
But while pizza served as little consolation for
Peach and his teammates in the wake of their
Great Lakes Invitational loss to the Spartans, the
squad is already feasting on the thought of
redemption as it sets to face the CCHA leading
team this Friday.
In handing Michigan its sixth loss of the year, a
3-1 downing of the Wolverines in the GLI finals
Dec. 30, Michigan State has now made it three
straight tournament titles. The Spartans have now
won I11 of their 12 tries on the banks of the Detroit
For Michigan, who outshot the Spartans 38-23,
the loss was a difficult setback made tougher by
the opponent that it came against.
"From day-one you understand that State is
going to be the rival, the team that you love to
hate," forward Mike Cammalleri. "That added
intensity makes the game a lot more fun."
That intensity was evident early to the 18,000
fans that saw Michigan State jump ahead midway
through the first period when Mike Weaver, on a
pass from Shawn Horcoff, found a streaking
Rustyn Dolyny who slid the puck behind
Michigan netminder L.J. Scarpace. The power-
play goal, a back door strike at 13:22, gave the
Spartans a lead from which they would seldom
Michigan was able to tally its own power-play
score at 5:11 of the second period as the freshman
line of Mark Mink, John Shounevia and
Cammalleri teamed to beat Michigan State's Joe
Blackburn for the squad's lone score of the night.
Working the offense into the Spartan zone to
Blackburn's right, Shouneyia swung the puck to
Mink who found a waiting Cammalleri eyeing an
open net and the game's equalizer.
"It was well-executed tic-tac-toe passing on the
power-play. Its something we really work hard on
in practice and every once in a while it happens,'
Tournament MVP Horcoff made sure that
things didn't stay knotted as he found Kris Koski
in front of the Michigan net at the 4:53 mark in the
third. Chased behind the pipes by Michigan's
Mike Comrie, Horcoff's centering pass sailed past
Comrie's outstretched stick and Koski poked it
past Scarpace to jump ahead 2-1.
The power-play goal was the second of its kind
for Michigan State, which tallied its third score
with a man-advantage later in the third, but not
before Michigan put together a series of chances
itself. The most noticeable of which came midway
through the final frame when.Blackburn fought
off a series of shots and put-backs in the frenzied
moments before killing off a powerplay.
a "We killed off some penalties where Joe
Blackburn showed why he's an All-American,"
Michigan State coach Ron Mason said. "He made
the saves that just had to be made."
Looking for the tying goal in the third,
Michigan came up empty finding the crossbar and
Blackburn's lunging body instead of the net as the
highly touted goaltender thwarted every late
Wolverine attack to preserve the win for the
"Blackburn played great and made some unbe-
lievable saves that won the game for them,"
Michigan State put things out of reach for the
Wolverines at 10:57 when Brian Maloney put the
Spartans up 3-1 and Michigan away for good as
Ron Mason's squad raised the banner for its eighth
Clad in vintage sweaters for the 35th annual tour-
nament, Michigan may have hoped throwback
threads might conjure up the type of winning results
the team had formerly grown accustomed to.
Despite a seemingly successful 7-4-1 all-time tour-
nament record against the Spartans heading into this
season's edition, two of Michigan's four losses had
come in the last two years. It was a trend that
Michigan coach Red Berenson hoped to stop.
Despite the loss however, Berenson said he's
pleased with his team's play and wasn't at all sur-
prised with what he saw in Mason's fourth ranked
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With its 4-3 overtime win, Michigan shook pesky foe Lake Superior off Its back and recorded its first victory
over the Lakers this season. The Wolverines were not as lucky with the Spartans falling 3-1 in the GLI final.
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played this weekend. I was proud of our team,"
Berenson said. "They're the team we expected
them to be. They're tough to score on and you just
can't give them the power play opportunities that
Michigan earned its date with the Spartans after
a thrilling overtime win against Lake Superior
State the night before. The 4-3 win was
Michigan's 19th semifinal victory in 26 GLI;
appearances and came when Junior Mark Kosick
tallied his second goal of the night on a give from
Scott Matzka and Dave Huntzicker at 14:13 of the
For Michigan the win was sweet redemption
against a pesky conference foe that gave the:
Wolverines a two-game drubbing at home earlier*
this season, and had swept the Wolverines a
"We definitely remembered what happened ear
tier this season when they beat us at home, Peach
says, "That was definitely in the back of our minds
so it was good to get a little payback."
And that is the theme that Michigan will hope
to continue as it gears up for Friday's battle in Eat
Lansing - a battle that could help erase the sour
taste of the GLI loss.
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By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - As Michigan's Mark
Kosick addressed the media after leading
the Wolverines past Lake Superior State
to open the Great Lakes Invitational, a
necklace danced around the junior's
Fading out of sight only to bounce
back with stunning brilliance, the gold
chain moved as Kosick spoke -it
seemed reminiscent of the forward him-
After fading into a quiet slump earlier
this year, Kosick left no doubt at the GLI
that, like the necklace, he has bounced
into the light.
Kosick is indeed shining.
In collecting the game-winning over-
time goal against the Lakers, Kosick
merely continued the offensive outburst
that he started five games earlier
After sitting out a game against
Wisconsin in late November, the
Canadian has been posting stellar num-
bers. Leading the team in scoring the
previous five games by netting six goals
and three assists, Kosick carried a five
game scoring streak into the tourna-
ment's championship final. This on the
heels of being named CCHA offensive
player of the week just prior to the break.
But Kosick, who needs just 12 more to
join the top-50 all-time career assist
leaders at Michigan, gives all the credit
to his linemates, Josh Langfeld and Scott
Matzka, who together have helped boost
the Michigan offense in the late going.
"I can't say just how much I like play-
ing with those two guys," Kosick said.
"It makes the whole game easier. It
seems like we're always talking and
we're always happy on the bench. We
know we can score, we've been there
before and we just enjoy playing with
In the team's final series before the
holiday break - against Nebraska-
Omaha, the trio combined for 11 points
including a four goal, five assist night in
the second game of that series.
Against Lake Superior in the GLI, the
line picked up right where it had left off
scoring five points on a pair of goals by
GOALIE SHOWCASE: In a game already
loaded with goaltending storylines, on
December 30, Josh Blackburn created
one more as he took the bench for the
Wolverines against Michigan State.
Blackburn, who had not played since
foot surgery sidelined him in October,
was never slated to play in the GLI
game, said Michigan coach Red
Berenson, who simply wanted to help
the sophomore readjust to the speed of
the game after such a long layoff.
"I wanted Blackburn to get in sync
with the team on the ice level" Berenson
said. "I wanted him to feel the intensity
at the bench level and he's able to see
things better. Certainly he's been out of
action for a long time and I can't tell you
when he'll be back, but sooner or later
he'll be thrown into a game and I thought
it was important for him to get in sync
with the team."
Boasting four of the top 10 goal-
tenders in the nation, Michigan's date
with Michigan State featured an impres-
sive roster of netminders including the
top three goalies in the CCHA.
In net for Michigan, L.J. Scarpace
managed to stop 42 of 49 shots on the
weekend while Kevin O'Malley, who
has averaged 2.65 goals against for ninth
in the nation, looked on.
For Michigan State coach Ron Mason,
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Horcoff also skat-
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Wolverines played with an adjusted line-
up during the holiday tournament.
"I feel good about playing
again,' Berenson said. "We feel good
about the type of hockey we're going to
be able to play. These are championship
games and for the most part I liked the
way we played tonight."
So did Michigan freshman Mike
Cammalleri who said he's anxious for
Friday's contest but not unhappy with the
way Michigan performed in December
"We're proud of the way we played,"
Cammalleri said. "We played with
of heart and a lot of energy. We p A
for Michigan and if you look at fate you
should win every game when you play
like that. We'll get these guys soon."
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the starting goaltender decisions were
even more difficult as the Spartans sat
freshman Ryan Miller and his nation-
leading 1.20 goals-against average in
favor of All-American Joe Blackburn
who keyed the Spartan win.
"Blackburn obviously was a huge,
huge factor in the' game tonight,"
Berenson said of the all-tournament
team selection who managed the honor
despite only playing in one game of the
ROUND TwO: With half a season in the
books, Michigan spent the holiday break
getting a good sense of what it will take
to contend with CCHA leader Michigan
And the Wolverines won't have much
time to reflect on what they've learned
before facing the Spartans again.
Michigan will look to wrap up a rather
prolonged two-game series against
Michigan State as the Wolverines travel
to Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing later
this week. And despite being handed a 3-
I loss in their Dec. 30 meeting, Berenson
is thrilled with the chance to face the
"This obviously isn't the last time we'll
see Michigan State," Berenson said. "So
if this was a measuring stick, I really look
forward to seeing them again."
After Michigan outshot the Spartans
20-6 in the third period of the GLI final,
Berenson said he was pleased with his
team's play -especially considering the
No. 23 lives as new Roemensky added to 'M' roster
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By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
"Hey, Mike! Where's your cousin Dale?"
joked freshman forward J.J. Swistak to his new
teammate Mike Roemensky.
Roemensky is the Michigan hockey team's
new defenseman who was added during the
linir xrcto nnvi dnth to the Wolvernes'
Roemensky said it was an accident.
"After I had picked the number, I was going
through the books and I noticed Dale had
worn the number when he was here,"
Roemensky said. "There's no relation between
us, but it's kind of neat. I didn't know he was
No. 23, it was just a coincidence."
The number story is amusing. but it is the
goals against, the penalty killing and the lack
of power play production we felt that if we had
another defenseman it would definitely help
our team this year"
For Roemensky, the next few weeks will be
a giant transition period. Not only does he
have to find his niche in the lineup, but he also
has to deal with starting classes. This was
Berenson called). It's always been on myWd
- I've always wanted to play for Michigan.
"I knew they had a lot of defensemen (in the
past), but I didn't know they'd lost so many
this season. When he told me they needed
another one to come up and play starting at
Christmas and they asked me if I'd be the guy,
I jumped right up and said 'Yes, I'd like to'pfay
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