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October 15, 1999
Hockey opens regular season home schedule
Michigan to play Massachusetts-Lowell tonight in O'Malley's first start in goal
By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
Almost a week has passed since Michigan starting
ooaltender Josh Blackburn's freak injury.
UThe first stage of the injury was the initial shock.
The next stage was anger, and now the third stage of
reality has finally set in.
W L1t's kind of starting to set in, Blackburn said. "I
ikind of feel left out. I feel that I'm missing something."
Last Saturday evening, Blackburn said that after a
Party he tripped on a buckeye while carrying a refriger-
ator in his residence.
He is out indefinitely after tearing the ligament
between the first and second toes on his left foot.
Now the Wolverines are trying to put the events of
t eek behind them and focus on this weekend's
' catchup against Massachusetts-Lowell with a new out-
look and a new goalie.
Michigan will return both senior captain Scan Peach
and freshman Mike Cammalleri, who were out with
injuries for last week's victory over Notre Dame.
Sophomore Jeff Jillson also endured a groin injury
this week, but Michigan coach Red Berenson said he
will be ready for this weekend.
But instead of Blackburn, sophomore Kevin
O'Malley will probably get the starting nod in goal for
the Wolverines. Junior goalie LJ Scarpace may also see
O'Malley - who played in nine games last season
- compiled a 0-1-0 record, with a .887 save percent-
As Blackburn's best friend, O'Malley is excited
about his new role for the team, but at the same time
concerned about his teammate's well-being.
"Last year is the first year I sat more then I playec"
O'Malley said. "It's really unfortunate for Josh, and the
only way I can make it better is going out and playing
The Wolverines have acquired new goalie coach Stan
Matwijiw to help with this process. Matwijiw was
already scheduled to help the Wolverines before
"He's been great for me because we haven't had a
new one for the last year," O'Malley said. "Even the lit-
tlest things like keeping your glove it helps. ie just
knocks those points in your head and he's always there
to let you know whats going on."
And now that Matwijiw has had a week to prepare
O' Malley for his new role, O'Malley is ready and deter-
mined to lead the team into the new millenium. But first
the Wolverines will have to get past Massachusetts-
Lowell this weekend.
The River Hawks, a member of the Hockey East con-
ference, come to Yost for the first time Friday night.
Needless to say, Lowell is excited about their first
chance to play in front of the Yost fans.
Lowell is led by goaltender Scott Frankhouser, who
has a 4.82 goal against average in his 32 games last sea-
The River lawks also bring back they're top goal
scorer, senior John Campbell. Campbell led the team
with 11 goals and 36 points last season, and is one of 17
Berenson said the River Hawks remind him of a
CCHA team, and he compares them to Ferris State.
"They have a lot of good skaters," Berenson said.
"They work hard and play well together."
With a top goaltender and scorer returning, O'Malley
has his work cut out for him this weekend.
The fourth stage of Blackburn's injury is the come-
back. But until then, it will be O'Malley's time on
Mark Kosick and the Michiganhockey team open their regular season home
schedule tonight when they play host to Massachusetts-Lowell at Yost Ice Arena.
7 With wins soccer could clinch title
By Dan Dingerson
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan soccer team has risen to the
top of the Big Ten, and has two regular-season
goals left to achieve _ an undefeated cam-
paign and at least a share of the regular sea-
To achieve that, the Wolverines will have to
win two road contests, against third place
Minnesota on Friday and Wisconsin on
The Golden Gophers have clinched a spot
in the Big Ten Tournament, as have the
Wolverines and Penn State, while the Badgers
are fighting for the eighth and final position.
In the past, both teams have dominated
Michigan. Minnesota is undefeated against
Michigan and Wisconsin has won five out of
Minnesota should be the biggest challenge
for the Wolverines this weekend. The
Gophers went 2-0-0 last weekend and have
quickly moved up in the Big Tn standings
In six home games this year, Minnesota is
5-1-(}, recording five shutouts. The Gophers
are 4-0-0 with four shutouts in their Big Ten
matchups. Goalkeepers Dana Larson and
Julie Eibensteiner have split time in goal, and
both have been effective. Despite the wall of
defense that Minnesota has put up, Michigan
coach Debbie Belkin has confidence in her
"We have an attack that can score goals,"
Belkin said. "We need to find ways to stop
them and handle their forwards, that is their
The strength of the Minnesota attack are
forwards Nicole Lee and Laurie Seidl. They
have combined to score half of the Gophers'
goals this season.
Michigan will try to counter the Gophers'
attack with its aggressive forwards. The
Wolverines are on pace to break the Big Ten
record for shots per game - so far they aver-
age 21.6 per game. Two Wolverines are on
pace to break the single season shot record;
both Emily Schmitt and Abby Crumpton are
nearing teammate Amber Berendowsky's
record of 63 shots.
"Our offense has been really productive,
but it is definitely a team approach," Belkin
said. "Everyone has been contributing, and
anyone can put points on the board, whether
they come off the bench or are starting."
The Wolverines' aggressive style has
proven successful, pushing them to No. 14 in
the NSCAA/Adidas national rankings, and
second in the Great Lakes region. This comes
as a result of six straight Big Ten wins, and a
9-1-1 record in their last eleven games. The
only loss coming in a midweek game at Notre
If the Wolverines can get by Minnesota,
they will be positioned to finish the Big Ten
Although Wisconsin has traditionally
played Michigan well and started the season
as one of the top ranked teams in the Big Ten,
the Badgers have struggled to a 2-5-1 record
in the conference. They are currently in ninth
place in the Big Ten and are in danger of
missing the Big Ten tournament.
Wisconsin has only scored in one of its last
four games, a 4-0 victory over Purdue.
Despite its struggles in the Big Ten, the
Badgers still find themselves over .500, and
will have all weekend to prepare for the
"Wisconsin is a very organized team,"
Belkin said. "They don't win big, but they
know how to win. They are very well
With two victories, Michigan will achieve
one of its goals, a Big Ten title.
"It would be huge," Belkin said. "This has.
been our goal for our couple of years now,
and it has happened because of great senior
leadership and because we have a very mature
team. It would be a big deal for all of us."
Morle Spaccarotella is looking to help lead the Wolverines to their first-ever Big Ten regular season
chpmpionship. They will head to Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend.
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