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By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
OXFORD - In the amount of time it takes to blink an eye,
nod one's head or snap one's fingers, the Michigan offense
showed up and stole victory from Miami on Saturday.
The dominance the RedHawks displayed over the,
Wolverines in the first period of Saturday's game seemed to
light a fire under the Michigan offense to spark the Wolverines'
4-3 win in the last seconds of overtime.
It wasn't until time was winding down in overtime and the
,gowd started to file out that the Michigan offense returned for Mike Comrie tallied Satu
curtain call. on the game-winner, help
Just more than three seconds left in overtime, Geoff Koch can't give up on it. You n
stole the game right from under the RedHawks' sticks. tal toughness not to get
"Comrie chipped it past the defenseman and I was luckily know you have a chance
right there, so I picked it up and went in," Koch said. "(Josh) The mental toughnessc
Langfeld took the defenseman wide and I had an open shot and with four minutes left int
was lucky enough to bury it." a shot from Jeff Jillson, b
Overtime was a luxury for the Wolverines, giving their situ- A minute later, in a
ation with less than a minute to play. Trailing 3-2 with goal- Cammalleri pushed the
tender Kevin O'Malley pulled for the extra attacker, Mike Burleigh to tie the game
tmrie played villain to yet another Michigan opponent. Even though Friday ni
WAn intense goalmouth scramble led to the tying goal from may not have been as ex
Comrie, sending the game into overtime. Center in Cincinnati brow
"I saw the play develop and I knew we were going to get a the RedHawks.
shot," Comrie said. "I went for the rebound and I was in the Freshman Jed Ortmey
right position at the right time." against his brother Jake's
Miami got its first lead on a power-play goal in the first peri- "I've had a lot of chan
od. Miami's Dustin Whitecotton wrapped the puck around-the been able to bury, so thisc
net and stumped O'Malley with only two minutes gone in the a little extra meaning sin
period. A slow first period for the Michigan offense led to just The Michigan freshme
three shots on goal. tinued in the second peri
The Wolverines faced more of the same dominant Miami from the RedHawks after
. y at the beginning of the second period. After falling behind was followed by anoth
, Michigan's seemingly nonexistent offense blew its second scored after a give-and-g
two-man advantage of the night. Mink.
But it took the Wolverines a matter of seconds to turn the Hilbert scored once a
entire game around. answering a comeback att
"College hockey is a sport of momentum," Michigan coach had cut Michigan's leadt
Red Berenson said. "If the momentum is going one way, you od.
A tale of two cities
Mic'gan 4, Miami2
an 121 -4
rday's game-tying goal and as
ing Michigan past Miami on tt
ieed to have the confidence a
to down when things get d
to come from behind."
came in a brief spurt. On a po
the second period, Langfeld t
bringing life back to the offen
scramble in front of the ne
puck past Miami goaltende
at two going into the final pe
ght's 4-2 win was more convi
xciting. A less-then-half-fille
ught less of a home-ice advan
er gave Michigan an early1
ces earlier in the season that I
one felt good," Ortmever said
ce my brother was on the othe
en class' domination of the ga
od as Andy Hilbert took the le
r they had tied it at one. Hilbe
er freshman, John Shouney
go with fellow first-year play
gain for the final goal of th
tempt by Miami's Matt Chand
to 3-2 one minute into the th
By Geoff Gagnon
OXFORD - It was the biggest of are-
nas, it was the smallest of arenas. It was
a city of metropolitan proportion, it was
a city of rural beauty. It was a place that
bordered a prominent river, it was a place
I surrounded by farms and fields.
There was a coach with red hair and a
countenance of experience on the bench
for Michigan. There was a skipper with
black hair and a gleam of youthfulness in
his eye behind the bench for Miami. This
weekend's CCHA matchup that pitted
Michigan against Miami played host to a
tale of two cities that Charles Dickens
himself couldn't help but be able to
sisted The series began in a place where
he road, echoes fade fast into the black of rafters
nd men- and empty luxury boxes, and concluded
own and in a dimly lit den where the breath of
rabid fans cloud the boards they sur-
wer play round. Miami and Michigan met Friday
ipped in night in downtown Cincinnati at the
se. Firstar Center. In the shadow of the
et, Mike Cincinnati skyline and on the banks of
r David the Ohio River, the Firstar Center was a
riod. far cry from the cramped confines of
ncing, it Goggin Arena, on the campus of Miami
d Firstar University near the Indiana border.
ntage for In an effort to booster exposure for the
Miami-Michigan contests, Miami offi-
1-0 lead cials jumped at the chance to move
Friday's game south to Cincinnati and the
haven't 15,200 seat Firstar Center, before return-
. "It had ing to Oxford, Saturday, to host the sec-
r team." ond game of the series on campus.
me con- With all the amenities afforded to pro-
cad back fessional teams, like the Cincinnati
rt's goal Cyclones who call the building home,
ia, who the Firstar Center fired up its spotlights
er Mark and jumbotron scoreboard to bring the
excitement of college hockey to
e game, Cincinnati. The only problem was that
dler who somebody forgot to tell Cincinnati.
ird peri- Nevertheless, even promotions and
give-always set to blaring music couldn't
keep 10,000 empty seats from standing
out amidst a spattering of sleepy fans,
and Michigan players couldn't help but
"It's a huge arena without many fans,"
Andy Hilbert said.
"We just knew we'd have to play our
game and not worry about what was
going on in the building. It was no Yost."
The bore and blah of Friday's series
opener that the mammoth venue provid-
ed faded for Hilbert and his cohorts as
soon as they squeezed their way through
the doors into Miami's closet of a home
If the Firstar Center lulled people to a
state of drowsy delirium, Goggin Arena's
claustrophobic atmosphere shook them
Just over 2,000 fans filled the match-
box sized room to see a more determined
and intense Miami team control.
Michigan for nearly three periods of
hockey. With fans crowding the aisles
and covering the boards for a glimpse of
the game, a living breathing home ice
advantage came to life for the Red
Hawks. It was an advantage that stood in
stark contrast to the silence that cast
Friday's contest into neutrality.
"It was quieter in Cincinnati and the
crowd wasn't right on top of us like they
are here in Oxford," Freshman Jed
"Their fans are great for their team and
it shows in how they play harder when
their fans are behind them."
Lifting their team to a 2-0 lead on
Saturday, Miami's fans gave their team
what they lacked in support and enthu-
siasm on Friday while forcing
Michigan to claw back against a team
powered by an intense crowd. With half
as many supporters in attendance,
Miami had at least twice as much sup-
port Saturday night as the weekend's
tale of two cities made for a tale of two
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AT ANGELL HALL.
Miami 0 1 1 -2
First period-. 1. UM,. Ortmever 2 (Slrouneyia,*
Huntzickef), 13:15 IppI Penalties -M,.
Hildenbrand OE' 257; UM Jillson slashing), 414
UM, Matsch literference).6 10 MU, Leahy f IW
ing), 11:31; MU. Glumacn (hooking). 15:22. ~
Second period - 1. MU, Whtecoton 4 t1ar dine,
Hartlieb), 0:19; 2. UM, Hilbert 3 (unassisted),
1:14. 3. UM, Shouneyia 3 ,Jil, on- 11:42, Penalties
- UM, Magnuson (interterence), 2:20: UM, Jenson
(CB), 3:02; MU, Chandler ,roughing), 5:56; UM,
team (too many men on ice;, 7.06; MU, Bautch
(roughing), 13:33; UM, Gassoff (holding), 16:17.
Third period - 2. MU, Chandler 1 (Stewart), 1.02'
4. Hilbert 4 (Mink, Shouneyia), 5:19 (pp). Penaties
- MU, Stewart (slashing), 4:22; UM. Murray (ih
sticking). 5:25; UM, Peach (roughing), 12:041; MU,
Chandler (roughing), 12:04; MU, Stevens ;rough-
ing), 12:15; MU, Hildebrand (roughing), 15.22; UM,
Murray (roughing), 15:22; MU, Walford (roughing),
15:22; UM, Vancik (roughing), 15:22; MU, Stewat
(charging), 16:60; UM, Peach (roughing), 1S:11.
Shots on goal - UM, 96.6 - 21; MU, 2.1210 -
Powrer Plays - UM 29; MU, 0.7.
Saves- UM, OMalley 211.9 -- 22; MU, Marsch .
Referee - Steve McJnchak.
Linesmen - Butch Friedman, John Edwards.
At: Firstar Center.
mi 3 ((
1 - 4
First period - 1. MU, Whitecotton (Mizerek,
Leahy), 2:02 (pp). Penalties - UM, Comrie
(obstruction-tripping), 1:18; UM, Langfeld (elbow-
ing), 8:57; MU, Hildenbrand (roughing), 11:41; MU.
Hildebrand (high-sticking), 15:40; MU, Medvecz,
(tripping), 17:05; MU, Glumac (roughing), 19:26;
UM, Murray (roughing), 19:26; UM, Comrie (trip-
Second period -2. MU, Cheverie (Leahy,
Whitecotton), 1:00 (pp); 1. UM, Langfeld (Jillson,
Comrie), 16:06 (pp); 2. UM, Cammaller (Ortmpr,
Kosick), 17:31. Penalties - MU, Leahy (obsti-
tion-tripping), 1:28; MU, Leahy (game misconduct),
1:28; UM, Jilison (roughing), 2:20; UM, Gassoff
(tripping), 5:05; UM. Shouneyia (high-sticking),
8:08; UM, Ortmeyer (interference), 10:06; UM,,
Ortmeyer (roughing after the whistle), 10:06; MU,
Glumac (roughing after the whistle), 10:06; MU,
Chandler (tripping), 11:00; MU, Whitecotton (hooK-
ing), 11:20; MU, Medvecz (roughing). 13:35; UM,
Langfeld (roughing), 13:35; MU. Watford (hooking).
Third period -3. MU, Chandler 2 (Cheverie.
IHartlieb), 12:59; 3. UM, Comrie 11 (Koch,
Langfeld), 19:17. Penalties - MU, Stevens
(obstruction-holding). 2:07; UM, Cammalleri (cross
checking), 13:31; MU, Bautch (obstructiooo-,
Overtime -"4. UM, Koch 5 (Comrie), 4:56.
Penalties - none.
Shots on goal - UM, 3.12-6-6 -27; MU, 79."
Power Plays - UM1 of 9; MU 2 of 8.
Saves - UM, O'Malley 6-8-5.0 -19; MU, Burleigh
Referee - Matt Shegos.
Unesmen - John Edwards, Butch Friedman
At: Goggin Ice Arena, Oxford.
By Chis Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
OXFORD -The raucous Goggin Ice
Arena crowd stood on edge late
Saturday night -eyes glued to the over-
time contest below them between their
hometown RedHawks and the fifth-
ranked Wolverines from Michigan. But
for one fan in particular the tension
which now held the attention of the
ire arena had been present for the
ire game. Yet Judy Ortmeyer neither
cheered nor dropped her head in disap-
pointment when Michigan's Geoff Koch
slipped the game winner into the back of
the net with less than four seconds
Mrs. Ortmeyer - the mother of
Michigan freshman forward Jed, and
Miami sophomore defenseman Jake -
was simply happy that both of her boys
had played a good game and finished
without getting hurt. Garbed in a half
Michigan, half Miami jersey, creatively
designed to spell Miami with a
Wolverine "M" and a RedHawks "iami,"
Mrs. Ortmeyer and her husband, Jack,
couldn't be prouder of their sons.
"It's a good feeling," Mrs. Ortmeyer
said. "They've worked really hard to get
here and I just hoped they'd have a good
game, which they did."
But it would appear that the younger,
Michigan's Jed Ortmeyer, got the better
end of the deal. The Wolverines swept
the weekend series against Miami, and
Ortmeyer recorded two points on the
weekend. On Friday, Jed scored the
game's first goal on a nifty cross-ice pass
from Dave Huntzicker. Fittingly, the goal
came with his brother on the ice.
"It felt good to finally get a goal, espe-
cially with my parents sitting out there in
the seats," the younger Ortmeyer said.
Jed would get his second point of the
weekend Saturday night, assisting on
Mike Cammalleri's game-tying goal late
in the second period.
"I knew that Jed would have a good
game tonight just because he was play-
ing against his brother," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "There's a rivalry
there obviously and I'm glad he scored,
and I'm glad we won both games. Jed
made a statement. It was a family feud
and he got the last word"
Jed and Jake have been playing hock-
ey since they were three and four years
old, when they used to go to their older
brother James' practices. Ortmeyer
played down the importance of his per-
formance, but his roommate Andy
Hilbert knows otherwise.
"I know from overhearing some of
their conversations on the phone that
they give each other stuff about how
they've been playing," Hilbert said. "His
parents came up from Omaha, so this
was a big deal for him. He played really
well this weekend. He was excited when
he got that goal, so he's got bragging
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