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The Michigan Daily, 1999-11-22

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'Blue offense
By Uma Subramanian Gran
Daily Sports Writer Michiga
After cruising through its first I I games route to
with an average of five goals per game, the games.
Michigan hockey team came to a screech- "We
ing halt after it ran into a wall that bore a big sav
striking resemblance to Lake Superior Josh BL
State's goalie, Jayme Platt. some g
0 The weekend series was more than a little big."
fru,;trating for the most prolific offense in Rega
college hockey. Michigan (7-3 CCHA, 10-3 Michiga
overall) recorded only two goals against the the nati
Lakers (5-3, 5-5), both of which came in the glaring
second period of the second game. didn't h
In fact, Platt held the Wolverines score- tion of
less for 85:37 -- an impressive feat, con- reason
sidering Michigan's forwards have into the
outscored their opponents 57-30 this sea- "We
son. But as the Wolverines said, it was just do," Co
ne of those weekends. but we s
"There are nights when the passing is off, didn't s
the shots are off and you're just out of things ti
sync," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. start of
"That's exactly how our team played. You "We
don't do it by design or intentionally and weeken
then things happen in the game and things bounces
just don't go your way." always
Being shut out at home on Friday Michigan scoring
was a touch more desperate at game time If you
Saturday. To compensate the coaches made will con
ome line changes and even switched starting Perha
coaltenders giving L.J. Scarpace the nod in net. came as
Yet nothing worked, and the shots just would because
not go in. Wolveri
Season standings
ichigan State 10 2 0 20 13 44-15 10 3 0
Michigan 7 3 0 14 13 41-26 10 3 0
Northern Michigan 6 1 1 13 14 29-15 10 3 1
Ferris State 6 6 0 12 14 31-33 8 6 0
Western Michigan 5 5 2 12 12 ' 39-36 5 5 2
Lake Superior State 5! 3 0 10 10 23-21 5 5 0
Miami , 4 3 2 10 13 28-22 7 4 2
Nebraska-Omaha 2 4 4 8 10 26-34 2 4 4
Notre Dame 3 5 2 8 12 23-32 4 6 2
o lingGreen 3 6 036 11 27-35 3 8 0
,Ohio State 2 9 1 5 15 22-49 3 11 1
laska-Fairbanks 2 8 0 4 12 21-36 3 9 0
turda's ReultsFridav's Results
Fnis State 5, Bowling Green 4 Ohio State 5, Nebraska-Omaha 2
Cake Superior state 4, Michigan 2 Lake Superior State 3, Michigan 0
Miami 3, Michigan State 0 Ferris State 3, Bowling Green i
Nebraska Omaha 2, Ohio State 2 Miami 3, Michigan State 2
No them Midigan 4, Mich. Tech 2
Friday: vs. No. 5 Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the Ameritech College Hockey
Showcase hosted by the Wolverines at Yost Ice Arena.

SportsMonday - November 22, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 78



falters against Lakers

ted, Platt was a big thorn in
an's side rejecting 69 attempts en
being named the No. I star in both
couldn't score, and (he) had some
'es," injured Michigan goaltender
ackburn said. "It was him. We had
reat opportunities but he came up
rdless of the team's results,
an center Mike Comrie still leads
on in points with 24. But the most
image from the weekend was what
happen. Comrie, who is the defini-
a scorer, had nine shots and for one
or another not one worked its way
didn't do what we were supposed to
mrie said. "(He) is a good goalie,
shot at him. We shot to shoot, but we
shoot to score. That's one of the
hat made us such a good team a the
the year.
didn't come prepared to play this
d. Both games we didn't get a few
, but we didn't play our game. You
want to contribute to the team, but
points isn't the only way to do that.
play well and play hard the points
ps the reason the weekend's results
s a shock to Michigan fans was
heading into the series, the
nes looked unstoppable. The only

game they had lost was a 4-2 road decision
to Alaska-Fairbanks.
But Michigan captain Sean Peach had
other ideas.
"The season has been going smoothly,
but we've had some bumps along the way."
Peach said. "Things like this will catch up
to you sometimes. We've been careless
defensively. We can't give up that many
goals and expect to score when we give
them up. It's tough to play from behind."
In the meantime, the Wolverines must
learn some valuable lessons from the week-
end and move on. Fortunately for them,
first place Michigan State had a rough
weekend, too. The Spartans lost twice to
Miami, so second place Michigan remained
six points behind them in the CCHA.
"This is behind us now; we can't do any-
thing about it," junior winger Scott Matzka
said. "It's disappointing that we lost. But,
you lose your confidence pretty easily.
When you're scoring you feel like you can
score from anywhere."
When you're not scoring, Matzka said,
"You lose your confidence out there. The
net shrinks down, the goalie looks a lot big-
ger and you seem to shoot it into his pads a
The Wolverines will look to improve
their scoring over the Thanksgiving week-
end, when they will host two WCHA oppo-
nents, Wisconsin and Minnesota in the
Ameritech College Hockey Showcase.

Lake Superior 3, MichiganwO.
Lake Superior 1 2 0--3
Michigan 0 0 0 -0
First period--1. LSSU, Bachusz 3 unassisted.
Penalties - UM, Huntzicker (elbowing), 1:19;UM,
Jillson (cross-checking), 2:10; LSSU, ightingaIe
~10min mscoduc),10:6;UM. Peach (Checking
from behnd), 10:29: LSSU. Palmer (holding), 13:16;
LSSULKnox (cross-chckng), 17:19; LSSU, Walford
(slashing . 17:19; LSSU. Vigilante islasning), 1817
UM. Shiouneyra (slashng), 19:31.
Second period -2. LSSU., Bachusz 4 (Vigilante.
Walford) 3:2 7; 3. LSSU, Nightingale 2 (Bachusr),
7:30 (sb). Penalties- LSSU, Cheeseman (hook
ing), 4:11; LSSU, team (too many men on ice),
6:24; UM. Mink (roughing), 8:46; LSSU, Thompson
(r('ughiflg,8:46; LSSV. Magnuson (slashing). 9:06:
LSSU, Vin.e (obstruction interference), 12:37; UM,
Koch (slashing), 15:30; UM, Koch (fighting, game
dq), 15:30; 1SSU, Thompson (fighting, game dq),
15:30; UM, Huntzicker (cross-checking), 15:59;,-
LSSU, Palmer roughing), 19:05.
Third period - no scoring. Penaltiles = LSSU. Vnoe
(high-sticking), 1:05; UM, Jillson (high-sticking),
1:05; LSSU, Vince (high-sticking). 1:05; UM, )illson
(tripping), 1:05:s 2S5, Bast (charging), 11:45:UM,
Shouneyia (hooking), 12:50; 1SSU, McCauley
(cross-checking), 15:51; UM, Langfeld (elbowing),
15:51; UM, Ortmeyer (elbowing), 16:23; LSSU, Bast
(slashing), 19:26: LSSU. Slukynsky (crosscheck
ing), 20:00; UM. Comrie (cross-checking), 200.
Shots on goal - LSSU, 9-6-5 - 20; UM, 14818-
Power Plans -LSSU 0of 8;UM, 0of 11. <x4
Saves - LSSU, Platt 14-8-18 - 40; UM, O'Malley'
8-4-x - 12: UM, Scarpace x-x-5- 5.
At Yost Ice Arena
Attendance: 6,375.

Michigan defenseman Bob Gassoff takes out his frustration
while the offense didn't to convert against Lake Superior.

Lakers win fourth straight against 'M'

Continued from Page 13
they win and you need a loss to bring you
down to Earth sometime. This certainly will
get them down to Earth."
Saturday night they were brought down
quickly. The Lakers went right after goalie L.J.
Scarpace, who was making his first start as a
With an extra attacker on the ice because of
an ensuing penalty, Lakers right winger Jeff
Cheeseman sent a shot past Scarpace just 6:31
into the game. The goal put the Wolverines in
the unenviable position of playing catch up all
game - something they were never able to do.
But after the early score, neither team
would put the biscuit in the basket until late in
the second period - when they overflowed it.
In a span of 1:31, the teams exchanged
goals twice to make the score 3-2. Lake
Superior forward Mike Vigilante took things
into his own hands with a power play shot
from outside the left circle to put the Lakers up
by two, but Michigan forward Mike
Cammalleri's backhand through Platt's legs
one minute later cut the lead back down to
Just 21 seconds later Vigilante continued his

'I don't know when
they're going to stop
thinking it's a fluke."
-- Scott Borek
Lake Superior hockey coach
one-man wrecking crew with another goal,
only to have it cut once again by Michigan's
Scott Matzka 16 seconds after that.
The Lakers would add an empty net goal
with less than six seconds remaining to round
out the scoring.
But Saturday's loss was a significant
improvement from the night before. On Friday
the Wolverines looked out of sync, and were
shut-out at home for the first time in eleven
years --- a 3-0 beating at the hands of
Michigan State.
Lakers' forward Jeremy Bachusz led the
way with two goals, and Platt was excellent in
stopping all 33 Michigan shots.
The shutout was the first the Wolverines
had suffered this season, and the first they had
suffered since last January against Ferris State.

The Wolverines have now dropped four
straight to Lake Superior - a fact that hasn't
gotten past Lakers' coach Scott Borek.
"I don't know when they're going to stop
thinking it's a fluke," Borek said of Michigan.
"We've obviously won four in a row. They're
a young team. Andy Hilbert, Cammalleri, and
even Mike Comrie are all still very young,
and they're going to have nights where the
puck just isn't clicking. But I think this week-
end was a combination of us and them."
The poor play of the Wolverines may be a
combination of a bad week of practice and a
lack of veterans as well.
"I think our team was enjoying last week-
end too much," Berenson said. "I sensed that
in practice all week. I thought we were too
loose, and still enjoying the sweep at Miami.
We should know better than that. Maybe we
don't have enough veteran players to under-
stand that. Certainly players that played
against Lake State last year remembered how
tough they were to play against.
"We have to learn from this. Our power
play has to improve, our penalty killing has to
improve, our hustle has to improve. Every
player in our lockerroom can play better than
they did this weekend. And that is now the
challenge for this team."

Lake Superior 4, Michigan 2
Lake Superior 1 2 1 - 4
Michigan 0 2 0 -2
First period- 1. LSSU, Cheeseman 2 (McCauley,-
Knox). 6:31 Penalties- LSSU, Watford (high-stick-
ing), 2:52; LSSU, Bast (slashing), 7:28; UM, -
Gassoff (obstruction-holding), 12:12; UM, Jillson
(obstruction-hooking), 16:01; LSSU, Magnuson
(obstruction-holding), 18:44.
Second period- 2. LSSU, Vigilante 2 (Turgeon,
Slukynsky), 13:29 (pp); 1. UM, Cammalleri 6
(Jillson). 14:23 (pp); 3. LSSU, Vigilante 3
(Bachusz), 14:44. 2. UM Matzka 4 (Comrie, Jillor ),-
15:00 Penalties - LSSU, Knox (high-sticking),
5:31; LSSU, Magnuson (delaying the game). 10:08,
UM, Comrie (interference), 12:59; LSSU, Turgeon
(checking from behind), 13:57; LSSU, Cheeseman
(10 minute misconduct), 15:00; UM, Mink (high-
sticking), 18:19: LSSU, Knox (interference), 18:51,
Third period - 4. LSSU,. Watford 4 (unassisted),
19:54. Penalties- LSSU, Redden (high-sticking),
2:18: LSSU, Magnuson (holding), 5:01; UM, Peach
(holding the stick), 9:48; LSSU, Cheeseman (high-
sticking) 9:48: UM. Vancik (interference),13:09;
UM. Langfeld (charging). 15:43.
Shots on goal - LSSU, 7.7-7 -- 21; UM, 9-15-9 -
Power Plays - LSSU 1 of7; UM 1 of 10.
Saves -- LSSU, Platt 9-13-9 - 31; UM, Scarpace
At: Yost Ice Arena.
Attendance: 6,361.
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