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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 18. 2000

Captains e
By Arun Gopal
Dah Sports Writer
The players charged forward in
groups of two or three -- forwards,
defensemen, and goaltenders, skating at
top speed from one end of theYost Arena
ice to the other.
With sticks swinging from side to side
and skates churning furiously, it could
mean only one thing: hockey season is
upon us.
Friday marked the first full-squad
practice for the Michigan hockey team.
The Wolverines gathered for the first of
several two-hour captains' practices. A
long-standing tradition at many universi-
ties, the captains' practices are an oppor-
tunity for the new captains to organize
their teammates for the first practices of
the season.
These unofficial practices also enable

ager to get
schools to skirt NCAA rules that forbid
holding official practice until Sept. 25.
"Personally, I'm kind of giddy right
now," senior assistant captain Scott
Matzka said. "I'm pretty excited to get
out on the ice - it's been a while for me.
It seems like it's been such a long sum-
mer, just waiting for the season to start.
"We came in as freshmen and won a
national championship, and now we
want to leave as seniors with a national
championship"
Michigan's captains this year - for-
wards Matzka and Geoff Koch and
defenseman Dave Huntzicker -- have a
challenging task ahead of them.
Although the Wolverines are perennially
one of the top teams in the nation, this
year's group must cope with the unex-
pected loss of Mike Comrie, last sea-
son's leading scorer.
"When you lose your top scorer, it

back on ice
bothers you a little bit, but there's noth-
ing we can do about it," Huntzicker said.
"We feel that we're just as good now as
we were a month ago, before he left."
Even Without Comrie, Michigan
heads into the season with a deep, bal-
anced team. While it lacks any major
stars on the forward lines, the Wolverines
can still attack in waves, thanks to a host
of skilled snipers such as Andy Hilbert,
Josh Langfeld, and Mark Kosick.
Consequently, Yost Arena rowdies can
expect to see the Wolverines play the
same pedal-to-the-metal approach that
has proven so successful in the past.
"Mike's a good player, but he's only
one player," luntzicker said. "Not to
take anything away from him, but it's a
system that we play here that keeps
going on with guys like Comrie and Bill
Muckalt and Brendan Morrison.
"No one player makes it.

Last chance...
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seeing the Wolverines go up
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Tickets for all individual games,
including the Ice Breaker
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located at 1000 S. State St.
The Ice Breaker should be one of
the highlights of the year with
Colgate, New Hampshire and
North Dakota joining Michigan in
opening the season.
The rest of the season also has
Michigan facing off at home
against teams such as Michigan
State, Ohio State and Nebraska-
Omaha, the team that knocked
Michigan out of the CCHA tourna-
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Dommanic Ingerson verbally com-
mitted to the Michigan basketball team
this weekend, marking coach Brian
Ellerbe's first commitment of the 2001-
02 recruiting season.
The 6-3 guard is considered by most
recruiting analysts to be a top 25 recruit.
"I think he's a great replacement for
Kevin Gaines," Hoop Scoop recruiting
analyst Clark Francis said. "He can play
both guard spots, he's a prolific scorer"
Gaines was dismissed from tl*
Michigan basketball team for repeated-
ly oreaking team rules. The last team
rule Gaines broke was a DUI charge.
Gaines was with freshmen Bernard
Robinson and Avery Queen. The three
later got out of the car and wrestled in
the middle of Telegraph road injTaylor,
Mich.
Ganes picaded innocent.to the
charge of operating a motor vehic
under the iluence on Friday
" I think (Ingerson's) got some off-
the-court problems also," Francjs said.
"There are some real attitude ques-
tions.
Academically, "he's a question mark.
A big question mark," Francis said.
Ingerson, from Santa Barbara, Calif.,
also considered playing for Cal-
Berkeley, Georgetown, Saint Louis.
UNLV and Villanova.
Francis doubts that Ingerson's cor
mitment will impact where Michiga0
recruits Andre Patterson and Tyson
Chandler decide to play.
"Tvson's probably going pro and I
think Patterson will come anyways,
Francis said. "Where (Patterson) goes
will depend on other factors:,
Francis ranks Ingerson the,,19th best
player in the country, but said he's
unlikely to play in McDonalds' All,
American gamre. 4
"He should be, but not enough peo-
ple heard about him until this summer,"
Francis said. "To make McDonald's,
people have to talk you up your fresh-
man and sophomore years. (Ingerson)
wasn't really talked aboutv until this
summer."
NCAA rules prevent Michigan coach
Brian Ellerbe from commenting on
Ingerson's commitment.

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