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From the prequel...
Go online to see the stats from last
year's Michigan-Wisconsin game.

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FRIDAY
SEPTEMBER 29, 2000

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michigandaily.com/sports

At tonight's Blue-Wfhite,
lose the longface

No. 9 MICHIGAN

s No. 17 WIsCONSIN

TOMORROW, NOON, MICHIGAN STADIUM

ZJ e 3id an Ug

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Writer
Stand in front of a mirror with
your body perfectly straight. Clear
your mind of all thoughts and repeat
this phrase 39 times:
"Mike Comrie is gone."
Now for the clincher, clear your
mind again, take a deep breath and
stare directly
into the mirror HOCKEY
while repeating
the following: Commentary
W "But this team
is good enough, it's smart enough
and doggone it, I still like it."
That's right, the Michigan team
that starts its season tonight in the
annual Blue-V hite game is not the
same group that made it within a
game of the Frozen Four last year.
Gone is Comrie, along with his 59
points from last season.
And that's fine.
When Comrie announced that he
was leaving to play major junior
hockey, it set the University's hockey
fans into a tumult. They feared that
Michigan would not be able to com-
pete in the Central Collegiate
Hockey Association, one of the
toughest conferences from top to
bottom in all of college hockey.
But it's time to stop sulking and
get ready for what promises to be an
xtremely successful season for the
coach Red Berenson's Wolverines.
Fans at Yost Ice Arena tonight will

see a team that has a far more bal-
anced scoring attack, a much
stronger defense and a goalie who
has had another summer to mature
what might have already been the
most talent in the league.
So why the long face'?
After all, defenseman Jeff Jillson
decided to stay when all signs were
pointing toward his departure as
well. Add to that the addition of
freshman defender Mike Komisarek,
a virtual clone of Jillson in terms of
size, and this team, considered to be
weak on defense last year, has gotten
considerably better.
Now, perhaps you're not yet con-
vinced that Cornrie's departure does
not necessitate jumping off a large
building. In that case, you are urged
to go to the game tonight.
Go take one look at Komisarek
and gawk at just how huge he is.
Go watch forwards Scott Matzka
and Andy Hilbert wreak havoc on the
defense and goalies with their abili-
ties to create shots.
Go check out the team that the
coaches in the CCHA predicted to
finish first in the league, even with-
out Comrie.
Here's the bottom line: The players
have put the whole thing behind
them. They want to move on and they
want people to know that Comrie is
gone and that's not the worst thing in
the world.
And if they've moved on, maybe
you should, too.

Jamar Fletcher on David Terrell:
"He had a little catch (last year).
It was cool. You look at the overall
game, I like what I did better."

Drew Henson on Jamar Fletcher:
"He's a great player. " As a quarter-
back, "you really understand

his talent.

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Daily on tomorrow's game
Previews, matchups and clever observations.
Only in today's Football Saturday insert.

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In today's Daily

etdown: 'M' falls
to Bowling Green

By Chad Arnold
For the Daily
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The
Michigan men's soccer team trav-
eled to Bowling Green last night and
found itself in a feisty battle.
Michigan was on an emotional high
- coming off a gutsy performance
against No. 2 Penn State on
S a t u r d a y, _
and had
high expec- C
t a t i o n s /mBar uING ( ER-N 2
going Into
last night's
game.
But those expectations fell short in
Michigan's 2-0 loss.
It was a disappointing defeat for
the Wolverines, but a game that can
be chalked up as a learning experi-
ence. After the emotional game
against Penn State, Michigan coach
Steve Burns was not ready to blame
his team's performance on a let
down.
"Good teams are judged on the
way they perform after a tough loss,"
Burns said. "If.we get one of those
goals, it's a completely different
game.",

The Wolverines started on the
right foot, pressuring Bowling Green
on numerous occasions throughout
the first 10 minutes of the game. But
the Falcons stormed back and quick-
ly took control of the game.
Bowling Green struck first just
17:24 into the first half. Detrick
Matthews took a cross from Fred
Degand and headed the ball inside
the far post. From there Bowling
Green continued on the attack.
Just six minutes later, Degant took
a cross from Adam Erhard and put
the ball in the back of the net. The
goal gave Bowling Green a 2-0 lead
just 24 minutes into the first half.
Michigan responded with seven
minutes to go in the first half when it
had one of its best scoring opportu-
nities. Freshman Kevin Robinson
was taken down just outside the box.
On the ensuing restart the ball was
played into the box and the header
went just wide of the goal. Two min-
utes later Robinson broke free in the
Bowling Green defense and once
again got a shot on goal. This one
sailed wide to the right, and
Michigan went into the half trailing
2-0.
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ALYSSA WOOD/Daiy
Michigan's momentum came to a halt yesterday in the Wolverines' 2-0 loss to
Bowling Green.

DAVID KATZ/Daily
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