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B l3 The Mi0hi n Daily - SportsMonday - October 9, 2000

Shouts from the point
1The referee did start to put the puck
out, but Red Berenson is a powerful man New Hampshire



and overruled him.
North Dakota coach Dean Blais on
the coaches' decision to end the gaine
without a shootout.


North Dakota2
UNIH wins penalty shootout, 1-0

Colgate 2
SMichigan 2
Colgate wins penalty shootout, 2-0

North Dakota

5 (OT)

New Hampshire
Colgate 3




UNH takes championship, routs Colgate 7-3

i Mci l hockey writers'
pick fo \hhign~sthiree stars of
Ihe ke reaker.
Canun alkeri's for points over the
wkend led the Woverines and his
go a with four minutes remaining
agmst Noth Iatkota scaled the tie.
Two goals 1y Langfcl i the game
agami1st Cohgate were all that
Michigan would scorC. They were
to tic the game.
HIilhert notched assists on three of
Michigan s g a aganmst North

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Writer

For two periods, the matchup
between No. 9 New Hampshire and
No. 16 Colgate for the Ice Breaker
Cup Championship was everything
that the tournament's three previous

quite possibly the most impressive
team in the field.
After its defense broke down all of
No. 2 Michigan's opportunities in the
third period on Friday night - allow-
ing only six shots to reach goaltender
Jason Lefevre - the Red Raiders were
up 2-0 on New Hampshire at the mid-
way point of the game.
Then, the defense itself

games had built up.
In the third, all hell
broke loose.
After falling behind 2-0
New Hampshire finally
got on the board 10:22
into the second period.
The Wildcats never


looked back, scoring six
more unanswered goals
after the first, with a token C
goal in the last minute by W
Colgate ending the tour
nament with a 7-3 New ...
Hampshire victory. 9
"To win a tournament
like this is a huge confi-
dence booster," New Hampshire
sophomore forward Larry Gare said.
"There's four great teams here. If you
look at what these teams did last year,
all four teams were in the top 10 all
Through the first 30 minutes of the
championship game, Colgate had been


broke down.
From that point on, it
was all Wildcats. New
Hampshire barraged
Lefevre with 20 shots in the
second period, only two of
which made it between the
But the Wildcats' luck
changed in the third.
The team's first three
shots of the period found
their way between the
posts, pushing the score to
5-2 only 4:12 into the third.

Vaughan said. "We gave up a lot- of
odd-man rushes and when we got
down 3-2, we started pressing for
whatever reason. I didn't think that
was a real good response to that bad
goal. But it certainly wasn't Jason's
Instead, the reason for the turn-
around can be attributed to the meticu-
lous conditioning training that coach
Dick Umile had his New Hampshire
squad performing since the beginning
of the Wildcats' practice season.
With this year's campaign for the
Hockey East team starting a full two
weeks before last year's, Umile knew
that the lack of time had to be made up
for in extra work.
"We did a lot of conditioning this
year," Gare, who along with junior
Darren Haydar scored two goals in the
championship game said. "Our coach
did a good job making sure we were in
Meanwhile, the Wildcats' continu-
ous speed and agility resulted in a
worn-out Colgate team taking nine
penalties in the final two periods:
"I think the amount of penalties we
took hurt us because after that when
you're down all the time, you get
tired," Lefevre 'said. "I thought the
boys got a little fatigued.



F. Y,

After falling behind 2-0, No. 9 New Hampshire scored seven unanswered goals to
beat No. 16 Colgate in the championship game of the Ice Breaker Tournament.

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N.2 002tied Colgate 2-2.
No. 3 Wisconsin (2-0) def. UMass-
Amherst 9-6, 3-0
No, 4 Boston Colege (000) did not play.
No. SMkhi'ii e (0-0) did not play.
No. St Larene (-,- 0) did not play.
No. 7 Bostn University (00-) did not play.
No, 8 Maine (00 ) did not play.
No. 9 New Hampshire (141) tied North
Daikota 2 2. oef. Colgate 7-3.
No, 10 Connell (0-00 did not olav.

At that point, Colgate coach Don
Vaughan replaced Lefevre with his
backup, freshman Dave Cann who
stopped 12 of 14 shots, but the damage

"It's tough when you're always
killing penalties. You can't get on the
But as all four teams can attest to,
the hockey season is a long one, and
every team still has a lot of work to do.
"It's a little disappointing that we
gave up seven goals," Vaughan said.
"That's the only downside to the week-
end. But all of the teams here this
weekend are better teams tonight than
they were when they got here.
"We're going to continue to work on
our defense. It's something we pride

ourselves on, but I saw some break-
downs tonight.:
And while the Wildcats were elal
with the championship, they too k
that it was only the first step.
"We're not going to be on top of the
world," Haydar said. "We know it was
just a weekend. It was the first games
of the season. Not everyone has their
lines set - we don't even have our
lines set.
"So we'll go back, play with things
more and try and get everybody into
the mold."

was done.
Vaughan was
"It certainly

quick to defend his
wasn't his fault,"


out nks at
Ice Breaker
By Arun Gopal
Daily Sports Writer

Fighting Sioux
begin defense of
NCAA title


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The new season got underway this
weekend for the Michigan hockey team
with the Ice Breaker tournament, with
mixed results.
The Wolverines ended up with no wins
or losses, but a pair of ties. In the opening
round on Friday night, Michigan and
Colgate remained deadlocked at two after
60 minutes of regulation and a five-
minute sudden-death overtime. Although
Colgate advanced to the championship
game by winning a penalty shootout 2-0,
the game went down as a draw on both
teams' official records.
Then, Saturday night, the Wolverines
squared off with North Dakota in a
matchup of the nation's top two teams (as
far as preseason polls are concerned).
Once again, the game went into sudden
death overtime, and once again, nobody
could win the game outright.
The tense, penalty-filled contest ended
in a 5-5 tie, as the teams elected not to
have a penalty shootout to decide third
When all was said and done, Michigan
coach Red Berenson looked back on the
weekend and came to one conclusion --
his team has a long way to go before it
reaches its peak level of performance.
"We're about where we thought we
were," Berenson said. "We think we're as
good as these teams right now, but it's
where we're going to go that's important.
We should become a better team as the
arno" "WICnt,"

As a dejected Jeff Jillson skates away following a Colgate goal, Michigan goalie Josh
Blackburn watches Jilison's stick sail through the air.

By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer
North Dakota coach Dean Blais walked into the make-shift press
room at Yost Arena - minutes after his team's penalty-riddled, 5-5
tie with Michigan - with his standard, gap-toothed grin.
"Well," he said without prompting, "that was a good opportunity
to kill penalties and work on our power play"
A surprisingly laid-back approach for a man who saw his team
ranked No. I in the nation, come away from the weekend with twd
ties instead of the Ice Breaker championship trophy as many had
But the defending national champion Fighting Sioux never
viewed the tournament as a defense to their title, but rather as a start-
ing point on a long journey back to their peak form of last April.
Much like the NHL the start of the collegiate season is a time for
evaluation, more than anything else.
"We don't have the balance that we did last year up front,' Blais
said. "Defensively, we are as good as we were last year and we'll get
better - but we don't have the firepower that we did."
A five-goal outburst against Michigan, notwithstanding. North
Dakota's forwards were handled effectively throughout even
strength play by Michigan's big, physical defensemen, but worked
with stunning accuracy on the power play, notching all five of their
goals with the man advantage.
The most obvious refute to Blais' claim came at the tail end of the
first period with Jay Vancik, off for cross-checking, and Andy
Burnes, in the box for interference. North Dakota, with precision
passing and good puck control, made the brave but helpless penal-
ty-killing trio of Mike Cammalleri, Jed Ortmeyer and Dave
Huntzicker flail for the puck like a cat chasing its tail.
Burnes got back on the ice, but forward Jeff Panzer finally burieA
the puck over the left shoulder of a sprawling Josh Blackburn for a
2-2 tie with 2.8 seconds remaining in the period.
The fact that Blackburn won the team's MVP award after giving
up five goals says something.
Though Blackburn's performance kept Michigan's victory hopes
alive, North Dakota's junior goaltender Andy Kollar saved his team
from defeat.
At the 17:18 mark of the third period, Mike Roemensky took a
feed at the top of the left faceoff circle and ripped a shot towards
Kollar's glove side. Kollar snapped up the bullet. Then, with 41 sec-
onds left in overtime and Jeff Jillson in the crease, Kollar stopped
repeated stuffs by Michigan's star defenseman.
Kollar was starting in place of Karl Goehring, North Dakota's
number one goaltender. When asked why he started Kollar against
Michigan, Blais said he was merely looking to use both goalies in
the early going.
That's not a decision some coaches would make, facing a No. I
versus No. 2 matchup no less, but it's all part of Blais' long-term phi-
"That really doesn't mean a whole lot, and we don't really look at
it," Blais said about the rankings.
Fully aware of the work ahead, the Fighting Sioux came away sat-
isfied - if only for the experience the tournament gave them. *
"I thought we had a good weekend - we played two of the top
teams in the nation," forward Ryan Bayda said. "We're happy with
two ties, we're still undefeated."

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year goes on.
When the squads are as evenly
matched as they were in this tournament,
special teams are hugely important.
Michigan learned that lesson the hard
way this weekend - the Wolverines' 1-
for-12 showing on the power play
allowed Colgate to stay in the game on
Friday and all five of North Dakota's
goals on Saturday came on the power
"Last night we were worried about our
power play and tonight we're still worried
about our power play, but now we're wor-
ried about our penalty killing," Berenson
said after the North Dakota game.
Despite the early-season struggles,
Michigan did get some solid individual


Mike Cammalleri (4 assists) and Andy
Hilbert (3 assists) demonstrated play-
making ability in the two games, and
senior forward Josh Langfeld scored both
of Michigan's goals against Colgate -
perhaps signalling a return to form for
Langfeld after a subpar junior year.
"It's good to get off to a good start, and
hopefully I can progress from here,"
Langfeld said. "It's good for my confi-
dence, so it should help in the future, I
This weekend was a learning experi-
ence for the Wolverines. They head to
Alaska for the Johnson Nissan Classic
next weekend before beginning CCHA
play at Bowling Green in two weeks time.
Cammalleri said the lessons gained from
the Ice Breaker - particularly on the
penalty kill - will prepare Michigan for
upcoming challenges.
"There was a lot of special teams play,"
Cammalleri said. "Killing penalties takes
a lot out of you, and I think it shows the
character that our team has, that we got
out there and were blocking a lot of shots.

The Michigan hockey team's special
teams were, at times, lessthan-stet-
lar during the Ice Breaker this week-
end. Some of this can be attributed
to this being the opening weekend of
the season, but Michigan still has
reason to be concerned.
Here are some of the not-so-special
details of the Wolverines' weekend:
Friday vs. Collate
* Michigan power play: 1-for-12, 15
Colgate power play: one goal
Saturday vs. North Dakota
9 Michigan power play: 3-9, 21
K North Dakota power play: five
goals scored
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the last game's performance on the power
play - only, 1-12 with an extra attacker
against Colgate.
Michigan capitalized on three of nine
power plays on Saturday night, but it could
have been more.
With the first 20 minutes being dominated
by the Maize and Rle, the second neriod

The Wolverines dug themselves a hole
once again by taking early penalties in the
third period to give North Dakota another
two-man advantage.
But the crowd rallied behind the
Wolverines as they hustled and threw them-
selves in front of North Dakota's snipers -
blocking 26 of the Fighting Sioux's attempt-
ed shots in the game.
After falling behind 5-3 on defenseman_
Chad Mazurak's second consecutive power

and it wasn't fair after each team battled so
hard," Roche said.
Unlike their previous overtime game
against Colgate (0-1-1) in the NCAAs last
year, in which the Wolverines ended the Red
Raiders' season - Colgate got some
revenge in advancing to the championship
game by prevailing, 2-0, in the shootout.
It didn't go without controversy, though,
as many Michigan players believed that Red
Raider goalie Jason Lefevre intentionally

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