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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 6, 2000 - 3B

Sophomore
Miller shuts
down 'M' lcers
By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports "'titer
Ryan Miller does not look like the hottest goal-
tender in the CCI IA.
The 6-foot-2, 1 60-pound, fresh-faced sophomore
could pass for the gangly kid on the high school bas-
ketball team - everybody likes him, he brings such
vigor to towel-waving.
The fact that Miller is a terminator between the
,pipes, his trapper the place where goals go to die.
seems far-fetched until the No. I team in the nation
goes 60 minutes on its home ice without so much as a
Csingle twirl of the red lamp.
Hardly was Miller out of position in the Spartans' I -
0 win Saturday night, and no Hasek-esque theatrics
'were needed - simply put, Miller was always where
Ihe needed to be without having to stand on his head.
"Miller is so good because he cuts down the angle
and doesn't give up the rebound," Michigan State
coach Ron Mason said.
The tone was set two-and-a-half minutes into the
game, when Andy Hilbert scooped up the puck in the
neutral zone, split the Michigan State defense, and
snapped a shot at Miller, who had come out to cut
,down the angle and make a snap glove save.
Different angles, same result. Josh Langfeld took a
feed from Hilbert between the hash marks at the 11:29
mark and rifled a shot -- snapped-up. Mark Mink took
the shot from the right hash mark on a pass from the
near-side John Shounevia with 10 seconds left in the
second - off Miller's chest and cradled-up. Mike
Cammalleri wheeled around from the right side of the
net to the slot and let the shot go with traffic on both
sides -- Miller snapped his left pad out and gobbled
up the rebound.
Finally, after Miller had, you guessed it, snapped-up

DAVID
DEN HERDER.

JEFF HURVITZ /Daly
Ryan Miller stops a Michigan shot Saturday night. The Michigan State sophomore goaltender stonewalled all
31 shots he faced, single-handedly defeating the Wolverines 1-0.

another Mink shot with 5:40 left in the third period, a
frustrated Jeff Jillson nearly snapped his stick on the
boards in front of the Michigan bench - a ruler-on-
the-desk reverberation so violent, people in the press
box jumped.
"He's a good goalie, he had one of those nights
where the puck just doesn't go in," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "le had the type of game that
team needed. We get 33 shots and some pretty good
scoring chances, but it was a good display of goal-
keeping" by Miller.
The Wolverines recorded 31 shots on goal official-
ly, but on a number of good chances they missed the
net.
Afterward, Miller seemed overwhelmed and a bit
giddy by the attention of a half-dozen reporters who
crowded around him in the lockerroom -- interviews
have yet to lose their polish for Miller, 5-1-1 with a
1.56 GAA as Michigan State's official starting goal-

tender this season. Last year, Miller split time with Joe
Blackburn, an All-American two seasons ago who
now collects dust like glass menagerie on the Spartan
bench.
"Obviously, it was a tight game," Miller said. "Hard-
fought and getting the victory is unreal. Our defense
cleared guys out and I saw most shots from the point,
which I think Michigan was trying to do.
"Hopefully, they take me pretty seriously in the
CCHA and hopefully" a 1-0 win "gives me a little
credibility."
Michigan State will need that credibility, because
other than a perfect one-timer by Rustyn Dolyny, the
Spartans did not generate any great goal-scoring
chances for the rest of the game. Part of that was strat-
egy, Mason said - the Spartans cannot afford to get
into goal-scoring contests with the likes of Michigan.
"It's nice to see your goalie play well under that kind
of pressure," Mason said.

The legitimate Fall
Classic on wheat
S'~o you thought you'd heard the defeated the overmatched Subway
last of the Subway Series. Club to move onto the final four.
"Fine," you said. "Yanks in five, It was the semifinal matches that
now let's all go on with our lives." brought the intensity to South
Sure, it may have been a short Campus.
Series - and yes, it got the lowest Turkey Breast vs. Cold Cut Trio
television ratings in recent history. Combo was family affair - every-
But whether you hail from Queens, body knows that turkey makes an
the Bronx or that sixth borough appearance in both sandwiches.
called Ann Arbor, you deserve a little But despite the drama brother-
closure on the Fall Classic. brother and sister-sister matchups
Fortunately, Daily Sports is here recently in the Michigan ranks, few
for you. Wolverines offered support for either
This is the final installment of the cold hoagie. By executive decision,
real Subway Series, and the people the nod went to Cold Cut - on
running this show know the differ- account of Michigan's trio of losses
ence between a baseball and a meat- thus far on the gridiron.
ball (don't worry, we throw both). Although it garnered modest sup-
The champion was determined by port from former Michigan middle
the popular opinion of Michigan ath- linebacker Dhani Jones, Grilled
letes (and other popular sports fig- Chicken (with all the fixin's) could
ures), as determined by the Daily not hold a candle to Meatball, setting
beat writers. up a Meat-Trio final that was hardly
It was about as scientific as the a contest.
logic behind the new bread-slicing I had to set aside my experience at
style at Subway, which has left me the Union Subway - where, while
with a marinara stain and in need of watching the "artist" make a
Clorox bleach. Nevertheless, I can Meatball sub for himself, I listened
say confidently that a winner was to him say they were "out of meat-
fairly determi ned. balls."
We last left the Subway Series in You could cite the fact that the
the semifinal round. Meatball and Meatball is Subway's most popular
Turkey Breast had easily advanced, sub. You could cite the tendency for
but the cinderella-story Grilled Michigan athletes to prefer hot subs
Chicken sub had raised plenty of to cold. But we'll cite Michigan vol-
eyebrows, upsetting Subway Melt in leyball coach Mark Rosen's inspira-
the first round. tional words.
There was large protest, particular- "It's the only one I can stand," he
ly from the Michigan football team's said.
defensive line, that Steak and Cheese Meatball in a landslide - on
did not make the tournament field - wheat bread, not Italian. Sorry
particularly since many Wolverines Piazza.
contend that it "just tastes good" - David Den Herder is nofan of
But appeals fell on deaf ears. Cold Sub way s new open-face bread-s/ic-
Cut Combo Trio - formerly known ing style. But he '/ take Your stamps.
only as Cold Cut Combo - easily Email him at cden anich.ed/u.
F

'The captain' returns
in rivalry showdown

.

JEFF HRVITZ, Da.y
Geoff Koch fights for the puck in Saturday night's game against the Spartans. The
captain was a late addition to the lineup after missing five games with an ankle injury.

By Jon Schwartz
Daly Sports writer
About 50 minutes before the start of
Saturday night's game, a buzz began
circulating in the Yost Ice Arena press
box.
Seemingly out of nowhere, new
Michigan line
charts were being HOCKEY
distributed, print- Notebook
ed on an off-
white paper as
opposed to the usual maize sheets.
The color wxas not the only thing dIif-
ferent about the new charts. On the new
copy, next to John Shouneyia and Mark
Mink on the third line, there was a sur-
prisig namie ---- Geoff Koch.
The captain was back.
Koch missed three and a half weeks
and five games with an ankle injury.
Michigan coach Red Berenson did not
expect him to dress for the showdown
with Michigan State. But after getting
his cast off Thursday and practicing on
Friday and Saturday, Koch convinced
the coaches that he could play.
"lie was not going to play in this
game," Berenson said. "This morning
he came to me and said, 'I feel really
good and I think I can help the team.'
So he skated with the team this morn-
ing and he still felt good."
Despite the 1-0 loss to .Michigan
State, Koch felt good about getting
back onto the ice.
"Once you're playing in the game
you forget about that pain," Koch said.
"The adrenaline definitely takes over. I
didn't really feel it too much out there."
The ankle is "really sore now," he
added. "I think it's just going to be a
nagging injury that I just have to play
with. I definitely have no regrets about
doing it. It's such a big game and I
wanted to be up there to help the team
and be a cheerleader on the bench."
Ai. MAIZE DOUT: Saturday night
was the second annual Maize Out. To
commemorate the occasion, the

Wolverines wore their maize sweaters
for the first time this year and fans were
encouraged to wear maize-colored
shirts to the game.
For some Michigan players, the
opportunity to wear different jerseys
added a lot to the game.
"The Maize Out was unbelievable,"
sophomore Andy Hilbert said. "The
fans were unbelieveable tonight. To put
on that jersey is sonething special --
you don't really do it that much.
When Michigan goalie Josh
Blackburn was pulled tow\ard the end of
the game for an extra attacker. he w as
shocked at how loud the crowkd was
something that is hard for him to appre-
ciate when he is between the pipes.
"The crowd was awesome tonight,"
Blackburn said. "They're always good
but they were exceptionally good
tonight. At the end of the third whenI
was on the bench, the boards were rat-
ting. That was kind of neat."
THE CURSE of No. 1: For the fourth
straight week, there may be a new team
on top of the college hockey polls. With
No. 1 Michigan's loss to Michigan
State, the Wolverines will probably
move down to No. 3 or No. 4.
No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 3 New
Hampshire both lost two games this
weekend.
No. 4 Boston College will most like-
ly move up to No. I after winning two
games against UMass-Lowell.
Also, No. 5 Minnesota, after beatiig
the Badgers, should take over the No. 2
spot.
That would leave the sixth-ranked
Spatans to take over either the No. 3
or No. 4 ranking. Michigan would
probably take the other spot.
Should Boston College take over the
top spot, they will already be the fourth
No. I team in the young season, fol-
lowing Michigan, Wisconsin and North
Dakota.
North Dakota has been the only team
to hold onto the No. I ranking for more
than one weekend.

HOT SUBS

COLD SUBS

Meatball sub Turkey breast
Meatball sub Turkey breast
Tuna melt Tuna
Meatball sub vs. Cold cut trio
Subway melt Sub Club
Grilled chicken Cold cut trio
Grilled chicken Cold cut trio
All contests were on "Italian" bread.
Except the final.

DAILY SPORTS'

SUBWAY SERIES

Michigan State 1, Michigan 0
Michigan State 1 0 0 -1
Michigan 0 0 0 -o
First period - 1. MSU. Dolyny 4 {Lce. ^t,
17:00 1pp;. Penalties - UM, Shouney.8 _hooki g
3:24: MSU. Jackson Chlt after whsty:, 4:21: UM,
Swistak chit after whistle., 4:21: MS. Bgi ;high-
sticking). 6:44: MSU, Whit' . :obstruction-holirgo,
13:59; UM, Burnes (ohstructionhooking 15:56;
MSU, Hutchinson (high sticking), 18:48: UM, Jillson
(holding).19:40.
Second period - No scoring. Penalties - UM,
Hilbert (slashing), 1:08: MSU, Nail (hit after whis-
tie). 5:14; UM, Burnes (hit after whistle). 5:14; UM,
Matzka (roughing. 6:46; MSU, Hutchinson uinterfer-
ence), 10:56; UM, Hilbert ihookingI, 14:32.
Third period - No scoring. Penalties - MSU, Nail
(slashing), 7:16; UM, Shouneyia (slashing). 7:16.
Shots on goat - UM, 1214 5 - 31; MSU, 4 7-2 -
13.
Power Plays - M. 0 of 4 MSU, 1 of 6
Saves - UM. Blackburn 37-2- 12; MSU. Mier
12-14-5-- 31
Referee - Steve Piotro sk
linesmen - Butch Friedman, Kevn Langseth.
At: Yost Ice Arena. Attendance: 6.521

No. 1 Michigan (61-2) lost to Michigan
State, 1-0.
No. 2 Wisconsin (7-3-0) lost to
Minnesota, 4-0; lost to Minnesota 5-2.
No. 3 New Hampshire (5-2.1) lost to
Yale, 4-3; los to UMass-Amherst, 3-0.
No. 4 Boston College (7-1-0) def.
Northeastern, 6-3; def. UMass-Lowell, 6-
1.
No. 5 Minnesota (6-0-1) def. Wisconsin,
40; deW. Wisconsin, 5-2.
No. 6 Michigan State (5-1-1) def.
Michigan, 1-0.
No. 7 North Dakota (5.2-3) def. Denver,
5-2; def. Denver, 7-4.
No. 8 Colorado College (6-0-0) def.
Minnesota-Deluth, 5-1; def. Minnesota-
Deluth, 4.1.
No. 9 Maine (2-3-2) lost to Providence,
5-3; tied Providence, 1-1.
No. 10 Boston University (2-2-1) lost to
Merrimack, 5-4; def. Merrimack, 3-0.
Watergate and
Party Philosophies
Every time Clinton or Gore
are caught lying on break-
ing the law their supporters
shout the battle cries
'Everyone does it!" or
"Watergate!"
First, not everyone does
it. Next, there was a
difference between Nixon's
perjury and Clinton's per-
jury. The Republicans in
Congress said of Nixon,

CCHA OVERALL

Team
Michigan
Michigan State
Northern Michigan
Western Michigan
Nebraska-Omaha
Lake Superior
Ohio State
Alaska-Fairbanks
Bowling Green
Notre Dame
Ferris State
Miami

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4
4
3
3
3
2
2
1
1
0
0

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1
1
1
0
3
2
2
3
3
2
3
3

T
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
2
1a
a

Pts
8
8
8
7
6
4
4
4
4
3
t

GP
5
5
6
4
6
4
4
6
6
4
4
4

GF GA
19 9
14 6
19 16
27 14
22 21
14 20
13 13
17 23
14 19
9 11
11 19
7 15

w
6
5
5
6
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5
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2

This weekend
Thursday
Northern Michigan at
Michigan State. 7:05
p.m.
Friday
Ohio State at Lake
Superior, 7:05 p.m.
Northern Michigan at
Michigan State, 7;05
p.m.
Ferris State at
Michigan, 7:35 p.m:
Saturday{
Michigan at Ferris,
State, 7:05 p.m.
Ohio State at Lake
Superior, 7:05 p.m: ;

Friday's Results
Notre Dame 5. M ! 2
ONo STATE 3. Alaska-Fairbanks 1
LAKE SUPERIoR 4. Nebraska-Omaha 3
NORiHERN MICHIGAN 2. Bowling Green 1

Saturday's Results
Michigan State 1, MICHIGAN O
LE SUPERIOi 5,.NebraskaOmaha 2
Notre Dame 1, MIAMI 1 (OT)
NORTHERN MICHcIAN 4, Bowling Green 4
AlOT)
Alaska-Fairbanks 4, OHIO STATE 3

I 4 J

I - 1

*SPARTANS
Continued from Page 11B
mounting a meager three shots on
Blackburn.
But it was all they needed.
With just three minutes remaining in
the first peiod and Michigan freshman
defenseman Andy Burnes in the box for
hooking, Michigan State captain Rustyn
Dolyny capitalized on his only shot of
the game - a perfectly placed one-
timer from the left of the point that
grazed the crossbar and soared right
over Blackburn s outstretched glove.
Blackburn injured that same left
shoulder this past weekend against
Miami. But he said he felt the placement
of the shot deserved full credit for the

n.tionaly known author of .
BROKEN PLEDGES and
WRONGS OF PASSAGE
HANK NUWER

[ When Rites Became

Wrongs )

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