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Sports desk: 647-3336



Icers reverse fortune, .1
shutout Lakers twice

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By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer
Talk about a 180.
In what was possibly its most impressive
weekend showing at Yost Arena this season,
* Michigan hockey team followed a 2-0 Fri-
day night shutout against Lake Superior with
an even more impressive 5-0 drubbing of the
Lakers yesterday afternoon.
A far cry from last weekend's Great Lakes
Invitational, in which the Wolverines surren-
dered 15 goals in two games, the perfor-
mance against Lake Superior wasn't merely a
recovery - it was a revival.
"We hear it in other sports, and it means
*nething in hockey - commitment to

defense," coach Red Berenson said after the
second game. "We certainly learned some-
thing last week when it wasn't there and we
learned something this week when it was, it's
as simple as that."
In fact, the defensive commitment of each
Michigan player, from forward to defense-
man, produced the Wolverines' first back-to-
back shutouts since the 1963-64 season.
Yesterday, the Wolverines got a much-
anticipated boost from the return of forwards
Andy Hilbert and Mike Cammalleri and
defenseman Mike Komisarek. Each had
stepped off a plane the day before after mak-
ing the journey home from their participation
in the World Junior Championships in
See LAKERS, Page 4B

Lake Superior goaftender Jayme Patt watches as the puck skims off his shoulder Friday.

There's an empty space above the 1999 NCAA Championship banner where a
2000 one should hang. The Wolverines failed to repeat by .125 of point.
This week, No. 1 Michigan begins the task of ...




Henson will return
for senior season
By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Editor
Students, fans and especially the Michigan coaches can
breathe a sigh of relief.
Drew Henson will remain a Wolverine.
The junior quarterback issued a statement on Friday declar-
ing he would not enter the NFL Draft and would return to
Michigan for his senior season.
"I feel another year in college will get me closer to my
degree and help further my development as a quarterback"
Henson said in a Michigan Athletic Department press release.
Not usually a fan of talking to the media, Henson apparent-
ly did not want a press conference, and was not available for
further comment.
The possibilities surrounding Henson were numerous from
pro baseball to pro football.
The Cincinnati Reds, who hold his baseball rights will still
have to wait a little longer, although Henson will likely play in
the minors again this year.
The other choice, the NFL, could have brought the super-
star a lucrative contract as the top quarterback taken in the
But with a $2 million dollar signing bonus already in the
bank from baseball, and another year before he will likely
have to choose which sport to play, Henson thought his best
choice was to return to Ann Arbor for a final season.
The decision will likely save the Michigan offense from
disappearing into the doldrums. Coach Lloyd Carr won't have
to quickly throw an inexperienced starter like John Navarre or
Jermaine Gonzales into the quarterback position, and now has
another year to recruit a replacement.
Henson had several reasons to stay besides earning a
degree. Arguably the most hyped Michigan prospect, he still
See HENSON, Page 3B
By stayizg at Michian,
Henson true to wor

Toman's health

'No. 1 gymnasts

Last year, Kurt Golder took the most talented gymnas-
tics team in the country to Iowa City, only to fall short of
a national championship. The 2000 Wolverines dominat-
ed all season, yet they could not deliver in the meet that
counted the most.
"We were too businesslike last year," Golder said. "We
took the fun thing out of it."
Some felt they did not have the same chemistry as their
1999 championship season.
"Basically, we just didn't seem as close together...to
tell you the truth, we weren't," junior Scott Vetere said.
"Now we are definitely a closer team...we just seem to
be more of a family."
Despite the disappointment of last year, this year's veter-
an roster is back to No. I in the GymInfo preseason poll
* and hungrily eying the 2001 championship.
With stars like Vetere, Daniel Diaz-Luong, Kevin
Roulston and Brad Kenna ready to dominate this season,
the Wolverines will boast a lineup equipped with a lethal
combination of championship experience and All-Ameri-
ca talent.
Unfortunately, a preseason rash of preseason injuries
will keep Golder from fielding his most competitive line-

fter the 1993 Michigan football season, running back
Tyrone Wheatley passed up a possible multimillion-
ollar NFL contract to stay for his senior year.
He had a desire to atone for the four-loss season and
eighth-place finish in the Heisman
race he experienced as a junior. He
had a desire to get a degree in educa-
So the All-America running back
returned for his fourth year.
But a seemingly noble decision
turned sour for the star. A preseason
injury caused Wheatley to miss the
first three games of the season and N1
dropped him out of Heisman con-
tention. The team finished 8-4 once OFFEN
again, and a trip to the Holiday Bowl Off the
wasn't exactly the last hurrah Wheat- Record
ley sought.
But the current Raiders star took
many positives from his decision.
"Living life as a college student is being a grown-up with-
out needing to be a grown-up," Wheatley said in a 1997 inter-
view with The Michigan Daily. "You can do stupid college
things and not be accountable for them. It was very fun -
days that I definitely loved and miss."
Flash forward to now.
Two prominent figures on the Michigan football team face
the same decision.
One decision has been made, one lies ahead.

recuperates, Golder must deal with a thinner roster.
"This year we'll be dealing with a lack of depth ... last
year we were able to rest people without it hurting the
team," Golder said.
Tri-captain and All-American Justin Toman is rehabili-
tating from preseason knee surgery. In addition to being
ruled out of the floor exercise and vault events all year,
there is a strong possibility that he will redshirt this sea-

for the coaching staff. On one hand, the crucial additional
points that Toman would provide could give the Wolver-
ines the boost they need to win the championship. Con-
versely, having a fully healthy Toman for the 2002 season
could be better in the long run.
In addition to Toman, Vetere, Brad Kenna, Diaz-Luong
and Jamie Hertza are recovering from injuries as well.
While they have missed practice time, they should be
able to contribute all season.



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