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4B -- fhe Michigan Dly - portsMonday -- March 5, 2001

Shouts from the point
"We've had our shot at second place, and
we'll either get knocked down to third or
we'll back into second. Whatever we get is
what we deserve."
Michigan coach Red Berenson after Thursday's loss to
Michigan State. Michigan finished in third place.

FEB. 24



Michigan I
Michigan State 3

Key play
Thursday, 14:50 of second
A Mike Komisarek turnover puts the puck on
Damon Whitten s stick. Whiten takes the puck
up ice and fires a shot that Michigan goalie
Josh Blackburn saves. The Spartans Trov
Feiguson pounces on the rebound and scores.

r Lake Superior



The Michigan Daily hockey writers'
picks for Michigan's three stars of the
After scoring just two goals in his first
two seasons, Murray notched his ninth
goal of the season against Lake
The oft-overlooked senior had a career-
best three points against the Lakers.
Trainor was subsequently moved up to
the first line against Michigan State.
Kautz scored the always-important first
goal against Lake Superior and gave
the Wolverines a physical presence.
This week:
Friday thru Sunday vs. Ferris State,
CCHA playoffs 1st round
Frdday:at Yost Ice Arena, 7:35 pm.
Saturday: at Yost Ice Arena, 7:05p.m.
Sunday- at Yost ice Arena, 7:05 p.m.
No. 3 seed Michigan takes on No. 8
Ferris State in the first round of the
CCHA tournament, The two teams
spilt a home-and-home series on
Nov. 10-11.
No. 1 Michigan State (2744) def.
Michigan, 3-1.
No. 2 North Dakota (22-5-9) def.
Bemidji State, 5-1; def. Bemidji State,
No. 3 Boston College (24-8-2) def.
Northeastern, 6-3; def. Boston
University. 5-1.
No. 4 Minnesota (25-8-2) lost to St.
Cloud, 6-1; lost to St. Cloud, 5-2.
No. 5 St. Cloud (258-1) def. Minnesota, 6-
1; def. Minnesota, 5-2.
No. 6 Michigan (22-11-5) lost to
Michigan State, 3-1.
No. 7 New Hampshire (19-9-6) lost to
Mass-Amherst, 2-1 (OT); de. Mass-
Amherst, 3-0.
No. 8 Providence (1943-5) lost to Maine, 4-2;
last to Maine, 5.2.
No. 9 Colorado Coll. (21.104i) lost to MSU-
Mankato, 3-2; def. MSU-Mankato. 7-C.
No. 10 Clarkston (18-9-3) def. Vermont,
4-1; del. Dartmouth, 4-2.
Michigan 5, LAKE SUPERIOR 2

M'running out of silver linings

coach Red Berenson walked
through the doors of his alma
mater in 1984 to restore the storied
Michigan hockey program back to
where he thought it
should be -
expecting to win
every time his
team hit the ice,
with no exceptions.
But nowadays,
instead of expect- }
ing victory, it's
more popular to JOE
rationalize losing SMITH
.in favor of an
upcoming silver The one
and only
lining - a sup-
posed "light at the
end of the tunnel."
Typical reactions from players
after losses consists of "we didn't
get the bounces" or "we didn't come
ready to play." A more common
refrain is "we just have to come
together next week" - repeatedly,
Michigan has benefitted from losses
by other CCHA frontrunners.
In most cases, old aspirations were
forgotten and downplayed in favor of
new ones.
But when Berenson said this past
Thursday night that he couldn't
"guarantee that Michigan is going
anywhere" in terms of the NCAA
tournament, it's clear that the
Wolverines are running out of silver
linings - and goals to pursue.
The Wolverines are the defending

conference champions, and one of
their main goals for the season
revolved around adding another ban-
ner to the rafters of Yost
Even though Michigan State didn't
lose for over two months in the mid-
dle of the season, the title was still
within reach as late as Jan. -27 when
Michigan beat the Spartans to move
within three points of the top spot.
Despite going 2-3-1 in the follow-
ing six games and slowly losing
ground in the conference race, the
Wolverines were comforted by two
things - they had another shot at
the Spartans on March 1 and a first-
round bye in the NCAA tournament
was still a good possibility.
Teetering from fourth through
sixth place in the Pairwise Rankings
- a system that mirrors the NCAA
tournament's selection process -
the Wolverines have controlled their
own destiny in regards to receiving
an all-important bye in the NCAAs.
A bye would put the Wolverines in a
position to only have to win one
game in order to reach the Frozen
But Michigan's inability to sweep
a weekend series since Jan. 7 against
Lake Superior State has cost the
Wolverines a chance at a first-round
bye. This forced Michigan to revise
its goals - it now aimed for second
place in the CCH A.
Once again, the Wolverines were
masters of their own fate in the bat-

tle for second place. All Michigan
had to do was take care of business
in its last few games - including a
pair against last-place Lake Superior.
But as captain Geoff Koch has said,
committing too many penalties and
losing the special-teams battle have
cost the Wolverines as of late and
put them in their current state as tied
for second with Miami.
"We'd like to be second, but, what-
ever - it's out of our hands," said
senior Mark Kosick. "If we're in
third, we're in third, we're just play-
ing someone else at our own rink."
But it wasn't out of their hands -
Michigan gave it away.
The same RedHawks that
Michigan beat convincingly in two
games this year have gone 9-3-0
down the critical stretch to catch the
reeling Wolverines. Michigan has
went 5-5-2 in that same period.
Although three of those games were
against No. 1 Michigan State,
they've won only one game in their
last six on their way to their worst
conference finish in over a decade.
At the same time, the highly-
skilled Wolverines once again had to
watch a polished, disciplined
Michigan State team capture the
conference title for the third time in
four years.
"It's nice to win league champi-
onships, but when its all said and
done the only one thing-that matters
is the playoff championships,"
senior assistant captain Dave
Huntzicker said after the Spartans
received the coveted trophy after
beating the Wolverines on Thursday.

Jay Vancik and his teammates have managed to find a silver lining in every dark
cloud this season, but they are running out of time to live up to their potential.

"Those are the ones that people
Another loss, another silver lining.
But goals are vanishing in the
blink of an eye and in a few short
weeks, the only things that Michigan
fans may remember are the fading

"lights at the end of the tunnel."
And "lights out" for the
Wolverines in the NCAA
Joe Smith can be reached at

Eyes on the prize

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First Round - Mar.
10-12 (campus sites)
(1) Michigan State
(10) Alaska-Fairbanks
(2) Mami
(9) Bowling Green
(3) Michigan
(8) Ferris State
(4) Nebraska-Omaha
(7) Ohio State

Play-in am e " en~fas- 4. ham onship - Sat.,
Mar. 13ca.......................or. 17 (Detroit)
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Continued from Page 1B
Michigan State defenseman Brad Fast broke the stale'
mate at the 10:07 mark of the second period with a point
shot that skittered through traffic and past BlackburnfoR
the powerplay goal and the 1-0 lead. d s
The turning point of the contest came with a little over
five minutes left in the second. The Wolvrines' Mik
Komisarek lost the puck on the near-side to Spartanss
senior Damon Whitten who proceeded to swoop in on
Blackburn's stick side. Blackburn made the initial stop, b
Troy Ferguson pounced on the rebound and top-shelved t
puck into the open net for the 2-0 lead and a firm choke
hold on the Wolverines.
"You can handle 1-0 but when they get to two, that's
tough to come back from in this building," assistant coach
Billy Powers said. "We didn't quit but deep down that's-a
huge mountain to climb."
Taking full advantage of a 5-on-3 due to penalties on Jay.
Vancikand Scott Matzka, senior Brian Maloney slammed
the door on any Michigan comeback hopes with an easy
tap-in off of a Rustyn Dolyny blast for the Spartans' Cse
ond powerplay goal of the night and the 3-0 lead.
Michigan center Mike Cammalleri would penetrate
Michigan State goalie Ryan Miller's armor with a goal at
the 14:31 mark of the third, but as the subdued celebration
of the Michigan team indicated, it was too little, too late.
Against Lake Superior, the Michigan offense enjoyeda
renaissance of sorts, firing five shots past Lakers' goalie
Jayme Platt.
Joe Kautz, Craig Murray and Cammalleri chipped in a
goal each, respectively, while Andy Hilbert put a pair of
tallies into the net.
For the first time all season, senior Bill Trainor leda
scorers in the game, tying Hilbert with three points, o
three assists.

Michigan 1 2 2
Lake Superior 1 1.fl


Frstpeuiod- 1.UM Kautz2(Murray,Trainor),2:47:2.
LSSU. Davis 10 (unassisted), 9:37 (pp) .
Penaltes- UM, Shouneyia (slashing). 4:31; LSSU, vicx
(obstructionhooking), 6:46; UM. Vancik (interference:,
8:56; UM, Hibert (roghing), 10:40: LSSU. Vince (rough
insg)10:40: LSSU, Thompson (slashing), 11:21; UM, Hilbert
(checking from behind), 13:32: LSSU, A. Nightingale
(obstruction4iolding), 15:21.
Second period -3. LSSU, J. Nightingale 13 (unassisted).
3:35:4. UM, Murray 9 (Canmalleri. Blackburm), 8:18 (pp)
5. UM, Hilbert 22 (Roemensky, Trainor, 12:53.
Penalties - UM, Koch (hooking).:38: LSSU, Maguson
(roughing), 3:07; UM, Kautz (roughing). 3:07; LSSU, Micek
(obstructionhoding), 7:02: LSSU, A. Nightingale (roughng)
8:19; UM, Murray (roughing) 8:19: LSSU, A. Nightingale
(high-sticking), (8:19),tUM, Murray (high-sticking), 8:19
LSSU, Nightingale (10minute misconduct), 8:19; UM,
Murray (10minute misconduct), 8:19: UM, Komisaek
(slashing), 19:15; UM. Kautz (roughing after whistle),
1945: LSSU, Vince (roughing after whistle), 19:15.
Third period- 6. UiM, Cammalleri 21 (Trainor, H-ilbert),
3:48:7. UM, Hilbert 23(unassisted), 18:36 (sh).
Penaies- UM, Wyzgowski (crosschecking), 4:52; UM,
Kautz (roughing), 11:10; LSSU, Thompson (roughing)
11:10; UM, Kautz (roughing). 11:10; LSSU, Thempson
(roughing), 11:10: UM, Kautz{(1On-inutenisconduct),
11:10: LSSU, Thompson (l0minute misconuct) 11:1; Urn
Komisarek. (roughing), 11:45.
Shots on goat-LSSU -115-24; UM -11124 - 27.
Power Plays - LSSU lof 7: UM l of 4.
Penalties- LSSU 13(42min); UM 16(48min).
Saves - LSSU. Platt 1010-2 - 22; UM, Packbrn 10-7-5
Referee - Brent Rutherford.
Linesmen - Butch Friedman, Craig Lsko
At Joe Louis Arena Attendance: 7,659
Michigan St. 3, Michigan 1

(5) Northern Michigan r {i .Ot.fUSed yet? l might help. We'l emphasize "might."
(6) Western Mrg Followingthe conct- jon of the five first-round series, the five re-a ing.tea
reseeded, withthe t hest-seeded team still alive receiving the No. iseed fore :
semifinals. The two lest-seeded teams that advanced out of the first roun ptay
each other ina "piay-id:game, with the winner advancing to the semifinals.

)CL7A1I in~i..I


.Blue's second season underwvay

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor

Michigan St.

0 0 1 1
0 2 1 3

Fst period-nno scoring Penlies -MSU,.Hutchinson
(hooking, 9:52; UMHilbert (hooking), 13:10Q MSU,
Whitten (high-sticking), 13:22; UM, Komisarek (high-tick-
SeoWpeod-1. MSUFast4(Ferguson. Whitta,)
10'07 (pp); 2. MSU, Ferguson 4 (Whitten),1450.
Penances- UM, Jilson (crosschecking),5:11; UM, Koch
t{rosschecking), 9:24;UM Matzka(hit after whistle),
Thid period -3. MSU. Maloney 12()olyny, Uiles), 3:35
(pp);4. UM, Cammalleri 22 (Koch.Vancik) 14:36.
Penlies- MSU. Huchinson (hooking), :28,;tUM. Vacik
(trpping), 2:12U;UM, Matzka (holing), 3:03: M, Mtzka
(10minute misconduct), 3:03; UM, Matzka (game miscon-
duc), 3:35, MSU. Markusen (minor) 5:24; UM, Bumes
(slashing), 19:29; MSU, Maloney (slashing). 19:29.
Shots on goal -UM,10-11 11-32:MSU, 10-138-31.
w erPlays - UM, 0-3;MSU, 2-5.
Saves - JM,.Blackburn1011-7 -28;MSU, Miller10-11-
Referee - Steve Piotrowski.
Linesmen - Butch Friedman, Kevin Langseth.
At Munn Ice Arena.Attendance: 7,121.
March 5 standings
from www.uscho.com

EAST LANSING - "It's a new sea-
son starting right now."
So said Geoff Koch, Michigan hockey
team's captain after Thursday night's dis-
appointing 3-1 loss to Michigan State to
close the regular season.
Koch was not alone. Just about every
Wolverine saw it as essential that when
the team's bus pulled into Yost Ice Arena
late Thursday night, and when they woke
up on Friday morning, that they were
ready to put the regular season in the
For Michigan, the past is a vexing
mess of inconsistency, a road through
hills and valleys. Fans saw the team grab
the No. 1 ranking in early November,
only to lose to teams such as Michigan
Tech and Lake Superior, two teams
whose combined point total (43) is six
few than Michigan's alone (49).
The inability to dominate lesser oppo-
nents aggravated coach Red Berenson to
no end.
"Overall, I think we had stretches
where I thought we might never lose
another game," Berenson said. "And
then there are stretches when you think,
'Jeez, we might not win another game.' I

think that's the roller-coaster type of sea-
son that you don't want to have."
So when the Wolverines take to the ice
for practice at 3 p.m. today, their sights
will still be set on the goal that they've
had all season long - the national title.
"I think it's essential that we put what
happened tonight and what happened the
last few weeks behind us," Koch said
after the most recent loss to the Spartans.
"When we won in 1998, it came down to
us coming together as a team and play-
ing as a unit."
Michigan is going to enter the CCHA
playoffs as the third ,seed to face Ferris
State - Miami's win over Ohio State on
Friday night clinched the second posi-
tion for the RedHawks.
Lately, Michigan's national title
hopes, though still alive, have been
altered by a major concern - the
Wolverines are no longer a lock to be
invited to the 12-team NCAA
"We worry about one week at a time
and there's no guarantees that
Michigan's going anywhere," Berenson
said. "We've got to earn our berth in the
tournament. We've lost too many games
this year. We're not a team that can just
expect things to happen. We've got to
earn them."

Michigan's drive for redemption -
and its drive to earn the tournament
berth - officially begins this weekend
with the Ferris State game. But in mat
ways, it's already begun. Technically, the
playoffs started after the CCHA regular
season ended on Saturday night.
"It's a fresh start and playoff hockey's
a whole different kind of hockey and it's
going to be important for us to get
things going as a team," defenseman
Andy Burnes said. "These last few
weekends haven't been going our way.
We still have a chance at our goal this
year and it all starts with our next game.
We've got to come out solid and get ti*
ball rolling."
In order to do that, Michigan's going
to need to return to the form that it
showed in the season's dawn, and Koch'
admittedly will need to increase his role
as a leader on the team.
"It's stepped up if anything," he said.
"You really have to make a concerted
effort to help with the freshmen and
make sure they're comfortable an
bringing them along, but as a team
think we have a lot of xeterans that can
help out in that way.
"This is the best time of the season
coming up and we need to turn things

Much like the rest of the Wolverines, Josh Blackburn has had bouts of Inconsisten-
cy this season. Now, at playoff time, Blackburn will have to step up his play.

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