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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 15, 2001 - 3B

Icers stampede past
Friars in Omaha


By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
OMAHA - Against Michigan State
last week, Michigan not only picked up
one CCHA standing point, it also
picked up needed big-game experience
for a young team.
That added experience for Michigan
paid off Friday night in the opening
game of the Maverick Stampede,
against No. 6 Providence, in the forn of
a 6-3 win.
The Wolverines exhibited their depth
as two players on each of the top three
lines scored a goal.
Michigan wanted to pressure Provi-
dence early and take advantage of a
team that was yet to play a game this
season. The effort paid off as Michigan
never trailed, nor did it let Providence
get closer than a one-goal deficit.
The Friars' wet feet showed in the
first shift of the game when the Wolver-
ines created several scoring opportuni-
ties by keeping the puck in the Friars'
zone with hard checks leading to
Michigan set a fast and physical tone,
as junior captain Jed Ortmeyer and
sophomore defenseman Mike Komis-
arek delivered strong checks, while
pushing the puck up ice on odd-man
"We brought the play right to them
from the start," Komisarek said. "We
had a great first shift and built on that.
We did a lot of good things - took a hit
to make a play, got the puck in deep.
Guys were blocking shots and we
played well on the power play"
Michigan struck first on the power-
play after Providence freshmen Cody
Loughlean was called for an unneces-
By Seth Klempner
and Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writers

sary tripping penalty. Michigan took
advantage of the powerplay and make
passes relatively uncontested.
After being fed from down low by
Ortmeyer, Komisarek fanned on a slap
shot from the point, sending the puck
into the middle zone. Freshman Jason
Ryznar, who had been setting a screen
in front of the net, opportunistically
skated to the puck, twirled and shot
without setting himself in an attempt to
put a shot on goal.
Providence goalie and second team
All-American Nolan Schaefer never
saw the shot coming. Schaefer admitted
that he was a little nervous from the
faceoff, which was compounded by
Michigan's early attack.
Less than two and a half minutes
later, with Michigan forward John
Shouneyia and Providence senior Drew
Omicioli in the penalty box for coinci-
dental hitting after the whistle, Michi-
gan struck again.
This time it was two freshmen hook-
ing up. David Moss backhanded a
Milan Gajic shot that hit the post and
rebounded right in front of the net.
With Providence reeling like a boxer
after a hard one-two combination, coach
Paul Pooley called a timeout to settle his
team and get it back on track.
"We weren't very composed at the
start of game so I asked the team if they
were ready to play," Pooley said. "We
needed to get the nervousness out of us,
calm down and do what we were sup-
pdsed to do and just relax. We were
really uptight and nervous. I could see it
in our guys eyes, and we weren't mak-
ing good decisions with the puck."
After the timeout, Providence began
to settle down and play more consistent-
ly. With seven minutes left in the period,

Problems cotne

Freshman forward Jason Ryznar began the scoring against Providence just as he
did against Michigan State in the "Cold War" game.

the Friars took advantage of a Michigan
mistake. Having cleared the zone, the
Friars were able to pick up a loose puck
in the natural zone and skate in for a
breakaway on which Jon DiSalvatore
slid the puck past a sprawled-out Josh
After several strong shifts, it appeared
as if Providence might get back into the
game. But Shouneyia took a pass from
sophomore Joe Kautz, who picked up
the loose puck after a screened shot.
"I though we got off to a good start,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"We jumped them pretty well and put a
couple of chances in, and after that it
was pretty even. We always managed to

score the go-ahead goal that kept us up
by two goals so they were also timely
goals. We had some good efforts at
some key times and we didn't let them
play as well as they can play."
The Friars pulled within a goal mid-
way through the second period to make
the score 3-2. But Providence never got
closer than that, as Michigan scored the
next three goals to cement the game and
two more overall standing points.
With the win, Michigan advanced to
the championship game of'the Maverick
Stampede, where it attempted to use its
newfound experience to win its first reg-
ular-season tournament since the 1996-
97 Great Lakes Invitational.

'U' deseri
n case you didn't hear, freshman
cornerback Markus Curry was
charged with domestic assault
and telephone or telegraph cutting, tap-
ing, breaking or connecting Friday
In layman's terms, the woman
charged Curry of assault and then
cutting her telephone so that she
couldn't call for help.
Curry pled not guilty to this
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr found
out early Friday
morning and imme- if Michig
diately suspended have a footba
Curry indefinitely. needs studer
"This is a serious who realize.t
issue and it is very
important there be no doesn't end
rush to judgment. An game does.
investigation will be
made, the facts will be revealed and a
judgment will be made based on
those facts," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said in a press release.
This is not the first time that a foot-
ball player has been charged with a
heinous crime.
At the end of last school year,
defensive end Shantee Orr w as
charged with third degree sexual
In that case, Orr called the victim,
whom he once dated, and proposed
having sex one last time.
She said no.
They had sex anyway.
In an e-mail to her the next day, he
said: "I was just thinking to myself
and I violated something that I said I
would never do."
The victim ultimately dropped the
charges. Neither Curry nor Orr were
found guilty, but the fact that these
charges are even filed against these
players is bad for the University.
"It's totally unacceptable behavior,"
Athletic Director Bill Martin said.
"You don't condone this but you can't
police these kids 24 hours a day."
Much like the basketball program,
the football program has had a series
of off-the-field problems. Besides
Curry and Orr, former players David
Terrell, James Whitley, Jason Brooks,
Maurice Williams, Larry Stevens and
Cato June are just a few players that
have had off-the-field problems
Some of these players were dis-
missed from the team, some weren't.

res better


There are inconsistencies with who's
dismissed and who isn't. Some say
that the stars get away with more than
Regardless, when these student-
athletes represent Michigan so shab-
bily, the entire University looks bad.
"Last year, after ai instance that
happened on the basketball team, an
alumnus said to me 'my degree has
just been devalued,' " Martin said.
"And I agree with him."
For many, the football team is what
comes to mind when
n is going to people think of
I team, it Michigan, not the
-athletes engineering school.
And for this reason,
e spotlight the University cannot
lien the afford to let these
problems continue.
So then one needs
to ask oneself, do the benefits of hav-
ing a football program outweigh the
negatives that come with it?
The University of Chicago, which
at the time dominated the Big Ten,
once asked itself this question and
decided that it didn't need a football
Martin, who isn't ready to contem-
plate this question yet - nor am I
saying he necessarily needs to - is
quick to point out that regular stu-
dents commit crimes as well as foot-
ball players. But that when a football
player commits a crime, the media
reports the news.
I, as a reporter, say that's the deal
football players make when they
agree to play at Michigan. They live
in a fishbowl. The media reports the
crimes and misdemeanors they com-
mit, just as we report the touchdowns.
There are a number of perks football
players get because of the football
team -- fame, in some cases fortune,
and the opportunity for a free degree
are just a few.
Martin is right. These athletes can't
be policed 24 hours a day. But if
Michigan is going to have a football
team, it needs student-athletes who
realize that the spotlight doesn't end
when the game does.
And if they're going to sign the
unwritten contract to become a stu-
dent-athlete, they must realize that
accountability comes with the fame.
Raphael Goodstein can be
reached at raphaelg@unich.edu.

makes homecoming in Omaha

OMAHA - Michigan captain Jed Ortmeyer
returned home this weekend. But what made this
return particularly sweet is that he has never
played in his hometown of Omaha before.
He received a-thunderous ovation from the
Omaha Civic Auditorium
crowd as he skated to the blue- HOCKEY
line during Saturday's starting
lineups. The fans wanted to Notebook
show their appreciation for
their hometown hero even though most of the
fans were not cheering for Michigan.
Ortmeyer became the first Omaha native to
receive a Division I college hockey scholarship
when he signed with Michigan three years ago.
That was the year after Nebraska-Omaha joined
the CCHA, a symbol of progression in hockey for
an area predominantly known for its football.
While the Wolverines played a two-game set
against the Mavericks in Omaha last year, Ort-

meyer was unable to play, having torn his ACL
prior to making the trip out west.
On Friday night, Ortmeyer came out charging
as Michigan won the opening faceoff against
Providence and dumped the puck into the offen-
sive zone. He went speeding behind the net in
pursuit of the puck and laid a vicious bodycheck
on a Providence defenseman, setting a tone that
Michigan would follow for the rest of the game.
Ortmeyer made sure his name was going to get
onto the score sheet when he scored his first goal
of the season to give Michigan a 6-2 lead.
KILLING ME SOFTLY: Michigan allowed two sec-
ond period powerplay goals to Minnesota-Duluth
in Saturday night's championship game. With
those two goals, Michigan has now allowed four
powerplay goals in its three official games -the
'Cold War' against the Spartans and the two tour-
nament games.
The Wolverines allowed all three of Michigan
State's goals while down a man. The first two
came on official Michigan State power plays,
while the third goal - scored by Michigan State
freshman Jim Slater with only 47 seconds remain-

ing to tie the game at three - came after the
Spartans had pulled goalie Ryan Miller and were
skating 6-on-5 against Michigan.
So far this season, more than 50 percent of
goals allowed by Michigan have come while the
Wolverines were shorthanded.
Tournament troubles: With its loss to Min-
nesota-Duluth in the championship game of the
Maverick Stampede, Michigan leaves Omaha still
in search of its 17th regular-season tournament
title; The Wolverines have been stuck on 16 since
the 1996-97 season when they defeated Lake
Superior State 5-4 to win the Great Lakes Invita-
Since that GLI, the Wolverines have now fallen
in six regular-season tournaments - four GLIs,
last season's Ice Breaker Tournament (played in
Ann Arbor), and now the 2001-02 Maverick
The Wolverines will try to get their 17th title
later this season when they participate in the 37th
annual GLI on Dec. 28 and 29. The other teams
participating in the tournament will be North
Dakota, Michigan Tech, and Michigan State.


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