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OCTOBER 19, 2001



Blue to play
Broncos in
Yost opener
By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
With 11 minutes and 30 seconds remain-
ing in last season's contest at Western
Michigan, Michigan found itself in a bind,
down 4-1. But that seemingly insurmount-
able lead quickly disappeared, as the
Wolverines stormed back with three unan-
swered goals in the final minutes to tie the
Also, in its two prior trips during the
1998-1999 season, the Wolverines couldn't
find a way to steal a victory in the Broncos'
Lawson Arena. Michigan squeaked out of
the building with ties on both occasions.
With three consecutive stalemates in
Kalamazoo, the Wolverines know tonight's
game against the Broncos will be nothing
less than a dogfight.
"It's going to be a war just like it was
against Michigan State," sophomore
defenseman Mike Komisarek said. "It will
be a hostile environment. Their fans get
really loud, and it's going to be a tough
game for us."
The Lawson Arena crowd is known
throughout the CCHA as one of the loudest
and most raucous. The Broncos have a dis-
tinct advantage every time they step onto
the ice.
"It's very similar to what Michigan has
down there at Yost," Western Michigan
coach Jim Culhane said. "Our student body
really comes out and supports the hockey
One of the key factors in this weekend's
games will be the performance of both spe-
cial teams units. Western Michigan's power-
play was one of the most explosive in the
CCHA last season, as the Broncos featured
the top-four scorers on the powerplay in the
Western Michigan lost two of those play-
ers - seniors David Gove and Steve
Rymsha - to graduation. But with last sea-
son's CCHA scoring leader Mike Bishai
returning along with sophomore Jeff Camp-
bell, who led the conference in powerplay
goals, the Broncos' powerplay shouldn't
miss a beat.
"I know their powerplay will be good
again," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"Bishai is a skilled player - smart, really
good player, and Campbell is a sniper. He

Rebound is Blue's main goal

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
There's an old adage claiming that a wounded
animal fights the hardest.
So what happens when two wounded animals
take on each other?
That question will be answered on Sunday
afternoon when the Michigan men's soccer team
hosts Wisconsin in a battle of two teams trying

This year, despite Wisconsin's tough start that
has it tied for last in the Big Ten and without a
conference victory, Michigan is approaching the
game as another in which it isn't expected to
come away with a win.
"We have put a good deal of pressure on our-
selves to beat stronger opponents," Burns said.
"We are taking an 'underdog' approach to the
final four games of the regular season. This has
taken a weight off many players shoulders and
should translate into a lighter approach to the

to regroup.
For Michigan, the drought began;
win on Sept. 30 over Western
Michigan. Since then, the Wolver-
ines have posted a record of 0-3-1,
dropping their overall record to 7-4-
Likewise the Badgers started the
season strong, rolling to a 6-1
record. But since a Sept. 23 win
over Texas Christian, Wisconsin has
failed to nail down a victory its last
five times on the field (0-4-1).
With the Big Ten Tournament
less than a month away, both teams

after a 5-2


Who: Michigan (
Ten, 7-41 overal
consin (0-2,6-5-1
When: 2:00 p.m
Latest: The Wol(
[to stop a 4-game
streak as Wisco
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1-3 Big
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The biggest area of concern for
Michigan will be attempting to slow
down Wisconsin forward Dominic
DaPra. Last year, DaPra led the Big
Ten in scoring, and time and time
again, the success of DaPra has
been mirrored by Wisconsin victo-

are in search of wins to get them back on track.
"Our team has done a great job handling the
highs and the lows of the season - a sign of a
maturing team," Michigan coach Steve Burns
said. "We approach every game with the inten-
tion of winning."
Last season, Wisconsin was among the teams
that made Michigan's first season at the varsity
level a struggle, handing the Wolverines a 4-1

winless DaPra recorded three multi-point
nsin comes games during Wisconsin's 5-0 start
s also to the season. But in the last two
Michigan. games against Penn State and Indi-
ana, DaPra has been silenced by
swarming defenses. The Badgers managed just
one shot and no goals in those two games com-
"We will have our best marker on DaPra and
force his teammates to make plays," Burns said.
"Our defense is built on a marking back system,
and therefore we will not change our defensive
concept. Essentially, we try to make sure that the
forwards from the other team feel a constant
defensive pressure."

., ...


Last year, senior goaltender Josh Blackburn gave up five goals In two games against Western
Michigan. Michigan was able to pick up three points in those two games last year.

scores a lot of goals on that powerplay.
Those two will anchor that powerplay.
They'll take some good point shots, and
they'll be strong in front of the net."
Unfortunately for Michigan, its penalty
killing has left much to be desired thus far
in the 2001-2002 campaign. The Wolverines
have put themselves in awkward situations
by being called for undisciplined penalties,
and have been unable to keep opponents
from exploiting the man advantage.
Against Michigan State, all three of the
Spartans' goals came with at least a one

man advantage, and in last weekend's loss to
Minnesota-Duluth, two of its three goals
came off its powerplay.
"Our penalty kill is going to have to deny
shots," Berenson said. "We can't allow as
many shots as we have been. We've got to
give Blackburn more protection, and we've
got to clear the puck out of the zone when
we get it. We've got to keep them off bal-
When the Wolverines return to Yost Ice
Arena tomorrow night against the Broncos,
it will be the first regular season game for
the freshmen in their limited time as
"Come (tomorrow) those guys are going
to be loving it," junior forward Mike Cam-
malleri said. "The adrenaline is going to be
pumping, and they're going to be flying
around making big hits."
"We're all fired up to actually pack this
house,"' freshman forward Eric Nystrom
said. "We're going to feed off the crowd and
it's going to be a great night"


Who: Michigan (0-0-1 CCHA,.1-1-1 overall) vs. Western
Michigan (1-1, 1-1)
When: 7:05 p.m. tonight,.7:05 p.m. tomarrow night
Latest: The Wolverines head into a hostile environment
in an attempt to regroup from last week's loss to M-
nesota-Duluth. The teams will complete the home-and-
home series on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Midfielders Tom Gritter (right) and Robert Wurth are a big reason for Michigan's 6-2 Big Ten start.

'M' aims for Head of the Charles

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By Melanie Kebler
Daily Sports Writer
On the Charles River in Boston
this weekend, the Michigan rowing
team will be one of many nationally
ranked teams competing in the
prestigious Head of the Charles
regatta. The Wolverines received an
automatic bid this year due to their
impressive times last year. On Sun-
day, the team will once again get a
chance to compete against top
teams such as Brown, Princeton
and the U.S. Rowing team.
"It's a very chaotic race," head
coach Mark Rothstein said. "There
could be 300,000 people standing
along the banks watching."
The Head of the Charles -
founded in 1965 - is the world's
largest two-day rowing event and
can draw as many as 5,400 athletes

to compete in 21 events. The for-
mat of the three-mile race is some-
what disorienting.
Boats start 15 seconds apart and
race against the clock, instead of
against each other.
Michigan will be looking to
repeat its strong performance from
last year and gain some experience
against other strong teams.
"We want to see where we stand
versus other top teams in the coun-
try," Rothstein said. "We've got a
great senior class and it's a team
with a lot of character and work
ethic. Also, our freshman are doing
great. I think they are clearly going
to have a big impact this year."
Last year at the Head of the
Charles, the varsity eight boat
placed fourth out of 57 boats in the
women's championship eight race.
The varsity four boat finished sixth

Who: Michigan, Brown and others
When: Sunday; 3:00 Championship Fours, 4:00
Championship Eights
Latest: The Wolverines hope to race against
teams they will see in postseason action in
their first big test of the season.
overall in a 28-boat field. The team
went on to win the Big Ten champi-
onship and place fifth at the NCAA
Although this weekend's race is
important and the team wants to
row well, Rothstein says that results
from fall competition don't make or
break the season.
Right now, the team is concen-
trating on improving team chem-
istry and getting in shape for the
"Spring is really our season. We
use the fall to develop a training
base, and we don't go into fall
races as goal-oriented as we do for
spring races," Rothstein said. "You
can't read too much into the results.
But atathe same time, we want to go
there and compete."
The team has a chance to repeat
last year's success at the Head of
the Charles.- the first real test of
the fall season - and begin its year
on a positive note. If nothing else,
the Wolverines will get a good
measure of themselves against
teams that they may face later at
the NCAA Championships in May.


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