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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 22, 2001


Slap shouts
- Michigan junior forward and alternate captain John
Shouneyia as sophomore defenseman Mike Komisarek was
addressing what was going on with the Wolverines on the

Michigan 1
Western Michigan 3

Western Michigan 3
.Michigan 5

Key play
Saturday, 3:30 left in second
In his first home game after being sidelined with
a broken hand, junior Mark Mink slid a pass to
linemate John Shouneyia who scored, giving
Michigan a 4-2 lead.

The Michigan Daily hockey writers'
picks for Michigan's three stars of the
Mike Komisarek
Komisarek set a career high in goals
and points with two and three, respec-
tively, in Michigan's 5-3 win over the
Broncos Saturday night.
Jay Vancik
Although Vancik's contributions didn't
show up on the scorecard, he was a
steadying influence in the Wolverines'
defensive zone.
John Shouneyia
Shouneyia recorded three points on the
weekend, including Michigan's fourth
goal Saturday night, its eventual game-
This week:
Friday vs. Northern Michigan
Saturday vs. Northern Michigan
Friday: at Yost Ice Arena, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday: at Yost Ice Arena, 7:35
Michigan fans will get their first full
taste of hockey asMichigan hosts
its first weekend homestand of the
season. The Wolverines split their
home series with the Wildcats last
year, finishing 2-1-1 overall.
No.1 Michigan State (3-0-1) def. Ferris
State 2-0.
No. 2 North Dakota (3-2-0) def. Maine
3-2, lost to Maine 5-1.
No. 3 Minnesota (3-0-0) def. Bemidji
State 7-2, def. Bemidji State 7-1.
No. 4 St. Cloud (4-0-0) def. Michigan
Tech 7-2, def. Michigan Tech7-3.
No. 5 Michigan (2-21) lost to Western
Michigan 3-1, def. Western Michigan
No. 6 New Hampshire (2-1-0) def. Merri-
mack 6-3, lost to Rensselaer 6-4.
No. 7 Colorado College (2-2-0) def. Mass-
achusetts 3-0, def. Massachusetts
No. 8 Denver (2-0-0) did not play.
No. 9 Maine (2-2-0) lost to North Dako-
ta 3-2, def. North Dakota 5-1.
No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth (2-2-0) lost to
Minnesota State-Mankato 6-5, lost to
Minnesota State-Mankato 4-3.
Westemn Mich'lgan 3, Michigam 21

Second lifn(
By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
Mark Mink and John Shouneyia
usually come as a packaged deal.
Whenever one's name is on the
scoring sheet, the other's usually
appears right next to it.
But Mink had been sidelined with a
broken hand for the first three games
of the season, leaving sophomore Joe
Kautz on Shouneyia's left side. This
weekend was the first time that the
two have played together this season.
On the other side of Shouneyia, fresh-
men Mike Woodford and Milan Gajic
have split time.
The line accounted for two goals
and was on the ice for four of Michi-
gan's six goals this weekend.
It appeared that Shouneyia and
Second coming
This weekend the Michigan hockey
team's second line came up big, provid-
ing scoring in place of the first line. In
the two games against Western Michi-
gan the second line tallied two goals
and accounted for seven points. Here is
the breakdown:
John Shouneyia - center
Two games, one goal, two assists
Mark Mink - left wing
Two games, two assists, plus-four
Michael Woodford - right wing
One game, one assist
Milan Gajic - right wing
One game, one assist, minus-one

e produces
Mink were back in sync five minutes
into the first period Friday night. On
an up-ice rush, Shouneyia made a no-
look drop pass to a trailing Mink who
then took a hard wrist shot from
inside the right circle that was saved.
"It is going to take (Mink) a while,"
Berenson said. "You don't just come
back and lead the team. But he has
got to be the steady player that we
expect him to be, and he has got to
make his chances count. He gives us
a little experience and a little more
depth than we had two weeks ago."
In Saturday's game, the line made
its chances count when Shouneyia
slammed home the game-winning
goal. After winning the faceoff, Mink
took a pass from the corner against
three defenders and created an odd-
man rush. The moment before West-
ern Michigan could steal the puck,
Mink made a seemingly improbable
backhand pass to a wide-open
Shouneyia in the slot who put it away.
"I came out of the corner with two
or three guys on me. I saw him out of
the corner of my eye and as soon as I
swung around, I saw that he was still
open so I threw it right to him," Mink
Mink, typically the scorer of the
duo, had two assists on the night.
After the game he joked that he and
Shouneyia were going to "switch
around this year," referring to
Shouneyia's tendency to set Mink up
for goals.
In addition, right-winger, Gajic

needed lift
picked up an assist on Mike Komis-
arek's first goal of the game while
Shouneyia and Mink both assisted on
Komisarek's second goal.
"You are going to see a lot of teams
keying on Mike Cammalleri," said
Brian Wiseman, former Michigan
captain and currently its Administra-
tive Assistant. "Teams that think if
they stop Cammalleri or his line they
have a chance to beat us, so our sec-
ond third and fourth line have to be
able to step up when the chance
counts and bury it."
Woodford completed the line as the
third forward until he suffered a
shoulder injury during Friday night's
game against Western Michigan. In
his place Berenson inserted Gajic
who had been a healthy scratch in Fri-
day's game.
While Gajic played better Saturday
than in previous starts, according to
Wiseman, he has not secured his spot
on the second line with Saturday's
improved play.
Adding to the production of the
line has been the play of freshmen
Eric Nystrom who has been paired up
with Mink and Shouneyia on the
powerplay. The move paid off when
Nystrom scored Michigan's only goal
on Friday on a feed down low from
"Shouneyia is the type of guy that
is going to find open guys," Wiseman
said. "You need guys that can create
space for him and find those open
holes for him and he can fill them."


Blue defenseman
goes on offensive
Continued from Page 1B
son, when he only netted four goals on 55 shots.
"Komisarek got some powerplay time last year, and
he played a lot with Jeff Jillson," Berenson said. "I
think he's capable of being one of the top defensemen
in this league.
"He can add some offense, but he's got to be a smart
and physical defensive presence."'
Komisarek's first goal of the evening came on an
assist by freshman forward Milan Gajic, who shot the
puck at Western Michigan goalie Mike Mantua. The
puck rebounded out at the point to Komisarek, who
fired a wrist shot top shelf to give the Wolverines a 1-0
Komisarek struck again in the second period with the
Wolverines leading 2-1. Just as the Michigan powerplay
ended, he shot from the point, but the shot was blocked
by the Western Michigan defenseman. Then Komisarek
corralled the ricochet off of the defender, sidestepped
him, and sent the puck top shelf for his second goal of
the evening.
"That's where we haven't been capitalizing - on our
powerplay," Berenson said. "He's got a rocket of a wrist
shot. It's just a matter of getting it through. What we're
asking him to do is buy some space, because he can
shoot it."
More offensive outbursts from Komisarek, Michi-
gan's big, bruising defender, will give the Wolverines'
powerplay a much-needed boost. But Berenson doesn't
expect Komisarek to dominate games offensively every
"We're not counting on him to lead our team in scor-

Although he was a bit rusty, Mark Mink played a strong game on Saturday night,
recording an assist on John Shouneyia's goal In the second period.
Woodford injured;

Gajic takes
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer


Friday night Milan Gajic was
dressed in a suit watching the
Wolverines' 3-1 loss from the
stands as a healthy scratch.
But a shoulder injury to fellow
freshman forward Michael Wood-
ford bumped Gajic up to the start-
ing lineup for Saturday's game.
Gajic took advantage of his
opportunity, assisting on the game's
first goal.
But there is still plenty of room
for improvement in Gajic's game.
"This is tough hockey, it's physi-
cal hockey, it's intense hockey, it's
hockey, it's
two - way HOCKEY

Western Michigan

1 0 0 -1
0 3 0 -3

First period - 1. UM, Nystrom 2 (Shouneyia, Woodford),
9:08. Penalties- wMU, Davies(obstructionhooking), :15;
wMU, Kline(high sticking),4:12; UM, Ryznar(holding the
stick), 4:38; WMU, Rumble (interference), 7:05; WMU,
Cousineau (siashing), 8:28: UM, Rors(roughing after whis-
tie), 11:25; UM, Rogers (obstructionhoiding), 13:34; WMU,
Rose (boarding), 16:48; WMU, Rumble (10rminute miscon-
Second period -2. WMU, Latteryl (Jarmuth, Bishai), 5:23
(pp); 3. WMU, crane 1 (Campbei, Bishai), 4:13:4. WMU,
Cousineau 2 (Davies, Bishai),19:32. Penalties - UM,Swis-
tak (interference), 3:41; WMU, Mantua (slashing), 5:51;
WMU, Drake (roughing), 13:27; UM, Burnes (roughing),
13:27; UM, Shouneya (boarding), 17:33; WMU, campbeii
(tripping), 18:44.
Thirdperiod-Penalties - UM, Roemensky(roughing),
4:17; UM, Komisarek (checking from behind, roughing after
whistle), 6:17; WMU, Battaglia (hoiding), 11:09; UM, Ortmey-
er (obstruction-tripping), 11:09;wMU, Dwyer(holding),
Shots on goal- UM, 9-510-24; WMU, 876 -21.
PowerPlays-UM, of8; M oUof8.
Saves - UM, Blackburn846-18; WMU, Miller &510 -
Referee-Steve Mcinchak
Uinesmn- Butch Friedman, Kevin Langseth.
At Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo. Attendance: 3,869.
Michigan 5, Westem Michigan 3

hockey, and


Western Michigan

1 1 1 -3
1 3 1-5

first pediod - 1. UM, Komisarek 1 (Gaiic), 8:08 2. WMU,
Dwyer3(Lattery), 12:08. Penhes-UM, Mink (high stick-
ing), 8:12;WMU, Dwyer (hooking), 8:26; WMU, Drake (hook-
ing),11:50; UM, Helminen (hooking), 12:00;WMU, Lattery
(roughing), 14:54; UM, Komisarek (delaying the game),
Second period -3. UM, Cammalleri 4 (Komisarek), 5:58; 4.
WMU, Battaglia 1(Crane), 9:47;5. UM, Komisarek 2
(Shouneyia, Mink), 14;50; 6. UM, Shouneyia 2 (Mink,Nys
trom)16:30. Perlalties- UM, Blackburn(high sticking),
1:44; UM, Vancik (roughing), 5:49; WMU, Davies(roughing),
5:49; UM,Varmik (roughing), 10:28; WMU, Kline (roughing),
10:28; WMU, Cousineau (obstruction-tripping),11:36;
WMU, Crane (crosschecking), 12:48; UM, Komisarek (trip-
ping), 17:40.
Third period -7. WMU, Davies 1(Kline, Battaglia), 13:47;
8. UM, Ortmeyer 2(empty net), 19:31. PenaltIes- UM,
Burns (high sticking), 3:49; WMU, Dwyer (elbowing),5:18;
WMU, Rumble (boarding), 8:22; UM, Mink (roughing),
11:01; WMU, Cousineau (crosschecking),16:22.
Shotsongoal-UM, 8144-26; WMU, 588-21.
PowerPlays-UM,0of8; WMU,0of 7.
Saves- UM, Blackburn 2-2-1-18; WMU, Mantua 2-1-0 -
Referee-Kevin Hall.
Ulnesen -Craig Lisko, Paul Tunison.
At Yost Ice Arena, Ann ArborAttendace 6,597.
Michigan State still undefeated
Michigan State (3-0-1, 3-0-1
CCHA) defeated Ferris State 2-0 Sat-

After struggling Friday night, Mike Komisarek scored two
goals and an assist Saturday to establish a new career high.
ing, but I want our defense to be able to help out on the
offense," Berenson said.
Komisarek isn't planning on changing his role on the
team either.
"My job out there is pretty simple," Komisarek said.
"I get the puck and my number one priority is not get-
ting it blocked. I just have to get it through, and get it to
the net."
Continued from Page 1B
Komisarek scored on a slapshot from the point just as
a powerplay opportunity for Michigan had expired, and
Shouneyia scored from the slot after receiving a pass
from junior Mark Mink - who was making his home-
ice debut after returning from a hand injury.
"Cammalleri's four-on-four goal and Komisarek's goal
at the end of the powerplay were huge because we were
really stumbling at that point," Berenson said. "Komis-
arek's got a rocket of a shot, it's just a matter of him get-
ting it through."
"My job out there is pretty simple," Komisarek said.
"When I shoot, I just have to get it through and put it on
net. The guys out front are taking all the punishment.
"I think we're looking to develop chemistry on the
powerplay right now. We're working with different guys
and different combinations, so it will take some time.
But usually, the team that scores powerplay goals will
win the game."
Although his team didn't get the sweep, Western
Michigan coach Jim Culhane was proud of the effort put
forth by his Broncos (2-2-0, 2-2-0).
"I thought both team were evenly matched and they
both played hard all weekend long," Culhane said. "We
came within one shot of tying this thing before the empty
netter made it 5-3. I'm very proud of the way my team
played and I think they can hold their heads high."
Western Michigan was able to pull out the 3-1 victory
Friday night thanks to outstanding goaltending from
Mantua and three assists by Bishai.
Michigan will return to action this coming weekend as
they host the Northern Michigan Wildcats.

that's a big
adjustment for some of these fresh-
men who are used to playing in a
much slower pace, more casual
environment," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "Some of them have
jumped right in and played with the
kind of intensity we need and some
are a'little slower to do that. (Gajic)
has been a slow one."
COUNT ON IT: Some things in life
are certain.
Death, taxes, and three goals for
Michigan's opponents.
In each of this season's five
games the Wolverines' opponents
have lit the lamp exactly three
"I'm just not feeling on top of my.
game," Michigan goalie Josh Black-
burn said earlier in the week.
"We're working on things right now
and it'll come around."
But Michigan's special teams woes
(only 5 of the 15 goals allowed have
come during 5-on-5 situations) have
taken the majority of the blame for

the goals, and the team is still very
much behind Blackburn.
LACKING UP TOP: Almost two-thirds
of the new box seats at Yost Ice Arena
were empty on Saturday, and nearly
100 of those empty seats are still
looking for owners.
But things are looking brighter for
the athletic department - 10 addi-
tional seats were sold during the first
intermission Saturday night.
Despite the empty balcony seats,
6,597 fans packed Yost - more than
any home game last season.
MAN DOWN: Michigan may be with-
out Mike Roemensky for quite a
while. The junior defenseman went
down in the second period after a
freak play where Western Michigan's
Lucas Drake got tangled up and fell
on Roemensky's leg.
The early diagnosis was a cracked
fibia, but the team will not know his
status until later in the week.
GETTING CHIPPY This was a busy
weekend for the scorekeepers. Dur-
ing the two-game series, 40 penal-
ties were called.
"They called a really tight game
tonight," Western Michigan coach
Jim Culhane said on Friday. "But it
was consistent. When they call the
game like that, you just need to play
a little smarter."
A few brief scuffles broke out in
the second period Saturday, prompt-
ing the crowd to call for former-
Michigan enforcer Bob Gassoff.
"We want Gassoff! We want Gas-
soff'!" the crowd chanted.
FOR THE GIPPER: The 5-3 win
against the Broncos was the 450th
of Berenson's career. Only 14 other
coaches have reached that mark.
One of those men, Michigan State
coach Ron Mason, also hit a mile-
stone on Saturday. He reached win
No. 900 after a 2-0 shutout of Ferris


Kalamazoo home cookin'
Friday night's 3-1 loss to Western Michigan was a combination of Michigan's
sloppy defensive play and the wild and crazy atmosphere at the Broncos'
Lawson Ice Arena. Here are some examples of the eccentric atmosphere that
the Wolverines dealt with:
"PUcKBoY" - An eight-year-old boy dressed in a puck suit, Puckboy skates
onto the ice in the middle of the second intermission and riles up the Bronco
faithful by flailing his hands in the air. He moves from one side of the ice to
the other and throws pucks to the fans who are the loudest and most enthu-
"Hi ! You SucK!" - After each of Michigan's 10 penalties on Friday
night, the guilty player was forced into the penalty box in the midst of the
Western Michigan students. To welcome the Michigan player to the box, the
fans greet him in unison with a good old fashioned "HI (PLAYER'S FIRST
CURLING FOR CASH - During the first intermission, fans were invited to the ice
to participate in a curling competition. Winner took home 101 dollars.

' MIYON OH/Daily'
Senior defenseman Jay Vancik delivered a check to Western
Michigan's Mike Bishai that led to a Michigan breakaway.

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