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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 29, 2001


Slap shouts
"I think that we are tired of being called
a young team. I think the freshmen are
sick of being called young players."
- Michigan junior forward and alternate captain Mike
Cammalleri said after Saturday's loss

F Northern Michigan 1
Michigan 0

w ~ Northern Michigan 5
Michigan 3

Key play
Friday, :53 into overtime
After shutting out Northern Michigan in regula-
tion, goalie Josh Blackburn let in defenseman,
Ryan Carrigan's, game-winning goal with less
than a minute into the sudden death period.


NorthermMichigan I, Michigan 0

Powerplay struggles
bury 1cers at home

Northern Michigan

0001 -1
0000 -0

First pedod - Penalties- Eric Werner, UM (interference)
12:08; Jimmy Jackson, NMU (roughing) 15:58. Second pedod
- PenaIies- Brandon Rogers, UM (roughing) 1:21; Justin
Kinnunen, NMU (roughing) 1:21; Brandon Rogers, MICH (insti-
gating)1:21; Alex Sawruk, NMU (unsportsmanlike conduct)
3:49; Eric Werner, UM (unsportsmanlike conduct) 3:49; Ryan
Carrigan, NMU (roughing) 3:49; Craig Murray, UM( roughing)
3:49; Ryan Carigan, NMU (instigating) 3:49; Jesse Baraniuk,
NMU (roughing) 7:45; Michael Woodford, UM (roughing) 7:45;
Michael Woodford, UM (unsportsmanlike conduct) 7:45;
Bryce Cockburn, NMU (boarding) 8:21; Justin Kinnunen, NMU
(elbowing) 14:56; Mike Komisarek, UM (hit after whistle)
17:36; Bryce Cockburn, NMU(hit after whistle) 17:36; Jay
Vancik, UM (obstruction-tripping)18:10.
1Wrd pedod-Penalties- Chad Theuer, NMU (unsports-
manlike conduct) 0:41; Alan Swanson, NMU (interference)
12:43; Mike Canmalleri, UM (checking from behind) 15:14;
Mike Stutzel, NMU (slashing) 16:11.
1, NMU, Ryan Carrigan 2 (Justin Kinnunen, Peter Michelutti)
Penudies -None.
Shots on goal-NMU, 8131-2 -24; UM,910-9- 28.
Power Plays- NMU 0 of 5; UM, 0 of 7
Saves-NMU, Kowalski2-0-1-28;.UM, Blackburn2-3-1-23
At: Yost Ice Arena.Attendance:6,492.
Northern Michigan 5, Michigan 3

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan hockey program
has seen better days.
After Northern Michigan deliv-
ered the Wolverines a 5-3 defeat
on Saturday, Michigan coach Red
Berenson reflected on the state of
the Wolverines.
"We are not the sane team that
we were in the 1990s," Berenson
The numbers tell the same story.
Northern Michigan (3-0-1
CCHA, 3-0-1 overall) secured its
first sweep of the Wolverines
since 1984.
After two NCAA Champi-
onships and seven Frozen Four
appearances in the last 10 years,
Berenson's team now appears to be
vulnerable. After its worst start
since the 1986-87 campaign,
Michigan (1--3-1, 2-4-1) finds
itself in a tie for eighth place in
the conference.
The first loss of the weekend
featured a battle of masterful goal-
tenders. Michigan's Josh Black-
burn and Northern's Craig
Kowalski put on a show, turning
away a combined 51-of-52 shots.
Northern's Ryan Carrigan scored
the game winner 53 seconds into
But on Saturday both netmin-
ders looked very human.
"They can't stand on their head
night after night," Berenson said.
"These guys are good goalies.
Sometimes goalies can be good
and sometimes they're lucky, but
they can't always be good and they
can't always be lucky."
The Wildcats dominated on the

powerplay, scoring three goals in
less than four minutes with an
extra attacker.
But Northern opened the scoring
four minutes into the game during
five-on-five play. Michigan fresh-
man defenseman Brandon Rogers
lost control of the puck when it hit
linesman Bruce Vida's skate.
Northern's Mike Stutzel quickly
turned the fluke turnover into a 1-
0 lead, using a 2-on-1 breakaway
to beat Blackburn.
Michigan answered four minutes
later when Mike Cammalleri won
a faceoff and Mark Mink scored
on a wrist shot.
After Northern scored its first
powerplay goal of the night, the
Wolverines reeled off two quick
points to pull ahead 3-2 early in
the second period.
Dave Moss made a well-timed
centering pass from the corner to
fellow freshman Dwight Helminen
for the second goal, and Cammal-
leri fired a one-timer past Kowals-
ki with a two-man advantage to
secure the Wolverines' first lead
of the weekend.
But that was all the offense that
Michigan could muster.
The Wildcats scored three unan-
swered goals to sweep the series
and earn a spot atop the CCHA
The Wildcats' coach, Rick Com-
ley, blamed Michigan's poor start
and sudden vulnerability on its
youth and inexperience.
"You just can't expect to replace
juniors with freshmen," said Com-
ley in reference to the early depar-
tures of Mike Comrie, Andy
Hilbert and Jeff Jillson over the
last two years.

Michigan freshman Eric Werner is pursued by Northern Michigan's Jimmy Jackson. Werner and the Wolverines were
dominated by the Wildcats this weekend, leaving Michigan tied for eighth-place in the CCHA.


Northern Michigan

2 2 1 -5
1 2 0 -3

Fst period-1, NMU, Mike Stutzel 1(Chad Theuer) 4:02.
2, MICH, Mark Mink 1(Mike Cammalleri) 8:30.
3, NMU, Alan Swanson 2 (Chad Theuer, Sean Connolly)14:07
(pp). Penalties-Alex Sawruk, NMU (high sticking) 11:43;
Joe Kautz, UM (roughing) 11:43;Michael Woodford, MICH
(checking from behind) 13:36; Bryce Cockburn, NMU (rough-
ing) 14:07; Mike Komisarek, UM (roughing) 14:07;Jirnry
Jackson,vNMU(10-minute misconduct) 14:07; Joe Kautz, UM
(10minute misconduct) 14:07; Bryce Cockburn, NMU (insti-
gating)14:07; Mike Komisarek, UM (elbowing) 18:07.
Second ped~od -4, UM, Dwight Helminen 2 (David Moss,
Michael Woodford) 2:14.5, UM, Mike Cammaller 5 (Mike
Komisarek, Jason Rynar) 4:42 (pp). 6, NMU, Chad Theuer 3
(Bryce Cockbum) 6:40.7, NMU, Kevin Gardner 1(Jesse Bara-
niuk, ChrisGobert) 8:08(pp). Penalties-Justin Kinnunen,
NMU (tripping) 3:08; Jesse Baraniuk, NMU (crosschecking)
4:13; Jay Vancik, UM (hooking) 7:27; Sean Ovens, NMU
(crosschecking) 15:15; JJ. Swistak, UM (roughing) 15:15
IWpeod-8, NMU, Bryce Cckbun 1(Kevin Gardner,
ChadlTheuer) 5:01 (pp). Penalties- Michael Woodford,
MICH (roughing) 4:21; Ryan Moderson, NMU (obstruction-
holding) 5:52; Mike Komisarek, MICH (roughing) 9:39; Alex
Sawruk, NMU (roughing) 9:39;Alex Sawruk, NMU (checking)
9:39; Mike Komisarek, MICH (roughing) 9:39; Jesse Barn
niuk, NMU (tripping)11:20.
Shots on goal: NMU12-11-4 27;UM 101315 38. Powerpay s
Saves-NMU, Kowalski3401-35; UM, Blackburn 241-22
At: Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor. Attendance: 6,597.
No. 1Michigan State (3-2-1) lost to
Nebraska-Omaha 4-3, lost to Nebraska-
Omaha 5-1
No. 2 Minnesota (3-0-0) did not play
No. 3 St. Cloud (6-0-0) def. MSU-
Mankato 7-1, def. MSU-Mankato 4-0.
No. 4 North Dakota (4-3-0) def. Wiscon-
sin 6-4, lost to Wisconsin 3-2
No. 5 Colorado College (2-2-0) did not
No. 6 Michigan (2-4-1) lost to Northern
Michigan 1-0, lost to Northern Michi-
gan 5-3.
No. 7 Maine (2-3-1) lost to Western
Michigan 4-2, tied Western Michigan 2-
No. 8 Denver (4-0-0) def Alaska-Anchor-
age 7-2, def. Alaska-Anchorage 3-2.
No. 9 Boston University (2-0.0) did not
No. 10 New Hampshire (2-1-1) tied
Northeastern 2-2.

But don't tell the members of
this Michigan team that they are
too young.
"Youth doesn't factor in for us,"
Cammalleri said. "I think that
we're sick of being called a young
team. I think the freshmen are
sick of being called young play-
ers. They don't play like it out
Things won't get any easier for
the, Wolverines anytime soon.
Their next two series will be on
the road against Alaska-Fairbanks
and Nebraska-Omaha, which
swept No. I Michigan State this
"If we can be better than .500 by
the middle of December, then we

will have a shot in the second
half," Berenson said. "We could go
on a string (of victories) or we
could go'the other way. I think we
are fragile right now."
The Wolverines competed on
Saturday without two of their top
veteran forwards - captain Jed
Ortmeyer and senior Craig Mur-

Ortmeyer was sidelined with a
minor concussion and is expected
to be available for the trip to Alas-
Murray suffered a first-degree
shoulder separation and will most
likely return against Nebraska-

Not since...
2001... the last time Michigan was shut out at home. The loss came at the
hands of Northern Michigan's Craig Kowalski.
1999... the last time Michigan was swept at home in a two-game series.
This sweep was at the hands of Lake Superior State.
1984... the last time Michigan was swept by Northern Michigan.
1943... the last time Michigan was shut out in two consecutive home
games against the same opponent.

Promising season for Blue now hanging in the balance

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer

At the beginning of the Michigan hockey
season, many people were drawing compar-
isons between this season's team and the
1997-98 national championship team
because of the dominating
youth. But now, after a 2- HOCKEY
4-1 start to the season, Notebook
people are beginning to _______
draw comparisons to
other seasons.
This is the Wolverines' slowest start since
1986-87, when they began the season going
This weekend was the first time Michigan

has been swept at home since 1999-00,
when it dropped a pair to Lake Superior.
This was also the first time since 1983-84
that it has been swept by Northern Michi-
Although frustrated by the losses, Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson knew before the
season began that wins would not come
"I think the start is a combination of our
young team, the schedule, and the other
teams in our league," Berenson said. "We
have to deal with the cards that we're dealt.
This is a tough time for us, but whether this
is the worst start in five years or 25 years, it
doesn't really matter."
Things are not going to get any easier for

the Wolverines anytime soon. By losing two
precious early season home games, Michi-
gan now finds itself in a position where it
must get back on the winning track away
from home.
This coming weekend they will play two
games at Alaska-Fairbanks (2-2-0 CCHA, 6-
2-0 overall), followed two weeks later by a
pair of games at Nebraska-Omaha (2-0-0, 5-
"Playing on the road is not any easier, and
certainly we were hoping for better out-
comes at home," Berenson said. "We didn't
want to dig ourselves a hole this early, but
we knew it was going to be a tough battle.
I'm disappointed in the outcome this week-
end, but we have to suck it up during this
part of the schedule.
"I'm confident that our team's going to
get better."
pletely stopping the Northern Michigan
powerplay Friday night, holding it scoreless
in five opportunities, Michigan's penalty
killing problems returned in Saturday night's
The Wildcats scored three powerplay
goals in four chances, -while Michigan was
only 1-5 on its powerplay.
"Right now we're a little snakebit around
the net," Berenson said. "When looking at
the final analysis of this game, special
teams were the difference."

With the exception of a 5-on-3 powerplay
goal by Mike Cammalleri Saturday night,
the Michigan powerplay was once again
ineffective, going 1-for-12 over the week-
end. Overall, the Wolverines are 4-for-43 in
their seven games played, a nine percent
success rate.
"I think that we struggled getting the puck
into the zone and getting the powerplay
setup," Michigan alternate captain John
Shouneyia said. "We definitely need to
move it around more, we need more shots
form the point, and I think we need to
screen the goalie a little more."
SCARY PARITY: While Michigan was being
swept at home by Northern Michigan, No. 1
Michigan State was being swept by Nebras-
ka-Omaha in Omaha. Although the Spartans
are still above .500, their CCHA record of 3-
2-1 seems modest for a top-five national
After Saturday night's game, Berenson
said that his team was no longer the domi-
nant force that it was in the 1990s.
"I don't know if there's anyone in the
league that can't beat anyone else this year,"
Berenson said.
"That just seems to be the way the teams
are built this year. Based on who they lost
and who is returning, we-don't have any
edge over anyone, and neither does Michi-
gan State. They have (Ryan) Miller, but you
can see that it's not making a difference."




W L T Pts



Northern Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Western Michigan
Bowling Green
Lake Superior
Notre Dame
Ferris State




7 3 0
13 3 2
14 2 1
14 6 2
17 2 2
4 5 1
6 4 2
15 2 4
12 1 3
12 2 4
7 04
10 2 3

l 2

Friday's games:
Alaska Fairbanks 3, Lake Superior 2
Bowling Green 5, Ohio State 3
Miami 5, Ferris State 4
Northern Michigan 1, Michigan 0
Nebraska-Omaha 4, Michigan State 3
Western Michigan 4, Maine 3
Saturday's games:
Northeastern 3. Notre Dame 3
Lake Superior 4, Alaska Fairbanks 1
Ohio State 4, Bowling Green 3
Miami 3, Ferris State 2
Northern Michigan 5, Michigan 3
Nebraska-Omaha 5, Michigan State 1
Western Michigan 2, Maine 2

Continued from Page 11B
"We were planning on third, worry-
ing about maybe getting fourth," said
senior captain Katie Ryan.
Sophomore Lindsey Gallo ran a per-
sonal best 17:26.7 at the Orange and
Blue Golf course in Champaign. An
elated Gallo celebrated with team-
mates and family after earning first
team All-Big Ten honors.
The top-seven finishers are awarded
first team honors. The next seven take
second team as their reward
Only 22.6 seconds later, Jeanne
Spink fought across the line with a
13th-place finish. Spink also took to
the stage afterward to claim her
"Last night I talked to every player,"
said Michigan coach Mike McGuire.
"She was ready."
No. 6 Michigan State lived up to its
reputation with a first-place finish,
scoring 35 points.
Michigan had a surprisingly low
101 points on the day.
- --- .1 ' atC 1 n: 'T ..

The team never won a meet this year
and had only placed second once.
"We were totally shocked," said
Gallo. "We knew that if we didn't run
well here, basically, our season would
be over."
Though the outcome was a shock,
the Wolverines have done well on fast
courses this year. The other second-
place finish was at Notre Dame - a
course known to produce quick times.
Slow, hilly trails tend give the squad
major problems.
"For two weeks we've been training
for a fast race," said McGuire. Sunny,
brisk conditions contributed to the dry
course that ran like a track.
For the first time this season the
team kept the gap between scoring
runners close enough to make an
impact. There were only 47 seconds
between Gallo and Sturtz, who closed
Michigan's pack. When the others can
keep close to their leader scores usual-
ly go up.
"Starting off, we were all with each
other," said Ryan. "We were talking to
each other keeping each other confi-
ao '

Continued from Page 1B
compared to Michigan's two. The
Badgers tallied a low score of 28
points, topping the Wolverines by
43 points.
The freshman Webb set a new
Big Ten Championship record to
continue his winning streak of
three meets by out-kicking Wis-
consin freshman Matt
Tegenkamp in the final 100
meters of the 8-kilometer
Tegenkamp, who placed fifth
at the World Junior Champi-,
onships, had the best time in the
conference coming into yester-
day's meet.
Tegenkamp "tried to break me
throughout the race," Webb said.
"But I ran my own race and it
was just my day."
Webb and Tegenkamp began to
distance themselves from the
field a mile into the race. For the
next three miles, Webb followed
clnelv hhind Tegenkamn only

placed fifth and earned first team
All-Big Ten honors. Crossing the
line third for the Wolverines was
Senior Mark Pilja placing six-
teenth overall. Sophomores
Thomas Greenless and Nick
Stanko placed fourth and fifth
for the Wolverines, respectively.
Although not favored to win,
Warhurst described his team's
second-place finish as "kind of a
disappointment. We could have
run better in the middle"
For Michigan to run to its
potential, Warhurst believes his
Wolverines need to improve their
"mental and emotional tough-
With regionals two weeks
away, Warhurst expects, "a solid
performance, but nationals is
definitely the most important
Athough somewhat disappoint-
ed in the final outcome, Webb
remains optimistic about the
team's chances going into region-
als and then nationals.
"Second nlace isn't what we

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