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6B -The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 26, 2001

6

Slap shouts
"If there was a (sense of urgency)
tonight, we didn't show it. The desperation
wasn't there in our game."
Michigan's alternate captain Mike Cammalleri on his
team's performance Friday night against No. 1 Minnesota.

FRIDAY'S GAME
Minnesota 5
Michigan 2

SATURDAY'S GAME
Wisconsin 3
Michigan 5

Key play
Saturday, 14:44 left in third
While shorthanded, Michigan won ajfaceoff'in
the Wisconsin zone and sent it back to Mike
Komisarek who fired it from the point to make
the score 4-2.

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THE DAILY'S STARS
The Michigan Daily hockey writers'
picks for Michigan's three stars of the
weekend.
Mike Komisarek
Defenseman.
Komisarek scored three goals this
weekend, one more than he had in the
first 11 games of the season. His sec-
ond goal against Wisconsin came short-
handed.
John Shouneyia
Center
Shouneyia recorded three assists and a
powerplay goal on the weekend. He
now leads the team with eight assists,
and is second in points with 12.
Dwight Helminen
Center
Helminen had a solid weekend on the
penalty-kill unit, and scored Michigan's
fifth and final goal against Wisconsin to
put the Wolverines up by two.
M' SCHEDULE
This week:
Friday at Ferris State
Saturday vs. Ferris State
Friday: at Ewigleben Ice Arena,
7:35 p.m.
Saturday: at Yost Ice Arena, 7:35
p.m.
The Wolverines will head up North to
Big Rapids to face the Bulldogs Friday
night, and will then face them at home.
Michigan was 3-1-0 against Ferris
State last season. But its only loss
came on the road.
FRIDAY'S GAME
Minnesota 5, Michigan 2

Scoring from all lines key
to relieving Cammalleri

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer

Junior Mike Cammalleri, like every michi-
gan hockey player, wears a large block "M" on
his sweater. But recently, it appears more like
a giant "X."
Ask any coach about the keys to beating the
Wolverines and he will almost always mention
limiting the scoring opportunities of the tal-
ented center.
Cammalleri is Michigan's leading returning
scorer from last season,
and one of the premier HOCKEY
college hockey players
in the nation. Teams Commentary
make sure they know
where he is on the ice and often have a man
shadowing him at all times.
"(Cammalleri) is one of the best players in
the nation," said Minnesota junior Jeff Taffe,
who has scored 13 goals this season and is
also considered one of the top players in the
nation. "Our coaches wanted to have our top
line out there against him every time. We
knew we had to play defense against him and
we were able to hold him down (on Friday
night)."
Minnesota prevented Cammalleri from scor-
ing on his five shots and won the game 5-2. In
addition, the Golden Gophers shut down the
rest of Michigan's forwards, surrendering
goals to just defensemen Jay Vancik and Mike
Komisarek.
But Saturday night, in a 5-3 victory over
Wisconsin, Michigan got stellar performances
from its top three lines, displaying the depth
that coach Red Berenson has been calling for.

With all four centers scoring at least one
point on Saturday, the Wolverines were able to
take some pressure off of Cammalleri. If all of
the lines continue to produce and apply offen-
sive pressure on opposing teams, opportunities
will open up for Michigan.
"Going into a game, I think teams focus on
(Cammalleri) to try and shut him down," said
Komisarek after Saturday's game. "But I think
when the scoring is more spread out and dif-
ferent guys are scoring and contributing,
teams will have a tougher time containing us."
Center John Shouneyia was named the sec-
ond star of Saturday's game after he netted a
goal and an assist. His weekend total of four
points provided offensive depth for the
Wolverines. Shouneyia is now second on the
team with 12 points - three behind Cammal-
leri.
In addition, the Wolverines received a lift
from freshman Dwight Helminen, who is
quickly becoming one of the team's top penal-
ty killers and a reliable third-line center.
"Helminen might be our best defensive cen-
terman," Berenson said after Saturday's game.
"He has great instincts and speed. He is a tire-
less skater, a strong penalty killer and is a
player that is just getting better and better
every game."
Helminen, who is known as one of the best
skaters on the team, had an abundance of ener-
gy all weekend. He was able to jump into
plays and create opportunities for his line-
mates by staying on the puck.
The hard work paid off for the freshman
when he set up David Moss for a goal early in
the third period against Wisconsin. But sec-
onds before the puck slid across the goal line,

ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Alternate captain John Shouneyia recorded a powerplay goal and three assists on the weekend.

Moss was called for a high-sticking penalty -
negating the goal.
Helminen, who had several scoring opportu-
nities on the weekend, finally got his name on
the scoresheet in the final seconds of Satur-
day's game when he received a pass from
Jason Ryznar while streaking down the ice and
scored an empty-net goal.,
"When I am skating well, I am able to cover
a lot of area in the defensive zone," Helminen
said. "I am also able to set some people up on

the backcheck."
While Cammalleri says he expects a lot of
pressure and is aware that he is the main scor-
ing threat for the Wolverines, he will not be
able to carry them through the entire season.
By providing a spark for their lines and cre-
ating a balanced attack for Michigan, Helmi-
nen and Shouneyia were able to alleviate some
of the pressure placed on Cammalleri they will
need to keep it up if Michigan hopes to be
playing come April.

Minnesota
Michigan

3 1 1 -
0 1. 1 -2

Frstpedod- 1. UMN, Ballard 4(unassisted) 2:09; 2. UMN,
Taffe 11 (Potulnry) 5:06 3. UMN, Taffe 12 (Pohl, Matin) 6:51
(pp); Penes- UM, Werner (hooking, 6 26; UMN, Wendell
(obstructionrholding),11:11.
Second period-4. UM, Vancik 1(Shouneyia), 9:13;5. UMN,
Taffe13(DeMarchi),14:36. Penaties-UMN,DeMarchi
(hooking) 4:43; UM, Fraser (high sticking) 10:06.
Third peiod-6. UMN, DeMarchi 1 (Unassisted) 309;,7.
UM, Kornisarek 3 (Shouneyia) 8:14. Penaltes- UM, Swis-
tak (high sticking) 13:45; UMN Ballard(high sticking) 13:45;
UM Shouneyia (slashing) 14:01.
Shotsonoal-UMN. 1420-32; UM,13f616-35.
PowerPlays-UMN,lof 3; UM,1lof2.
Saves-UMN, Hauserl3-5-15-33; UM, Blackburn 7-11-9
-29,
4 Referee-Steve Piotrowski
inesie - Bruce Vida, Kevin Langseth.
At Yost Ice Arena, Ann ArborAttendance: 6,917
SATURDAY'S GAME
Michigan 5, Wisconsin 3

The Showcased
This weekend, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin played
in the ninth annual College Hockey Showcase at Yost Ice Arena and Munn
Ice Arena in East Lansing. Here are some of the top performers from one of
the top college hockey events of the year.
JEFF TAFFE, JUNIOR FORWARD, MINNESOTA: Taffe dominated Michigan in the
Gophers' 5-2 win Friday night, tallying a hat trick.
JOHN SHOUNEYIA, JUNIOR FORWARD, MICHIGAN:"
Shouneyia had four points on the weekend -
two assists against Minnesota and a goal and.
an assist against Wisconsin.
JIM SLATER, FRESHMAN FORWARD, MICHIGAN STATE:
Slater opened the scoring for the Spartans in
both games, and finished the weekend withR
three points.
ANDY WHEELER, SENIOR FORWARD, WISCONSIN: Wheel-
er assisted on Wisconsin's lone goal at Michi-
gan State, and tallied two assists against
Michigan. John Shouneyia ALYSSA WOOD/Daily

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Wisconsin
Michigan

2 0 1 -3
1 2 2 -5

First pedod- 1. UM,Carmmalleri 8(Shouneyia, Werner),
6:23 (pp); 2. UW, Bourque 4(Wheeler, Hukalo),13:58 (pp);
3. UW, Murray 2 (Wheeler, Doman), 14:28 Penalties - UM,
Ortmeyer(crosschecking) :30; UW, Winchester (hooking)
5:40; UW, Jensen (roughing) 7:45; UM, Vancik (roughing)
7:45; UW, Jensen (slashing) 10:21; UM, Nystrom (interfer-
ence)13:35; UW, Jensen (obstruction-hooking)17:05.
Second pedod-4. UM, Shouneyia 4 (Nystrom, Werner),
2:14 (pp); 5. UM, Koisa'ek 4 (unassisted), 17:46 Penatles
- UW, Murray (holding) 1:18; UW Womiewski (crosscheck-
ing)1:43; UM, Fraser (high sticking) 9:31; UM, Cammalleri
(slashing) 18:30; UM, Komisarek (roughing) 18:30; UW,
Krall (roughing) 18:30.
Thid pedod-6. UM, Komisarek 5 (Murray), 5:16 (sh); 7.
UW, Boeser3(unassisted), 19:31;8. UM, Helminen4(Ryz-
nar),1952(emptynet) (pp). Penalties- UM, Moss (cross
checking) 3:23; UW, Hukalo(roughing) 12:23; UMMoss
(hooking) 15:09; UW, Bourque (obstruction-tripping) 19:20
Shots on goal -UW,105-10- 25; UM,12-1514--41.
Power Plays- UW, 1 of 6; UM, 3 of 7.
Saves- UW, Bruckler 11-1312-36; UM, Blackburn85-9
-22.
Referee - Steve Mvnchak
Lilnesmen -Butch Friedman, John LaDuke
At Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor. Attendance: 6,697

CCHA ROUNDUP
Friday's games
WESTERN MICHIGAN 4, Canisius 2
MICHIGAN STATE 2, Wisconsin 1
Bowling Green 3, LAKE SUPERIOR 2
Minnesota 5, MIcHIGAN 2
NORTHERN MICHIGAN 3, Minnesota-Duluth 2
Ferris State 7, NEBRASKA-OMAHA 2
Satuiday's games
NORTHERN MIcHIGAN 5, Minnesota-Duluth 4
NEBRASKA-OMAHA 5, Ferris State 2
WESTERN MICHIGAN 4, Canisius 3
NEw HAMPSHIRE 3, Ohio State 1
LAKE SUPERIOR 3, Bowling Green 2
MICHIGAN 5, Wisconsin 3
4unday's games
MICHIGAN STATE 4, Minnesota 4
Ohio State 3, Vermont 2

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HOW THEY FARED
No. 1 Minnesota (11-0.2) def. Michigan
5-2, tied No. 4 Michigan State 4-4.
No. 2 Denver (9-0-0) def. Vermont 4-1.
No. 3 St. Cloud (11-1-0) did not play.
No. 4 Michigan State (9-2-2) def. Wis-
consin 2-, tied No. 1 Minnesota 4-4.
No. 5 Boston University (8-2-1) def.
Cornell 5-3, lost to Cornell 4-2.
No. 6 Massachusetts-towell (8-2-0) def.
Army 4-0.
No. 7 New Hampshire (6-2-2) def. Ohio
State 3-1.
No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha (8-5-1) lost to
Ferris State 7-2, def. Ferris State 5-2.
No. 9 North Dakota (5-5-1) did not play
No. 10 Northern Michigan (8&3-1) def.
Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, def. Minnesota-
Duluth 3-2
AROUND THE CCHA
Michigan State ties Minnesota
Michigan State (9-2-2, 7-2-1
CCHA) tied No. 1 Minnesota 4-4
yesterday in the fourth and final
game of the College Hockey Show-
case.
The Spartans' Jim Slater opened
the scoring in the first period with a
powerplay goal at 7:00. But Minneso-
ta scored 25 seconds later and with
15 seconds remaining in the period to
take a 2-1 lead into the lockerroom.
Each team scored a goal in the sec-
ond as Minnesota retained its one-
goal lead.
But Michigan State came out firing
in the third, scoring two goals to take
a 4-3 lead. It appeared that it would
finish this way, until Minnesota's
Barry Tallackson scored with just
over 2 minutes remaining to send the
game into overtime.
Michigan State defeated Wisconsin
2-1 Friday night to finish 1-0-1 in this
year's Showcase.

By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
The last time the Michigan hockey
team skated off the ice at Yost Arena, it
had just been swept at home in a week-
end series for the first time since 1999.
Since that embarrassment against
Northern -
Michigan four HOCKEY
weeks ago, the Notebok
ninth-ranked Nto
Wo lv e r in e s
have preached desperation and intensi-
ty on the ice. During Michigan's trips
to Alaska-Fairbanks and Nebraska-
Omaha, it posted a 3-0-1 record with
this renewed sense of urgency.
But Friday night, when the Wolver-
ines returned home for the first time in
almost a month to face No. 1 Minneso-
ta, Michigan's new mentality vanished.
The Wolverines were dominated by the
Golden Gophers, who scored three
goals in the first seven minutes, build-
ing a lead that would prove to be insur-
mountable.
"The first period really killed us,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"We expected Minnesota to be a good
team, but there was no reason for us to
come out and be on our heels like
that."
"If there was (a sense of urgency
tonight) we didn't show it," junior for-
ward Mike Cammalleri said on Friday.
"The desperation wasn't there in our
game and that is something we will
search for."
Michigan's 5-2 loss to the Golden
Gophers dropped the Wolverines'
home record to 1-3, equaling their total
number of home losses from last sea-
son. In order for the Wolverines to
move up from the middle of the pack
in the crowded CCHA standings,
they'll have to learn how to win at
home.
"We need to start sending a home-
ice presence and make this the type of
building that opponents don't want to
play in," Cammalleri said.
Michigan (4-3-2 CCHA, 6-5-2 over-
all) took the first step in the right
direction Saturday night, winning the
second game of the ninth College
Hockey Showcase against Wisconsin
by a score of 5-3.
KOMO TO THE RESCUE: In Michigan's
two victories at home this year, the
Wolverines have utilized some extra
offensive punch from defenseman
Mike Komisarek. In the team's first
win against Western Michigan on Oct.
20, the sophomore tallied two goals in
the 5-3 victory.
Saturday against the Badgers,
Komisarek struck again, recording two
goals. One of his scores was a short-
handed tally after senior Craig Murray

won a faceoff in the Wisconsin zone.
"It's something we work on in1 prac-
tice," Komisarek said. "Walking across
that blue lin'e and firing shots on net,
trying to find the right angles and not
getting the shot blocked. Luckily, for
me, they're getting through."
STONING GOPHERS: Michigan senior
goaltender Kevin O'Malley played his
first minutes of the season Friday night
in mop-up duty for starter Josh Black-
burn.
Blackburn gave up five goals before
being pulled in favor of O'Malley with
16 minutes left in the third period.
O'Malley, who performed well in
exhibition play, proved once again that
he is a much-improved goaltender. He
stoned seven shots, including a few
point-blank opportunities on a Min-
nesota powerplay. O'Malley held the
Golden Gophers scoreless during his
stint in net, further earning the confi-
dence of Berenson.
"I was not worried to put O'Malley
in," Berenson said. "He showed me
that he is ready to play in a game. He
has looked good in practice, and he
made some good saves and showed me
that he is ready."
THINKING AHEAD: Prior to the Wolver-
ines' victory over Wisconsin Saturday,
Michigan was 0-2 against the WCHA
this season, with losses to Minnesota-
Duluth in the Maverick Stampede and
Minnesota on Friday.
Saturday's victory was crucial for
the Wolverines' postseason hopes
because victories against nonconfer-

ence opponents play a large role in
deciding which teams receive at-large
bids to the NCAA Tournament.
"When you look back at these
games at the end of the season with the
pairwise rankings, and getting a bid to
the NCAA Tournament, these games
are obviously huge," Komisarek said.
Michigan will face two more non-
CCHA opponents before season's end.
The Wolverines will face Harvard on
Dec. 15 and North Dakota in the Great
Lakes Invitational over winter break.
TAKE A SEAT: After returning from a
high ankle sprain last weekend, Michi-
gan junior defenseman Mike Roemen-
sky was removed from the lineup for
Saturday night's game with the Bad-
gers. Roemensky was replaced by
freshman Nick Martens, who saw his
first action of the season.
"He was a healthy scratch. We
weren't happy with our team last night,
and he was one of the players we took
out of the lineup," Berenson said.
NOTES: Michigan junior forward
Mark Mink was moved from the sec-
ond line to the fourth line in the mid-
dle of Friday's game. Freshman Milan
Gajic was moved up in his place ...
Each of the four Wolverines' centers
tallied a point against Wisconsin ...
The Badgers haven't beaten the
Wolverines since 1993, and are 2-15-1
in College Hockey Showcase play...
The attendance of 6,917 at the Min-
nesota game was the largest since
Yost's major renovation prior to the
1996-97 season.

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ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Although he spent some time in the penalty box, Mike Komisarek was the leading
goal scorer for Michigan on the weekend with three.

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