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FRIDAY
DECEMBER 7, 2001

11

Icers try to clip RedHawks' feathers again
Michigan has not a lost a game against Miami since the 1997-98 season

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer

In late January of 1998, the eventual nation-
al champion Michigan hockey team headed to
Oxford for a series against CCHA rival Miami.
The Wolverines were
riding a five-game win-
ning streak heading into GOGGIN
the two-game weekend. Who: Michigan (8-5-2 o
But the RedHawks quick- Miami (7-61,541)
ly slowed the Wolverines when: 7:35 p.m. tonigh
down, twice upsetting Latest: The Wolverines h
Michigan, 3-1 and 4-3. games and have not los
Hopefully the Red- end ofOctober.They've<
Hawks enjoyed that vic- recently, winning the la
tory over Michigan, between the two progrE
because there hasn't been
another one to celebrate since then. The

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by giving up just one goal over two games
against Alaska-Fairbanks. The result was a
two-game sweep for the Wolverines.
Then over Thanksgiving weekend, No. 1
Minnesota jumped on Michigan early and
rolled to a 5-2 win. Contrarily last Saturday,
the Wolverines stymied
Ferris State and routed the
E ARENA Bulldogs, 6-1.
all, 63-2 OCCHA) vs. Establishing consisten-
cy on defense is one of the
:35 p.m. Saturday biggest factors Michigan
e won their last three will focus on against
CCHA game since the Miami.
o dominated Miami "Anytime that we play
.0 games of the series good defense it's going to
start the offense," defense-
man Andy Burnes said.
"We played good defense (Saturday night)
against Ferris and consequently scored six
goals. As far as these two games go, it's impor-
tant that we get two wins and establish our-
selves in the CCHA as a team to beat."
Allowing the Wolverines to take two wins is
something that the RedHawks would like to
avoid. Miami coach Enrico Blasi has never
beaten Michigan, posting an 0-6 mark against
them.
"We're playing this a game at a time and we
have to come to play 60 minutes," Blasi said.
"Michigan's a very good team - they've got a
bunch of offensive weapons to deal with.

"We just have to stick to our game plan, play
hard and see what happens."
Blasi, though, has had the privilege of play-
ing at Miami's home rink - Goggin Ice Arena
- just once since taking over the team in
1999. Overall, during Michigan's 10-game
domination of the RedHawks, only twice have
the games been played at Goggin.
It is a difficult arena for visiting teams to
play in, as evidenced by Michigan's 2-3 record
there in its last five games. But the setting is
very similar to Ferris State's Ewigleben Ice
Arena, where the Wolverines pulled out a 5-4
win last Friday.
"I think it was really good for the team to
See REDHAWKS, Page 13
STANDINGS
CCHA OVERALL
Team W L TPts WIL T
Michigan State 8 3 1 17 10 3 2
Michigan 6 3 2 14 8 5 2
Nebraska-Omaha 6 4 2 14 9 5 2
Northern Michigan 6 3 1 13 8 3 1
Ohio State 6 3 1 13 9 4 1
Miami (Ohio) 5 4 1 11 7 6 1
Ferris State 5 7 1 11 7 7 1
Notre Dame 4 3 3 11 4 6 4
Western Michigan 4 4 2 10 9 4 3
Bowling Green 3 7 2 8 4 8 4
Alaska-Fairbanks 3 7 0 6 7 7 0
Lake Superior 2 10 0 4 3 11 0

Wolverines have dominated Miami lately,
claiming wins in the last 10 contests between
the two teams.
If Michigan can translate that sort of consis-
tency over to its defensive play, then the streak
could run to 12 this weekend.
The defensive effort has been a Jekyll and
Hyde story for Michigan this season. Against
Northern Michigan on Oct. 27, the Wolverines
allowed three powerplay goals en route to a 5-3
loss, giving the Wildcats a sweep of the two-
game series.
But the rext weekend, Michigan responded

RYAN LEVENTH4L/Daily
Junior Jed Ortmeyer hopes to put his brother, defenseman Jacob Ortmeyer, on his back this weekend
when Michigan plays Miami in the teams only matchup this year.

'M' likely to have Devil of a time tomorrow

By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
The score lingers as a bitter after-
taste to a particularly unpleasant meal
- 34-2 ... 34-2 . . 34-2. Twelve min-
utes into the first half of last year's
game against Duke, the Wolverines
trailed by 32 points, and were suffering
one of the worst halves of basketball in
Michigan's history. The game -
which the Blue Devils won, 104-61 -
was the fourth-worst defeat in school
history.
"It's kind of what they were doing to
a lot of people last year, especially at
home," said Michigan coach Tommy
Amaker said. "They've had those kind
of blitzes before, and they've had them
with teams in their own league, so that
tells you how good they were last
year."
Tomorrow at 2 p.m. the teams meet
again.
The lineups are similar (gone from
Duke are Nate James and Shane Batti-
er; gone from Michigan's starting line-
up is the injured Josh Moore). The
records are similar (Michigan was 2-4
entering last year's game; this year they
are 3-3. This year Duke, as it was last
year, is undefeated).
What's changed? For one thing, the
game will be played in Ann Arbor, not
Durham N.C. The most influential
sixth-man in college basketball - the
Cameron Crazies - will be watching
the game on CBS. And then there's the

issue of "ties." Not neckties, which
Amaker does not wear, but familial
ties. Amaker is a part of the Duke bas-
ketball family, having played for and
subsequently coached under Mike
Krzyzewski.
And while there are mixed feelings
around Crisler Arena as to whether the
Wolverines have any chance of
"shocking the world" and upsetting the
No. 1 team in the country, everyone is
Want more?
Of course you do. Turn to page 14
to find a Fnday Focus dedicated to
Michigan vs. No. 1 Duke. Inside,
you will find:
Amaker vs. Krzyzewski How
will the apprentice handle facing
his mentor.
Family tree - Amaker isn't the
only Krzyzewski protege out
there. Learn about the Coach K
legacy.
Matchups - Who's got the
edge -position by position - in
tomorrow's game.
Who? Duke (8-0) at Michigan (3-3)
Where? Cris er Arena
When? 2 p.m. tomorrow

in agreement as to what the story is
tomorrow: The coaching matchup, and
the likelihood of continuing what was
once a competitive rivalry.
Michigan and Duke have played
each other at least once every year
since 1989. But there have been ques-
tions as to whether this annual game
ought to be renewed after next year.
Duke has won the past three meet-
ings by an average score of more than

31 points per game.
Regardless of the disparity of suc-
cess and competitiveness between the
two programs, there is an ironic new
reason why this game may be the sec-
ond-to-last in the 13-year old rivalry:
Amaker's ties to Duke.
Krzyzewski has vocalized his con-
cerns about coaching against former
players. Last year his team faced Mis-
See DUKE, Page 13

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Dommanic Ingerson (11) and the Wolverines must contain Duke's backcourt stars.

There's a
baby Bies
on the rise
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
During her four years at Lakeview
High School, Michigan center
LeeAnn Bies set school records in
rebounds and. blocked shots. But,
these records might not last for long
because in a year, there will be a new
Bies at the school - "Baby Bies,"
that is.
Eighth grader Katie Christensen,
who goes by this nickname, led her
team to an undefeated season last year
and hones her skills with Bies in the
off season. The last two summers,
Christensen attended the women's
basketball camp that Michigan hosts
every summer and impressed her
hometown hero.
Christensen made the 45-minute
trip north from Lakeview to Grand
Rapids in order to watch Bies play
against Notre Dame last Sunday. She
supported Bies from the front rows of
the stands with a sign that read,
"LeeAnn Bies Fans, From Lakeview."
Christensen and the other 20 family or
fans that attended the game were
treated to Bies' third double-double
this season. She recorded 18 points
and 12 rebounds in a 78-63 win, one

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