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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 17, 2003

Chatting into the boards
"I definitely hate Michigan."
- Michigan State sophomore center Jim Slater -
who scored in the second period of Saturday night's
5-3 win over Michigan - responds to the question of

Michigan State 1
Michigan 3

Michigan 3
Michigan State 5

Key play
8:14 of the second period
- Michigan forward Jeff Tambellini was
moving in all alone on Michigan State
goaltender Matt Migliaccio when Michi-
gan senior Jed Ortmeyer was called for
interference, negating the breakaway.

whether he felt the

Spartans played their best hockey
this weekend.

Michigan 3, Michigan State1

Michigan State

0 1 0
1 2 0

- 1
- 3

First period - 1, MICH, Jeff Tambellini 19 (unassist-
ed) 0:13 Penalties - Jared Nightingale, MSU (rough-
ing) 8:12; Brian Maloney, MSU (roughing) 11:32;
Mike Roemensky, MICH (obstruction-holding) 14:13
Second period - 2, MSU, Jim Slater 10 (Brad Fast)
1:49 (pp); 3, MICH, Jeff Tambellini 20 (John
Shouneyia) 4:20; 4 MICH, Jason Ryznar 3 (Milan
Gajic, Mike Roemensky) 17:25. Penalties - Andy
Burnes, MICH (interference) 1:13; Mark Mink,
MICH (holding) 7:55; Mike Lalonde, MSU (high
sticking) 7:55; Jim Slater, MSU (high sticking)
9:08; JJ. Swistak, MICH (tripping) 12:00; Jed Ort-
meyer, MICH (interference) 13:18, Jared Nightin-
gale, MSU (roughing after the whistle) 18:15;
Dwight Helminen, MICH (roughing after the whistle)
18:15, Nick Martens, MICH (charging) 19:58. Third
period - Penalties - Colton Fretter, MSU (rough-
ing after the whistle) 5:50; David Moss, MICH
(roughing after the whistle) 5:50; Jason Ryznar,
MICH (roughing) 8:24; Brock Radunske, MSU
(slashing) 11:06; Brandon Rogers, MICH (tripping)
13:39. Shots on Goal: MSU 12-10-12 34; MICH 9-7-11
27 Power plays: MSU 1 of 7; MICH 0 of 4, Penalties:
MSU 7(14 min); MICH 10(20 m.) Saves- MICH,
Montoya (21-7-1) -33; MSU, Migliaccio (14-7-2) -
24 Referee: Steve Mclnchak.
At: Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor. Attendance: 6924.
Michigan State 5, MichIgan 3

Michigan State

0 1 2
0 2 3

- 3
- 5

First period -Penalties - JJoe Mark usen, MSU
(checking from behind) 4:54; Eric Nystrom, MICH
(hooking) 6:51; David Booth, MSU (elbowing) 10:45:
Nick Martens, MICH (roughing) 18:54. Second per-
od- 1, MSU, John-Michael Liles 12 (Brian Maloney
9, Colton Fretter 10) 0:48 (pp); 2, MSU, John-
Michael Liles 13 (Colton Fretter 11) 3:25; 3, MICH,
Dwight Helminen 9 (Mark Mink 11) 7:45. Penalties
- Andy Burnes, MICH (roughing) 3:43; Jed Ortmey-
er, MICH (interference) 8:14; Dwight Helminen,
MICH (slashing) 12:49; Brian Maloney, MSU
(unsportsmanlike conduct) 12:49; Brian Maloney,
MSU (roughing) 12:49; Corey Potter, MSU (rough-
ing) 20:00; Milan Gajic, MICH (roughing) 20:00
Third period -4, MSU, Jim Slater 11 (John-Michael
Liles 22) 2:20; 5, MSU, Corey Potter 3 (Colton Fret-
ter 12, Ash Goldie 13) 8:27; 6, MICH, Jeff Tambellini
21 (Jed Ortmeyer 13) 9:39 (pp); 7, MICH, Jeff Tam-
bellini 22 (Jed Ortmeyer 14, Danny Richmond 14)
9:59; 8, MSU, Brian Maloney 10 (David Booth 14,
Brad Fast 19) 18:23 (empty net). Penalties -
Nenad Gajic, MSU (slashing) 9:21; Danny Richmond,
MICH (roughing) 20:00; Danny Richmond, MICH
(roughing) 20:00; Joe Markusen, MSU (roughing)
20:00; Joe Markusen, MSU (roughing) 20:00, Shots
on Goal: MICH 9-12-1435; MSU 7-10-12 29. Power
plays: MICH 1lof 4; MSU 1lof 4.. Saves -MICH, Mon-
toya (21-8-1) -24; MSU, Migliaccio (15-7-2) -32.
Referee: Brian Aaron,
At: Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing. Attendance:
No. 1 Colorado College (234-5) lost to
No. 15 St. Cloud State 4-2, def. St.
Cloud State 5-3.
No. 2 Maine (22-5-5) lost to Providence
5-1, tied with Providence 2-2
No. 3 Cornell (204-1) tied with Brown
2-2, def. No. 13 Harvard 4-3.
No. 4 Boston College (19-7-3) def. Mer-
rimack 3-2, lost to Merrimack 6-1.
No. 5 North Dakota (22-6.4) tied with
No. 14 Denver 3-3, lost to Denver 2-1.
No. 6 New Hampshire (19-74) def.
Northeastern 4-3, tied with Northeast-
ern 1-1.
No. 7 Minnesota (17-7-7) def. Wisconsin
5-2, def. Wisconsin 8-1.
No. 8 Michigan (21-8-1) def. Michigan
State 3-1, lost to Michigan State 5-3.
No. 9 Ferris State (23-8-1) def. Western
Michigan 2-1, def. Western Michigan 5-3.
No. 10 Ohio State (20-7-3) lost to
Miami 1-0.
No. 11 Boston University(19-10-2) def.
Mass-Lowell 5-3, def. Mass-Lowell 2-1.
No. 12 Minnesota State-Mankato (14-
7-9) def. Alaska-Ancourage 8-3, def.
Alaska-Ancourage 6-3.
No. 13 Harvard (15-8-1) def. Colgate 7-
0, lost to No. 3 Cornell 4-3.
No. 14 Denver (18-9-5) tied with No. 5
North Dakota 3-3, def. North Dakota
No. 15 St. Cloud State (14-11-3) def.
No. 1 Colorado College 4-2, lost to Col-
orado College 5-3.
Fdday's games:
Notre Dame 3, BowuNG GREEN 2
NORTHERN MICHIGAN 2, Lake Superior 1
MicHiGN 3, Michigan State 1
Saturday's games:
MIAMI 1, Ohio State 0
LAKE SUPERIOR 4, Northern Michigan 2
Notre Dame 3, BOwUNG GREEN 2
MICHIGAN STATE 5, Michigan 3
FERRIS STATE 2, Western Michigan 1
Saturday's games:
MIAMI 1, Ohio State 0

Wolverines' road
pains continue at
Munn Ice Arena
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Do a bunch of college kids yelling obsceni-
ties in Maize shirts really affect the Michigan hockey team?
Apparently so.
Because, for the third time in 2003, the Wolverines have
won on Friday at home, only to lose to the same team on Sat-
urday in their opponent's building.
"We have to play better on the road," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We have to take a hard look at ourselves and
how we play on the road, and do something about it."
Following Saturday night's loss at Munn Ice Arena against
Michigan State, Michigan has now lost five of its last six
games in an opposing school's building. Except for a non-con-
ference win at Minnesota Thanksgiving weekend, the Wolver-
ines have had completely different results away from Yost.
Michigan is now just 2-5-1 on the road in league games this
season, with its two wins coming against league doormats
Bowling Green and Lake Superior State.
While every team has an advantage at home, how can the eighth-
ranked Wolverines garner such different results on the road?
"You could make of study of that," Berenson said. "I can't
give you the answer of that, but I can tell you that there has
ever been a team in the history of hockey that has had a better
record on the road than they have at home."
But the Wolverines are going to have to find an answer if
they are going defend their CCHA regular season title. Michi-
gan plays five of its final six games away from Yost. Next
weekend the Wolverines will take on Nebraska-Omaha at the
Omaha Civic Auditorium, which always sells out and is the
most underrated atmosphere in the CCHA. Then, after another
series with Michigan State at Yost and Joe Louis Arena, the
Wolverines will head down to Columbus to play two against
Ohio State in Value City Arena, where there will likely be
over 10,000 Michigan haters in attendance.
To be successful in those venues, Michigan will need to
avoid big deficits. In its last two road games, Michigan's
opponent has come out and blitzed the Wolverines early. After
a lackluster first period on Saturday night, Spartans forward
John-Michael Liles scored twice in the first four minutes of
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any banners by himself either. Michigan briefly found def
balanced scoring for the last couple weeks, but that fro
vanished against Michigan State. Mi
"Obviously you need more than one player or one T
line that can score," Berenson said after Saturday's and
loss, adding that the.Wolverines "can't walk out of Mi
here feeling that we gave it everything we had." roo
Tambellini, appropriately, took two final shots as the T
clock expired in that game, trying until the end to sal- bal
vage the game for Michigan. star
A few minutes later, Michigan State coach Rick jum
Comley said, "I'm not sure how big an adjective I Tan
have" to describe Tambellini." tans
You can start with money player. T

Michigan's Mark Mink and Michigan State's Brian Maloney get tangled up on the boards Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. While the Wolverines
won at home, their road woes became more evident with a 5-3 loss at Munn Ice Arena.

the second period to get the Munn Ice Arena crowd going.
While the Wolverines got within one, the deficit became too
much to overcome. A similar situation occurred two weeks
ago when the Wolverines traveled to Big Rapids to take on
Ferris State. In that game, the Bulldogs scored three unan-
swered goals in the first period. Again, the Wolverines came
back, but they were unable to get the equalizer.
"When you get down a couple goals and their building gets
into it, it's tough," Michigan forward Jeff Tambellini said. "We
really got to make sure that we're ready for the next six
games, and we can't be wasting anything in the first period."
While the atmosphere at Munn was nothing like Yost on Fri-

day night - it featured the most NBA-like feeling the Wolver-
ines have played in this year with electronic scoreboards
repeatedly trying to pump up the crowd and even a inflatable
blimp - it was the loudest it has been all season, and it got
real loud when the Spartans had the momentum.
"The crowd was a huge factor," Michigan State forward Jim
Slater said. "I thought it was the loudest I've heard since I've
been here."
However, the Wolverines won't be winning many games
down the stretch if they cannot deal with the hostility.
"Maybe it's a little tougher to play on the road," Berenson
said. "But we have to play better than this."

tinued from Page 1B
enseman Corey Potter ripped a shot
m just inside the blueline to give
chigan State a three-goal lead.
'he fans at Munn Ice Arena all erupted
began to shout incoherently at the
chigan fans who bought "standing
>m only" tickets.
the pains of being embarrassed in foot-
1 and upset in basketball were now
rting to go away for the bandwagon
nping Michigan State faithful. But
rbellini wasn't about to let the Spar-
s leave without a fight.
hanks to a slashing penalty on Nenad
ic -- brother of Michigan's Milan -
Wolverines found themselves on a
Oerplay at the 9:21 mark of the third
iod. Eighteen seconds later, Ortmeyer

passed the puck from the left faceoff circle
across the ice to a waiting Tambellini. The
freshman put his 21st goal of the season
by Migliaccio when his shot deflected off
the leg pads of the diving Michigan State
goaltender into the net.
After the goal, the Wolverines won the
faceoff, prompting freshman defenseman
Danny Richmond to find Ortmeyer at the
blueline for a slap shot. The attempt on net
bounced off Migliaccio to a streaking Tam-
bellini, who put the rebound by the goalie
and cut the lead to one with 10:01 to play.
The goal prompted a rendition "Hail to the
Victors" from the concourse area.
"Wegot a nice lead 4-1 and they got
two quick ones on us again and turned it
into a barn burner," Michigan State coach
Rick Comley said. "I've been nervous for
30 years, so this one was no different.
And they're so dangerous. They come at

you with such speed. We played so darn
well for some segments of the game, and
then to get a 4-1 lead like that, and they
get two chippers that go in. Those type of
goals have haunted us all year."
But that was all the Wolverines would
muster for the rest of the game. The Spar-
tans scored an empty-netter at the 18:23
mark when left wing Brian Maloney
ripped one between the posts from just
outside the blueline.
Michigan forward Dwight Helminen
scored his third goal in four games at the
7:45 mark of the second period when he
got his own rebound to the right of the
goal, pushed the puck under the goal-
tender and proceeded to score easily on an
out-of-position Migliaccio.
At 15-6-1 (21-8-1 overall) in the
CCHA, Michigan is six points back of
first place Ferris State.

- Courtney Lewis can be reached at


Montoya shines oir
By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Michigan goalie Al Montoya made
his birthday something to remember.
The freshman, who fast-tracked his last year of high school

to join the Wolverines this season, turned 18
on Thursday. And in his first game as a legal
voter, he shut down his team's archrival en
route to a 3-1 win.
Montoya made a number of eye-popping
saves on Friday to keep the Maize and Blue
ahead. His biggest sequence may have come

t '

with Michigan leading 2-1 in the second period and a delayed
penalty coming against the Wolverines.
The Glenview, Ill. native stopped a number of rebounds
m- '---

ihis 18th birthday
before his team was able to gather control of the puck and
draw a whistle.
Montoya, who was serenaded by the home crowd with
"Happy Birthday" multiple times over the course of Friday's
game, certainly seemed to satisfy his coach with his play.
"The question about our goalie playing in a big game like
this, I think was answered," coach Red Berenson said.
On Saturday, Montoya was bombarded by 29 Michigan State
shots. Despite giving up four goals and taking the loss, many
said that he kept his team as close as anyone could have asked.
"Montoya kept them right in it," Michigan State defense-
man John-Michael Liles said. "He played fantastic. You real-
ly can't fault him for any of the goals I don't think. He played
very well."
Michigan State coach Rick Comley agreed.
"There were times we could have been up three or four to
nothing in the hockey game, and he came up with a couple
really big saves," Comley said.
But for Montoya, Friday night will still be the highlight of
the weekend.
"Turning 18 and getting a win in my first game against
Michigan State, what more could I ask for?" Montoya said.
FAST OUT OF GATE TWO: For five minutes to start the second
period, Michigan State was on the attack, and it had Michigan
on its heels.
After the two teams skated to a scoreless first period Satur-
day night, the Spartans jumped onto the ice to start the sec-
ond and took the game and a series sweep away from the
Wolverines. Michigan State scored two goals in the first 3:25
of the period to build a lead. And with the Munn Ice Arena
crowd behind them, the Spartans never looked back.
"We came out on the powerplay and just took it to them,"
Michigan State freshman Colton Fretter said. "That was the
loudest I've heard (the crowd) going in a long time."
With Michigan defenseman Nick Martens serving the final
54 seconds of a roughing penalty left over from the first peri-
od, Liles lobbed home a wristshot from the blueline for a 1-0
edge just 48 seconds in.
"That first goal on the powerplay I think really got us going,"
Liles said. "And then for about five minutes, we were really flying."



Team W L T Pts W L T
Ferris State 18 5 1 37 22 8 1
Ohio State 15 5 2 32 21 7 3
Michigan 15 6 1 31 21 8 1
Michigan State 13 8 1 27 17 11 2
Miami 11 10 2 24 17 13 2
Northern Michigan 11 11 1 23 15 13 2
Western Michigan 11 11 0 22 13 15 1
Notre Dame 9 10 3 21 11 13 6
Nebraska-Omaha 9 13 2 20 13 15 4
Alaska-Fairbanks 7 11 6 20 10 12 6
Bowling Green 4 16 2 10 7 19 2
Lake Superior 2 19 1 5 5 21 4
Through Feb. 16 - League games only
Player G A P
1. Chris Kunitz, FSU 22 22 44
2. R.J. Umberger, OSU 11 21 32
3. Jeff Legue, FSU 14 16 30
3. Mike Kompon, Miami 12 18 30
5. John-Michael Liles, MSU 11 15 26

Michigan State fans Zachary Nicholas (left) and Connor Enright
celebrate a Michigan State goal Saturday night.
Liles added another score a little more than three minutes
later to give Michigan State a more comfortable edge.
The Spartans were pleased with the way they played in the
first period, and didn't make too many adjustments at the break.
"We played well in the first period," Liles said. "We just
said, 'We've got to keep plugging away, and keep chipping the
puck out of our zone, clearing rebounds away from (goalie
Matt Migliaccio),' and I think we did that pretty well."

Although it wasn't a trip to Deja Vu, Michigan goaltender Al Montoya
celebrated his 18th birthday from Thursday with a 3-1 win Friday night.


Thlree stars of the weekend
Jed Ortmeyer


Jeff Tambellini


Al Montoya
Freshma n/goalie


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