4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 3, 2003
Chatting into the boards
"It was just a bomb."
- Michigan coach Red Berenson on his
team's performance on Senior Night.
Michigan State 4
Michigan State 4
4:18 of the third period
- Michigan forward Brandon Kaleniecki
fired the eventual winning goal off a pass
from fellow freshman Andrew Ebbett who
recovered his own rebound.
Michigan State 4, Michigan 0
2 1 1
First period-1, MSU, Joe Markusen 1(Mike
Lalonde) 8:02, 2, MSU, Lee Falardeau 5 (Brian Mal-
oney, Brad Fast) 11:33. Penalties- Mike Lalonde,
MSU (roughing) 14:40; Brandon Kaleniecki, MICH
(unsportsmanlike conduct) 14:40; Andrew Ebbett,
MICH (roughing) 14:40; Brad Fast, MSU (roughing)
14:40; John-Michael Liles, MSU (obstruction-holding)
17:28. Second period - 3, MSU, Brian Maloney 12
(John-Michael Liles) 8:46 (pp). Penalties - Nick
Martens, MICH (holding) 0:38; Milan Gajic, MICH
(obstruction-holding) 7:46; Colton Fretter, MSU
(charging) 14:13; Jeff Tambellini, MICH (interfer-
ence) 19:36. Third period - 4, MSU, Brian Maloney
13 (John-Michael Liles, Colton Fretter) 0:17 (pp).
Penalties - Andy Burnes, MICH (high sticking)
7:54; Colton Fretter, MSU (roughing) 8:34. Shots on
Goal: MSU 7-11-7 25; MICH 13-13-11 37. Power plays:
MSU 2 of 4; MICH 0 of 3. Penalties: MSU 5 (10 min);
MICH 6 (12 min). Saves - MICH, Montoya (23-9-1)
-15; Noah Ruden --6; MSU, Migliaccio (16-9-2) -
37 Referee: Kevin Hall. At: Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor.
Michigan 5, Michigan State 4
1 3 1 - 5
2 1 1 - 4
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - Al Montoya has done a
pretty good job of hiding the fact that he is
the youngest player in college hockey. He
ranks in the top 10 in the nation in goals
against average and minutes played, and
has done everything the Wolverines have
But now the real challenge starts.
With so much riding on this weekend's
contests - Red Berenson's 500th career
win, Senior Night on Friday, the Michi-
gan-Michigan State rivalry and playoff
positioning - Michigan associate head
coach Mel Pearson felt that the pressure
was starting to get to the 18-year-old net-
"The team is going to go as far as he
can take us," Pearson said. "The way he
deals with that pressure is going to be
On Friday and most of the game Satur-
day, Montoya didn't look like the netmin-
der the Wolverines have become
accustomed to. The majority of the eight
goals he gave up on 43 shots this weekend
were on shots the freshman usually stops
The woes started for Montoya in the
first period on Friday as Joe Markusen
sent a lob shot through the zone that went
past Montoya's glove for the defender's
first goal of the season.
Then, minutes later, Brian Maloney
dumped a shot that Montoya appeared to
cover up, but the puck trickled behind him
to his right for Lee Falardeau to tap in,
leaving a deficit Michigan was not able to
Montoya struggled again minutes into
Saturday's contest as he mishandled a
John-Michael Liles shot from the blueline
to give the Spartans an early lead. Then
after giving up two goals through the five
First period-1, MSU, John-Michael Liles 16 (Brock
Radunske 14, Brad Fast 25) 3:43 (pp); 2, MICH,
Jason Ryznar 5 (Danny Richmond 7 David Moss 15)
5:07; 3, MSU, Lee- Falardeau 6 (Brian Maloney 11)
15:18 (sh). Penalties - David Moss, MICH (charg-
ing) 2:17; Chad Hontvet, MSU (checking from
behind) 13:58; Brian Maloney, MSU (roughing)
18:20; Mark Mink, MICH (bm) 18:20; Brian Maloney,
MSU (high-sticking) 18:20; Nick Martens, MICH
(high-sticking) 18:20. Second period - 4, MICH,
Jed Ortmeyer 12 (John Shouneyia 22, Jeff Tambelli-
ni 11) 0:23; 5, MICH Mike Roemensky 2 (John
Shoeneyia 23) 2:55; 6, MSU, Troy Ferguson 2 (Tim
Hearon 3, Brad Fast 26) 9:04 (sh); 7, MICH, John
Shouneyia 6 (Eric Nystrom 8, Jeff Tambellini 12)
17:40 (pp). Penalties - Brock Radunske, MSU
(obstruction-hooking) 7:49; Steve Clark, MSU
(boarding) 12:24; Colton Fretter, MSU (elbowing)
17:15; Jed Ortmeyer, MICH (slashing) 20:00: Brian
Maloney, MSU (cross-checking) 20:00; Jed Ortmey-
er, MICH (roughing) 20:00; Brad Fast, MSU (rough-
ing) 20:00; Andy Burnes, MICH (cross-checking)
20:00. Third period - 8, MICH, Brandon Kaleniecki
12 (Andrew Ebbett 14, Andy Burnes 6) 4:18; 9,
MSU, Ash Goldie 6 (Brad Fast 27, Matt Migliaccio
1) 6:22 (pp). Penalties - Danny Richmond, MICH
(hit after whistle) 5:37; Lee Falardeau, MSU (hit
after whistle) 5:37; Danny Richmond. MICH (ir)
5:37. Shots on Goal: MICH 10-14-9 33; MSU 11-7-6 24.
Power plays: MICH 1 of 4; MSU 2 of 3. Saves - MICH,
Montoya (249-1) -20; MSU, Migliaccio (17-9-2) -
28. Referee: Mark Wilkins. At: Joe Lewis Arena,
Detroit Attendance: 20,058.
HOw THEY FARED
No. 1 Colorado College (25-5-5) def. No.
10 Minnesota State-Mankato 8-1, lost to
No. 2 Cornell (24-4-1) def. Princeton 2-1,
def. Yale 3-0.
No. 3 Boston College (21-9-4) tied with
No. 4 New Hampshire 3-3, lost to New
No. 4 New Hampshire (21-7-6) tied with
No. 3 Boston College 3-3, def. Boston
No. 6 Ferris State (25-8-1) def. Nebras-
ka-Omaha 5-0, def. Nebraska-Omaha 4-0.
No. 7 Minnesota (19-8-8) tied with No.
12 Denver 3-3, def. Denver 8-5.
No. 8 Michigan (24-9-1) lost to Michigan
State 4-0, def. Michigan State 5-4.
No. 9 North Dakota (22-8-5) tied with
No. 10 Minnesota State-Mankato (17-8-
9) lost to No. 1 Colorado College 8-1,
def. Colorado College 9-6.
No. 11 Boston University(21-12-3) def.
Maine 4-2, lost to Maine 4-2.
No. 12 Denver (20-106) tied with No. 7
Minnesota 3-3, lost to Minnesota 8-5.
No.13 Harvard (19-8-2) tied with Clark-
son 3-3, def. St. Lawrence 5-0.
No. 14 Ohio State (22-03) lost to
Northern Michigan 5-2, def. Northern
No. 15 Providence (19-12-3) def. Mass.-
Michigan State 4, MicHiAN 0
ALASKA FAIRBANKS 2, Miami 1
LAKE SUPERIOR 2, Bowling Green 0
WESTERN MICHIGAN 4, Notre Dame 2
FERRIS STATE 5, Nebraska-Omaha 0
NORTHERN MICHIGAN 5, Ohio State 2
Ohio State 4, NORTHERN MICHIGAN 1
NOTRE DAME 5, Western Michigan 2
ALASKA FAIRBANKS 1, Miami 1
Bowling Green 3, LAKE SUPERIOR 2
Michgan 5, MIcHIGAN STATE 4
FERRIS STATE 4, Omaha-Nebraska 0
Michigan goaltender Al Montoya gave up eight goals this weekend, as Michigan State was able to
pounce upon a number of the rebounds he let up.
hole, Montoya muffed an Ash Goldie shot tling no matter what."
from the blueline off his glove. As Montoya has played as many games
But, unlike Friday night, Michigan put so far this season as he did last season, the
together a strong second and third period upcoming CCHA and NCAA tournaments
to pull out the victory. will test his physical and mental stamina.
"Our team has to play well in front of "Right now we have to rest him as much
him," Pearson said. "I don't think we did as we can," Pearson said. "More for the
(Friday). (But) we're going to have to help mental rest than anything."
him tighten up and get through the tough When Montoya next steps on the ice, his
weekend." ability to deal with coming off a bad
Montoya battled back to make some key weekend is going to be tested.
saves in the second period with the game "As you get older, you learn to deal with
tied at three. adversity," Michigan goaltending coach
"The saves gave me confidence," Mon- Stan Matwijw said. "Al's got to learn to let
toya said. "Also, we're in the game the things go. If one squeaks by that he feels
whole time, so we have to keep battling no he should have had, he should just let it go
matter what the score is. So I just kept bat- and worry about the next one."
off of Friday
D ETROIT - All that was missing from this week-
end's showdown with Michigan State was the Scoo-
When we left the Wolverines on Friday/Senior Night, the
seniors were being trotted out to a non-student-filled crowd
that clapped for their four-year warriors. Unfortunately, the
celebration of the careers
of Mark Mink, Jed Ort-
meyer, Mike Roemen- a
sky, John Shouneyia and
J.J. Swistak occurred
after they were embar-
rassed by the Spartans in
a 4-0 loss. And the hype
for Red Berenson's
500th career coaching KYLE O'NEILL
victory had to wait for The Daily Janitor
Wayne also lost "Wayne's World" to Noah's Arcade, as
Casandra went away with Benjamin.
The Wolverines were riding on a wing and a prayer, but
now that wing was on fire and the prayer was being
answered by Satan.
The next night came, though, and the long-haired prophet
known as Garth entered and offered that this weekend be
concluded with "the mega-happy ending."
Michigan delivered it with no disappointments, and for the
first time this season, it was the seniors that carried the rest of
the team on their shoulders. It's not that the senior class hasn't
been effective this year, but it's that they've been the reliable
crutch to hold the team up until a Jeff Tambellini or Al Mon-
toya can singlehandedly get the win. Saturday night - a
night after the seniors were supposed to party at Yost Ice'
Arena - the fiesta was brought to Joe Louis Arena.
When the Spartans kept Tambellini in check both nights
- as well they should have after his four-goal weekend
against them two weeks ago - and Montoya was at his
worst between the pipes, it was the captain and his four
compadres who showed why the Wolverines are a different
team when March and April rolls around.
The one-night turnaround began with Ortmeyer's
postgame comments on Friday night.
"You know what, I'll take the blame, my team wasn't ready
to play," Ortmeyer said of Friday night's loss. "It was a night
for the seniors to be on top of things and ... I can't explain it."
He didn't need to explain it. His team wasn't ready to
play. He knew that, and like Wayne and Garth waving their
fingers and arms to go to a better world, he erased the
stench of Friday night by accepting the blame.
So on Saturday night, when Montoya let in goals he nor-
mally saves, the captain's line dug deeper - Ortmeyer,
Shouneyia and Tambellini were plus-three on the night.
When the high-scoring Tambellini couldn't get wide open
looks, his upper-classman linemates each finished what the
freshman started for them. And when Berenson needed a
group of guys to get him his 500th win, who else could he
count on more than his two-year captain and those who
went the distance for him as players?
"Orty's a great captain and he's going to take a lot of heat
for (all the negative things the team) does," Roemensky
said. "He's a great leader, and for him to have the game he
had tonight shows how he can bounce back. And we just
bounced back from (Friday) night's game ... to come out
with that edge tonight."
For Roemensky, his final regular season game against the
Spartans was one to hang his hat on. After Friday night
when he couldn't get a shot by Michigan State goaltender
Matt Migliaccio, he buried one off of a Shouneyia feed to
give Michigan its first lead of the game and finished with a
team-best plus-three rating for the night.
Saturday night was not just the perfect Senior Night for
the Wolverines, it was also the quintessential atmosphere
that was sorely missed on Friday. With all the students away
on spring break, the weekend opener at Yost seemed more
like a football game at the Big House (and that's the farthest
thing from a compliment). But thanks to an energized
20,058 - many being students returned home - at Joe
Louis, Michigan had its fans become the momentum chang-
er for two different deficits.
Now I'm not one for saying a crowd can win a game in
any sport, but there is something about the energy of a
crowd being paralleled with the energy of the teams they
are watching. Michigan is a team that needs noise, whether
it is good or bad. Except for losses at a rowdy Ferris State
and at home against Notre Dame, Michigan has lost when it
has played in low-energy arenas.
When Michigan lost to North Dakota in Buffalo, it was
quiet enough for every word on the ice to be heard in the
third-level press box. At Northern Michigan for the Wildcats'
sweep of the Wolverines, the crowd was into the game once
they knew Michigan couldn't come back. Even at Munn Ice
Arena in East Lansing two weeks ago, there wasn't a continu-
ous buzz amongst the crowd until the Spartans went up 4-1,
causing a quick two-goal rebuttal by Tambellini.
It's obvious that the seniors fuel off the crowd more than
anybody, because they know it may be the last time they hear
So here's a plea to those Michigan faithful who can ven-
ture to Columbus next weekend and to all the rounds of the
postseason in the weeks following: Be proud, be loud ...
and "party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth."
- Ifyou think that Ed O'Neills appearance in "Waynes World"
was vastly underrated, please contact
A linesman struggles to separate Michigan State's John-Michael Liles and Michigan's John Shouneyia in the second period of the Spartans' 40 victory Friday.
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tribute to the man who has led them to
106 victories in their college careers.
"It's a very special thing for this pro-
gram and for Coach Berenson," senior
captain Jed Ortmeyer said. "He puts his
heart and his soul into this program and
to be a part of something like this, it's
really why guys come to Michigan."
"It's a great feeling for us and for
coach," senior defenseman Mike Roe-
mensky said. "Coach has always been
there for us. He has taught us a lot. It
means a great deal to us, as it does to
him. Just to be a part of it, it's just really
With the win, Berenson also moved
within one victory of former Boston
College coach John Kelley for 13th on
the all-time NCAA win list. Berenson
has been coaching in the college ranks
for seven years less than any of the men
ahead of him.
"Like I told our players, I can't score
goals and I can't stop the puck," Beren-
son said. "But we can at least try and
bring good players into our program and
mold them into good teams. And I think
that's why we're standing here tonight."
When Berenson arrived at Michigan
for the 1984-85 season, he took over a
struggling program. - the Wolverines
had finished ninth in the CCHA for the
previous two seasons, combining for just
23 wins in 63 games.
But with Berenson behind the bench,
Michigan began a steady rise back to the
top of the college hockey world. By
1992, the team had its first regular sea-
son conference title since joining the
CCHA in 1981. By 1996, the Wolver-
ines had their first national title since
1964 - they added a second title two
years later. Over 18 plus seasons, he has
compiled a 500-240-50 overall record.
After Saturday night's game, Beren-
son didn't want to dwell on that history.
"I think he was more relieved to get
the two points in the standings, which
is huge right now," Pearson said. "But
there's no question I think he's
relieved, that's behind him and there
won't be any focus on that, and that's
the way he likes it."
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Goldie scored at 6:22.
"We knew we had to bounce back and salvage the
weekend," Shouneyia said. "We let State come into our
house and for us that was embarrasing, so I think we
had a lot of guys who were stepping up tonight."
The game was especially sweet for the five Wolver-
ines who had their Senior Night ruined Friday and may
have played their last game against their biggest rivals.
"Coach always said you're either a Michigan kid or a
Michigan State kid, and us Michigan boys are really
proud of our team and coach and the effort that we had
tonight," Roemensky said. "It's the last time for us
seniors that we're going to play these guys (in the) regu-
lar season and I think it's really important for us to go
out with a win and keep it rolling on throughout the rest
of the regular season."
The turnaround victory also kept Michigan's CCHA
championship hopes alive, abate barely. A second loss
to Michigan State would have mathematically eliminat-
ed Michigan from the conference title race. The Wolver-
ines, who remain four points behind Ferris State, still
cling to the faint hope of tying for the title. For that to
happen, Michigan would have to sweep Ohio State in
Columbus next weekend, and Ferris State would have to
fall twice to 11th-place Bowling Green.
Ferris State 20
Ohio State 16
Michigan State 15:
Northern Michigan 13:
Western Michigan 13:
Notre Dame 12:
Alaska-Fairbanks . 10:
Bowling Green 5:
Lake Superior 3
W L T
25 8 1
24 9 1
22 10 3
19 13 2
17 15 2
15 17 2
14 14 6
13 12 7
18 15 3
13 19 4
8 21 3
6 24 4
Through Mar. 2 - League games only
Player G A P
1. Chris Kunitz, FSU
2. R.J. Umberger, OSU
3. Brad Fast, MSU
3. Jeff Legue- FSU
5. JohnMichael Liles, MSU
Th'iree stars of the weekendi