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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 03, 2003

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Ryznar finds
his game at
right time
By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
This is Jason Ryznar's time of year.
Michigan's 6-foot-4 forward scored the game-
winning goal on Sunday to send the Wolverines to
their third consecutive Frozen Four. After the
game, coach Red Berenson said that Ryznar is
playing the best hockey of his career right now.

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straight fr
By Gina Adduci
Daily Sports Writer

The Anchorage, Alaska native
thinks his health might have
something to do with that. Ryz-
nar injured his right shoulder in
Michigan's first game of the sea-
son against Niagara on Oct. 11.
He returned two weeks later,

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only to hurt his left shoulder in his first game back.
"I think the injuries were a setback, especially for
a big kid who misses some time on the ice," assistant
coach Billy Powers said. "It seems that it always
takes the big guys a little longer to get into a real
flow. I think for Ryz, you know, this is Ryz's midsea-
son right now. He's got a lot of energy."
The Michigan coaching staff also said that Ryz-
nar's style is well suited for the postseason game.
His big frame and soft hands make him difficult to
handle in the corners.
"A lot of the little things in playoff hockey
aren't necessarily finesse," Berenson said.
"You've got all these good players, but they're
playing so hard, and it's so important, that there's
not a lot of room to choose between players. But
Ryznar is separating himself from players just
because he's so strong along the boards. He's
giving us a big boost in that area. This is his kind
of hockey."
The sophomore has teamed with center David
Moss over the second half of the season to become
Michigan's most physical pairing. Their work

TONY DING/Daily
Michigan sophomore Jason Ryznar works to get free in front of the Ferris State net in the CCHA Super Six
championship game. Ryznar has been playing some of his best hockey during the playoffs.

behind the net starts before the game, when the two
sit down with a chart of the opposing team to see
how big their defense is. The homework also makes
life better for their other linemate, Milan Gajic.
"It's easy when you're playing with guys that are
big but are skilled at the same time," Gajic said. "If
they're just big, and they're not skilled, it kind of
poses some problems where they can go in and hit,
but after that they can't do anything. But with these
guys, they're big, they're massive, they can move
the puck, and they can score. And I think they
showed that over the weekend."
According to Powers, the line has been at the top
of its game lately. And the guys couldn't have
picked a better time.
"We've had success here at Michigan because

(this has) been a team time of year," Powers said.
"If you don't have everybody going, you're not
moving on."
MAKING IT BIG: Ferris State lost to Minnesota in
the NCAA Tournament last Saturday. So it's no
surprise that Bulldogs star Chris Kunitz has already
had a better week.
The senior, who torched the Wolverines and the
rest of the CCHA for 35-44-79 totals, signed a
two-year contract with the Mighty Ducks of Ana-
heim on Tuesday and was then named one of
three finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker
Award yesterday.
Cornell goalie Dave LeNevue and Colorado Col-
lege forward Peter Sejna are also finalists.
-The Associated Press contributed to this report.

EAST LANSING - The intra-state
rivalry was sparked once again yester-
day when the Michigan men's tennis
team faced Michigan State in East
Lansing. Michigan dropped its sixth
straight match to the Spartans, 5-2.
Although the Spartans won all three
doubles matches, the Wolverines played
tough in the singles matches.
Sophomore David Anving triumphed
over Michigan State's Marshall
Cameron, winning in two straight sets.
"We lost three match points in our
doubles match, so I was really pumped
up for my singles match," Anving said.
Anving faced Cameron last year, los-
ing in two straight sets, and "really
wanted to beat him this time."
The first set was tight, but Anving
was able to break back and clinch the
first set. By the second set, Cameron
was worn down, while Anving picked
up the pace and swept the match (6-4,
6-1).
Although sophomore Josef Fischer
was ultimately defeated by his oppo-
nent, Topalo Goran, he provided an
exciting and entertaining match.
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it into the outfield somewhere," Canta-
lamessa said. "(Ryan Ford) threw me a
changeup, I stayed back on it and it
felt good."
While the veterans of the ball club
saved the day, the youngsters gave it the
kick start. Freshman shortstop Jeremy
Goldschmeding put the first runs on the
board with his two-run homerun in the
third, finishing 2-for-4 on the day with
two RBIs and two runs scored. Sopho-
more right fielder Chris Burhans fol-
lowed up with a two-run homerun of his
own in the sixth inning, giving the
Wolverines a seemingly safe 6-1 lead.
"We expect the whole team to do their
part," Cantalamessa said. "That's exactly
what we need. If we're going to be good,
we need everybody to do well."
The Eagles made it a new game in the
seventh, working through three Michi-
gan pitchers to score four runs, two of
them coming from third baseman Der-
rick Peterson's double.
"Right now, we just have no one with
experience," Maloney said. "Any situa-
tion we bring someone in, it doesn't
make much of a difference. We just keep
running guys out there in hopes that
someone will step up."

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"It's always very emotional w n
you play the Spartans. All y iwantto
do is win," Fischer said.
Fischer's match was critical. If he
and Chris Shaya had each been suc-
cessful in their singles matcns,
Michigan would have taken toera ll
victory.
"After my teammates-P t Zg'ood
effort into their doubles m tches bpt
lost doubles points, I knewnwrt e
going to need to win four out of six si-
gles matches in order to win against
State. I knew Goran was a big player,
and I had to do whatever I could just to
stay in the point," Fischer said.
Fischer had little room for error.
At 5-6 in the first set, Golan broke
Fischer.
In the second set, Fische 4hd one
double fault, and Goran took a 3-love,
breaking Fischer.
"I told myself, 'Just hold this game.' I
(was) only down one break, and I knew
with a little luck and some balls on the
court, that he would give me axgame,
and I could come back,' Fischer said.
Fischer was unsuccessful in his bat-
tle, losing 7-5, 7-5.
"I just tried to hang tougli,",isch-
er said.
YESTERDAY'AS GAE
Michigan 11, Eastem Michigan 9
Michigan(1210) EastemMIcign (1210)
Player AS R H BI Player AB R H3BI
Lolho cf 3 1 2 0OBixler ss 5 2 3 0
Rudden 2b 4 2 2 1 Palazzolo 2b 4 1 2 1
Koman 3b 3 1 1 1 Peterson 3b 3 1 2 2
Schmidt pr 0 0 0 0 Patterson 3b 2 0 1 0
Cantalamessa If 5 2 2 3 Clouse if 4 0O 1
Burhans rf 3 1 2 8 Cloueof 4 '20
Sokol dh 300 ret f 402 2
Wightlb 3 1 0 0 mlingdh 4 0
Golschmedingss4 2 2 2Beeler lb 4 2 2 2
Murray p 0 0 0 0 Moffett c 5 1 2 0
Taylor p 0 0 0 0 Cogsweipr 0 0 0 0
Collinsp 0 000 Hrovatc 0 000
Niemiec p 0 0 0 0 Onderlinde p 0 0 0 0
Leveque p 0 0 0 0 Olllap 0 0 0 0
Feldkamp p 0 0 0 0 Wnieemko p 0 00 0
Husan p 0 Q000 Gray p 0 0 0 0
Total 33111210 Tomey p 0 0 0 0
Ford p 0 00 0
Total 38 9158
LOS EMU 12: Michigan 5; E-Michigan 1: Gold-
schmedng (41 Murrayy 3). EMU noqne; DP " EMU 1;
Kimling (3); Michigan 1: (2dri"). HR- o er
2(2 2; antalamessp (4); Burhans-(l); Goldschmeding (2)
H- Arnett; Cantalamessa: Burhans; Goldschmedng.
SS Clouse (6). CS=(Cogwel (2); Lollio (2): Burhans
(1); Goldschmedng (1), R H E.
Central Michigan 300 000 201 6 6 3
Michigan 721 040 10x 15 14 1
IP H R ER BBSO
Eastern Michigan
Onderlinde 6.0 7' 6 6 ):1
Ollila 0.0 1 2 2 Or:
Winiemko 0.2 2 0 0 0
Gray 1.1 1 1 1 01
Tomey 0.0 0 1 1 0 0
Ford 0.1 1 1 1 0 0
Michigan 7
Murray 3.0 2 0 0 1A
Taylor 2.0 31 1 1 0
Collins 1.0 0 1 1 2 0
Niemiec 0.1 2 3 2 1 0
Leveque 1.0 2 1 1 1 2
Feldkamp 1.0 3 2 1 1 0
Husain 0.2 3 1 1 0" 0
Umpires- HP: Dan Eversole, 1B: Mike Wallace, 3B:
Gene Klotz
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