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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 7, 2002

Michigan 8, Toronto 1


3 3 2

- 1
- 8

Montoya gets first start for 'M' Icers
Alternate captain Shouneyia injures his wrist; Back-up goalie Gartman academically ineligible


Rrt peiod- 1. UM, Shouneyia (Nystrom, Tambellini), 5:33;
2. UM, Richmond (Werner), 14:14(pp); 3. UM, Moss(Wood
ford, Helminen),14:49. Penaltes-TOR, Mike Nason,
(obstruction tripping), 1:03; TOR, Wilson (hooking), 8:57;
TOR, Trion, (slashing), 12:52; UM, Nystrom (high sticking),
Second period-1. TOR, Malcolm (Hynes, Hutchinson), 1:30
(pp); 4. UM, Kaleniecki (Ebbett, Ortmeyer), 3:22; 5. UM,
Gjic (Tambellini, Burnes), 15:39 (pp); 6. UM, Ebbett (Tam-
bellini, Nystrom), 15:51. Penaltes- UM, Nystrom (checking
from behind), :53; UM, Nystrom (roughing), 4:34; TOR Hoar
(roughing), 4:34; UM, Werner (high sticking), 6:42; TOR, Pal.
lotta (roughing), 10:34; UM, Nystrom (slashing), 12:02; TOR,
Todd (slashing), 12:02; TOR, Wilsion (hooking), 14:20; TOR,
Johnson (holding), 18:26; UM, Henderson (rw),18:26; TOR,
Todd (slashing),18:26.
ThId peod- 7. UM, Kaleniecki (Ebbett, Henderson),
13:23; 8. UM, Ryznar (Gajic, Ortmeyer), 13:23. PenaIes -
TOR, Snale (roughing), 10:34; TOR, Hynes (high sticking)
Shots ongoal-TOR, 346 -13; UM,1820-17--55.
Power P~ys-TOR, 1of 3;UM, 3of 8
Saes-TOR, Bruno-47-55; UM, Montoya -6-7, Ruden
Reeree-Brian Aaron
nesmen -Kenneth Landis, Jonathon Morrison
At Yost Ice Arena. Attendance: 6,215
Blue 4, White 4

By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
Freshman goalie Al Montoya had
been nervous for two days before
the Blue/White
scrimmage. It HOCKEY
would be his first
chance as a Notebook
Wolverine to play
in front of the raucous Yost Ice
Arena crowd that he had been
dreaming of for years.
As if the moment couldn't get any
more special, Montoya was going to
be the first man out of the tunnel.
Michigan's new goalkeeper would
lead his team onto the ice to open
the 2002-2003 campaign.
But things don't always work out
the first time around, and Montoya
fell victim to a bit of a freshman
"They just gave me a little tap,
they were like 'let's go guys,"' Mon-
toya said. "I thought everyone was
going out. But I look back and
there's no one there."
Montoya was the first one out, as
he expected. But what he didn't
realize was that the rest of the team
wasn't following him.
Despite the joke, Montoya had
nothing but good things to say about
his first action at Yost.
"Coming down the stairs was the
greatest feeling," Montoya said.
"When you hear the band playing
and the crowd cheering, it's the
greatest feeling ever."
In the game, Montoya was able to
fight off his early nerves and show

some flashes of why he will become
the fifth straight Michigan goal-
tender to start as a freshman. The
Glenview, Ill. native gave up just
one goal in two periods of action.
He faced 11 shots in the 4-4 tie.
On the weekend, Montoya let in
two goals on 17 shots. He played a
total of four periods over the two
After the game against Toronto
on Saturday, Michigan coach Red
Berenson was encouraged by what
he saw from his freshman goalie.
"The puckhandling is always an
issue but Al does a good job of it
for the most part. He made a mis-
take but made up for it, a la (former
Michigan goalie) Marty Turco," said
Berenson of a turnover Montoya
made early in the first period that
required a diving save. "He looked
fine. It was good for him to get in
there and have a good experience."
DINGED up: A number of Wolver-
ines are banged up after Michigan's
opening weekend.
Alternate captain John
Shouneyia jammed his wrist during
the second period of Saturday
night's contest. He left the game
and did not return. Afterwards,
Berenson was hesitant to pass any
early judgments on the extent of
the injury.
"Johnny is going to get an MRI
on his wrist tonight," Berenson said
Saturday. The injury was not
believed to be serious.
Captain Jed Ortmeyer sat out of
Friday night's scrimmage to rest his
left knee. The senior had surgery on


1 1 2 - 4
0 4 0 -4

Fistpeod- 1. BLUE, Rogers (Gajic, Rogers), 8:54. Penal
ties -WHITE, Fraser (holding), 9:13; BLUE. Anderson (hold-
ing the stick), 12:13;BLUE, Wyzgowski (slashing), 17:14.
Second pediod -1. WHITE, Woodford (Martens. Moss),
1:21; 2. WHITE, Shouneyia (Tambellini), 6:23; 3. WHITE,
Moss (Martens, Helminen), 8:28 (pp); 4. WHITE, Shouneyia
(Nystrom), 9:45 (pp). 2. BLUE, Gajic (Ryznar),19:34. Pena-
ties-BLUE, Kaleniecki (obstruction-hooking), 7:47; BLUE,
Anderson (obstruction-hooking), 9:04; WHITE, Moss (interfer-
ence), 15:53.
Third peod- 3. BLUE. Henderson (Kaleniecki, Ebbett),
3:43;4. BLUE, Gajic (Ryznar),19:42. Penalties- BLUE,
Kaleniecki (ot),10:31
Shots on goal - BLUE, 3.46 -13; WHITE, 18&20-17 - 55.
Power Plays- BLUE,1 of 3; WHITE, 3 of 8.
Saves-TOR, Bruno-47-55; UM, Montoya -6-7,.Ruden
Reeree-Brian Aaron
nesmen- Blake MatatallNeil Stafford
At Yost Ice Arena. Attendance: 1,873
(- denotes exhibition)
Friday's games:
Bowling Green 4, Niagra 1
Lake Superior 4, Western Ontario 1 #
Miami 12, Air Force 1
Notre Dame 4, University of Toronto 1#
Ohio State 6, Waterloo 2 #
Saturday's games:
Michigan 8, University of Toronro 1 #
Northern Michigan 4, Michigan Tech 1
Western Michigan 12, Waterloo 0 #
Miami 2, Bowling Green 1
Ferris State 9, Western Ontario 5 #
Michigan State 4, US Under-18 3 #
Alaska Fairbanks 4, Mt. Royal College 0 # -
Yesterday's game:
Nebraska-Omaha 6, Manitoba 0 #
Tomorrow's game:
Western Ontario at Michigan State,
7:05 p.m. #

Michigan freshman goalie Al Montoya started for Michigan in an exhibition game against Toronto on Saturday night. In two
periods of work, Montoya made six saves on seven shots.
it during the off-season and Beren- play) just as a precaution." other new goalies, junior transfer
son wanted to be cautious to start Junior forward Joe Kautz did not Chris Gartman, was declared ineli-
the year. play either game because he had his gible for the fall semester because
"We sat Jed only because we didn't wisdom teeth pulled on Friday. of a problem with transfer credits.
want him to play back-to-back nights Berenson was unsure when he might Berenson said that he will be able to
so soon with his knee," Berenson be ready to get back on the ice. play in the Great Lakes Invitational
said. "The knee is good but (he didn't TOUGH BREAK: One of Michigan's in late-December.

Freshmen make debut to the tune of Enrique

By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
Freshmen defenseman Danny Richmond and
forward Jeff Tambellini are Michigan's version of
Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov.
And it has nothing to do with their talent. It
does have to do with their potential for steal-
ing Anna Kournikova away from pop-sensation
Enrique Inglesias, for they are the best of
Anna's two worlds.
They have Enrique's youth and love his music,
plus the two roommates have skills on the ice.
They don't hide it, just ask the two roommates.
"Our pregame ritual includes some music being
played in our dorm room," Richmond said. "We lis-
ten to a little bit of Enrique, I'm not going to lie."

Just check out the pair's stats from Michigan's 8-1
exhibition win over Toronto.
Richmond scored the game-winner and had a
plus-2 rating. Tambellini found a way to hit the
posts four times, but made up for his absence of a
goal with a plus-2 rating and three assists -
including an unbelievable pass to Milan Gajic for
Michigan's fifth goal.
"I try to make things happen out of nothing,"
Tambellini said. "Tonight there were openings, like
the pass to Gajic. I just try to find a way to put
pucks through and put things to the net."
Saturday night was also the first time to see if
Richmond's pairing with junior defenseman Andy
Burnes would work as well as it had in practice all
week. Since the duo never allowed a goal, it's safe
to say that their first game together was a success.

Richmond even admitted to mirroring Burnes
defensively after practicing with him so much.
"It's good because he's taught me so much about
the defensive game of hockey. Just learning from
him and watching him, I kind of feed off of him,"
Richmond said. "I see myself doing things that he
does. I think we're feeding off of each other. It's
good to know what we have back there and know
our real chemistry out in a game."
Tambellini was part of the opening surge that
helped Michigan build a 3-0 lead, and he also
assisted on both of the Wolverines' two tallies in a
12-second span late in the second period.
"It felt good tonight," Tambellini said. "It
was one of those days where we clicked right
from the start. We had a big start with (Eric)
Nystrom and (John) Shouneyia, we clicked

right from the beginning.
"It was one of those games where everyone got
in the game. There was a lot of tempo going, and I
think the whole team really felt it from the begin-
ning and we skated pretty well tonight."
For both, playing in front of the Yost crowd
(filled almost to capacity on Saturday) was unbe-
lievable. Richmond even admitted getting a laugh
out of the students' chants.
"It was the first time we really played in
front of the crowd so far, and I understand it
gets even nuttier, so I look really forward to
that," Richmond said.
The crowd at Yost got its first viewings of
the two freshmen and left impressed. If Anna
had been watching, Enrique would be learning
how to skate very soon.


Michigan owns
rival Spartans
for eighth straight
By Brian Steere
Daily Sports Writer






Not even Mother Nature seems capable of stopping
the red-hot Michigan field hockey team.
Withstanding gusting winds and a torrential down-
pour on Friday afternoon at Ocker Field, No. 2
Michigan edged No. 5 Michigan State 1-0 to earn a
win that coach Marcia Pankratz called the biggest
victory of the season.
Senior Molly Powers scored the game-winner with
just over 10 minutes remaining in the second half to
give the Wolverines (2-0 Big Ten, 10-1 overall) their
10th straight victory and ninth straight over the Spar-
tans (1-1, 10-2).
With the Michigan State defense crowding its circle,
Powers stole the ball on the near side and moved like a
gazelle along the baseline to the goal, where she
stroked a beautiful wrap-around shot into the right
corner of the cage.
"I was looking to get a corner actually because I
didn't think I had a shot," Powers said. "But they
backed off because they were protecting their feet. I
was then alone for a second so I just took the shot
since I had it."
Powers has now scored four times in Michigan's last
three games, and her tally against Michigan State
gives her 10 goals for the season, tying her with April
Fronzoni for the team lead.
"She has an uncanny ability to score goals,"
Pankratz said. "She has great timing, and I told her at
halftime that she had the green light and that she
should take it to them as much as she wanted to. I told
her that she should take it upon herself to be a big-
time player and she did that."
Powers's goal was enough of a cushion because the
Michigan defense was phenomenal throughout the
entire game.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Spartans came
out on fire in the second half and controlled the tempo.
But the Wolverines' suffocating defense was up to
the challenge, as it turned away numerous Michigan
State charges and penalty corners.
"Our defense played awesome," Pankratz said.
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Offenses don't
live up to the hype
thanks to the 'D'
By Brian Schick
]aily Sports Writer
In a game that was supposed-to be a shootout of two offen-
sive powerhouses, the game between the Michigan field hock-
ey team and Michigan State provided a
ho-hum one goal and 19 total shots. FIELD HOCKEY
Coming into this game, the Wolver-
ines boasted the fifth-ranked offense in Notebook
the nation, and the Spartans had the
third. Both teams averaged more than three goals per game,
but the defenses stole the show and created a very tight game.
Even from the early going, it appeared that just a single score
would be enough to secure the win for either side.
"In the first half, I really thought we'd take it to them and
we'd score and win by a couple of goals," forward Molly Pow-
ers said. "In the second half, we were on our heels and I
thought we only needed to get one in."
Facing its toughest offensive threat this season, the Michi-
gan defense answered the challenge by posting its fifth
shutout, limiting the Spartans to just nine shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Molly Maloney had four saves - her second
highest total of the season - and her five shutouts this season
places her sixth on Michigan's all-time shutout list. This sea-
son, the defense has been making her job easier by keeping
opponents' shots out of her zone.
"By keeping it out of the zone, we could see what could
happen at the other end," Maloney said. "I was focused on
keeping things simple."
DANGER POWERS: While April Fronzoni has received much
attention this year for her spectacular ability to score goals,
Powers has quietly matched Fronzoni with 10 goals on the
season. Powers has notched a tally in seven of the Wolverines'
11 games this season.
Powers has developed into a second go-to forward and has
now begun to make a name for herself in the Michigan record
book. She is now tied for sixth all-time with 39 career goals
and appears to be on pace to shatter her personal record for a
season (15) from 2000.
"Your big money players have to score big goals in big
games, and Molly did that for us today," Michigan coach Mar-
cia Pankratz said.
RAIN, RAIN, COME AND STAY: Although Friday afternoon saw a
heavy rainstorm over Ocker Field, Pankratz discounted the
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Michigan's Molly Powers (13) and April Fronzoni (12) celebrate Powers' game-winning goal against No. 5 Michigan State.
The 1-0 win was the Wolverines' eighth straight against the Spartans.


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