October 17, 2002
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By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
As if losing senior alternate captain John
Shouneyia for up to two months wasn't enough, the
Michigan hockey team had two more of its prominent
players go down with health problems.
Junior alternate captain Andy Burnes is out for
at least three weeks after con-
tracting mononucleosis and HOCKEY
sophomore Jason Ryznar is out Notebook
for at least one more game - _
if not the entire weekend series
against Merrimack - with an injury to his right
"Burnes was sick last week," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We gave him a couple days off and he
started to feel better and thought he could play. He
played (against Niagra and North Dakota) and then he
really wore out on Saturday.
"We're not even thinking about (Ryznar) for Friday.
Best-case scenario is Saturday or the following week."
Sophomore forward Eric Nystrom will fill in for
Burnes as an alternate captain until the junior has
recovered enough to rejoin the team.
The losses come at a tough time for the Wolverines,
who are still trying to get effective defensive pairings
and offensive lines together.
With just five defenders returning from last Sat-
urday's lineup, Berenson will have to decide
whether to move Reilly Olson or David Wyzgowski
into the starting lineup, or just play with five
defenders and increase their ice time. Berenson
noted that playing just five would not be a problem
as Michigan played just four during its 1998 NCAA
Tournament winning run.
Ryznar, who had been teaming with Milan Gajic
and Jed Ortmeyer, will be replaced by Mark Mink,
who recorded two goals this past weekend.
"We're missing some key players now," freshman
goaltender Al Montoya said. "We all just have to go
out there and battle. What we do in one game is going
to follow to the next."
LEARNING SOMETHING NEW: For Montoya, Saturday's
5-4 overtime loss to North Dakota was one that will
stick with him for awhile - in a positive way.
Though he and his teammates blew a two-goal lead
with less than five minutes remaining in the game,
there were some important things the freshman goalie
learned in his first visit to HSBC Arena - the site of
Tigers need more than
roar. of '84 to win again
Junior defenseman and alternate captain Andy Burnes contracted mono last week and is expected to miss the
next three weeks of action.
aybe new Tigers skipper
Alan Trammell got stuck
in reminiscing mode when
he hired another former Tiger great
- and good friend - Kirk Gibson
to become his bench coach Tuesday
Maybe Trammell thought Gib-
son's tough and abrasive attitude
would actually light a fire under his
apathetic team and keep the club-
house turmoil under raps.
Or maybe Trammell wanted
someone else in the franchise actu-
ally marketable for a future bobble-
After all, Ernie Harwell did retire
All kidding aside, by adding Gib-
son to a coaching staff that already
includes former Tigers such as
Trammell and Lance Parrish,
you've now got one-third of the
Tigers last World Series champi-
onship team - way back in 1984.
But does that mean Tiger fans
should be anticipating the boys
donning the Old English 'D'
Restore the Roar of '84 anytime
Trammell thinks so.
"I think by bringing Gibby
aboard shows we mean business
and we're serious about turning this
around," Trammell told The Associ-
ated Press on Tuesday.
Trammell can show he's "seri- -
ous" all he wants and bring back
Jack Morris, Lou Whitaker, Darryl
Evans and Chet Lemon to the
Tigers to join the club. Heck, even
former manager Sparky Anderson is
expected to be an "advisor" to
Trammellin spring training.
That may create the loudest
standing ovation ever for the "brain
trust" during the announcement of
starting lineups. But throwing sev-
eral city icons together won't auto-
matically alter the Tigers'
longstanding trend of losing sea-
That is, unless the Tigers make a
commitment and spend "serious"
money - and spend it wisely - on
free agents or re-load their farm
After all, not even Tony LaRussa
could turn the hapless Tigers into
contenders. Especially with the
most talented and hardest-working
members of the Tigers possibly
being Trammell and Gibson them-
Bobby Higginson, arguably the
Tigers' best player, hit a scorching
.282 last season with just 10
homers and 62 RBIs. No Tiger had
more than 20 home runs last year,
which didn't help the mediocre
pitching staff. And one of Detroit's
hottest prospects is 25-year-old first
baseman Eric Munson - the same
Munson who was hyped as Detroit's
answer at first base nearly seven
Trammell and Co. have an
extremely tough job ahead of them,
and they know it full well: the lack
of talent, the recent turmoil in the
clubhouse, the recent history of los-
It's going to be a while before
Tigers' fans like myself can be
excited beyond May - as much as
everyone doesn't like to hear about
another "five-year plan."
See SMITH, Page 9A
this year's Frozen Four.
"It's such an advantage now, knowing that rink,"
Montoya said. "It's such a different rink than what
we're used to playing on. The boards are so much in
tighter, like if you put the puck behind the net you
have nowhere to go. It's such a different thing, and I'm
glad we got to experience what could be around us. I
really want to be back in a couple months."
Although the experience did not end the way he
wanted, Montoya knows that the errors he did
make were ones that can be easily corrected with
"I just made some rookie mistakes going out there
- mishandled a pass, gave up a goal," Montoya said
referring to North Dakota's Quinn Fylling intercepting
a pass from Montoya early in the second period.
Michigan was on the power play at the time, but
the ill-advised pass caused a two-on-one breakaway
for the Fighting Sioux. Fylling easily dished the puck
to Zach Parise for the shorthanded goal to tie the
game at two.
But where Montoya made his mistakes, he also
stood strong at times to hold onto Michigan's
momentum. He did get some revenge against
Fylling with a huge kick-save just three minutes
after the shorthanded goal. He also robbed a break-
away by Parise - who had four points on the night
- with a glove-save early in the third period to pre-
serve Michigan's 3-2 lead.
Montoya had an advantage over his teammates,
who may have grown accustomed to Yost Ice Arena's
large and raucous crowd to keep them fired up. He
wasn't bothered by the fact that HSBC Arena was
barely filled and resembled an audience for a play
more than a hockey crowd.
"Last year in juniors we'd only get 30 fans a night
and you'd have to make your own motivation, so I'm
pretty used to that now," Montoya said.
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