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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 11, 2002

SATURDAY'S GAME
S Michigan 1
Bowling Green 1
FRIDAY'S GAME
Michigan 6
Bowling Green 4
FRIDAY'S GAME
Michigan 6, Bowling Green 4
Michigan 1 4 1 -6
Bowling Green 1 1 2 -4
First period - 1, BSGU, Mark Wires 5 (Alex
Rogoshske, Tyler Knight) 3:17; 2, MICH Brandon
Rogers 1 (David Moss, Danny Richmond) 08:32
(pp). Penalties - Mark Wires, BGSU (boarding) :58;
Brandon Rogers, MICH (obstruction tripping) 4:35;
Brian Escobedo, BGSU (Kneeing) 8:14; Brandon
Piersol, BGSU (kneeing) 9:33; Mark Mink, MICH
(obstruction holding) 12:31; Eric Nystrom, MICH
(cross-checking) 17:24; Brett Pilkington, BGSU
(unsportsmanlike conduct) 17:24; Dwight Helminen,
MICH (hooking) 19:00; John Shouneyia, MICH (inter-
ference) 19:43.
Second period - 3, MICH, Dwight Helminen 4 (Mark
Mink, Dwight Helminen) 1:24 (sh); 4, MICH, Eric
Werner 2 (Dwight Helminen, Mark Mink) 5:36; 5,
BGSU, Steve Brudzewski 4 (Chris Pedota, D'Arcy
McConvey) 7:48 (pp); 6, MICH, Mark Mink 3 (John
Shouneyia, Brandon Kaleniecki) 15:43; 7, MICH,
Eric Nystrom 3 (Eric Werner) 16:14. Penalties -
Tyler Knight, BGSU (boarding) 1:41; Eric Werner,
MICH (high sticking) 5:58; Kevin Bieksa, BGSU
(obstruction holding) 11:43:-Tyler Knight, BGSU
(charging) 16:57; Mike Romensky, MICH (obstruc-
tion holding) 19:55.
Third period - 8, BGSU, Brett Pilkington 2 (Tyler
Knight, Don Morrison) 4:30 (pp); 9, MICH, Michael
Woodford (Brandon Kaleniecki, Danny Richmond)
10:10 (pp); 10, BGSU, Kip Horner (Erik Eaton, Jon
Sitko) 19:54. Penalties - Team, MICH (too many
on ice) (3:05); Team, BGSU (too many on ice) 9:52
(pp); J.J. Swistak, MICH (slashing) 13:33; Kevin
Bieksa, BGSU (slashing) 13:33. Shots on goal: MICH
12-10-11 33; BGSU 7-10-7 24. Power plays: MICH 2 of
7; BGSU 2 of 7.
Saves - MICH, Montoya 20; BGSU, Masters 27.
At: BGSU Ice Arena. Attendance: 2,785.
SATURDAY'S GAME
Michigmn1, Bowing Green 1(O)

Torn MCL sidelines captain
Burnes and Shouneyia return to action after being absent for a month

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
BOWLING GREEN - Good thing the Wolver-
ines didn't lose the extra "A" that was taken off of
Eric Nystrom's sweater prior to Friday's game,
because it went right back on Saturday.
Just as Michigan was celebrating the return of
its two alternate captains, John Shouneyia and
Andy Burnes, it lost another leader. Senior captain
Jed Ortmeyer came out of Friday night's game
when he tore his MCL while attempting to check
a Falcon skater into the boards. The right wing,
who has tallied two goals and five assists this sea-
son, will likely be out 4-6 weeks. He tore the ACL
in that same knee two years ago.
"(Ortmeyer) is not just a leader on the ice but

off the ice," Burnes said. "That's why he's our cap-
tain. He leads by example. He's a physical player.
In a game like (Saturday's), we could have used
him more than anything."
After Ortmeyer's injury Shouneyia was named
captain and junior forward Joe Kautz entered the
lineup for the fourth time this season. Nystrom -
who was filling in as alternate captain when
Shouneyia and Burnes were injured - was an
alternate captain again Saturday. Nystrom's sopho-
more leadership is an example of how a team that
started the season tied with Michigan State as the
youngest team in the CCHA is getting younger.
Ortmeyer's injury put a damper on the first
game this season for which the Wolverines could
have had all three captains on the ice. Shouneyia
played his first game of the season on Friday night

after breaking his wrist in an exhibition
against Toronto. Shouneyia lined up with
Mark Mink in both games, and Mink had a
four-point weekend. The senior centerman,
who led the Wolverines with 40 assists last
season, fed Mink for a shot from the right cir-
cle that gave Michigan a crucial two-goal lead
on Friday night.
"It was just really exciting," Shouneyia said.
"I felt myself a little bit out of sync, a little bit
behind being in shape. But it was really good
to get out there."
Burnes was diagnosed with
mononucleosis after the season-
opening College Hockey Showc
in Buffalo and came into the
end unsure if he was going toh
The senior defenseman talked:
Berenson about playing in '.
game, but the two both knew
Burnes was allowed to play on r
day, he would want to play
urday. Unsure if Burnes w
have the energy to play in.
games, Berenson sat Burnes u
Friday and paired him up..-
Mike Roemensky on Saturday
While he was not at.
strength, Burnes' special t'
play was crucial, as the WGI
faced six powerplays and sud'
fully killed them all. Burn
stopped a couple of key od
rushes in the game's
moments.
"He's one of our greatest
out here" goalie Al Montoya
"He shows it every single
practice, and when he's put
ice I feel a lot more confident:
But with the losses of
Jason Ryznar (shoulder) and
Gajic (academics) the Wolv
are far from being at full st.
and might not be for a while
"Everyone's going to h
pick up the slack" Berenson ___°'__

JASON COOPER/Daily
Senior John Shouneya (right) wore the "C" Saturday in captain Jed Ortmeyer's absence. Junior alternate
captain Andy Burnes made his first appearance in five games since getting mono.

Michigan
Bowling Green

0 1 0 0 -1
1 0 0 0 -1

First period - 1, BGSU, Kevin Bieksa (Jordan
Sigalet) 18:30; Penalties - Chris Pedota, BGSU
(high sticking) 8:23; Mark Wires, BGSU (slashing)
9:31; Jeff Tambellini, MICH (slashing) 9:31; Brandon
Kaleniecki, MICH (boarding) 12:28; John Shouneyia,
MICH (elbowing) 15:58: Brian Escobedo, BGSU
(clipping) 18:31; John Shouneyia, MICH (obstruc-
tion-hooking) 19:19; Chris Pedota, BGSU (roughing)
19:48; Nick Martens, MICH (roughing) 19:48;
Michael Woodford, MICH (charging) 20:00.
Second period -2, MICH, Mark Mink (J.J. Swistak)
13:20; Penalties - Eric Werner, MICH (roughing)
0:45; Mike Falk, BGSU (kneeing) 0:45; Alex
Rogosheke, BGSU (hooking) 2:24; Joe Kautz, MICH
(obstruction-tripping) 5:00; Tyler Knight, BGSU
(roughing) 7:12; Mike Roemensky, MICH (roughing)
7:12; Eric Werner, MICH (high sticking) 9:10; Taylor
Christie, BGSU (cross-checking) 15:08; Steve
Brudzewski, BGSU (holding) 18:32; D'Arcy
McConvey, BGSUJ(roughing)19:14; John Shouneyia;
MICH (roughing) 19:14.
Third period - none. Penalties - none.
Overtime - none. Penalties - none.
Power plays: BGSU 0 of 6; MICH 0 of 5.
Saves - BGSU, Sigalet 48; MICH, Montoya 29.
At: BGSU Ice Arena. Attendance: 2,444.
CCHA STANDINGS

'M' uses shorthanded goal to combat slower play

By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer

BOWLING GREEN - Michigan coach Red
Berenson said that Friday's 6-4 win over Bowling
Green was decided by a few "great individual efforts"
by his team. Dwight Helminen's shorthanded goal in
the second period was the perfect example.
With the score tied at one and senior John
Shouneyia serving the final
seconds of a delay-of-game HOCKEY
penalty, the sophomore center Notebook
took a pass from Mark Mink
and skated toward the Fal-
cons' zone. But instead of dumping the puck, as
many might have expected him to do on the
penalty kill, Helminen used his breakaway speed
to weave through three defenders. He then fired
a wrist shot over the right shoulder of goalie
Tyler Masters.
"The goalie played it perfect and Helminen
still got it up in that top corner," Berenson said.
"It was a perfect shot."

The goal gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead early
in the second and was the start of Michigan's
four-goal secon period assault that put the game
out of reach for the Falcons.
"At that point in the game it was 1-1, getting a
break like that and burying the chance, it defi-
nitely boosted our production," said Helminen of
his goal.
Even if the team is down a man, Helminen said
that Berenson doesn't want him to hesitate to be
aggressive if the chance presents itself.
"If we get the chance, he wants us to go,"
Helminen said. "A lot of times, particularly on
the powerplay, they're sitting back, so we've got
to take advantage of that."
The tally was the fourth in as many games for
Helminen. He currently holds a career-high six-
game point streak, notching nine points on four
goals and five assists.
Helminen also tallied an assist on Eric Wern-
er's even-strength goal just over four minutes
later. The sophomore again brought the puck into
the zone and drew the attention of Bowling

Green's defense. This time, he whipped a pass
across to Werner, who fired a one-timer into the
top right corner of the net to make the score 3-1.
UNDER CONTROL: Most of Michigan's opponents
this season have tried to slow the Wolverines down
with physical play. Not many teams in the nation
can match Michigan's speed, so they've tried to
neutralize it with big hits and a slower tempo.
Bowling Green was no exception. The Falcons
drew 10 penalties during Saturday's 1-1 tie for a
total of 19 on the weekend. But the Wolverines
were often frustrated by Bowling Green's whis-
tles and drew a number of retaliatory penalties
that negated any advantage.
"I think it was something we talked about
before the game that was going to be really
important, that was our discipline," Shouneyia
said. "Pretty much around the team we were tak-
ing not such good penalties, myself included. I
took three penalties that we could have done
without. That's obviously something that if we
want to be contenders later on, we're going to
have to do without."

Team+
Miami
Ferris State
Northern Michigan
Michigan
Ohio State
Michigan State
Notre Dame
Western Michigan
Alaska-Fairbanks
Nebraska-Omaha
Bowling Green
Lake Superior

CCHA
W* L1T
6 2 0
5 3 0
3 0 1
2 5 1
2 4 0
0 7 1
0 6 0

Pts
12
12
10
6
6
6
6
5
5
1
0

Overall
9 3 0
48 2 0
6 4 1
6 1 1
4 2 1
2 8 1
3 7,0

Mink now making 'an emotional investment'

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer
BOWLING GREEN - Saturday
night's game had ended, but an official
still watched Mark Mink like a hawk.
After the scrappy, hard-hitting contest

ended in a tie, Mink was jawing with
Bowling Green's Steve Brudzewski. His
display earned him a personal escort to
the handshake line, where the officials
continued to keep him under close sur-
veillance. But that's the kind passion
Michigan welcomes from the soft-spo-
ken forward from Livonia.
Mink, who has been a surprising
scoring threat this year, has already net-
ted four goals - just one short of his
total from last season as a junior. He
scored eight times in each of his first
two years, but his production dropped
off last season, as three of his five goals
came in his last 11 starts. Michigan
coach Red Berenson believes the differ-
ence this season is in Mink's approach.
"I think he's bearing down more,"
Berenson said. "I think he's making
more of an emotional investment in his
game. And he's a real nice, quiet kid,
but I think that's how he has played the
last year or so.'
This weekend, Mink ditched the
nice-guy persona and played with
fire, leading Michigan with four
points in Bowling Green. Saturday,
his high wrist shot from the left wing
handcuffed Bowling Green goaltender
Jordan Sigalet in the second period
and dropped in for Michigan's only
goal of the game. The night before, he
recorded a goal and two assists.
Berenson liked the way Mink played
in that game, "not just because he
scored a goal, but because he really
battled out there."
Both games this weekend suited the
winger's grinding style of play, and he
said having center John Shouneyia back

FALCONS
Continued from Page 1
sacrificed his body making that)play
and we really missed him the rest of
that game. It was good to get the
first goal, because we kept the
momentum up after we scored it."-
Thirteen penalties later, Michigan
evened the score at one at the mid
way mark of the second period,
when senior Mark Mink came froni
behind the net out to the left faceoff
circle to beat Sigalet glove-side.
Aside from those two goals, th -
game belonged to Montoya and
Sigalet, who kept everything else
out of their nets - excep whe4
Bowling Green forward Tyler Knight
slid into Michigan's goal and Mon-
toya wouldn't let him out.
"It was just pure emotion," Mont
toya said. "It was probably a bad
move on my part, but I was just to
into the game right there."
The first three minutes of the
third period started with Sigale
making a kick save on a Shouneyia;
to-Werner breakaway, a glove save
on the red-hot Mink (who had fou
points on the weekend) and another
kick save on a Shouneyia-to-Mink
breakaway. After that, play sped up --
to Michigan's pace as strategic pass-
ing replaced bone-crushing hits in
the final 25 minutes.
"We're just a third period team,"
Montoya said. "That's when we
prosper the most. In all our games,
third period hockey is Michigan
hockey. So we turned things around.
We wish we could have had the sec-
ond period, but it was all full of
penalties."
The Falcons ended the period with
a fturry of chances, but Michigan's
defense was up to the task as Michi-
gan's Brandon Rogers twice made
game-saving plays. The first came
when Bowling Green's explosive
forward Mark Wires had Rogers
one-on-one approaching the net.
Rogers won that battle with a poke
check. The next came when Knight
and center D'Arcy McConvey had a
breakaway on Rogers. Again the
sophomore defenseman came up
huge breaking up Knight's pass to
his teammate.
With no great scoring chances in
overtime (three total shots between
the teams) the game ended calmly
given the game's beginning.
Michigan, though, was upset
because it had wasted such a great
performance by Montoya.
"(Sigalet) played well, you can
give (him) credit," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "On the other
hand, when you only give up one
goal on the road, you should find a
way to win that game."
For Sigalet, his performance was
exceptional, as he was the first
goalie to keep Michigan under three
goals this season.
"Parents were here this weekend,
maybe that helped," Sigalet said. "I
was pretty excited. My little brother
was here on a recruiting visit, and it

TOM FELDCAMP/Daily
Michigan senior Mark Mink provided the only goal for the Wolverines Saturday
night. He had four points on the weekend against the Falcons.

on his line benefitted him. But his
increased production this season may
come down to the simple fact that this is
his last chance.
Mink admitted to feeling a sense of
urgency and said his attitude in his
final season is to "just give everything
you have each and every game. It
means coming prepared every game -

you can't take a night off. So I'm just
trying to have no regrets my senior
year and just have the best year of my
career."
In one of the better weekends of his
career, Mink had a few regrets, but they
weren't because of lack of effort or
timid play. Michigan had no desire to
leave the Bowling Green Ice Arena with
a tie Saturday, and Mink led several
rushes near the end of the game that
could have put the Wolverines on top.
"Me and Johnny both had key oppor-
tunities with under three minutes in the
game, and for those not to go in, it's just
disappointing obviously," Mink said.
"We have to bear down around the net. I

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