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2B - The Michigan Daily - FACEOFF 2003 - Thursday, October 9, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Jeff Tambellini is one of this year's young stars. Find out how his
hard work and determination have lead to success.
The Magnificent Seven 4B-5B
A closer look at the seven "magnificent" freshmen on this year's
roster and some of their favorite things in life.
A new sheriff in town 6B
Jed Ortmeyer was everything one could ask for in a captain.
Now it's Andy Burnes' turn, and he's ready to step up.
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Solving the Frozen Four puzzle
After three consecutive seasons of losing in the Frozen Four
semifinal game, this year's team looks to buck that trend.
The Daily's hockey writers make their fearless
predictions for the
Red Berenson is in his 20th season as
the main man behind Michigan's bench.
Daily Hockey Writers
Managing Sports Editor
J. Brady McCollough
Editor in Chief
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By Michael Nisson
Daily Sports Writer
For most college hockey teams,
getting to the Frozen Four three years
in a row would be a fantastic stretch
of postseason runs. For the Michigan
hockey team, it's actually a source of
both happiness and despair.
That's becausetthe Frozen Four has
not been kind to the Wolverines in the
past three years.Each time Michigan
has hit the postseason ice with high
expectations, only to be rudely shown
the door by the eventual national
champion in the semifinal game. It
has gotten a little old, if not annoying.
"It's almost worse (than not getting
to the Frozen Four)," junior alternate
captain Eric Nystrom said. "There
are four teams left in the whole
NCAAs that are still playing, and it's
an honor to be there, but the ultimate
goal is to win (the championship
Perhaps the hardest thing to under-
stand about Michigan's semifinal
The semifinal game of the Frozen Four
has been a stumbling block for the
Wolverines in the past three seasons.
2003: Minnesota 3, Michigan 2 (OT)
Recap: A 2-0 lead wasn't enough to stop the
Gophers, as they scored three straight goals.
2002: Minnesota 3, Michigan 2
Recap: The Wolverines scored two goals in
the third period, but it was too little, too late.
2001: Boston College 4, Michigan 2
Recap: The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead
and weathered a Michigan comeback in the
game woes is that there is no one
answer to the problem.
"If I knew the answer, then we'd
have won a couple more (national
championships)," associate head
coach Mel Pearson joked. "I think all
you can do is make sure that you
have high expectations for your team,
set the bar high and then you play
consistently through the year."
Michigan coach Red Berenson put
it more simply.
"It's just that one game - having
that good game," Berenson said of
the semifinal game.
Berenson noted that the two teams
he has coached to the national cham-
pionship, the 1996 and 1998 squads,
were playing their best hockey when
they reached the Frozen Four.
"When I think back to the years that
we went to the final game, we just
smoked New Hampshire (in the 1998
semifinal) and we smoked (Boston
University in 1996 semifinal)."
Michigan dominated both of those
games, winning 4-0 in each contest.
In contrast, the Wolverines have lost
their last three semifinal games, with
the last two defeats coming at the
hands of Minnesota.
Senior captain Andy Burnes gave
yet another version of what needs to
happen this time around.
"It starts right now," Burnes said.
"Everything that we're doing right
now, preparing for the season, estab-
lishing what it's going to take, devel-
oping new habits and the little things
that we're getting going right now is
all building a good foundation, and
that's the most important part of (win-
ning the national championship)."
While the players and coaches may
have different opinions on what the
problem is, they are all hungry to
advance one game farther.
"I don't think the word around the
team is 'CCHA First Place, CCHA
Playoffs,' " Nystrom said. "It's a
Michigan looks to exorcise the demons from the semifinal game of the Frozen
Four, where it has failed to advance in three consecutive seasons.
national championship race. At t
end of the year, we want to be back
that Frozen Four, and we want to w
it this year."
Burnes took that comment one st
"(Not getting to the champions-
game) is a burning feeling insid<
Burnes said. "It motivates you mc
than anything. It's something yc
think about all offseason when you
working out in the weight room a
doing off-ice training."
The season may be young, but t
feeling is old. One team w
inevitably catch fire at the end of t
season, and the Wolverines just ho
it's finally them.
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