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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 16, 2004

Friday's game

MIAMI REDHAWKS

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Saturday's game
MIAMI REDHAWKS
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

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MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

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SATURDAY'S GAME

Michigan 8, Miami 5
Miami 2 1.
Michigan 4 3

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1.

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Rrst period -1, MIA, Matt Christie 18 (Derek
Edwardson, Andy Geene) 11:50; 2, MICH, Milan Gajic
10 (Andrew Ebbett, Brandon Rogers) 13:18; 3, MIA,
Matt Davis 4 (unassisted) 14:37; 4, MICH, Dwight
Helminen 9 (Eric Werner) 15:36; 5, MICH, Brandon
Kaleniecki 14 (T.J. Hensick) 16:04, 6. MICH, Hensi ck
10 (Rogers, Ebbett) 17:42 Penalties - Todd Grant,
MIA (boarding) 5:17; Jeff Tambellini, MICH (high stick-
ing) 11:14; Ben Tharp, MIA (hooking) 12:10; Greene,
MIA (slashing) 16:22; Greene , MIA (interference)
16:57; David Moss, MICH (slashing) 17:46; Mike
Kompon, MIA (slashing) 17:46.
Second period - 7, MIA, Chris Busby 11 (Taylor Hus-
tead, Grant) 2:03; 8, MICH, Rogers 5 (Milan Gajic,
Kaleniecki) 4:25; 9, MICH, Helminen 10 (Andy
Burnes, Matt Hunwick) 9:40; 10, MICH, Matt Hun-
wick 1 (Hensick) 13:42. Penalties - Joe Pomarans-
ki, MIA (high sticking) 2:26; Tambellini, MICH
(roughing after the whistle) 5:21; Joe Cooper, MIA
(roughing after the whistle) 5:21; Burnes, MICH
(high sticking) 6:49; Nick Martens, MICH (roughing)
9:09; Greene, MIA (roughing) 9:09, Hunwick, MICH
(holding) 9:09; Al Montoya, MICH (unsportsmanlike
conduct) 17:29.
Third period - 11, MIA, Derek Edwardson 16
(Greene, Busby) 0:32; 12, MICH, Moss 7 (unassist-
ed) 2:54; 13, MIA, Greene 6 (Kompon, Christie) 8:25.
Penalties - Moss, MICH (roughing) 7:12; Brian
Sipotz, MIA (hooking) 10:19; Stephen Dennis, MIA
(slashing) 17:09; Hensick, MICH (slashing) 17:09.
Shots on goal: MICH 14-9-8 31; MIA 13-10-17 40. Power
plays: MICH 3 of 6; MIA 2 of 5. Saves: MICH, Al Mon-
toya (19-7-1) - 35; MIA, Brandon Crawford-West
(16-5-2) - 15, Nick Petraglia (0-1-0) - 8.
Referee: Brian Aaron.
At: Yost Ice Arena
Attendance: 6,874
FRIDAY'S GAME
Michigan 4, Miami 1
Miami 1 0 0 - 1
Michigan 2 1 1 - 4
First period -1, MICH, David Moss 6 (Eric Nystrom,
Jeff Tambellini) 4:12; 2, MICH, Jason Ryznar 5
(Andrew Ebbett, Moss) 15:39; 3, MIA, Taylor Hustead
7 (Geoff Smith, Todd Grant) 16:46. Penalties -
Stephen Dennis, MIA (tripping) 2:52; Andy Greene,
MIA (hooking) 5:03;' Michael Woodford, MICH (board-
ing) 9:02; Brandon Kaleniecki, MICH (hooking) 13:05.
Second period - 4, MICH, Dwight Helminen 8 (Mike
Brown) 12:53. Penalties - Greg Hogeboom, MIA
(slashing) 2:29; Greene, MIA (roughing) 6:39; Milan
Gajic, MICH (roughing after the whistle) 6:39; Kale-
niecki, MICH (roughing after the whistle) 6:39; Joe
Cooper, MIA (roughing after the whistle) 10:00; Jason
Dest, MICH (roughing after the whistle) 10:00; Pat
evendusky, MIA (roughing after the whistle) 10:00;
Matt Davis, MIA (boarding) 19:54.
Third period - 3, MICH, Eric Werner 7 (Milan Gajic,
T.J. Hensick) 12:20; 4, MICH, Brandon Rogers 4 (Hen-
sick, Gajic) 13:43; 5, MICH, Ryznar 5 (Ebbett, Moss)
19:05. Penalties - Brandon Rogers, MICH (tripping)
4:11.
Shots on goal: MICH 11-7-9 27; MIA 9-8-8 25. Power
plays: MICH 1 of 5; MIA 0 of 4. Saves: MICH, Al Mon-
toya (18-7-1) - 24; MIA, Brandon Crawford-West
(16-4-2) - 23.
Referee: Brian Aaron
At: Yost Ice Arena
Attendance: 6,847
M' STATS

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TONY DING/Daily
Junior David Moss closed out Michigan's scoring on Saturday night with his goal early in the third period. Moss's goal was Michigan's eighth of the night, the team's highest offensive output of the season.
w1E U m U EU " __

FILICE
Continued from Page 18
engaged.
Michigan identified its work early this week - No. 8
Miami - and it was a heavy load. The RedHawks entered
this weekend as the CCHA's top team, leading the second-
place Wolverines by three points.
Definition 2: Commercial, industrial, or professional
dealings.
"Professional dealings" exactly describes how Michigan
dealt with the weeklong game preparation. On the ice, Michi-
gan's practices ran smoothly, as usual. From what I saw at
practice every day, the Wolverines worked with the fluidity,
discipline and determination of seasoned veterans. Off the
ice, players expressed their concentrated mindsets to the
media, applauding Miami's efforts so far this year and stress-
ing how difficult the weekend's series was going to be.
Definition 3: A commercial enterprise or establishment.
The establishment was Yost Ice Arena. Constructed in 1923,
this may be Michigan's most hallowed structure (including the
Big House). Entering the weekend, the Wolverines carried a
13-2 record in its friendly (for Michigan at least) confines.
Definition 4: Volume or amount of commercial trade.
The volume of trade was huge this weekend, as first place
in the CCHA was up for grabs.
Definition 5: Commercial dealings; patronage.
The patronage, or support, was present the entire week.
This weekend's series had a buzz usually reserved for a foot-
ball or basketball matchup with the squad from Lansing.
Heading into Yost on Friday night, I felt a little extra excite-
ment from the jersey-sporting faithful.
Definition 6: One's rightful or proper concern or interest.
During nre game warm-uns the Wolverines were focused

r1r'R w" N O!'

on the task at hand. There was no conversation between play-
ers and not a smile was struck; Michigan was concentrated on
its proper concern.
Definition 7: Serious work or endeavor
Dictionary.com's usage example in this definition - "Got
right down to business" - fit perfectly. This is exactly what
Michigan did Friday night. The Wolverines dominated right
off the bat, jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back.
Definition 8: An affair or matter
Again, I'll to reference Dictionary.com's usage example:
"We will proceed no further with this business." After Miami
jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the 15th minute of Saturday's first
period, Michigan said, 'I think not' and notched three scores in
just over two minutes.
Definition 9: An incidental action performed by an actor
on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide an
interesting detail.
This may be the finest point of comparison there is. After
Michigan's win on Friday night, I caught a Jason Ryznar -
beaming with an ear-to-ear grin, as usual - outside of the
lockerroom. Although goofy and lighthearted off the ice, the
Anchorage, Alaska, native becomes Michigan's resident bull-
dozer on it. I playfully introduced the idea of Ryznar's 6-foot-
4, 205 pound frame meeting with Miami's Brian Sipotz - a
6-foot-7, 245 pound behemoth.
"He's got about 50 pounds on me, but I think I could take
him," Ryznar responded to my request.
Seven minutes into the third period, with Michigan up 8-4,
Ryznar stayed true to his word. Sipotz tried to sneak up and
cheap shot Ryznar at center ice. But, Ryznar saw Sipotz out of
the corner of his eye, turned and dropped the mass of humanity
to the ice with relative ease. It was an incidental action that def-
initely filled a pause between line changes.
Definition 10 (informal): Verbal abuse; scolding.
The verbal abuse came viaYost's finest, who chanted "Over-
rated" and "Warm up the bus" with over four minutes left in the
third period of Saturday's game. The "scolding" came from
Red Berenson following the Wolverines' 8-5 win. The never-
satisfied - AKA business-minded - Berenson spoke with
great discontent about the way his team gave up five goals,
claiming Michigan was "lucky" to come out with a win.
Definition 11 (obsolete): The condition of being busy.
This is what Michigan has been and should continue to be
all season.
The Wolverines are as business as business gets. Last week
made it official. And a true business methodology can
increase a team's production ten fold. If you combine this
business approach with Michigan's overwhelming talent, the
result will be impressive. It may be outright inspiring. And it
definitely, for the fourth year in a row, could be Frozen.
Unlike the Michigan hockey team, Gennaro Filice isfarfrom
'business,'and can be reached at gfilice@umich.edu.

REDHAWKS
Continued from Page 1B
behalf of the Wolverines.
Less than 30 seconds after Helmi-
nen's goal, the freshman center won a
faceoff in the RedHawks' zone and
quickly delivered the puck to linemate
Brandon Kaleniecki. With winger
David Rohlfs' 6-foot-3 body screening
Crawford-West, Kaleniecki quickly
fired a one-timer into the top right cor-
ner of the goal to give Michigan a lead
it would never relinquish.
But he was far from done. Immediate-
ly after the goal, Hensick - who is small
on the ice but surprises opponents with
his physicality - was looking for some-
one to flatten. He found Miami's John
Lenz, and leveled him near mid-ice,
snapping his stick in half in the process.
Ten seconds later, the Wolverines
were on the powerplay, and 35 seconds
after that, they had a 5-on-3 advantage.
After methodically passing the puck
and looking for a hole in Miami's
defense, junior Brandon Rogers fed
Hensick across the ice. The freshman
forward, whose 36 points lead the team,z
quickly redirected the puck just inside
the post past Crawford-West with 2:18
left in the period to make it 4-2.
The goal capped a wild 5:52, during
which the two teams combined to score
six goals. When the two teams headed
for the locker rooms, Michigan had
fired 13 of the final 14 shots on goal in
the period to surge ahead.
"It was pretty crazy," Rogers said. "It
wasn't the style of hockey we were try-
ing to come out and play. We didn't
come out that well but we started to
pick it up at the end of the period. The
puck was bouncing for them a few
times and luckily for us a few more
times. It wasn't our best period, but we
were able to come out with the lead."
Miami showed signs of life as it
came back onto the ice and scored a
goal at 2:03 to cut the lead to one. But
Joe Pomaranski committed a penalty 23
seconds later, and Rogers made the
RedHawks pay by tallying a goal from
the right faceoff circle. Michigan added

two more goals in the period to take
extend its lead to 7-3.
"They kept scoring, and we kept
scoring," Hensick said. "You never
knew which one was going to be the
game-winner."
The No. 8 Redhawks (15-7-2 CCHA,
18-11-3 overall) came into the weekend
believing years of frustration at Yost Ice
Arena would come to an end, but left
reeling. Saturday's loss was Miami's
17th straight in Ann Arbor; Michigan is
38-2-1 at home against Miami.
"We had too many defensive lapses"
said Derek Edwardson, who leads the
CCHA in scoring with 40 points. "It
had nothing to do with goaltending. We
had too many lapses, gave them too
many good chances."
Friday's game was far different,
with Michigan in control from the
start. An early penalty gave Michigan
a powerplay, and winger Eric Nys-
trom set up center David Moss for an
easy goal with a nice pass at 4:12.
Forward Jason Ryznar added a goal
with just over four minutes left in the
first period when, on a two-on-one,
he stretched his arm out and batted a
pass from linemate Andrew Ebbett
toward the net. Miraculously, he
placed it perfectly, just past Crawford-
West's left leg. From there, Montoya
made it stand, allowing just one goal
when a collision left a loose puck in
front of the net for the RedHawks to
clean up.
After Friday's win, Berenson empha-
sized the importance of the game's start,
saying: "We knew the start of the game
would be huge. We had to put our best
foot forward early to get some momen-
tum and get the crowd in the game."
But, because the No. 5 Wolverines
(16-5-1, 21-8-1) were unable to dupli-
cate their fiery start on Saturday, Beren-
son came away from the weekend just
happy to be in first.
"That's college hockey," Berenson
said. "It's heart attack hockey. It is good
we won two games. They were huge
games to win. I like the game last night.
Tonight, I don't know what it was but we
got through it and we'll take it."

Player
Hensick
Ebbett
Gajic
Kaleniecki
Helminen
Tambellini
Moss
Rogers
Nystrom
Werner
Ryznar
Hunwick
Brown
Rohlfs
Martens
Henderson
Dest
Woodford
Kautz
Burnes
Cook
Ruden
Wyzgowski
Montoya
Mayhew

GP
30
30
27
30
28
26
25
30
30
29
23
28
29
30
23
12
29
27
6
26
19
5
3
28
1

A
26
23
14
8
10
9
11
13
7
9
8
10
4
2
3
2
3
4
2
2
1
1
0
0
0

Pta
36
29
24
22
20
18
18
18
16
16
13
11
10
-V
6
4
4
4
3
2
1
1
0
0
0

+/- PIM
7 18
12 36
3 24
8 34
2 0
1 14
E 14
3 36
-2 42
5 28
12 12
12 48
6 37
6 20
2 30
2 8
9 23
-4 35
3 4
9 22
6 22
- 0
-2 4
- 18
- 0

Sht
95
71
74
97
84
120
54
52
60
44
33
32
70
41
23
18
15
33
8
18
12
0
2
0
0

TOTALS 30 111172 283 100 529 1056
Player GP GA Avg Svs Pct Mins
Montoya 28 61 2.21 665 .9161652:32
Ruden 5 7 3.09 57 .891 136:08
Mayhew 1 1 3.54 12 .923 16:56
TOTALS 30 69 2.30 734 .914 1747:8
CCHA STANDINGS

RYAN WEINER/Daily)
Brandon Kaleniecki upends Miami's Taylor Husted on Friday.
Kaleniecki extended his team lead in goals to 14.

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

CCHA
W L T Pts
16 5 1 33
15 7 2 32
14 9 1 29
14 10 0 28
13 12 1 27
11 10 3 25
11 10 2 24
11 11 0 22
9 14 1 20
7 11 5 19
4 14 4 12
4 16 4 12

Overall
W L T
21 8 1
1811 3
1815 1
1913 0
1415 1
15 11 4
1513 3
1612 2
1415 3
9 14 8
6 16 6
6 19 5

Top line finally producing
Powerplay slowly emerging as a threat

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's top scoring line would seem to
strike fear into opponents' hearts. The combina-
tion of junior Dwight Helminen at center, and
sophomore Jeff Tambellini and junior Eric Nys-
trom on his wings, it would appear to be a can't-

Saturday's results:
MICHIGAN 8, Miami 5
NOTRE DAME 4, Ferris State 1
Northern Michigan 5, Wayne State 2
BOWLING GREEN 0 , Lake Superior 0
OHIO STATE 4, Nebraska-Omaha 3
Michigan State 3, ALASKA FAIRBANKS 2
Saturday's results:
MICHIGAN 4, Miami 1
NOTRE DAME 4, Ferris State 2
Northern Michigan 4, Wayne State 1
BOWLING GREEN 3 , Lake Superior 2
OHIO STATE 3, Nebraska-Omaha 1
ALASKA FAIRBANKS 5, Michigan State 4

miss combination.
Yet in recent weeks, this has-
n't been the case, as Michi-
gan's No. 1 line has struggled
to find the scoring touch. It has
been Michigan's second line of
T.J. Hensick, Milan Gajic and

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Michigan's seven goals came off of Helminen's aspects of the v
stick, bringing his season total to 10. and goaltendin
Nystrom also picked up a goal to cap the scor-
ing on Friday night. Tambellini, despite not light-
ing the lamp, notched 10 shots this weekend. PROF.M
Several times he had great shots robbed by the Offen
Miami goaltenders, and his facial expressions
showed his frustration.
Miami goaltender Brandon Crawford-West
made perhaps the best save of the weekend against
Tambellini. On Saturday, Tambellini found an
opening along the boards and ripped a booming
shot toward an opening along the near post, but
Crawford-West made an amazing glove save to
rob Tambellini of a goal. Piti Bi
"I've said all along that's not a checking line," Def
Berenson said. "That should be our power line and
those are our three top returning goal scorers from
last season. They're a line that should be able to
play with anyone, but should be able to outscore
them. It was good to see them on the board
tonight."
MIGHTY MAN ADVANTAGE: The Michigan power-
play - which at one time couldn't seem to take Pao.
advantage of its man-advantage - has once again Sp'
become a force to be reckoned with. The Wolver-
ines have scored a powerplay goal in their last five

Brandon Kaleniecki - dubbed the "Price Club
Line" because it scores in bunches - that has
produced the bulk of Michigan's scoring over the
past few series.
But this weekend's series against Miami gave
Michigan's first line a chance to break out of its
cold spell. In a coaching switch, Michigan coach
Red Berenson decided not to match his top line
with Miami's top line. As a result, rather than try-
ing to shut down Miami's best players, Michigan's
top line could focus solely on offense.
The difference was immediately obvious, as the

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