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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 1, 2004

Friday's game



Saturday's game






Notre Dame 5, MichIgan 2
Michigan 0 2 0 - 2
Notre Dame 1 2 2 - 5
First period -1. ND, Mike Walsh 11 (Rob Globke,
Brett Lebda) 8:44. Penalties - David Moss, MICH
(interference) 0:41; Joe Zurenko, ND (obstruction-
holding) 4:45; Moss, MICH (slashing) 6:47; Globke,
ND (obstruction-holding) 8:53; Milan Gajic, MICH
(hooking) 16:52; Matt Hunwick, MICH (roughing after
the whistle) 19:10; Walsh, ND (roughing after the
Second period -2. MICH, Jeff Tambellini 11 (Dwight
Helminen, Eric Werner) 0:20; 3. MICH, Andrew
Ebbett (Jason Ryznar) 2:19, 4. ND, Neil Komadoski 5
(Tom Galvin, Michael Barlett) 15:43; 5. ND, Matt
Amado 4 (T.J. Jindra) 16:00. Penalties - Aaron Gill,
ND (elbowing) 4:03; O'Neill, ND(high sticking) 7:31;
Lebda, ND(roughing after the whistle).
Third period - 6. ND, Rob Globke 17 (Jason Paige,
Brad Wanchulak) 7:10; 7. N, Corey McLean 9 (unas-
sisted) 17:25. Penalties-Werner, MICH (obstruc-
tion hooking) 3:40; Team, MICH (too many men on
the ice) 9:03; Ebbett, MICH (10-minute misconduct)
11:28; Zurenko, ND (hooking) 12:02.
Shots on goal: MICH 12-18-11 41; ND 3-5-8 16. Power
plays: MICH 0-6; ND1-5. Saves: MICH, Noah Ruden (1-
2) -11; ND, David Brown (13-5-3) - 39
Referee: Dan Brown.

Ruden fills in for ailing Montoya

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer
SOUTH BEND - Spring Break
proved to be an interesting week
for Michigan's goaltenders. Sopho-
more Al Montoya was forced to
leave in the first game of both
series over break, forcing Noah
Ruden to come in mid-game. But
last weekend, he came in under
unusual situations.
Late in the second period of Fri-'
day night's game, Montoya stopped
a shot from Notre Dame's Wes
O'Neill, but couldn't control the
puck. He allowed the puck to come
loose, and attempted to dive for-
ward and cover up for a faceoff.
The puck was still loose as Mon-
toya was on the ground, and the
Irish's Jason Paige slammed home
an easy powerplay tally to extend
Notre Dame's lead to 3-0. To make
matters worse, Montoya had pulled
his left hamstring and was helped
off the ice.
Sophomore Noah Ruden came
into the game to relieve Montoya;
and then started in his place on Sat-
urday. The normally resilient Mon-
toya had played in all 43 games last
season, and missed just two games
this year to play in the World Junior
"I'm not worried," said Michigan

coach Red Berenson after Friday's
game. "(Ruden) can come in and
play. He played in big games, and it
will be a good challenge for our
It was definitely a challenge on
Saturday, as Ruden was making
just his third career start and his
first in the CCHA. Junior David
Moss didn't help Ruden, taking
two penalties in the first seven
minutes of the game.
On the second Notre Dame pow-
erplay, Notre Dame forward Mike
Walsh scored on a deflection off of
freshman Jason Dest to give the
Irish an early 1-0 lead. Notre Dame
finished with just 15 shots on
Ruden, and he made 11 saves.
"Most of the guys showed (more
effort than Friday), and I didn't
show (up)," said Ruden following
Saturday's 5-2 loss. "It was a big
opportunity for me, and we came
out playing, and I didn't get into a
rhythm. I allowed some goals I
shouldn't have. It just wasn't a good
effort today."
The week before, Ruden also saw
some playing time as a result of an
unusual call by referee Mark
Wilkins. Last Friday against Bowl-
ing Green, with Michigan up 6-2,
the Falcons' Brian Escobedo took
advantage of a scrum of players in

the Michigan net, and scored a goal
with Montoya out of position.
Montoya was clearly upset that a
penalty for interference on Bowling
Green wasn't called. As a result,
Montoya skated over to Wilkins for
an explanation and after some dis-
cussion, was whistled for a 10-
minute misconduct.
At most levels, when a goal-
tender is called for a penalty, the
bench designates a player to serve
the penalty. But in college hockey,
when a goaltender is called for a
major, he must do the time him-
"I had no idea that was a rule in
college hockey," Montoya said. "I
didn't think I did anything different
than I had all year. I guess (I said
something I shouldn't have), but
you just get caught up in the emo-
Berenson indicated that he intend-
ed to put Ruden into the game
before the penalty was called if
Montoya allowed another goal.
After Montoya left the box, Ruden
continued to play the rest of the
game in relief.
"That's my job," Ruden said. "I've
been doing it for the past two years
now. It's not always the easiest
thing, but it's part of being ready at
all times."

At: Joyce Center
Attendance: 2,763
Notre Dame 4, Michigan1
Michigan 0 0 1 -
Notre-Dame 0 3 1 -



First period - None. Penalties -Michael Bartlett,
ND (holding the stick) 7:42.
Second period -1. ND, T.J. Jindra 3 (Matt Amado,
Brett Lebda) 1:17; 2. ND, Corey McLean 8 (Aaron
Gill) 10:41; 3. N, Jason Paige 7 (Wes O'Neill,
Lebda) 14:35. Penalties - Chris Trick, ND (roughing
after the whistle) 10:41; Dwight Helminen, MICH
(interference) 12:56; Gill, ND (hooking) 15:56;
Helminen, MICH (roughing after the whistle) 18:51;
Rob Globke, ND (roughing afterrthe whistle) 18:51.
Third period - 4.MICH, Eric Nystrom 10 (Brandon
Rogers, Matt Hunwick) 3:15; 5. ND, Paige 8 (Josh
Sciba, Lebda) 4:27. Penalties - Lebda, ND (cross-
checking) 1:31; Nick Martens, MICH (tripping) 4:03;
T.J. Hensick, MICH (slashing) 13:44; Tom Galvin, ND
(roughing) 13:44; T.J. Hensick, MICH (roughing)
13:44; Brad Wanchulak, ND (high sticking) 19:03.
Shots on goal: MICH 11-7-9 27; MIA 9-8-8 25. Power
plays: MICH 1-5; MIA 0-4. Saves: MICH, Al Montoya
(22-8-1) -14, Noah Ruden -8; ND, David Brown
(12-5-3) - 23
Referee: Dan Brown

Michigan goaltender Al Montoya is helped off the ice during Friday's 4-1loss.


At: Joyce Center
Attendance: 2,763
GP G A Pts +/-
34 11 30 41 7
34 7 25 32 10
31 12 16 28 2
34 16 11 27 7
32 13 11 24 5
34 6 15 21 2
30 11 9 20 1
33 7 12 19 4
29 7 11 18 -4
34 10 7 17 -4
27 5 9 14 7
32 1 12 13 14
33 6 4 10 10
34 6 3 9 8
25 3 3 6 1
31 1 4 5 -2
33 1 4 5 9
12 2 2 4 2
30 0 2 2 13
21 0 -2 2 5
8 0 1 1 -
3 0 0 0 -2
31 0 0 0 -
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GP GA Avg Svs Pc
31 69 2.31 727 .91
8 12 3.01 86 .87E
1 1 3.54 12 .92
34 82 2.41825 .91

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28 90
34 108
4 95
40 60
16 143
36 51
18 60
42 68
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Continued from Page 1B
I've never been one to doubt a person's face-to-face word.
Hell, I trusted Big Bill and that was TV-to-face. So how can
I call shenanigans on Michigan captain Andy Burnes? But,
if being on the road doesn't play a factor in Michigan's ran-
dom series breakdowns (that all do ironically take place
away from Yost), what does?
Put on your checkered deerstalker cap - that's Sherlock
Holmes's headpiece of choice for you young'uns - and let
the detective work begin.
Many times in sports, a lackluster showing can be attrib-
uted to poor preparation. Could this be the answer? Did the
Wolverines fail to put in a solid week of work prior to each
one of these substandard weekends? No chance.
I've been to most of this season's practices, and trying to
differentiate between a week's work that led to a win and a
week's work that led to a loss is like attempting to distin-
guish the differences in two Steven Seagal movies: It's all
the same. Michigan approaches every day of practice with
the same focused, intense demeanor. And each week has
basically the same routine. So, these haphazard breakdowns
don't come as a result of inadequate preparation.
Perhaps the white sweaters that Michigan has worn in
most of these blemishes are to blame. In the maize and blue
sweaters, the Wolverines' are 5-2 and 10-2, respectively,
while they hold just an 8-6-1 mark in the whites. I never did
like the whites - they're so bland. I've always abided by a
simple philosophy: "If you look good, you play good." But,
if this presumption were true, what was the deal with Anna
Kournikova? Also, the Wolverines didn't don white once in
last weekend's debacle. Don't think the sweaters have much
Possibly, it's something a little more diminutive. There's
one thing that has definitely caught my attention. In every
CCHA game that the Wolverines have dropped, Michigan
goalie coach Stan Matwijiw's name has been spelled wrong
("Matijiw") on the line chart.
Bear with me now, a spelling blunder can have more
impact than you'd think. Just ask Dan Quayle. This is espe-
cially significant considering what letter's missing from
Matwijiw's name in each of these losses? The "W." Coinci-
dence?!? I THINK N- ... so. The Matwijiw spelling miscue
has occurred on every line chart this year, not just the losses.
I've got it. It's got to have something to do with the audio
synchronization (or lack thereof) in the Keith Hafner Karate
commercial. Because I've noticed that in weeks when the
voices actually follow the mouths, Michigan-

The Wolverines have been broadsided several times when they
have ventured outside the friendly confines of Yost Ice Arena-
Alright. This is getting kind of ridiculous. I agree. Every-
one needs to just face the fact that Michigan struggles on the
road. None of my resolutions are legit. There are no two
ways about it. The Wolverines become an average team out-
side of Yost. I know it. You know it. And, truth be told, they
know it.
The Wolverines don't want to accept their inabilities out-
side of Yost because, besides a first round CCHA playoff
series, that's the only place they'll be the rest of the way.
Michigan has two remaining regular season games against
Michigan State. Friday, the teams will face off in East Lans-
ing and Saturday's season finale will take place in Joe Louis
Arena. The Joe will also play host to all CCHA playoff
games after the first round. Barring total collapse, the
Wolverines will move on to the NCAA tournament. But,
unlike the last two years, Michigan will not host the Mid-
west Regional, which will be held in Grand Rapids.
Michigan's road denial has to stop. The Wolverines
acknowledge the obvious. They need to accept that they
have copious shortcomings outside ofYost, and do whatever
they need to do to kick the obstruction. If they refuse, the
denial will finish them - kind of like what it did to Big
Bill's integrity.
Gennaro Filice can be reached at gfilice@umich.edu

Continued from Page 1B
that would never be relinquished.
At the 15:43 mark of the period,
Notre Dame forward Neil Komados-
ki fired a shot from just inside the
blueline at Michigan goalie Noah
Ruden, who was screened on the
play and could not get to the the
puck in time. Ruden was playing in
place of normal starter Al Montoya,
who was injured when he slipped
trying to handle a puck during Fri-
day's game.
"That goal from the point - it
was just a backbreaker," Ruden said.
"We were dominating. If you give up
a goal like that, they get some life,
and before you know it, you're look-
ing up instead of looking down."
The Irish struck again before the
public-address announcer was done
noting Komadoski's goal. Sopho-
more forward Matt Amado slashed
to the net and was not picked up by
the Michigan defense. Amado
received a pass from senior Tom
Galvin and punched it into the net.
Michigan's collapse in the latter
portion of the game was preceded
by nearly 36 minutes of dominat-
ing play.
The Wolverines, who spent much
of the first period camped out in the
Notre Dame zone, capitalized on
their first opportunity of the second
period. With only 20 seconds gone
in the second stanza, Michigan for-
wards Jeff Tambellini and Dwight
Helminen skated into the Notre
Dame zone on a 2-on-1 break.
Helminen fed the puck to Tambelli-
ni, who then flipped it over Brown's
right shoulder to tie the game at one.
Tambellini's goal seemed to ignite
a flame in the Wolverines, who con-
tinued to press hard. They were
rewarded for their efforts nearly two

minutes later when junior forward
Jason Ryznar grabbed a loose puck
from the left corner of the Notre
Dame zone and pulled a quick 180
to position himself in front of the
net. He then punched the puck at the
goal, where it was initially stopped
by Brown. But the goalie lost sight
of the puck because of a mass pile-
up in front of the net, and junior
center Andrew Ebbett finally mus-
cled it into the net.
"They came at us and really
played it tough," Notre Dame coach
Dave Poulin said. "They got us out
of our game in the second period
and got the two goals."
After the Wolverines' second goal,
Poulin took a timeout to regroup.
The Wolverines did not let up at all,
in spite of the time stoppage. On one
powerplay following the timeout,
{Michigan fired shot after -shot- on
Brown making the Joyce Center
seem like a shooting range. Remark-
ably, Brown held strong and kept the
puck out of the net for the remainder
of the period.
The game was put out of reach a
little over seven minutes into the
third period. Notre Dame freshman
forward Jason Paige shot the puck
into traffic in front of the Michigan
net. Senior Rob Globke got a stick
on the puck and redirected it past
Ruden, making the score 4-2. The
Fighting Irish added an empty-netter
with 2:35 remaining.
Berenson noted that the week-
end may not have been a complete
"I think it's a wakeup call for our
team," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son said. "If they're going to have a
good season from here on in, they
really have to take heart at what
we're trying to do together and not
just look at our statistics and say
what we've done is good enough."


Michigan State
Ohio State
Notre Dame
Western Michigan
Northern Michigan
Bowling Green
Ferris State
Lake Superior

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Fighting Irish show they can beat
the nation's top teams, once again

Saturday's results:
NOTRE DAME 5, Michigan 2
MIAMI 5, Western Michigan 2
Lake Superior 4, FERRIS STATE 2
BOWLING GREEN 2, Northern Michigan 2
NEBRASKA-OMAHA 7, Alaska-Fairbanks 4
Saturday's results:
NOTRE DAME 4, Michigan 1
Western Michigan 2, MIAMI 2
FERRIS STATE 2, Lake Superior 1.
BOWLING GREEN 2, Northern Michigan 1
Alaska-Fairbanks 1, NEBRASKA-OMAHA 0

By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Writer
SOUTH BEND - Notre Dame's record -
now 13-10-3 in the CCHA and 17-11-4 overall
- may not stand out, but its sweep of Michi-
gan was hardly a fluke. All season long the
Fighting Irish played their best against the
nation's top teams.
The Irish have already won at No. 1 Boston
College and pulled out a win and a tie at No. 6
Wisconsin. Both of these teams have beaten the
This weekend, Notre Dame was ready to
make one more statement against college hock-
ey's elite.
"We talk about every weekend being the exact
same -- every game is worth two points - but
there are usually points where you can look back
and say that's where we took the next step,"
Notre Dame coach Dave Poulin said.
"I think this was a very, very big weekend -
not only in the micro look at it but the macro
look at it as well."
It has been the defense and goaltending that
has led the Irish's emergence. Notre Dame's

"The defense was able to let me to see the
puck, and they also blocked a lot of shots and
took care of the rebounds."
And anything the defensemen weren't able to
handle, Brown could.
The freshman leads the CCHA with a 2.03
goals against average and a .933 save percent-
Brown was at his best Saturday, and he needed
to be. Notre Dame was expecting a Michigan
onslaught after the Wolverines' lackluster effort
Friday, and that's exactly what happened. The
Irish were outshot 12-3 and 18-5 in the first two
periods, but came away from each period with a
one-goal lead.
"Especially after last night, we thought they
were going to be mad about the loss and come
out with a lot more intensity," said forward Rob
Globke, who clinched Saturday's win with a
powerplay goal early in the third period.
"We thought the first t10 minutes were going
to be important. As long as they didn't have a
great start, we liked our chances."
The weekend's series with the Wolverines was
huge for all the Irish, but especially Brown.
"I was really looking forward to playing

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