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Josh Churella and Craig Gilleson earn their
first career wins at Cliff Keen for the wres-
tling team in a thrashing of Cleveland State.

Meet the women's basketball team's
seven-member freshman class by
taking a look at the yearbook.

The Heisman Trophy
no longer goes to the
nation's best player.
The SportsMonday Column


December 13, 2004


Bowling into irst


Michigan 5

Jeers emerge
on top after
tense finish
By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Writer
BOWLING GREEN - It was startling news to anyone who
wasn't extremely close to the Bowling Green hockey team. On
Saturday, the Falcons' star goalie, Jordan Sigalet, announced to
the public that he was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
The night that started with this somber announcement
ended with one of the most exciting finishes of the season.
No. 4 Michigan hockey team was leading Bowling Green
5-4 with 1:33 left in the game when a stoppage of play forced
a faceoff in the right circle of the Michigan zone. Bowling
Green won the draw and controlled the puck at the top of the
circle. The slapshot went far side and careened off the pipe.
Minutes later, the game ended, and Michigan came away with
its second consecutive weekend sweep.
"We were lucky," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"The puck hit the crossbar or the post, so you have to say you
were lucky. ButI thought we did a lot of good things."
The win at Bowling Green came one day after Michigan's 8-3
victory at Yost Ice Arena, which propelled the Wolverines past
Ohio State and into first place in the CCHA. On both nights, the
Wolverines (11-1-0 CCHA, 13-4-1 overall) fell behind early. On
Friday, Michigan trailed the Falcons (5-5-2, 8-6-2) 3-0 after the
first period despite leading in shots, 14-9.
It was just two minutes into Saturday's game when Bowl-
ing Green struck for the first time. Junior forward Mike Falk
gathered the puck in the left circle and skated into the slot.
With the Michigan defense all around him, Falk spun and
fired at Montoya, sliding the puck along the ice between Mon-
toya's legs.
After giving up eight straight goals to lose on Friday even
with their star netminder behind them, the Falcons knew that
a one-goal lead wouldn't be enough. But they probably didn't
guess that defenseman Jason Dest - who had yet to score a
goal this season - would be the Wolverine to tie it up. With
just one minute remaining in the first period, senior captain
Eric Nystrom skated through the right circle with the puck.
Dest trailed in the slot, slapping his stick violently against the
ice while yelling for the puck. He one-timed the pass from
his captain and buried the shot. The goal was the second of
Dest's career.
"I get excited," Dest said. "I don't score too many goals.
So when I get a chance ... I saw the opening, so I just started
banging my stick. And I wasn't even thinking. I just wanted
the puck."
Michigan added its second goal of the night just five sec-
onds later. Skating in the left circle, Tambellini faked a shot
before throwing a pass behind his bade across the crease.
Senior David Moss waited in the right slot and forced the
puck under the left pad of Falcons goalie Jon Horrell, who
See FALCONS, page 4B

than Bulls'
hot Leather
By Eric Ambinder
Daily Sports Writer
With just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the
second half, Michigan guard Dion Harris stepped around a
Chris Hunter pick and drained a 3-pointer from the top of
the key to give the Wolverines a late
66-54 lead. "'M r " 'LOR'DA ,
But South Florida's Terrence Leath-
er was still on the floor.
On the ensuing play, Leather committed a charge -- his
fifth and final foul.
When the senior took a seat on the bench, the game
was over.
The only thing that could wear Leather out in Crisler
Arena on Saturday seemed to be foul trouble.
With the Bulls forward out of the game for stretches late
in the second half, Michigan was able to overcome several
South Florida runs en route to a 71-62 victory.
"We had no answers for Terrence Leather," Michigan
coach Tommy Amaker said. "I thought he was just a ter-
rific player."
Leather was almost unstoppable in the paint, notching a
career-high 28 points on ll-of-15 shooting in just 25 min-
utes. He had scored more than half of his team's points
- 28 of 54 - when he fouled out with 2:06 remaining in
the second half.
"Once he got a rhythm and his shots were falling,
it seemed like everything he threw up was going in,"
Hunter said.
Even though Hunter had difficulty guarding Leather on
defense, he was able to pick up the slack on offense. The
forward was perfect from the free throw line in the second
half, converting all eight attempts. The Wolverines (6-3)
were able to control South Florida (5-3) and its remaining
players, who combined for just 34 points and shot 36 per-
cent from the field.
"The key was containing the other guys," Hunter said.
"(Leather) got his points, but I thought we did a good job on
the other guys and did not let them get involved."
Michigan, though, was able to rely on its depth to over-
come the Bulls' inside scoring - 19 of their 26 field goals
came in the paint. Guard Sherrod Harrell scored a career-
high seven points in nine first-half minutes, while fresh-
man Ron Coleman and sophomore Brent Petway added 10
points each.
"If we continue to gets those kinds of efforts from those
See BULLS, page 5B

Michigan defenseman Matt Hunwick (6) celebrates with senior Brandon Rogers after one of Hunwlck's three goals on Fdday.

Matt Hunwick said after Friday's game that his hat
trick may have been his first ever -at any level.
This weekend marked a handful of different firsts
for the Michigan hockey team. Here's a looks
" Sophomore Jason Dest scored his first goal of the
season. The goal was the second of his career.
" Forward Brandon Kaleniecki scored goals in back.
to-backgames for the first time this season. Last
season, he led the team in goals.
" Sophomore Mike Brown notched points in both
games. It marked the first time that Brown has had
points on back-to-back nights. Brown also tallied
his first assist of the season on Friday night at Yost.
" On Saturday, the Falcons became the first team to
score on the Michigan penalty kill in the last 24
attempts against the unit.

Hunwick nets hat trick at Yost

By Jake Rosenwasser
Daily Sports Writer
The Yost Ice Arena crowd is incredibly
creative. Fans berate opposing goalies by
dubbing them "sieves" and taunt CCHA
referees' outdated facial hair with chants
of "porno mustache." About the only tradi-
tional ritual that the Yost crowd partakes in
is the act of throwing hats on the ice after a
Wolverine scores three goals.
With a little more than two minutes
remaining in Friday night's 8-3 win over
Bowling Green, and Michigan skating
with a man advantage, Wolverine defense-
man Matt Hunwick took a pass from his
defensive partner, Brandon Rogers. Hun-

wick wound up and slapped a shot over the
stick of Falcons goalie Jordan Sigalet for his
third goal of the game. The fans at Yost cel-
ebrated the hat trick like any veteran group
of hockey fans would - they chucked their
caps over the glass and onto the ice.
"I was just trying to put a shot on net,"
Hunwick said. "We had a couple of guys in
front, so I was just trying to get it through."
Three of Hunwick's teammates skated to
him to congratulate the sophomore on what
he said may have been his first hat trick at
any level of competition, but senior forward
Milan Gajic went in another direction. He
swooped into the net, and grabbed the puck
for Hunwick to keep.
"He probably would have forgotten about

it. That kid doesn't know whether he's com-
ing or going," Gajic said jokingly. "As soon
as I saw itgo in the net, I didn't even put my
hands up - Ijust grabbed it."
Hunwick's first goal of the night - like
his third - came on the power play. In the
second period, with Michigan trailing 3-1,
junior forward Jeff Tambellini - positioned
just to the left of the net - put two quick
shots on the Bowling Green goal. Freshman
Chad Kolarik then gained possession of the
puck briefly before it squirted out to Hun-
wick near the left circle. The defenseman
shot to Sigalet's glove side and scored.
"I was looking at his power play pro-
duction (before the game), and it hadn't
See HUNWICK, page 4B

Defense I
By Jack Herman
Daily Sports Writer
With 5:35 left in the second half, IUPUI
Senior Eboni Jamssens threw a lob pass
to the post. Her team-
mate, freshman Krima
Davies, barely got a
hand on it to save it
from going out of bounds before controlling
it and putting it in for two points. Six min-
utes earlier, the Jaguars were looking at a
21-point deficit. With the basket, they were
down just eight points.
But those would be the last points IUPUI
(1-7) would score, as Michigan (4-4) clamped
down on defense and went on to win Satur-
day night's game 68-48 at Crisler Arena.
The play marked a turning point for Mich-
igan, which started the second half ahead 41-
19 but was struggling to seal the win.
"We got a little lackadaisical on defense,"
Michigan freshman Becky Flippin said. "We
were trying to live off of our points that we
had in the first half."
After Davies's basket, the Wolverines
woke up on both ends of the court. In addition
to allowing no points on defense, Michigan

Leps Blue
scored 12 points in those final five minutes
almost as many as they had scored in the firs
15 minutes of the second half.
Michigan and IUPUI traded baskets t(
begin the half, but the Jaguars got no close
than 18. With 12:34 left, IUPUI went on as
8-0 run to get within 12, thanks in large par
to junior Anne-Marie Tupper - who score
five of her team-leading 14 points in tha
stretch. Tupper's 3-pointer with 11:36 lef
forced Michigan to call a timeout.
Out of the timeout, IUPUI senior Jessica
James added two more points before Flippii
hit a long 3-pointer, ending the run and add
ing to her career-high 12 points.
Even after Flippin's three-ball, the Jag
oars did not quit and slowly whittled the lea(
down to eight before Michigan stopped then
in their tracks.
"I really thought we did a good job o
trying to regather," Michigan coach Chery
Burnett said. "That took us about three pos
sessions and a timeout to re-remind us of th(
things we needed to do."
The game was a huge turnaround for th(
Wolverines, who just days earlier had a dis
appointing loss to cross-town rivals Easterr

pull away
IUPUI started the game in a 2-3 zone
t - a defense that plagued Michigan in its
previous game against the Eagles. But the
o Wolverines came out ready and had much
r more success breaking the defense versus
n the Jaguars.
I Michigan scored 30 points in the paint,
d a great improvement from the 16 it scored
t on Eastern Michigan. Freshman Katie Dier-
I dorf once again played a large part in getting
inside to disrupt the zone, scoring all 10 of
a her points from around the basket.
n "(Dierdorf) really posts up well when we
- reverse the basketball," Burnett said. "We
can really find her in the post, and it gives us
- a lot more flexibility."
d The Wolverines started the game running,
thanks to a fast start by Flippin. After hitting
a 3-pointer to begin the game, she stole the
f ball two possessions later and took it coast-
1 to-coast for two points. From there, Michi-
- gan would not look back, holding on to the
e lead for the entire game.
The Wolverines first big run came with
e 8:51 left in the first half. Dierdorf received a
- pass down low from freshman Janelle Coo-
per and quickly layed it in for two. On the
See IUPUI, page 6B

Tabitha Pool, going up for a layup, scored 16 points in Michigan's victory this Saturday.

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