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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 4, 2004 - 7B

Powerplay
key for'M'
In victory
By Ryan Sosin
Daily Sports Writer
For the first few weeks of the season, special teams
will play a huge role for the Michi-
gan hockey team. With new rule
changes that call for more stringent
enforcement of open-ice hits, the
penalty numbers on both sides of ,a
the rink will be inflated until players
acclimate.
Michigan's special teams domi-
nated Saturday's 12-1 win over Windsor. The power-
play tallied four goals and the penalty kill was perfect,
putting up three shorthanded goals.
The penalty kill consistently leaned on the Windsor
powerplay unit, forcing them to play more conserva-
tively and creating offensive chances for Michigan. c
"I liked to see the penalty-killing pressure on the
other team's powerplay," Berenson said. "And when
we capitalize (on shorthanded chances), those are
huge goals"t
The penalty kill spent a lot of time on the ice, with
the Wolverines drawing nine penalties. Michiganl
alternate captain Brandon Rogers said his team needst
to focus on adapting to the new rules to keep its pen-r
alty minutes to a minimum.
While they were able to keep the Lancers off the
board in shorthanded situations, a majority of Al
Montoya's work came when the Wolverines weref
down a man.E
"I think we could have done a better job overall in1
terms of killing penalties," Rogers said. "With thatc
said, we didn't let anything in."
Despite scoring four goals, Michigan's powerplayt
failed to capitalize on numerous chances. The Wolver-1
ines took 23 shots with the man advantage and often
found themselves stymied.

Controversy
ignites stickers

TONY DING/Daily
T.J. Hensick had a goal and two assists in Michigan's opening exhibition against Windsor on Saturday.

"You're not going to see that many chances against a
quality team," forward Brandon Kaleniecki said. "When
we get chances like that, we have to bury them."
Michigan's two freshmen saw significant time on
special teams. Chad Kolarik got the Michigan pow-
erplay started when he took the puck off a Wind-
sor defender's skate and then fired it past goalie Jay
Ewasiuk. Kevin Porter spent considerable time on
the penalty kill, scoring his first goal as a Wolverine
shorthanded.
BLUE/WHITE SCRIMMAGE: Yesterday's annual Blue/
White scrimmage ended with Blue on top, 7-2. The
scrimmage pitted the White team - which featured
first and third defensive tandems paired with the
second forward line - against a Blue team stocked
by the first and third forward lines with the second
defense pair.
Sophomore T.J. Hensick gave Blue the lead early in
the second when he blasted a shot from the point that
beat junior goalie Noah Ruden through the legs. The
goal turned out to be the game winner.
Hensick led the way with a hat trick, and junior

Jeff Tambellini and senior David Moss picked up
two points each for the Blue team. Seniors Milan
Gajic and Michael Woodford netted the White
team's only goals.
Despite lacking the intensity of a normal game, the
match-up gave the Wolverines another chance to get
their game legs.
The Wolverines will likely add two of the 12 non-
roster players - comprised mostly of club team play-
ers - that participated in yesterday's game to fill out
their roster before next week's regular-season opener.
Senior Justin Kozik was the only nonroster player
to score. He put one past Ruden for a shorthanded goal
late in the second period.
INJURY UPDATE: Senior captain Eric Nystrom is
doubtful for next weekend's games in the Lefty
McFadden Tournament. The Michigan captain hasn't
been skating with the team while he recovers from
bruised ribs.
Senior defenseman Jason Ryznar, who had been
sidelined after surgery on a blood vessel in his head, is
expected to be in Friday's line-up.

By Matt Venegoni
Daily Sports Writer
A rare coach ejection proved to be
the turning point for the Michigan
field hockey team in yesterday's 4-
2 victory over No. 17 Harvard (6-3
overall). Crimson coach Sue Caples
got an early exit, prompting the team
to scream, "Do this for Harvard,
do it for pride." But Michigan took
advantage of Harvard's emotion by
grabbing control of the game and
finishing off the infuriated team.
Michigan (2-0 Big Ten, 9-3 over-
all) came out and
got an early, albeit yAnvaRD 2
controversial goal MIHIA 4
just two minutes
into the half. The play seemed to be
similar to a disallowed goal Michigan
had suffered earlier in the first half.
This time, Michigan was rewarded
with the goal and the lead.
But Caples would not accept ref-
eree Alan Martens' explanation and
harassed him as the game started
up. Martens had enough and ejected
Caples, sending her to the visitor's
parking area.
"I think it was the turning point of
the game." senior tri-captain Adri-
enne Hortillosa said. "They seemed
real emotional after that, and we
knew that they were going to play
the game for the coach."
Michigan took control and never
looked back, scoring another goal
less than a minute after Caples left
the sideline.
"Any time you go up 3-2, you gain
momentum, but you still have to
keep playing hard and we did that,"
Pankratz said.
After Michigan got its fourth goal.
the game became a defensive affair.
Michigan controlled the tempo, get-
ting more penalty corners and shots
on goal than Harvard.
Michigan had taken control early
in the first half with a quick goal
6:54 into the game. The score came
off a penalty corner when Hortillosa
flicked the ball high and right into
the Crimson net.
"I just saw an opening on the right
side out of the scrum and just tried
to put it on the net," Hortillosa said.
But Michigan's early momentum
soon dissipated as sloppy passing
and lackadaisical play led to Har-
vard's first goal. Then, just a minute
and a half after Michigan scored,

Harvard took the lead off a tap-in
from a penalty corner.
Michigan came back, as Katic
Morris took advantage of a redirect-
ed pass to tie the game, 2-2. Then
Michigan looked like it had taken
the lead with 11:23 left in the haif
after a penalty corner, but the goal
was disallowed.
"We just had a difference of opin-
ion in terms of the rule," Michipn
coach Marcia Pankratz said. "You
have to hit the board on the corner,
and we didn't. but the defense had
touched it three times to put it back
in play."
After the disappointment of the dis-
allowed goal, the Wolverines finished
the half extremely flat, giving Har %,rd
a couple of good scoring chances. At
the start of the second half, Michigan
played like a different team, exh&6-
iting much more emotion and fire
Pankratz rallied the team during the
intermission by trying to get the team
refocused on its tactics and what each
person had to do.
"It was not an easy match - we
didn't have our 'A' game." Pankratz
said. "We fought hard and we have to
win the games, even when we doni't
play our best."

Great keeping can't save Blue

By Seth Gordon
Daily Sports Writer

The women's soccer team had an
opportunity to take a stranglehold on
the Big Ten standings this weekend with
games against fellow contenders No. 5
Penn State and No. 21 Ohio State. But the
No. 16 Wolverines (4-1-1 Big Ten, 7-3-2
overall) were unable to cash in on their
scoring chances and now must fight an
uphill battle for the
conference crown.
After a heart-
breaking 1-0 double
overtime loss on
Friday to the Nitta-
ny Lions, Michigan
tied the Buckeyes 1-1 yesterday at Michi-
gan Soccer Field.
Michigan coach Debbie Rademacher
was especially disappointed because the
missed opportunities on offense squan-
dered a phenomenal performance by
sophomore goalkeeper Meghan Tuura.
"She was huge," Rademacher said.
"She held on to the ball and didn't give up
any rebounds. She did a great job."
Tuura stopped 20 of 22 shots on the
weekend, including a career-high 11
against Ohio State.
Michigan was outshot 14-9 in the first
half against the Buckeyes, but 'Ibura kept
the Wolverines in the game until fresh-
man defender Kandice McLaughlin scored
her second goal of the season with 10:07
remaining in the half. With Michigan work-
ing off a corner kick, McLaughlin found
herself in the right place at the right time
and fired the ball into the back of the net.
"It was crossed in and (junior for-
ward Therese) Heaton went up to chal-
lenge it, and it just got flicked off so I
just volleyed it," McLaughlin said. "We
all made our runs, and we were where
we needed to be."
Ohio State continued to bring pressure
in the second half, passing through Mich-
igan's midfield to create scoring chances.
But Tuura was up to the challenge, often
making spectacular saves.
In the 63rd minute, Ohio State's Laura
Dickenmann finally broke through with
the tying goal.
Following a Buckeye's scoring chance,
the Wolverine defense was unable to clear
the ball. Ohio State centered the ball,
where again the Michigan defense failed
to clear it, and eventually, Dickenmann
knocked it in.
"It was bouncing around and no one
could get a cleat on it, and they just
knocked it in," Tuura said. "It was right
in front of the goal, so there's not a whole
lot you can do."
The two teams traded scoring chances
for the rest of the second half, but neither
team was able to capitalize, and the game
went to overtime.
It was more of the same in both over-
1 1
mm.

Friday's game undefeated, and the winner
was set to take the driver's seat in the Big
Ten race.
Michigan's best chance to score came
in the second half when freshman for-
ward Melissa Dobbyn's shot sailed just
over the cross-bar.
Despite Michigan's scoring chances,
Penn State controlled the action in the
second half, but was stymied time after
time by Michigan's defenders and 'Ibura.
On several occasions Nittany Lion attack-
ers had the ball tackled away at the last
second, and if they managed a shot, Tuura
was in the right spot to make the save.
Michigan made a furious effort to take
the game in the final minutes of regula-
tion, but both chances ended without a
goal.
In the first overtime, Michigan contin-
ued where it left off, but was only able to
muster one shot on goal.
With the game in double overtime and
fatigue setting in, the Wolverines were again
and again saved by Tuura. She made two
diving saves in the period - one off a Penn
State corner and another to stop a wide-open
shot by All-American Tiffany Weimer.
With 4:31 remaining in the second over-
time period, Penn State caught Michigan
in a poor clearing attempt and served the
ball to Weimer as the Wolverine defense
was heading up the field. Weimer received
the ball with space between her and Tuura
and was able to dribble around the Michi-
gan keeper and find the empty net.
"It's a tough loss, but we stuck with
them," Tuura said. "They're ranked fifth
in the country, and we didn't even play
that well. We stuck with them. If we had
played better, we could have beaten them.
We had chances, but we have to look at

that more than the loss."
Coming out of the weekend with only
a draw set Michigan back in its quest for a
Big Ten title, but the team knows the race
isn't over.
"We just have to take care of the rest
of our Big Ten games," Rademacher said.
"Penn State, obviously, is sitting on top,
but they haven't played Ohio State. There
are a lot of games to be played, so we're
not out of the picture by any means."
The path for the Wolverines won't get
any easier as they will set out on a five-
game road swing, beginning with a game
at Purdue on Friday.

Adrienne Hortillossa scored twice to
lead Michigan past Harvard 4-2.

RYAN WEINER/Daily
Michigan goalie Meghan Tuura, right,
had 20 saves this weekend.
time periods as both teams came close,
but couldn't put the game away.
"They have one of the premier play-
ers in the Big Ten in Kate Linehan and
she's hard to handle," Rademacher said.
"We certainly had to take someone like
Jamie Artsis out of our attack in order to
keep her at bay. We needed to make bet-
ter decisions attacking wise and maybe
be a little more aggressive on the attack,
and maybe that would have helped us.
But they are a good team, and they put us
under a lot of pressure."
Both Michigan and Penn State entered

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