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At last!Icers' seniors win at Munn
By Gabe Edelson
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Four years and 10 months.
That's how long it had been since the Michigan
hockey team went on the road and defeated Michi-
gan State at Munn Ice Arena.
Until last night, that is.
Junior goalie Al Montoya McHGN TTE2
made 29 saves, including 16 in
a hectic first period, to lead the No. 2 Wolverines
to a 4-2 victory over the Spartans. Last night's out-
come marked the first time the Wolverines' senior
class tasted success in the Spartans' building.
"The seniors wanted to end their careers with
at least one win in this barn, which we finally got
for them," sophomore forward T.J. Hensick said.
"They carried us. (Jason Ryznar and captain Eric
Nystrom) were killing some penalties. (Brandon)
Rogers led the way on defense. It's a big win for
those guys to finally get a win in this arena, in this
Senior Eric Werner notched the game-winning
goal 1:21 into the third period. With Michigan skat-
ing shorthanded, senior David Moss fired a shot
that was stopped by Michigan State goalie Domi-
nic Vicari. But the rebound came out to the high
slot, where Werner was waiting. The defenseman's
shot remained on the ice all the way to Vicari, who
allowed the puck to slip between his legs.
"We got a goal from a defenseman," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "It was a broken play
and (we were) short-handed. How often do you see
that? But, more often than not, those are the kind
of goals that make the difference between these
two teams because they're so evenly matched."
T.J. Hensick ended more than 13 minutes of
scoreless, back-and-forth play with a wrist shot
that beat Vicari over the glove at 13:08 of the first
period. But at 4:04 into the second frame, with the
Spartans on the power play, Michigan State senior
captain Jim Slater knotted the game at one when
he fired the puck past Montoya, who was screened
by a tangle of players in front of the net and a
Michigan State player who fell on top of him just
before the score.
Michigan sophomore David Rohlfs took advan-
tage of a Michigan State turnover to score on a
breakaway at 12:59 of the second period. Rohlfs
deked Vicari to the right, then beat him stick side
to make the score 2-1. Werner then proceeded to
tally Michigan's third goal. Just three-and-a-half
minutes later, sophomore Mike Brown gave the
Wolverines a commanding 4-1 lead on an unassist-
ed wraparound shot. Spartan forward Bryan Lerg
capped the scoring with a goal late in the third.
The star of the night was Montoya. The junior
kept Michigan (6-1-0 CCHA, 8-2-1 overall) in the
game early on, despite heavy pressure from Michi-
gan State (3-4-0, 5-5-1), and helped his teammates
shake off the rust after a bye weekend.
"Montoya was the difference in the first period,
and then we got the bounces after that," Berenson
said. "Al knew he had to come in here and give
us a chance. He had to be focused. Our team has
got something to prove in here. I thought he was
"He gave the whole team confidence. I don't
know how many great saves he had to make, but he
was really quick around the net on the loose pucks.
When a goalie makes it look easy, you know he's
Montoya knew what he had to do for the win.
"(Facing) 10 shots or 30 shots, my job is to keep
the puck out of the net," Montoya said. "There's
Michigan returns to Yost Ice Arena to play the
Spartans tomorrow night at 7:35 p.m.
Junior defenseman Eric Werner, right, scored yesterday's game-winning goal.
Buckeyes look to ruin Blue's season
By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Editor
Honestly, what would a Michigan-
Ohio State game be without the Big Ten
title on the line? That drama is what has
made this rivalry great, and this season's
matchup will be no different.
No.7 Michigan (7-0 Big Ten, 9-1 over-
all) has already clinched a share of the
Big Ten championship, but a win over the
Buckeyes on Saturday would wrap up the
outright title and send the Wolverines on
their way to Pasadena for a second straight
year. For Ohio State (3-4, 6-4), upsetting
its biggest rival tomorrow would make up
for the Buckeyes' mediocre conference
One thing's for sure: The Horseshoe
will be rocking as Ohio State tries to pull
off the victory.
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS. OHIO
STATE PASSING DEFENSE: Earlier in the
week, this category looked like it would
easily go to Michigan. Ohio State's pass-
ing defense has been somewhat average
at times this year, and the secondary had
been decimated by injuries recently. But,
according to the Toledo Blade, starting
cornerback Dustin Fox will return and it's
likely the Buckeyes will welcome back
safeties Nate Salley and Donte Whit-
ner as well. That means a much tougher
task for Michigan freshman quarterback
Chad Henne - whose job will be diffi-
cult enough dealing with the rabid fans in
Ohio Stadium. Last week against North-
western, Henne spread the ball around
as well as he has all year. Michigan's
wide receiving corps remains one of the
nation's best, so the Wolverines could
have success in this area.
MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE VS. OHIO
STATE RUSHING DEFENSE: With the Buck-
eyes no doubt gunning to put the pressure
on Henne, Michigan freshman running
back Mike Hart will need to pile up some
yards to open up the Wolverines' offense
downfield. Problem is, the Buckeyes'
linebackers - led by spectacular junior
A.J. Hawk - might be the best in the Big
Ten. But few teams have stopped Hart this
season, as he has rushed for 975 yards in
the last five games. Michigan will do its
best to establish the run game early, and
fullback Kevin Dudley will be respon-
sible for occupying Hawk up the middle.
Lucky for Michigan, Dudley's one of the
best blocking backs in the country, and
Hart should find some room.
98th in the nation in passing offense, and
have not eclipsed 200 yards through the
air since an overtime loss at Northwestern
on Oct. 2. Junior Troy Smith is expected
to start after a 14-of-29 passing perfor-
mance for 192 yards, one touchdown and
three interceptions in a loss to Purdue last
week. Michigan's goal will be not allow-
ing Holmes or (especially) Ginn to hit a
home run and give the Buckeyes and their
crowd reason to get excited.
SPECIAL TEAMS: If there is one area
that could absolutely turn the game for
the Buckeyes, this is it. Yes, Michigan
kicker Garrett Rivas has been solid and
clutch all year and Steve Breaston final-
ly broke out last week returning kicks.
But Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent is
17-for-20 on field-goal attempts this
year and the two-man return team of
Holmes and Ginn has returned four
kicks for touchdowns. A close game
favors Ohio State because of special
OHIO STATE RUSHING OFFENSE VS. MICHI-
GAN RUSHING DEFENSE: Smith is probably
Ohio State's most dangerous threat run-
ning the ball, especially in light of the
fact that Michigan struggled immensely
with Michigan State's scrambling quar-
terback Drew Stanton. Other than Smith,
the Buckeyes will turn to the trio of Mau-
rice Hall, Antonio Pittman and Lydell
Ross to move the chains. Pittman might
be the biggest concern, as the freshman
has blazing speed. And Michigan's rush-
ing defense has been picked apart by
Michigan State and Northwestern, mean-
ing'that Ohio State has reason to be con-
fident. Still, Ohio State is averaging just
132 yards a game on the ground - 80th-
best in the nation.
EDGE: OHIO STATE
INTANGIBLES: Michigan has every-
thing to play for in this game - an
outright Big Ten title, a Rose Bowl
berth an outside chance at a national
title game appearance. But the fact that
Ohio State has nothing but pride to play
for might be the most dangerous aspect
of this game for the Wolverines.
OHIO STATE PASSING OFFENSE VS. MICHI-
GAN PASSING DEFENSE: Despite the fact that
the Buckeyes have two game-breaking
wide receivers in sophomore Santonio
Holmes and faster-than-lightning fresh-
man Ted Ginn, they have been unable to
really do much in this area. Ohio State is
EDGE: OHIO STATE
PREDICTION: The Game has a habit of
going down to the wire. And playing in
front of home fans will have Ohio State
raring to go. The Wolverines' offense is
talented enough to put points up, and the
Buckeyes will definitely struggle to score.
MICHIGAN 24, OHIo STATE 13
Freshman quarterback Chad Henne has thrown 19 touchdowns this season.
Roy a bright spot in season-opening loss to Lehigh
By Mark Giannotto
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team came up short last night in its
highly anticipated matchup against Lehigh, losing 22-15 to the
It was the season-opening dual meet for
both the No. 6 Wolverines and No. 2 Moun-
S The meet was predicted to be a close one, and it did not disap-
point. There were several matches that could have gone either way.
In the 133-pound weight class, true freshman Craig Gillison
came out strong in his debut for the Wolverines.
"Craig was dominating the match in the beginning," Michigan
coach Joe McFarland said. "I really liked how he came out aggres-
sively, and tried to set the tone in the match."
Midway through the first period, Michigan's fortunes literally
took a turn for the worse. Gillison was suddenly turned to his back
and pinned by Lehigh freshman Jeff Santo.
"Craig got caught in a move, and (Santo) got both of his legs in,"
McFarland said. "He ended up pinning him. That was a nine-point
swing for Lehigh."
Co-captain Nick Churella also failed to win in his debut at the
165-pound weight class. He lost by major decision to Troy Letters
of Lehigh, who is ranked No. 1 in the country and is the reigning
NCAA champion in the 165-pound weight class.
"We were hoping to win that match, but there's (going to) be an
adjustment period for Ryan in his new weight class," McFarland
said. "It's tough to have to face the No. 1-ranked wrestler in your
first match of the season."
There were some bright spots for the Wolverines in the loss.
Redshirt senior and 2003 NCAA champion Ryan Bertin won his
highly .anticipated matchup with Lehigh's Derek Zinck by a 7-
4 minor decision. Bertin and Zinck are ranked No. 3 and No. 7,
respectively, in the 157-pound weight class.
Redshirt sophomore Nick Roy was also particularly impressive.
He defeated 2004 All-American Travis Frick of Lehigh by a 10-6
minor decision in the 174-pound weight class.
"(Nick) started and finished the match strong," McFarland said.
"He didn't sit back. He kept building on his lead."
Because this was the first dual meet of the season, the Wolver-
ines have plenty of time to rebound from this loss.
"We have nothing to be ashamed of," said McFarland. "We are
going to build off this and make some adjustments. Lehigh was just
the better team tonight."
Before New York,
- a tuneup for cagers
0 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Michigan looks to turn
the tide in Tuscaloosa
By Matt Venegoni
Daily Sports Writer
By Josh Holman
Daily Sports Writer
With its 69-60 victory over Colorado
on Wednesday, the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team cleared the way
for a trip to New York next
week for an appearance in TO
the semifinals of the Pre- Midh
season NIT. So let the cel- Sacram
Now quit celebrating. Co M a
Before Michigan can _____
concentrate on Arizona, it
has some business to attend to tonight at
"Everyone now wants to talk about next
week," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
said. "We have a game Friday. It's impor-
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only exhibition match of the year over
Bethany College 72-45. Other than that,
all their preseason practices have probably
had the Wolverines in mind.
In contrast, Michigan will get just one
day to concentrate on the
IGHT "We knew we were going
pan a to have three games (this
ito &tate week) regardless of the out-
1.. come (on Wednesday),"
Arena Amaker said. "We knew it
was going to be a tough turn-
around for us, but I think our
players would rather play than practice."
Tonight's game will be Michigan's
third in five days. It defeated Binghamton
59-46 on Monday before Wednesday's
victory over Colorado - both Preseason
You play how you practice. If this old
adage holds true, Michigan women's bas-
ketball coach Cheryl Burnett believes that
her team will be prepared for its first regular
-season game of the season today.
The Wolverines head to Tuscaloosa,
Ala., to take on the Crimson Tide. Last
year, Michigan lost an overtime thriller at
home to Alabama'76-74. Much has changed
for Michigan since that game, including the
addition of seven freshmen to the roster.
Burnett is excited to see how their play in
practice will carry over to the game.
"I'm so impressed (with) what our play-
ers are learning in practice; they are think-
ing and doing (those things) on the court,"
But Burnett concedes that the team is
veterans - Pool, McPhilamy and sopho-
more Kelly Helvey - have had another
important role for Michigan: Preparing the
freshmen for their first road game.
"We are just being more vocal and letting
them know what's going on," Pool said. "It's
kind of hard to hear the play with everyone
screaming, so we just need to let everyone
know what the play is."
The Crimson Tide will be a formidable
opponent for the Wolverines. Alabama
returns four starters and three bench play-
ers from last year's 12-16 squad. The Tide
will rely on senior guard Monique Bivins,
a second-team All-SEC selection last year.
Although not as young as the Wolverines,
Alabama is welcoming six newcomers this
season, including four freshmen.
Alabama holds a significant size advan-
tage over the Wolverines. Three of its play-
ers are 6-foot-3 or taller. To counteract this,
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