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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Johnson learns to check his emotions

By James V. Dowd
Daily Sports Writer
FAIRBANKS - During Friday night's loss,
freshman defenseman Jack Johnson was flustered
by the comments and actions from some Alaska-
Fairbanks players. In the season's first five games,
Johnson - who, entering the series, had found his
way into the penalty box nine times - had the

Nanooks keying on him all game
long. When the game was over, he
had been whistled for three penal-
ties for the night.
During the final minutes of
the game, Johnson found him-
self involved in several scuffles
with Nanooks. Michigan captain

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Andrew Ebbett tried to calm him down so that he
could channel his energy into helping the Wolver-
ines get back into the game and earn a victory the
next night.
"You can't go out there and do something that's
going to kick you out of the next game," Ebbett
said. "I just went in there and told him to play with
that intensity and that fire for the entire 60 min-
Johnson realizes that despite his 11 points this
season, his penalty minutes have been a problem.
"The coaches keep telling me that they want
me on the ice and not in the box," Johnson said.
"Being in the box doesn't do anything to help the
During Saturday's game Johnson was more
patient, and his efforts were rewarded - he scored
three points and committed just one penalty.
"We played with an attitude tonight," Johnson
said. "We needed to come in and be a little bit
meaner and a little bit stronger along the walls so
that we could win those battles they were winning

(on Friday)."
Berenson was happy that Johnson and his team-
mates managed to keep their cool in Saturday's
"I think our whole team was frustrated at times
last night. I thought our team discipline and inten-
sity were good," Berenson said. "You have to
watch the second game against the same opponent.
Sometimes teams take cheap shots, especially if
the game gets out of hand. I thought we did a good
GOALIE, GOALIE, SIEVE: Though Alaska-Fairbanks
goalie Wylie Rogers was far from a sieve with his
64 saves in two nights, Berenson was happy to find
out that he had two equally-prepared goaltenders
on his roster.
Freshman Billy Sauer, who proved himself with
key saves to preserve a victory against Boston Col-
lege and a tie against Michigan State, struggled
for the first time during Friday night's 4-2 loss to
Alaska-Fairbanks. On the Olympic ice surface,
which is 15 feet wider than a standard ice sheet,
Sauer struggled to adjust to the new angles that
shooters took.
"I noticed (during Saturday morning's practice)
when I was trying to go over it that I could see
myself being drawn towards the short side," Sauer
said. "I just need to make sure in practice this
week that the angles aren't a problem and it was
just the wide ice."
Seeing Sauer struggle, Berenson decided to start
senior Noah Ruden during Saturday's game.
"I think Billy was a little more uncomfortable
with the angles of the big rink," Berenson said.
"We just felt that Billy looked uncomfortable on
some shots last night, and it was a good chance for
Noah to get in."
Luckily for the Wolverines, Ruden was prepared
to jump right into the fire. With his extra years of

experience, Ruden adjusted easily.
"You just have to practice it," Ruden said. "It's
a good thing that we got those two extra practice
sessions here. You have to check the angles on the
wraps and the dumps and more importantly the
guys who are coming in at you. It plays really dif-
ferently, and if you're aware of that you can fix it
pretty quickly as a goalie."
Ruden was also prepared to face the first pen-
alty shot the Wolverines have seen since March 2,
1997. Having played in a junior league where they
went to shootouts and participated in team shoot-
outs each week in practice, he managed to turn
aside Lucas Burnett's shot easily.
"You have to decide how you want to play it,"
Ruden said. "It was late in the period and the ice
was choppy, so I knew he wasn't going to deke,
so that helped. You just have to play them straight
ANDREW'S A KEY CoG: After struggling to find
the back of the net in the season's first weekend,
freshman Andrew Cogliano has found his form.
Cogliano scored one of Michigan's two goals and
added an assist in a losing effort on Friday night.
This two-point performance was the third consec-
utive game that he had scored a goal and assisted
on another.
While that streak came to a halt Saturday night,
Cogliano was credited with an assist on junior
Matt Hunwick's goal with 2:30 remaining in the
Wolverines' 4-0 victory. This brought his season
line to four goals and five assists. All nine of his
points have come in the last four games.
Ebbett believes that Cogliano thrived on the
larger ice surface because his quickness allows
him to beat defenders to loose pucks.
"It was nice out there with the bigger ice," Ebbett
said. "Especially for guys like Cogliano - he's got
a lot of speed. He used it real well tonight."

Jack Johnson let his emotions get the best of him on Friday but turned it around on

'M' rookie sees older sister as
role model, mentor in the pool

By Nate Sandals
Daily Sports Writer

Lindsey Smith embraces her role as a captain of the
Michigan women's swimming and diving team. One of
her important duties as a captain is to help the freshmen
adjust to collegiate swimming. This duty becomes a little
more interesting when Lindsey is helping her younger sis-
ter Hannah.
"She treats me the same as all of the other freshmen,"
Hannah said. "But she does give me rides back to my dorm
after practice."
The Smith sisters have always swam together. When
Lindsey was nine and Hannah was seven they started
swimming in a summer league in their hometown of Dex-
ter. When Lindsey started training year-round as a high
school freshman, so did then-seventh-grader Hannah.
Though both sisters have followed the same path to Can-
ham Natatorium, they are not the same type of swimmer.
Junior Lindsey is a prolific freestyle swimmer whose
power is masked by the elegance of her stroke. She is a
three-time All-American and has won three Big Ten indi-
vidual championships in her first two years.
Hannah comes to Michigan highly acclaimed in the
backstroke with excellent physical ability and lots of
The sisters don't usually swim the same events but in
last Friday's meet against Michigan State they both swam
in the 100-yard backstroke. Hannah won, but the sisters
say they had a good time being in the same race.
They weren't the only one's who were entertained.

"That event is one of Hannah's best," coach Jim Rich-
ardson said. "But Lindsey gave her a run for her money. It
was a fun race to watch."
Richardson appreciates the opportunity to coach the sis-
ters and can see a lot of similarities in their demeanor both
in and out of the pool.
The coach likes to have fun with the sisters during prac-
tice. He chides Hannah to "take down the old lady" and
makes sure to remind Lindsey that, "the young one is right
on (her) heels."
The sisters take the jokes with a grain of salt and are
happy to be able to swim with each other again.
"I'm really glad to have Hannah here," Lindsey said.
"It's been fun to spend more time with her."
Hannah is appreciative of Lindsey's help, especially
outside the pool. Lindsey has taken time to help Hannah
adjust to the new academic expectations of college.
"Hannah cares a lot about academics," Lindsey said.
"I've done what I can to help her in that area."
It's also important for Hannah to know that her sister is
there for her when she needs someone to talk to.
"It's great to know that I can go to her house and hang
out when I need to get out of the dorm," Hannah said.
Richardson, for one, sees a lot of potential in Hannah
and knows that if she improves even half as much as Lind-
sey did during her freshman year she will have a storied
career as a Wolverine.
The coach is happy to have the Smiths on his team both
for their talent and their personality.
"Hannah and Lindsey are great swimmers, but they're
also great people," he said.

Sophomore Ta'Shia Walker and her teammates will be taking tonight's scrimmages against Athletes in Action serisously.
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By Daniel Bromwich
Daily Sports Writer
One of the strategies popular
for dealing with disappointment is
memory loss.
And a season that finishes with
a record of 5-23 should be quickly
basketball team hopes to
make a statement that. TON
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their fans move forward.A"h'
in an exhibition game
tonight at Crisler Arena.
They start their year ~
with Athletes in Action
- a team comprised mostly of for-
mer Division I players that tours the
country and plays against many bas-
ketball programs.
The Wolverines have kicked off
each season under Cheryl Burnett
with an exhibition against Athletes

in Action, and have come away with
wins both years. In Burnett's debut.
two years ago, they left with a 78-71
victory, and last year they adminis-
tered a 75-61 drubbing. Although
they hope to continue the streak
this year, the team will approach the
game like a practice.
"We want to make sure and carry
over all of our concepts,"
::' Burnett said. "Offen-
;..: sively, defensively,
rebounding, and execu-
tion - we' want to carry
all that over from what
we've done in practice.
In my experience, if you
don't emphasize that it's
a carry over, all of a sudden every-
thing is just thrown out the window
and the players just compete."
To reinforce the practice mind
set and create a similar environ-
ment, the coaches will wear prac-
tice sweats and tennis shoes. But

Burnett does expect to see some
difference between this game. and a
"Sometimes, you will find that
some players play a little differently
in a game-type situation than they
do in practice," Burnett said. "Some
will play better and some won't play
as well. We don't like that to occur
because we want our practice envi-
ronment to bring that out.putsor-
times it does tell you a little bit."
Burnett has stressed to her team
throughout the preseason that the
five players who work the hardest and
play the best defense will start the
first exhibition game. Although she
has not yet decided on that lineup,
the Wolverines will still exhibit non
stop defensive pressure and persistent
ball-denial and will work on playing
hard in the passing lanes as well.
The game will also be a showcase
for some possible rule changes. The
new rules will include a three-point
line that is extended nine inches
farther out to 20 feet, 6 inches, and
a 10-second backcourt rule, which
currently does not exist in any form.
Burnett likes both of these experi-
ments because they assist defense
- an area the Wolverines hope to
become notorious for.
Although the team is approaching
the game like a practice, they are still
seeking a win and will not be totally
satisfied unless they get it. More impor-
tantly, they want to make a strong state-
ment about the way they are going to
play for the rest of the year.
"Exhibitions to me are statement
games," sophomoreOrward Ta'Shia
Walker said. "They set the tone for
the rest of the year, So we need to
come in and play hard. If we play
hard and we show a lot of poten-



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