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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 23, 2006

HITTING AFTER THE WHISTLE

4

ICE HOCKEY

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chad Kolarik
Michigan
Kolarik was one of the few Wolverines that played
well in both games this weekend. He had two
assists in Friday night's 6-1 win, and followed up
with a goal and an assist in Saturday night's loss.
NOTABLE QUOTABLE
"We haven't been known for
scoring short-handed goals, but
it's not against the rules."
- Michigan coach Red Berenson commenting
on the shorthanded goal scored by junior Tim Cook in
the second period of Friday night's game.
BY THE NUMBERS
72 Days since Michigan won a road
game following Saturday night's
loss at Bowling Green. The Wol-
verines' last road victory came
on Nov. 12 when they defeated
Northern Michigan in overtime.
SATURDAY'S SCORING SUMMARY
Bowling Green 5, Michigan 2
Michigan .............................................. 0 1 1 - 2
Bowling Green ....................................... 1 2 2 - 5
FIRST PERIOD
1. BGSU James Unger 11 (Don Morrison, Derek Whitmore) 3:51.
Penalties - Michael Hodgson, BGSU (cross-checking) 15:23; Kevin
Schmidt, BGSU (interference) 16:55.
SECOND PERIOD
2. BGSU Michael Hodgson 1 (Brett Pilkington, Jon Erickson) 2:20.
3. BGSU Derek Whitmore 10 (Brett Pilkington, Don Morrison)
7:29. 4. MICH Chad Kolarik 8 (Kevin Porter, Jack Johnson) 18:03.
Penalties - Ryan Barnett, BGSU (slashing) 2:29; Matt Hunwick,
MICH (slashing) 6:00; David Rohlfs, MICH (tripping) 11:23; Brett
Pilkington, BGSU (tripping) 16:07; Mike Falk, BGSU (interference)
18:34; Matt Hunwick, MICH (hooking) 20:00.
THIRD PERIOD
5. BGSU Rich Meloche 5 (Brett Pilkington, Mike Nesdill) 1:37.
6. BGSU Derek Whitmore 11 (Brett Pilkington, Don Morrison)
3:35. 7. MICH Kevin Porter 12 (T. J. Hensick, Chad Kolarik)
9:31. Penalties - Matt Hunwick, MICH (cross-checking) 2:07;
Andrew Cogliano, MICH (slashing) 5:30; Jeremy Bronson, BGSU
(slashing) 8:14; Tim Cook, MICH (holding) 9:37 Russ Sinkewich,
BGSU (slashing) 12:25; Danny Fardig, MICH (hit after whistle)
12:25; Rich Meloche, BGSU (obstruction-hooking) 15:43; Andrew
Cogliano, MICH (roughing) 15:43; Michael Hodgson, BGSU (rough-
ing) 19:47.
Shots on goal: MICH 15-12-6-33; BGSU 13.15.21.49. Power plays: MICH 2-of-8;
BSU 3-of-6. Saves - MICH Noah Ruden (12-13-6) - 31; MICH Billy
Sauer (0-0-13) - 13; BGSU Jon Horrell (15-11-5) - 31. Referee:
Steve Piotrowski. Attendance: 4,989.

Friday's Game
MICHIGAN 6 - BOWLING GREEN 1

Saturday's Game
BOWLING GREEN 5 - MICHIGAN 2

Bowling for Mediocrity

Fast start
not stressed

enough by

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By Mark Giannotto
Daily Sports Writer
What a difference three days make.
After coming out flat and falling behind to Michigan State
last Tuesday night, the Wolverines looked to start quickly
against Bowling Green on Friday night. All week, the Michi-
gan hockey team stressed that a good start could cure many
of the team's woes and propel it to victory. And Friday, the
Wolverines were able to implement their
game plan to perfection, coming away
with a 6-1 win.
Just one minute into the game, soph-
omore Chad Kolarik came streaking
down the right wing and made a nifty
step-through maneuver to evade two
Falcon defenders. He shot wide of the net, but the rebound
deflected off freshman Mark Mitera to the waiting stick of
senior captain Andrew Ebbett.
Ebbett took the puck and beat Bowling Green goalie
Jimmy Spratt for the first of six Michigan goals.
But for the Wolverines, the first-period scoring was not
done. Three minutes later, Michigan was on the power play
when freshman Travis Turnbull retrieved a loose puck along
the boards. He then whirled around and fired a pass toward
the middle of the ice, where forward Andrew Cogliano was
streaking at the net. Cogliano collected the pass and fired a
shot by Spratt for his first of two goals.
The early two-goal lead turned out to be insurmountable
for the Falcons and acted as a catalyst for the Wolverines'
six-goal outburst.
"We were pumped up to play tonight," Ebbett said. "We
weren't happy with the way we came out on Tuesday, and
we got all the pieces together in the first five minutes. We
took it to them for once."
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the good start on
Friday night did not translate to early success on Satur-
day night. An early Bowling Green goal doomed Michi-
gan. At the four-minute mark of the first period, Falcon
captain Don Morrison got loose on an odd-man rush and
fed junior James Unger, who backhanded a shot past
Michigan goalie Noah Ruden.
"Bowling Green got that first goal, and it got the crowd
going and they got some confidence," said Michigan coach
Red Berenson.
DAILY POWER RANKINGSj

PETER SCHOTTENFELS/Daily
All Michigan could do was look in disbelief as the Falcons took control of Saturday's game early and never turned back.

AND THAT'S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED: Michigan
defenseman Tim Cook will never forget Friday night's
game, but whether he remembers the moment he scored
his first career goal is still in question.
"I didn't know what was going on," Cook said. "I think I
blacked out in the celebration. It was a good time."
Two minutes into the second period, Bowling Green was
on the power play when Cogliano gathered a loose puck at
center ice. The freshman raced down the right wing before
passing to forward Tim Miller. Miller then gave it back to
Cogliano, who slid the puck back to the streaking Cook.
The junior chipped it past the sprawling Spratt for the Wol-
verines' third goal of the night.
"I didn't really see him," Cogliano said. "It was really
weird. He has a pizza flipper as a blade, and I just saw that
blade and stick behind me, so I just dropped the puck. I
told him it was an honor to be a part of his first goal.

Kolarik was not even on the ice when the play was hap-
pening, but after seeing the goal, he hopped off the bench
and retrieved the puck for his teammate.
MONTVILLE SIGHTING: There were some unfamiliar charac-
ters donning the maize and blue on Friday night. Sopho-
more defenseman Jon Montville and senior Morgan Ward
made their first appearances at Yost Ice Arena this season.
Montville and Ward were called to duty because freshman
Jason Bailey was out with a rib injury and senior Brandon
Kaleniecki was still sidelined with a lingering groin injury.
Freshman defenseman Jack Johnson was serving a one-game
suspension because of his disqualification from last Tues-
day's Michigan State game. With those three unable to play, it
opened up an opportunity for the seldom-used walk-ons.
"I liked the way (Montville and Ward) played," Beren-
son said. "They didn't look out of place out there."

'M' STATS
GP GIAIPts

Player

+/-

PIM

Sht

Hensick 23 11 22 33 +5 18 76
Johnson 20 5 17 22 +8 91 54
cogliano 21 10 12 22 -2 26 73
Porter 21 12 10 22 +2 26 53
Hunwick 23 7 14 21 +7 38 52
Ebbett 23 7 14 21 +2 19 57
Kolarik 23 8 12 20 0 26 48
Turnbull 23 4 8 12 +4 39 36
Kaleniecki 19 5 5 10 +4 31 53
Miller 23 3 9 12 +8 22 28
Naurato 20 6 3 9 -2 4 43
Mitera 21 0 7 7 +4 37 23
Bailey 20 5 2 7 -1 45 23
Rohlfs 22 0 4 4 +5 33 20
Dest 23 1 3 4 -1 31 17
Fardig 20 2 1 3 +1 17 32
Swystun 20 1 1 2 -10 10 23
cook 22 1 0 1 -1 25 17
Dunlap 3 0 0 0 0 2 2
Montville 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

,mall schools pumped for Blue

A,-/ i

1. Boston College
(16-4-2)
Not only did the Eagles
win both their games
over Vermont, they
didn't allow a single
goal all weekend.
In fact, in its last
five games, Boston
College has given
up just two goals.
2. Minnesota (16-6-4)
The Golden Gophers.
swept Colorado College,
who hasn't played
very well lately. And
since being swept by
Wisconsin on Dec. 2-3,
Minnesota has just lost
once. Next weekend's
matchup against the
Badgers will be the only
series in the nation that
matters in the nation.
3. Miami (Ohio)
(17-4-4)
The Redhawks may
have swept CCHA-
cellar dweller Western
Michigan, but a
combined 1-2-2 record
against Ohio State,

Northern Michigan
and Notre Dame in
recent weeks may
be a forecast of the
team's future.
4. Wisconsin (18-4-2)
The Daily Power
Rankings are unkind
to those who drop two
games at home. Yes,
it was against Denver,
who happens to be
second in the WCHA,
but these are the Daily
Power Rankings. We
demand perfection.
Besides, you only beat
Michigan by one. The
Gophers won by three.
5. Cornell (13-4-2)
In its last five games,
Cornell has lost just
once and, in the process,
moved to second place
in the ECAHL. In his
11th season as head
coach, Mike Schafer
has the team rolling and
quite possibly has won
the award for goofiest
looking coach ever for
the 11th straight season.

BOWLING GREEN -
Saturday night was a stark reminder of something that
every Michigan athlete must remember any time they go
on the road.
It means a lot to beat Michigan, especially on your home

and were tied up from getting back into position.
Senior goaltender Noah Ruden was right when he said there
was no reason to celebrate some of his big saves when he even-
tually gave up five goals. But on the aforementioned breakaway
and several other odd-man rushes, there wasn't a whole lot

ice. Ruden could do. Thankfully, he somehow managed a few bril-
This desire to send the Wolverines packing is magnified in liant saves to keep the game from getting out of hand.
ice hockey, where Michigan is part of the CCHA After it became clear that the Falcons had dic-
rather than the Big Ten. Instead of facing just tated the style of play, their fans continued to get
Michigan State and Ohio State, where the rivalry is louder and louder, and suddenly, Michigan was out
intense regardless of the sport, Michigan also faces of the game. As the clock ran down, I kept waiting
off with teams like Bowling Green, Alaska-Fair- for Michigan's talent advantage to pay off, and for
banks, Northern Michigan and Miami (Ohio). b. Bowling Greenegoaltender Jon Horrell to crack, but
Normally, these teams don't have a shot to beat - it never happened.
Michigan.They're partofmid-major DivisionIcon- My suspicions of the attitudes of the two teams
ferences like the MAC (Miami (Ohio) and Bowling ) '.5were confirmed by one of the Michigan Daily pho-
Green) or even Division II (Northern Michigan). tographers, who was posted between the two teams'
Although MAC football teams have come closer JAMES V. benches to shoot the game. He described the Michi-
and closer to their Big Ten counterparts in recent gan bench as angry, or frustrated, and the Bowling
years, the Wolverines have rarely been challenged DOWD Green one as cocky and brooding.
by a mid-major opponent. The same goes for field JamesOn... And it should have been that way. Michigan was

Ward

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THE 'RED' LINE
In a system named for legendary coach Red Beren-
son, the Daily hockey writers grade the Wolverines on
their performance in each of four areas.
(Graded out of 4 pucks)
OFFENSE

,

Mark Giannotto

It looked like the offense
was back to its old self on
Friday night when Michigan
erupted for six goals. But
for Saturday's game the Fal-
cons switched goalies, and
the Wolverines had trouble
putting the puck in the net.
DEFENSE
Even with defensive pairings,
the chemistry still wasn't
quite there. Jon Montville
filled in admirably for Jack
Johnson on Friday and Tim
Cook finally contributed on
the offensive end, but Satur-
day revealed lasting problems.
GOALTENDING
For the second straight series,
Michigan's goalies showed up
one day and disappeared the
next. It would be nice to have
one goalie to depend on, but
neither one has done anything

hockey, track and field and other sports in which
Michigan perennially contends for conference and national
titles.
So when a school like Bowling Green has an opportunity to
compete with Michigan in ice hockey, the team will certainly
do its darndest not to let its opportunity to beat the evil empire
pass - which is precisely what transpired on Saturday.
The speed and talent discrepancy between Michigan and
Bowling Green is significant, as evidenced by the Wolverines'
6-1 drubbing of the Falcons in Ann Arbor on Friday. But once
the series headed to Bowling Green, there was no tentative
defense and weak offense. There was a simple desire to finish
the series with a victory.
Right off the bat, the tone of the game was different than Fri-
day. On Friday, junior T.J. Hensick darted around the Falcons
to net an absolutely filthy - there is no better word than filthy
- goal, but there was no chance of that on Saturday. Every time
a Michigan player touched the puck, there was a white jersey on
him, slamming him into the boards. And as the Falcons' fans
cheered at the top of their lungs for each of the hits, they got
increasingly harder.
And sure enough, they eventually drew the Wolverines into
their style of hard-hitting hockey. Next thing I knew, Bowling
Green's Dan Morrison and James Unger were headed down the
ice on a backside breakaway with forward Chad Kolarik as the
only Michigan player anywhere near the play. The Wolverines'
defensemen had been caught pinching into the offensive zone

getting knocked off by an inferior team just one night
after hammering them. But still, as time expired, I was in awe
of how much the victory meant to the Falcons and their fans.
The arena seems about a third of the size of Yost, the student
section is significantly smaller and there were a ton of Michigan
fans there. But it was still loud. You would have thought that the
players had won the Stanley Cup.
Instead of the relatively polite fist pounding and helmet
smacking you've probably become accustomed to, the Falcons
swarmed Horrell in his net - slamming him and the goal
- into the end wall. And then, as the Wolverines left the ice
and the Falcons saluted their fans, Rich Meloche was actually
climbing up the glass, reaching the top and pumping his fist to
the crowd. It was kind of like a Lambeau Leap on ice or "Spi-
derman" Helio Castroneves after an Indy Car race.
I almost wish that the Wolverines could have been out on the
ice at that point. It might have made the bitter taste of losing a
key game just a little more unbearable. But it would have served
as a reminder for the next time Michigan heads out on the road
in a home-and-home series.
The Wolverines will always have more talent. They will
always have great coaching. There will even always be fans on
the road. But next time, as they pack up their gear, I hope they
carry the memories of road losses like Saturday's at Bowling
Green and Tuesday's at Michigan State along with them.
- James Dowd can be reached atjvdowd@umich.edu

AROUND THE CCHA
Friday's results:
MICHIGAN 6, Bowling Green 1
Michigan State 4, NEBRASKA-OMAHA 1
FERRIS STATE 2, Lake Superior 2
Ohio State 5, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 1
NORTHERN MICHIGAN 5, Notre Dame 2
MIAMI (OH) 6, Western Michigan 1
Saturday's results:
BOWLING GREEN 5, Michigan 2
NEBRASKA-OMAHA 3, Michigan State 2
FERRIS STATE 3, Lake Superior State 1
MIAMI (OH) 4, Western Michigan 3
Notre Dame 4, NORTHERN MICHIGAN 3
ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 3, Ohio State 0
*Home teams in caps
CCHA STANDINGS

James V. Dowd

FALCONS
Continued from page 1B
Porter gave Michigan a last gasp

its following Friday night's romp. Trying to
improve upon its slow start against Michigan
State last Tuesday, Michigan scored early

the middle and shot back toward his
left, leaving both the defenseman and
the goalie helpless. The play was icing
on the cake for the fans at
Yost Ice Arena, who watched

Team

CCHA

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and often against the Falcons.
Two goals in the first five min-

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