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The Michigan Daily - SportsThursday - January 5, 2006 - 7B

Continued from page 18
at 12:37 of the second period. Just more
than two minutes prior to that goal it
looked as if Michigan would lose both
* games of the GLI for the first time since
2001 - after Michigan Tech defense-
man Lars Helminen's shot from the
right point beat freshman Billy Sauer
topshelf and gave the Huskies a 3-1
lead. Following Hunwick's goal, fresh-
man Jason Bailey was in the right place
at the right time to change the momen-
tum of the game.
Just five minutes into the third peri-
od, alternate captain T.J. Hensick skat-
ed to the left corner of the offensive
zone to get to the puck. From there, he
slipped a pass toward the front of the
net. Bailey was there to punch it in past
Nolan and tie the game.
"I think we needed that tying goal,"
Berenson said. "That was huge."
According to Berenson, both teams
were fragile after their Thursday losses
- the Huskies suffered a heartbreak-
ing overtime loss to Michigan State.
He went on to say that the team, "need-
ed (some) life," and that Bailey's goal
gave the team a boost to propel it to
Michigan struggled to show any
signs of life throughout most of the
Michigan Tech game and all of Thurs-
day night's game against Colorado
College. Lines of fans leaving the game
during the second intermission and
others amusing themselves with "Fire
Millen" chants provided evidence that
the Wolverines' opening game of the
tournament became ugly in a hurry.
Despite outshooting Michigan 18-
5 in the first period, the Tigers (9-4-1
WCHA, 17-6-1) held a slim one-goal
lead thanks to solid goaltending by
Sauer. But special teams killed the
Wolverines the rest of the way and they
gave up two more power-play goals and
two short-handed goals.
The floodgates opened early in the
second period after Colorado Col-
lege's Marty Sertich - last season's
Hobey Baker winner - was whistled
for obstruction-hooking at 3:29. Just
20 seconds later, Tigers forward Joey
Crabb picked up a loose puck that
was mishandled in Michigan's zone
and flicked it over Sauer's shoulder to
give Colorado College a 2-0 lead. The
Tigers never looked back, scoring two
more goals in the second period and
two goals in the third.
The tournament split gives the Wol-
verines a little momentum heading into
this weekend's CCHA matchup against
This time, Berenson will have all the
pieces of his orchestra, and he will be
able to conduct what has at times been
a symphony on ice.
Continued from page 18
a 16-1 win in the 141-pound bout
that jump started Michigan's come-
back from its early deficit.
"We started out losing the first
two matches, then my brother Josh
got a win, and we just kind of kept
on pace after that," Ryan Churella
said. "Everyone wrestled at a little
higher intensity than Cornell did,
and it showed in the outcome of the
match. It seemed like we were in
better condition, and we outworked
After nearly a month off from
competition, the Wolverines (4-1)
were concerned about being fully
"Sometimes you just don't know
how these guys are going to do
when you get them back together
(for competition)," Michigan coach

Joe McFarland said. "I like where
we're at right now. Hofstra was a
nice start for us. We were even bet-
ter the following night. For us to go
out there and beat two quality teams
the way we did - it's a good start to
the semester."
Wrestling atop the sixth floor of
the New York Athletic Club - where
dress code is enforced and fans are
inches from the action - provided
an old-school atmosphere not often
found in college wrestling.
"It wasn't really an arena, it was
more like an old gym," Wagner
said. "Everybody was in suits, and
it almost seemed out of place time-
frame wise. It seemed like one of
those old boxing matches where
everyone is sitting around in suits
and smoking cigars. It was really a
unique and fun atmosphere to wres-
tle in."
The well-dressed crowd was treat-
ed to an exciting overtime match
when redshirt sophomore Eric Tan-
nenbaum had to fend off a come-
back attempt from Cornell's Keith
Dickey. The bout ended at 7-5 with
Tannenbaum's single-leg takedown
in the sudden victory round.
Adding to the evening's special
feel was the rarity of the meeting
between storied programs Michigan
and Cornell. With the teams in sepa-
rate conferences and different parts
of the country, their paths do not

Swystun rejoins game with odd call

By Mark Glannotto
Daily Sports Writer
With four minutes remaining in the opening period of Michigan's
6-1 loss to Colorado College last Thursday, Wolverine forward Chris
Fragner collided into Tiger defenseman Jesse Stokke from behind
and set off a odd series of events.
After play was whistled dead, Fragner skated
toward the penalty box, knowing he had commit-
ted an infraction. The penalty was checking from
behind and Fragner received a game misconduct,
which meant he would have to sit out for the
remainder of the game.
Despite correctly calling the penalty, referee
Kevin Hall did not correctly identify who had committed it. Instead
of Fragner being escorted off the ice, he notified the Michigan bench
that freshman Tyler Swystun needed to leave the game.
"It was clear to (our bench) what had happened," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "The referee had his own ideas about what he
had seen."
With the referee's decision, Swystun went to the locker room to
serve his game misconduct, and Fragner served the five-minute pen-
alty in the box.
But during the first intermission, Hall made an unprecedented
move. After reviewing the play, he said that Swystun was to rejoin
the game, and Fragner serve the game misconduct.
"I figured I was going to miss the rest of that game, with the pen-
alty being called on me," Swystun said. "The next thing I know,
(assistant coach Billy) Powers comes in and says you're back out
there. I had to get completely redressed. I was just about to jump into
the shower, but luckily I hadn't."
Replay was in use during the Great Lakes Invitational, but there
is no rule about replay being used to change a penalty call. Replay is
only used for determining goals in a questionable situation.

When asked to comment on the ordeal, the supervisors over-
seeing the refereeing issued a "no comment" through media
"We knew that was the right way to go to start with," Berenson
said. "Something like that shouldn't have happened in the first with
all the technology and all the people there."
WORLD JUNIORS UPDATE: Several Michigan players are currently
representing their respective countries at the IHHF World Junior
Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia. Captained by Wol-
verine sophomore Kevin Porter, Team USA will face off against
Finland this afternoon in the bronze medal game. Porter has two
goals and four assists in the tournament.
Meanwhile, freshman Jack Johnson has made himself a public
enemy of Canadian hockey fans. In last Saturday's highly anticipat-
ed matchup between the United States and Canada, the Ann Arbor
native flattened Canadian defenseman Steve Downie with an elbow
to the head following Canada's empty net, game-winning goal at
19:27 of the third period.
Johnson was given a game misconduct for the hit but was not
suspended. In his next game against the Czech Republic, Johnson
was reportedly booed by the predominantly Canadian crowd every
time he touched the puck.
Freshman Andrew Cogliano will represent Canada against Russia
in the gold medal game tonight. He is questionable for Michigan's
Friday night contest against Alaska-Fairbanks because he cannot
get a flight out of Vancouver until Friday morning.
Porter, Johnson and defenseman Mark Mitera, who is also play-
ing for the United Staes, will be dressed and play significant minutes
for the Wolverines this weekend.
INJURY NEWS: Junior forward T.J. Hensick suffered a shoulder
injury after a hit late in Michigan's Friday night win over Michi-
gan Tech. Originally it did not look as if Hensick would be able to
play this weekend against Alaska-Fairbanks, but his condition has
improved more rapidly than expected.

Freshman Tyler Swystun benefitted from an unusual call for a replay.
"He skated (on Wednesday), and we'll see if he improves as the
week goes on," Berenson said.
The Wolverines will definitely be without the services of senior
forward Brandon Kaliniecki this weekend. The alternate captain
suffered a groin injury in practice this week. His spot in the lineup
will more than likely be taken by freshman Zac MacVoy.

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