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Alternate captain injured in win

Kolarik's groin injury
may be very serious,
coaches say
By MICHAEL EISENSTEIN
Daily Sports Writer
The Yost faithful held its col-
lective breath Saturday when
alternate captain Chad Kolarik
fell to the ice on a 5-on-3 penalty
kill halfway through the third
period.
The senior col- NOTEBOOK
lapsed in front of
Michigan's net with what Beren-
son said was a groin injury.
"Obviously, it's pretty serious,"
Berenson said. "You can't mea-
sure it with an x-ray machine or
anything like that. So we'll just
see how he feels tomorrow, but
he's pretty sore right now."
Kolarik struggled to stay on his
feet while trying to poke check
opponents as he crawled off the
ice, but once the puck was cleared,
his teammates carried him off
the ice and straight to the locker
room.
It's unclear how severe the
injury is or how long Kolarik will
be off the ice, but this is no minor
injury for the Wolverines.
"I hope they didn't lose him,
because they have a great chance
to go a long way and that would be
a devastating loss," Lake Superior
State coach Jim Roque said.
Freshman Aaron Palushaj,
the team's assist leader, replaced
Kolarik on the fiist line in the
closing minutes.
JUST TWO FOR LOUIE: It was
impossible to see how the puck
failed to find the back of the net
on Louie Caporusso's first-period
wraparound.
The freshman beat Lake Supe-
rior State netminder Pat Inglis
to the right post from behind the
goal Saturday, but instead of hear-
ing the horn sound, there was a
loud clank. His backhand shot slid
along the goal line without cross-
ing the plane and clanked off the
opposite post.
After the game, Caporusso
shrugged in disbelief when asked
about the play.
"I don't know how that didn't
go in," Caporusso said. "I felt a

CLIF REEDER/Daily
Freshman Louie Caporusso came up just short ofaa hat trick in Saturday night's 4-2 win over Lake Superior State.

LAKERS
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that showed up in the game."
The news wasn't so great Satur-
day, when Kolarik went down with
a groin injury in the third period.
Berenson couldn't speculate about
how long Kolarik might be out, but
said the injury "looks pretty seri-
ous."
The Wolverines closed out the
game without Kolarik, and used a
good defensive effort to pull away
from the Lakers.
Kolarik's big night Friday was
the only bright spot for Michigan in
the sloppy, mistake-riddengame.
Lake Superior State plays a
tough, physical style of hockey, and
the Wolverines didn't look ready to
handle it at first.
The Lakers, with a hard-fought
effort,jumped out to al-0 firstcperi-
od lead. It was the third straight
game in which Lake Superior State
(4-15-5 CCHA, 6-18-6 overall) took
an early-game lead against Michi-
gan,
"Wethoughtthey weren'tgoingto
come out as hard as they did, which
we should've," freshman Aaron
Palushaj said. "I mean, we talked
about it all week. I think some of the
guys just weren't prepared."
The Wolverines slowly became
accustomed to the Lakers' aggres-
sive style and built a lead going into
the final frame.
Early inthe third period, Kolarik
found a rebounded puck off the
glass behind Lake Superior State
goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wil-
son. The Abington, Pa., native
circled back to the net and rattled
a shot through Mahoney-Wilson's
five-hole, giving Kolarik his fourth
career hat trick.
The alternate captain took an
extra-long lap around the rink,
allowing time for the Yost crowd
to throw about 30 hats onto the ice.
When Kolarik finally went back
to the bench to take a seat, Porter
used his stick to flip one of the hats
at Kolarik's facemask, a subtle con-
gratulation from the soft-spoken
captain.
Kolarik knocked in a late-game
empty netter to put Michigan (18-2-
4,25-3-4) up for good.
"If you take away those four-
goal games, I only have 16 goals,"
said a humble Kolarik during Fri-
day night's press conference. "So I
guess I'mnot doingsomethingright
the rest of the games."
The Lakers couldn't keep up with
Kolarik, who refused to acknowl-
edge Hobey Baker praise after the
game, saying this is Porter's year
and he deserves it much more.
When asked about his hav-
ing to carry the team, Kolarik
remained humble, giving Porter
all the credit for the Wolverines'
success.
"Night in and night out, Por-
ter is carrying me on his back,"
Kolarik said. "So, I guess I owe
him a couple massages or some-
thing."

little snakebitten."
In a scoreless game midway
through the opening period, the
missed shot seemed inconsequen-
tial.
But on an individual level, it
stung. Caporusso would have had
a hat trick one night after Kolarik
netted four against Lake Superior
State.
"You kind of feel bad after a
while when you see Chad and Por-
ter just keep putting it in all the
time," Caporusso said. "If they
ever get shut down, we're going to
be in trouble."
But Saturday, Caporusso
showed off the team's offensive
depth.
The Woodbridge, Ont., native
became the sixth Wolverine and
third freshman to notch double-
digit goals on the season with his
ninth and loth scores.

The center's recovery from a
medial collateral ligament injury
in early November has particu-
larly impressed Michigan coach
Red Berenson.
Caporusso returned for the
Great Lakes Invitational in
December, scored the Wolverines'
first goal in the tournament and
has proceeded to score six more
this year.
"I really like the direction that
Louie's going," Berenson said.
"Since he's come back, he has real-
ly given his line a dose of offense
and smarts, so it's nice to see it
pay off for him tonight."
STANDING ALONE: Michi-
gan's one-point lead in the CCHA
standings going into the weekend
raised concerns the Wolverines
wouldn't be able to hold onto first
place in the conference.
Then seventh-place Ferris State

shocked the country with a sweep
of No. 2 Miami (Ohio) to give
Michigan a five-point cushion in
the standings with four games
left.
"A couple times we would look
at the scoreboard and see they
were down, but then again, you're
in a game and don't really want to
pay attention to that," Caporusso
said. "But it's hard to not help to
notice they were losing."
The conference lead is crucial
with Michigan needing just four
points in four games to clinch the
regular season title, especially
as it faces tough No. 8 Michigan
State and Ferris State in its final
contests.
"We got an extra four points,
but that only means that Ferris
State is playing really well, so our
schedule is not really the easiest it
can be," Caporusso said.

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WRESTLING
Wolverines lose
two Big Ten duals
For the past four weeks, the
Michigan wrestling team has been
consistently inconsistent. The
tenth-ranked Wolverines have
struggled to find stability as the
dual-meet season winds down.
Before traveling to Madison to
take on the Badgers (3-3 Big Ten,
12-4-1 overall), Michigan's previ-
ous four matches had the same
pattern: starting and ending with
individual losses.
And Friday night transpired in
similar fashion. The Wolverines
found themselves in an early hole
and couldn't recover, falling to
13th-ranked Wisconsin, 20-18. It
was Michigan's fifth defeat in the
last seven dual meets.
Yesterday, Michigan fell to No. 1
Iowa, 20-16 in Iowa City. Michigan
struggled again in the lightweights.
GJONJUNCAJ
WATER POLO
'M impresses in
weekend tourney
On Sunday, senior Michelle
Keeley scored five goals against
Bucknell and mobilized the Wol-
verine offense as Michigan left the
Princeton Invitational with a suc-
cessful3-record.
Michigan defeated George
Washington, 20-3, Saturday. The
next day, theWolverinesbeatBuck-
nell, 11-8, and host Princeton, 9-5.
Michigan's 10-9 loss to No. 6
San Diego State Saturday was a
nail-biter, similar to many of the
close losses Michigan has suffered
this season. Riding the offensive
production of Julie Hyrne, Mary
Chatigny and Alison Mantel, the
Wolverines again attempted a last-
period comeback that eventually
fell short as the Aztecs scored with
under a minute remaining.
"It's tough losing these close
games," Michigan coach Matt
Anderson said.
RYANKATJE
WOMEN'S T RACK
Blue sets eyes on
personal records
The third-ranked Michigan
women's track and field team com-
peted against the nation's top ath-
letes in the venue that will be the
grand stage of college track and
field at next month's NCAA Indoor
Championship. But the Wolver-
ines weren't intimidated.
Several Wolverines achieved
personal bests and set school
records Friday evening and Satur-
day afternoon in the Tyson Invita-
tional at the Randal Tyson Track
Complex in Fayetteville, Ark.
Although it was a non-scoring
meet, the Wolverines' speed will
bode well for future success.
Michigan's athletes gained valu-

able experience from competing on
the same rubber on which they will
run next month.
Junior Geena Gall ran the 800-
meter race in 2:03:37, breaking a
Michigan record. The time, her
personal best, was the fastest of
any collegiate runner in the event
this season and also secured a spot
in the NCAAs.
MICHAEL BERTENTHAL
MEN'S TRACK
Harris shines in
non-scoring event
YPSILANTI - The meet was
so crowded, it was hard to tell who
was running.
Non-competingathletes clogged
the track during races. Between
that and the commotion of the
crowd, Michigan had to work to
keep its focus.
But the Wolverines weren't eas-
ily distracted. The Michigan men's
track and field team posted two
NCAA provisional times and seven
personal records in two non-scor-
ing meets this weekend. Michigan
sent 18 athletes to Fayetteville,
Ark., for the Tyson Invitational
and 14 athletes to Ypsilanti for the
EMU Invitational.
Junior Adam Harris posted an
NCAA provisional mark in the 60-
meter dash forthe fourth time this
season. Harris finished fourth in
the event with a time of 6.69 sec-
onds,.05 seconds shy of the Michi-
gan record he set in the first meet
of the season.
MACKENZIE MELVIN

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