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Michigan outlasts
physical Miami

Michigan coach Rled Berenson made it clear that he didn't want to discuss the CCHA officials' performance in the Michigan-Miami (Ohio) series at Yost Ice Arena.

Let's not talk about the officiating
R ed Berenson stepped to' in the spirit of reticence, I too ask "We'll keep sending the infor- emotion to match what Hunwick
the microphone following that you not question me about mation to the league, but the described as a playoff atmosphere.
he No. 7 Michigan hock- the officiating. I'm not goingto league hasn't responded," Beren- That emotion started with Beren-
ey team's sweep of No. 18 Miami say anything aboutjunior Chris son said. son. (And yes, it ended with the
(Ohio) on Saturday, and before Brown's fight at the end of the Of course, the officials wouldn't ejection of Pateryn and the sus-
he even sat game, exceptto say that it was the have had to deal with any of this pension of Brown, but you know
down, stated product of Michigan's newfound had Blasi controlled his team, enough by now to not ask me
flatly, "Don't intensity and emotion. so let's take this time to not talk about the officiating.)
ask me about Also, please don't ask me about the grudge between Beren- On the other end of the emo-
the officiat- about the following: Whether the son and Blasi. tional spectrum was Miami, dis-
ing." officials allowed Miami to take When speaking about the playing what Berenson described
Berenson ,-.- runs at senior goaltender Shawn Wolverines' struggles against the as frustration after the game got
then spent Hunwick on Friday night. I won't RedHawks on Thursday, Beren- out of reach.
some of the answer that. son looked like a man preparing And the RedHawks were cer-
remaining ZACH Or whether any of the three for a root canal. As the questions tainly frustrated. After Friday's
3:56 of the HELFAND hits on Friday that knocked Hun- continued, Berenson finally saw game, a loud thud emanated from
press confer- wick on his back and into the goal fit to mention Blasi's record at the Miami locker room - some-
ence saying should've warranted a major pen- Yost Ice Arena (3-13 at the time, body had just thrown something,
things like this: alty. Nuh-uh, my lips are sealed. 3-15 now). and hard. A security guard
"You shouldn't have to kill that Nor about the rule that stipu- Still, Berenson had only one walked away a few moments later,
many penalties in a game like lates that Brown will be suspend- win in his past eight games his shift over, and said, "you did
that." ed for the opening game of the against Miami entering the series, not want to go in there."
Or, he was explaining that the CCHA series against Michigan and that probably gnawed at him. After Friday's game, Blasi
violence at the game's conclusion State, while his fellow combat- As he walked into his office after promised that his team's behav-
was inevitable because of "the ant Will Weber will serve out his answering questions, Berenson ior would improve. We all know
way the game was being handled." suspension in an ostensibly mean- stopped, looked back, and said how that turned out. Berenson
Then, about Miami coach Enri- ingless non-conference tilt next "this series isn't about Miami. It's had some choice words for Blasi's
co Blasi: "The score was out of weekend. Mum's the word. about Michigan." inability to control his players
reach - that stuff shouldn't hap- To be clear, I'm not accusing Berenson's been doing this after Saturday's game.
pen. There's no fighting in college the officials of one-sidedness, coaching thing for a little while "A smart coach knows how
hockey, let's face it. If you want to and I don't think Miami gained now, and it turns out, he was important his players are and they
have a fight, go out in the parking any sort of edge from their calls. right. Michigan took it to Miami. have to stay in the game ..." Beren-
lot after the games." Their no-goal call on a borderline In the teams' first meeting, son said. "We're the ones that are
Despite forbidding any ques- Miami goal, one that they had to Miami physically dominated going to pay for it."
tions on the matter, that Berenson review twice, left Blasi furious. Michigan in the opening minutes The loss of Brown shouldn't
spent much of his time speaking Rather, the officials' mis- and set the tone for the whole matter if Michigan brings the
about officiating and takingshots handling of more than a few series. Not so at Yost. The Wol- same intensity they played with
at Blasi (after a dominatingsweep, situations created an atmosphere verines outworked, outskated and this weekend. The Wolverines are
no less) says quite alot. where retribution was inevitable. outskilled the RedHawks. Players probably the most talented team
Referees Brian Hill and Keith I'm talking about situations like who didn't even register a point, in the CCHA, and the best, too, if
Sergott lost control of the game, Curtis McKenzie's hit on Hun- such as sophomore forward Derek they play with emotion.
Blasi lost control of his players, wick that sent his helmet flying DeBlois, dove to knock away loose Of course, that should be irrel-
and Michigan was the team get- and left the goalie down on the ice pucks. The penalty kill was suf- evant. Miami and Blasi ran up
ting penalized. For those keeping for nearly a minute. focating. Skill players, like junior a big tab of transgressions this
track at home, yes Keith Sergott McKenzie got a minor pen- forward A.J. Treais and Brown, weekend.
is that Keith Sergott, the one who alty onthe play, but so did senior played selfishly - in tgood way. And they stuck Michigan with
presided a particularly touchy and defenseman Greg Pateryn, and They showed the confidence to the bill.

Daily SportsEditor
What a difference a couple
months make.
The Michigan and Miami
(Ohio) hockey teams first played
each other in November, with the
RedHawks sweeping the Wolver-
ines in Oxford. In the first game
of that series, Miami came out
and hit Michigan in the mouth,
never looking back after scoring
a goal less than two minutes into
the game. That game, and that
series, started a month-long slide
for the Wolverines, where they
didn'twin agame until Dec. 3.
Fast forward to February.
The Wolverines, coming off
a bye week, took it to Miami the
entire weekend, and earned a
sweep of their own. They showed
off a physical style of play that
appeared two weeks ago at Notre
Dame but hadn't been a charac-
teristic for most of the season.
Michigan played like a team
that had something to prove,
punishing the RedHawks when-
ever they had the opportunity
and refused to back down from
one of the most talented teams in
the CCHA.
"This isn't women's tennis,
this is CCHA hockey," said junior
forward A.J. Treais. "We might
not be the biggest team in the
league, but we can hang with
those guys."
On Friday night, Michigan
scored three goals in the first
period. They weren't fancy or
finesse goals. These were, near-
the-crease punishing goals.
To set up the second goal of the
period, senior captain Luke Glen-
dening delivered a massive check
that sent Miami defenseman Ben
Paulides sprawling to the ice.
Treais was left with empty space
between him and goaltender
Cody Reichard, said "thank you
very much" to Glendening, and
finished top right on Reichard.
A pretty goal, yes, but not one
Michigan would have scored in
"It's something that Red
always says - when you are
focusing more on defense, and
when you go out there working
as hard as you possibly can, the
bounces kind of go your way,"
said junior defenseman Lee Mof-
Surprising to no one that
has seen these teams play, Fri-
day's game had some extra-
curricular activities. Senior

goaltender Shawn Hunwick took
a couple minutes to get up after
being blasted in the crease, and
the referees had to break up play-
ers after almost every save.
But Friday night was just a
warm-up to the shenanigans that
plagued Saturday night's contest.
The game was a dogfightfromthe
beginning, and only got worse as
Michigan's lead got bigger.
The Wolverines had a dumb-
founding six penalties in the first
period, earning their first with
less than a minute off the clock.
The penalties didn't hurt Michi-
gan, though, as it ended the first
period up 1-0 after a shorthanded
goal by Moffie.
The series was physical, but
didn't get out of hand until the
third period of Saturday's con-
test. The two teams combined for
16 penalties, with most of those
coming after the game was out of
reach. With only one minute left,
a scrum broke out after a save
by Miami goalie Connor Knapp.
Freshman forward Alex Guptill
was the first Wolverine in the
brawl, but junior forward Chris
Brown finished off the job.
Miami defenseman Will
Weber and Brown - dropping
their gloves and taking swings
well after the whistle had blown
- would have torn each other to
pieces if not for the referees.
A total of nine penalties were
given out after the fight, putting
a sour ending on a hard-fought
"I thought we played a good
game," Berenson said. "Disap-
pointing at the end. The score
was out of reach - that stuff
shouldn't happen. There's no
fighting in college hockey. Let's
face it, if you want to fight, go out
to the parking lot after the game."
Because of his disqualifica-
tion penalty, Brown will be sus-
pended for Friday's game against
Michigan State.
The Wolverines lose one of
their best offensive players in one
of their most important games
and Miami loses its captain
against non-conference oppo-
nent Alabama-Huntsville.
The series was a war that
Michigan battled through, dis-
pelling any notion that this team
isn't physical enough for the post-
season. Michigan didn't allow a
goal on Saturday, despite finish-
ing with 52 penalty minutes.
This isn't the same Michigan
team that Miami saw in Novem-

physical Michigan-Notre Dame
series two weeks ago.
So, in honor of Berenson and

the game continued as if the play
didn't happen.
This has happened before.

score, where earlier they had been
Michigan played with the

Helfand can be reached
at zhelfand@umich.edu.

M loses redemption
chance against MSU

Hunwick, penalty kill key sweep

Daily Sports Writer
For the briefest moment, it
seemed that fortune was smil-
ing upon the Michigan women's
team. MSU 657
A hard- MICHIGAN 63
fought sec-
ond half against Michigan State
culminated in a tie, 63-63, with
less than 30 seconds left on the
clock. Then, in a most inexpli-
cable way, Courtney Boylan's
defender went head first into the
hardwood, leaving the senior
guard open to deliver a 3-point
dagger. But her shot clanged off
the back iron, and was picked up
by the Spartans.
Down at the other end, Spar-
tan guard Porshe Poole dropped
a 15-foot jumper, stopping the
clock at four seconds - just
enough time for a Hail Mary
attempt from junior guard
Jenny Ryan. But when the clock
ran out, the scoreboard read
Even lady luck couldn't stop
the Spartans.
"We had a wide-open shot,"
said Michigan coach Kevin
Borseth, "If we made that shot,
it would have been on the other
hand, but we didn't make it. I
thought we played really well.
I don't think that there's much
else that we could have done.
"Sure, we can look back to a
specific turnover or a missed
shot early on. We can beat that
dead horse and ask ourselves,

'what if?' but at the end of the
day, (Michigan State is) a great
team and they played a great
No matter how "great" of a
game the match-up was, it was
without a doubt a dramatic one.
The event played out like a soap
opera, only with more knock-
down, drag-out moments - the
kind reserved for the National
Hockey League.
In the first four minutes,
Michigan State went on a shoot-
ing spree with an 11-0 run.
Three minutes later, the Wol-
verines tied it up at 15.
After an unproductive first
half at Crisler, the Spartans' Lyk-
endra Johnson - last year's Big
Ten Defensive Player of the Year
- woke up in the second for an
aggressive back-and-forth with
junior center Rachel Sheffer.
Sheffer racked up 13 points and
three blocks for the Wolverines.
In spite of everything, the
Wolverines still found them-
selves up by five points with 5:30
left on the clock.
The last five minutes was a
dead heat between Michigan's
power pair, Boylan and Sheffer,
and Michigan State's, Johnson
and Poole. Then came the open
shot, and the rest was history.
"It didn't feel good going off
my hand," Boylan said. "But you
have to take that shot. When
you're wide open at the end of
the game, you don't know if
you'll get another chance. You
got to put it up. I just couldn't get
it to go in."

Daily Sports Writer
The defensive corps continued
to show up for Michigan's series
this weekend.
Sure, the back lines for the
Michigan hockey team are physi-
cally present
every game. But NOTEBOOK
in thisweekend's
series against Miami (Ohio), the
defensemen helped carry the Wol-
verines to decisive 4-1, 3-0 victo-
ries - and you could see that they
were engaged for the full 120 min-
utes. It started on Friday, when the
defense was able to weather a sec-
ond period that saw only one shot
from the Wolverines.
Michigan's offense was a little
more productive on Saturday. But
the defense still held stable, and
the Wolverines have their second
line to thank for that.
Since the return of sophomore
defenseman Jon Merrill, Michi-
gan's goals against per game aver-
age has decreased dramatically
from 2.60 to 1.25. That statistic is
certainly a confidence booster.
"With Jonny in the lineup, he
upgrades our defense a lot," said
Michigan coach Red Berenson.
"He gives us another puck-han-
dling defenseman. He's a big part
of it. (He) makes a difference."
It's the way Merrill reads the
ice that makes him such a valuable
player, according to sophomore
forward Luke Moffatt. Merrill
tallied two assists over the week-
end simply because he effectively
worked the puck from the point
before finding an open man.
"(Merrill) shoots it where he
wants it," Moffatt said. "The
power of the shot doesn't matter if




Fifth-year senior goalie Shawn Hunwick collected his fifth shutout of the season on Saturday against the Red Hawks.

you (can't) get it there."
But don't forget about Merrill's
partner-in-crime, junior defense-
man Lee Moffie. Moffie scored
two of the Wolverines' three goals
on Saturday, one of which came
"We're not planning on our
defense scoring goals," Berenson
said. "All the goals the defense
scores are important goals. It's
good to get some offense from our
defense once in awhile."
shutout of the season was just
another game in the life of senior
goaltender Shawn Hunwick.
Hunwick stopped 29 shots en
route to Michigan's win. But his
biggest stop of night came on a
shot that could've been a serious
game changer.
His two defenders left him out
to dry - Merrill broke his stick at
an inopportune moment and Mof-

fie was nowhere to be found - as
a RedHawk took advantage of a
Hunwick made the stop with
his pads, but somehow, the puck
managed to squirt through and
rest on the goal line.
The Miami bench insisted it
crossed the line. The referees took
several minutes to review the play
before confirming the no-goal rul-
ing, which was made much to the
RedHawks' dismay. '
"If 6,000 people sigh, it's a
pretty good chance the home team
knows that it's a goal," said Miami
coach Enrico Blasi. "We gotta
accept that and move on."
Hunwick and the Wolverines
caught abreakwiththe ruling. But
the path to a shutout does not run
smoothly - literally.
"A big problem we've been
having all year is Shawn getting
bumped," Moffie said. "(Hun-

wick's) on his back."
Hunwick had several run-ins
with the RedHawks on Friday,
though his contact with them on
Saturday was limited to just one
knock down.
After being ejected from a game
against Northern Michigan earlier
this season, Hunwick has learned
his lesson about fighting back, let-
ting his defensemen get physical
for him instead. But Miami goal-
tender Connor Knapp wanted to
get right in on all the action.
Knapp left the net when, as the
third period was winding down, a
brawl broke out around him, and
he started shoving Moffie.
When asked if he ever consid-
ered leaving his net to go fight
the 6-foot-6 Knapp, Hunwick
"He'd beat me up," Hunwick
said. "He'd kill ya. You know how
big he is? Have you seen Rocky 4?"

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