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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Wolverines hounded in blowout
defeat to lowly Bowling Green

By LIZ VUKELICH
Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan hockey team's
matchup against Bowling Green
was never expected to be per-
fect. But it should have been an
improvement.
Junior defenseman Jon Mer-
rill was starting for the first time
since his fractured vertebrae put
him out for the first half of the sea-
son. Freshman defenseman Jacob,
Trouba was back in the linup after
return-
ing from BGSU 5
the World MICHIGAN 1
Junior
Championship. And junior goal-
tender Adam Janecyk seemed to
be emerging as the frontrunner
behind the crease.
But to put it, gently, nothing
quite worked out the way the Wol-
verines expected in the Falcons'
5-1 trouncing of Michigan.
"I don't know what the break
did for some teams, butI can't say
it helped our team," said Michigan
coach Red Berenson. "We've been
struggling defensively and we're
still struggling defensively."
Bowling Green (3-7-1 CCHA,
6-10-5 overall) took an early lead
in the first period when Janeyck's
blocked shot rebounded off to the
side and was tapped in at the edge
of the crease. And the Wolverines
barely had time to recover when
the Falcons beat Janecyk five-hole
from the slot just minutes later.
Sophomore defenseman Bren-
nan Serville was ushered to the
locker room after hitting his head
on the boards and injuring his
shoulder. Bowling Green's Brent
Tate received- a game miscon-
duct, and Michigan (4-8-2, 7-11-
2) went on the first power play of
the night. Though the Wolverines
-were better at controlling the puck
in the Falcons' zone, they were
still unable to register any quality
shots at net.
Serville's absence hit an already
troubled blue line especially hard,
leaving just five players in the
rotation. Berenson said the defen-
semen looked sleepy during some
of Bowling Green's goals. The

*I

PAUL SHERMAN/Daily
Junior defenseman Jon Merrill played his first game in almost three months.
Where hockey
falls short

Senior forward Kevin Lynch moves in to check a Bowling Green forward during Michigan's 5-1 lass on Tuesday

players begto differ.
"Losing Brennan, he's abig part
of our (defensive)-corps (but) no
excuses," said senior defenseman
Lee Moffie. "A guy goes down,
we're ready for that, we do condi-
tioning for that."
In fact, Bowling Green looked
revitalized coming off its five-
minute major keeping the puck in
front of Janecyk as the first frame
wound down. Kevin Lynch took
a cross-checking penalty in the
waning minutes, putting Michi-
gan back on the defensive.
At the start of the second peri-
od, it seemed as if the Wolverines
had finally begun to find its legs.
Junior forward Luke Moffatt redi-
rected in a slapshot from junior
defenseman Mac Bennett to tally
his first goal of the year and begin
to reduce the goal deficit.
Though Michigan final-

ly started swarming around
Bowling Green goalie Andrew
Hammond and had ample oppor-
tunities around the net, the puck
just wasn't going in for them.
It did, though, go in for Bowling
Green - when the puck slipped
through Janecyk's legs, Ryan Car-
penter was the only player in the
vicinity. A quick tap in, and the
Falcons regained a two-goal lead,
shortly followed by another soft
goal to put them up 4-1 entering
the final frame.
"It's harder to score when you
need to score, but we've (come
from behind) before," Berenson
said. "We had a couple of attempts,
but we didn't play enough in their
zone. (Bowling Green played)
with a lot more enthusiasm than
we were and that's disappointing."
Freshman Steve Racine took
over goalie duties for the third

stanza, though the swap didn't
do much to change the Wolver-
ine's fortune - Bowling Green
still notched a fifth goal on a quick
wraparound, and Michigan never
came close to finding any offen-
sive firepower necessary for clos-
ing the gap. It certainly didn't help
morale any when Bennett went
down late in the period with a
lower body injury.
The decision to switch Janecyk
for Racine was as much to do with
the game stretching further out
of reach as it was with Janecyk's
poor play, and the starting posi-
tion still remains up in the air.
"I was hoping that (Janecyk)
would give us a better game and
(then) the puck went in too easy,"
Berenson said. "We need our
goalie to play better and we need
to jump start our team and some-
times, a goalie can do that."

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I wonder.
I wonder why the
Michigan hockey team
can't win.
I wonder why, with a health-
ier squad and in front of a home
crowd, the Wolverines still
couldn't find their rhythm.
I wonder if a 5-1 loss to the
ninth-place team in the CCHA,
Bowling Green, is enough to
wake up an unenthusiastic
squad.
"We're
all looking
for that
one spark
to get '
this team
going,"
said senior
defense- GREG
man Lee GARNO
Moffie.
"Right
now that's hard to come by for
whatever reason."
Could it be the defensive
struggles contributing to the
multiple recent blowouts,
struggles that reocurred Tues-
day, highlighted by the third
goal that slipped behind goal-
tender Adam Janecyk?
Trailingby one with momen-
tum in its favor, Michigan
failed to leave a defender by
the net. As the puck slid behind
Janecyk, he looked for someone
to knock it away. He looked for
a defender to save the game
from spiraling out of control.
Instead, there was Bowling
Green's Ryan Carpenter, skat-
ing uncovered to the net to flip
the puck in.
Missing sophomore defense-
man Brennan Serville because
of an injury early in the game,
the Wolverines played from
behind with one less teammate,
but that doesn't feel like the
explanation.
Michigan was playing with
two strong pairings in front of
him, led by the return of fresh-
man defenseman Jacob Trouba
and junior defenseman Jon
Merrill.
But the duo failed to lock
down a Falcon offense that has
scored just 39 goals while giv-
ing up 54. Instead, there was
Trouba skating down the ice
with the puck in the second
period, opting not to clear it
into the opposing zone.
Many times during the
night, Michigan found itself
stuck in its own zone, unable to
escape the pressure that ceased
to stop.
"Our defense looked tired,"
said Michigan coach Red'
Berenson.
Added Moffie: "As far as
playing tired, we have no
excuses."
But I wonder why the
defensive struggles are compli-
mented by the offensive short-
comings that seem to doom the
Wolverines when they need a
boost of momentum.

Down 4-1 in the third period,
Michigan saw a golden oppor-
tunity to grab a goal back and
show a sign of life. Sophomore
forward Travis Lynch streaked
do'wn the ice on a breakaway,
left with only the goalie to
beat.
His attempt failed, though,
as Bowling Green's Andrew
Hammond easily shoved the
puck aside.
Lynch isn't the only culprit.
Sophomore forward Zach
Hyman had opportunities and
junior forward Luke Moffatt
also had his chance.
Although the Wolverines
were without their captain and
offensive catalyst, senior center
A.J. Treais, they still failed to
record more than three shots in
the third period.
"Sometimes the puck doesn't
go in." Berenson said. "It's
harder to score when you need
to score when you're playing
from behind, but we've done
that before."
I wonder if improved play
on special teams or Janecyk's
inability to put together consis-
tent play could have been the
difference.
An extended power-play
chance, a five-minute major,
looked like an easy way for
Michigan to end its slump. Yet
the Falcons made easy work
of the attempt, sending pucks
back to the other end of the
rink.
Yet, when the Wolverines
needed stops, Janecyk was
unable to make the neces-
sary plays, letting the easy
rebounds, the surefire stops, -
go itt. Many of Bowling Green's
goals weren't the result of a
pretty shot or a well-timed
wrister, they were the product
of sloppy play in front of the
net.
Janecyk isn't the only one
of Berenson's four goaltenders
left to blame. It's no secret that
the Wolverines are letting in
a number of goals, but Tues-
day proved that something is
needed to sparkithe struggling
group of netminders.
Still, I'm left wondering if
there is something beyond the
physical play.
The enthusiasm Michigan
lacked in its past games, like
Friday's exhibition loss to the
United States National Team
Under-18 Development Pro-
gram, carried over into Tues-
day's contest.
When the puck needed to
be cleared or a pass needed to
slide in, the Wolverines were
sluggish.
I wonder what Michigan will
do to remedy its slump and play
consistent hockey, reminiscent
of previous years.
I wonder if this is rock bot-
tom.
Garno can be reached
at ggarno@umich.edu.

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