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Berenson recalls six-goal game

After Monday's practice at
Yost Ice Arena, Michigan hockey
coach Red Berenson was the last
one off the ice.
The long-time coach was busy
working with freshman forward
Dylan Larkin on his backhand
shot near the crease. In a quick,
fluid motion from his forehand
to backhand, Berenson roofed
nearly every shot he took. Larkin
couldn't help but smirk a few
The ice might have been clear
of defensemen and the net was
empty, but even at 74 years old,
Berenson still has a knack for
scoring goals.
Friday marks the 46th
anniversary of one of the
greatest scoring feats in the
history of the NHL. On Nov. 7,
1968, Berenson scored six goals
against the Philadelphia Flyers,
pacing the St. Louis Blues to an
8-0 victory.
Legendary coach Scotty
Bowman - the St. Louis coach
at the time - kept sending
Berenson out for more shifts
in the winding moments of the
game. Despite being one goal
away from an NHL record,
Berenson would have felt
comfortable on the bench.
"I didn't want to go out
and cost our team a shutout,"
Berenson said. "He probably
knew this was a record-setting
occasion. I didn't know. I had no
idea. I just knew I was having
a good game and the puck was
going in."
Berenson netted his first goal
of the game at the 16:42 mark of
the first period.
"When I scored the first goal
I said, 'Thank God I can still
score' to myself," Berenson said.
The rest came in a flurry. Four
second-period goals all within
nine minutes of each other
sparked the Philadelphia fans

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to test top ranking

Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson nearly tied an NHL record by scoring six goals against the Flyers on Nov. 7,1968.

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tanding that it's a long at Penn State hasn't motivated
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to start cheering for Berenson
and the Blues. By the second
intermission, the game was well
out of reach - a 5-0 blowout.
With just under six minutes
left in the game, he lined a
slapshot up that was supposed
to go to the far side. Instead,
Berenson's shot went in the
opposite direction, over Doug
Favell's right shoulder and into
the back of the net.
"Everybody said 'great shot,"'
Berenson recalled with a smile.
"It was a great shot, but it wasn't
where I wanted it to go. But it
was one of those nights. The
puck went in."
He never got seven, but that
was fine by Berenson. It would
have been OK if St. Louis had
just won the game. He says the
team was more excited about the
accomplishment than he was.
Two or three weeks later -

Berenson says he would have
remembered the timeframe
if asked 20 years ago - Sid
Salomon Jr. and Sid Salomon III
held an event to honor Berenson.
They brought in his family from
Saskatchewan, Canada, and
made a real celebration about
his accomplishment. All of this
came as a complete surprise to
To show Berenson their
respects, his teammates worked
together to buy him a new and
polished shotgun to present
at the event. The Salomons
bought Berenson a brand-new
Chevrolet station wagon with a
canoe tied to the top of it. The
license plate reads "RB6666."
He still has it tucked away
somewhere safe.
Today, Berenson still says
reporters and friends will never
let him forget about it. How

could he, though? How could
anyone forget the magical night
in Philadelphia?
He never talks about what
happened on Nov. 7,1968 withhis
team. Junior forward Andrew
Copp and sophomore forward
JT forward Compher said they
found out about the incredible
feat when teammates mentioned
it in the locker room. Everyone
knows about it, nonetheless.
Senior defenseman Andrew
Sinelli remembers an exception
to Berenson's humble attitude
toward it all, only once.
Kevin Porter, the former
Michigan center and 2008
Hobey Baker winner, had a game
in which he scored five goals.
After the game, Berenson began
his postgame speech.
"I once knew a guy who
scored six," he said.
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Michigan runs away from Rutgers

Daily Sport

s Writer

The Michigan field hockey
team is exactly where it wants
to be for this year's Big Ten
Seeded second, the
12th-ranked Wolverines opened
postseason play with a 3-0 win
over seventh-seeded Rutgers
(2-6 Big Ten, 9-10 overall) at
Ocker Field Thursday as they
play host to the Big Ten's top-
eight teams this weekend.
The $13.5-million
renovations to the field have
made it a prime location for
the event. The state-of-the-
art complex
includes a
1,500-seat "We ha
grandstand, a
high-definition of empo
video board,
training and
therapy equipment, and vibrant
blue artificial turf, among other
But for Michigan (6-2,
13-6), hosting the Big Ten
Tournament is about far more
than the chance to show off
a facility that is garnering
national attention in the field
hockey world. It's about having
the home-field advantage for
the third time ever, and the first
time since 2006.
Michigan is 8-3 at home,
including four straight wins
after the new Ocker Field's
inaugural game and a win over
then-No. 9 Northwestern.
"To be at our 'smurf turf' is
such an honor," said fifth-year
senior back Leslie Smith. "My
friends and family are all here
to see and watch. And I think
it's the same for everyone. Just
being on our field, we have a
sense of empowerment."
That sense of empowerment
served the Wolverines well
in their quarterfinal game,
despite a scoring stalemate in

the first half. The team shut
out the Scarlet Knights and
scored three goals - including
a well-executed corner and
a penalty stroke by Smith
and a breakaway tally from
sophomore attacker Courtney
With single-elimination
games leaving little time to
prepare, Michigan entered the
tournament only focusing on
Thursday's game.
"We've played everybody
already, so generally we have
an idea about what everyone's
styles are like and what their
tactics are like," said Michigan
coach Marcia Pankratz. "So,
you can only
focus on the
ye a sense first game,
and that's
werment." really all you
can focus
preparation paid off, as
Michigan played some of its
cleanest field- hockey of the
season. After a disappointing
loss to Michigan State and a
sloppy win over Ohio State to
close out the regular season,
the Wolverines set a new tone
for the tournament with clean
passes, strong defensive play
and good field transitions using
open players.
With a convincing win
on its home turf, Michigan's
momentum is at an all-time
high as it seeks to continue its
success on the field that has
treated it so well this season.
"(Thursday) helped the team
with some confidence," Pankratz
said. "I think our backfield will
stay steady and hopefully do
the same thing they did today.
And hopefully we can build off
some corner execution from the
second half today and be able to
do that (Friday)."
Playing at the new Ocker
Field will only help the
Wolverines' cause.

Three second-
half goals spur
Daily Sports Writer
After a night of applying
pressure on the Rutgers defense,
field RUTGERS 0
hockey MICHIGAN 3
forward Courtney Enge finally
made the Scarlet Knights pay.
With 9:33 left in the second
half, Enge stole the ball from
a Rutgers defender and raced
down the field on a breakaway
before sliding the ball past the
upright goaltender into the back
of the net.
The goal, Enge's first of the
game, made the score 3-0. The
score held, and the Wolverines
(6-2 Big Ten, 13-6 overall)
advanced to the quarterfinals of
the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan, playing in the
friendly confines of Ocker Field,
commanded the gameplay from
the start, but that didn't translate
half. It took the Wolverines 46
minutes to find the back of the
net, and until then, the Scarlet
Knights did what underdogs
often do - played sound defense
and frustrated the opposition.
Rutgers (9-10, 2-6), playing
to extend its season, gave up
few quality chances through
the first half and largely kept
the Michigan offense in check.
However, the Wolverines
remained patient with the ball
and were eventually rewarded,
breaking through early in the
second half and never looking
Senior back Leslie Smith
struck first, converting the
Wolverines' ninth corner of the
game off a pass from freshman
midfielder Veerle Lubbers,
rocketing a shot just inside the
left post.
Three minutes later,
freshman forward Carly
Bennett was shoved to the turf

in front of the Scarlet Knight The Scarlet Knights had
goal. The officials awarded a their best chance of the game a
penalty stroke to Michigan, minute after Smith's first goal..
which Smith tucked just above Looking to answer, Rutgers
Rutgers' goaltender, extending pushed forward and earned
the lead to two and deflating the a corner. The initial shot was
Scarlet Knight squad. stopped with a kick save from
"We transferred the ball Swenson, who then had to
really well sideline to sideline," lunge to stop the rebound. Even
Enge said. "We just made simple after the second save, the ball
passes, found the open player and lingered by the goal for a few
executed well." additional seconds amongst
While the a swarm of
offense took players before
until the Michigan
second half "It rem inds us could clear.
to heat up, "Our
the defense that we can play backfield
was sound is very
from the start. With everybody." experienced
The backfield and have
stymied had a really
Rutgers at nice season,"
every turn, surrendering few said Michigan coach Marcia
quality chances, and freshman Pankratz. "They're older players
goalkeeper Sam Swenson was up back there and play as a unit -
to the task on every shot she faced. they did a really nice job."

The controlling performance
was a welcome beginning
to the postseason for the
Wolverines, who had struggled
with consistency in the
games preceding the tourney.
Thursday's win gives Michigan
something to try and replicate
through the rest of the Big Ten
tournament and provides much
needed momentum for a team
that tied for second during Big
Ten regular season play.
"I think (the win) helps the
team with confidence," Pankratz
said. "It reminds us that we can
play with everybody, and now
we're just looking forward to
The Wolverines win advances
them to the semifinals, where
they'll face Iowa. With their
NCAA Tournament fate still
not determined, every game
matters not only for the Big Ten
tournament, but for national
rankings as well.

Leslie Smith scored the first goal of the afternoon as the Michigan field hockey team advanced in the Big Ten Tournament.



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