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the Flames

by Matt Rennie
aily Hockey Writer
Although the Michigan hockey
team didn't blow anyone out during
their recent trip to the Windy City,
it's still safe to say that Chicago is
the Wolverines' kind of town.
Michigan struggled against Illi-
t ~is-Chicago, but still managed to
escape with two wins, 5-4 and 7-4.
Playing their first conference
opponent in three weeks, the Wol-
verines did not look like the second-
place team in the Central Collegiate
,Iockey Association. Michigan fell
behind in both games, surrendering
two first-period goals on Friday and
fqur on Saturday.
. We're giving up too many
goals," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son lamented. "We've got to get
back to checking tighter and doing a
4Ktter job defensively. That's
definitely a priority for us now."
Berenson did not feel that the
Wolverines' defensive lapses were
Sestricted to a single area.
"It's a combination of things," he
,skid. "It starts with the goalkeepers.
Yopu can't be giving up any soft
gals. Then, you can't have your
defensemen trapped out of any plays.

And then the forwards not getting
the puck out of our zone and not
getting back defensively. It all leads
to too many goals against."
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
their "goals for" figure was also
impressive. After falling behind, 2-
1, in the first period Friday, Dan Sti-
ver and Denny Felsner each scored
second period goals to give Mich-
igan its first lead. The Wolverines
appeared to be in control, 4-2, when
David Roberts scored the first goal
of the third period.
The Flames struck back, though.
Jim Maher and Rick Judson scored
goals 47 seconds apart, and the score
was deadlocked at four.
In danger of settling for only one
point in a game they were expected
to win, the Wolverines looked to
their most recent source for clutch
goals. Rookie David Oliver, fresh
off scoring the winning goal against
Maine in final of the Great Lakes
Invitational, turned the trick again
off an assist from fellow rookie
Brian Wiseman with 3:25 left.
For Oliver, the game-winning
goal was his fourth of the season,
which ranks second in then CCHA.

"Our freshman are still coming
on and making a big contribution,"
Berenson said.
The Wolverines continued to
heap housewarming gifts upon their
hosts on Saturday night, giving
away goals at a wholesale rate in the
first period while falling behind, 4-2.
Berenson replaced starting
goaltender Chris Gordon with Steve
Shields after the period, and Shields
put out the Flames the rest of the
way while his teammates stormed
their way to victory.
While the Wolverines were not at
peak form, Berenson was happy to
come away with four points.
"In this conference every game on
the road is tough," he said. "I think
when you play a team like this,
there's not as much fear of the
Many players confirmed that
focus may have been a problem
entering this series.
I "We were mentally unprepared to
play those games," rookie
defenseman Aaron Ward said. "We
were coming off a big GLI, and then
we were playing in an arena where
there was hardly any noise. We


played dead."
Berenson hopes that the
Wolverines' doldrums are short-
"We've got to get back to where
we were building on every weekend,"
Berenson said. "The minute you
stand still in this league, people will
go by you."

Martin Davis (86) sacks Ole Miss' Tommy Luke in the Gator Bowl.





does his

best Capra at GLI

Michigan celebrates its third straight Great Lakes Invitational
Tournament Championship at Joe Louis Arena Dec. 29.



defense never
s.rests over holidays
by Jeni Durst
,Daily Hockey Writer

by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
DETROIT - In the past two
seasons, the Great Lakes Invitational
has been like Miracle on 34th Street
for the Michigan hockey team.
This year, it was more like It's a
Wonderful Life.
After winning the tournament in
an underdog role in the past, the
Wolverines entered this year as the
favorite. Nonetheless, the results
were just another holiday rerun, as
Michigan emerged victorious for the
third straight year.
Michigan showed the effects of a
13-day layoff in a sluggish, 2-1 vic-
tory over Michigan Tech in the
opening round, but rebounded with a
strong performance the following
night to beat a highly-regarded
Maine team, 3-1, for the title.
The defensive effort of the
Wolverines was recognized as goal-
tender Steve Shields garnered tour-
nament MVP honors. Defenseman
Aaron Ward and forward Denny Fel-
sner also earned places on the all-
tournament team. The rookie Shields
kept the Wolverines in the Tech
game despite several lapses by his
"Shields was the difference in the
game in the second period," Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson said. "We
had some tough changes then, from
3-on-3 to 5-on-3, but he hung in
The game served as a wakeup call
for the Wolverine defense, sans
sophomore starters Patrick Neaton
and David Harlock, who were play-
ing in the World Junior Tournament
in Saskatchewan.
"I thought they had more jump
than we did tonight," Maine coach
Shawn Walsh said. "We just didn't
get the offense, and you've gotta
give Steve Shields credit for that."
Shields, who asserted himself as
the team's top goalie at the begin-
ning of the season, had struggled re-
cently, sharing the goaltending
chores with fellow rookie Chris
"I know that I have to be ready
game after game," Shields said. "I
had to establish a routine and main-
tain my concentration every night."
The Wolverines kept the two-day
crowd of 32,954 glued to their seats
until the final horn, scoring the
winning goals in the waning min-
utes of both games.
Against Michigan Tech, the
Wolverines trailed until Jim Ballan-
tine tied the game midway through
the third period, skating around the
Tech goal and slipping the puck past
goalie Geoff Sarjeant. Felsner scored
the nearly identical game-winner
with two and a half minutes remain-
Ballantine's goal ended the
Michigan scoring drought, during
which Sarjeant became the first goal-
tender this season to hold the
Wolverines scoreless through the
first two periods.

center ice and skated alone toward the
Maine goal. Oliver faked a shot and
then flipped the backhander behind
Garth Snow.
Walsh felt the goal was a result
of a lucky bounce.
"That wasn't a case of bad defen-
sive positioning; it was just a
fluke," he said. "I'm not bitter, but
it's just a shame to lose a game of
that magnitude on a bouncing puck."
Oliver saw the play differently.
"(Rookie Cam) Stewart passed it
up to me," Oliver said. "He passed it
up the middle and I was gone. It was
definitely the biggest goal of my ca-
This year's title meant a lot to
the Wolverines in that they won
even when they were expected to do
so. And for the Michigan hockey
team these days, it's a wonderful

by David Hyman
Daily Football Writer

DETROIT - Remember the frustration of working to put a puzzle
together only to find that two important pieces were missing, leaving the
picture incomplete.
This was the feeling that pervaded the Michigan hockey team's coaching
staff heading into the Great Lakes Invitational on December 28th and 29th.
Because of opportunities to play in the World Junior National Tourna-
ment for the Canadian and the United States' teams respectively, top de-
fensemen David Harlock and Patrick Neaton were forced to miss the holiday
But the bad feelings were dispelled early in the weekend. The play of the
remaining defensive squad and goaltender Steve Shields were more than
enough to fill in the voids.
k On his way to earning the tournament Most Valuable Player award,
Shields allowed only two goals in Michigan's two games and was the gel
that molded the team together.
"Steve was just unbelievable," rightwinger Denny Felsner said. "He
came up with some very big stops for us."
c Sluggish play in Friday's game against Michigan Tech almost caused the
F Wolverines to be upset victims, but Shields almost singlehandedly kept his
team alive.
"I knew we were rusty," Shields said. "I knew I had to come out strong
just to make up for the rustiness because all the other teams had been on the
i ice (the previous weekend), so I knew I had to come up big."
A critical point in Friday's match came at the start of the second period.
Following an altercation at the Tech goal, top defenseman Chris Tamer
*found himself in the penalty box serving a double minor.
A little more than a minute later Wolverine center Brian Wiseman went
to the box after a slashing call.
With these penalties, Michigan was left to endure a period of 3-on-3
hockey and a 5-on-3 man disadvantage. with just three regular defensemen.
Shields was pummelled with a barrage of shots, mostly breakaways, shut-
ting out every one of them and the Tech offense for the remainder of the
"When they got the breakaways, the momentum was theirs," Tamer said,
and they are either going to score or Steve's going to stop them and we'll
get the momentum. That's what all those stops did for us."
16 Tn the final versus the Maine lackhears the defensemen holstered their

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - In the 35-3 domination
of Ole Miss, Michigan set many team and individual
records, as well as Gator Bowl records. The Wolverines
set the record for most first downs (35) and yards (715
- 324 passing and 391 rushing) for a Gator Bowl.
Michigan also set the record for most points scored in
the third quarter with 21.
The 35 first downs set a Michigan bowl record. The
previous high was 27 against Stanford in the 1902 Rose
Bowl. Michigan's all-time record is 37 against
Northwestern in 1978.
The 715 yards of offense broke the previous bowl
record of 527 versus Stanford in the same Rose Bowl
and set the all-time record. Michigan's previous highest
output was 673 yards against Iowa in 1969. The 10.17
yard average gain per play established a new record. The
previous high was nine against Minnesota in 1989.
Michigan's rushing yardage of 391 and passing
yardage of 324 are both second best in Wolverine bowl
history. The 324 yards passing is only second best in
the all-time to the 328 gained against North Carolina in
the 1979 Gator Bowl.
Wolverine quarterback Elvis Grbac's four touchdown
passes established a personal best and his 296 yards was
also a personal best. The four touchdown tosses tied
Michigan's bowl record set in the 1948 Rose Bowl
against USC.
Grbac's 296 yards through the air broke Rick

by Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writer
just who are the Rebels of
Mississippi? Mostly, they are the
overlooked team in the power-packed
Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss
finished 9-3 this season and 8-4
(with a trip to the Liberty Bowl) last
Playing on New Year's Day was
a novel experience for the Rebels but
not a totally dissappointing one.
"Anytime you get dominated it
hurts," quarterback Tommy Luke
said. "But we've got to look at the
whole season. Not many people
made it as far as we did. No one
expected us to be anywhere in any
bowl. It's been a great season. On
any given day we'd have given them
a better run for their money.
"It seems like we didn't do
anything right and they did
everything right. It seemed like it
was just one play every series that
knocked us off and that was
Mississippi is still a few years
away from competing with the likes

of Michigan, Tennessee and Auburn,
losing to the latter two earlier in the
Said coach Billy Brewer: "Our
seniors left us a foundation to build
upon for the future. We were 8-4 last
year and 9-3 this year. This team has
displayed a lot of pride and character
all year long and they left everything
they had out there on that field
Mississippi's biggest loss will
be senior defensive tackle Kelvin
Pritchett, a third-team Associated
Press and Football News All-
American, who will enter the NFL
Pritchett pointed toward the
weight differential in the two teams'
lines as a major factor in Michigan's
"Michigan has the best offensive
line I faced in four years. They did a
great job of blocking. They run
basically the same blocking schemes
that the NFL teams use and there
were a couple of times out there I
thought we were playing a NFL

Numbers fall Blue's way

Leach's bowl record of 239 yards in the 1978 Rose
Bowl against Washington. Grbac's four scoring strikes
also set a Michigan bowl record as the previous beft
was two touchdowns. In the 1948 Rose Bowl, Bob
.Chappius (2), Hank Fonde (1) and Howard Verges (1:)
combined for the four touchdown passes.
Wolverine receiver Desmond Howard's six catches,
including two touchdowns, helped establish a personal
best in yardage at 167. The yardage also set a Michigan
bowl record as Howard surpassed Anthony Carter's mark
(141) established in the 1979 Gator Bowl versus North
The one-two tailback punch of Jon Vaughn (128)
and Ricky Powers (112) hit the century mark for the
same game for the first time ever. It also marked the
fifth 100-yard game for each of them this season.
Vaughn, the game's leading rusher, did not take his
first handoff until the fourth play of the second quartei.
Powers was the Wolverine workhorse during the first
fifteen minutes.
Senior tailback Allen Jefferson went over the 1000-
career rushing mark with four yards to finish with
- Michigan coach Gary Moeller became the first
Wolverine head coach to win his first bowl game since
the legendary Fielding H. Yost won the first Rose Bowl
game ever played, 49-0, over Stanford in 1902.
Wolverine placekicker J.D. Carlson tied a Gator
Bowl record with five extra points.

Welborne 'plays' ~M~.c
last game for
by Mike Gill ./a
Daily Football Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Injured All-American Tripp Welborne made
the trip to Jacksonville to witness his teammates' thrashing of Ole Miss.
Welborne wore a team jacket with a camera strapped around his cnest.
Afterwards, he celebrated with leis teammates on a platform brought onto the
field for the trophy presentation.
When asked what Welborne did during the game he smiled and replied, "I"/ y
had a game to play and I just finished it. I'm the most refreshed out of
anybody, I guess I didn't play real hard."
Welborne will soon undergo arthroscopic surgery to complete work on
his injured knee. After injuring his knee on a punt return against Minnesota,
Welborne has been out of action. He was forced to watch his teammates face
Ohio State from his living room television set in Ann Arbor. Doctors said

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