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Spors Mnda Trvia
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob
Gibson tried his hand at
another sport before base-
ball. Name the sport and the
teamJor which he played.
(For the answer, turn to the
bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Monday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
Athlete-of-the-Week 2
NCAA Tournament Info 3
Gill Again 3
NCAA Brackets 3
Ice Hockey 4
Men's Basketball 5
Gymnastics 6
Tennis 7
Men's Lacrosse 8
Women's water polo 8
Women's basketball 8

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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday

March 11, 1991

NCAA Hockey Ticket Information
Tickets for this weekend's first-round NCAA
action are available Tuesday and Wednesday at:
- the CCRB, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Michigan Ticket Office, open to 4:30 p.m.
Tickets for the 1991 NIT: TBA
(20% will be available for Michigan students)
Michigan earns NIT
trip to Colorado

Dramatic 01 thriller
LSSU edges Blue
by John Niyo
Daily Hockey Writer

at JLA

by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
If you were looking forward to
buying good seats for the NIT today,
you might want to bring along a
little extra money. The Wolverines
will not be playing at Crisler Arena
- instead the team will be traveling
to Colorado.
Michigan (14-14 overall, 7-11
Big Ten) will face Colorado (15-13)
in Boulder, Wednesday night at 9:30
p.m. For those of you who might be
a short on cash, the game will be
televised on ESPN.
While this is the first time in six
seasons the Wolverines won't be
going to the NCAA tournament, the
team will enter post-season play for
the eighth straight year.
"At least we've kept a tour-
nament streak alive," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher said. "You build
on that, just the fact that you got in-
to the tournament. If we can win a
couple of games, it would be terrific
for us."
The most important thing to the
players, however, is that the season
will continue.

"I'll just be happy to keep
playing," Michigan guard Kirk
Taylor said after Saturday's loss to
Michigan State.
"This team will get a big lift by
getting into the tournament," Fisher
said. "They will be excited.
Sometimes kids are ready for the.
season to end. I think our kids would
like to continue to play."
The last time the Wolverines
were in the 32 team tournament,
they won five straight to take the
1984 NIT title. At the time, Fisher
was in his second year as an
assistant coach for Michigan. That
year the squad finished the regular
season at 19-9 after losing in
overtime on a last second shot to
Northwestern.
"There is a vast difference in
circumstances and teams," Fisher
said. "I think we got robbed then and
ours kids did as well. So it was
almost like they were on a vendetta
to prove that somebody cheated
them. We were more talented than
we are now, but if we can get into
that tournament and win a couple of
games, it would be terrific."

DETROIT - This is what championship
games are all about. Two teams that knew all
along they would face each other for the title
and the trophy. The best team and a team that
wanted to be better. This one was special. And
all 17,689 in attendance at the CCHA
Championship game between Lake Superior
and Michigan in Joe Louis Arena Saturday
night knew it.
But everyone also knew that it had to end.
It finally did at 6:39 of overtime when Laker
rookie Clayton Beddoes, the tournament MVP,
whirled around in front of a frantic Michigan
goal and fired the puck, a fatal bullet between
the legs of netminder Steve Shields. Lake
Superior 6, Michigan 5.
"When it's overtime, all you've got to do is
shoot on net," Beddoes said. "The puck went
back to the defenseman and he shot it. I tried
to deflect it, but instead I stopped it, so I just
turned around and shot it. That's all you can
do."
Beddoes also scored the first Lake Superior
goal, after the Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0
lead midway through the first period on goals
by Don Stone and Denny Felsner.
Then in the second, Lake Superior
appeared to take charge of the game. Vincent
Faucher scored a wraparound goal less than
two minutes into the period. And after
Michigan defenseman David Harlock was
called for slashing, Karl Johnston blasted a
slapshot from the point past Shields to put the
Lakers up, 3-2.
Less than a minute later, junior Sandy
Moger took a pass from Beddoes behind the
goal and slammed it home. Michigan's 2-0
lead had quickly become a 4-2 deficit and the
emotional rollercoaster ride had begun.
"That's what makes it a great game," Lake
Superior coach Jeff Jackson said. "One team
dominates and gets a two goal lead, the other
team dominates and gets a two goal lead, the
other team takes it away, the game goes to
overtime, and then you have to rely on a
freshman."
Rookie defenseman Aaron Ward put
Michigan back into the scoring column when a
tripped-up Don Stone was able to get the puck
to Ward who then gave it up to rightwinger
Mike Helber. Helber returned the favor, send-
ing a perfect pass back to Ward in front of
Laker goalie Darrin Madeley
"It was more of Stonie's doing," Ward said.
"He was getting hauled down and he made the

JOSE JU JRnW
Michigan rightwinger Ted Kramer checks Lake Superior State's Dean Hutlett during the second
period of Saturday's CCHA Championship game at Joe Louis Arena. The Lakers edged the
Wolverines, 6-5, in overtime.

MSU thwarts Blue,
S66-59 in season finale
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writer

chance by poking the puck forward. I saw
Helber cutting in and we always practice two-
on-ones and I know not to handle the puck
going across the blue line. So I dished it off to
Helber and whatever he was going to do with
it he did."
Johnston brought the Laker margin back to
two with a backhander in the crease. Michigan
trailed 5-3 heading to the lockerroom.
The Wolverines came out on fire to open
the third. Helber skated in on Madeley, draw-
ing him out of position, yet his centering pass
went untouched as it crossed in front of the
goal. But defenseman Chris Tamer corralled
the puck along the sideboards, turned and fired
on the vacated net, and pulled the Wolverines
to within one again.

Then, at 4:01 of the period, David Roberts
hit a streaking Don Stone who deked Madeley
before slapping a low shot into the back of the
net to tie the game.
The play that followed showcased some
very exciting hockey. Shields and Madeley
came up with big saves as both teams
scrambled to control the puck and create
scoring chances. However, the score remained
tied as regulation time ran out.
"I thought we played very well in the third
period and had the momentum," Berenson
said. "We were in a good position, as good a
position as either team, to win the game."
As overtime began, though, it was evident
that Lake Superior was in control, keeping
See ICERS, Page 4

Demetrius
Calip stood at
halfcourt before
Saturday's game
with Michigan
State, eyeing the
capacity crowd
that was about to
witness his last
regular-season
performance as a
Wolverine.
Somewhere
behind him sat
fellow senior,
MSU's Steve
Smith, who had
undergone the
same rite earlier
in the week in
East Lansing.
From the o-
pening tipoff, ev-
eryone watched
to see what kind
of finale each
would produce.
They led all
scorers; Calip
posted 21 points,
a fraction of a
point above his
average, while
Smith finished
with 24, a frac-
tion above his.
And in the mac-
rocosmic con-
test, the Spar-
tans defeated
Michigan, 66-59.
"This was

Baseball team takes third in Diamond Classic

by Josh Dubow
Daily Baseball Writer
The Michigan baseball team
continued its early season hitting
onslaught as the Wolverines scored
19 runs in their three-game weekend
trip to Mobile, Ala. this weekend.
Michigan won two of its three
games and placed third in the South
Alabama Diamond Classic.
The Wolverines (8-3) opened
their weekend, Friday, against South
Alabama, in a non-tournament con-
test which they won, 9-8. Coach
Bill Freehan's squad lost the opener
of the Classic, Saturday, to Auburn,

12-4, before coming back to beat
No. 12 Notre Dame, Sunday, 6-5.
The star for Michigan was relief
pitcher Todd Marion, who tallied his
fourth save, Friday, and won his first
decision, Sunday. The junior hurler
has thrown eight scoreless innings
this season, posting a 1-0-4 record.
Junior Jason Pfaff, the ace of the
staff, continued his strong early
season performances by posting his
third consecutive win, Friday. Pfaff
struggled, as he yielded eight runs in
his eight innings pitched after
allowing only two runs in his
previous 18 innings.

The hitting star for the Wol-
verines was junior centerfielder Steve
Buerkel. Buerkel, powered by an 8-
12 hitting weekend, raised his aver-
age 91 points this weekend to .396.
In Sunday's contest, the
Wolverines rallied from a, 5-1, se-
venth inning deficit by scoring three
times in the seventh and posting two
runs in the eighth..
Junior all-American Tim Flan-
nelly spearheaded the attack with a
two-run single in the seventh and a
game winning, bases-loaded ground-
out in the eighth. Sophomore Scott
Winterlee drove in rookie Bubba

Wyngarden with the tying run.
Notre Dame took Michigan
starter Dennis Konuszewski down-
town twice early in the contest. Irv
Smith struck in the fourth with a
solo homer, and Matt Haas hit a
two-run dinger capping a four-run
fifth inning for the Irish.
Saturday, Freehan sent junior
pitcher Russell Brock to the hill.
Brock lost for the first time this
season after winning in his first
two starts. Brock only lasted five
innings, as the Tigers sent him to
the showers after a four-run fifth in-
ning.

ROOKI
by Jeni Durst
Daily Hockey Writer

E

SHIELDS THE

NET

Spartan Steve Smith leaps out to defend Wolverine
Kirk Taylor. The State senior won the first of his four
n .. l i... . A fin A r r

At the beginning of Michigan's
1990-91 season, hockey circles
buzzed with talk of the best
Wolverine team in years, CCHA
first places, and NCAA bids. But
every optimistic prediction ended
with a question mark. A question
mark that fit snugly inside the
Michigan net - in the shape of a
goaltender.
With the graduation of the
Wolverines' number-one goalie,
Warren Sharples, a void was left
between the pipes. Three
netminders - junior Tim Keough
and rookies Chris Gordon and
Steve Shields - remained to fight
for the starting spot. Keough had
backed Sharples the year before,
playing in 24 games (4-2-0
record), but hadn't proved himself
* a n..o marn an tIn th nrtn

Goalie Steve Shields anchors
Michigan's best season in years

Ohio and Shields was unable to
keep them out of the net. He let in
seven goals before Keough finally
replaced him in the third stanza
and the Wolverines suffered their
first loss, 8-3.
When Keough led the squad to
a 7-4 victory over the Falcons the
next night, Shields' future as a
starting Michigan goalie looked
dim. But coach Red Berenson
knew that he needed at least two
goalies with some league
experience, and Shields was put
back between the pipes against
CCHA-basement team Illinois-
Chicago.
He led the Wolverines to a
sweep of UIC, giving up three
goals in the series. After three
weekends of CCHA action, the 6-
2, 200-pound rookie held the best
win record in the league (3-1).

maybe a typical game piye in H
Michigan-Michigan State game,"
Spartan coach Jud Heathcote said.
"A little ragged, but very tough
defensively."
Each team struggled on offense,
but the Wolverines struggled more,
assuring the Spartan victory. Mich-
igan State yielded 21 turnovers,

Ann r or
with causing the scoring difficul-
ties.
"The game turned into a de-
fensive struggle, which never looks
like either team is playing par-
ticularly well," he said.
Michigan's half-court game
rarely materialized, lacking its

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