6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 13, 1995
Botterill, Luhning to
By John Lroi
Daily Sports Writer
OXFORD -Even when you win 8-0, sometimes, you windup losing
a little bit as well.
The Wolverines' roster will be depleted when Michigan hosts Alaska-
Fairbanks Friday night. Left wing Jason Botterill and right wing Warren
Luhning will both miss Michigan's next game, after receiving game
disqualifications for fighting in the Wolverines shutout over Miami
(Ohio) Saturday night. ~
Botterill, who also received a five-minute major for checking-from-
behind Friday night, got the boot at 14:47 of the second period in a melee
that started when Matt Herr was pushed from behind
while standing in the goal crease.5
Luhning hit the showers with just under four
minutes left in the game for pounding Redskin Jeff 'oc)-
Reid after Reid took a slash at his legs.
"I didn't think Botterill's penalty should have been Notebook
called a fighting penalty," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "And Luhning's penalty - that was
a one-punch fight if that was a fight at all. I think the
referee can look at the circumstances. (Luhning) was
being egged on and if you saw Luhning fight before,
you'd know this was not a fight."
Michigan and Miami took a combined 34 penalties in the game. It was
obvious that the game was going to get a little nasty when seven penalties
were called during one stoppage of play.
"You're in an emotional physical game with players that are pretty
frustrated and we ended up taking penalties that cost us good players and
I don't like that," Berenson said.
"I don't think our kids tried to do that, but they're physical players and
when you're on the ice in a game like that you can only take so much."
Michigan loses its top goal-scorer in Botterill, who netted four goals
this weekend for a total of eight on the season. The junior has 36 penalty
minutes in eight games, second only to Luhning's 37. Botterill has gone
to the penalty box at least once in seven of eight games, but he's also
notched a point in seven games.
Luhning, a 6-1, 206-pound giant, has three goals and six assists.
miss Friday's game
With two of the Wolverines' top wings out of action, Berenson will
have to do some lineup shuffling Friday night. Michigan must do without
its two most physical players. Berenson will dress 6-3, 215-pound
freshman Justin Clark, who didn't even make the trip to Oxford, to make
up for the suspensions.
Fellow freshman Dale Rominski, who watched Saturday's game from
the press box, and senior John Arnold should both play against the
Nanooks as well.
"It looks like (Rominski) will be back in the lineup next weekend with
our suspensions," Berenson said.
SUPER SCORING: The 1995-96 Michigan hockey team accomplished
something not many other Wolverine teams have - it outscored the
The skating Wolverines blanked Miami, 8-0, Saturday about six hours
after the Michigan football team kept Purdue off the scoreboard in a 5-0
victory in Ann Arbor.
Both teams earned shutout victories and both had to play in icy, cold
conditions. Granted, the icers were more used to the subfreezing condi-
tions than their gridiron counterparts.
But the hockey players were well aware that they were the more prolific
scoring team Saturday.
"It was pretty funny," Wolverine center Kevin Hilton said. "I roomed
with (Greg) Crozier this weekend and before we left the hotel he said,
'We've got to win by at least five so we can outscore the football team.'
So it was pretty funny how that worked out."
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Five Wolverines and three Redskins caught a
glimpse of their former junior team -the Compuware (Detroit) Ambas-
sadors - when they took on the Miami club team after Friday night's
game and before Saturday's contest.
Michigan's Hilton, Rominski, freshman center Bobby Hayes, sopho-
more defenseman Chris Fox and senior defenseman Mark Sakala all
played for Compuware as well as Miami's Brooke Chateau, David
Smith - both Michigan natives - and Vitali Andreev.
"I would have liked to have seen them play a little more," said Sakala,
who skated with Philadelphia Flyer All-Star Eric Lindros when he
played for the Ambassadors. "I had some good years there. A lot of good
players come off Compuware's team."
Michigan Junior center Mike Legg fights off Miami (Ohio) forward Kevin Adams in the Wolverines' 8-0
victory over the Redskins Saturday. Michigan killed 10 penalties in the game.
Team (Overall Record)
1. Western Michigan (8.2-0)
2. Michigan (7-1-0)
3. Michigan State (7-3-0)
4. Bowling Green (7-1-1)
5. Illinois-Chicago (42-2)
ake Superior State (6-2-0)
7. Alaska-Fairbanks (2-4-1)
8. Notre Dame (2.8-0)
9. Ferris State (3-7-1)
10. Ohio State (3-3-0)
11. Miami (Ohio) (1.6-0)
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and a pretty fun guy to watch as well.
Without No. 9 in uniform, Berenson
loses his most potent weapon.
"He can do things around the net that
no one else can do," Berenson said. "He
,has that mental skill of seeing that your
elite players have and the average player
doesn't. He sees something, makes agreat
play and says, 'What's the big deal?"'
"What's the big deal?" typifies
Morrison. He's the rare player who
make the most violent movement in
hockey, stopping on skates, look as
easy as sliding on a gym floor in stock-
ing feet. He is faster than everyone else
but looks like he's coasting along. And
he finds holes in defenses like change
does in pants pockets.
He isn't the Messier-type, "SCRAPE!
SCRAPE!" skater. He is fluid and grace-
ful, much like the Great One. "He is
definitely the Gretzky-type," Berenson
said. Morrison's blades quietly go "flick,
flick" as he makes people look silly.
Should subduing pain be any differ-
ent than smooth strides? Shouldn't his
health come as easily to him as the
power play? He went through a serious
injury two years ago, suffering through
surgery on his left shoulder. He battled
back. He gets banged up by every goon
who shadows him every night. He
shrugs it off.
Butthis wasdifferent. It wasn'tacrush-
ing hit or a bone-breaking brawl that
caused all of this havoc. It was an eight-
year-old that didn't know how to skate.
Back home in British Columbia dur-
ing the summer, Morrison taught at a
hockey school to earn some money for
the upcoming school year. It was there
that his torture began.
"One day, a kid came up behind me
and tried to stop but couldn't," Morrison
said. "He hit me, and I fell backward. It
hurt, but it didn't swell or anything. I
thought it would just go away."
It didn't. In one of his first few infor-
mal practices with his teammates, he
was bumped again and the injury was
reaggravated. He didn't think much of
it, but Michigan trainer Rick Bancroft
and the team doctors knew better.
Sitting on the taping table in Yost Ice
Arena, Morrison got the news.
"(Bancroft) came in and told me it
would be three to six weeks, and I was
like, 'Oh, God! "'Morrison said. "When
they say that, you think three weeks and
you'll be back, but you know
something's not right. It's tough."
A twinge, and then torture.
Championship seasons aren't sup-
posed to start that way.
Morrison's practices were reduced
to working his knee. Bancroft put him
through light exercises first and then
added weight-bearing drills as
tion improved. His
supportive but, as
Bancroft said, "no
one wants to be
" around someone
Going to rehab
was almost like go-
Morrison ing to the morgue for
treated his situation as if he had a death in
the family - don't mention the pain
unless the person feeling it does.
"He would never talk about it, so we
wouldn't," said Warren Luhning,
Morrison's linemate and housemate.
"You knew it was killing him, and you
didn't need to bring it up."
Except for staying up a little later at
night and being a bit quiet early on,
Morrison tried to stay positive through-
out his ordeal. His teammates and
coaches all describe him as an intelli-
gent, even-keeled person who doesn't
get too high or too low about anything.
His attitude helped him strengthen his
knee and get into good enough shape to
take regular shifts when he returned to the
ice. "He attacked rehab like he attacks
everything else - with intensity,"
Bancroft said. It also allowed him to
retain his important role in the lockerroom
despite his absence elsewhere.
"He's got the respect of his team-
mates to where he can go and give
someone advice," Powers said. "He's a
good, intelligent communicator. He
knows who needs a pat on the back and
when they need it. He knows the play-
ers probably better than the coaches."
Morrison watched every game, home
and away, from the press box and ana-
lyzed the team that was playing without
him. He entertained recruits during
Michigan's 7-2 loss to Western Michi-
gan, having to stay positive while being
embarrassed, and talked hockey with
Powers while the Wolverines dispatched
Maine, 6-3, at the Palace..
He was able to add input like a coach,
Berenson said, but it couldn't compare to
the impact he would have had in uniforin.
"We knew we'd be missingsre-
thing with Brendan hurt," Bereisongsid.
"It's been a challenge for our ttS '
Michigan overcame that obstacle
well, only losing once in six gamesai
winning the emotional rematch with
the highly-touted Black Bears. Evely
player had to step up his play with
Morrison out ofthe lineup, and Bere'son
said that ended up making the Wolvet-
ines a better team.
"The hard part will be getting tny-
one to keep up that level of intemrity,"
Berenson said. "We can't have people
look and say, 'Brendan's back, and I
can relax now."'
If this weekend was any indication,
that shouldn't be a problem.
When the twinge and the torture :vwie
gone, Brendan Morrison was the first
one on the bus. He knew a week ahead
of time exactly when it would leaver
"Five o'clock," he said. "I'll prob-
ably help load it."
He stepped onto the ice at Goggin Ie
Arena in Oxford Friday as if he never
left. He worked out the butterflies like
he worked out the kinks in his knee
earlier, setting up threepowerplaygoals
and taking a step to completing his
toughest task yet.
"The hardest thing for him now will
be to live up to the hype," Berenson
said. "But, that's what great players
have to do."
A championship season might have
begun, and few would be surprised if
that's the way this story ends when the
post-season rolls around in March. Af-
ter all, it's Brendan Morrison we're
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