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(% - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 20, 1995

A.

Muckalt stars before parents

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Writer
Bill Muckalthadnot seenhis parents in
along, long time.
But that is what happens when you live
almost 3,000 miles away.
The sophomore's parents were in Ann
Arbor for the first time this Friday for
Parents Weekend. And Muckalt didn't
disappoint.
He had a hand in all but two of the
Wolverines' goals Friday, notching four
assists -three on the power play. Satur-
day, he assisted on two of Michigan's
four goals.
"Brendan (Morrison) and Kevin
(Hilton) made so,-'e great shots and I was
just fortunate to get te puck to them,"
Muckalt said. "I was a little anxious when
I stepped on the ice. I'm not used to
having my parents in the stands."
While most college students are used to
occasional parental visitsthatincludestock-
ingupon food and going outto dinner,a lot
of hockey players don't get to see their
parents except for the semester break.
But the hockey program sets up a
weekend every year when relatives are
invited to Ann Arbor. Parents were in-
troduced with their sons before Friday
night's game. There was even a ban-
quet Friday evening for all players, rela-
tilves and coaches. The weekend is a
welcomed event for Michigan's eight
Canadian players.

....

Muckalt, for one, lives in Williams
Lake, British Columbia-a city in the far
northofCanada's westernmost province.
In fact, Williams Lake iscloserto Alaska-
Fairbanks-this weekend's opponent-
than it is to Michigan.
"We're so faraway, we don't get to see
Bill too much," said Al Bush, Muckalt's
step-father. "But we're very happy with
his decision to attend Michigan. We've
never had any regrets."
Muckalt did a lot to impress his par-
ents. His six assists put him over50points
for his career-quite a statistic for some-
one just eight games into his sophomore
season. He also brought himself within
one point ofthe Wolverines'scoring lead
with 17 points.
"I though Billy played well," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "He could have
scored two or three goals tonight, but he
did some good things with the puck.
"I think he was probably a little ner-
vous out there."
The right wing was a unanimous pick
to the CCHA All-Rookie team after fin-
ishing seventh on the team in scoring with
37 points, including a 13-game scoring
streak from December through February.
The Vancouver Canucks used their ninth
pick in the 1994 draft to acquire the rights
to Muckalt.
On a team with a lot of scorers,
Muckalt almost blends into the back-
ground. But Friday, his four assists

brought him to the forefront. He drew
cheers from a crowd of 7,013 and was
named the first star of the night.
"We're real proud ofBill,"his mother,
Lynne Bush said. "We don't get to see
him play often."
The coaching staff does what it can to
support parents with empty nest syn-
drome. The Bush's receive game tapes
and press clippings to keep updated on
Muckalt's season. But sometimes, even
that's not enough.
"We talk on the phone almost every
night," Muckalt said. "I think we single-
handidly keep Canada AT&T in business."
Warren Luhning, who hails from
Calgary, Alberta got his first chance to
see his motherthis season as well. Luhning
scored Michigan's first two goals Satur-
day, but had to sit out Friday night's game
because of a game disqualification last
week at Miami (Ohio).
"I sat in the stands and watched the
game with my mom," Luhning said. "It
was kind of weird - she yells a lot."
Marty Turco's father, Vince, who made
the trip from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to
see his son facejust six shots intwoperiods
Friday, won $348 in the Dekers Club 50-
50 raffle. The crowd let out a gigantic roar
when Turco's name was announced dur-
ing the third period Saturday.
"I got quite a cheer out of it," Marty
said. "I guess he owes me some money
now."

W ALKE R VA N /Da Iy
Michigan goalie Marty Turco turned aside 17 shots Saturday and faced only 23 in the weekend series.
Nanooks can't shoot by M defense

NOPPORN KICHANANTHA/Daily

- NOPPORN KCHANANTHA/Daily
chlgan center John Madden and the rest of the Wolverines limited the Nanooks to 29 total shots on goal this weekend.
Michigan team of the night before was goals, notched the lone goal, with as-
basically nonexistent. The two teams sists coming from Dallas Ferguson and
ntInued from Page lB accumulated a total of 23 penalties Sean Fraser.
which interrupted the continuity of the "I expected Michigan to be good, and
tming the first player in the CCHA game. Despite their 4-0 early second- they were," Fairbanks coach Dave
4his seasontopickup five-points against period lead, the Wolverines were not Laurion said. "They're a solid hockey
a non-Canadian team. Morrison was nearly as sharp as they were Friday club. We knew we had to play our best,
mamed the CCHA Offensive Player of night. and we didn't."
Ibhe Week, "ltwaskindofanuglygame,"Berenson
. "I just wanted to play well and work saidSaturdaynight."ltwas agame where
hard and fortunately things worked out we couldn't get a flow going. The five- MICHIGAN 6, ALK.-FAIRBANKS 1
for me," Morrison said. on-five hockey never seemed to get go- ian 2 31-
Fairbanks had difficulty generat- ing. In terms of our team having and First Period -1, UM, Hilton 3 (Morrison, Muckalt),
ing offense and setting up quality scor- playingaconvincinggametonight,Idon't 1pp)2UMHi ton4 Moson319
ing opportunities. Its lone goal came know if we did that." Schachie, AF (interference), 5:51; Scott. AF
at 10:49 of the third period courtesy Luhning scored the first two goals of (tripping), 9:02; Schock, UM (high-sticking), 10:37;
Epp. AF (holding), 12:51; Ferguson, AF (interference),
of center Jeff Trembecky, who was the game, both coming on the power 19:24.
assisted by defenseman Mark Cotter play. The first goal was scored on a S Pd U orron1(Muckal,
waYcrdo Madden), 0:37 (pp). 4, UM, Legg 2 (Madden, Sloan),
,and right wing Greg Milles. five-on-three. The puck seemed to cling 6:53. 5, UMMorrison 2 (Muckalt, Crozier), 7:06.
"I liked our intensity (tonight) in the to each player's stick like a magnet as PaenldFslasin, 11:14;hMaddn,1UM
first two periods," Berenson said Fri- all five Wolverines touched it in the (hooking), 16:49.
day night. "For the most part I thought sequence leading up to the goal. Hilton ThIrd Pe riod n6, F. tmbey2(tter4Mil)
we played well. passed to Botterill, who flicked a quick Penalties-- Bowtell, AF (cross-checking), 1:05;
"Then there were arts of the game passto Luhning, who dumped the puck Mles, AF (boarding), 5:15; Morrison, UM (hooking),
"Telhrewr art fth ae pas 6:22: Fraser, AF (slashing), 17:16; MacFarlane, AF
where I thought we got a little sloppy. I past Moberg's stick side. (roughing), 19:14; Miles, AF (roughing), 19:14;
thought in the third period, (the The Wolverines scored two more Madden. UM (roughing).619:14.
Shots on goal - UM 14.1-16.4$. AF 4-2-6-12.
Nanooks) started to get their legs and power play goals, both in the second Power plays - UM 4 of 9; AF 0 of 5.
started to get a taste that they can play stanza. Fairbanks dumped in its only Gsa F U M ,berg 12-rx-17, Perins aixx-x120
with us." goal on a four-on-three man-advantage Referee - Mark Shegos.
Luhnins and Botterill returned to at 6:03of thesecond.ICodyBowtelthe As" e Arena. : 73onCne.
action in Saturday night's game,butthe Nanooks' leading scorer with seven

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
and Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writers
Do you think Marty Turco gets
bored sometimes?
Five times this season, including
the last three games, the Michigan
netminder has faced less than 17 shots.
In six different periods this year, Turco
has seen less than three.
Although all five of the games have
been Wolverine victories, you have
to wonder if Turco ever loses focus
when a long time passes between
shots.
For example, in Friday's 6-1 Michi-
gan win, Alaska-Fairbanks went more
than 11 1/2 minutes into the game
before getting its first shot on goal.
In the second period, it was even
longer. The Nanooks took over 15
minutes to get Turco to use his pads.
Turco credits both the Michigan
offensive and defensive units for his
lack of action.
"You've got to come to expect (a
low number of shots on goal) with the
kind of defensive system that we em-
ploy," Turco said.
"We're obviously one of the supe-
rior teams in the league offensively.
But this year, our main priority was to
improve our defense and lower our
goals against."
That doesn't mean that Turco is
thrilled with watching the play from a
distance.
MICHIGAN 4, ALK.-FAIRBANKS 1
Alk-Fairbanks 0 1 0-1
Michigan 1 3 0-4
First Period - 1, UM. Luhning 4 (Botterill Hilton)
14:58 (pp 503). Penalties - Luhning, UM (hooking),
9:58: Oakenfold. AF (holding the stick) 1356; Epp
AF (tripping), 14:48: Oakenfold, AF (high-sticking),
19:49.
Second Period - 2, UM, Luhning 5 (Hilton,
Muckalt), 0:23 (pp). 3, UM, Morrison 4 (Hilton,
Muckalt), 1:52 (pp). 4, UM, Botterill 9 (Hilton), 4:45.
5, AF, Bowtell 7 (Ferguson, Fraser), 6:03 (pp 4x3).
Penalties - MacFarlane, AF (tripping), 1:32; Scott,
AF (checking from behind), 2:37; Schock, UM
(interference), 5:10: Halko, UM (high-sticking), 5:25;
Williams, AF (holding)U 5:34; Kirwan, AF (hooking),
9:02; Schwark, AF (cross-checking), 13:19; Botterill,
UM (high-sticking), 14:15; Epp, AF (holding), 14:40.
Third Period - Penalties - Epp, AF (holding the
stick), 3:50; Herr, UM (roughing), 6:32: Fraser, AF
(roughing), 6:32; Herr, UM (roughing), 9:27; Drygas,
AF (roughing), 9:27; Sakala, UM (elbowing), 10:11;
Sakala, UM (interference), 12:58; Drygas, AF
(roughing), 19:13; Morrison, UM (roughing), 19:13;
Botterill, UM (roughing) 10-minute game misconduct,
20:00.
Shots on goal - UM 13-19-19-51. AF 10-4-3-17.
Power plays - UM 3 of 10; AF 1 of 6.
Goalie saves - UM, Turco 10-3-3-16, AF, Mullin
12-16-19--47
Referee - Steve Piotrowski.
linesmen - David Kronenberg, SteveMcInchak.
At: Yost Ice Arena, A: 7,215.

"I expect it some nights, but I'm
always ready," Turco said. "Some-
times you get cold and you want ac-
tion, but youjust have to bear with it."
However, because of the small num-
ber of shots that Turco faces, the
chances of letting in goals is signifi-
cantly lower. So much lower that Cody
Bowtell's goal Saturday ended the
goaltender's shutout streak at 123 min-

nine seconds into the man-advantage
at 9:11 of the first period. The follow-
ing night, the first of Warren
Luhning's two tallies with the Wol-
verines a man up, came just 10 sec-
onds into the power play.
Michigan has scored six times this
season within ten seconds of the start
ofa power play. The fastest score was
by Jason Botterill in the Wolverines'
5-4 win over Miami. Botterill lit the
red light only six seconds in.
MAD STREAKERS: With Michigan's
victories this weekend, the Wolver-
ines ran their winning streak to eight

ockeY
Notebook

utes and 27 sec-
onds.
NO TIME LIKE THE
PRESENT: The
Michigan power
play unit wasted no
time getting the job
done this weekend.
Kevin Hilton
opened the scoring
Friday with a
power-play goal

- their longest since the 1993-94
campaign when Michigan won11 in a
row.
During the 1990-91 season, the
Wolverines won a school-record 15
straight, but followed it up by win-
ning only seven of their final 12 games
to finish second in the CCHA..
Michigan has also experiencedwin-
ning streaks of 12 games in both 1976-
77 and 1963-64 - the year of the last
Wolverine national champienship
team.
SIGN OF THE TIMEs: Andrew
Merrick, a highly-touted forward
from Sarnia, Ontario, has signed. a
letter of intent to play for the Wolver-
ines next season, Michigan coach Red
Berenson said Saturday.
"We're very excited about-him,"
Berenson said. "He is an excellent
skater and will give us a lot of-speed
up front."
Merrick can play either center, r
wing and is expected to help fill the
gaps that will be made by the gradua-
tions of forwards Hilton and -John
Arnold. He is presently deve aping
his talent by playing junior hockey in
Canada.
Merrick received Michigan's first
scholarship offer of the recruiting sea-
son and is the only player committed
to the Wolverines' 1996-97 class thus
far.
No other players are expected to
sign with Michigan in the nearfuture,

Berenson said.

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CCHA Standings:
Team (overall record)
1. Western Michigan (10-20)
2. Michigan (9-1-0)
3. Michigan State (9-3-0)
4. Lake Superior State (840)
5. Bowling Green (8-2-1)
6. Ferris State (4-81)
7, Illinois At Chlcago (4.4.2)
8. Alaska Fairbanks (2-6"1)
9. Notre Dame (2-8-0)
10. Ohio State (3-5-0)
11. Miami (Ohio) (1-8-0)

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Parker scouts at Yost, thinks of his injured player in Boston

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
Difficult as it may be, Jack Parker has
work to do.
While freshman Travis Roy lies para-
lyzed in a hospital bed, the Boston Uni-
versity coach must direct his Terriers,
scout for his U.S. junior national team
and try to cope with it all.
"It's been a very tough situation for all
ofus," said Parker, who took in Michigan's
4-1 win over Alaska Fairbanks at Yost Ice
Arena Saturday night. "You don't know

how to react to something like this."
Parker has been to see Roy every day he
has been in Boston, butthe demands ofhis
job sometimes force him on the road.
This weekend, with Boston University
off, he took some time to travel to Ann
Arbor, East Lansing and Detroit to look at
players forthe U.S. JuniorNational Team
he will coach in December and January.
Michigan's Matt Herr has already
been named to the squad, and Sean
Ritchlin and Bubba Berenzweig are
strong candidates.

"Ritchlin has been having sometrouble
adjusting. I understand, but (Berenson)
told me he's been playing better lately,"
Parker said. "Berenzweig has been do-
ing well since he got here. Both of them
are very good, but we'll have to see."
Herr- who has a picture on his wall of
the U.S. "Miracle on Ice" gold-medal win
at the Olympics in 1980 - has always
dreamed of representing his country.
"Iplayedforanunder-16national team,
but that was nothing compared to this,"
Herr said. "I'm very anxious to go."
He will join a long list of Wolverines
to do so when the World Junior Champi-
onships start Dec. 26 in Massachusetts.
Among current Michigan players, Jason
Botterill, Kevin Hilton and Blake Sloan
have all experienced the tournament.
"It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of
good guys," Sloan said. "I went to
Czechoslovakia and we got killed, but
it was definitely worthwhile."

Parker can't worry about such per-
sonal rivalries. As excited as he is about
his chance to coach the U.S., his mind is
on Roy's plight and Boston University's
reaction to it.
His top-ranked Terriers are handling
everything well on the ice. Parker said
they are playing hard and focused but,
when the games end, that concentration
can fade into confusion.
"It's kind of weird," Parker said.
"After they win a big game they're not
sure how to enjoy it."
Roy was paralyzed from the neck
down when he went into the boards
head-first in his first collegiate gane
last month. His words to his father as he
lay on the ice - "I'm in big trouble,
Dad"-were replayed across the coun-
try and drew an outpouring of support.
The Michigan hockey "Dekers"club
conducted a 50-50 raffle during this
weekend's games against the Nanooks

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