2B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 27, 1995
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y Alan Goldenbach
aily Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE - Michigan's pen-
alty killing unit has been working at
an 86.8 percent clip. A key reason for
% success has been the work of John
Mdden who has been keeping the
puck out of the Michigan zone by
putting it into the opposition's net.
Madden's shorthanded goal in the
third period of Michigan's win over
Wisconsin was his third of the season
- tops on the team. He is tied with
Notre Dame's Jamie Ling for tops in
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Last season, the
junior from Barrie,
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No SHOTS, NO
was outshot in the
first period in its
loss to Minnesota
Saturday, 10-9. So
The Michigan hockey team defeated Wisconsin and lost to Minnesota at the College Hockey Showcase for the second year in a row.
what's the big deal? -
The big deal is that it was only the
second time that the Wolverines were
outshot in a period all season, break-
ing a string of 28 consecutive periods
of Michigan dominance.
The first time was in the second
period of the Wolverines' other loss
- a 7-2 defeat Oct. 20 to No. 8 West-
ern Michigan - when the Broncos
had 13 shots on goal to Michigan's
The Wolverines were also outscored
in the second period against Minne-
sota, 2-0. Excluding the loss to West-
ern Michigan, the only other time that
happened was in Michigan's 5-4
.come-from-behind victory over Mi-
-ami (Ohio) Nov. 10. In the second
period of that game, Miami took a 4-
2 lead by outscoring the Wolverines,
GOON SQUAD?: Michigan unchar-
acteristically took a lot of penalties in
.the two games this weekend - 14 in
Those 28 penalties were the most
-taken by the Michigan in any week-
end series this season, and the 14 trips
to the penalty box were the second-
highest total of any single game. Eigh-
teen Wolverines were escorted off the
ice by referee John Edwards in
Michigan's 8-0 win over Miami Nov.
"We're not a team that tries to take
a lot of penalties," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said.
"The end of the first period (against
Wisconsin) was the kind of game we
didn't want to get into with all the
penalties and maybe getting back on
our heels and giving up a power play
THANKSGIVING FOR ALL: With all
four Showcase teams - Michigan,
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan
State -arriving in MilwaukeeThurs-
day, the players and coaches all had
Thanksgiving dinner together at their
Even though it wasn't a holiday for
nine Wolverines, who are Canadian,
it still was a good time for all.
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By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE - The Michigan hockey
team found that giving 110 percent isn't always
the best way to go.
After handily beating Wisconsin, 7-3, Friday,
in a very emotional and high-strung battle, the
No.3 Wolverines (10-2 overall) came out unin-
spired and somewhat flat Saturday as they fell to
No. 5 Minnesota, 3-2, in the College Hockey
This marked the third time in as many appear-
ances in the Showcase that Michigan came
away from the Thanksgiving weekend twinbill
with a split.
Many people had suspected that Michigan
would come in looking past the Badgers (2-9-1)
and toward a Golden Gopher squad (10-3-1)
that compared very favorably to the Wolverines
But Michigan coach Red Berenson felt his
team's attitude may have been the opposite.
"We might have been too excited about play-
ing against Wisconsin," Berenson said. "Some
people said that we were looking past Wiscon-
sin, but maybe we looked past Minnesota."
The Wolverines expected Wisconsin to come
out with a physical style of play, and the Badgers
didn't disappoint. Wisconsin came out looking
to initiate contact and got it right off the bat as
Michigan's Warren Luhning and the Badger's
Shawn Carter received slashing penalties only
six seconds in.
As each team was fighting to establish itself
as the more physical of the two, Michigan was
able to sneak three markers past Wisconsin
goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck.
Greg Crozier put the Wolverines on the board
at 6:30 of the first, coming off of a two-on-one
Sean Ritchlin scored his first collegiate goal
at 8:54 with a tip-in of a Jason Botterill pass as
the final seconds of the Wolverines' second
power play ticked away.
Kevin Hilton made it 3-0 with a rebound of
his redirection ofa Harold Schock shot at 11:56.
Less than six minutes later, Wisconsin got on
the board with a shorthanded tally. Darrin Haley
intercepted a Michigan clearing attempt along
the boards, spun around Wolverine defenseman
Bubba Berenzweig and sent a pass between his
legs to Joe Bianchi in the slot. He deked Michi-
gan goaltender Marty Turco and slid the puck
around him into the net.
The hard-hitting and slow-paced play contin-
ued throughout the period and culminated with
a sequence at the 18:44 mark.
Hilton rushed the Badger net following up a
shot and ran into Daubenspeck. Only 42 sec-
onds earlier, Luhning received a penalty for
running into the Wisconsin netminder. The sec-
ond collision set off some fireworks, as each
Wolverine on the ice squared off with a Badger.
The most notable pair was Botterill and
Wisconsin's MikeStrobel. They scuffledbriefly,
but neither dropped their gloves.
Referees Greg Shepard and Jerry Krieger
saw otherwise, though, and ejected the two for
fighting. This was Botterill's second such dis-
qualification, and it resulted in a two-game
suspension that he began serving Saturday.
"(Botterill) may have been ourbest left winger
in the game," Berenson said, "and losing him
really hurt us."
Wisconsin seemed to feed off ofthe emotion
immediately. Sixteen seconds later, Mickey
Elick fired a slap shot that Turco juggled before
it floated over his left shoulder.
Berenson knew histeam was on the defensive
late in the period and was fortunate to reach the
intermission still ahead.
"One good thing was that the period ended,"
Berenson said. "We had time to regroup in
It seemed as if both teams regrouped, as the
style of play changed after the first 20 minutes.
There were only five penalties called the rest of
the way, compared to 21 in the first period.
Michigan got the key goal of the game only
2:26 into the second as Matt Herr poked in the
rebound of Mike Legg's semi-breakaway. With
Daubenspeck on his stomach, Herr lifted the
puck over the fallen goalie.
Crozier followed with his second of the game
at 9:57, picking up a rebound on the goal line
that initially hit the post and trickled behind the
den scored his third shorthanded goal of the
Wisconsin got its third and final goal from
Mark Smith at 13:24 as he caught Turco out of
position and knocked the puck in from the slot.
Brendan Morrison closed out the scoring at
16:40 taking a feed from Madden and flipping it
over the shoulder of Daubenspeck.
"Our team settled down in the second period
and played more consistent hockey and got back
in the driver's seat," Berenson said.
However, the Wolverines seemed to lose the
keys to the car Saturday.
Once again, there were a lot of stoppages of
play and neither Michigan nor Minnesota were
completing their characteristically crisp passes.
Nonetheless, the Wolverines were the first to
get on the scoreboard as Madden fired a wrist shot
from 10 feet out that beat Minnesota goalie Steve
DeBus between the legs.
The Gophers scored twice in the second to take
the lead for good. Mike Anderson picked up a
loose puck deep in the Michigan zone and scored
off his own rebound at 6:26 as Turco couldn't
corral the free puck.
Casey Hankinson followed at the 13:42 mark
with aredirectionofa Wyatt Smith pass in the slot
that got past an out-of-position Turco.
The third period offered more of the same as
the second- heavy neutral-zone play from two
At the 7:38 mark, Brian Bonin scored on a
four-on-four situation, five seconds after a Blake
Sloan penalty ended a Michigan power play.
Crozier missed a chance to get the Wolverines
back into the game about 11 minutes into the
period, as he was stopped on a breakaway by a
Hilton gave Michigan a glimmer of hope with
a superb effort at 18:50, as he skated around
defenseman Darsebil, got DeBus on his back
and slid the puck around the outstretched goalie
to make it a one-goal game.
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By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE - It is hard to say who is at fault here, but it
really does not matter. Michigan must understand that it cannot
keep losing its top left winger to the indifferent blow of a
In the first period of Friday night's game with Wisconsin, for
the second time in three weeks, Jason Botterill received a garhe
disqualification for fighting. It was just the usual "'m-
protecting-my-goalie" scuffle as common to hockey as cold
feet, but two major parties could not agree on just how serious
Botterill's coach said it was not a
oce The referees said it was.
So Botterill sits.
"We're very, very disappointed in the
judgement that the officials used to call
Jason Botterill's incident a fighting
major," Michigan coach Red Berenson
h.said. "I don't know if they appreciate the
implications that throwing someone out
for fighting has on him, on the team, and
even the game."
The implications are immense.
For Botterill personally, he had to miss two-thirds of
Friday's game and all of Saturday's game, and he must sit out
tomorrow night at Michigan State. In addition, his parents
made the trip to Milwaukee from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and
didn't get to see him skate more than a few shifts.
The team lost one of its best players. Botterill led the
Wolverines in goals (nine) and game-winning goals (four)
entering the weekend -things they could have used in their 3-
2 loss to No. 5 Minnesota Saturday. His presence gives them a
lot of muscle and talent up front, and his absence, at times,
leaves them as if they had a missing appendage.
The games were greatly affected. Michigan scored on the
power play at 8:54 of the first period
Friday, with Botterill getting an assist.
Ten minutes later, Botterill was tossed.
The Wolverines ended up scoring only
one more power play goal in the College
Hockey Showcase, even though they had
16 total chances.
But the officials could not cae less.
"The referees here don't know that,
and the referees (in the CCHA) better nt
think about it," CCHA Director of
Botterill Officials Dave Fisher said. "We can't
make the choices. We have to enforce
So that is what it comes down to - rules and interpretations.
The NCAA says that if a player throws a punch, he must be
given a fighting major and a game disqualification. But what is
a punch? What is the difference between a wrestling match and
fisticuffs? When does a player deserve a two-minute minor and
when should he get a five-minute major, a game disqualifica-
tion and an automatic suspension?
"It has to come from the shoulder and had to be delivered as
a punch," Fisher said. "There is a fine line on whether it is or it
Berenson feels Botterill has not crossed it yet, though he
has been nailed with three games worth of suspensions this
"He's been thrown out twice this year, and he still asn't
thrown a punch," Berenson said. "He did everything to not
fight (Friday), he let his hands dangleHe was ready to take a
punch if that's what it took - and yet, they still called it
fighting. I feel bad for Jason Botterill. All I can tell him is that
it was a poor call."
Whether it was a fight or not, Berenson cannot afford to tell
Botterill that. Botterill, though a junior, is 13th in all-time
penalty minutes at Michigan with 261 going into the weekend.
Talented as he is, he can be a hothead, and he may become a
target for referees and opposing players alike.
"Maybe (Berenson) better take a look at his guys," Fisher
said. "Maybe he should tell them to slack off a little bit. They
need to have a little respect for the officials, so the officials- will
have a little respect for the players."
Fisher, probably like some the referees that work for him,
doesn't like the one-punch rule personally, but that has
nothing to do with what he does professionally. He can't
change what is happening to players like Botterill this
"Maybe the NCAA is going a little bit overboard and is
making the situation tougher on everybody," Fisher said.
"There's not that much trouble with fighting in college hockey.
Personally, I don't like the rule. I think you have to have a fight
to get somebody thrown out. But it's our job to call it, so we
So Botterill sits.
The next time he gets thrown out, he will sit for three games.
The next time, it will be four. And it will go on and on if he is
The referees cannot and will not budge. Botterill must - he
is too valuable to Michigan not to. If Botterill wants to help his
team, he had better walk away from trouble and walk away
gan put the
game out of
reach at the
of the third
MICHIGAN 71 WISCONSIN 3
Michigan 3 2 2-7
FistPed-1, M rze, 7 (LuhningScoc)
6:30. 2, UM, R itchin 1 (BotterRl, Morrson), 8:64
(pp), 3, Hiton 5(;Schocli, Botteiill), 11:56.4, UW,
Bianchi 12(Hale, Elick),17:42 (sh). 5, UW, Elick 3
(Williams, Raygor), 19:00 (pp 43). Penalties -
Luhning, UM (slashing), 0:06; Carter, UW (slashing),
0:06; Halko, UM (interference), 3:25; Carter, UW
(high-sticking), 6:59; Morrison. UM (roughing), 12:57;
Strobel, UW (roughing), 12:57; Enrico, UJW (holding).
17:32; Luhnng, UM (running into goalkeeper), 18:02;
Strobel, (UW major-game dq (fighting). 18:44; Botterill,
UM major-game dq (fighting), 18:44; Frescoln, UM
double minor (roughing), 18:44; Sloan, UM double
minor (roughing), 18:44; Hilton, UM (checking the
goalkeeper), 18:44; Sabo, UW double minor
(roughing), 18:44; Peterson, UW double minor
Second Period - 6, UM, Herr 3 (Legg, Halko), 2:26.
7, UIM, Crozier 8 (Hilton, Frescoin), 9:57. Penalty -
Williams, UW (high-sticking), 16:53.
Third Period -8. UM, Madden 4 (unassisted), 9:59
(sh). 9, UW, Smith 1 (Bradley), 13:24 . 10, UIM
Morrison 5 (Madden). Penalties - Peterson. UW
(cross-checking), 2:29; Sanderson, UW (holding),
4:33: Schock,IM (interference), 9:20; Sabo, UW
Shots on goal - UM 15-12-835. AF 13-4-7-24.
Power plays - UM 1 of 6; UW 1 of 3.
Goalie saves - UM, Turco 11-4-6-21. UW,
Referees- Greg Shepard, Jerry Krieger.
unesman - Joe Romano.
At: The Bradley Center.
Team (Overall Record)
1. Western Michigan (11-2-0)
2. Michigan (10.-2-0)
3. Michigan tate (10-4-0)
4. Bow lng Gee <9-24)
5. Lake Sipeior (9-3-0
6. llinois-Chicago (5-5-2)
7. Notre Dame (3-9-0)
8 Ferris State (4-8-1)
9. Alask a-Fairbank s (2-9-1)
10. Ohjo State (3-6-0)
11. Miami (Ohio) (2-9-0)
MINNESOTA 3, MICHIGAN 2
Michigan 1 0 1-2
Minnesota 0 2 1-3
First Period - 1, UM, Madden 5 (Morrison, Legg),
17:38 (pp). Penalties - Dustin, MINN (high-sticking),
3:03; Larson, MINN (roughing), 7:08; Luhning, UM
(roughing), 7:08; Zwaknan, MINN (tripping), 7:25;
Muckalt tIM (hooking), 8:37; Morrison 5-minute
major (checking from behind), 11:30; Kraft, MINN
(interference), 16:18; Brink, MINN (holding), 18:13.
Second Period -2, MINN, Anderson 2 (Bertogliat),
6:26. 3, MINN, Hankinson 6 (Smith, Brink), 13:42.
Penalties - Anderson, MINN (hooking), 1:48;
Bertogliat, MINN (roughing), 10:48; Ritchlin, UM
(roughing), 10:48; Wasley, MINN (roughing), 10:48;
Anderson, MINN (slashing), 15:45; Morrison, UM
Third Period - 4, MINN, Bonin 10 (Rasmussen),
7:38. 5, UM, Hilton 6 (unassisted), 18:50. Penalties
- Anderson, MINN (check from behind), 3:31;
Wasley, MINN (roughing). 5:59; Sloan,d)M (tripping).
7:33; Luhning, UM (check from behind), 11:52:
Schock, UM (roughing), 14:06; Anderson, MINN
(roughing). 14:06; Anderson, M INN (high-sticking),
14:06: Madden. UM (slashing), 20:00; Berg, MINN
Shots on goal - UM 9-14-8-31. MINN 10-5-6-21.
Power plays - UM 1 of 10; MINN 0 of 5.
Goalie saves - UM, Turco 10-4-4-18, MINN, DeBus
Referees- Greg Shepard, Jerry Krieger.
Unesman - Joe Romano.
At: The Bradley Center.
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