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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 30, 1995

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Wolverines' victory over Maine
could be part of a major rivalry

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
Last Thursday's hockey game be-
tween Michigan and Maine at the Pal-
ace of Auburn Hills was the Wolver-
ines' first victory over the Black Bears
in five years. ~
Michigan had not beaten Maine since
the 1990 Great Lakes Invitational Tour-
nament. The Black Bears fell to the
'Wolverines. 3-1, in the championship

game.
Since then,
Michigan and
Maine have devel-
opedabitofamini-
rivalry, spanning
just two games. The
-Wolverines lost
those two games in
overtime. Both
were by the same
score and in the
NCAA semifinals.

Notebook

Botterill leads all goal scoring with
four while Hilton and Madden have
three apiece. Madden's three came on
a hat trick last season against CCHA
opponent Notre Dame.
On Thursday, Botterill added one
-more goal to his list after a late second
period score assisted by Steven
Halko. Madden dumped in another
goal plus an assist, both coming in the
third. Hilton did not add to his total.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: The heart of the
Maine defense starts with its two
goaltenders, who happen to be mirror
images of one another.
Both goalies hail from British Co-
lumbia, both are seniors and both are
named Blair.
Starting goaltender Blair Allison
set a Maine record with 32 wins and
was named a first team All-America
last season.
Backup Blair Marsh entered this
season with a shutout string of 119:23,
which dated back to the end of the
1993-94 season.
Marsh did not see action in the
Black Bears' two games before the
game at the Palace. Allison played all
120 minutes in Maine's first two
games and owned a 4.00 goals-against
average and 43 saves.
Allison was pulled at 7:13 of the third
period in Thursday's game after giving
up six goals, including one short-handed
and one power play goal. Allison and
Marsh combined for 17 saves.
Scoring binge: With three goals
thus far, defenseman Blake Sloan has
already eclipsed his career-best total
for a season. The Moton Grove, Ill.
native netted two goals in each of his
first two seasons.

PENALTIEs: Michigan has faced prob-
lems with its power play conversions
early into the season. Over four games,
the Wolverines converted only 12 per-
cent of its power play opportunities (3
of 25), last in the CCHA. Last season,
they scored on 29.3% of their man-
advantages.
WOLVERINE FIRSTS: Halko, Mad-
den and Warren Luhning notched
their first goals of the season Thurs-
day, while left wing Justin Clark
saw his first action as a Wolverine.
WMEB College Hockey
Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
Ranking Points
1. Boston University (9) 108
2. Colorado College (2) 99
3. Michigan 84
4. Lake Superior State 71
5. Maine 67
6. Minnesota 49
7. Bowling Green 38
8. Vermont 33
9. Denver 29
10. New Hampshire 13
Other teams receiving votes: j
Brown 5, North Dakota 3,
Wisconsin 1, Minnesota-Duluth 1,
Harvard 1, Colgate 1, Michigan
State 1, Western Michigan 1

In 1993, Maine beat the Wolver-
"ines, 4-3, before capturing the NCAA
title. Last season, the Black Bears
beat Michigan by the same score in
triple-overtime, the longest game in
NCAA tournament history. Maine
then fell to Boston University in the
- finals.
In last Thursday's 6-3 win over the
Black Bears, the Wolverines evened
the series at two wins apiece.
"College hockey needs more games
like this," Maine coach Shawn Walsh
said. "(Michigan) is going to be a
good team this season."
KINGS OF THE PALACE: Jason
Botterill, John Madden and Kevin
Hilton lead all current Wolverines in
goals scored at the Palace.
CCHA scores
Thursday and Friday's games
Lake Superior State 4, Michigan State 1.
Michigan 6, Maine 3
Ferris State 7, Alaska-Fairbanks 2
Ohio State 6, Illinois-Chicago 2
Boston College 7, Notre Dame 5
Western Michigan 4, Providence 1
Bowling Green 3, Rensselaer 2
Saturday's games
Lake Superior State 4, Alaska-Fairbanks:
Michigan State 6, Ferris State 3
Illinois-Chicago 3, Ohio State 2
Providence 5, Western Michigan 4 (OT)
Bowling Green 6, Rensselaer 4

MARK FRIEOMAJI/Daily
Michigan netminder Marty Turco saved 37 shots in the 6-3 victory over Maine last Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills
Michigans Turcoo grows ito more
tha just a fonidable opponent

3

CCHA Standings

Team
1. Lake Superior State
2. Michigan State
3. A laska-Fairbanks
4. Bowling Green
5. Ferris State
Illinois-Chicago
Michigan
Ohio State
Western Michigan
10. Notre Dame
11. Miami (Ohio)

Conference
2-0-0
2-2-0
2-3-0
1-0-0
1-1-0
1-1-0
1-1-0
1-1-0
1-1.0
1-2-0
0-1-0

Overall
4-0-0
3-3-0
2-4-1
5-0-0
3-4-0
2-1-1
3-1-0
3-1-0
4-2-0
1-4-0
1-2-0

Points
4
4
4
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
0

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Writer
If there was one difference between
Michigan's 6-3 win over Maine Thurs-
day night at the Palace, it was the added
experience of Marty Turco.
With all the talk of the revenge floating
around Ann Arbor
and the rhetoric of
this game being a
barometer from
both coaching
staffs,itwasTurco
who had the most
to prove.
Not to his
coaches, not to his
critics, but to him-
self. The Wolver-
ine goalie is only a sophomore, not even
old enough to buy himself a beer. And he
already feels the weight of the Wolver-

ines' national championship hopes rest-
ing on his slight shoulders.
But he has some help. The defensemen
are solid, doing a good job limiting oppo-
nents chances and adding some scoring
punch.
The Wolverines played with a little
extra emotion Thursday night and every-
one wearing the block 'M' on their chest
looked good. The offense scored on a
first-team All-American goalie, Blair
Allison, six times.
But make no mistake. Turco was the
difference in this game.
"Allison and Marty both played so well
last year," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "You have to play good in goal
every game, but he knew he'd really have
to play well today and he did."
The first thing Maine coach Shawn
Walsh said after the game had the words
"Turco" and "impressive" in the same

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sentence.
Turco stopped 37 shots against the
Black Bears' high-scoring offense, shut-
ting down three twenty goal-scorers of a
year ago. He allowed just three goals -
two coming on uncontested slapshots that
even Mike Liut, the Michigan goaltender
coach and former NHL All-Star, prob-
ably couldn't have done much better on.
Meanwhile, Maine netminder Allison
faced 20 shots and stopped oly 14 of
them. Walsh even pulled Allison after
Michigan's sixth goal ofthenightin favor
of Blair Marsh.
No one can blame Maine's loss on
Allison though. He faced too many qual-
ity scoring opportunities. But there was a
difference between goaltenders.At wasn't
so much that Allison played po rly,itwas
simply that Turco played phenomienally.
It was Allison, the team capffain, who
last year won the goaltending battle. He
made 47 saves against the Wolverines
and then turned aside 33 shots in a loss to
Boston University in the championship
game. Rarely is a losing goaltendeiriaied
to the All-Tournament team, but with 80
saves in two games, Allison is a little
tough to overlook.
All week, Turco was looking forward
to facing-off against Allison again. Last
year, Allison got most of the ceditor
Maine's win-something Turco 'wanted.
"The thing I look forward tb inost is
playing against Allison agaii,'" Turco
said last week. "I don't know ifyou'd call
it friendly, but its a rivalry."
After last year's triple-overtime sea-
son-ending loss to the Black Bears, most
Michigan players saidthey put revenge in
the back of their minds. But Turco wasn't
so discrete.
No one could fault the freshman from
Sault St. Marie, Ontario for his plAy inhe
longest playoff game in college hockey
history. He turned aside 52 shots, inlud-
ing 17 in the second overtime, in over 100
grueling minutes between the pipes.
"Yeah, the game did drag on a bit,"
Turco said before therematch. "Butthat's
college hockey for you. You'Ve got to
love winning those kind of games"
And while Turco may be the hinge that
Michigan's playoff aspirations swingon,
he's not exactly burdened with anyheavy
baggage. He has some of the best players
in the country playing in front ofhim. He
has a coach that has instilled in him the
utmost confidence. And most ,f all, he
doesn't feel that nagging tugongpsthe
that pressure can sometimes g =e
"I don't blame myself, I dI'nt tjnk
anybody did," Turco said oftheWlver-
ines' loss last season. "I triednifhairdest
and we did my best, we had ouf ianes.
I think we outplayed them. Alisn came
up with some big saves and I thlink you
have to give him all the credit.",
Now Turco has apretty impressive win
under his belt. He didn't exactly win the
game by himself. He didn't have to, and
for that, Turco is eternally gratul.
But Thursday at the Palace;, Marty
Turco was the king. And after the game,
of all the players and coaches and fans,
the king was the happiest.

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