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SPORTS

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Friday;,October 23, 1981

The Michigan Daily

face
opener and tying the Bulldogsi
time in the annual Hall of Fam
on Saturday night in Eveleth, M:
The Wolverines won their on
up game, 3-2, against CCHA
Ferris State. But it didn't giv
coach John Giordano much of
dication of which of the icers isg
be key, especially newcomers.
didn't serve as much of a war
terms of which units and syste
work the best.
"Our special teams are not
yet," said Giordano. "The power
just not ready. You have to fi
people and you have to find the
through game situations and
was not a good indicative oppo
for those people."
BUT THAT'S not even Gio
biggest question mark. The big'
be in the nets, where it is still a n
as to who will start tonight's gam
Giordano took senior net
Peter Mason and f:reshmap Jon
on the trip and its anybody s gu
will start the opener, but bo
probably see action sometime
the two-game series.
Mason has the edge as far
perience, but its not much of an
tage, as he only saw action in on
of one regular season game lasts
"MASON IS playing prett
although he's given up som
goals," said Giordano. But he
very high on Elliott, who is a
touted recruit from Spencervi
tario.
"Elliott, who has been in for t
four scrimmages, hasn't allowe
yet in a game situation;," G
said.
Along with his relatively high
for the untested Michigan goal
corps, Giordano isn't exactly in
Tech's veteran pair of netminder
"I THINK THEY (Tech) hav
weaknesses and I think one
weaknesses is in the net," .h
"Darcy Way is not a good goal
(Rob) PolmanTuin is a head cas
always getting in trouble, and
think he's the kind of goaltend
(head coach) John MacInnesL

on

strong
in over- have there.
e Game "Tom Allen's a freshman, the kid
inn. from Ann Arbor," Giordano continued.
ly tune- "And I think our goaltending is just as
rival, good as theirs."
ve head Michigan's strong point and advan-
f an in- tage, if they have one, will be defense.
going to That, however, like everything else, is
, and it untested.
m-up in "I THINK THAT our defensemen are
ims will still not playing the body 100 percent of
the time," said Giordano. "If they play
t ready the body 100 percent of the time, that
r play is will be our strength because they 'have
find the experience handling the puck, they're
people strong, they've been through the game
Ferris situation before."
ortunity Four seniors return to anchor the
Wolverine defense, including co-
rdano's captains Steve Richmond, who was the
test will leading scorer last year, and Dave
mystery Richter, along with Brian Lundberg
ne. and Mark Perry. But with Giordano's
;minder defensive philosophy, it isn't just the
n Elliott blueliners who play defense, it is
ess who everyone on the ice.
)th will "Another one of our strengths will be
during our defensive zone play by the five
guys, not including the goalie, inside
as ex- the blue *line," Giordano said. But
advan- opening against Tech didn't give it as
e period much time to jell as Giordano would
season. have liked.
ty well "I THINKt THE defensive zone
e easy coverage should be better," he said. "If
seems we could have brought it along slower, I
highly- think by Christmas we would have been
lie, On- pretty good. We don't have the time to
deal with it."
three or But Giordano thinks his Wolverine,
d a goal defense is just as good as the Huskies'.
iordano "The big separating point is our offen-
se," he said.
regard "They have great offensive players
tending and we don't. That's the difference.
awe of They are a great offensive weapon.
rs. They have three lines that skate like
re some crazy and shoot the puck."
of the TECH HAS AN awesome first line,
e said. including veterans Bill Terry (1 goal-2
itender. assists-3 points), Ron Zuke (3-1-4)
se. He's and Mike Lauen (2-3--5).
I don't Michigan, on the other hand, doesn't
ler that have people "who can just take the
likes to puck and score," according to Gior-

rech

dano.
"W have a great system, the offen-
sive zone play, and hopefully that
system will lead our offensive players
to score more goals," he said. "That is
the weakest-that is blaring right
now."
THE OFFENSIVE zone isn't the only
place the Wolverines have a different
look than the Huskies'. A peek behind
the benches reveals a stark differen-
ce-in the coaches. Giordano, -in his fir-
st full season as Michigan coach, faces
the winningest coach in college hockey
history in MacInnes.
Ai-in-all, though, there is a good at-
titude irk the camp. "We're as ready for
Tech as we'll ever be," said junior Ted

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Richmond
... leads defensive corps
Speers. "It's like starting at the top of
the mountain, but we're confident."
"We do have a good attitude," added
co-captain Richter.
Perhaps the most optimistic is Gior-
dano. "I think it's going to be a good
series," he said. "People are saying
that we're going to get blown out and I
don't think we're going to get blown
out."
That's about as optimistic as one can
be when opening, the season in
Houghton.
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