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SPORTS

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The Michigan Daily

Friday, November 13, 1981

Page 9

Troubled Michigan defense ready
to face powerful Bronco offense

By KENT WALLEY
ft definitely has the makings of a fine
ries. Michigan has allowed only 11
-goals in its first six games while
Western Michigan has scored 23 goals
in its first six games.
This weekend, the Broncos host the
Wolverines tonight and play their first
away game at Yost Ice Arena
tomorrow.
Michigan's strength is its defense.
Senior goaltender Peter Mason has only
~en scored upon once in seventy
,inutes of league playing time (.971
save percentage), while freshman
netminder Jon Elliott has allowed six
goals for .a .936 save percentage. These
two Wolverine goalies rank among the
top three in the conference.
WESTERN Michigan's strong suit is
a balanced and potent offense. Its top
line of senior left wing Fitzpatrick,
senior center Bob Scurfield and junior
ring wing Bob Bailey account for eight
of the Bronco goals and 16 assists, but
last weekend against .Notre Dame,
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others sparked. Among them was
freshman center Jim Grillo, who scored
two goals in the Friday night game.
Western will try a new line this
week, according to coach Glen Weller.
Junior center Diego Odino will play
with senior wings Terry Olson and Jim
Olson. The two Olsons each have six
points, while Odino has five.
. Not all of Western's bright spots are
on offense. Rookie netminder Glen
Healy played both games last week and
has notched 118 saves for a .894 percen-
tage. Healy shares duties with junior
Steve Abbott (60 saves, .870 percen-
tage).
AS USUAL the key to the game will
be the Michigan defense. Weller said
that the Michigan defense gives few
scoring opportunities and indicated,
"We must capitalize on the oppor-
tunities we do get."
Wolverine mentor John Giordano
said that his team is ready. The major
difficulty, he foresees is that "defen-
seman Dave Richter won't play tonight
because he will be out of town, possibly
weakening the Wdlverine defense. To
adjust for the missing Richter,
Michigan may move Paul Brandrup to
defense. Giordano also hopes for stron
g performances from defensemen Mike
Neff, and John Hawkins.
After losing to Lake Superior 4-3 and
tying 1-1 last weekend,.Giordano does
not look back on it as a rough series.
"We learned our lesson thinking Lake
Superior wasn't going to bertough. It
was a good learning experience. I'm
looking fcr the team to bounce back this
weekend. It's not going to be an easy
series, but we're going to Western, ready
to play."_

Weller is not as confident with his
team.
"We have pretty good balance right
now, but we're still at a point where I
feel we've got some work to do yet.
We're not sophisticated enough to
change (strategies) for specific
teams," said the coach.
WELLER ALSO indicated that his
team is still in the recovery stage from
several injuries. Standout center Scur-
field is still recovering from a badly
torn thumb. Although he only missed
the first series, his hand stillisn't 100
percent, according- to Weller. Also
defenseman Lance Johnston, is still
playing with a weak left elbow.
Thus far all of Western's games have
been at home. But playing in Ann Ar-
bor Saturday night doesn't have Weller
worried - he said, "I'm looking for-
ward to it."

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.... 971 save percentage

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