. The Michigan Daily
Friday, December 11, 1981
lcers to battle Redskins
in first face-off ever
Usually when preparing to face off
against a certain team, coaches recall
past confrontations so as to gauge the
relative strengths and weaknesses of
their, opponents. This weekend,
however, the Michigan hockey team
will not have that advantage.
The Wolverines have travelled to Ox-
ford, Ohio where they will take on the
Miami Redksins for the first time ever,
in a two-game -Central Collegiate
Hockey Association (CCHA) series
starting tonight and concluding with the
finale tomorrow night at Miami Ice
'THERE ARE a lot of uncertainties
since this is the first opportunity we've
ever had to play Michigan," said Red-
skin head coach Steve Cady. "I do know
that Michigan is a team with very good
work habits and that they are very
disciplined hockey players. All in all, it
ought to be a pretty good series."
Judging from this season's record,
the fourth place Wolverines, who sport
a 5-3-2 conference record, should have a
relatively easy time with the 3-5-0
Miami squad. Last weekend, the 'Skins
lost two conference games at Notre
Dame and consequently fell to eighth
place in the CCHA.
However, as Michigan hockey coach
'John Giordano is prone to say, "there
are really no 'easy' teams in the
CCHA." The Wolverines found this out
last weekend when they were forced to
be content with a conference series split
against tenth place Ohio State. In ad-
dition, the Miami squad sports several
talented players that ought to prove to
be tough competition for the
DETROIT (UPI) - Derek Smith and
Mike Blaisdell fired first period goals to
push the Detroit Red Wings to an early
lead and keep them in front on the way
to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota North
Stars last night.
The victory was only the second for
the Red Wings in their last 11 outings
and lifted them out of the National
Hockey League Norris Division
basement. Detroit is now 9-15-5, two
points ahead of last place Toronto.
THE NORTH Stars, pacesetters of
the division, are winless in their last
five games, showing only a pair of ties
and leaving them 12-7-9.
Smith opened the scoring at 4:50 of
the first period, slipping home a
rebound of John Barrett's long shot
from the point. The goal was the fourth
of the season for Smith and his first sin-
ce joining the club in a trade with Buf-
falo Dec. 2.
The Red Wings upped their lead to 2-0
at 12:19 when Mark. Kirton trapped a
Minnesota pass; moved over the blue
line and threw a short shot to Blaisdell
who beat Minnesota goalie Don
Beaupre from 20-feet.
MINNESOTA WAS two men shy for
3:47 early in the second and held off the
Red Wings until Greg Smith's long
point drive bounced off Beaupre's pads
and Walter McKechnie ripped home the
rebound for his sixth goal of the season
Steve Christoff notched Minnesota's
lone tally, whipping Craig Harisburg's
rebound past Detroit netminder Bob
Sauve at 3:44 of the third period.
Defenseman Greg Smith completed
the scoring with Detroit's fourth goal, a
long drive from inside the Minnesota
blue line that was deflected past-
Beaupre after Paul Woods and Willie
Huber set up the play.
The Red Wings held a definite offen-
sive edge over the distance, outshooting
their visitors 33-16.
MIAMI HAS a potent offense which
features five players who rank in the
top 10 in CCHA overall scoring in-
cluding the top line of center Steve
Morris (14-17-31) between wings Dave
Wheeldon (9-18-27) and Rick Kuraly
and Wheeldon are injured and I'm not
really sure how much I'll be able to play
Cady said that the goalie position is
the biggest question mark for his team.
"IF OUR goalies play like they have
been the last couple of weeks, we're
going to be in big trouble," he said.
"This position is our weakest area
right now. If we aren't able to improve
from past weeks and think ahead, we
could get buried."
Michigan's strong point as usual will
be its defense, led by senior co-captains
Dave Richter and Steve Richmond.
Richmond, who collected his first goal
of the season last weekend,hboosting the
Wolverines to a 7-3 win over Ohio State,
will enter this weekend's series with 99
career points,(seeking to become the
third Michigan defenseman to hit the
century mark. Richmond already owns
the career mark for goals by a defen-
seman at Michigan with 35.
The Wolverines are also strong at
goal with the CCHA's top-ranked goalie
Peter Mason and third-ranked Jon
Elliott. Mason has held his opponents
with a stingy 1.72 goals against average
while Elliott has a 2.58 gaa.
The Michigan attack will undoub-
tedly be headed by junior Ted Speers,
who currently leads the team with 11
goals and three assists, and Brad Tip-
pett, who has six goals and six assists.
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... nears century mark
(11-13-24). The two other players in the
top 10 are defensemen Kevin Beaton (4-
23-27) and Dave McClintock (5-13-18).
"So far this season we have had to
rely most upon our upperclassmen such
as Morris, Wheeldon and Kuraly as our
main scorers," said Cady. "This game
might be difficult because both Morris
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