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Page 8-Friday, October 15, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Offense gets a new look

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Michigan hockey coach John Giordano is hoping that his
team's new offense can turn Yost Ice Arena into a red-light
district. Giordano doesn't want to convert the Wolverines' ice
palace into a brothel, but rather hopes that Michigan's for-
wards will turn the red goal light on often this season.
Last year's hockey squad showed an outstanding defense,
but an inability to score hindered the team during its playoff
drive. Now Giordano has a crew of experienced veterans to
go with highly touted recruits, and the result might be
VIichigan's strongest scoring platoon in years.
"WE'RE GOING TO BE the type of team that tries to con-
trol the puck at the blue line,"' Giordano said. "I'd like to see
as be more of a European-style team. We're doing a lot of
;counterattacks. and regrouping in practice, and that in-
.dicates a controlled, playmaking offense."
- The Michigan offense may well be controlled by the team's
Co-captains. Center Ted Spears was last season's leading
scorer, and he will team with freshman Chris Seychel and
junior Jim McCauley to form Michigan's first line. Co-
-vaptain Brad Tippett joins sophomore Paul Kobylarz and
freshman Frank Downing on another line, while Joe Milburn,
;Jeff Grade and Dave McIntyre comprise the third line. The
fourth and fifth lines of Kelly McCrimmon-Tom Stiles-Don
Krussman, and Jim Mans-Paul Switzer-Billy Reid give the
Wolvek-ines their deepest lineup in many years.
"The coach is defensive-minded and stresses defense first,

but he has been building us towards a balance in both ends,"
said Kobylarz. "We've been doing a lot of hitting in the cor-
ners, and we're starting to flow better in practice."
"EVERYONE HAS a great attitude and wants to be a win-
ner," said Seychel, who assisted on three Ted Speers' goals in
last week's Maize-Blue game. "I have to say that I have been
blending in with Speers. I'm flowing with what he does
because he has the experience. We don't work too badly
together, so I love it. If I play with Ted regularly, I think I can
expect some terrific things to happen."
But another development that would be terrific would be
the formation of a power play. While last year's extra-man
unit looked inept at times, Giordano says this year's squad
will be solid-in about six weeks.
"We only started working on power play on Tuesday," the
Michigan mentor said. "It will take a month to get going. We
have a lot of new faces, and we don't use the easiest power
play, but somewhere around the middle of November it'll be
pretty well tuned up."




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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Senior Brad Tippett (14) attempts to slip the puck between the legs of sophomore goalie Jon Elliott (30)
while junior transfer John DeMartino (5) tries to check the senior co-captain during last week's Maize-Blue hockey

Rookies play big role
on young icer squad
If only one word could be used to describe the upcoming Michigan hockey
season it would be "transition."
The Wolverines lost eight seniors to graduation and only have three seniors
and two juniors returnthg for tonight's season opener against Windsor. The
Wolverines will be looking to the freshman class to fill the vacancies left by
CONSEQUENTLY, lack of experience will be a key problem for the icers this
season, as the freshman class moves in to fill the spots left on the team by
"You can do everything but give them game experience in practice," said
Giordano. "When you have a crowd, especially a hostile crowd, you play differen-
tly. These guys don't know what it's like to go on the road." 4
Giordano, however, may be looking at one of the best recruiting classes in the
past few years. Freshman defensemen Bill Brauer, Todd Carlile and Pat Goff
were each drafted by a National Hockey League team-Brauer by the Montreal
Canadiens, Carlile by the Minnesota North Stars and Goff by the New York Islan-
ders. All three are probable starters for tonight's opener.
GOFF SCORED a goal in the Blue-Maize scrimmage game last week and
Giordano said Brauer and Carlile have looked especially good in practice.
Despite the potential that the freshmen defensemen have, Giordano said he is
still a little worried about developing a good defense. The Wolverines in the past
few weeks have been concentrating on improving their defensive game.
"I can't keep from stressing that these players need to mature, and it's hard to4
speed that process up," said Giordano. "We are working hard on defense."
THE WOLVERINES, however, are also trying to balance the defensewith -a
solid offensive game, Two freshmen recruits that should help the Wolverines of-
fensively are Chris Seychel and Tom Stiles. Seychol, a native of Allen Park, had
three assists in last week's scrimmage, feeding the puck to senior Ted Speers, who
garnered four goals in the game.
Giordano has high hopes for both recruits, and both have been steadily im-
proving in practice, according to the Wolverine hockey mentor.
"Seychel is a good offensive player," said Giordano. "Stiles just keeps getting
better and better. You tell him things and he picks them up right away."
OVERALL, Giordano sees this year's freshman class as one of the best in the
past few years at Michigan.
"I would say that our recruiting this season has been very good," said Gio-
dano. "It was certainly better than the recruiting we've had in the past two
Among the other rookies joining the Wolverine roster this season are Jim Swit-
zer of Spring Lake, Michigan, Frank Downing of Orchard Park, New York, and
Jim Mans of Trenton. Alex Sosa of West Bloomfield, Michigan, will be a back-up
goaltender for sophomores Jon Elliott and Mark Chiamp.
Another new member of this year's squad is defenseman John DeMartino, a
junior transfer from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The St. Clair Shores
native brings some needed defensive experience from Dearborn to Ann Arbor and
is touted by Giordano as a possible starter in tonight's opener against Windsor.

Maize goalie Jon Elliott (30) freezes the puck as Blue1
attempts to put the puck into the net. Tom Stiles
John DeMartino (5) apply defensive pressure.

Wolverine hockey coach John Gior-
dano may feel like he is living out the
old "from feast to famine" scenario
with the Wolverine defense this season.
Michigan lost five defensemen to
graduation last year who, taken
together, represented the bulk of the
experience and talent on last season's.
Among the defensemen lost to
graduation were last year's co-captains
Steve Richmond and Dave Richter,
Paul Brandrup, last season's alternate
captain, Brian Lundberg and Mark
Perry. Consequently, the defense this
year is almost completely without ex-
"THE DEFENSE is the big question
mark," said Giordano. "We really don't
have anyone with experience. We have
to rebuild the entire defense."
The success of the Wolverine defense
this year will most likely hinge upon the
performances of sophomores Doug
May, John Hawkins, and Mike Neff. All
three saw intermittent action last
season, with Neff seeing the most.
"Neff is a good thinker, but he needs
to improve his puck handling and
passing. May is a solid defensive
player. He plays good defense and han-
dles the puck well," said Giordano.
THE VACUUM left by graduation
last year may be filled this season with
three highly touted recruits from Min-
nesota, Bill Brauer, Todd Carlile, and
Pat Goff. All three were drafted by dif-
ferent pro hockey teams, Brauer by the
Montreal Canadiens, Carlile by the

)' keys Blue
Giordano starts anew
filling blue-line losses

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GIORDANO HAS set some clear
goals for the defense to live up to this
season. "If we do not give up more than
eight shots on goal per period I feel we
can win," said Giordano.
The goaltending situation, unlike the
rest of the defense, will have some ex-
perience this season. Sophomore goalie
Jon Elliott, who garnered CCHA Rookie-
of-the-Year honors last season, should
return to his starting position this year.
"Elliott is a good goaltender. He has
played well but must continue to im-
prove," said Giordano.

However, this season Mark Chiamp,
a returning sophomore from East
Detroit, should provide some com-
petition for Elliott for the starting spot.
"He (Chiamp) has been the biggest
surprise. He has played very well in
practice. We are thinking of setting up a
rotation," said Giordano.
Giordano is optimistic about the total
defensive picture. "It's the nature of a
young team to present a challenge,"
said Giordano. "A lot of our success this
year will depend on how fast these
players mature."









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