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Matt Mann Pool
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Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
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' Icer Brauer likes that winning feeling
By TIM MAKINEN
Ah, that winning feeling. Many
people thrive on it, and certainly no one
will deny that a victory is good.
Yet for the Michigan hockey team,
the winning feeling was distinctly ab-
sent during the 1982-83 season. Only
n'ow does it appear that the feeling is
finding its way back into Ann Arbor.
Sophomore defenseman Bill Brauer is
one. of a corp of young players making
sile that the feeling sticks and stays
here for some time to come.
r:IJT'S A LOT more comfortable
felling now," said Brauer. "Last year
we would play a team like Michigan
IState and we would lose by one or two
goals. We would go into the locker
root, and it was like we had won. This
yer we know we can beat any team."
-.For the 6-3, 212- pound Brauer, the
less-than-spectacular 1982-83 campaign
cbuld have been especially traumatic.
Brauer, who hails from Edina, Min-
nesota, played high school hockey un-
der former Michigan All-American
goalie Willard Ikola, a coaching legend
n Minnesota. Behind Ikola and
rauer, a co-captain, Edina lost only
four games in Brauer's senior year and
captured the Minnesota State High
School Tournament. Brauer notched a
goal and three assists in the champion-
Edina players were referred to as
"the cake-eaters" by people in Min-
nesota, including Brauer's current
teammates Pat Goff and Todd Carlile.
No high school in Minnesota has won
more state championships-a state in
}vhich a title in hockey is the icing on
THE MINNESOTA State Tour-
nament, in fact, is considered to be
America's premier schoolboy event.
Former Olympic coach Herb Brooks
down the road."
As Brauer readily admits, his game
could still stand improvement in several
areas. Becoming quicker and faster
are primary concerns of Brauer. In
addition, Brauer does not always fully
utilize his tremendous size, "especially
in front of the net" according to
Michigan coach John Giordano.
IMPROVEMENT, THOUGH, is a
matter of degree, and Brauer has been
on the upswing ever since arriving at
Michigan. While not yet scoring a goal
this season, Brauer has contributed 11
assists to the team's efforts. He has
also provided consistent play at times
when many of his teammates have been
racked with injuries.
"Bill has improved his defensive
aspects of the game," Giordano said.
"I'm not concerned (about goals), as
long as he sticks with defensive skills.
He gets a lot of shots off that create op-
Adds Michigan defenseman Mike
Neff, "Bill leads by example. He's one
of the bigger guys on the team, he's
soft-spoken, but on the ice he shows us
what we have to do. And his style of
play enhances the team and fires us up.
That means a lot to us on the ice."
It is the fact that Brauer does fit into
a team concept that makes him such a
valuable member for Michigan.
Although he may some day play in the
National Hockey League (he was draf-
ted in the 12th round by the Montreal
Canadiens out of high school), Brauer
does not yet stand out on the ice.
Rather he blends into the well-
organized Michigan -unit. It is this
young squad that has led the resurgen-
ce of victorious celebrations at Yost Ice
Arena this season.
"BEATING MICHIGAN State and
what we did (a week-and-a-half ago)
when we beat Bowling Green have got
to be the biggest accomplishments sin-
ce I've been here," Brauer said.
"Compared to winning the state tour-
ney, it was the same feeling after we
got done. The accomplishments were
different,.but that feeling inside your
gut was the same.
"When I was in high school, the day
after a game everyone would come up
and congratulate you. That never hap-
pened here, especially not last year.
Then when we were at Dooleys
Saturday night .(after the victory over
Bowling Green), people I didn't even
know came up and said, 'Great game.'
It felt really good."
Brauer, perhaps, should get used to
being congratulated by people he
doesn't know. That is, of course, if
Michigan keeps on winning.
But as he will tell you, once winning
gets in your blood, it's tough to let it go.
By MIKE MCGRAW
Rumors in college hockey seem to
move faster than a zamboni across
The latest story to hit the rinks is
that Notre Dame, which dropped its
hockey program down to club status
after last season, will be returning to
Division I next year as an indepen-
dent and then seek entry into the
Western' Collegiate Hockey
Association the following season.
THIS ITEM WAS reported over
the weekend by an' Illinois-Chicago
sports information press release and
in the Daily Mining Gazette in
Houghton. But according to ND
athletic director Gene Corrigan, that
isn't entirely true.
"We're going from club status
back up to the varsity level," said
Corrigan yesterday. "That just
means that we'll be able to give the
scholarships and the players can
Corrigan said that the Fighting
Irish will continue to play many of
the smaller independent schools that
were on their schedule this year and
have no plans of re-joining one of the
"I don't know where anybody got
that kind of information," he added.
"We have no ulterior motive and
we're not foreseeing anything."
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Defenseman Bill Brauer follows through on a shot in December action
against Lake Superior.
maintains that winning the tourney was
his biggest thrill. Montreal Canadien
Bill Nyrop compared it to the Stanley
Cup finals. . Brauer, himself, was
quoted in Sports Illustrated as saying
that "it's your goal since you were a
kid" (SI, March 7,1983).
Then came Brauer's first year at
Michigan, when the Wolverines
struggled just to keep games close. No
one ate cake.
"It was tough," said Brauer. "I was
a little bit prepared for it once I got here
and I saw how things were. I figured
that if I could start as a freshman here,
I know that we're not going to be real
outstanding. I knew we would gain a lot
EXPERIENCE IS one thing that
Brauer definitely gained. Michigan
used Brauer in 31 games last year. He
probably would have appeared in every
game, in fact, had a rib injury not
sidelined him for several weeks. Nor
were there any motivational problems
as a result of going from a school of
perennial winners to the young, inex-
perienced Wolverine squad.
"I knew he'd make the transition and
meet the challenge," Ikola said. "I
figured his good attitude would carry
on, and that there would be no problem
like that. It's another step up the ladder
for Bill. I'm sure his best hockey is still
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By JOE EWING
After being plagued with bad news
about injuries all season, the Michigan
hockey team finally got some good
news from the doctor yesterday when it
learned that center Ray Dries' knee in-
jury is not as bad as was first feared.
According to trainer Andy Overmire,
it was first thought that Dries, who was
injured Friday night in the Wolverines'
4-2 loss at Illinois-Chicago, had car-
tilage damage. However, an
examination yesterday morning by
team physician Dr. Gerald O'Connor
CCI f Scoreboard
1) Bowling Green (21-2-1) 15
2) Ohio State (20-4) .... 15
3) Michigan State (20-7) 14
4) N. Michigan (11-15) . 10
5) MICHIGAN (12-13) .. 9
Mich.Tech (14-12-1) . 9
7) Ferris State (12-12-3) 7
8) W. Michigan (11-14-1) 6
}) Lake Superior (11-14-1) 6
10) Ill.-Chicago (4-21) .. 4
11) Miami (6-17-1) ..... 4
WMPL HOCKEY POLL
1) Bowling Green (7).... ..........92
2) North Dakota (2) .................91
3) Minnesota-Duluth ................69
5) Michigan State ...................50
6) Ohio State ........................49
7) Boston College ..................36
8) New Hampshire (1) ..............29
9) Boston University .............20
10) Wisconsin ......,................. 9
MICHIGAN 2-3, Illinois-Chicago 4-2
Bowling Green 5-5, Ferris State 2-5
Michigan State 2-5, Ohio State 4-3
Western Michigan 7-4, N. Michigan 8-2
Miami 5-7, Michigan Tech 6-4
Lake Superior 6-5, Michigan-Dearborn 1-4
proved otherwise and Dries was able to
practice with the squad yesterday af-
"BASICALLY WHAT he had was a
bruised knee," said Overmire. "Right
now we're just watching him."
Overmire thought that Dries would
probably be able to play in the
Wolverine's home-and-home series
with Western Michigan thi~s weekend.
News about other injured icers,
however, was not as conclusive.
SENIOR co-captain Kelly McCrimmon,
who suffered a partial shoulder
separation five weeks ago against
Ferris State, underwent an arthrogram
examination yesterday and Overmire
did not know when the right wing would
be ready to return to action.
Overmire also did not know exactly
when defenseman Mike Neff and right
wing Frank Downing, both out with
knee injuries, would be able to play
"Both (Mike) and Frank are
progressing really well," said Over-
mire. "They still need to do a lot with
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