The Michigan Paily Friday, January 13, 1984 9
Icers face young
By MIKE MCGRAW
It's been to Ohio, the Upper Peninsula and East
Lansing. But now, Michigan hockey goes to the big
This weekend's games in Chicago are just the
start of a long road haul for the Wolverines that
finds them on the road the next five weekends,
playing eight out of 10 games away from Ann Ar-
THE FIRST ROAD opponent is Illinois-Chicago,
a team that did Michigan two favors in the last
week. First of all, the Flames broke the all-time
collegehockey losing streak record, set by
Michigan in 1973. But even better, they broke the
14-game skein in Houghton against Michigan
Tech, who is currently tied with the Wolverines for
fifth place in the CCHA.
If Illinois-Chicago is capable of beating
Michigan Tech 6-1 on the road, though, it must be a
force to be reckoned with despite its 3-20 record
and tenth place position in the conference ahead of
"It was big for the kids to break the streak,"
said Chicago coach Val Belmonte. "It felt good to
beat Tech. Especially since it was right after they
announced they were leaving the CCHA."
- BUT MICHIGAN COACH John Giordano is
more concerned with how his own team will play
tonight. "We're just going to go out and try to play
our game," he said.
If the Wolverines are to leave Chicago with two,
much-needed victories, however, they must stop
their trend of doing poorly on the road. Michigan's
record away from home is only 2-9.
But the Wolverines have been playing well
recently, coming off their biggest victory in a few
years over number-one ranked Bowling Green last
Saturday. There will be quite a difference in op-
ponents when the Flames take the ice, though.
The Falcons had experienced icemen all the way down
their roster, while Illinois-Chicago has played up
to 15 freshmen regularly this season.
THE BIGGEST addition to the team this year has
been forward Mike Rucinski, who is leading the
UIC in scoring in his first year with 12 goals and 17
assists. Fellow freshman Ray Staszak (10 goals, 11
assists) and defenseman Jamie Husgen (4,11)
combine to give the Flames three rookies out of
their top four scorers.
The leading veteran member of Illinois-Chicago.
is 5 foot 7 center Colin Chin with 24 points. In all,
the Flames only play three skaters who are not
freshmen or sophomores.
"It's tough when you've got freshmen bringing
up freshmen," said Belmonte. "It's hard to keep
THE WOLVERINES will get a boost tonight
from the return of defenseman Greg Hudas, who
has been out since early December with a knee in-
jury. It was hoped that senior co-captain Kelly
McCrimmon would also be back, but his shoulder
will need at least another week of rest before he is
"We looked too good in practice this week to not
play well," said Giordano. "We practiced hard, so
we should play hard. We can't afford to let down at
this point in time."
... returns to line-up
Defender Carlile sharp on offense
By JOE EWING
Throughout the season, Todd Carlile
has made the scoring column for the
Michigan hockey team an average once
a game, ranking him with the top
scorers on the squad. What's unusal,
though, is that Carlile is a defenseman.
Carlile, a sophomore, is the second
leading scorer on the young Wolverine
squad with six goals and 17 assists,
making him. a potent part of the
Michigan attack. In fact, it is not un-
common to see the North St. Paul,.
Minn. native lead the Wolverine charge
himself by carrying the puck into the
"HE'S GOT GOOD offensive skills,"
said Michigan head coach John Gior-
dano. "He's a good skater amid handles
the puck well."
But of course, handling the puck is no
chore for Carlile. Nor is it anything
"I've always liked to carry the puck,"
he said. "It's something I've always
AND 'HE'S DONE it well - so well
that the Minnesota North Stars picked
him right out of high school in the sixth
round of the 1982 National Hockey
Many times this year Carlile's rushes
have turned the Wolverines' offense
around and helped shift the play from
Michigan's end, of the ice to the op-
ponent's zone. They have also resulted
in occasional goals.
"He adds the potential to score at any
time when he takes the puck down the
ice," said Giordano. "That's Vpe
weapon he has."
ONE MEMORABLE scoring play
that Carlile initiated came earlier this
year against New Hampshire. Carlile
maneuvered his way down the ice on a
power play, worked into the corner and
fed a pass in front of the net to right
wing Jim McCauley, who rammed the.
disc home. The goal tied the game up,
but more importantly it changed the'
flow of the contest to Michigan's favor.
The Wolverines went on to win 5-4.
But Carlile's scoring threat is only
one of his offensive weapons; the other
is his cannon-like slapshot. Four of his
six goals this season have come on
blasts from the point. He also picked up
an assist in Michigan's 6-5 upset of
Bowling Green when he rang the goal
post with a shot late in the third period
and teammate John Bjorkman poked in
"He's got one of,the hardest shots on
- the team," said Carlile's defensive par-
tner John DeMartino.
talent is not the only thing that goes into
being a good defenseman - there is
also the matter of defensive play.
Going into last season, the
Wolverines' defense had been
decimated by graduation and Giordano
was forced to throw Carlile and two
other freshman from Minnesota, Pat
Goff and Bill Brauer, into the lineup
right away rather than easing them in.
Needless to say, they struggled
"It was hard for me and Pat and Billy
coming in like we did," said Carlile
"It's hard to learn the college hockey
thing and to be a college defenseman
CARLILE WAS USED to being more
offensive-minded than a college defen-
seman should be and he had trouble
with his game because of it. Gradually,
however, he has changed his philosophy
to focus on the defensive game as well.
"I've shifted my views," he said.
"I'm still offensive, but I try to put the
defensive part of my game in there more
so I can be a more rounded player."
The shift in philosophy seems to have
paid for Carlile. "I think he's made
good improvement on his defensive
skills," said Giordano. "He's played a
lot better, he's thinking faster."
CARLILE'S LINEMATE DeMartino
"Todd's really come around," said
DeMartino. "I think we're really star-
ting to play well together, we're really
starting to gell. We know what to expect
from each other. I know what he's going
to do and he knows what I'm going to
But Carlile still has room for im-
provement in his play.
"HE'S GOT to be able to make the
transition from offense to defense
quicker," said Giordano. "But I think
that's more of a maturation thing."
He should have plenty of time to
mature for the Wolverines. Unlike
many other college players, Carlile
doesn't have plans to jump to the
professional ranks before his college
eligibility is up.
"I just hope when I'm done here, and
I will stay here.four years, that I get a
shot (with the North Stars)," he said.
If he keeps improving, he should get
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Michigan Hockey Statistics
Name, Pos. -GP G A
Jim McCauley, RW .... 23 12 15
Todd Carlile, D ........ 23 6 17
Brad Jones,C.......... 23 4 16
Chris Seychel, LW ..... 17 9 10
Ray Dries, C........... 23 10 8
TorS Stiles, C .......... 23 6 7
John DeMartino, D..... 23 4 9
Kelly McCrimmon, RW 18 8 4
John Bjorkman, C...... 22 6 6
Pat Goff, D............ 23 4 8
Bill Brauer, D......... 23 0 11
Doug May, LW/D ...... 23 4 .6
Paul Spring, LW ....... 23 4 5
Bruce Macnab, LW'. 21 4 5
Frank Downing, RW ..19 3 4
Paul Kobylarz, RW .... 11 2 3
Mike Neff, D. ......... 16 0 5
Dan Goff, RW ......... 15 0 3
h Greg Hudas, D ......... 17 1 1
Dave McIntyre, RW ... 8 0 2
Mark Chiamp, G ....... 21 0 0
Jim Switzer, LW......10 0 0
Tom Dolan, D ......... 5 0
Jon Elliott, G .......... 4 0
Jim Mans, LW ......... 1 0
TEAM .................23 -
MICHIGAN............23 87 145 232
OPPONENTS..........23 105 164 269
Mark Chiamp . (11-10)
Jpn Elliott .....(0-2)
O OCHIGAN .. (11-12)
OPPONENTS . (12-11)
GA AvgSav Pct
85 4.21 634 .882
17 5.11 88 .838
105+4.45 722 .873
87 3.69 565 .867
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Michigan defenseman Todd Carlile mixes it up with Ferris State's Ray Zabel
during last month's contest.
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