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Page 8- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 18 1984
Michigan Hockey Guide


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Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
The Wolverines' acrobatic goaltender Mark Chiamp will team with fellow senior Jon Elliott in the nets to supply a solid
one-two punch. Chiamp led the CCHA in saves last season.
1984-85 Michigan Schedule

Goalies shoi
Red Berenson faces a dilemma with his goaltending this
year, but it's a dilemma most coaches would love to have.
Michigan is simply overridden with talented netminders.
seniors Mark Chiamp and Jon Elliott, and freshman Tim
Makris are all capable goalies, each with impressive creden-
INDEED, goaltending stands to be the real backbone of the
rebuilding Wolverine team.
The question is who will be the number-one goalie this
year? That has yet to be resolved.
"We haven't made any season-long plans yet," said
Berenson. "I'm just looking at the goalies at this point, and
trying to evaluate their play.
"WE'RE STARTING a new season and I'm giving
everyone the opportunity to play and then see where I can
slot them in the best interest of the team."
Regardless of who Berenson decides to go with, however,
his last line of defense should be his best line of defense.
Chiamp (5-6 145), has to be considered the front-runner for
the top spot. The senior from East Detroit played in all but
four of Michigan's games last year, and was named to the
player-selected All-CCHA squad. Nominated for CCHA
Player-of-the-Week honors five times last year, Chiamp was
fifth in the nation in total saves.
BASED ON last year's performance, he would appear to
have the starting role all locked up. This year is different,
however. The new head coach hadn't even laid eyes on him
until a few weeks ago.
For the fourth year in a row, Chiamp and Elliott will have
to battle it out with each other. It is a rivalry, but not an un-
friendly one. "It's not personal, but I'm sure he wants to
play as much as I did last year," said Chiamp. "There's
nothing personal between us, but it's my last year. I want to
have a good year."
ONE THING there is no room for among the goaltending
corps is complacency. Said Elliott, "It's a competition, but
it's always that way. It's good because it makes each of us play
a little better. It should help us in the long run."
For Elliott this season is a new beginning. CCHA Rookie-of-
the-Year in 1981-81, the Spencerville, Ontario native played in
only seven games last season as a junior.
"Last year is pretty much a lost year for myself as far as
personal goals are concerned," said Elliott.
CHIAMP AND Elliott are a contrast in styles. Elliott (6-1,
190) has a tremendous size advantage, and tends to be more
of a stand-up goalie. He plays the angles well and is par-




ticularly good at playing shots off of rebounds.
Chiamp is extremely quick, has cat-like reflexes, and a
lethal pokecheck. In addition, he is a good stick-handling
goaltender, which is valuable in helping the defense break
the puck out of the zone.
Both seniors saw action over the weekend at Oxford, Ohio
against Miami. Chiamp started on Friday night, getting a 6-4
victory for the Wolverines and making 28 saves. Elliott got
the nod on Saturday and made 28 saves in a 4-3 losing cause.
BOTH GOALIES performed extremely well. For instance, 4
of the seven breakaway shots taken in the two games, not one
The new face on the scene this year is freshman Tim
Makris, who hails from Marlboro, Massachusetts.
Makris (5-10, 167) won 17 of 19 games last year, with a 1.78
goals against average, and was named Massachusetts'
Goalie-of-the-Year. He is a proven winner and, with Chiamp
and Elliott playing in their last year, he has a bright
future in Michigan nocKey.
MAKRIS, HOWEVER, is not just looking to the future.
Berenson said that he wants to go with the seniors for now.
Still .
"He (Berenson) just wants me to work on my skills for
now," said Makris, "but if one of those guys starts playing
poorly. . . I'm going to try my hardest. My goal is to play in a
few games this year."
All three goalies might disagree about who should be in the
net, but they all feel the same about the new man behind the
"Coach Berenson seems to really know about goaltending;
which goals are your fault, which ones aren't," said Chiamp.
"In the past, you could make two big saves, the third one
would go in and he (former coach John Giordano) would get,
mad at you because you were down on the ice. I'm sure it's
going to help our confidence."
"Everybody's in a more relaxed atmosphere," said Elliott.
"When the other coach (Giordano) was here, as goaltenders
we were more nervous because he was more demanding, and
you thought that as soon as you made a mistake, that could be
it. Coach Berenson has told us that we're all numan and
we're all going to make mistakes. As soon as we get in that
frame of mind, we're going to be better off."
"Being a goalie and watching his different plays, I can tel
he's very into the NHL style of play," said Makris. "I think;
we'll come along really well."
Whether Michigan "comes along" or, not remains to be
seen. Goaltending, however should be the least of its.



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Red's goal: More goals


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. .. top returning scorer

An offensive-minded coach can make a big difference in the goal production of a
hockey team. And when that coach is Red Berenson, a former college All-
American center and NHL All-Star, his team will be especially geared toward putt-
ing the puck in the net.
As opposed to last year, when former head coach John Giordano emphasized
defensive play, Berenson comes in with a simple philosophy: score goals.
"WE'RE MORE offensive this year. Last year we were strictly defensive orien-
ted, waiting to capitalize on the other team's mistakes," said senior center Ray
Dries. "This year we're going to force the other team to make mistakes."
Dries, who was the fifth leading scorer for the Wolverines last year with 16 goals
and 12 assists, believes Berenson will make this year's squad more well-rounded
on both the offensive and defensive fronts.
"Giordano didn't emphasize offense at all," said the Mt. Clemens native, "but
Berenson emphasizes all aspects of the game."
INCLUDING Dries, Berenson has five of last year's top six forward scorers back
for the 1984-85 campaign. The only major loss to the offensive unit is right wing Jim
McCauley. McCauley graduated last year after leading the team in points with 43
(17 goals, 26 assists).
These five top returnees include Dries, juniors Chris Seychel (the top returning
scorer) and Tom Stiles, and sophomores Brad Jones and John Bjorkman. Beren-
son also expects big years from junior Frank Downing and sophomore Bruce Mac-
While last year's top six scorers put the puck in the net 78 times in 37 games last
year, Berenson thinks that this year's big six could tally as many as 120 goals bet-
ween them.
"WE HAVE half-a-dozen forwards who should score 15-20 goals this year
easily," said Berenson, who returns to Michigan after 22 years of playing and
coaching in the NHL.
"They were considered a defensive team last season and only three of our return-
ning forwards had 10 goals or more (Seychel and Dries with 16 each, and Stiles
with 10). (Center Bruce) Macnab was our best offensive player in scrimmages
this year but he was almost invisible in last year's stats."
Stiles also feels that goal production can improve this year with a seasoned NHL
veteran like Berenson at the helm.
"HE WAS A forward himself and he knows the little things that a forward has to
do it if he wants to score," said the 5-11, 185 pounder from South St. Paul, Minn.
According to Berenson, this year's Wolverines will have the strength of putting
three forward lines on the ice that have the potential to score a lot of goals.
The top line of Seychel, Macnab, and Downing (six goals, eight assists last year)
make a good mixture of speed and shooting ability according to Berenson.
THE SECOND line includes freshman Joe Lockwood, Dries, and Bjorkman
while the third line also features a freshman, Brad McCaughey, teamed with two
veterans; Stiles and Jones.
"I would look for McCaughey to be right up there with the top scorers on our
team," said Berenson," and if Stiles can stay healthy he will be a top performer."
Berenson does not plan to stick to these lines all season if they do not appear to be
working well, but he will keep them intact through the first several games.
"WE'LL GIVE them a chance to work together," said the coach of his three top
lines. "I think they have the ability to play and each player is skating with others
who compliment their abilities. We'll just have to wait and see."
Most of all, Berenson wants himself and his players to forget about last year and
start this season with a new, more confident outlook.
"Last season doesn't mean anything to me. I'm just getting a feel for this team,"
said Berenson. "All I'm concerned about is the future."


Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Michigan will look for improved scoring from forwards such as Tom Stiles, shown here against Bowling Green last


big season ahead?

Most of the faces are the same, but
make no mistake about it, Michigan has
a different defense this season.
The Wolverines lost only one of their
six defensemen from last year, but the
big change comes in the form of new
head coach Red Berenson.
"THE DEFENSE looks to be strong
this year, with all these starters retur-
ning," said Berenson. "Yet at the same
time I can see why they had trouble last
year with the defense."
Berenson hopes to build the veteran
defense into a more offensive oriented
,group, allowing them to rush the puck
more and take an active scoring role in
the offensive zone.
Last year's defense had trouble
breaking the puck out of their own end.
Quite a few goals came as a result of
scrambled play in the defensive zone.
This year should be different.
hitting," said junior Greg Hudas.
"Whereas Berenson stresses passing
and getting the puck out of the zone."
"If you don't make that good first pass
you get all five guys running around
and that's how goals are scored."
Mike Neff, Michigan's lone senior
defensemen also sees the new coach
imnroving the defense.

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time we got the puck we had to get rid of
it right away."
One word that describes Brauer is
"solid." Beyond his imposing size, the
Edina, Minn. native played in all of
Michigan's 37 games last year, an im-
portant contribution to defense plagued
with disabled players.
HUDAS (6-5, 225) has the size and
power to be a major force on defense,
but injuries have kept him from full ef-
fectiveness as a Wolverine.
A transfer student from Notre Dame
in 1983, Hudas played in only 17 games


as a sophomore, Neff injured his knee
the same game that Hudas went down.
More recently, in Michigan's intra
squad game two weeks ago, Neff was
cut by a slapshot in the knee that
required several stitches. He hopes to
be back in the lineup this weekend.
BUT THE MAN to watch on defense
this year will be junior Todd Carlile.
Carlile has always been an offensive-
minded defenseman, picking up 31
points last year (11 goals, 20 assists).
This year, playing with Berenson's pro-
oriented style, Carlile could really
Yet another junior, Pat Goff, will cer-
tainly benefit from a defense geared
toward building the offense. A regular
on Michigan's power play, the
Wolverines should have a great play-
maker in Goff, who ranked fifth on the
team last year in assists.
The newest member of the defense
has been one of Michigan's biggest sur-
prises in the young season. Freshman
Jeff Norton from Acton, Massachusetts
(an ex-teammate of Buffalo Sabre Tom
Barrasso) played particularly well
against Miami, and displayed more:
maturity and hockey-sense than one
would expect from a freshman playing
his first college games.



1983-84 Final (CHA

CCHIA Coaches

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2. Ohio State ........

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