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Gymnastics
Wolverine Invitational
Tomorrow and Sunday
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Friday, December 7, 1984

Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
Page 12

DORIAN, THR UN LEAD WESTERN
Wolverines to try busting Broncos

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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Sophomore John Bjorkman blows away Buckeye defenseman Don Perkins
during last week's Michigan-Ohio State series. The Wolverines travel to
Kalamazoo to take the ice against Western Michigan tonight.
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By BARB McQUADE
As the Michigan hockey team
reaches the halfway mark of the
season, it takes its 5-10-1 record out
west to Kalamazoo tonight to take on
Western Michigan.
The Broncos, at 8-8, share fifth place
in the CCHA with Bowling Green, while
the Wolverines fall in at seventh.
"WE'VE BEEN playing with a lot
more emotion and intensity the last two
weekends," said Western Michigan
head coach Bill Wilkinson, last year's
CCHA coach-of-the-year. "We're
finally getting to the point we were at
the end of last season." Last year the
Broncos' strong finish took them to the
CCHA playoff finals.
Western, riding a three-game win-
ning streak, will look to Dan Dorian and
Troy Thrun, a transfer from Michigan
to set the pace on offense. Dorian leads
his team in scoring with 25 points, while
linemate Thrun posts 21, including 13
goals. The Wolverines will have to con-
tain these two if they are to keep the
Broncos in check.
Michigan head coach Red Berenson
believes his team can do just that. "Our
defense has improved," he said. "When
you look at how many goals we gave up
a few weeks ago compared to the last
four, it's much improved. If we can
keep our goals against down, we can
win these games with three or four
goals."
THE WOLVERINE offense may not
be solid, however, as it remains without
the services of leading scorer Brad
Jones (12-8-20). Jones will be out for at
least another two weeks with injured
knee ligaments.
"He's our only proven offensive
threat," said Michigan assistant coach
Mark Miller. If you don't have him
you have to look for guys to pick up the
slack. Some of them haven't done it."
"Since we lost (Jones), it's been har-
der for us to score goals," said Beren-
son. "Getting that first goal takes the
pressure off. He was our leader up
front. I've been on teams where when
you lose your big gun, e-eryone else
picks up the slack. We haven't done

that."
BERENSON may call upon freshman
Brad McCaughey to fill the gap. The
right wing is third in team scoring with
14 points, and could provide the offen-
sive spark the Wolverines have been
lacking.
"I'm pleased with his progress,"
said the Michigan mentor. 'I'm going to
look at him at center this week."
Look for Mark Chiamp and Tim
Makris to get the -nod in goal for

Michigan. Chiamp, with three of the
club's five victories, has seen action
regularly. Makris has played in only
three games, but will probably get in-
creasingly more playing time.
"MAKRIS WILL definitely play (this
weekend)," said Berenson. "Makris will
be our goalkeeper next year. The team
plays well in front of him and he's
played well behind them."
After a hard-fought weekend against
Ohio State in which the Wolverines

came up with a tie and a loss in the two
overtime games, Michigan appears to
be pumped up.
"We're coming off a weekend which
we could have won," said Berenson.
"When you look at our last four games,
we played well enough to win with
maybe one more goal."
"(Michigan is) going to come out
angry and hungry," said Wilkinson.
"We won't be the only team on the ice
looking to sweep."

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Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE

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Coach Berenson looks for a few good men from the Wolverine bench. The icers are struggling in the CCHA with a 5-10-1
record going into tonight's game with Western Michigan.

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By TOM KEANEY
This weekend's series with Western Michigan will mark
the midway point of the regular season schedule for the
Michigan hockey team. So far the team has little to brag.
about.
But before dwelling on the bad, it's important to
recognize those players that have made the current 5-10-1
record, well, easier to take.
Brad Jones-He has been the only honest-to-goodness
star on the team this year. Only a sophomore, remember,
Jones has 20 points (12 goals, eight assists), and has
skated faster than anyone on any team Michigan has
faced so far. Unfortunately, a knee ligament injury will
keep him out of uniform until after Christmas.
Jeff Norton-"He stepped in there and played like a
man from day one," said head coach Red Berenson. No
lie. The freshman, yes, freshman from Acton, Mass. has
been the Wolverine's best defenseman this season. Norton
has made the big plays, he's hustled, he's been aggressive
and he leads all defensemen with six points (one goal, five
assists).
Brad McCaughey-How many goals can a guy score
lying on the ice? McCaughey's style of play reminds me of
Phil Esposito. He doesn't skate particularly well and he
looks a little awkward at times, but like Espo, Brad Mc-
Caughey knows how to put the puck in the net. The fresh-
man walk-on from Ann Arbor is the team's third leading
scorer with nine goals, five assists.
Ray Dries-No one works harder than the 5-7 senior
from Mount Clemens. Berenson chose Dries as team cap-
tain and he hasn't let anyone down. An outstanding
penalty killer, Dries is an intense competitor and has
given 100 percent to this team.
Trouble with a 'T'
These are the bright spots in the lineup, the pleasant
surprises. But there's trouble. Yes, right here in River
City. The players who should be the backbone of the team
simply aren't contributing consistently. No one knows
that better than Berenson.
"I'm not sure whether the older players are used to
their other team (without Berenson), whether they're
used to losing . . . but I think it's partially an attitude
problem," said Berenson. "There's a feeling with the
freshmen, they're here to prove something and they're
proud of it. They're trying to make the team, trying to
help the team, trying to do well, and trying to do
everything we tell them.

H~alf-way through ...
... need improvement
"The seniors are trying to salvage a good season. This is
their last shot, and for the most part they've all worked
hard. It's the players in between ... it just seems that none
of them are coming to the front. Outside of (Brad) Jones,
who is injured, we just aren't getting the leadership or the
offense or the defense... we aren't getting the great season
from the players in between.
"If we have to carry four or five players that aren't
giving us good games, then you know what's going to hap-
pen. It's just not going to be enough."
Those are harsh words, and an indictment of a good por-
tion of the team.
How do you spell relief?
Where is the relief going to come from? here are a few
players who, I think, could really make a big difference in
the season's second half.
Tim Makris-His role on this team will become crucial,
not just this season, but in building toward next year,
when he will be the only goaltender returning. Makris has
only three games under his belt thus far, and, while his
goals against average is not stunning (5.13), he is a real
talent.
The freshman from Marlboro, Mass. will have no
problem stepping into a regular starting role next season.
Berenson sees a more immediate role.
"In my mind, Makris has to get as much experience as I
can give him," said Berenson, "as long as he's playing
well and contributing to the team. He'll play more in the
last half than he did in the first." Look for him to play
tonight or tomorrow.
Bruce Macnab-All season long I've been hearing how
good he is, but I really hadn't seen it, that is until last
weekend. Against Ohio State, the sophomore center
showed what he can do. With his speed and stickhandling,
he could really dome on strong.
Gary Lorden - Berenson says that this
freshman has improved more than anyone
on the team. Lorden might be a case of someone who is
still adjusting to the college level. But now that his con-
fidence is building, and his shoulder separation healed, his
ability and aggressive play will be a welcome help on a
defense that is averaging 4.91 goals against it.
Make no mistake about it. This is not a good team, not
yet anyway. There have been some fine individual per-
formances, but the team as a unit is not producing.
Said Berenson, "We're not loaded with talent. We're a
team that has to work, and when our best players aren't
their best, then we're really hurting. I think that's been
the case for the most part."

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