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The Michigan Daily
Friday, February 1, 1985
ILLINOIS-CHICAGO SERIES IS KEY FOR 'M' PLAYOFF PROSPECTS
Blue icers hope
By MIKE REDSTONE ILLINOIS-Chicago's offensive at-
tack is led by the nation's top scoring
Playoff time is rapidly approaching line. Left-wiing Mike Rucinski has 24
for eight teams in the nine-school Cen- goals and 26 assists while center Colin
tral Collegiate Hockey Association, and Chin leads the team in assists with 33.
coming into this weekend's games, Ray Staszak rounds out the potent line.
Michigan is far from feeling confident The 6-0, 190 pound sophomore leads the
about seeing post-season action. team in goals with 33 and total points
The Wolverines are currently tied for with 64.
seventh place in the conference with the "Their obvious strength is that one
Ferris State Bulldogs, who were beaten line," said Berenson of the Rucinski-
twice last weekend on their home ice by Chin-Staszak combination. "When
the same Illinois-Chicago team which they're playing well their whole team
4 invades Yost Arena for two games this plays well. Our defensive game is going
weekend. to have to be very tough against them."
WITH HIS team just one point ahead Illinois-Chicago's coach Val Belmon-
of last place Miami, Michigan coach te disagrees with Berenson s
Red Berenson is hopeful his team can assessmentrand instead feels he has a
begin a playoff drive tonight at 7:30 on well-balanced team.
home ice. "All three of our lines are playing
"We have to be worried about making well and scoring some goals," said
the playoffs," said Berenson, whose Belmonte, whose Flames split a pair of
team has only one home game games with Michigan earlier this season
remaining on its CCHA schedule after in Chicago. "We've also been getting
this weekend. "We have to be realistic consistent goaltending lately and our
at this point. We definitely have to win defense has been playing extremely well.
our remaining home games." But both us and Michigan are different
That may be easier said than done teams from when we met in Novem-
considering the Flames' powerful of- ber."
fense and a Michigan defense which has THE DIFFERENCE for Michigan is
let up 45 goals in the last six games. that the Wolverines have their own hot
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to avoid 'Brown-out'
to douse Flames
scoring players. Center Brad Jones
leads the team with 17 goals. The
Sterling Heights native has had a hot
January, picking up three goals and six
assists in the last six games.
Senior Paul Kobylarz has also been
hot of late, moving up to sixth in team
scoring with five points in his last six
Left wing Tom Stiles rounds out the
top scoring Michigan line. Stiles has
been the most consistent Wolverine
scorer in the past month and leads the
team with 24 assists and 37 points.
IF THE Wolverines hope to start a
playoff drive this weekend, they will
have to put last week's losses to Michigan
State out of their minds and, according
to freshman right wing Brad Mc-
Caughey, the team has already done
"We weren't ready for Michigan
State last weekend but we're definitely
ready for these guys," said Mc-
Caughey, who had his first college hat
trick against the Flames in Michigan's
7-6 overtime win in November. "We
just want to win our last eight games
and make it into the playoffs."
Illinois-Chicago will not be holding
back in preparation for the playoffs,
however. "We take nothing for granted.
We are not assured of a playoff berth
yet," said Belmonte."Every game to us
now is like a playoff game. We're
looking at the Michigan series very
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Northwestern Wildcats and an easy
win. The two terms go hand in hand,
Well, let's not be too hasty. While a
matchup with the lowly lakeside
university usually means a break in a
team's schedule, a matchup with the
Lady Wildcats basketball team is far
from a breather.
WHILE NORTHWESTERN is only 8-
8 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten under
first-year coach Don Perelli, it is a
veritable powerhouse when compared
to Northwestern's other teams.
Led by Anucha Brown, last year's Big
Ten MVP and now the nation's leading
scorer with 30.6 points per game, the
Lady Wildcats have knocked off tough
Indiana and Minnesota squads, and suf-
fered only a two-point loss to nationally
ranked Long Beach St. in December.
"They can definitely play well," said
Michigan head coach Bud Van De
Wege, Jr.. "They've won some big
games, but that's not to say that they
aren't capable of being beaten."
TO DOWN NORTHWESTERN, Van
De Wege feels his team must achieve
two goals: control Brown and pressure
guard Laura Wiesen.
"We can't let Brown get away form
us," he said. "We know she's going to
get her points, but we can't let her get
going to where she's carrying the team,
something she's very capable of
"With Wiesen, we just have to go out
and disrupt her game," he added.
"She's a tough floor leader."
VAN DE WEGE ALSO FEELS
Michigan must get its offense moving if
it expects to improve on their 1-6 Big
Ten record (7-10 overall).
"We're playing well defensively right
now, but if the other team tries
something on defense, we tend to break
down," said the first-year coach. "We
just seem to be having trouble getting
the baskets when we need them."
Freshman Lorea Feldman and senior
Wendy Bradetich have been the heart
of Michigan's offense so far, averaging
14.4 and 13.1 points per game, respec-
tively. Feldman is also averaging 7.3
rebounds a game.
ACCORDING TO VAN DE WEGE,
the team is at an important phase of the
season and is badly in need of a victory
"We've reached a very critical stage
right now" he said. "We're playing
hard, but we very much need a victory.
"The girls just need to see the hard
work is paying off. A win would cure a
lot of ills."
Maybe Northwestern's mens' team
isn't busy tonight.
The invitation just said black tie.
Thanks to your friends,
you also wore a jacket and pants.
... nation's top scorer
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