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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 24, 1986

OFFENSES COULD STEAL THE SHOW

Surgi
By SCOTT G. MILLER
Judging from last weekend's scores,
one would expect a shootout this
weekend between arch-rivals
Michigan and Michigan State.
The Wolverines split a pair last
weekend with defending national
champions RPI, losing by a 7-6 count
and winning 11-10 in overtime.
NOT TO be outdone, the Spartans
registered an 8-6 victory over Ferris
State and a 9-9 overtime tie.
What type of game the two teams
play is anybody's guess.
"You never can tell what kind of
game it will be when Michigan faces
Michigan State," said Spartan head
coach Ron Mason. "I know that
Michigan is capable of scoring a lot.
We don't think that we normally give
up a lot. I would not think it will be
shootout, but it probably will be high
scoring.''
MICHIGAN coach Red Berenson,
however, has a slightly different
view. "Any time you think you are
going to score goals you can't," said
the Wolverine head man. "But a
shootout is not out of the question.
Coaches don't always design these
games.
"Once these games start you have
to go on the offense, and it is really
tough to tighten up because the pucks
are going in so quickly."
Michigan's goal for the weekend is

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to slow down the potent Spartan offen-
se led by Central Collegiate Hockey
Association Player-of-the-Week Mike
Donnelly. The senior left wing tallied
two hat tricks against Ferris State to
raise his league-leading goal total to
38. Donnelly is escaping the shadow of
last year's talent-laden Spartan
lineup, which advanced six players to
the professional ranks.
"DONNELLY scores against
everybody, and he has a hot hand,"
said Mason. "Last year he was our
best even-strength scorer. This year
he is on the power play, and the added
ice time has really allowed him to
blossom."
Between the pipes, Michigan State
is stronger than last weekend's scores
indicate. Junior goaltenders Bob
Essensa (3.35) and Norm Foster
(3.84) are the number three and five
netminders respectively in the CCHA.
Foster and Essensa have been stingy
this season according to Mason, but
have been more erratic than in the
past.
"We still feel we have the best one-
two goalie punch in the country,"
commented Mason. "Their stats don't
show that, but they don't have the ex-
perience in front of them either this
season."
ON DEFENSE team captain Don
McSween can't take the blame for the
netminders higher goals against
averages. "McSween is the heart and

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soul of our defense," said Mason of
the Most Valuable Player in the Great
Lakes Invitational. "He is excep-
tional."
For the Wolverines to dismantle
Michigan's State's inexperienced defen-
se, Michigan will need to maintain the
balanced scoring attack it displayed
against RPI. All the players on the first
three lines scored at least one point in
the overtime win. Team captain
Frank Downing and freshman Todd
Brost coming off big weekends again-
st RPI, are vital to the well-rounded
offensive unit.
"Frank Downing is having his best
year ever," said Berenson of the
senior's 14 goals and six assists. "He
is not a noted goal scorer, but he has
the most full strength goals on the
team."
BROST IS Michigan's leading
freshman scorer with eight goals and
17 assists. "His work ethic is superior
to most players," said Berenson of the
5-8 center. "He just outworks other
players and makes up for the dif-
ference in size."
Michigan's offense played the major
role in the victory over RPI. But
Berenson realizes an effort similar to
the one that halted number-one
ranked Bowling Green two weeks ago
is necessary to defeat the Spartans.
"We need a total team effort, and
we can't look for any one player to
carry us," said the second-year head
coach. "We need balance, consistency
and no major breakdowns to beat
Michigan State."
With only eight league games
remaining before the playoffs,
Michigan is peaking at the right time.
"I think the chemistry, confidence
level and the feeling on the team as
far as their own self image is better
than it has been all year," said Beren-
son.
The Wolverines will test their con-
fidence tonight at Munn Ice Arena and
tomorrow night at Yost. Both games
start at 7:30.

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON

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The Michigan hockey team hopes to couple last Saturday's offensive effort with a strong defensive performance
in weekend action against Michigan State. Shown here are goalie Mike Rossi, Todd Carlile (7) and two team-
mates against RPI.
EMU to host tracksters

By EMILY BRIDGHAM
The women's track team will
square-off today against a swift
Eastern Michigan squad and a host of
others in the Eastern Michigan In-
vitational before traveling to Chicago
to compete in the Rosemont-Horizon
Invitational on Sunday.

"Our main goal is to post a good
time in the two-mile relay," said
Wolverine coach James Henry, who
hopes the efforts of Kelli Bert, Sue
Schroeder, Cathy Schmidt and Joyce
Wilson will prove to be the right com-
bination for a NCAA qualifying time.
SCHROEDER and Schmidt will
also be relied on in the distance events
after posting several brilliant per-
formances in the cross country
season. Schmidt holds the school
record for the 1000-meter at 2:44.15
while Schroeder has managed to hold
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meter with times of 4:22.4 and 9:16.63.
But the Wolverines strength doesn't
stop with distances.
"I think every event is covered for
the first time," said Henry, who will
be depending on a healthy crop of
freshman sprinters to add a new
dimension to the team.
Michelle Gallier and Dana
McKeithen have already proved
themselves in the sprints by recording
times of 7.4 and 7.21, respectively, in
the 60-yard dash. Gallier and
McKeithen will also join junior stand-
out Dedra Bradley and sophomore
Stephanie Robertson.
In the field events, the women to
look for will be freshman Gretchen
Jackson, senior Angie Hafner and
sophomore Debbie Duncan.
Jackson's abilities in the triple jump
earned her a fourth place finish in the
country as a high school senior. In the
air for the team will be Hafner who
had a strong season last year and
should reach 6'0 this season.em .
Flinging the shot for the team will
be Duncan, who last Friday earned
a second place finish in the
Michigan Relays and the indoor record
for the Wolverines with a toss of 46'5".

FAMOUS LAST WORDS
FROM FRIENDS TO FRIENDS.
"Are you OK to drive?"
"Whats afew beers?"
"Did you have too much to drink?"
"I'm perfectly fine."
"Are you in any shape to drive?"
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"I think you've had afew too many."
"You kiddin, I can drive
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"You've had too much to drink,

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"In these first few meets we will bed
working to improve individual per-
formances," said Henry. "In pacing
ourselves, by the midpoint in the
season we should be set. It should be a
really good year."

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