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Women's Swimming
vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:00 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, January 31, 1986

Page 9

Icers face Flames in path to playoffs

By RICK KAPLAN
The glamour series against Bowling Green, RPI, and
Michigan State are done. The meaningful series against
Illinois-Chicago has arrived.
Entering this weekend's games at the UIC Pavilion, the
Michigan hockey team resides in a three-way tie for sixth
in the CCHA with Illinois-Chicago and Ferris State. The
upcoming games could determine playoff seedings.
"THIS IS playoff hockey right now," said Flames
coach Val Belmonte.
The Wolverines travel to Chicago having split the last
six games - all against nationally-ranked opponents. But
Michigan could only manage a split against Illinois-
Chicago, losing 6-4 and winning 7-4, in Ann Arbor in
November.
Michigan coach Red Berenson is cautiously optimistic
about the trip. "Right now, I think our team is playing
better than they have all season,'' said Berenson. "They
are feeling better about themselves, and it shows on the
ice."
THE WOLVERINES barely showed up on the road
early in the season. Michigan lost its first nine road
games before sweeping a pair at Miami of Ohio, and win-
ning at then-number one ranked Bowling Green. Beren-
son thinks the road jinx is behind them. "I don't think
(playing on the road) is going to be a factor," Berenson
said.
"In the first half of the season . . . we obviously didn't
play nearly as well on the road as we should have," he
said.
"Every time we went on the road, it kind of took away
what good we did at home."
The Wolverines still have a chance at achieving their

season goal - home-ice for the playoffs. With two games
in hand and an upcoming home series against fourth-place
Lake Superior, Michigan could gain ground, but would still
need help from other teams.
WE HAVE TO win our games," the head man said.
"We can't be worried about what everyone else does."
Michigan must worry about Illinois-Chicago (11-18-1)
tonight. It is a vastly improved team since the earlier
meetings. After a 6-14 start, Illinois-Chicago is 5-4-1 since
Christmas. Last weekend, the Flames swept two games
at Ferris State, 5-3 and 8-3, as goaltender Jim Hickey
recorded 48 saves.
The Wolverines have better scoring balance than
Illinois-Chicago. "Every line can be a threat," Berenson
said. "Chicago has one line that carries the whole team's
scoring."
THE FLAMES' top line is led by sophomore center Jeff
Nelson (20-19-39). Junior left winger Mike Rucinski, who
was a linemate of NHL rookies Ray Staszak and Colin
Chin last season, has 35 points, and right winger Sheldon
Gocski is the team's top freshman scorer with 26 points.
Goaltenders Hickey (5-6 4.98) and Brad Ryan(6-12-1,
4.77) should both see action in Illinois-Chicago's final
home games of the year.
For Michigan;center Chris Seychel is out for the season
with a knee injury. Freshman defensman Myles O'Con-
nor will return after serving a one-game suspension for
spearing against Michigan State.
Sophomore right winger Brad McCaughey is still ham-
pered by a shoulder injury. McCaughey played against
Michigan State, but he was far from 100 percent. "Mc-
Caughey is still not skating like we'd like," Berenson said.

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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Ferris State's Doug Edgar (20) chases Wolverine left winger Tom Stiles (11-25-36) in early-season action.
Michigan and Ferris State are locked in a three-way tie for sixth place in the CCHA standings with Illinois-
Chicago.
Bradley to lead Wolverines in
theihi Open

Rebuilding tankers hope to stay
afloat against powerful Spartans

By EMILY BRIDGHAM
Facing some of its toughest com-
petition yet, the Michigan women's
track team will compete in the
Wolverine - Converse Open tomorrow
at the Track and Tennis Building.
Playing a key role in the events will be
junior Dedra Bradley, whose perfor-
mance last weekend clearly proved
her versatility and speed for the
Wolverines.
"I am really looking forward to this
meet," said Bradley. "Since I will be
competing in so many events it will be
a good test fo my strength and
stamina.'
BRADLEY WILL compete in the
400 and 500-meter events,. the mile
relay and the triple jump. Bradley
broke the old Michigan triple jump
record last week with a jump of 35'2",
only six inches off her 1985 outdoor
record.
Head Coach James Henry sees
more than just speed in Bradley and

plans to utilize her full potential
during the season.
"Dedra was quite a season-ending
surprise last year," said Henry.
"This year I plan to spread her out
more, and use her versatility to full
advantage."
COMPETING alongside Bradley in
the mile relay will be junior Joyce
Wilson, sophomore Bridget Gleason
and freshman Michelle Gallier, who
has earned the admiration of Bradley
as a strong contender for the final leg.
"Michelle is a really strong fresh-
person," said Bradley. "She has the
speed and agility to go a long way."
Other potential record breakers in-
clude Debbie Duncan in the shot and
Joyce Wilson for middle distance.
Duncan catapulted the shot 43'7"
last week, coming awfully close to the
Michigan indoor record of 45'0" set in
1982. Wilson flew to a 1:33.64 600-
meter last week, evening her own 1983
record.

By DEBBIE deFRANCES
Once again, the Blue meets the
Green - this time in the women's
pool. Michigan hopes the Michigan
State swimmers will sink down to the
depths of Matt Mann Pool, but
Wolverine coach Jim Richardson
admits it will be an uphill battle.
"Michigan State is such a dynamite
team this year," Richardson said.
"They have a real good recruit class
and so much depth in all the other
areas."
RICHARDSON said the Spartans
have at least two or three returning
Big Ten finalists. Michigan State also
has 20 or 21 swimmers while
Michigan carried 11.
"Sure it hurts only having eleven
swimmers," said Richardson. "We
can't cry about that though. We just
have to race everyone in all their
events."
That problem, however, has been a
season-long setback but *the
Wolverines have still managed to post
an 8-4-2 record, 2-2 in the conference,
under first year coach Richardson.
LOOKING realistically at tonight's
meet, Richardson hopes his team can
score 50 or 60 points out of a possible
140.

the 50's. A pipedream score of 60 poin-
ts would mean a lot against Michigan
State."
Pipedream or not, Richardson
seems pleased with his team's efforts
thus far. He feels his team has the
kind of character that will make them
winners. "Our time will come,"
Richardson said.
"IT'S FUN to watch swimmers
develop, watch their confidence
grow," Richardson added. "It's been
a real pleasure to watch this team
battle."
Richardson also said that in last
weekends's meet against Indiana, he

was as motivated as he has been in a
long while.
"It came down to the final relay and
we lost," Richardson said. "But I
didn't matter that we lost because we
beat our season-best time in that
relay by seven seconds. That meant
more."
The Wolverines are training at top
level since conference championships
are only a few weeks away. But for
now, Michigan will concentrate on the
rival Spartans.
"We just have to go out and do our
own thing," Richardson said. "I'm
looking forward to competition."

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