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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 21, 1986 - Page 11

Blue

Lines

By PETE STEINERT
To say that last weekend's series against
Miami did not go as expected would be an
understatement.
Michigan came into tiny Goggin Arena
expecting to take two games from the
Redskins, picked to finish last in -the
preseason coaches' poll, but Miami had
different plans for its first home series.
In front of two sell-out crowds,
the Redskins snuck up on and swept
Michigan by creating a lot of scoring
opportunities and riding the hot
goaltending Steve McKichan. The
freshman earned CCHA player-of-the-
week honors for his 77-save
performance in the two game series.
Miami, now 3-1, is off to its best start in
its nine year history. The Redskins' three
conference wins equal last year's total.
"We were pretty high on ourselves," said
Michigan defenseman Randy Kwong. "We
thought we could come out with a couple of
wins, but I think that overconfidence set us
back."
"They definitely caught us off
guard," said a dejected Jeff Norton
after Friday's 6-3 loss.
This was clearly not the same team that the
Wolverines defeated in all four of their
meetings a year ago. The Red Wing
lookalikes in their red and white uniforms
outhustled and outplayed a bigger and
supposedly better hockey team.
It did not take the Redskins long to set the
tone for the series. Just 50 seconds into Friday

11_ improvec
t...
night's game a wide open Jeff Sisto took a
pass from Boyd Sutton in front of Michigan
goalie, Warren Sharples, and gave them an
early 1-0 lead. At that point Miami was on
cloud nine, and it never came down.
"They played with a lot more
enthusiasm and intensity (than last
year)," said Michigan head coach Red
Berenson. "They got the goals they
needed."
In Friday's game Miami appeared to be
playing at a level a notch higher than
Michigan. While the Wolverines were as flat
as the drive from Ann Arbor to Oxford, the
Redskins were carrying the play throughout
the game and causing fits for Michigan's
defense with several three-on-two and two-on-
one breaks. This was partially due to
Michigan's failure to clear the puck out of its
own zone.
Meanwhile, the Wolverine offense
sputtered. The majority of Michigan's shots
were from just inside the blue line - shots
that McKichan had little trouble handling.
"Last year we had our defensemen
pinching up at their blue line," said
Miami head coach Bill Davidge..
"This year I've had them backing up,
giving them the shot from the
outside because now we have a
'tender that we can afford to give the
shot to."
The Wolverines played much better in
Saturday's overtime loss, but the results were
the same. Michigan fired 54 shots at
McKichan, and the Strathroy, Ont. native

I Redskins--..
ch "' by surprise
saved all but three.
"If they get goalkeeping like that, they'll
be a good team," Berenson said. "If they
wouldn't have got it, it could have been about
an 8-2 game. The kid played well, and we
didn't put our chances in."
Although the Wolverines put more
heat on the Redskins' goalie in the
second game, the only line that
consistently applied pressure was
that of John Bjorkman, Brad Jones,
and Brad McCaughey. Bjorkman and
Jones accounted for two of
Michigan's three goals.
Bjorkman, replacing Jeff Urban in the
lineup, scored his first goal in over a year. He
was out most of last season because of
illness.
The other three lines had difficulty
mustering any scoring threats. The second line
of Billy Powers, Todd Brost, and Ryan
Pardoski was very ineffective.
For the Wolverines to win they
must get more production out of
their second and third lines. Brost,
last year's leading scoring freshman,
is yet to score his first goal.
So now the Wolverines must regroup, and
prepare for this weekend's home series against
Ohio State. The Buckeyes are having
problems of their own. They are in last place
with a 0-3-1 record.
"We're a young team," said Wolverine
defenseman Myles O'Connor. "We're going to
bounce back. We have to look at our mistakes
and just make sure they don't happen again."

CCHA Standings
(Overall) W L T Pts
Michigan State (4-0.............4 0 0 8
Miami (3.1) ..............3 1 0 6
Western Mich.(2.2)..........2 2 0 4
Illinois-Chicago (2-2)..........22 0 4
Lake Superior (2-1-1).....1 0 1 3
Bowling Green (3-1).............1 1 0 2
Ferris State (1-4)..................1 3 0 2
MICHIGAN (1-3).................1 3 0 2
Ohio State (0-3-1)........0 3 1 1

Goaltending
GP GA Avg
N. Foster, MSU...2 6 3.00
B. Essensa, MSU...2 7 3.50
J. Shawhan, LSSC....2 7 3.82
S. McKichan, MU....3 12 3.98
G. Kruzich, BGSU..2 8 4.02
G. Raeburn, FSC...3 13 4.35
G. Neary, MICH.....2 9 4.47
B. Horn, WMU...3 14 4.48
B. Smith, Miam.... 1 S 5.00
W. Sharpies, MICI. 3 11 S.50

Sav
72
39
34
106
53
76
53
87
23
67

Pct
.923 4
.847
.829
.898
.868
.853
.854
.861
.821
.858

CCHA Scorecard

WMPL Hockey Poll

(first place votes).................W
1. Minnesota (7).....................A{
2. Michigan State (3)..........4
3. North Dakota................4
4. Boston U...................0...
Bowling Green..............3
6. Harvard......... ......0
7. Boston College..............0t
8. Northern Michigan..............2
9. Lake Superior..........2 l
10. Wisconsin .................
Others receiving votes: Cornell,
Western Michigan, Miami

L
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
I
2

T Pts
0 94
0 86
0 0 5
0 53.
0 53
1 044
10 35
0 27
[1 20
20 18
Denver,

MONDAY'S RESULT
Alaska-Fairbanks 3, Ferris State 1
FRIDAY'S RESULTS
Lake Superior 4, Ohio State 4 (OT)
Miami 6, MICHIGAN 3
Michigan State 3, Ferris State 2
Western Michigan 6, Illinois-Chicago S
(OT)
Bowling Green 6, New Hampshire 1
SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Michigan State 6, Ferris State 3
Lake Superior St. 11, Ohio State 5
Miami 4, MICHIGAN 3 (OT)
Illinois-Chicago 9, Western Michigan 6
Bowling Green 8, New Hampshire 2
FRIDAY'S GAMES
Ohio State at MICHIGAN
Bowling Green at Lake Superior St.
Ferris State at Western Michigan
Miami at Michigan State
Air Force at Illinois-Chicago
SATURDAY'S GAMES
Ohio State at MICHIGAN (PASS)
Bowling Green at Lake Superior St.
Western Michigan at Ferris 'State
Miami at Michigan State
Air Force at Illinois-Chicago

CCHA LEADERS

Scoring

GP
Paul Pollo, WMU...........A
Wayne Gagne, WMU..........4
Mitch Messier, MSU... A
Rob Klenk, UIC.........4
Kevin Miller, MSU...........A
Mike Posma, WMU...........A
Paul Tory, UIC ............A
Bill Shibicky, MSU...
Brad Jones, MICH............A

G
4
2
4
4
3
3
6
5
3

A
9
9
S
S
6
6
2
3
5

Pts.
13
11
9
9
9
9
8
8
8.

AP Top Twenty
The Miami Hurricanes retained
their number-one ranking in the
Associated Press poll after crushing
the Cincinnati Bearcats on
Saturday. The 7-0 'Canes have only
one seemingly tough regular-season
game remaining, against Florida
State.
Michigan, after defeating Iowa
20-17 Saturday, stayed number
four. The Hawkeyes dropped from
number eight to number 11. No
other Big Ten teams cracked the
rankings.
1. Miami (55) 7-0-0 1,174
2. Alabama (3) 7-0-0 1,111
3. Nebraska 6-0-0 1,024
4. MICHIGAN 6-0-0 997
5. Oklahoma 5-1-0 937
6. Penn State (1) 6-0-0 902
7. Auburn 6-0-0 861
. Washington 5-1-0 704
9% Arizona State. 5-0-1 695
10. Texas A&M. 5-1-0 606
11. Iowa 5-1-0 601
12., LSU 4-1-0 561
13. Miss. State 6-1-0 411
14. Arkansas 5-1-0 388
16. Arizona 5-1-0 348
16 Clemson 5-1-0 335
17. UCLA 4-2-0 192
1. SMU 5-1-0 175
19. Stanford 5-1-0 93
20. N.C. State 4-1-1 71
Others receiving votes:
Southern California, Ohio State,
Baylor, Florida State, Georgia,
North Carolina, Colorado State,
Fresno State, Brigham Young,
Michigan State, Air Force, Pitt,
Temple
GRIDDE PICKS
Five seconds remained on the.
clock. Monte Robbins kneeled,
waiting for the snap. Robbins put
the ball down. Mike Gillette
kicked it. It sailed through the
uprights. MICHIGAN WINS!
Thousands of Wolverine fans
stormed the field. Why? They
knew what was in Robbins'
pocket.
"He had the winners of next
week's Griddes games," said one
fan. "The guy is so paranoid, he
carries them with him everywhere
he goes. He even had them out
there for the winning kick.
"I would have had them, but
somebody beat me out there."
Then the scene turned ugly. All
those fans shoving one another,
just for that one slip of paper.
Some people will stop at
nothing to win a Pizza Bob's
pizza and an FTD flower bouquet.
1. MICHIGAN at Indiana
(pick total points)
. Purdue at Michigan State
3. Northwestern at Iowa
4. Minnesota at Ohio State
$. Illinois at Wisconsin
S. Syracuse at Temple
7. Boston College at West
Virginia
8. Tennessee at Georgia
Tech
9. North Carolina at LSU
10. Virginia at Virginia
Tech
11. Missouri at Kansas State
12. Arkansas at Houston
13. Kansas at Oklahoma
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