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October 23, 1986 - Image 10

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ige 10 -- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 23, 1986

Last year a goaltender in
Calgary, Alberta named Warren
Sharples was looking for a first-
class school that wanted to recruit
At the same time last year, a
team in the CCHA named
Michigan desperately needed a
WARREN Sharples, meet
Michigan, meet Warren
"I'm very happy here," said the
freshman Sharples. "The coaching




staff is great. The program is in
the upswing and there is a good
future here for hockey. Plus, on
top of that, it's a great academic
school too."
MICHIGAN, a team that last
season yielded an average of 5.75
goals per game, originally recruited
current team members Brad Turner,
Ryan Pardoski, and Randy Kwong
from the Calgary Canucks. It just
so happened that Sharples' father
was the Canucks' general managers
While recruiting Turner,
Pardoski, and Kwong, Michigan
kept in touch with the Penticton

... a "dandy"

Knights, Sharples' team in British
Columbia, since the Knights were
facing the Canucks in the playoffs.
The Wolverine coaching staff
received rave reviews on some
goaltender named Sharples from its
"He turned out to be the perfect
kid for our program," said Michigan
coach Red Berenson. "It was really
a coincidence that he was from
Calgary and that he was playing our
kids from Calgary. It might have
been fate that brought Warren
Sharples to Michigan."
WHETHER or not it was fate
does not really matter. What does
matter is that the Wolverines
finally have a goaltender they can
rely on to make the big save.
"Coming into this year, it
looked like goaltending might be
Michigan's achilles heel," said
Bowling Green head coach Jerry
York. "Now it looks like it might
be one of their strengths."
Take it from a coach who
knows. Against Bowling Green
Sharples made two simply
unbelievable saves.
BOTH SAVES occurred while
Sharples was lying flat on his back.
The opponent fired a shot at the
open net, and somehow Sharples
plucked the puck out of mid-air the

'(Sharples) has made
some saves that a goalie
does not have the nght
to make as a freshman,
or even as a senior. He's

not just

an ordianry

- Red Berenson

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same way Superman would snag a
bullet with his bare hand.
"He's capable of making the
great save," said Berenson. "He
has made some saves that a goalie
does not have the right to make as a
freshman, or even as a senior. He's
not just an ordinary goalie."
Yet even superhuman goalies
have weaknesses. Sharples' skating
ability is below average for college
hockey, especially with an extra
five feet behind the net in college

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"GOALIES in college get
caught out of the net more because
of the five foot difference,"
explained Berenson. "Instead o
shuffling out one step and being
able to stop, he has to be able to
skate out and get back fast."
Sharples realizes his weakness
and has taken measures to correct it.
"My weakness has been skating
in general," said the 6-0, 175-pound
goaltender. "The coaches work
with me personally on my skating.
I think it has improved."
SHARPLES teammates will
overlook his skating, however.
They know what he means to the
"He played an outstanding first
game against Bowling Green and he
played well again last weekend,"
said center Todd Brost. "If he keeps
playing like that it should help our
defense, and the team knows that
there is a goalie back there who can
make the save."
Sharples also does subtle things
the average fan never sees.
"By platooning with Warren I
get to look at the shooters the night
before," said freshman goalie Glen
Neary. "That's a big advantage.
His stance is really nice too. The
goalie coach tells me to watch
Warren and the way he moves his
legs. He's smooth and a really
good goalie."
"I know he's going to be a good
goalie," said Miami of Ohio coach
Bill Davidge. "He's a dandy."
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"HE DOESN'T want to put
me in that position," Mike said.
"Really, though, I don't know
anything that can't be found in the
Still, Michigan is changing its
signals for the game.
Doug, the Wolverine safety,
knows a lot about his father's
team, but like his brother, the
younger Mallory doesn't think he
has an inside track. "I know their
personnel a little more than most
guys on the team, but after they
all look at the films this week, it
won't make that much difference."
THIS WILL be the third
time Doug plays against Dad, but
it will be the first time he goes
against the whole family.
"I don't think there's any
question about who they're going
to cheer for," he said. "They're all
going with Indiana."
Doug, a junior, has 88 tackles
and five interceptions in his three
years at safety. He has seven
tackles in two games this season.
WHILE HE is not expected
to start, Doug will see plenty of
action behind Erik Campbell and
Tony Gant at safety this Saturday.
For Dad, a 17-year head coach,
the family rivalry is becoming
routine. "I think we've kind of got
accustomed to it," he said. "I
think we all look at it as a job to
Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler has seen almost
everything in his 23 years as a
head coach, and the Mallory vs.

Mallory rivalry is no exception.
Bill's brother Dave played for
Schembechler at Miami of Ohio
in the early 1960s. They faced Bill
when he coached at Bowling
"We've done this a lot,"
Schembechler said. "We're still

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