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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 24, 1986-- Page 13

BUM j beginningS: Blue, Ohio State icers seek to
--- .reverse early season trends

By PETE STEINERT
Ohio State's hockey team,
Michigan's opponent this weekend
at Yost Ice Arena, is developing a
bad habit of starting slowly.
:The Buckeyes are 0-3-1 and in
last place in the CCHA. Their
season started similarly last year
when they lost their first three and
seven of their first ten games.
"WE KNEW we'd be
Struggling in some areas," said

,Ohio State head coach Jerry Welsh,
"but we've struggled more than we
hoped."
It did not help matters when the
Buckeyes had to open the season
against Michigan State. They
dropped two games to the Spartans
by scores of 8-4 and 6-4.
"Definitely going on the road.
and opening against the NCAA
champions. is not a confidence
builder," Welsh said.
THE 12th-YEAR head coach

indicated that his team has done
little right in the early goings
starting with the defense that gave
up 11 goals in one game to Lake
Superior State last weekend in
Columbus.
Needless to say, Welsh isn't
thrilled with his team's play.
"We're turning the puck over and
doing silly things with it," he said.
LIKE THE
WOLVERINES, Ohio State has
a lot of youth on the blue line,

which is partly responsible for their
porous defense. They lost last
year's co-captains Don Perkins and
Mark Shortt to graduation.
Of the the Buckeyes six
defensemen, two are freshmen,
most notably Scott Rex (0 goals,
five assists, five points) and two are
sophomores.
The man behind the defense is
sophomore goaltender Roger
Beedon (6.96 goals against
average). The ninth round draft
choice of the Montreal Canadiens
has been a workhorse, starting all
four games, and he should be in
goal for the two games this
weekend.
OHIO STATE'S offense is in
better shape than the defense
although Welsh admits there is
room for improvement.
The Buckeyes' leading scorer is
junior center Rick Brebant (2-5-7),
a CCHA honorable mention
selection last year. He along with
linemate Jeff Madill, Dave Beaudin,
Joe Tracy, Darcy Gryba, and Mark
Anderson head a strong cast of
veteran forwards.
"I don't think any one line has
stood out, but we have more depth
and balance than in past years,"
noted Welsh.
"THEY HAVE some
experience there," acknowledged
Michigan head coach Red Berenson.
"They played well in here last year,
and I expect they are going to come
in here with a lot of confidence that
they can win."
Ohio State beat Michigan in all
four of their meetings a year ago en
route to a 23-19-1 record and a fifth
place finish in the CCHA. Despite
their slow start, Welsh is still
confident his team can can repeat or
better that performance this year.
"I don't think we can beat
anybody if we play as
unintelligently as we have," said

the Buckeye mentor. "If we
continue to do that, it will be a
long weekend."
THE WOLVERINES (1-3),
losers of three straight, are in a
similar predicament. This weekend
will be a struggle between two
teams trying to back on the
winning track.
"Everyone realizes we took
Miami too lightly," said Michigan
captain Jeff Norton. "I think the

best thing that came out of the
series is that we all woke up, and
we learned that we can't take
anyone lightly."
"It's important that we score that
first goal and get a lead," said
Berenson. "In the Miami series we
only had a lead for about 10
minutes the whole weekend. I think
like most teams we play better with
a lead than when we're behind."

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Michigan goalie Warren Sharples makes a save on a shot by Bowling Green's Rob Urban during action in the
Wolverines' opening 6-5 win two weeks ago. Urban's brother Jeff is on Michigan's roster and will be in action
tonight against Ohio State at Yost Ice Arena.

AROUND THE BIG TEN:
Gophers, OSU to battle for

top

The Golden Gophers are on the
read this week after two comeback
wins in their last two home games.
Last week, Chip Lohmiller's last of
four field goals with :02 left
enabled the Gophers to squeak past
Indiana 19-17.
Coach John Gutekunst's team
possesses a balanced offense that
can strike anytime. Freshman
Darryl Thompson is the Big Ten's
leading rusher, averaging 122 yards
a game. Last week, Thompson ran
through the Hoosier defense for 191
yards on 30 carries. Option
quarterback Ricky Foggie is a threat
either running or passing. Mel
Thompson, is a team leader and is
Foggie's favorite target.
Ohio State has won five straight
since losing their first two games.
The Buckeyes have rebounded from
their early season woes to storm
through the Big Ten in their first
three conference games. Last
weekend they beat Purdue 39-11
behind two touchdown passes from
quarterback Jim Karsatos. Karsatos
provides OSU with a steady passing
game while running back Vince
Workman leads a rushing attack
that averages 200 yards a game. The
Buckeye defense, led by linebacker
Chris Spielman (15 tackles a game)
is ranked third in the Big Ten, but
will be challenged by the explosive
Gopher offense.
NOR THWESTERN (0-
3,2-4) vs. IOWA (2-1,5-
1) 1:05 EDT
Interim coach Francis Peay's
decision to withdraw his name from
the head coaching position list has
left the Wildcats' morale in
shambles. Northwestern will be
forced to throw the ball more than
they usually do, due to leading
rusher Brian Nuffer's injury. Junior
quarterback Mike Greenfield is
coming off a great game, both
rushing and passing, against
Wisconsin in a losing effort. The
Wildcat defense is hurt by the loss
of leading tackler Bob Bucaro for
the season, but is still the number
three ranked passing defense in the
NCAA.

l

able to capitalize on the Wildcat
rushing defense, which gives up
almost 215 yards per game rushing.
Iowa boasts one of the best defenses
in the country, so the Wildcats will
be hard-pressed to score.
PURDUE (0-3, 1-5) vs.
MICHIGAN STATE (1-2,
3-3) 1p.m. EDT
Leon Burtnett brings in a Purdue
team that has not played very good
football, or anything else, this year.
The Boilermakers have suffered
since the loss of star quarterback
Jim Everett to graduation last
spring. Freshman Jeff George was
to replace Everett, but suffered a
back injury two weeks ago and will
not play this week. His replacement
Doug Downing threw a 100 yard
interception for a touchdown last
week against Ohio State.
Cornerback Rod Woodson is a
standout on a team in trouble.
Michigan State's Homecoming
is this week and it is perfect
opportunity for pre-season Heisman
trophy candidate running back
Lorenzo White to come back from a

knee injury that has sidelined him
the last two weeks. Last year,
White carried the ball 53 times for
244 yards against the Boilermakers.
This year, head coach George Perles
has a balanced attack with Dave
Yarema at quarterback and two
impressive wide-outs in Andre
Rison and Mark Ingram. Craig
Johnson and Bobby Morse will aid
White in attempting to take
advantage of the poor Purdue
rushing defense.
ILLINOIS (1-2, 2-4) vs.
WISCONSIN (1-2, 2-5)
1:05 p.m.CDT
Mike White's Fighting Illini are
struggling to prove their worth as a
competitive team. After last week's
29-21 loss to Michigan State, in
which they gained only 29 yards
rushing, the Illini are in dire need of
a running back. Their air attack
seems to be set with quarterback
Shane Lamb. His favorite target and
the Big Ten's leading receiver is
Stephen Pierce. The Illini defense is
suspect after giving up 413 total
yards last week.

Wisconsin interim coach Bill
Hilles could have saved his job
with last week's triumph over Fishi Rods $ 2.00 $ 4.00
Northwestern. The Badger running
attack is back with the return of
tailback Larry Emery who had a
hamstring injury. He scored twoD-o
touchdowns and gained 132 yards r1Irt a p
rushing vs. Northwestern last week.CNSTR IPS
Quarterback Bud Keyes threw for
two touchdowns and scored one, BIKING KROCKCLIMBI
more last Saturday and has been
performing well since winning the RAFTING CAL. _'
job from senior Mike Howard.
Around the Big Ten was
compiled by Daily sportswriter
Adam Schrager.

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