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November 21, 1986 - Image 10

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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily- Friday, November 21, 1986


Despite losing two games this
past weekend to Michigan State,
the Michigan Wolverines played
some excellent hockey. One of the
problems, however, was that they
didn't play that "excellent" hockey
long enough.
This weekend, with 'the team
facing Western Michigan Saturday
at Kalamazoo and at home Sunday,
they will be striving to play that
"excellent" hockey for a full 60
"This weekend is going to be a
matter of playing that extra few
minutes," said Michigan head coach
Red Berenson. "We cannot make
those big mistakes. When the game
is on the line, our team has made
the bad play that has cost us dearly
instead of the good play that forced
the other team into a mistake."

THOSE BAD plays have been
the major reason for the
Wolverines' slow start at 3-9.
Excluding one game at Illinois-
Chicago when the team had food
poisoning, the game at Michigan
State last Saturday was the only
one that the Wolverines have been
behind by more than one goal
going into the third period.
Many of Michigan's problems
can be attributed to their youth and
lack of experience. Steps are being
made to correct the errors.
"We prepare for every weekend
by examining our other games,"
Berenson said. "We try to take the
good and bad things from these
other games and learn from them."
IF THIS is true, than the
Wolverines will be a better team
this weekend when they face a squad
that is similar to the Wolverine

team. The 6-6 Broncos (fifth place
in the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association) have a lot of freshmen
on the team. Three are on defense
and five are on the front line.
And like the Wolverines, their
freshman have done an admirable
job. Center Paul Pollilo, a
Brantford, Ontario native, has
picked up much of the offensive
slack this season scoring eight
goals and passing for 17 assists.
Freshman center Bill Armstrong
has also stood out. His scoring
streak of ten games ended last
Friday against Lake Superior.
During the streak, he had five goals
and eight assists. Mike Posma (6-
15-21), yet another freshman, has
stabilized the defense.
Their supporting cast is strong.
The Broncos rely on All-American
defenseman Wayne Gagne (5-22-

to waste


27). The senior captain is five goals
short of breaking one of the two
WMU defenseman scoring records
he does not own, that being for
goals in a career. The mark is 39
held by Al Hamernick (1974-77),,
and Gagne has 35. He has moved
up to fifth on the career scorers list
with 179 (35-144) points. In short,
he is the ultimate offensive
"HE'S OUR general," said
Western Michigan head coach Bill
Wilkinson. "He's done everything
we asked of him and more. He's
simply an outstanding player."
The goaltenders have also stood
out for the Broncos, led sophomore
Bill Horn. Saturday's game against
Lake Superior was the second team

All-American's third contest this
season in which he stopped more
than 40 shots. He has a 3.99 goals
against average and has made 275
saves this season, the most of any
goalie in the CCHA.
All of which makes for an
interesting matchup this weekend.
"If we want to stay within the
top four teams, than this weekend
is crucial to us," Wilkinson said.
"Michigan, Ferris State, and Miami
are all breathing down our backs
with that three way tie for sixth.
Michigan is a tough team."
And they will be an even
tougher team if they can pull out a
couple of those close games-tQ add
some confidence.,

... still optimistic

Blue hopes to shove
down the Buckeyes
(Continued from Page>1) "There can be advantages when
you're on the road. You know
Stadium, however, the old coach is you're up against the world and it
3-5 against the Bucks. can bring the coaches and players
Nevertheless, the hostile stadium closer together."
doesn't scare Schembechler. The 90,000 expected OSU fans
"You never know," he said. don't scare Harbaugh either, who



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stood up to the noisiest crowd of
the year at Wisconsin for five
"WE'RE NOT going to let
their crowd keep us from doing the
things we want to do on offense,"
he said. "We'll stand there until
they're quiet."
But the real scare for the
Wolverines is Buckeye receiver Cris
Carter. Michigan defensive
coordinator Gary Moeller called him
"Their Carter," comparing him to
Wolverine great Anthony Carter.
The junior All-American
candidate is OSU's all-time leadin
receiver with 157 grabs, 25 for a
touchdown, and 2589 yards. This
year he has hauled in 58 passes for
991 yards and nine touchdowns.
"WE'RE NOT going to stop
him," said 'Schembechler. "The
important thing is to contain him.
We don't want to give Wim the big
play because he can break it open.
We're going to do sonecdifferent
things. We'll know where he is."
Carter, the brother of former
Indiana basketball star Butch Carter,
is obviously high on OSU head
coach Earle Bruce's list.
"He's had a tremendous year for
us. He's a truly great receiver and is
an All-American for ti,-not just as
a receiver, but also as a downfield
THE MAN getting the ball to
Carter is senior Jim Karsatos, not a
favorite among Buckeye fans
because of his laid-back image.
Still, his opponents respect him.
"Karsatos is a great passer," said
linebacker Andy Moeller. "He's
big. He sits back there and throws.
He has a very strong arm."
The Buckeye defense has similar
numbers to Michigan's defense.
They were brilliant in shutting ou4
Minnesota four weeks ago, but
were pathetic two weeks later when
they gave up over 400 yards in the
air to Northwestern.
Spielman, whose picture was on
the cover of the Wheaties cereal box
while he was in high school, is the
OSU defensive leader with a
conference-leading 165 aickles, four
interceptions, and two sacks.'
Harbaugh called Spielman a
Harbaugh, however, may have
the kryptonite to get through the
Buckeye defense. If he does, he will
lead the Wolverines back into the
Rose Bowl.
That's Pasadena, not Dallas.
That's good, not bad.
That would bring joy, not



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1. MICHIGAN at Obi State
(pick total point)
2. Wisconsin at Mictgan
3. Northwestern at Illinois
4. Indiana at Purdue
5. Iowa at Minnesota
6. Washington at
Washington State
7. Pitt at Penn State
8. Syracuse ,at W. Virginia
9. Yale at Harvard

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