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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 5, 1986 -Page 13

Wolverine jcers look to bury Gophers

By SCOTT SHAFFER
Having faced all eight of its
Central Collegiate Hockey
Association rivals twice, it is now
time for the Wolverines (4-12) to
venture out and take on their first
non-conference foes of the season,
the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The teams play Friday and
Saturday nights in Minneapolis,
and it will not be easy for Michigan
L to improve its record. The Gophers

are 11-4 and ranked fifth in the
nation in the WMPL hockey poll.
They are currently in second place
in the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association behind the nation's
top-ranked team, North Dakota.
Minnesota's offense is led by
sophomore Dave Snuggerud (14
goals, 13 assists - 27 points),
who centers wingers Steve
McSwain and Dave Grannis.
Captain Cory Millen, a second-

team All-American last year and an
Olympian in 1984, is out for the
series with an injured ankle.
T H E goaltending job is split
between Rob Stauber, a freshman
with a 3.61 goals against average,
and junior John Blue (4.71).
If there is any advantage for the
Wolverines in playing such a
strong team, it lies in the fact that
Minnesota is in the middle of final

exams and a string of non-
conference games, (games that don't
affect their standing in the WCHA),
so the players may be lacking
concentration.
"I hope they aren't distracted,"
said Dean Talafous, an assistant to
head coach Doug Woog, "the
coaching staff asked the team to
play each game the same, to look at
every series as a chance to
improve.
But there is always the
possibility that Minnesota will
look at the Wolverines' 4-12 mark
and become overconfident. The
coaching staff knows almost
nothing about Michigan's team
(Talafous was surprised to learn that
there were ten freshmen on the
roster) and may be in for a shock
when they face a team that has been
blown out of games only twice this
year.

"I HOPE they're looking past
us," said Wolverine head coach Red
Berenson, "we look at Minnesota as
comparable to Michigan State and
Bowling Green (the two CCHA
powerhouses that Michigan is 1-3
against this year)."
Berenson, an All-American for
Michigan in 1961 and 1962, views
the upcoming series as a renewal of
what used to be an intense rivalry.
The two teams met 232 times
between 1923 and 1981, when
Michigan left the WCHA in favor
of the CCHA. "I don't know if the
players sense it, but there's a lot of
history in Mariucci Arena. I played
my first college hockey game
there."
Rivalries aside, however, the
Wolverines could use a win to
boost their confidence. They have
lost their last three games - all of
them at home. "There are no points

at stake here but what matters to us
is how we play. We're in a slump
and we don't want to slip any
farther," said Berenson.
If Michigan does perform well
this weekend, it will be earning
respect not only for itself but for
the CCHA. "There are some people
in the WCHA who still turn their
noses up at us (the CCHA) so
we're going in there representing
the CCHA and we don't want to let
our league down," said Berenson,
who was the NHL's coach-of-the-
year with St. Louis in 1980-81.
Forward Billy Powers will return
to the lineup for Michigan after
missing last week's series with
Lake Superior due to injury.
Berenson is putting him along side
Mike Moes and Brad McCaughey.
As usual, freshmen Warren
Sharples and Glen Neary will split
the action at goalie.

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Daily Photo by PETER ROSS
Freshman center Rob Brown heads up ice in last Saturday's 6-4 loss to Lake Superior in Ann Arbor. The
Wolverines who have lost five of their last six games, travel to non-conference foe and No. 5 ranked Minnesota
this weekend.,

P&stons'wi
streak halted
Richfield, Ohio (AP) - Brad
Daugherty, the first player taken in
the 1986 NBA draft, tied his season-
high with 29 points last night as the
;Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a
seven-point halftime deficit to beat
the Detroit Pistons 113-105.
The victory was the Cavaliers'
fourth straight, their longest winning
streak since they won six in a row in
;March and April of 1985. The loss
snapped Detroit's four-game winning
streak.
Cleveland trailed 78-73 with two
minutes to go in the third period but
then ran off 12 straight points to end
3the quarter with an 85-78 lead.
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