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SPORTS
Friday, February 13, 1987

The Michigan Daily

Nanooks

of

the

Red's hot icers look to freeze lukewarm Alaska-Fairbanks

By DARREN JASEY
The cold Michigan weather will
be a pleasant change for Alaska-
Fairbanks' head hockey coach Ric
Schafer when he brings his team to
Ann Arbor this weekend. The
Nanooks take on the Wolverines at
Yost Ice Arena tonight and
tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m..
The climate switch is not
because a sudden heatwave hit
Alaska last week. It can, however,
be attributed to the balmy, 70-
degree weather in San Diego - the
site of the Nanooks' Great Western
Hockey Conference series with
V.S. International University last
weekend.
Alaska-Fairbanks dropped two
games to the Gulls. Those losses
left the season series between the
two rivals even at four wins apiece.
"Our team doesn't play too well in
San Diego," Schafer said.
SCHAFER'S squad has fared
much better in Michigan than
California. On Wednesday they
defeated Michigan-Dearborn, 11-7,
and earlier in the season they split a
series with Lake Superior State in
addition to winning one of three
against Ferris State.
The effects of a long road trip

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may outweign any momentumte L
Nanooks picked up since entering
the colder weather and defeating
Michigan-Dearborn. When the
Nanooks face Michigan they will
have been on the road for eight
days.
Alaska-Fairbanks has become
accustomed to life on the road.

exacuy teen meiung we ice, but an
8-7-1 record in its last 16 games
glows in comparison to their 4-14
start. Their 11-18-1 league record is
good for a sixth-place tie with Ohio
State, and assures them of a Central
Collegiate Hockey Association
playoff berth. In its last seven
games Michigan has scored 44

'When we hit the road, we hit the road. We'll have
logged over 45,000 miles through the air this year.'
-Alaska-Fairbanks hockey coach Ric Schafer

"When we hit the road, we hit the
road," Schafer said. "We'll have
logged over 45,000 miles through
the air this year."
The biggest fear the Nanooks
have is not contending with tropical
weather or lengthy waits at the
airport, but the team it must face
- Michigan.
"They've finally caught fire," the
Nanooks' coach said, "good for
them; bad for us."
THE WOLVERINES haven't

goals while allowing 25.
"We're turning the corner,"
Michigan head coach Red Berenson
said. "Our program is at a point
where we've been competing with
everybody."
Alaska-Fairbanks has a 16-14-1
overall record, and stands in third
place in the three-team Great West
Hockey Conference with a 6-8
league mark. Unlike Michigan,
Alaska-Fairbanks has no conference
playoffs and no hope of making the
eight-team NCAA tournament.
Two years ago Alaska-Fairbanks
and Alaska-Anchorage applied for
membership to the CCHA but were
turned down. This year the GWHC
(both Alaska teams along with
U.S. International) tried to set up a

playoui beLWeen Lema UU grup
of eastern independents which
would send the winner to the
NCAA tournament as a ninth team.
That proposal was also rejected.
Now all those teams can hope
for is a fair shake. "There are three
pretty decent teams in the far, far
west," Schafer said, "and if any of
our teams has a great year we'd.
hope that the (NCAA tournament
selection) committee would select
us.
THOUGH Great West in
hockey doesn't have the same
billing as Big East in basketball,
the Nanooks are no pushover. In
addition to splitting with Lake
Superior they beat Yale and RPI.
"It's a bonafide Division I
hockey team that really doesn't
have a league" Berenson said.
"They'll come in and give us a
good game."
To get by Michigan, the
Nanooks will have to contend with
Brad Jones. The Wolverines' senior $
center scored six goals and set up
three others last weekend. His 217
career points (85 goals, 132 assists)
rank him second to Dave Debol
(246 points from 1975-78) on
Michigan's all-time scoring list.
"He's had a good career here and
he's finishing it out in style,"
Berenson said. "Right now he's
playing more of a team game and
the team is also coming up as he's Wolverine cen
coming up." sets hit sightsc
By JULIE HOLLMAN
For the men's and women's gymnastics teams,
tomorrow afternoon's home meet against top-ranked
Iowa and Michigan State will be nothing short of an
uphill battle.
The men will have their hands full trying to
outshine reigning Big Ten champion Iowa, which has
consistently scored 270 to 273, five points above
Michigan's best mark. The afternoon's battle will not
be any easier for the women as they attempt to
surpass the high-scoring Spartans.
The women will have to turn in their best
performance of the season to beat Michigan State.
The Wolverines need to do more than pass their 177
scoring average - they will have to shatter it to
defeat MSU which averages 182. Michigan also must
overcome the injury of junior standout Angela
Williams, who will only be able to compete in one
or two events.
THE MEN will enter tomorrow's meet after a

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSW
ter Mike Moes, pictured here against Western Michigad,
on the Nonooks.
week off that enabled them to refine their routines aild
increase the difficulty. Mitch Rose, Tony Angelloti,
Greg Nelson, and Brock Orwig each added one to tdo
more "D" moves (the highest degree of difficulty) and
they hope this will impress the judges enough to4
bring them out ahead of nationally-contending Iowa,;
Impressing the home judges, however, has not,
been easy for the Wolverines. Michigan judges seerm
to differ in their interpretations from judges at other.
schools. "I've been looking over the judge's notes t9,
see how they perceive the different moves and-
hopefully we can get some better scores," said men'S
coach Bob Darden.
Michigan will be looking to score 175, the score,
Darden feels his team needs to be competitive in the
Big Ten. Right now, the squad is only about five
points off the pace but Darden remains confident that,
his team can achieve this goal. "Five points seem,4
monumental but really that breaks down to about.,
two-tenths ," he said.

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By SHELLY HASELHUHN
"Oh how I hate Michigan State"
are the lyrics spectators might hear
sung tonight at Crisler Arena by
the women's basketball team. The
Wolverines will come out of the
locker room looking to break the
11-meeting losing streak, including
a 73-65 loss to the Spartans earlier
this season. Michigan head coach
Bud Van De Wege is not concerned
about his team's jinx though.
"I've only coached the last five
meetings (against MSU), and three
of those have been very close
games," said Van De Wege.
With a 1-10 record, good for last
place in the Big Ten, Michigan will
have to muster up some confidence
to pull off a win. But Michigan has
proven in the past that it can pose a
threat to tough teams like MSU,
which stands firm at sixth place in
the league.
"I want to play like we did

against Ohio State last weekend,"
said Van De Wege, referring to the
team's improved play against a
nationally-ranked team. "Our
confidence is down, but with tight
defense, we can get in and win."
AS IN PAST games, the
opposition cites experience as the
probable winning edge over
Michigan.
"I think we can win," said
Michigan State coach Karen
Langeland. "Michigan is a young
team that has the ability to put
points on the board, but they lack
in consistency. Our experience was
one of the things that gave us a
victory last time."
According to Langeland, the
Spartans' advantage mainly lies in
their balanced offense, where they
return starting seniors and leading
scorers Kris Emerson (16.2 points
per game) and Sue Pearsall (9.9
ppg).

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Emerson '
.. . a friendly rival
Shades of Michigan's top sco,'
Lorea Feldman (17.1 ppg) can
seen in watching Emerson, alsola
forward, on the court. "Our styles
are a lot alike," said Emerson f
Feldman. "Our games are similir,"
not because we're both power*
players, but because we're smaht
players."
ALTHOUGH they have never'
personally met, their friendshl
extends beyond their schools
rivalry.
"Emerson is one of my favorite
people to play against in the ig,
Ten," said Feldman. "If I make 'a
good move on her or if I block hei,
she'll say, 'Nice defense,' or, 'Nice
shot.' I really respect her a lot. far,
the way she carries herself on tlie;
court."
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