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January 09, 1987 - Image 12

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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily -
The Michigan hockey squad has
the opportunity this weekend to
seek vengeance and move up in the
standings at the same time.
The Wolverines face off against
fifth place Illinois-Chicago (just
three points ahead of Michigan) this
Friday and Saturday nights at Yost
Ice Arena. It is the same team
which humiliated a short-handed
Michigan squad 5-2 and 13-3 in
And Red's boys are not
forgetting a thing.
"THIS weekend is a big
weekend," said winger Bryan
Deasley. "We can move up to fifth
place with a sweep. We're also
looking for revenge from these
guys. They beat us pretty badly last
time and rubbed it in our faces."
Michigan lost the series with the
Flames with the team suffering

- Friday, January 9, 1987
boys a
from food poisoning. After the
second loss, UIC players skated
around the ice with brooms,
making fun of their opponents'
That was the last time, though,
and this time the Wolverines have
shown signs of coming to life.
They have won four of their last six
and are on somewhat of a roll, by
their own standards.
"We made a lot of mistakes from
inexperience earlier in the season,"
said head coach Red Berenson.
"Now we have started to see a little
more poise and a little more
confidence and we are seeing more
players who are contributing night
after night."
BESIDES getting the reliable
strong performances from the
CCHA's leading scorer Brad Jones
(16-29-45) and defenseman Jeff
Norton, the Wolverines' Ryan


Pardoski, Mike Moes, and Brad
Turner have also begun to chip in.
The more balanced scoring has
been the key to the recent success
and will continue to be a deciding
factor if the Wolverines harbor any
thoughts of moving north in the
standings. For now however, the
record is only 8-16.
Still, UIC's head coach Val
Belmonte discounts the Wolverines
record and expects to see a tough
series this weekend.
"Michigan has some talented
players with good credentials. Even
though it has been an up and down
season for them, they are still very
competitive. We can't go into a
series taking any one lightly.
Certainly any team in the CCHA is
capable of playing well any
weekend. I don't care if you are
Michigan State, who is at the top
of the pack, or if you are Miami or
Ferris who are at the bottom of the
MUCH OF the burden of
making sure the Flames don't come
out flat this weekend will fall on
the shoulders of sophomore center
Jeff Nelson. He is the sparkplug
which ignites the Flames attack. He
is a quick skater and has a strong
shot with 11 goals and 23 assists.
"He's deadly," Belmonte said. "If
you leave a kid like that alone, he
is going to do some damage to you.
He really gets our team going and
our offense rolling."
It unclear who will back up
Nelson and crew in the nets. UIC
rotates three goalies, Jim Hickey
(4-5, 4.80), Dave Depinto (4-4,
4.40), and Brad Ryan (2-2-1, 3.60),
but due to illness the goalies will
not be decided until game time.
Regardless, Michigan knows
what it is going to take to get a
sweep and come up with a second
half surge. It must score goals at a
more consistent rate, kill off
penalties better (they are letting up
one goal with every three chances),
and get the goals against average
(5.91) down. Feats that are certainly
not insurmountable for this young
and talented team.
"Overall, our team is starting to
come together," Berenson said. "I
felt all along that our best hockey
was ahead of us. We just hope it
isn't too far ahead.i"

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Michigan right wing Brad McCaughey slams a
McCaughey, the Wolverines second leading scorer,
17 assists.

Ferris State player in action earlier this season.
is steamrolling through the season with 17 goals and



Moran stars for

Marty Moran of the men's swim
team began the new year in style
as he upset West Germany's
Micheal Gross in the 200-yard
butterfly at the Mission Bay New
Year's Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.
Moran came from nearly two
seconds behind to touch out Gross,
1:49.11 to 1:49.15.
Gross is the current world record
holder in the event and winner of
two Olympic gold medals.
"It was a real Rambo-like
swim," commented head coach Jon
Urbanchek. "He showed a lot
courage coming back the way he did
and staying in control of his race."
The three day meet concluded the

team's two week long tr
camp in Miami.
The Wolverine's took t
three places in the 100 back
as Mike Creaser, Brent Lan
Dave Goch all finished wi
second of each other. Creas
Lang also took the gold in t
back and 200 individual m
Other individuals turni
outstanding swims were Jan
and Bjorn Warland. Olse
double wins in the 100 an
breaststroke with times of
and 2:03.29 while Warlandl
field in the 500 free (4.32.3
turned in a lifetime best in th
free (15:46.34) good for third

swi miers
aining In addition to his upset victory
Moran also won the 100 butterfly
he top and had a hand in the winning 400
:stroke medley relay of Creaser, Olsen, and
g, and Dave Kerska.
ithin a Overall, Urbanchek was very
ser and happy with the team's performance.
he 200 "It was a really positive way to
nedley start the new year," he said.
The Wolverines, last year's Big
ng in Ten champions, head into the heart
Olsen of the season with a 4-0 record.
-n had Junior Dave Goch echoed
id 200 Urbanchek's words. "The
57.14 determination of the team was
led the shown by the outstanding
4) and performances by the team during
e 1650 the training came as well as the
place. Classic.


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