vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
Tuesday, January 26, 1988
The Michigan Daily
...blessing in disguise?
By JULIE HOLLMAN
With only four more weeks remaining in the 1987-88 hockey sea'
son, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings don't look
much different from the way they have in the past three years - except
for the third place spot.
The stranger hovering just within the top third of the league is
Michigan, a team which has seen no better than seventh since the 1984-
Despite suffering a tough loss to Ferris State last Saturday, the
Wolverines look strong. "You have to give Michigan credit," said
Bulldog head coach John Perpich. "They're a great team and I think they
can win the division."
Winning the CCHA title looks doubtful, but Michigan should at
least make its presence felt as the season winds down. The Illinois-
Chicago series, Jan. 15-16, marked the first time this season head coach
Red Berenson has been able to compile three strong lines. These three
combinations propelled the Wolverines to their first conference sweep
over the Flames and the dominance continued into the next series.
LAST FRIDAY night against Ferris, the Wolverines controlled
the game. After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, Michigan came
back in the second to score four goals and unsettle the Bulldogs for the
rest of the night.
More importantly, Michigan continued its firing attack in the third
period, its chronic trouble spot, by slapping in four more goals.
Saturday, the Wolverines played strong again but only for two-thirds
of the game. They came out of the lockerroom sluggishly and didn't
begin to play until the second period. They then battled back from a
three goal deficit to tie the game before giving up a power play goal and
an insurance goal in the third frame.
If Michigan has one major flaw at this point, it is the failure to play
the full 60 minutes. Keeping the intensity level high will be a key to
Michigan's success against Michigan State and Lake Superior, the
One player whose intensity has been on overload is Bryan Deasley.
Since working his way back to 100 percent after missing the first six
weeks of the season, Deasley has made up for lost time.by scoring in
10 of the last 11 games, including two hat tricks in the last fourgames.
Besides Deasley's scoring barrage, another major factor in the
Wolverines' improvement is the rash of injuries. "You don't like to
look at injuries in a positive light, but it gave other players an oppor-
tunity to play, which increased our depth," said Berenson.
THE PLAYER who has benefitted the.most from this ironic for-
tune is newcomer Jim Ballantine. Since the beginning of the new year
when four wingers dropped in and out 'of the lineup, Ballantine has
scored six of his seven points.
Others who reacted positively to the voids left by the casualties, are
Todd Brost, Billy Powers, and Don Stone. When the injuries reached
their height, the three were placed on the same line in order to counter-
act the loss of fire power provided by Joe Lockwood and Brad Mc-
The new line met the demands by taking over the offense. Brost, the
junior captain, has scored seven of his 16 goals in the last nine games.
In his last eight games, Powers has scored 18 of his 35 points while
increasing his scoring streak to 19 of the last 20 games. Stone refused
to be left out and reacted by scoring 13 of his 28 points in the last nine
For the first time in Berenson's Michigan coaching career, the
Wolverines look destined to go beyond the first round of the playoffs.
Right now, the team is on the brink of being ready to seriously contend
for an NCAA bid.
Daily Photo by DAVID LUBLINER
Todd Brost (9) has benefitted from the recent rash of injuries to hit the Wolverines. By scoring 15 of his 35 points in the last nine games, he
has emerged as one of Michigan's top scoring threats.
SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y
Men spikers defeat Fort Wayne Bible
College, Michigan State over weekend
By STEVEN COHEN
Competing with little financial or
fan support , Michigan's men's
club volleyball team has nonetheless
opened its season with three
The men's volleyball team
participates on the club level. In
other words, the team must spike,
set, block, and volley without the
monetary aid accorded to teams on
the Division I level. In fact, the
members of the team bought their
First-year head coach Peg Mc-
Carthy, who doubles as the women's
assistant coach, must deal with addi-
tional duties unrelated to coaching.
"The school gives us a certain
amount of aid but we also rely on
the players' parents and outside
sources for donations."
forced the Wolverine squad to miss
the national championships last
year, but neither money nor talent
should hold back the team this year.
"I think we will finish in the top
eight in the nationals in Maryland.
We have a big, blocking team," said
In order to succeed at the nation-
als, Michigan's team must continue
t to perform at a high level. In their
first contest this year, the team de-
feated Grand Valley State with club
captain Tony Rodriguez and sopho-
more Bill Fink performing capably
for the Wolverines.
THIS PAST weekend, Michi-
gan topped Fort Wayne Bible Col-
lege and Michigan State. Coach
McCarthy had two objectives, to
win and to give all 15 members
playing time. She accomplished
In the first match against Michi-
gan State the team dropped the third"
game, 15-13, but won the others,
15-3,15-13, and 15-5.
Michigan also needed four games
to defeat FWBC on Saturday. Coach
McCarthy was disappointed in los-
ing a game but was glad that she
could play everyone. Michigan won
15-1, 12-15, 15-4, and 15-4.
Next on the schedule is Notre
Dame on Saturday. Last year the
Irish gave the Midwest Champion
Wolverines their stiffest competi-
tion. "Notre Dame has some strong
outside hitters. We must concentrate
on our passing and defense to win,"
McCarthy feels that this team is
better than last year's and should fare
well against the remaining competi-
tion. The schedule includes such
schools as Toledo, Bowling Green,
Illinois State, and Miami of Ohio.
Women cagers lose again
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team took its show on the road
Sunday to DeKalb, Ill., but the re-
sult was definitely not a "hit".
The home court advantage, along
with 33 Michigan turnovers, enabled
Northern Illinois to capture a 81-78
victory over the Wolverines.
While Michigan head coach Bud
VanDeWege was disappointed with
the Wolverines' 31 shooting perfor-
mance against Michigan State, the
Wolverines responded with a 52 per
cent shooting performance.
NORTHERN Illinois forward
Gena Stubbs led the Huskies with a
game-high 26 points. Stubbs domi-
nated the first-half in leading North-
ern to a 39-38 halftime lead.
Sophomore Tanya Powell who
scored 25 points and grabbed 10 re-
bounds fueled the Wolverine attack.
Lisa Reynolds played a supporting
role with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Michigan's Leslie Spicer was a
welcome surprise in her first start of
the season. The sophomore forward
scored her season-high 21 points,
while keeping the Wolverines close.
Stubbs put Northern Illinois up
for good with a three-point play with
3:08 left in the contest. Spicer
closed the Huskie lead to one with
eight seconds left with a jump shot
but, Stubbs once again grabbed cen-
t ter stage with the final two points of
VanDeWege was not exactly
pleased with the referees after the
game. He criticized the officials for
missing "a lot of obvious stuff," and
favoring the home team.
... season-high 21 points
3. L. Superior
4. Michigan St.
11. St. Lawr.
14. Bowl. Green
0 0 39
0 0 37
0 0 2.5
2 2 23
3 0 16
3. MICHIGAN 1 3 1 1 0 2 6
4. W. Michigan 12 9 1 25
5. Bowl. Green 11 9 2 24
6. Ferris State 8 12 4 20
7. Ill. Chicago 8 13 1 .17
8. Ohio State 5 13 4 '14
9. Miami, Ohio 5 18 1 11
Jan. 29 Games
Michigan State at MICHIGAN,
Bowling Green at Ill. Chicago
Lake Superior at W. Michigan
Ohio State at Ferris State
x-Mich. Dearborn at Miami
Jan. 30 Games
MICHIGAN at Michigan State,
Bowling Green at. Ill. Chicago
Lake Superior at W. Michigan
Ohio State at Ferris State
x-Mich. Dearborn at Miami
W L T Pts
16 4 4 36
16 5 3 35
Knight will not resign
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., (AP) -
Indiana University basketball coach
Bob Knight denied rumors yesterday
that he was resigning after his
team's subpar performance so far
this season, calling the reports
Indiana University President
Thomas Ehrlich also denied the ru-
mor, saying early last evening ,
"No, coach Knight did not resign.
Right Now he should be out on the
court practicing basketball."
The Hoosier practices are closed
and Knight could not be reached for
direct comment, but he attempted to
scotch the rumors last night at the
start of his radio talk show.
"The key word in the whole thing
is bull," Knight said. "If we com-
ment on it now we might as well
comment on it for four hours:"
The rumors apparently started
yesterday afternoon with an Indi-
anapolis radio station, WIBC. After-
noon disc jockey Jerry Baker went
on the air to report that listeners had
called to inquire whether Knight had
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