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Hockey
vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Men's Gymnastics
vs. Minnesota
Tomorrow. 7 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, January 29, 1988

Page 10

Intense

icers set for strong

Spartans

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By JULIE HOLLMAN
Whenever Michigan and Michigan State get together
for a hockey game, the competition is always ruthless.
But this weekend, when the two teams clash at Yost
Ice Arena tonight at 7:30 and at Munn Ice Arena to-
morrow night, the intensity level will shatter the me-
tcr, as the stakes riding on this series are unusually
h igh.
"This series is going to be the most intense series
I've ever played in," said Wolverine goalie Warren
Sharples. "If you thought the last series between us
was intense, this one will surpass it greatly. We won't
be satisfied with anything but a sweep."

The reason the two teams are so fired up is that the
outcome could send one team soaring to new heights
and send the other plummeting.
Michigan State (16-5-3 CCHA, 18-7-3 overall) is
currently at the heels of Lake Superior State in the
Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings and
can pull into first place by winning one more game
than the Lakers. Michigan (13-11, 17-13) on the other
hand, will be fighting to maintain its third place
position.
The Wolverines presently stand nine points behind
the Spartans but only one point ahead of fourth-place
Western Michigan and two ahead of Bowling Green.

"The games at this point in the season always seem
more important," said Wolverine head coach Red
Berenson. "With so much at stake I sense it will mean
a lot to both teams to play well."
The last time these two rivals met, they each played
their best at home and ended the weekend with a split.
The victory for Michigan, however, marked the first
time in the last five meetings with Michigan State that
the Wolverines came out on top.
Last weekend the Spartans disposed of Illinois-
Chicago in two hard fought games. The sweep in-
creased the Spartans current winning streak to five
games.
In the midst of all their good fortune, however, the
Spartans suffered one major blow. After earning his
first career hat trick on Friday, first-year student Jeff
Harding received a major penalty for head-butting on
Saturday and has been suspended for this weekend's
series.
Spartan head coach Ron Mason expressed disap-
pointment in the loss of a star contributor. "The way
he was playing when he was thrown out, it's bound to
have a bearing," said the NCAA's fourth-winningest
coach. "Anytime you take out somebody who's having
success, it's going to have an impact because it forces
you to change your lines."
After being forced to digest a tough loss against
Ferris State last Saturday, Michigan should come out
of the locker room with a vengeance.
"Whenever a team doesn't play its best and they get
upset about it, that's good because we usually bounce
back and have an even better game," said Berenson. "I
think we all felt that we let that game slip away from
us and we have to make up for it."
The results for each team could rest on the shoulders
of its goalie. Both netminders are coming off strong
performances. Two weeks ago Sharples earned CCHA
Player-of-the-Week honors for his efforts against Illi-
nois-Chicago and last weekend, MSU's rookie goalie
Jason Muzzatti notched his 13th straight CCHA vic-
tory in the series with the Flames.
Muzzatti also owns the second-best goals against
average in the league-2.96.

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Michigan State's Ron Mason is the fourth winningest
hockey coach in NCAA history.
Both coaches agree that consistency will play a key
role in the series. The Wolverines, however, have
experienced a difficult time grasping this concept and
Berenson points out that the team which makes the
most mistakes will probably lose.
"We haven't played as consistently as (Michigan
State) has and that's probably the difference in the two
teams," he said.
In trying to dispatch the Spartans, Michigan will
look to the hot stick of winger Bryan Deasley who
recorded four tallies against Ferris State, including a hat
trick Friday night, his second of the season.

Daily Photo by ROBIN LOZNAK,
Michigan goaltender Warren Sharples makes a save against Ferris State last week. He and the Wolverines
face off with Michigan State tonight at Yost Ice Arena and tomorrow night at Munn Arena in East Lansing.

M', MSU scoring leaders

Michigan
GP G
Brown,R 30 17
Powers, B 28 19
Brost, T 30 16
Stone, D 30 15
..O'Connor, M 29 8

A
20
17
19
14
18

Pts
37
36
35
29
26

Michigan State
GP G A
Reynolds, B 28 21 14
Heaphy, S 27 15 20,
Cole, D 28 12 23
McRe'olds, B 28 8 18
Russell, K 28 10 14

Pts
35
35
35
26
24

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS:
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By STEVEN GINNS
Losing is contagious and the
men's gymnastics team has been
over exposed to it this season.
Tomorrow night at Crisler Arena
(7 p.m.), the winless Wolverines
will try to end this affliction against
Minnesota.
According to head coach Bob
Darden that task will not be easy.
"Minnesota ranks right up there with
Ohio State," he said.
Ohio State originally passed the
disease on to the Wolverines in the
first meet of the year in whipping
them, 280.5-252.8.
In its next encounter, Michigan
fought back and improved its
chances to shake this contagious
disease by scoring a 266 in the
Windy City Invitational. Darden
looked for the recovery to progress.

However, the opportunity for a
quick recovery was not realized.
Illinois caused the losing to spread
by inflicting another defeat upon the
Wolverines, 278.95-258.6.
The diagnosis for this weekend
does not look good. Compounding
the slim chances for a recovery is an
injury to first year student Sven
Jonsson. A former member of the
Swedish National team, Jonsson
broke his ankle in practice.sCoach
Darden was pleased with Jonsson's
performances up to that point.
Women to battle
Ohido St., Penn St.
The confidence level is high as
the women's gymnastics team
travels to Columbus to battle Ohio

State and Penn State in a tri-meet
tonight.
Last week Michigan defeated
Illinois to improve its record to 2-1
overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten.
But the Wolverines will need
more than confidence to beat Ohio
State - the five year reigning Big

Ten champs. The Buckeyes have
averaged a score of 183 to
Michigan's 174 this season.
However, head coach Dana
Kempthorn feels her team can place
ahead of Penn State.
"I am looking to pull in second if
not stick right near Ohio State,?'
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Illini trio go
CHAMPAIGN (AP) - The
University of Illinois apparently will
not pursue disciplinary action
against three Illini basketball play-
ers, including leading scorer Kenny
Battle, who were involved in a car
crash, an official said yesterday.
Battle, 23, Larry Smith,19, and
Marcus Liberty, 19, were ticketed for

unblemished
illegal transportation of alcohol after
a three-car accident early Sunday.
Smith, the driver, also was ticketed
for driving too fast for conditions.
Battle, a junior forward, leads the
team with 16.2 points a game this
season, while Smith, a sophomore4
guard, is scoring 5.7 points a game.
Liberty is sitting out his first
season because of low scores on his
college entrance tests.

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