The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 8, 1988-Page 11
icers set for
By DOUGLAS VOLAN
Michigan and Ohio State will
haul out the horses this weekend.
liayoff position jockeying has
=With just 12 games remaining,
this weekend's series at Yost Ice
Arena on Friday night (7:30) and
Saturday afternoon (3:00), is of great
Importance to both teams.
'The teams, which split their
Qtober series, are vying for
position in the upcoming CCHA
playoffs. "It's going to be a war
both nights," said Michigan center
Rpb Brown. "They're going to come
into our rink and hit and skate hard."
"They're a hard-working, feisty
team, and they've always played
ough against us," Michigan head
nes, Buckeyes vie for playoff advantage
coach Red Berenson added.
THE WOLVERINES (13-11,
9-9 in the CCHA) are clinging to
fourth place in the league, which
means a first-round home playoff ice
if they can maintain that position.
Ohio State is also feeling the
pressures of the competitive CCHA.
Although the Buckeyes are 4-10 in
league play and mired in eighth
place, they trail the Wolverines by
just six points.
"This weekend is critical for us,"
said Ohio State head coach Jerry
Welsh. "(Two wins) would put us in
an entirely different position. With
four points, we'd be back in the hunt
for the top four."
The Buckeyes, however, have a
difficult task in front of them.
Besides not having won a single
game on the road all year, Ohio
State will be running up against a
Michigan team that has won six of
its last eight games.
IN ADDITION, the Buckeyes
are plagued with problems in all
phases of their game. Their anemic
offense has scored just 67 goals all
season, dead last in the CCHA.
Defensively, they're not much
better. The Buckeyes have
surrendered 96 goals, second highest
in the league. This is particularly
disconcerting for Welsh, who felt
that defense was going to be the
strong point of his team.
"We expected (the defense) to be
better," said Welsh. "We have to
eliminate some of our defensive
lapses because we are capable of
making glaring defensive mistakes
which have hurt us in the last
Goaltending was also supposed to
be a strength for Ohio State. The
combination of Todd Fanning and
Roger Beedon was considered one of
the league's best at the start of the
season. Time, however, has proved
differently. Beedon is giving up over
five goals a game, and Fanning has
failed to live up to expectations with
his 4.37 goals against average.
Despite their shortcomings, Ohio
State remains a concern for
Berenson. "Over time, we've had
some real close games with them, so
we know we'll have our hands full,"
The Wolverines will also have to
overcome several key injuries.
Senior co-captains Brad McCaughey
and Joe Lockwood are both out.
McCaughey is suffering from a
sprained right knee, and Lockwood
has tendinitis in his right ankle.
"Everybody will have to pick up
a little bit of slack," said Berenson.
"We have the depth (at the wings)
and now it's up to the guys who are
getting an opportunity to play on a
more regular basis."
... out with tendinitis
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