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Hockey
Intrasquad Scrimmage
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS
Thursday, October 6, 1988

Football
vs. Michigan State
Saturday, 12:15 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

The Michigan Daily

Page 9

THE SPORTING VIEWS

BY DAVID HYMAN
The biggest news in sports this summer belonged to
hockey. It is simply known as "The Trade."
Wayne Gretzky, the best player ever to lace up a pair
of skates, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings from the
Edmonton Oilers.
Tonight, the effects of the Gretzky trade will be felt
around the NHL as the pucks will drop to open the
1988-89 season. Despite the loss of Gretzky, the Oilers
still possess some of the best talent in the league and
will try to defend their fourth Stanley Cup title in five
years. With Grant Fuhr in goal and forwards Mark
Messier, Craig Simpson, Jari Kurri and former King
Jimmy Carson, Edmonton is still a favorite in the
Smythe Division.
THE CALGARY Flames saw last season's
accomplishment of finishing first overall go for naught
as the Oilers defeated their division rival in four straight
games in the playoffs. The Flames are looking for the
play of 1987 Rookie of the Year Joe Nieuwendyk,
Hakan Loob and Gary Suter to propel them again.
Even with Gretzky's arrival in L.A., the Kings
should not challenge for the division crown. The
Winnipeg Jets, led by forward Dale Hawerchuck, will
reach the playoffs again. Vancouver is almost assured of
another last-place finish.
Despite the indefinite suspensions of forwards Bob
Probert and Petr Klima for missing a practice and a
team flight, the Detroit Red Wings still have enough
talent to win the weak Norris Division. No other team
in the division has the firepower to challenge Steve
Yzerman and the remaining Wings.
THE ST. LOUIS Blues, upset over the charges of
sexual misconduct against center Doug Gilmour,
promptly traded him to the Flames. Forwards Bernie
Federko and Brett Hull pace the Blues. The Chicago
Blackhawks are led by Denis Savard, one of the best
centers in the league. The Minnesota North Stars, with
winger Dino Ciccarelli, look to improve upon last
year's last-place finish. As Gord Stellick, the Toronto
Maple Leafs' general manager said, "We are looking to
erase last season from our minds."
It took the Boston Bruins 45 years, but they finally

.up won't follow
,retzky to LA
defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs last'
year. Both teams remain the top contenders in the
Adams Division. The Bruins reached the Stanley Cup
Finals but bowed in four straight to the Oilers. Their
strengths lie with veterans Ray Borque, Ken Linseman,
Steve Kasper, and the goaltending tandem of Reggie
Lemelin and Andy Moog.
The Canadiens, who finished first in their division,
are led by the goaltending of Patrick Roy and Brian
Hayward. The two allowed an astonishingly low average
of 2.98 goals per game. Forwards Stephane Richer,
Mats Naslund and Bobby Smith lead the offensive
attack.
THE HARTFORD Whalers, Buffalo Sabres and
Quebec Nordiques will battle for the final two playoff
spots. Hartford is propelled by right wing Kevin Dineen:
and goalie Mike Liut. The Sabres are provided with
strong defense in goalie Tom Barasso and defenseman
Phil Housely. Forwards Michel Goulet and Peter
Statsny lead the Nordique offense.
The Patrick Division should provide the tightest race
of all. Only seven points separated the six teams last
season. The Philadelphia Flyers have the most talent in
goalie Ron Hextall, forwards Brian Propp and Dave
Poulin and defenseman Mark Howe.
The team that surprised everyone last year was New
Jersey, led by rookie goalie Sean Burke. The Devils
were one game away from the finals and are looking to
reach the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The New York Islanders will miss defenseman
Dennis Potvin, but will turn to former Wolverine Jeff
Norton to fill his skates. Veterans Bryan Trottier, Brent
Sutter, Pat LaFontaine and goalie Kelly Hrudey will
allow the Islanders to challenge again. The Washington
Capitals have the talent to win the division, but when
the playoffs arrive, they always take a dive.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York
Rangers, the two teams that failed to reach the playoffs
last season, are prepared to keep the race close. The
Penguins have league MVP Mario Lemieux and Paul
Coffey. The Rangers biggest attraction is forward Guy
Lafleur, who has come out of retirement at the age Sf
37, after recently being inducted into the Hall of Fame:

KAREN HANDELMAN/Daily
Spartans Jill Krumm (left) and Dawn Andrews block a spike attempt by Michigan's Julia
Sturm Wednesday night at Crisler Arena. Michigan lost the match, three games to two.
e~~s a Sers
MSU beats 'M' spikers

BY STEVEN COHEN
Last night's five-set,
heartbreaking loss to Michigan State
should prompt observers of the
Michigan women's volleyball team
to ask one question: Will the real
Wolverines please stand up?
It seemed as if there were two
Michigan teams on the court.
The see-saw contest showed that
if the Wolverines are to reverse their
five-game conference losing streak,
they will have to play with more
consistency and sustain their
intensity for the entire match.
"Our whole team is real
frustrated," said Michigan's first-year
setter Autumn Collins. "We're 0-5
in the Big Ten, but it's not that we
don't work as hard as every other
team."
MICHIGAN (10-8) came out
aggressively and took the first game,
15-5.

But the Spartans bounced right
back and took the second game
handily by a score of 15-3. MSU's
big hitters, Jill Krumm and Becky
Belanger, were able to take advantage
of Wolverine mistakes. Michigan
allowed the Spartans to score their
points in bunches.
IN GAME three a change in
sides provided a spark for Michigan.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 12-
2 lead as a great all-around effort
propelled the team. Collins,
emerging as the team quarterback in
the absence of the injured Marie Ann
Davidson, did a good job in setting
up her teammates.
Karen.Marshall, Wendy Raber,
and Carla Hunter each had a few kills
in the third game. Julia Sturm made
a tough dig which led to a Wolverine
rally, and the Wolverines won 15-5.
The Wolverines lost the
opportunity to put away the

Spartans in the fourth game as the
Spartans won, 15-5. MSU again
was able to accumulate points in
bunches. Leading 6-2, the Spartans
quickly expanded their lead to 11-2.
THE FINAL game showed the
Wolverines at their best and worst.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 10-
6 lead when a change in sides seemed
to hurt them. When they switched
over to the far end of the court, the
Spartans banged out seven
unanswered points. Having gained
the momentum, MSU never looked
back and withstood a late Michigan
rally to win, 15-12.
MSU - which lost to the
Wolverines in four games earlier this
season at the Ball State Invitational
- improved to 5-6 and 3-2.
"I'm very disappointed for the
team, "said Michigan coach Joyce
Davis. "The bright spot is that there
are 13 games left in the conference."

'M' soccer club blanks Macomb

The men's soccer club dominated
play Wednesday at Mitchell Field,
disposing handily of Macomb
Community College by a score of 3-
0. The victory improved Michigan's
record to 6-3-3.
"I was very pleased with our effort
today," said Michigan coach Mike
Ruddy. "We played strong defense and
had great midfield play."
The Wolverines opened the scoring

on a penalty kick goal by senior
sweeperback and captain Steve Burns
about two minutes into the game.
The other goals were scored by junior
striker Eric Moore and junior
midfielder Matt Dikin.
Michigan's next game is Friday at
4 p.m. at Mitchell Field against Ball
State.
- FROM STAFF REPORTS

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