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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 1, 1988

Blue

Michigan steals
Lakers' thunder

Injuries to 'M'

defense

Lines

concern Schembeq

BY LISA GILBERT
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
SAULT STE. MARIE - Sault Ste. Marie isn't
exactly a major midwestern tourist attraction. But
residents of the city do have one claim to fame - the
1988 NCAA national champion Lake Superior State
Laker hockey team - and they won't let you forget it.
Upon entering the town's borders, one is immediately
surrounded by signs boasting of this accomplishment.
Everywhere you go there are visible reminders in the
form of hats, billboards and any other type of Laker
paraphernalia. It's easy to see-tow visiting teams can be
intimidated by all the hype.
Yet all of the attention did not distract the Michigan
hockey team, which made the trek to Sault Ste. Marie
last weekend to face Lake Superior in a two-game series.
In the Wolverines' first-ever road sweep of the Lakers,
it was Michigan who displayed all the qualities of a
championship-caliber team. Qualities such as:
Talent: offense, defense, and goalkeeping. Michigan
coach Red Berenson said: "I don't think this is as much
of an upset as people think. Either team could have won,
but we were ahead most of the weekend. We did
everything we had to do to win. (Warren) Sharples played
very well in the net. We got some key goals and it was a
great team effort."
Resiliency: the ability to bounce back after being
down. "To come up here and beat the national champs
after last weekend's disappointment (against Illinois-
Chicago) is a good sign that the team can come back, "
said right winger Billy Jaffe.
Leadership: the stellar performance of senior co-
captain Todd Brost. "He played like a captain and scored
big goals for us," said Berenson. "He's a leader and that's
what it's all about."
Poise: maintaining discipline even when the Lakers
didn't. "When they got down, they got frustrated and

started taking a few cheap shots," said defenseman Mark
Sorensen. "We kept our heads though, and that was a big
part of the game too."
Class: something that Lake Superior lacked. Not
only did Laker coach Frank Anzalone refuse to comment
after the game, but he prohibited his players from
talking. By contrast, the Wolverines repeatedly turned
away from Laker attempts to provoke fights.
Killer instinct: not settling for a split and playing
with just as much intensity Saturday night. Said Brost
after Friday night's overtime victory: "We have to nu
this game behind us and come out tomorrow night H
we did in the first period. It's a two-game series, and we
can't live on past success."
Confidence: the Wolverines' ability to beat the
national champs, a team that won all four games against
Michigan last year. "Talent-wise, we're a better team, "
said defenseman Alex Roberts. "All we have to do is
work hard and we'll win."
Big Hearts: said a smiling Berenson after Saturday
night's victory: "I wanted to find out what kind of
character our team had, and I found out this weekend.
We're not as big as their team, but we've got a lot of
big hearts."
Despite their weekend success which gave them sole
possession of second place in the CCHA, the Wolverines
(4-1-1) remained cautiously optimistic.
"Everyone is happy but we've got to be realistic and
look forward to Bowling Green next weekend," Sorensen
said.
Senior co-captain Myles O'Connor said: "We can't'
rest on our laurels. We've got to keep going. Every
weekend is going to be tough like this."
The season is still young, and the road to the playoffs
will be a rugged one for Michigan. Still the Wolverines,
taking a cue from Lake Superior, showed flashes of all
the ingredients needed in building a championship-caliber
team.

BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
Michigan controls its own
Rose Bowl destiny. With wins in
their last three games, the 14th-
ranked Wolverines would head for
Pasadena. Nothing to worry
about, right?
Not if you're Wolverine coach
Bo Schembechler. Schembechler
signalled defensive depth and
Michigan's final three opponents
as his major concerns heading
into the last stretch of the season.
"(The defense) doesn't have a
lot of depth right now,"
Schembechler said. "Whether it
will hold up these last three
games is the real key."
CORNERBACK David
Arnold and linebacker John
Milligan both missed Saturday's
game against Northwestern.
Schembechler does not think
either will return against
Minnesota, but he does not rule
out the possibility. Arnold, out
with a hamstring injury, started
running in practice again
yesterday.
Todd Plate did a good job
replacing Arnold, according to
Schembechler, but Arnold is
clearly more proven and
experienced.
In a related development,
defensive lineman John
Herrmann, out since the Wake
Forest game, had back surgery for
a disc injury Friday. "His hope
and our hope is to be back in '89
for his last season,"
Schembechler said.
ANY MORE injuries to the
defensive line would force an
inexperienced player into the
lineup.
According to Schembechler,
that and the uncertain status of

DAVID LUBLINER/Dally
Cornerback Todd Plate made his first career start against
Northwestern, filling in for the injured David Arnold.

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Milligan and Arnold could be
major problems considering the
remaining schedule.
"I think we got three really
tough games," Schembechler
said. "Minnesota's dangerous,
Illinois is volatile, and what can I
say about Ohio State."
OHIO STATE is
floundering with a 1-4 conference
record, but Schembechler expects
a different Buckeye team by the
time he gets to Columbus.
Illinois has a loss and tie in

its last two games but started 3-
0 in conference.
Michigan's next opponent,
Minnesota, has yet to post a
victory in the Big Ten, but
Schembechler still worries. The
last time Minnesota visited Ann
Arbor, the Gophers knocked off
the highly favored, undefeated
Wolverines.
"The circumstances are
similar," Schembechler said. "I
don't want the result to be the
same."

6zi
,.., ..

M' alum
wins
Chicago
Marathon

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Lisa Weidenbach, a former
Michigan standout runner, won the
Chicago Marathon Sunday with a
personal-best time of 2 hours, 29
minutes, 18 seconds.
Weidenbach, the 1985 Boston
Marathon champion, battled Italy's
Emma Scaunich from miles eight
through 20 before pulling away to
win comfortably.
The winning time, in addition to
slicing two minutes off

Weidenbach's previous best, was the
fourth fastest marathon run by an
American woman.
Weidenbach, who finished fourth
in the Olympic trials in both 1984
and 1988, is the niece of Michigan
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Jack Weidenbach.
She shared the winner's platform
with men's champion Alejandro Cruz
of Mexico, who also ran a personal-
best time of 2:08:57.

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