Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 20, 1989
'M' looks to tame
BY RICHARD EISEN
As the Michigan hockey team begins the final
leg of the CCHA season, they look around and
find a lot of company.
Just a week ago Michigan (10-9-3 CCHA; 12-
11-3 overall) reclaimed fourth place and put some
distance between it and a surging Bowling Green
squad. This weekend, they will try to do the same
in a home series against Ferris State, a team
which lurks only four points behind the
Things are so tight in the CCHA right now,
that if a team sneezed they might be able to
move up a notch in the standings. With only 10
points separating second and sixth place, teams
are jockeying for home-ice playoff positions as
they enter the stretch drive.
"(Ferris State) is not far off the pace,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "They will
see these games as an opportunity to catch
Michigan. We're looking at them as games to
get ahead of Bowling Green and Ferris State and
to try and catch Chicago."
MICHIGAN is three points ahead of the
Falcons and three points behind third place
Ferris State, like Bowling Green, will play
the Wolverines on a winning streak. Last
weekend, the Bulldogs swept last-place Miami to
pull within a sweep of Michigan.
Ferris State (9-12-1 CCHA; 12-12-2 overall),
however, limps into Yost this weekend without
its top two scorers, John dePourcq and Andy
Black. dePourcq, last year's CCHA Rookie-of-
the-Year, will be sidelined by a bad shoulder
while Black is out with a knee injury.
Defensmen Brad Turner and Todd Copeland are
questionable for Michigan this weekend due to
injuries, Berenson said.
"Both of our leading scorers which we
normally count on to produce are injured,"
Bulldog coach John Perpich said. "So we've
reorganized a little bit and we're asking everyone
to dig down and give us a little more."
THE PERSON Perpich probably hopes
will dig down the most is senior center, Rod
Schluter. Last weekend, Schluter nailed down his
fourth hat trick of his career in the Saturday night
6-3 win over Miami.
Michigan swept the first season series against
Ferris State, with the second game of the sweep
being a 9-0 whitewash of the Bulldogs. While
Berenson contends the game was closer than it
seemed, many Wolverines had nights to
Don Stone recorded his first career hat trick
and Denny Felsner capped a six-point weekend
that night. Goalie Warren Sharples recorded his
second shutout against the Bulldogs, saving 17
"I think (Ferris is) going to remember us
going in and sweeping them in their own
building," Sharples said. "I certainly think
they're going to use that as motivation."
Said Perpich, "We feel we have something to
prove after our series with Michigan."
While the revenge factor is working against
Michigan, the schedule is in their favor. With the
exception of Michigan State, the Wolverines
play the bottom three of the CCHA for the rest
of the season (Ohio State, Western Michigan and
"I feel good about our position, but we won't
stay there long if we don't win," Berenson said.
"We've got to win these games. This is a must
win weekend for us."
Michigan defensmen Todd Copeland (2) and Brad Turner are
both questionable for this weekend's series against Ferris
State. Ferris State trails Michigan by only four points.
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said. "If we can play this weekend
the way the we've been practicing
during the week, I'll be very happy."
For offense, the Wildcats go to
forward Carrie Lawless, who is
averaging 12.8 points per game with
5.2 rebounds, and center Mia
Whitmore (13.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg), while
guard Nancy Kenally is the 'Cats top
defensive player with 19 steals this
season, along with 72 assists.
Even with the improvement in
his lineup, Michigan worries
Perrelli. "Tempie Brown has proven
that she can play, and both (Leslie)
Spicer and (Tanya) Powell are
impact players. They are a well-
coached, aggressive team that will
play hard every single game. It will
be a typical Big Ten game. We'll
have to play well."
Wisconsin coach Mary Murphy
also likes Michigan's lineup.
"Brown always has good games
against us. Michigan's quickness
creates matchup problems for us. We
have a height advantage, but we are
in a shooting slump."
First-year point guard Amy Bauer
will direct Murphy's offense, even
with an ankle injury that affects her
performance. Bauer hopes to be
creating opportunites for
Wisconsin's scorers, guard Kay
Fredrickson and center and native
Ann Arborite, Janetta Johnson. The
6-3 Johnson creates defensive
opportunities as well, she leads the
nation in blocked shots, averaging
6.1 per game.
VanDeWege respects the third-
year coach Murphy, who has led the
Badgers to a 7-5 record this season.
Track team gears up for
Saturday's Michigan Relays
BY JOSH MITNICK
The indoor season for the men's
track team will shift into full gear
tomorrow when the Wolverines host
the Michigan Relays at the Track
and Tennis Building.
Like most of the meets on the
squad's indoor schedule, the Relays
will be an "open" meet, and no team
like Michigan almnus Greg Meyers
and Notre Dame graduate Chuck
Aragon will improve the field of
competition for the Wolverine's
distance squad. Meyers placed first in
the Boston Marathon, and Aragon
finished fourth in the Olympic
Assistant Coach Ron Warhurst
said that since many runners will be
competing for the first time, the
team would be shooting for times
under 4:10 in the mile competion.
"Even though the meet is going
to be low-key, the mile will be
tough," junior Brad Barquist said.
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score will be kept. Michigan State,
Eastern Michigan, and Toledo are
some of the bigger schools that will
send their squads to compete in the
Because the meet is open, runners
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Michigan coach Jack Harvey said
he was looking for a steady
progression in the performances of
the squad as they progress through
the indoor season and approach the
"Every meet that we have is sort
of a lead-up to the conference meet,"
Harvey said. "Hopefully that's when
these guys will run their best
Senior half-miler Matt Butler
added that most of the team has not
gotten back in shape after the break:
"Everybody's just trying to get back
On an individual level, Harvey
said that another goal would be
making sure that theWolverine
standouts qualified for the NCAA
"What we're looking at with our
quality people - like Sherer and
Barquist in the distance, and Irvine
and Darr in the pole vault - is
qualifying for the NCAA. They will
be attempting to do that at every
meet they go to until they qualify,"
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