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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 7, 1989



just can't slip



By Mike Gill
Daily Sports Editor
After being eliminated from last
year's Central Collegiate Hockey
Association playoffs, Michigan
coach Red Berenson said it felt like
"your house just burned down."
However, entering this season,
Berenson's sixth behind the Wolver-
ine bench, that charred house's
foundation is extremely sturdy and
expectations are in place for the
most successful Michigan season
since they finished as NCAA runner-
up in 1976-77.
Michigan finished the 1988-89
campaign in fourth place of the
Central Collegiate Hockey Associa-
tion, the highest finish of the
Berenson era.
Bolstered by nine returning se-
niors, the Wolverines sport an expe-
rienced team, led by co-captains
Mike Moes and Alex Roberts. The
two captains have contrasting
characters - but both worked to-
gether to have successful junior sea-
Moes, a forward, battled mono
his sophomore season and his goal
scoring dropped to five, despite gar-
nering 27 assists. At the start of last
season, Moes questioned whether his
career was headed in the right direc-
tion. The brooding proved unneces-
sary as he proceeded to notch 14
goals and 24 assists.
Moes' highlight of the year was
scoring the game winner of the Great
Lakes Invitational tournament in
overtime bringing Michigan back
from a 5-1 deficit to a 6-5 victory
over North Dakota.
Roberts, unlike the quiet and
unassuming Moes, not only turned
his game around but also his on-ice
personality. At one point during his
first year as a Wolverine, Berenson
was ready to cut Roberts. As Beren-
son quips, "there was a time when I
was ready to offer Alex the chance to
become a full time student."

Instead, almost three years later,
Berenson will have the capital letter
"C" emblazoned on Roberts' No. 20
jersey. But Roberts turnaround has
been more than just off the ice. In
his first year, Roberts made the
penalty box his second home. He
was tough, but lacked discipline.
Roberts now stands as the
cornerstone of the Wolverine de-
fense, and one of the league's pre-
mier defensemen.
'From every angle
you look at it, as
students, people and
athletes, this is a
good class coming to
a team moving in the
right direction.'
- Michigan Hockey
Coach Red Berenson
Last season, the Wolverines
gained home ice advantage for the
first time ever in the conference
playoffs. Bowling Green prematurely
ended the Wolverines season in the
first round of the CCHA playoffs
with a triple overtime victory in the
deciding third game.
However, it wasn't because of
Wolverine goaltender Warren
Sharples that Bowling Green ad-
vanced. Sharples turned away fifty-
plus shots during the game.
Sharples, after a mediocre start
last year, lost his full-time starting
position, but reclaimed his spot at
the GLI. He went on to be named
All-Tournament Goaltender. Later in
the season the Calgary, Alberta na-
tive was recognized as CCHA
Despite his fierce competitiveness
on the ice, his teammates attest to a
lighter side while on the concrete.
Sharples describes himself as "a
happy-go-lucky guy. Nothing much

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Michigan Co-captain Mike Moes will be looked at to lead the Wolverines into the NCAA playoffs. Michigan nearly missed the tournament last season, losincg to Bowling Green
in the CCHA plavoffs. Moes rebounded from an off season the vear before to net 14 aoals and 24 assists.

bothers me. There's no point of get-
ting too upset about anything.
Denny Felsner must avoid the
dreaded "sophomore jinx" and dazzle
the Wolverine faithful like he did
last year, scoring 30 and totaling 19
The Wolverines lose only four
players to graduation, but Myles
O'Connor and Todd Brost will be
missed. O'Connor received All-
American status, All-League, and
just about every other "All-" award.
Brost was the team MVP inspiring
people with his gritty play and hus-
To fill their void, Michigan iced
six recruits, a class which Berenson
said he would not trade with any
other school in the country. "From
every angle you look at it, as stu-
dents, people and athletes, this is a
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good class coming to a team moving
in the right direction," Berenson
All six are expected to play im-
mediately and the three forwards
should play on the top three lines,
creating a team with the most depth
in Berenson's tenure.
Leading the way will be Mark
Ouimet, a center from Ontario, who
could become a fearsome scorer and
defenseman Chris Tamer, who may
become the torch-bearer for rough-
house defense once Roberts moves
along. Tamer practices boxing in a
Windsor gym.
All in all, hopes are high entering
the season. The Wolverines may not
quite have the gusto to knock out
league champion Michigan State,
but are on the verge.

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U' students press
harassment charges
January 10, 1989 - Four mem-
bers of the Michigan hockey team
are suspected of harassing two fe-
male University students on their
way home from the Nectarine Ball-
room Jan. 3, according to Michigan
hockey coach Red Berenson.
The survivors, who are pressing
harassment charges, also plan to file
charges under the University's anti-
discrimination and harassment pol-
"I don't like it," Berenson said.
"Obviously, it's not something that
anybody should do - particularly
when your an athlete. This might go
on every day, but when you're an
athlete, you're more vulnerable, you
live in a glass house. You can't
make a mistake."
Players plead no contest
to assault charges
January 16, 1989 - Four Uni-
versity students were arraigned in the
15th district court yesterday on
charges of harassing two women on
campus earlier this month.
The women filed the misde-
meanor harassment charge against
four men who they say chased them
in a truck from N. University St. to

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yelling sexually abusive threats as
the women walked home.
Jeffery Urban, Todd Copeland,
Mark Sorenson, and Bradley Turner,
all members of the varsity hockey
team, pleaded no contest to the
A few hours after their arraign-
ment, the students delivered a letter
to the Daily apologizing to the
women and the University commu-
nity. "We had no intention to
frighten or harass anyone, but now
we realize that what we did was of-
fensive. Our only explanation is that
we are young and acted impul-
sively," the letter stated.
POWER calls for 'U'
response to harassment
January 27, 1989 - About 15
people gathered in front of hockey
coach Red Berenson's office yester-
day to protest what they called a lack
of University and Athletic Depart-
ment response to a Jan. 3 incident in
which four University hockey play-
ers were accused of harassing two
Members of People Organized for
Women, Equality and Rights
(POWER), who organized the pro-
test, submitted a memo Jan. 20 to
Berenson and several other admin--

istrators, citing their anger at the
administration's failure to act against
the involved players.
The four men, who were sen-
tenced to 50 hours of community
service, a $180 fine, and six months
probation, have continued to play in
hockey matches and have not re-
ceived any punitive measures from
the Athletic Department.
POWER holds protest
at M' hockey game *
February 6, 1989 - Amidst the
cheers for the Wolverine hockey
team Friday night were angry shouts
by 25 students protesting the lack of
response from the University and the
Athletic Department to a crime of
harassment involving four Univer-
sity hockey players.
The protesters, assembled by
POWER, held picket signs an.
chanted "No harassers on the ice,"
and "Is sexual harassment part of the
University agenda for women?"
through the second period of the
game at Yost Ice Arena.
-Compiled by NSE Editor Alex
Gordon from reports by Mike Gill,
Josh Mitnick, Anna Senkevitch, and
Monica Smith

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