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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 8, 1991 - Page 13
'i _ Clash of the Titans

No. 4 Wolverine icers face off with No. 5 Minnesota

by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
By playing 234 times since 1922,
once-Western Collegiate Hockey
Association rivals Michigan and
Minnesota created one of the most
storied rivalries in collegiate
hockey. But after Michigan joined
the Central Collegiate Hockey As-
sociation in 1981, the series sagged.
The squads will play for the
first time since the 1986-87 hockey
season tonight and tomorrow at
Yost Ice Arena. While both teams
have a rich hockey history, Min-
nesota (4-2 in the WCHA and over-
all) has had the edge in recent years.
"When we played them five
years ago, they were a good team and
we weren't," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We've paid our dues,
and I'm glad to have them back.
There are a lot of people who re-
member when Minnesota was in our
conference, and it was a great ri-
valry."
Although Berenson is the only
person involved with the current
Michigan team to have played
against the Gophers - and that was
30 years ago - Minnesota's No. 5
national ranking constitutes all the
motivation No. 4 Michigan (2-2-1 in
the CCHA and overall) will need.
"It's good for the team to play a
high-ranked team. It is good to get
the experience," Michigan forward
David Oliver said. "How we play
against teams in other conferences,
like the WCHA and teams like
Minnesota, is important - both to
us and the voters, and at the end of
the year for the tournaments."
In last weekend's sweep of
Western Michigan, the Wolverines
beat a team with strong defensemen.

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Fiona Davidson and the Wolverines look to avenge an early-season loss
to Penn State tomorrow at Keen Arena.
'M' spikers hope to
. cash-in Lady Lions

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
There are only five home matches
left for the Michigan volleyball
team, so the Athletic Department
has come up with new ways to add
excitement to the end of the season.
Consider tomorrow night's "$2,000
Dash for Cash."
: Spotlights will flash, music
will throb ... oops, that's Da Bulls.
Actually, the "Dash" is a timed
contest where a handful of ran-
domly selected spectators will race
across the court, grabbing as much
of the scattered money as they can.
It's their's to keep.
And, oh yeah, the match between
the Wolverines (7-6 in the Big Ten,
16-8 overall) and Penn State (19-3,
9-3), which begins at 7:00, should be
interesting as well. Michigan is
coming off a tough 3-2 loss to
Michigan State in East Lansing
Wednesday.
Michigan coach Peggy Bradley-
Doppes said that the team could
benefit from recuperation time, but
part of the difficulty of the Big Ten
schedule is that there is little
"breathing room" for a team to re-
cover in after a tough defeat.
The Wolverines can only hope
that enough breathing room remains
to avoid suffocation at the hands of
the Lady Lions. Penn State dispersed
with Michigan in three games ear-
lier this year, and has won five
straight matches going into its

match at Michigan State tonight.
"The only home court advantage
we may have," Bradley-Doppes
quipped, "is if something happens to
the Penn State bus in between East
Lansing and here."
Lady Lion coach Russ Rose dis-
agreed.
"The fact that (the Wolverines)
were travelling, and the fact that
we'll be travelling will have a bear-
ing on the match," Rose said. "I'm
certainly not looking past Michigan
State or Michigan."
Penn State is solid on both sides
of the ball. Offensively, five Lady
Lions have over 150 kills, with
middle blocker Leanne Kling top-
ping the group with 311. On defense,
Penn State has limited opponents to
a .142 hitting percentage this season.
Still, both coaches said they ex-
pect a competitive match.
"Typically, we play equal to the
level of our opponent," Bradley-
Doppes said. "Just well enough to
win, or just well enough to get beat.
Kind of a mirror image. I'm hoping
against Penn State, we come out a
lot more focused (than at Michigan
State)."
The match will be the first in
Keen Arena since the death of Cliff
Keen Tuesday. It will not be decided
until after today's 1 p.m. memorial
service whether any special cere-
monies will be held in his honor.

BRIAN CANTONI/Daily
Ted Kramer and his Michigan teammates hope to improve their 2-1-1 record as they square off against the 4-2
Minnesota Gophers tonight and tomorrow at Yost Ice Arena.

While the Gophers' blueliners, led
by first-round NHL pick Doug
Zmolek and second-rounder Mike
Muller, are comparable to West-
ern's, their forwards are superior.
"Minnesota has stronger for-
wards than any team we've played,
and probably better than any team in
the CCHA or that we will play this

season," Berenson said.
Both squads entered the season
with high expectations. The biggest
difference between the teams is ex-
perience. Minnesota lost eight let-
ter-winners at the end of last season,
twice as many as Michigan.
"If we work hard and do all the
small things right, we will win,"

Oliver said. "The team that works
the hardest is the team that's going
to win, and we're going to be that
team."
The Wolverines hope to improve
on last weekend's dismal power-
play performance. Michigan con-
verted only three of 20 chances
against the Broncos.

Wolverine kickers seek state title

by Mike Rancilio
The best soccer team in the state
of Michigan will emerge this week-
end. And the Michigan men's soccer
club hopes to wear that crown.
The Wolverines take on nemesis
Oakland University Saturday at 7
p.m. at Rochester High. Although
this will be the final match of the
season, the club still has much to
prove. Oakland (12-5-2 overall) has
defeated Michigan in close contests
the past two seasons and is ranked
No. 8 nationally in Division II.
"(Oakland) is one of the better
teams we'll play all year," said co-

captain Dick Hillary. "They are one
of the best teams in Michigan year
in and year out."
Rather than experiment with
younger players, Michigan (8-9-3)
will treat Saturday's game like a
tournament match, because of
what's at stake.
"This is the state bragging rights
game," Hillary said. "It determines
the best (soccer) program in the
state."
The game will be played under
the lights on a small field. The fore-
cast is for cold and snow, so the
Wolverines will try to utilize

short passes to combat the condi-
tions. They feel the team that better
adapts to the weather will be victo-
rious.
To end the season with a victory,
Michigan must find a way to slow a
potent Oakland offense lead by Eli
Tiomkin and Andrew Whastaff. The
Wolverines will count on stopper
Kelly Kuchne to continue his strong
defensive play and help shut down
the Oakland attack.
Oakland will be using this match
as preparation for the Division II
national tournament.

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