vs. Athletes in Action
Thursday, 8 p.m.
The Palace of Auburn Hills
vs. Ohio State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michiqan Daily Tuesday, November 19, 1991 Paq 9
by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's water polo
team concluded one of its best sea-
sons ever Sunday afternoon, winning
the Midwest Regional Champi-
onship Tournament for only the
second time in Wolverine history.
In the wake of a six-game sweep
of the Big Ten Championships last
weekend in Evanston, the Wolver-
ines returned to Ann Arbor to host
the Midwest Regionals, where they
entered competition as the top-
Michigan lived up to its billing
by opening play Saturday morning
with a 20-3 victory over Bowling
Green. The Wolverines continued to
roll through their afternoon
matches, notching 18-6 and 17-5 vic-
tories against Michigan State and
"We didn't have any of the prob-
lems against Michigan State that we
had last weekend at Northwestern,"
Michigan head coach Scott Russell
said. "Defensively it was a real sim-
ilar game for us. Last week they
scored seven and this time they got
six. Our offense just destroyed their
defense this time. Similarly, against
Ohio State, the difference (from
games earlier this season) is that the
offense really kicked in."
Fittingly, Michigan found itself
lining up against Northwestern in
the title game Sunday morning. The
Wildcats had taken two of the sea-
son's four contests from the
Wolverines, handing Michigan its
only losses in the Big Ten. The
Wildcats had also frustrated the
Wolverines by winning both games
in comeback fashion late in the
However, in beating the host
Wildcats in the Big Ten finals last
weekend, 8-5, and holding them
scoreless in the fourth period, the
Wolverines took a decided edge of
confidence into the game.
The Wolverines won the match,
8-7. While the score indicates a close
contest, the Wolverines dominated
from start to finish. The Wildcats
were only able to narrow the mar-
gin once Michigan made late-game
"We pretty much dominated the
game," Russell said. "North-
western scored the last two goals in
typical Northwestern fashion,
putting the pressure on late in the
game, but I never really thought the
game was in question."
True to season-long form, senior
Steve Kulp paced the well-balanced
Wolverine scoring attack, netting
18 goals in the tournament's four
games. David Prince added nine
scores for the Wolverines, and
Aaron Frame chipped in with eight.
Michigan dominated the all-
tournament team selections. MVP
Dan Varner, Kulp, Frame, Jeff
Prince, and goaltender Mike
Winkelman all received first-team
all-Midwest honors. David Prince,
Matt Schaefer, Ben Ewy, Russ
Harada, and Paul Murray repre-
sented the Wolverines on the second
team. Kulp, Harada, and Murray all
hail from Ann Arbor Pioneer, while
the Prince brothers, Winkelman, and
Ewy attended Ann Arbor Huron.
While Michigan was very fo-
cused on winning the regional tour-
nament last week, the results of the
previous weekend were actually the
fulfillment of the team's top goal
for the season.
"The main goal of the season was
to win Big Tens," Varner said.
"Midwesterns was icing on the cake
- very good icing."
The Wolverines finished the sea-
son 22-2 in the Big Ten, 31-5 overall.
Michigan is the first Midwest team
to have reached the 30-victory
plateau in the last five years.
"We played a lot of games this
year, and I think that really helped
by Matt Rennie
Daily Football Writer
Michigan coach Gary Mo
pointed to the Wolverines' an
clash with Michigan State ast
biggest game of the year. Howe
considering the composition of
team, Moeller may want to re
sider who is his team's most h.
While outside linebackert
Simpson and right tackle Rob
herty are the only two Michigan
tives starting for the Wolver
Ohio natives dominate the lineuF
Quarterback Elvis Grbac
wide receiver Desmond Hor
both attended St. Joseph's F
School in Cleveland, while sta
tailback Ricky Powers played
prep school ball at Akron Buchi
The Michigan-Ohio State riv
has traditionally meant a lot to
Wolverines, but it carries a spc
weight with these players. *W
asked at yesterday's press lunc
how he would stay motivated
spite having wrapped up the Big
championship already, How
replied simply, "I'm from Ohio
Outside linebacker' B
Townsend echoed this sentin
when he expressed his feel
about the annual clash.
"Personally, it means a1
Townsend said. "I've got to
home for Thanksgiving next w
and I don't want to have to an
However, the feelings about
storied rivalry are not restricte
'We're going to beat Ohio
Ohio players. Everyone involved we do things the
quickly learns the nature of this there's no way you'
eller game. Senior linebacker Erick An- into our stadium an
nual derson, a Glenview, Ill., native, CALL THE EN(
their played against his home state's yet another two-t
ever, school Saturday, when the Wolver- formance against,
f his ines clinched a share of the Big Ten further solidified h
con- title by beating Illinois, 20-0. Still, phy chances. Florid
iated Anderson knows the overall inten- back Casey Wel
sity of this game. Howard's top con
Neil "This is the hardest-hitting col- gled Saturday in th
Do- lege football game of the year," tionally-televised 1
n na- Anderson said. "There's no game ami. Howard's 22
ines, that's any tougher." put makes him the
ps. Asked to compare the Ohio State the trophy.
and game to the one against another "I think he's a
ward fierce Michigan rival, Notre Dame, award," Skrepenaks
High Anderson replied, "It's not even
rting comparable." LOOKING FOR
I his Despite all the local connections, Skrepenak was irk
tel. the strongest link between the two Associated Press po
valry schools may be Moeller. Moeller Florida State ahea
) the played center and linebacker at Ohio ines. The Seminole
ecial State in 1960-62 under gridiron leg- Miami as the nati
Vhen end Woody Hayes. In 1962, Moeller team, finished th
heon was the Buckeyes' captain. while Michigan rem
de- "You don't have to look a long "That shouldn't
Ten way for a lot of extra motivation enak said. "I don
ward for this one," Moeller said. "This is played anybody,i
." one of the greatest rivalries in col- truth. It's just a fru
nran lege football." FoiaSaeb,
ment Offensive tackle Greg Skrepenak Florida State be
ings stoked the rivalry's fires by assur- hand the Wolverine
ing a Michigan victory. hn the sen.
lot," We know we're a better team Skrepenak if he t
a go than Ohio State," Skrepenak said. was better than Flot
week, "We're going to beat Ohio State.
swer It's as simple as that. We've got to "I believe s
come out fired up and show Ohio replied. "Let's pla
this State that we're Michigan and we're what happens. I'
-d to Michigan because we practice hard, Florida State again
right way, and
re going to cothe
d beat us."
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by Ken Sugiura
Daily Hockey Writer
other' OSU game
The Michigan hockey team's
match at Yost Arena with Ohio
State tonight is being played today
to avoid a Thanksgiving weekend se-
ries. Fittingly, the Wolverines have
much to be thankful for, and the
Buckeyes have been doing plenty of
The Wolverines (4-1-1 in the
Central Collegiate Hockey Asso
ciation, 6-1-1 overall) skate into the
contest with the wind fully behind
their collective back. The Maize and
Blue are riding a six-game winning
streak, and have been elevated to the
No. 1 position in the Albany Times
Union Hockey Top 10 poll. The
promotion comes on the tails of the
Michigan sweep of Miami (Ohio) in
Oxford and former No. 1 Maine's
loss to Boston University Friday.
During the streak, the Wolver-
ines have outscored the opposition,
40-28, and have knocked off Western
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to Miami, all of whom have been, or
On the other hand, the Buckeyes
(1-4-1, 2-4-1) have proven to be
most generous defenders. Ohio State
has fallen in four straight games and
shares occupancy in the CCHA
basement with Illinois-Chicago.
Through six games, the Buckeyes
have surrendered 38 goals, second
worst in the CCHA.
"I haven't been pleased with my
defense this season," Ohio State
coach Jerry Welsh said.
One source of the Buckeyes' de-
fensive woes is their goaltending.
Last season, junior Mike Bales
turned away shots at a .870 clip,
earning him all-CCHA honorable
mention and team MVP honors.
Thus far, Bales save percentage has
slipped to .836, while his goals
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Dan Stiver and his Wolverine teammates take on OSU tonight at Yost.
yet attended the Lou Holtz School
of talking up your opponents.
Michigan assistant coach Dave
Shand has, and he had this to offer:
"When we've been better than Ohio
State, they've always played us
Actually, Shand does have plenty
of ground to stand on. Last season,
Ohio State forged a 5-5 tie in the
regular season, and then put another
scare into the Wolverines in the
first round of the CCHA playoffs.
The Wolverines narrowly es-
caped in the first game of the two-
game sweep, 5-4. Ouimet's winner
came at 19:23 of the third period.
At any rate, the Buckeyes may be
afforded a few advantages.
Tonight's match will be the Wol-
verines' third in five days, while the
Buckeyes had the weekend off.
While Shand admits Michigan may
be more game ready than Ohio State,
fatigue could hurt the Wolverines.
"We've got to jump on it early
in the game, because by the end we're
going to be the more tired team," he
Also, Michigan will play with
only one experienced goalie, sopho-
more Chris Gordon. Regular Steve
Shields pulled a stomach muscle
Saturday night against Miami and
will be unable to play tonight.
In Shields' stead Saturday, Gor-
don performed admirably, saving all
seven shots he faced in sealing the 7-
4 victory. Walk-on James Powell
will suit up as Gordon's backup.
(Statistics include all CCHA games through Nov. 18.)
This weekend's games:
UIC at Michigan
Miami at Lake Superior
Michigan State (Fri.) vs. Western Michigan (Sat.)
Ferris State at Ohio State
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