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Men's Basketball
vs. Athletes in Action
Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
The Palace of Auburn Hills

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Illinois-Chicago
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily Wednesday, November 20, 1991 Page 8

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Deep Blue drowns,
inferior Buckeyes
by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
In last night's 9-3 victory over Ohio State, seven Michigan hockey play-
ers tallied goals, 10 players scored points, and the second-string goalie
stopped 25 of 28 shots. This should not be unusual for the Wolverines, be-
cause they are a team with no weak links.
Michigan's depth has powered it to a seven-game winning streak. Coach
Red Berenson has looked to all four lines for contributions throughout the
year.
Until yesterday, the bulk of the scoring has come from Brian Wiseman's
line, but in last night's victory the second line - Mark Ouimet, David
Roberts, and Dan Stiver - accounted for five of the nine goals.
While most of the scoring this year has come from the top two lines,
both Cam Stewart's and Ron Sacka's lines have provided Berenson with
strong penalty killing and forechecking.
"We're getting a lot more balanced scoring," Berenson said. "Ouimet's
line came through big tonight. But Saturday night it was Stewart's line,
and Friday it was Sacka's line. "
Though Roberts was pleased with his line's performance last night, he
still feels they have a lot of work to do.
"It was good to see the guys on the line scoring," Roberts said. "Danny
played a really strong game, and Mark played a great first period and game.
Hopefully, a few weeks down the road, we can get our line going and be
productive."
It's this dissatisfaction that makes the Wolverines as good as they are.
The outcome of recent games may lead people to believe that Michigan has
been winning easily. But the Wolverines know that they have a long way to
go before they are worthy of their No. 1 ranking.
"I think we realize what a challenge it is every night, but it is a learning
experience," Berenson said. "There haven't been any easy games in this
stretch. We still have a lot of things to work on because we are not a per-
fect team."
With a great player like Denny Felsner, one might think that the Wol-
verines would rely on him. But because of their depth, they know that any
of the lines can key a victory on any given night.
"I think it is great that we don't rely on one line or one player," captain
David Harlock said. "A lot of teams look to one line or one player when
they need a goal. But when that happens, we can look to any of our lines to
put the puck into the net for us."
That is what happened last night. In the first period three different lines
recorded the four goals. Twice in the second stanza, when Ohio State drew
within two goals, Wiseman's line increased the lead back up to three. And
in the third period, it was Ouimet's line which inflicted the damage, icing
the victory for the Wolverines.
Michigan was able to maintain its level of play against Ohio State
thanks to its depth. When the Buckeyes closed the gap, several Wolverines
were up to the task. The ability to look to more than one leader will help
Michigan avoid upsets throughout the season. Last night, Michigan looked
to Ouimet's and Wiseman's lines; this weekend it could be anybody.

SIX POWER-PLAY GOALS KEY WOLVERINE ROUT
Icers power past OSU, 9

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by Ken Sugiura
Daily Hockey Writer
The singing of the "Hey hey hey,
Goodbye" tune by the Yost Arena
crowd usually confirms a Michigan
hockey victory. Last night, a throng
of fans found it appropriate to sing
it before the Wolverines' game with
Ohio State started.
Their timing wasn't too inac-
curate. The Wolverines (5-1-1 in the
CCHA, 7-1-1 overall) jumped out
to a 4-1 first-period lead, and cruised
to a 9-3 victory over the Buckeyes
(1-5-1, 2-5-1).
After Michigan right wing Mike
Knuble drew first blood on Buckeye
defenseman Rob Peter's face with a
first-period check, the Wolverines
opened the scoring on David
Oliver's 11th goal of the season.
Center Denny Felsner slid a center-
ing pass to his linemate from the
right circle and Oliver slammed it
past Buckeye goalkeeper Mike Bales
for a power-play goal.
With the strains of "The Vic-
tors" just dying, Michigan struck
again while still possessing a man
advantage. Twenty seven seconds
later, at the 2:41 mark, left wing
Mike Helber sent a cross-ice pass to
a rushing Mark Ouimet, who beat
Bales high to the glove side.
After another Ouimet goal, Cam
Stewart ended the first-period
flurry. After accepting a pass from
defenseman Patrick Neaton, Stewart
carried to the left circle, where he
thundered a slapshot by a flustered
Bales.
One factor which aided Michi-
gan, other than the woeful perfor-
mance by the Buckeye defense, was
the Maize and Blue power play, in
the first period and throughout the
game.
Referee Roger Graff whistled
the Buckeyes for six penalties, and
the Wolverines converted on its
first three opportunities. Oliver's
strike came on a 5-on-3 situation,
while Ouimet and Stewart ex-
ploited 5-on-4 advantages.
The Buckeyes capitalized on the
penalty fest as well, cashing in on a
two-man advantage when Sasha

Guilbault netted his fourth goal of
the season.
"It was a battle of power
plays," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son commented.
All told, the Wolverines racked
up 10 power-play opportunities to
the Buckeyes' 14. The Wolverines'
special-team depth, scoring six
times while holding Ohio State to
three goals, spelled a big adv.antage
for Michigan.
"It's gotten to the point where
you need six units to kill the power
play," Buckeye coach Jerry Welsh

said. "If your power play is on,
you're going to be in the game. If
it's not, you're probably going to be
out of it."
Despite the first-period ambush,
Ohio State was not out of it in the
second period. The Buckeyes close l
to 5-3, after Brian Loney scored on,
of course, another Ohio State power
play. After Michigan goalie Chris
Gordon stopped a point-blank blast
by Scott Walsh, Loney tapped in the
rebound.
Soon enough, the Wolverines got
their own power play late in the pe-

riod, and Felsner made certain the
opportunity was not wasted.
After taking a pass from Brian
Wiseman in the neutral zone, Fel- 0
sner skated in on Bales, drew him
out to the left side, and falling
away, flipped the puck over Bales,
electrifying the 5,387 in attendance.
With Steve Shields on the bench
with a stomach muscle pull, Gordon
got the nod and made the most of it.
The sophomore goaltender faced 25
shots, many of them uncontested by
the Wolverine defense, and turned
away 22.

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Wolverine defenseman David Harlock skates along the boards with Buckeye Greg Burke during the first period.
last night. Harlock's defense provided the needed support in Michigan's 9-3 victory over Ohio State.
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by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
Iowa has locked up second place
in the Big Ten and a trip to the
Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl
this season. If it wasn't for the
darned rivalry with Minnesota this
weekend, Hawkeye coach Hayden
Fry would be happy.
"I just don't like the environ-
ment at all," Fry said. "We nor-
mally have our bowl game locked
up before we play Minnesota. It's
kind of anti-climactic. And then the
fans at Iowa and the fans at
Minnesota, I think, become obnox-
ious with all their jokes and stories.
I'll receive three times as much mail
from my fans about beating
Minnesota than I do, say Iowa State.
I think it. gets completely out of
line."
The events in last year's contest
didn't help matters. Iowa's hopes of
going to the Rose Bowl rode on a
victory over Minnesota or an Ohio
State loss to Michigan. The
Wolverine-Buckeye game was ear-
lier in the afternoon, and Fry re-

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quested that the Metrodome staff in
Minneapolis refrain from announc-
ing the score of that game during his
contest. But midway through the
second quarter, the Michigan vic-
tory was revealed.
"As soon as they announced that
Michigan defeated Ohio State, our
guys started the celebration of
we're going to the Rose Bowl, and
it's pretty hard to get our guys to
concentrate," Fry said.
The Golden Gophers went on to
upset the Hawkeyes, 31-24.
Minnesota coach John Gutekunst
was hardly sympathetic for Fry:
"He ought to sit in my chair and
trade records," Gutekunst said.
Gutekunst's job is on the line
this year. There have been sugges-
tions that he step down as coach to
become athletic director.
Ohio State coach John Cooper
also feels the pressures of rivalry. If
Cooper doesn't beat Michigan, the
consensus is he will be fired. He re-
fused to comment on his job situa-
tion, but did speak on what Fry had

said.
"There's pressure. I feel pressure
every game, but not only the big
games," Cooper said. "Every game
you have here at Ohio State there's
pressure."
Michigan coach Gary Moeller
loves the rivalry he has with Ohio
State. He feels the competition is
healthy as long as everything re-
mains clean.
"That's never going to go away,"
Moeller said. "That's part of col-
lege football. It's like playing your
buddy in golf. It's a big rivalry be-
cause of the closeness and the way
you know one another. I think this
will always maintain."

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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Ohio
State swept the Big Ten Player-of-
the-week awards Saturday. Tailback
Carlos Snow won it on the offen-
sive end with his 124-yard perfor-
mance against Indiana. Outside
linebacker Jason Simmons captured
the defensive award with four sacks
and nine tackles.

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'M' men swimmers sign Sharp recruit

from staff reports
Michigan men's swimming coach
Jon Urbanchek announced yesterday
the signing of backstroker Royce
Sharp to a national letter of intent
to attend Michigan next fall.
Sharp, from Houston, Texas, is a
member of the United States "A"
Swim Team. He graduated from
high school last spring but has taken

a year off from school to train for
the Olympics this summer.
"Royce will be an excellent ad-
dition to the Michigan team,"
Urbanchek said. "We are looking
forward to having him join our
squad. His talents will help keep us
among the nation's best teams. He is
an exceptional talent and could
surely contend for a gold medal in

Barcelona this summer."

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Sharp has posted the fastest
American 200-meter time. His time
of 1:59.26 at nationals last spring is
the fastest in the nation this year
and among the top three in the
world. He finished in ninth place at
the 1991 World Swimming
Championships.
Lakers re-sign
Demetrius Calip
Associated Press
The Los Angeles Lakers an-
nounced yesterday that Magic John-
son has been placed on the injured
list and former-Wolverine, guard

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