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Page 14 -The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 22, 1991

Blue icers welcome back


by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
This weekend's hockey series between
Michigan and Illinois-Chicago will be a
homecoming for UIC coach Larry Pedrie
and two of his assistants - Billy Powers
and Ryan Pardoski.
Powers and Pardoski both played for
Michigan in the late 1980s and Powers
also served a two-year graduate assistant
coaching stint before coming to the
Pedrie also was an assistant to Red
Berenson from 1987-90 before taking the
head coaching job at UIC. Pedrie's main
duties with the Wolverines were recruit-
ing. He helped sign current Michigan
stars Patrick Neaton, Denny Felsner and
David Roberts. Berenson thinks Pedrie's
knowledge of Michigan (5-1-1 in the Cen-
tral Collegiate Hockey association, 7-1-1
oveiall) will help the Flames (1-4-1, 1-4-
1) against the Wolverines.
"Their coach knows our team well,"
Berenson said. "They'll come in and play
us tough, and try to force us into a lot of
mistakes. If they do a good job checking
and get good goaltending, they'll have a
While Pedrie agrees his knowledge of
Michigan is vast, he is pessimistic about
his team's chances of containing the po-
tent Wolverine offense.
"Nobody knows Michigan as well as I
do," he said. "The problem is, they have so
much depth that you can't just stop one

line or one guy."
Pedrie will not use the same strategy,
as Minnesota did against the Wolverines.
The Gophers felt if they could stop Fel-
sner, they could contain the Michigan of-
fense. That tactic backfired as Felsner's
linemates - David Oliver and Brian
Wiseman - tallied eight goals, and Fel-
sner recorded 10 points in the series.
"Felsner's the type of player who is so
fast and deadly, all he needs is 10 feet to
beat you," Pedrie said. "He's so quick that
he doesn't need time to be dangerous.
While you need to be aware of him on the
ice at all times, you can't shadow him be-
cause of Wiseman and Oliver. And even if
you stop his line, the second and third
lines beat you."
While Pedrie needs to make adjust-
ments to counter the high-powered
Wolverines, Berenson will concentrate
only on his team's performance.
"The bottom line is how our team
plays," Berenson said. "If we have to
make adjustments, we can do that. But if
we are playing well, we'll be fine."
The biggest changes for the Flames
will come on special teams. The Flames
are currently last in the CCHA on the
power play and eighth in penalty killing.
"On the power play we are just not
shooting the puck enough," Pedrie said.
"If you don't shoot, you can't score.
We're trying to look for the perfect play,
but we're not moving the puck quick
enough to get it.

"On penalty killing, we need to be
more aware," he added. "We need to react
quicker to certain things on their power
play, because we're giving up too many
easy shots."
While Pedrie plans to make some ad-
justments shorthanded, he knows the best
way to contain Michigan's power play is
by playing smart hockey.
"You can't spend a lot of time in the
penalty box against them," Pedrie said.
"We need to be more aware of stupid
penalties. We can't take penalties in the
offensive or neutral zones. But, we will
need to take penalties to stop goal-scoring
Pedrie will count on rookie goaltender
Jon Hillebrandt to stop those opportuni-
ties. Hillebrandt has replaced last year's
starter, senior Gary Mangino, between the
pipes. Hillebrandt has allowed 4.41 goals
per game, and recorded his first collegiate
victory Saturday at Bowling Green.
"Jon's a stand-up goalie and he's going
to challenge the shots," Pedrie said.
"He's been really consistent for us. You
don't see him give up many bad goals. If
you're going to beat him, you need to beat
him with a good shot."
While Berenson has not decided on his
goaltender this weekend, he will have the
luxury of using either Chris Gordon or
Steve Shields. Shields skated in practice
yesterday and should be ready for
tonight's game.

Illinois-Chicago will try to contain Denny Felsner and the potent Michigan offense this
weekend at Yost. The Wolverines hope to extend their seven-game winning streak.

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Swimmers face

by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's swim-
ming team opens its 199 1-92 home
season today. Both Penn State and
Iowa, ranked 16th and 25th in the
nation respectively, arrived in Ann
Arbor yesterday to give themselves
ample time to practice and get
enough rest for today's meet.
Michigan, ranked ninth, will face
strong competition against these
two conference rivals. Wolverine
coach Jim Richardson summed up
the opposition's strengths.
"Penn State is strong across the
board in every event except breast-
stroke," Richardson said. "Iowa is
strong across the board, except in
the distance freestyle. This mean's
we'll have to swim aggressively in
every single event."~
Last weekend against Villanova,
the Nittany Lions beat Michigan's
best times of the season in eight out
of 16 events. Richardson expects a
tough fight from Penn State.
"This is Penn State's best team

ever," Richardson said
call them ever having
Both the Hawkey
Wolverines have beater

tough confere
1. "I don't re- fly. All of these events are toss-ups
this strong a going into today's meet.
This meet holds a great deal of
yes and the meaning for Richardson, who used
;n Big Ten foe to be an assistant coach for Iowa be-
fore coming to Michigan. Richard-
son still has a lot of respect for
Iowa coach Dr. Peter Kennedy.
"He's probably the best dual-
meet coach in the country,"~
Richardson said. "Meets you figure
Iowa has no chance to be in, they end
up being there."
The practices thus far have been

nce foes

focused on training for next week's
U.S. Open, but since this meet hap-
pens to fall the week before, it will
be a good indicator of the team's
"It's the kind of swim meet thait
makes college swimming great,"
Richardson said. "You have three
teams that are ranked in the top 250
in the country, which will make for
some very exciting races. It's going
to be a barn-burner."
The meet will begin at 3 p.m. at
Canham Natatorium.

Veteran divers lead
'M' in first home meet."

Wisconsin earlier this season. Last
weekend Michigan defeated the
Badgers, with Karen Barnes and
Alecia Humphrey posting double
Michigan should dominate the
breaststroke. The most competitive
races should include the 1000, 500,
200, 100 and 50 freestyle, and the
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by Kimberly DeSempelaere
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's diving
team is off to a splashing start after
outstanding performances in their
first two meets of the season. The
Wolverine divers.dominated the
board in both the one-meter and
three-meter events.
The divers' first meet - at
Northwestern - exemplified the
skill of their veteran divers. In the
one-meter event senior Lisa Cribari
placed first (263.025), followed by
junior Margie Stoll (256.95). Plac-
ing fifth and sixth were senior
Karen Sinclair (212.7) and senior
tri-captain Julie Greyer (208.425),
In the three-meter event, the
Wolverines dominated, taking the
top four places. Capturing first was
Stoll (266.5), with Cribari on her
heels in second (258.45). Greyer
(250.0) and Sinclair (239.925) se-
cured third and fourth place, respec-
In Michigan's second meet,
against Wisconsin, while the team
still prevailed, the individual diving
results were lower. From the one-
meter platform, Michigan snagged
second through fifth place. Leading
the Maize and Blue was Cribari

(252.45), with Stoll (230.80),
Greyer (200.35), and Sinclair
(193.20) trailing behind. Results
from the three-meter event showed
Cribari (252.6) in first, followed by
Stoll (251.18) in second. The fourth
and fifth spots were seized by
Greyer (249.0) and Sinclair (194.6).
At today's home meet against
Penn State and Iowa Wolverine div-
ing coach Dick Kimball will bc al-
lowed to enter most of his squad in
competition. In home, Big Ten, and
NCAA competition, more than the
standard three divers can compete.
Junior Martha Wenzel and sopho-
more Cinnamon Woods, the rookies
of the unit, may have a chance to
contend today.
Ninth-ranked Michigan is look-
ing for another outstanding perfor-
mance today. According to Cribari,
the divers will need to perform
well in order to beat Iowa. Cribari
recalls competing against one
Hawkeye diver at last year's NCAA
"She was a fairly tough competi-
tor. She could be hard to beat," said
Cribari. "I'm not sure about Penn
State, I don't know anything about
their divers."
Divers set to compete include
Cribari in the one- and three-meter
events, Greyer in the three-meter,
and Sinclair in the one-meter. The
rest of the spots will be filled be-
fore the meet.
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