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Women's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Miami (Ohio)
Tonight, 7:30 p.m. and Tomorrow, 5 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, February 14, 1992

Page 13

Redskins

invade

Yost

Icers look to rebound from Bowling Green debacle

by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
After last weekend's disappointing se-
ries against Bowling Green, the Michigan
hockey team is ready to regroup for the
homestretch of the season. With eight
games remaining, Michigan is in a four-
team dogfight with Michigan State, Lake
Superior and Western Michigan for the top
four spots in the Central Collegiate
Hockey Association. I
This weekend, the Wolverines (14-6-3
CCHA, 20-6-3 overall) will host fifth-
place Miami (9-11-4, 12-12-4). Michigan
coach Red Berenson has been pleased with
his team's recovery from last weekend's
debacle.
"We've had a pretty good week of prac-
tice," Berenson said. "Hopefully we are
back on track for the final eight games of
the season. Obviously we didn't play well
last weekend, but you're going to get ups
and downs. We'll need to do the little
things better and make fewer mistakes."
While Michigan is still battling for

the top spot in the conference, Miami is
trying to solidify fifth place for the play-
offs.
"I think we're starting to play better
than we did in January, but we haven't
reached the level we had before Christ-
mas," Miami coach George Gwozdecky
said. "But we're slowly starting to get it
back. The goaltending is decent, the power
play is coming out of it, and overall as a
team, we're getting back into sync. It
couldn't come at a better time, because we
need to get on track before the playoffs."
This week in practice, Berenson has fo-
cused on the team's offensive problems. In
hopes of having more scoring depth, he has
reunited Denny Felsner with Brian Wise-
man and David Oliver. Also, the second
line of David Roberts, Cam Stewart and
Ted Kramer is back together.
"We need more scoring balance,"
Berenson said. "These lines are indicative
of this. We should have more than two or
three guys and one or two lines doing the
scoring. We're not bearing down enough

and making our chances count.
"We haven't been able to capitalize for
whatever reason, and it makes the goalie
look good. Shooting into a goalie's glove
or body is not smart. We need to shoot for
the corner and the openings instead of just
shooting."
Friday, the Wolverines will be shoot-
ing against a hot goaltender in Miami's
Mark Michaud. Michaud stopped 65 of 73
shots against Ohio State last weekend in a
win and a tie. Gwozdecky has alternated
Michaud and Richard Shulmistra most of
the season and may use Shulmistra Satur-
day. Steve Shields will start for the
Wolverines Friday.
Shields started both games against Mi-
ami in November, but had to leave the sec-
ond game with an injury after the second
period. Mich-igan swept that series and has
a 17-game unbeaten streak against Miami
dating back to 1987-88.
"This is the best Miami team since I've
been here," Berenson said.

Ted Kramer outskates an opponent earlier this season. The pucksters will try to do the
same at Yost against the Redskins of Miami of Ohio.
Women
cagers
host UW,
Wildcats
by Adam Miller
Daily Basketball Writer

Wrestlers take Golden vacation

by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
After hosting the most presti-
gious team tournament in college
wrestling, the sixth-ranked Mich-
igan wrestlers will head to Minn-
eapolis for a vacation of sorts. For
the Wolverines, the unranked
Golden Gophers should provide a
relatively uncontested match com-
pared to the four top-ten. teams that
they faced in the Cliff Keen Duals.
Michigan boasts six wrestlers in
the top 20, including three who
were unranked before last weekend.
Jason Cluff, a 126-pounder, moved
up to No. 20, James Rawls (142)
jumped to No. 13, and Brian Harper
(150) notched the 11th spot in the
polls.
All-American Joey Gilbert
(134) moved to No. 3 in the country,
while Sean Bormet (158) improved
four places to No. 7 and all-
American Lanny Green (177) checks

in as the ninth-ranked wrestler in
his weight class.
The Golden Gophers were
knocked out of the Cliff Keen tour-
ney with losses to Penn State, 38-0,
and Oregon, 20-15. The Wolverines,
by comparison, suffered a heart-
breaking 18-17 setback to the
Nittany Lions, and clobbered the
Ducks, 39-5.
The statistics would suggest an
easy win for Michigan, but coach
Dale Bahr said that Minnesota can
be dangerous.
"After wrestling -six big
matches in two days, I'm really con-
cerned about it," Bahr said. "They're
always tough at home, so we have to
be careful not to suffer a letdown."
The Gophers, who had one of the
best recruiting classes in the coun-
try last year, have had trouble
putting it together this season.
"They've really been struggling
this year," Bahr said. "They decided

to redshirt some of their young
wrestlers, and it seems to have back-
fired for them."
Still, Minnesota claims top
wrestlers of its own, with eighth-
ranked Mike Marzetta (158) and

Michigan women's basketball
center Trish Andrew, you and the
Wolverines are just two losses away
from a second-consecutive sub-.500
Big Ten season. What do you do
next?
"We look at the second half of
the conference as a brand new start,"
Andrew said.
No, the Wolverines (1-8 Big Ten,
5-13 overall) certainly aren't think-
ing about Disney World. Instead, as
Andrew indicated, it's victories that
Michigan is thinking about. Having
lost their last four games, the
Wolverines hope to return to the win
column this weekend as they begin
the "second season."
"The second season is that you
get a second chance at somebody
that you didn't beat the first time,"
coach Bud VanDeWege said.
"Hopefully, that provides some new
motivation."
The second half begins with a
pair of home games: 7:30 tonight
against Wisconsin and 2 p.m. Sun-
day vs. Northwestern.
The Badgers (7-2, 14-5), who
smoked Michigan 93-66 in Madison
Jan. 19, are one of the hottest teams
in the conference. Last weekend they
upended visiting No. 5 Iowa, 74-58.
Wisconsin followed that upset with
an 82-72 victory over Minnesota, the
last team Michigan beat.
History is the only advantage the
Wolverines have. Michigan has
beaten Wisconsin four straight times
at Crisler and leads the home series,
7-4. Still, it will probably take more
than old ghosts for the Wolverines to
contain Badger guard Robin Threatt,
who averages 20.5 points per game
and is shooting .400 (26-65) from
three-point territory.
"That streak is meaningless,"
VanDeWege said. "They're a much
improved team, and we can't afford
to focus on just one person."
Northwestern (3-6, 9-8 entering
tonight's game at MSU) is another
team that easily defeated Michigan
in the first half of the season. The
Wildcats' fullcourt press smothered
the Wolverines in Jan. 17's 83-57
decision in Evanston.
"The first time through, we just
didn't make good decisions," Van-
DeWege said. "Technically, we
know how to handle a press like
that."
The Wildcats have come out
victorious in only one of their last
six games since defeating Michigan.
If the Wolverines hope to continue
Northwestern's skid, they'll have to
contain forward Michelle Savage,
who had 24 points in the teams' first
meeting.
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"They've definitely got softie
good wrestlers," Bahr said. "But"s'
long as we wrestle the way weYe,
capable of wrestling, we shouldn't
have a problem."

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Brian Harper(background) and the rest of the sixth-ranked Wolverine
wrestling squad head to Minnesota this weekend.
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