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Women's Soccer Ice Hockey
vs. Bowling Green at Ferris State
Tomorrow, 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Mitchell Field Big Rapids

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, October 20, 1992

Page 9

Wolverines battling injuries
Linebacking corps hardest hit; Powers' status in question

by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer
As the football season passes
its halfway point, injuries continue
to mount for coach Gary
Moeller's squad. The position
most affected by these injuries has
been linebacker.
Entering the season, linebacker
was the thinnest position on the
roster, and these latest injuries
have not helped. Outside line-
backers Greg McThomas and
Martin Davis will probably start
running this week and may be
ready next week.
However, inside linebacker
Nate Holdren is lost for the season
with major ligament damage to his
knee. Holdren was hurt against
Michigan State and is tentatively
scheduled to have reconstructive
knee surgery Oct. 28.
These injuries not only have
affected the defense, but they have
had a major effect on the special
teams as well.
"A lot of these injuries take
away from special teams play,"
Moeller said. "Matt Dyson was
one of our best punt cover guys,
but we've had to fade him out be-
cause of fear of injury. There's not
a lot of depth."

While the Wolverines have
been able to combat their injuries
this season, Moeller is worried
about the affect squad-size reduc-
tions will have in the future.
"We've lost too many
linebackers," Moeller said. "Now
take this team down to 88 next
year and then to 85, and a couple
of key injuries could cost a team a
good season. It's really gonna play
a role in college football."
Because of this lack of depth,
defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson
has been forced to move to outside
linebacker. In his two weeks start-
ing on the outside, Hutchinson has
recorded five sacks.
"Chris Hutchinson is as fine a
football player as I have on my
team," Moeller said. "He's an out-
standing player. He doesn't get the
recognition he deserves because of
his injuries last season. He's as
good a player at his position as
I've seen at Michigan. He's as
good as anyone at his position in
the Big Ten."
Moeller is not sure how the re-
turn of McThomas and Davis will
affect Hutchinson's status.
"He plays so hard. And with
him and Dyson coming off the
See INJURIES, Page 10

Ricky Powers' inactivity as a result of an ankle sprain has caught up to him.

Extra referee shou

Lynda Hart (No. 9), shown earlier this year, scored a goal Sunday against
DePaul to help the Michigan soccer team on its way to a 7-0 shutout.
Wom en kickers roll
DoverBlue Demons

by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer
Last Thursday, faulty directions
caused an hour delay in the start of a
game. This weekend, a schedule
mix-up led to a cancellation. So goes
the plight of a sports club.
The Michigan women's soccer
team discovered that it was not on
the same page as Northwestern,
which was entirely unaware of its
appearance on the Wolverines'
schedule. But the weekend was not a
complete loss.
After the extra day in Chicago,
the Wolverines (13-5-5 overall)
pasted DePaul Sunday afternoon.
Michigan apparently took advantage
of the day of rest, throttling the Blue
Demons, 7-0.
"Even though the score was out-
rageous," sophomore Kim Chenet
said, "they aren't the worst team
we've played this season. It's just
that we finally were able to finish a
game. We've had trouble this season
pulling away from teams, but this
time we put a team away early."
The game was practically over
before it began. Senior Jenny
Steinhebel scored first to start a six-
goal first-half barrage. The
Wolverines utilized a diverse attack
with goals from five different play-
ers. Lynda Hart, Shannon Loper,
Denise Urkowitz and Karen Jones
also chipped in first half goals.
Steinhebel scored a second time on
the strangest play of the afternoon, a
corner muffed by the DePaul keeper.
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half score came when Loper took a
Lisa Ashton pass and connected for
her 37th point of the year. Ashton's
assist gave her 103 total career
points, tops in Michigan history.
"We lost some intensity in the
second half," Chenet said. "After the
first. half, the outcome was pretty
obvious, so we worked on some
other things in the second half.
Scoring wasn't as much our focus."
Michigan's victory brought its
undefeated streak to 11 games. The
Wolverines haven't lost since Sept.
22 vs. Windsor. The streak brings
comparisons of last year's record-
setting 20-game unbeaten string.
"I think the big difference is that
this year's streak has been more re-
warding,"'Chenet said. "Last year, it
was almost inevitable that we'd win
and go to nationals. We just had so
much rolling momentum last year.
"This year, we've had to work
harder for it. We had a lot of gaps to
fill at the beginning of the season
and that was tough at first. So that's
made it much more challenging."
The Wolverines hope to continue
that streak tomorrow when they face
Bowling Green at Mitchell Field.

by Brett Forrest
Daily Hockey Writer
When the officials skated onto
the ice for Saturday night's hockey
game at Yost Ice Arena, many in at-
tendance surely believed one of the
linesman was wearing the wrong
uniform. It must have been a mis-
take. There seemed to be too many
referees and too few linesmen. Ah,
this was not a case of lost laundry,
though - it was the NCAA.
In an attempt to clean up the
game a bit, the NCAA decided to
employ a system of two referees and
one linesman for the officiating of
this season's games. The CCHA was
forced to adopt the change. The pro-
gram is founded in the belief that
two refs can keep their eyes on dif-
ferent areas of the ice, and can there-
fore do a more thorough job than
just one.
"It's something the league will
have to watch," coach Red Berenson
said. "If they have to call 39 penal-
ties a game until everyone under-
stands the changes, that will be
good. It will change how players and
coaches interpret the rules."
The system could prove to be a
plus for the Wolverines in the early
season. They arguably have more
speed and scoring power than any
other team in the CCHA. Their talent
should create more power plays,
which should therefore provide more
scoring opportunities.
"It should really help our team,"
forward David Oliver said. "We

have a fast team with quick feet. It
should make for a faster, cleaner
game and be a real advantage for
goal scorers."
Goalie Steve Shields, like so
many people involved with hockey,
was hesitant to accept the new rule.
"I was skeptical at the start but it
seemed to work all right," he said.
"We have so many guys on the
team who are so quick," Shields con-
tinued. "With tvo referees, if a de-
fenseman can't turn with a forward
and has to pull him down, they're

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going to call it. We should take ad-
vantage of it."
Any change such as this one,
which has a direct impact on the
game, will undoubtedly have its de-
tractors. Clutching and grabbing is a
mainstay on any defenseman's
repertoire of techniques used to stop
opposition forwards. Some just bend
the rules more than others. Now, it
seems, the players will have to ad-
here to a set of rules as stiff as the
foundation of Yost itself.
"I don't like it," defenseman
Chris Tamer said. "I didn't really

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think about it out on the ice but I still
don't see any reason for it."
"The refs maybe called the game
a little too close at times," Berenson
said. "They called some things really
close and let some things go. Even
two can miss some things."
Michigan scored on three of eight
power plays Saturday, including a
shorthanded goal. Notre Dame
scored once on nine chances.
"We haven't really worked on
our power play much so far. We
don't even have set lines," Oliver
said.

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