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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Friday, October30, 1992

Hockey attempts to
corral Broncos

by Andy Stabile
Daily Hockey Writer
Don't accuse Michigan's icers of
looking past this weekend's series
with Western Michigan.
Some might think it would be
easy for the Wolverines to look
ahead to next week's matchup with
the defending national champion
Lake Superior State Lakers, but
Michigan knows that the Broncos
are hoping for just that.
"We're not even thinking about
the second game here," junior de-
fenseman Aaron Ward said. "They
pretty well figure that their chance
of winning this weekend will be at
home."
The home-and-home series
commences tonight in Kalamazoo,
where Western (1-1 overall) hosts
the Wolverines (3-0). Tomorrow the
series swings back to Ann Arbor.
Both games have a 7 p.m. starting
time.
Last season Michigan had to
survive a third-period barrage at
Western's Lawson Arena to escape
with a 5-5 tie. Bronco players
promised a victory for Western
when the two teams met again later
in the season. Although the
Wolverines defeated Western when
the teams met in the second half of
the season, last year's bad blood and
close games will help keep
Michigan focused this time around.
"They'll follow the same sort of
style they always have - chippy,"
Ward said. "It's going to be a piss
fight in there."
Junior David Oliver leads
Michigan into the series with eight
goals. Sophomore Mike Knuble has
five goals, including four in one
game against Ferris State last week.
The Broncos' scoring attack, on the
other hand, is paced by Byron
Witkowski, who has three goals and
an assist. Because Western does not
have the firepower of the potent
Michigan offense, the Wolverines
expect to see plenty of clutch-and-
grab hockey this weekend.
"What they do is they try to get
you in the box and then just try and
capitalize," Ward said.
The Wolverines will play the
weekend without the services of se-
nior right wing Dan Stiver. Stiver
separated his shoulder in last
Saturday's victory over Ferris State.
Rookie Kevin Hilton is expected to

take Stiver's place on the third line
centered by Mark Ouimet. Ron
Sacka, Rick Willis and John Arnold
will likely comprise the fourth line
in tonight's game.
SILENCING THE SPARTANS:
Two seasons ago the Michigan
Ticket Department tried to end the
stronghold of Michigan State hockey
fans at Yost Ice Arena. Spartan fans
would traditionally gobble up tickets
to Michigan's home games at Yost
before any Wolverine fans made
plans for the weekend.
In an attempt to fill Yost with
Maize and Blue faithful, the ticket
department held a special sale for
Michigan students and faculty be-
fore the remainder of the tickets
went on sale to the general public.
The results of the successful sale
gave the Wolverines a rare home-ice
advantage against the Spartans in
Yost.
This year the Michigan Ticket
Department has announced another
special student and staff ticket sale
for the Wolverines' game against
Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena on
December 4. Two thousand tickets
will be available beginning on
'They pretty well
figure that their
chance of winning this
weekend will be at
home.'
-Aaron Ward
Michigan defenseman
Monday, Nov. 9, at the Michigan
Ticket Office and at the Michigan
Union Ticket Office.
Tickets cost $5 for reserved seat-
ing behind the goal. A maximum of
four tickets can be purchased with
valid identification.
FALLEN FELSNER: Denny
Felsner, an all-American with the
Wolverines last season, was called
up to the St. Louis Blues. However,
that same day he suffered an injury,
in what would have been his final
game with the Peoria Rivermen.
Felsner was hit in the face with a
stray puck in warmups and fractured
his cheek bone. It is not determined
when Felsner will again be skating
or what his status with the Blues will
be when he returns.

Good
times for,_
Blue =1
tankers 4
by Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
Most people would not think that
competing for an entire day of Big
Ten swimming competition could be
described as fun. However, when the
men's and women's swimming'
teams take to the pool for Sunday's
Northwestern Relays, they plan on,
having a very good time.
"This is really just an assessment
to see where we stand," Michigaiva
women's swimming coach Jim
Richardson said. "The event a'
Northwestern is a fun meet."
Since there are no individual
events, many swimmers will have
the chance to display their abilities
as a part of a relay team. The talent-
laden men's team will be able to
showcase some unknown names.
"It gets a lot of kids exposed to.-
competition," Urbanchek said. "It is
a fun meet that is a good break from 4.
the normal routine."
The women's weekend includes a
Friday and Saturday meet at Iowa as
well as Sunday's competition in.
Evanston. Even though it is early in:
the season,- Richardson will not al,,
low his team to let down.
"We are keeping up the normal
training cycle," Richardson said.
"We are going to keep working hard
throughout the season."
This event will give the coaches
some indication' of the abilities of
their Big Ten opponents. BotIt
Urbanchek and Richardson realize
that the season is still very young
and that there will be many more
laps in the pool before the 1992-9J'
campaign comes to an end.
"It is early but we don't have a.
whole lot of competition in the Big
Ten as far as I can tell," Urbanchek,
said. "Northwestern and Purdue are,,
the toughest opponents. They've had,;
some good recruiting and have taken,
some giant steps."
"It is too early in the season to-,
really tell what kind of team we re-
ally are," Richardson said. "There is-
a lot of water under the body ben
tween now and the end of the sea,,,
son." ,

The Michigan hockey team faces off against Western Michigan this weekend in a home-and-home series.

Women's
by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer

soccer seek national bid

Play time is over. Now it's time
to get serious.
The Michigan women's soccer
club have enjoyed playing keep-
away from most of its opponents so
far this season, going undefeated in
its last 14 games.
But this weekend, the Wol-
verines' season hangs in the balance.
Saturday morning, Michigan begins
its defense of the Big Ten ... er, 5th
Midwest Soccer Championships in
Columbus against Penn State.
The Wolverines may have the
toughest draw of the Championships
with Penn State, Purdue, and
Minnesota on their side of the brac-
ket. On the other side, Marquette and
Western Michigan join the Big
Ten's Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana
and Northwestern.
The winner of each bracket,
based on a point system (two points
for a win and one point for a tie),

will face off in the finals Sunday af-
ternoon. Both finalists will receive
an automatic bid to the national club
championships held in Austin,
Texas, Nov. 19 and 20.
Rumors of an alternate point
system frightened Michigan consid-
ering its difficult bracket. Initially,
the Wolverines thought the number
of goals scored would be added to
the points received for a victory or
tie. Then the teams with the highest
point total would square off in the
finals. This system could allow a
sub-par team easy entry to the finals
by blowing out one team. Luckily, it
was all rumors.
Still, the Wolverines are not in
for a cake walk.
After a rematch with Penn State,
who handed Michigan a disappoint-
ing 3-3 tie earlier this season, the
Wolverines face a tough Purdue
squad and a virtual unknown, Min-
nesota. Michigan knocked off the
Boilermakers 2-0 earlier this season,

but haven't faced the Golden
Gophers.
"Last year, (Minnesota) was a
tough team," Michigan defenseman
Kim Chenet said. "But things change
from year to year. So we won't re-
ally know what to expect from
them."
If Michigan can battle its way
through its bracket, a rematch be-
tween Marquette and the Wolverines
could occur. The Warriors defeated
Michigan earlier this season in
Wisconsin. Illinois also has a chance
at the finals and hopes to get a shot
at the Wolverines.
A year ago, Michigan beat the
Illini in the finals en route to its sec-
ond-place finish at the national tour-
nament.
"I'm really excited about our
chances," Chenet said. "We're all
excited to play. We need everyone to
put together a good couple of games
and we should be in a good position
to win. I'm positive."

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