Page 14-The Michigan Daily- Friday, December 11, 1992
Blue fights Kent schizophrenia
by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
The question of the day for the Michi-
gan hockey team is which Kent State team
will show up this weekend?
Will it be the Golden Flash squad that
fell to Division III Mercyhurst, 4-3, at
home two weeks ago, or the one that took
Lake Superior State to the wire last week-
end in Sault Ste. Marie, tying the Lakers 5-
5 Friday and losing 4-3 Saturday?
"We've had some big wins, and some
tough losses," Kent State coach Bill Switaj
said. "That's the sign of an inexperienced
team. At this level, we have to learn to play
with more consistency."
Regardless of which team takes the ice
for Kent, the Wolverines can expect a
competitive series. Though the Golden
Flashes are only 5-8-1 in the Central Colle-
giate Hockey Association, eight of their 12
CCHA games have been decided by one
goal or less, and 10 of their 14 games
overall have been tied or within one goal
either way entering the last minute of regu-
"I expect a close game, and I expect
them to come in and really work hard,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"We're going to be checked closely, and
they've got a goalie (Scott Shaw, .884 save
percentage) who helps them stay in the
games. If we're not at our best, they're go-
ing to be in the game, they're going to be
At their best, the Wolverines are the
deeper team of the two. However, Michi-
gan will be two players short on the defen-
sive side Friday. Captain David Harlock is
in Finland to play in the Izvestia Tourna-
ment Dec. 12-21, and Aaron Ward is serv-
ing a one-game suspension for fighting at
the end of last Saturday's game with
"It'll be a measurement of our depth,"
Berenson said of the absence of Harlock
and Ward. "Can Al Sinclair come in and do
the yob, and can Steven Halko get the job
done playing with Mark Sakala instead of
David Harlock? I think we've still got six
defensemen that can do the job."
With or without Harlock and Ward,
Switaj knows his team will have a big step
to climb against Michigan, particularly in
the unfriendly confines at Yost.
"Michigan's a great team. They're very
explosive and they scare anybody, I think,"
Switaj said. "We're going to have to play a
full 60 minutes, and we're gonna have to
play perfect hockey if we're going to have
After a break the following weekend,
Michigan will embark to Joe Louis Arena
Dec. 26-27, seeking its fifth straight Great
Lakes Invitational title. Michigan State,
Michigan Tech, and Northern Michigan
will join the Wolverines in Detroit, with
Michigan scheduled to play Michigan Tech
in its first game.
Berenson acknowledges the benefits of
the GLI not only to this particular Michigan
team, but to the entire Wolverine program.
"It's given Michigan the credibility in
terms of the hockey program in a big
league setting. It's been good for our re-
cruiting. It's just another positive thing for
Michigan that maybe wasn't there six or
seven years ago," Berenson said.
"The GLI has been a positive thing for
our team. When we've done well at the
GLI, it's given our team some added confi-
The Wolverines complete their winter
break schedule Jan. 2-3 at Yost in a non-
conference matchup with the University of
Michigan captain David Harlock goes against a Miami defender. Harlock will miss tonight and
tomnorrow's games against Kent State to play in the Izvestia Tournament in Finland.
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