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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - January 25, 1993-- Page 7

Saturday's game
SCORE BY PERIODS
Michigan 340- 7
Notre Dame 010- 1
First Period: 1, UM, Roberts 10
(Sinclair, Ouimet), 3:34. 2, UM,
Ouimet7 (Sittler, Knuble) (pp), 6:14.
3. UM, Ouimet 8 (Roberts, Halko),
8:53
Second Period: 4, UM, Tamer 2
(Stewart, Oliver), 1:03.5,UM,Stiver
12 (Roberts, Ouimet), 1:38. 6, ND,
Gruber 4 (Black, Bankoske), 7:41.
7, UM, Arnold 3 (Willis, Sacka),
10:40. 8, UM, Neaton 6 (Ouimet)
(sh), 13:44.
Third Period: No scoring.
Goalie Saves: Michigan, Shields
(7-3-x-10), Gordon (x-2-11-13).
Notre Dame, Louder (12-12-x-24),
Lothrop (x-4-12-16).
Officials: Referees-Mark Shegos,
John Dobrzelewski. Linesman -
Brian Troester.
* Attendance: 3,106.
HOCKEY
Continued from page 1
'-ill
_he first on a power-play goal 6:14
into the game.
For about the first 1:30 of their
man advantage, the Wolverines had
trouble getting their attack set up.
- But with 23 seconds left in the
penalty, Ryan Sittler, lurking behind
the Notre Dame net, found Ouimet
for Michigan's second goal, and
(enly power-play conversion in 10
"'tries for the game.
"You usually don't get three
points in the first period," said
Ouimet, who totaled two goals and
three assists for the game. "It's just
one of those nights when everything
--seems to go the right way."
"Ouimet's played well all season,
Aso it's nice to see the puck going in
for him," Berenson said. "He has
a really worked hard all year. It's nice
to see things paying off for him."
After Stiver's goal in the second,
Notre Dame notched its lone score
* ,7:41 into the period, as defenseman
Garry Gruber beat Steve Shields
stick side. Three minutes later,
Berenson took Shields out in favor
of Chris Gordon, who proceeded to

C-
Irish hockey leaves
much to be desired
by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan's 7-1 drubbing of Notre Dame Saturday was just one ex-
ample of the gaping disparity between the Wolverine and Irish hockey
programs.
The Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center, more affectionately
known by hockey fans as the Joyce Field House, was another.
The former name, though, gives you a better idea of what this ice
rink - an unjust description in itself - is really like.
Indeed, what is called an ice arena is actually just a slab of ice,
which occupies less than half of the north arena at Joyce. That, coupled
with the removable bleachers that border three sides of it, gave me the
impression that, had I stayed just a little longer after the game, the en-
tire "arena" - ice, boards, bleachers - would have already been packed
away into some storage room next door to make space for an indoor
track meet the next day.
The boards enclosing the ice were a sight to behold as well. While
the plexiglass walls at Yost are designed for durability and safety, both
for the fans and the players, the boards at Joyce are not.
Not only is the glass not terribly high (were I to stand up and cheer
in the front row, my forehead would be brutally exposed to errant
pucks), they are anything but durable. If a player, or fan for that matter,
so much as spits on the glass, a rippling effect ensues halfway around
the rink. On the more violent board checks, I found myself caught up in
following this ripple all the way around. Notre Dame's version of the
wave, I guess.
But what Joyce lacks in first-rate facilities, it easily makes up for
with other attractions. If you find yourself bored at any time during the
game, (which, as you might have guessed, I did), you need only to gaze
at the stunning pattern of pale yellow, green and orange decor that cov-
ered the walls of the complex. Simply stated: it was frighteningly clear
that Joyce authorities have not updated the Field House since it was
built in 1977.
One highlight of Joyce, or so I thought at first, was the organ lo-
cated on a small balcony next to the press box. When used properly,
that is, to get the crowd into the game (a monumental task in this par-
ticular game), the organ can be a welcome addition to any ice facility.
Even this one.
However, when used to play such rousing songs as "Summer
Lovin"' (you remember, the one from Grease), "Soul Man" and the
theme song to "Coach", the organ can be (and was) detrimental to the
whole atmosphere, taking the crowd out of the game instead.
Of course, had the 3,105 people in attendance tried to make some
noise, it probably wouldn't have mattered anyway. Let's just say, Joyce
is not one of the more acoustically rich arenas in the CCH A. Any noise
that was generated was simply lost somewhere in the deep expanse
called the north arena.
In a nutshell, if you've never been to the Joyce Athletic and
Convention Center, don't go. The arena, the fans, the whole atmo-
sphere were indicative of just how unimportant hockey is at Notre
Dame.
And with a second-rate facility, and a second-rate team, it doesn't ap-
pear as if that will be changing anytime soon.

SHARON MUSHER/Daily
Michigan's Kevin Hilton sees action against Bowling Green earlier this season. The Wolverines thwacked Notre
Dame on the road, 7-1, in their CCHA contest Saturday night.

shut out the Irish for the remaining
30 minutes of the game.
"I'm pretty happy to get in there
when I can," Gordon said. "And
when I get in there and shut them
out, that just gives me more
confidence and gives the guys con-
fidence in me too."
Gordon's back-up performance
in goal highlighted a stellar team
effort for Michigan, from top to
bottom.
"I thought we had a solid team
effort," Berenson said. "It wasn't
one line, although I thought some
kids played really well. Our goal
was to keep them off balance and
that's what we did."

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Team W
Miami 15
Michigan 13
Lake Superior 12
Michigan St. 10
W. Michigan 9
Ferris St. 7
Bowling Green 7
III.-Chicago 5
Kent 6
Notre Dame 4
Ohio St. 3
Friday Results
Miami 2, MSU 1
LSSU 3, Kent 2
Ferris St. 4, BGSU 3
W. Michigan 4, OSU 4
UIC 2, Notre Dame 2

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Saturday

Pts.
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Results

Michigan 7, Notre Dame 1
Miami 3, W. Michigan 2
LSSU 5, BGSU 4 OT
MSU 8, OSU 2
Kent 5, Ferris St. 1

Michigan gymnast Debbie Geiger competes in the floor exercise for the Wolverines Saturday in Cliff Keen Arena
against Ohio State. The Wolverines narrowly defeated the Buckeyes in their Big Ten opener.
Women gymnasts hold off
Buckeyes in Big Ten opener

by Thom Holden
Daily Sports Writer

* The Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team opened its Big Ten season
against Ohio State Friday night at
Keen Arena, narrowly fending off
1the improving Buckeyes 188.7-
188.35.
A win is a win, especially against
Jhe Ohio State, but...
Michigan (1-0 Bog Ten, 3-0
overall) opened the meet well with
impressive performances by Wendy

coach Bev Plocki said she was
pleased with the Wolverines' inten-
sity on the vault and bars, but was
concerned with her team's inability
to shift gears mentally to perform on
the beam.
"Once you get a momentum go-
ing and get real fired up after the
bars, the trick is to change gears so
that you're not all over the place on
the beam" Plocki said. "I don't think
we've been able to make that switch
just yet."

penalties for stepping out of bounds.
"This is where we hit the down
swing," Plocki said. "We have to be
mentally tough, put the past behind
us and concentrate on the event that
we are working on."
The newcomers on the team
played an integral part in Friday's
victory. Aside from freshman
Wendy Marshall's 9.80 on the vault,
Dianna Ranelli chipped in with a
9.65 on vault and Tina Miranda
posted a 9.70 on the bars.

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