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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Friday, January 29, 1993
BLUE FACES SPARTANS AT JOE, UIC AT HOME x -
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MSU rivalry c
by Chad A. Safran "You've got fans from both places.
Daily Hockey Writer It's a great environment for both
-The Michigan hockey team has schools. It is important for us to play
had a terrific string of success in re- well there because of all the big
cent outings at Joe Louis Arena. games we could play there (CCHA
This past December, they won their tournament and NCAA regionals)."

fifth consecutive Great Lakes Invita-
tional championship. Last season,
the Wolverines defeated Northern
Michigan to qualify for the NCAA
semifinals.

Michigan State coach Ron Mason
feels the games at the Joe benefit the
Spartan fans.
"Anytime we can go down there,
it's great," Mason said. "A lot of our
fans who can't come to our games
here, because they are sold out, have
the occasion to go down to Joe
Louis. That's a major point in our
decision to play there."
The matchup tends to bring out
the best in each club. The two teams
split the previous two meetings this
season, Dec. 5-6. The second game
ended in a brawl that marred a well-
played and intense game. Although
the fight is not on the players minds,
the rivalry is.
"That was just one particular in-
cident," Michigan winger Cam
Stewart said. "We always want to
play well against them. Emotions
just run high. It's a regular thing
against them."
Both teams have games tonight,
but the coaches agree that playing
other teams before the Wolverines
and Spartans clash is beneficial.
"You don't have to adjust,"
Berenson said. "Grudges aren't car-
ried over. It makes for better hockey
and it's better for the referees."
"It's tough to change gears in the
middle of a stream," Mason said. "I
kind of like it, because nothing car-
ries over from the previous night."
Just as the case last time, the
Wolverines must be wary of Spartan

cntinues
senior center Bryan Smolinski, the
CCHA leader in overall goal scoring
with 44 points (21 goals-23 assists).
His linemate, left wing Rem Murray,
poses a threat as well. Murray is
second on the team in overall points
(31) and goals (17).
Before the Wolverines can worry
about the men from East Lansing,
they must contend with Illinois-
Chicago tonight at Yost Ice Arena.
When the teams met three weeks ago
in Chicago, the Flames dealt the
Wolverines their only loss in the
team's previous 11 contests (9-1-1),
a 6-4 decision.
In that garde Michigan center
Brian Wiseman sat out the loss with
a back injury. Wiseman has been off
the ice resting, but will return to
game action for Friday's matchup.
"It feels good," Wiseman said. "I
skated on the weekend and it still
hurt some, but (Tuesday) was the
first day it felt good."
However, the return of Wiseman
means a little bit of lineup shuffling
for Berenson's squad. The line of
Kevin Hilton,rDavid Oliver and
Stewart will remain intact while
Wiseman will center the third line,
teaming with Ryan Sittler and Mike
Knuble.
For the Wolverines to be more
successful, they must figure out a
way to solve Flame goaltender Jon
Hillebrandt. Despite a goals against
average of 4.26, Hillebrandt always
seems to manage a stellar perfor-
mance against Michigan.
After the way the Wolverines
played against the Flames in Chi-
cago, Stewart feels the team will be
ready tonight.
"We owe them," Stewart said.

Mark Ouimet will look to add to his team-leading point total when the Wolverines take on Illinois-Chicago tonight.
Women gymnasts find motivation.

Stewart

In addition, the Wolverines swept
a two-game set from Michigan State
last February. On Saturday, Michi-
gan (13-4-2 CCHA, 17-4-3 overall)
has a chance to continue its fine play
in Detroit when the Wolverines bat-
tle the Spartans (10-6-1, 14-9-1) at
the Joe at 7 p.m.
The thing that makes the games
at Joe Louis Arena a special occa-
sion is the setting.
"The atmosphere is different,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

by Mike Rancilio
Daily Sports Writer
Last weekend, the Michigan women's gymnastics
team hit a lull midway through its meet.
Rolling along following successful vault and bars
performances, the squad marched to its final two exer-
cises, beam and floor, with a comfortable lead and the
meet well in hand.
But then something happened.
"The first half of the meet was great," Michigan
coach Bev Plocki said. "We were on a record breaking
trend after the first two events but then we slipped."
The Wolverines performed admirably on the beam,
but the floor exercise scores, usually the strong point of
the team's overall score, came crashing down.
"We went to floor and pretty much missed all of our
floor routines," Plocki said. "I'm not exactly sure what
happened."
The No. 11-ranked defending Big Ten Champions
have lofty aspirations for themselves. They expect to
win the conference title again and advance to the
NCAA tournament. The key to attaining these goals is
averaging over 190 as a team.
Yet, the Wolverines failed to reach 189 in their first
two meets against West Virginia and Pittsburgh, and
Ohio State, and that fact has not eluded Plocki's mind.
She was overheard talking with the Buckeye coach

following last Friday night's meet, and she was not
pleased.
"Wait till I get their farmies in the gym next week,"*
she said.
She felt she needed to light a fire under certain parts
of her athletes' anatomy because concentration breaks
and poor execution will not lead the Wolverines to the
promised land of 190's. Plocki stressed that fact during
practice this week.
"We came back in (to practice) and talked about it,"
she said. "And we've had pretty intense workouts this
week."
The team's "talk" seemed to inspire the once lifelesse
Wolverines, and that attitude should carry over into
Saturday night's meet against Illinois at Cliff Keene
Arena. Plocki feels her team is now inspired.
"We have a little bit of a new fire," she said. "Now
we have to go out there (against Illinois) and act on it."
They will need sophomore Beth Wymer to return to
last year's form that enabled her to amass all-America
and Big Ten Gymnast-of-the-year honors. Her consis-
tency has slipped a little.
Usually electrifying on the floor, Wymer had a break
in her routine and stepped out of bounds to register only
a 9.3.
But with a rejuvenated team attitude and an ost ,
standing performance from Wymer, Michigan should
be able to get back on track.

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Daily Sports Writer
Rio de Janeiro, Stanford and
Berkeley. Those are all places that
the globetrotting Michigan men's
swimming and diving team has been
in the past five weeks.
After all of that traveling, it
would make sense that the Wol-
verines would be hosting a home
meet sometime again at Canham
Natatorium. However, that will have
to wait another two weeks.
Michigan hits the road again this
weekend with meets at Purdue and
Indiana.
"Neither one of those teams will
give us a challenge as far as the

score," Michigan coach Jon Urban-
chek said. "The challenge will be for
us to give every athlete an oppor-
tunity to swim."
Michigan will take its entire ros-
ter, giving Urbanchek 28 athletes to
choose from.
After a Friday night meet in
West Lafayette, the Wolverines head
to Bloomington for a 1 p.m. meet
Saturday. The prospect of back-to-
back meets does not seem to worry
them, though.
"It can be somewhat of a disad-
vantage for us; it's definitely tiring,"
senior tri-captain Eric Namesnik
said. "We're taking our whole team
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to swim. We should have a fresh'
group of guys at each meet."
The two meets will give Urban-
chek a chance to see a little different
lineup.
"We're keeping seven of the,
starters out of each meet to give the
bench a chance to swim," Urbanchek
said. "(During) the previous meet at
Cal-Berkeley, we had to go with the
number one lineup."
Urbanchek is being cautious in'
reworking the lineups. The last two
times he held his starters out against
Indiana, the Wolverines came home
with losses.
Michigan has lost only three dual
meets in the last ten years and does
not seem to be worrying too much
about what the Boilermakers and
Hoosiers can do.
"Both teams have a few good in-
dividuals," Namesnik said. "But the
overall performance of both teams is@
not quite as strong as us. f
"For us, this is just a good indi
cation of where we're at in our trainx
ing leading up to the Big Tens."
Urbanchek will try to rest his top
swimmers as much he can in the
weeks leading up to the Big Ten and
NCAA Championships. This gives
him a chance to use his bench more
and more. i
"Basically, we have four more,*
meets before the Big Ten Cham-
pionship," Urbanchek said, "We
would like to an opportunity for
every member of the Michigan swim
team to have a chance to par-
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