The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 28, 1994 - 11
CCHA road continues
'M' icers look to continue dominance over OSU, ND
Michigan's Kevin Hilton goes in against Michigan State goalie Mike Buzak last weekend during the Wolverines
weekend series against the Spartans. Michigan faces Ohio State tonight and Notre Dame tomorrow.
Mens gas ics team continues
"push for Varsi relnstatement
By ANTOINE PITTS
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
To say that the Michigan hockey
team has dominated its recent series
against Ohio State and Notre Dame
would be no overstatement. The Wol-
verines have won their last 16 games
against the Buckeyes and their last 15
against the Fighting Irish.
This weekend, Michigan (18-1-1
CCHA, 23-2-1 overall) has a chance to
improve on those streaks as it faces
Ohio State (1-13-4, 2-15-4) tonight in
Columbus and Notre Dame (6-10-4,8-
14-4) tomorrow evening at The Palace
of Auburn Hills.
The CCHA cellar-dwelling Buck-
eyes have already fallen twice to the
Wolverines this season. Ohio State lost
4-3 and 5-1 in a weekend series in
November at Yost Ice Arena.
In the first game at Yost Nov. 19,
the Buckeyes held a 3-1 lead after two
periods. Michigan needed three third-
period goals to pull out the victory.
Ohio State hopes to put out the same
effort to stay with the Wolverines to-
"We need to play similar to the
game we played the first time we were
at Yost Arena," Ohio State coach Jerry
Welsh said. "We just need to have a
real inspired nightdefensively and score
on a couple chances that we'll prob-
ably create for ourselves and hope that
our specialty teams can negate each
Michigan has come out flat in its
last few games - against Michigan
State and Bowling Green -but hopes
to get off to a fast start against the
"I think the first part of the game is
really important," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "It's important that we
establish a good work ethic and show
them that we're there to play.
"You know they're going to come
out working very hard and wait and see
what we do. If we show up and play
well and take a lead then I think we'll
have a good game. The longer we let
them stay in the game, the longer, the
tougher game it's going to be."
The Wolverines will have to con-
tend with the small dimensions of the
OSU Ice Rink in tonight's game. The
rink measures 185 ft. x 85 ft. compared
to the 200 ft. x 85 ft. Yost.
"They have a small ice surface so
it's important to get the puck out of
your zone," Berenson said.
Michigan goes from the 1,200-seat
OSU Ice Rink, smallest in the league,
to the 18,000-seat Palace of Auburn
Hills tomorrow to face Notre Dame.
This will be the fourth meeting be-
tween the teams this season. The Wol-
verines defeated the Irish 13-2 earlier
in the team's first meeting. Since then,
Notre Dame has performed better
The Irish held a 3-2 lead over the
Wolverines after one period of play in
the Great Lakes Invitational before
Michigan came back to win, 8-3.
Two weeks ago at Notre Dame, the
two teams skated to a scoreless tie after
one period before the Wolverines went
on to a 6-1 victory.
Py MARC DILLER
and HEATHER WINDT
DAILY SPORTS WRITERS
Representatives from the Michigan
imen's gymnastics team met with Ath-
letic Department officials yesterday in
the Michigan League to plead for the
reconsideration of the University's de-
Ocision to eliminate the squad as a var-
The future ofmen's gymnastics came
into question last spring when the
legiate Athletics voted tocut the sport after
this season to comply with the guidelines
of the Big Ten's gender equity mandate.
The Board also cited cost containment as
a factor in the decision.
0 Marcia Federbush, a retired mem-
ber of the Equal Employment Oppor-
tunity Commission, spoke on behalf of
the team. Michigan gymnastics coach
Bob Darden was also in attendance.
Federbush asked the board to re-
consider its decision to drop the team in
the name of gender equity. She re-
quested the creation of a new equal
athletic opportunity policy which would
encourage comparable men's and
women's teams for each sport.
"Both the men and the women
should be representing Michigan as
equally prized members of the gym-
nastics team," Federbush said.
Last year, $1.6 million was added
to the athletic budget through the sale
of trademarked items. Another esti-
mated $2.6 million in revenue will be
provided by this year's additional home
There will be another football game
this fall, which will bring in an esti-
mated additional $2.6 million in rev-
enue. According to Federbush, finan-
cial circumstances should not be the
reason why the team is cut. This new
money could be used to support the
team and allow them to continue as a
University-funded varsity sport,
Federbush included in her presen-
tation a petition listing over 1,000
people supporting the team's efforts.
The petition included 250 signatures
from Michigan student-athletes and
another 750 from "hopeful Michigan
gymnasts" from age eight to 18 who
attended a gymnastics meet held in
Cliff Keen Arena last weekend.
The board was not prepared to dis-
cuss the matter of reinstatement yet.
"I can't carry on a discussion after
just hearing (Federbush's) argument,"
outgoing Michigan Athletic Director
Jack Weidenbach said. "If the board
wants to put it on the agenda for the
next meeting, they can."
Darden said he was a little disap-
pointed but not surprised by the outcome.
According to Darden, the board had al-
ready postponed the decision once before.
"Tonight was a positive step,"
Darden said. "I wish they could have
reacted a little bit more succinctly,
"They've worked hard in all their
games against us," Berenson said. "I
think they realize that they've improved
a lot from the early part of the season,
when we beat them pretty bad.
"They're still a team that we
shouldn't lose to , but we have to play
well to win."
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is riding a wave of success that it hopes to
carry over to tomorrow's Michigan Re-
lays at the Track and Tennis Building.
The Wolverines have momentum
thanks to last week's surprisingly easy
three-way meet victory over Michigan
State and Penn State.
Among the teams the Wolverines
will be facing at the Track and Tennis
Building meet will be Western Michi-
gan, Central Michigan, Michigan State,
and a tough Eastern Michigan team
that is favored to win the Mid-Ameri-
So far this year the Michigan run-
* ners have dominated theircompetition,
.nd Wol verine coach Jack Harvey hopes
that the team's good fortune will con-
tinue through the two big meets that the
Wolverines are hosting in February.
eachweek,"Harvey said. "Lastweekwas
really ourfirsttest, and now we're getting
a little more into it as we're trying to work
up to the Central Collegiate Champion-
0ships and the Big Tens."
The main goal that Harvey has set
for this weekend's meet is qualifying
the distance medley team for the na-
tionals. The team of Nick Karfonta,
Trinity Townsend, Scott MacDonald
and Kevin Sullivan will run the relay
which consists of an 800-meter leg,
400 meters, a 3/4 mile and then con-
cludes with the mile.
In last week's meet at East Lansing,
Kevin Sullivan came back from a half-
lap deficit during the mile portion to
win the event for Michigan.
At the meet, the team avenged a
loss to Penn State by placing first in
nine events and winning the overall
"We had been pointing to this meet,"
Harvey said, "and I think (the team)
"I thought that we'd have a tougher
time with Penn State, and it could have
been a lot tougher, but we won in the
long jump, which was a pivotal event,
and we (finished) 1-2-3 in the high
jump, which I wasn't expecting."
The stars of last week's meet were
Sullivan and fellow freshman Neil
Gardner. The latter won two events -
the long jump and the 55-meter hurdles
and finished second in the triple jump.
During the heats for the hurdles,
Gardner also registered an NCAA-pro-
visional qualifying time of 7.29 sec-
onds. Sullivan out-ran the competition
to win the 800 meters (1:50.98) in
addition to anchoring the medley relay.
"(Sullivan and Gardner) have been
outstanding," Harvey said. "We knew
they were good, but we weren't sure
how good. I think now they have po-
tential to score heavy in the Big Tens."
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