12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 28, 1994
in favor of
Daily Hockey Writer
Intramural hockey has been swept
out of Yost Ice Arena.
Michigan's intramural sports de-
partment announced yesterday that the
winter ice hockey session has been
canceled in favor of broomball.
In past years, the intramural depart-
mept has provided students with three
individual hockey sessions -one first
semester and two after December.
Last season, the department re-
placed the third session with broomball,
which was deemed a success in its
"The intramural program is here
for. the students," said Alex Kulcsar,
the coordinator of intramural ice
hockey. "A major factor in our deci-
sion was that we had about 100
broomball teams compete second se-
mester last year - compared with 30
"It was far more successful than we
According to Kulcsar, the
broomball season, which ran five weeks
last year, will be expanded next spring.
It will, however, still be shorter than the
10-week schedule that was slated for
The lengths of the seasons are im-
portant because both intramural sports
are played at Yost Ice Arena and the
building is scheduled to undergo reno-
vations when theMichigan hockey team
completes its home schedule in late
A 10-week hockey season that be-
gins in January would conflict with this
timetable, while a shorter broomball
season would not, Kulcsar said.
"It just became a situation where
we wouldn't have enough time to get
the hockey season done," Kulcsar said.
The work on Yost does not affect
the, first-term season, which is cur-
rently in session.
Hockey wrestles Bulldogs
Blue begins CCHA campaign against Ferris State
By DARREN EVERSON
Daily Hockey Writer
Around here, the yearly change
of seasons from summer to autumn
always comes around the same time
and always means the same thing.
But as predictable as this change
is, it still sometimes takes you by
surprise - it's a little colder than
expected, the days a little shorter
This weekend, the seasons
change for the Michigan hockey
team as it takes on Ferris State to
open the CCHA campaign.
And while the Wolverines are
well acquainted with their oppo-
nent, the Bulldogs still hope to am-
bush the defending league champi-
'ons in Big Rapids.
Ferris finished in seventh place
last season, 24 points behind Michi-
gan. However, the seemingly me-
diocre Bulldogs somehow were one
of just three league teams to beat the
"We were playing good hockey
around the time we came to play them,"
Ferris coach Bob Daniels said. "But
my gut feeling is that Michigan had the
league wrapped up very early and might
have lost some focus."
Michigan coach Red Berenson
isn't too worried about what hap-
pened a season ago, but does realize
the Bulldogs are capable of giving
the Wolverines a game.
"(Last season) doesn't have a
big effect on this year," he said.
"We're really a different hockey
team this year, and so are they. But
they're going to be strong, espe-
cially at home. They've already
gotten off to a good start."
The Bulldogs certainly have got-
ten off to a good start, as they opened
up the season with two victories last
What's more, Ferris faced a pair of
traditionally strong teams in Michigan
Tech and Northern Michigan, both of
which play in the WCHA. Daniels has
grown quite accustomed to such tough
"The last three years we've started
with Michigan or Lake Superior,"
Daniels said. "I don't know what's the
best way to do it, but I'd like to start out
a little easier than this."
Despite this, Ferris still is going
to have more difficulty matching up
with Michigan than the Wolverines
are going to have dealing with the
"Their speed is going to be a real
concern," Daniels said. "The thing
is, we can't afford to start chasing
the puck. If you start chasing the
puck against Michigan, you're in 0
for a long night."
The Wolverines showed more than
just speed in their opening games
against Colorado College last week.
Michigan was affective on special
teams against the fourth-ranked Ti-
gers, allowing no power play goals all
weekend while scoring three of its own
in Saturday's contest.
"I think the power play teams have
played well," Berenson said, "but we're
not surprised. We have given up some
shorthanded goals after not doing that
all of last year, but on the other hand
we've scored some of our own. Over-
all, I'd say I'm pleased with the special
Whether Berenson is pleased
with the team's play on the whole
could depend on the kind of perfor-
mance he gets in net. Freshman
Marty Turco or senior Al Loges
could start - although Berenson is
leaning toward Turco.
Right wing Bill Muckalt gets his first chance against the Bulldogs tonight.
Big Ten coaches mull changes at preseason conference
By SCOTT BURTON VancouverGrizzlies' first general man- Illinois coach Lou Henson said. "But contend for the conference title. Yet, the vote for the preseason Big Ten
Daily Basketball Writer ager, there is a undeniable loss of talent. they (the recruits) alone won't do it. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Player of the Year.
INDIANAPOLIS - If you were
to look at the collection of basketball
stars that departed from the Big Ten
last year, you might understand why
some basketball gurus are saying the
conference is in decline.
After all, Purdue's Glenn
Robinson, Michigan'sJuwan Howard
and Jalen Rose, Illinois' Deon Tho-
mas and Indiana's Damon Bailey rep-
resent a bucketload of talent that the
conference no longer possesses.
And if you throw in the loss of
Wisconsin coach Stu Jackson, who
left the Badgers to become the NBA
But the coaches at yesterday's Big
Ten basketball luncheon didn't seem
too worried about how the conference
is going to accommodate.
Why? Well, forevery superstar lost,
there are the likes of Michael Finley,
Shawn Respert, Alan Henderson and
Rashard Griffith hanging around. And
the influx ofincQming talent is particu-
larly impressive, with almost every
team attracting at least one blue-chip
"Once you're a top program and
you're attracting outstanding play-
ers, you can afford to lose people,"
You got to have veterans. And we
have players in this league that have
proven they are very good, that can
win in this league."
Every coach was adamant in con-
tending that the Big Ten remains as
competitive as any other conference in
the nation. This, despite the fact that
several preseason national polls failed
to rank a Big Ten team in the top 10.
However, if the conference won't
be marked by elite teams, it will be by
parity. It was perhaps an exaggeration
when Spartan coach Jud Heathcote
suggested that nineBig Ten teams could
Wisconsin have all been picked to win
the Big Ten by various publications,
and it will no doubt be an open season.
For fans of the Big Ten, that's noth-
ing new. Neither were the results of the
preseason media poll released at the
luncheon. Indiana was selected the Big
Ten's preseason favorite, receiving 49
of 91 first-place votes. Michigan was
second (14 first-place votes) and Wis-
consin third (9).
Finley, Respert, Henderson, Griffith
and Minnesota's Voshon Lenard were
named to the preseason all-conference
team. Respert also edged out Finley in
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So if the talent level is comparable
to last season, and if the conference
will once again be noted for parity,
what has changed? Try Wisconsin,
where the accomplished Jackson has
departed and assistant coach Stan Van
Gundy has been ushered in.
This was not your typical coach-
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before arriving in Madison, whereas
Van Gundy has no previous Division
I head coaching experience. At 34,
Van Gundy is also the youngest coach
in the Big Ten.
By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Sports Writer
With two conference losses recently
added to its record, the Michigan field
hockey team is looking for a way to end
its regular season on a positive note.
Michigan State has provided the
Wolverines with an answer.
Michigan (3-6Big Ten, 8-10over-
all) faces the last-place Spartans (0-9,
4-11-2) Sunday after back-to-back
losses to No. 1 Northwestern and No.
13 Iowa. Taking Michigan State's
lowly status into account, the Wol-
verines seek to regain their lost mo-
mentum as they enter the postseason.
Michigan will be playing in the first-
ever Big Ten playoffs, held next week
With Sunday's match also being
the final game of the regular season for
the Wolverines and considering the
heated rivalry with Michigan State, the
game takes on multiple levels of im-
"I don't think we could end the@
season any better,"junior forward Jen-
Despite the fact that it dropped two
games a week ago, Michigan is upbeat
about its chances this weekend. A
double-overtime loss to the Hawkeyes
proved to the Wolverines that they could
play with anybody in the nation.
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