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14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 21, 1996

Recent success not the only simiarity between area hockey clubs .

Michigan should change its
school colors.
Maize and blue are nice, but the
hockey team deserves to wear red and
white. If the Wolverines' uniforms matched
those of the Detroit Red Wings, it would be
even harder to tell the two teams apart.
The NHL's best team has a lot in
common with Michigan, one of the top
teams in college hockey. Of course, if the
two met head-to-head, one squad would be
decapitated. But you can't ignore the
Both have head coaches with cool
names: The Wolver-
ines have "Red." The
Red Wings have
"Scotty." Gordon and
Scott are OK names to
begin with, but these
two coaches are better
than average.
Both Michigan
coach Red Berenson NICHOLAS J.
and Detroit coach COTSONIKA
Scotty Bowman are
among the most The Greek
respected in their Speaks
"Red and Scotty are a lot alike," says Ken
Kal, who worked as Michigan's radio play-
by-play announcer last season and serves as
Detroit's this season. "They are both
serious about their hockey. They want to
win, and they know how to do it."
They should be similar. Berenson played
for Bowman with the St. Louis Blues and
was his assistant coach with the Buffalo
Sabres. The two are still friends, and both
have been out to watch each other's team in
Both love Joe Louis Arena: The Red
Wings have only lost at their home rink
three times this season. The Wolverines are
undefeated at the Joe in 1995-96.
Michigan won the Great Lakes Invita-

tional there in December, defeating Northern
Michigan and Michigan State. The Wolver-
ines beat the Spartans again in Detroit in
February, and then they toppled Lake
Superior, 4-3, this month to with the CCHA
playoff title.
Sounds a lot like the Wings.
"I was with the New York Islanders when
they won four straight Stanley Cups, but I've
never been around a team like this that,
approaching the end of March, had just lost
three home games," Jimmy Devellano, Red
Wings senior vice president, told the Detroit
Free Press. "And two of those games were by
one goal."
® Both are star-studded: The Red Wings
have NHL stars Sergei Fedorov, Steve
Yzerman, Paul Coffey and Dino Ciccarelli.
Michigan had the top four scorers in the
CCHA this season - Brendan Morrison,
Kevin Hilton (who was drafted by Detroit),
Jason Botterill and John Madden.
Both have good, young goaltenders too.
Detroit has baby-faced Chris Osgood, and the
Wolverines have sophomore Marty Turco.
® Both, despite having powerful
offenses, have a commitment to defense:
The fun and gun Red Wings have been
known for their ability to put the puck in the
net for years. So have the Wolverines. But
both have been criticized for not being tough
enough on the blue line.
Not this season.
"Maybe we've been too offensive in the
past," Berenson says. "But I like our team
now. We're playing good team defense."
Michigan tied with Western Michigan for
the lowest goals against in CCHA games this
season. Detroit has the lowest goals against
in the NHL.
"Both Scotty and Red are big on keeping
the goals against down," Kal says. "They like
offense, but they preach good defense."
Both can expect rough play in the
postseason: Last season's Stanley Cup finals
were tough on Detroit. After cruising through

the playoffs; they were swept by the New
Jersey Devils.
Why? The Devils clutched and grabbed
and held the speedy Wings, not allowing
them a chance to fly and show their skating
The same could happen to Michigan
"Just like with Detroit, I can see a lot of
teams doing that to (the Wolverines),'Kal
says. "That's the only way you slow down
teams like this."
Both have captains named Steve:
Michigan captain Steven Halko prefers the
"n" on the end of his name. Grown men call
Detroit captain Steve Yzerman "Stevie" to
his face.
Yzerman is a center. Halko is a
But they are much alike. Both have had
distinguished careers with their teams.
Yzerman scored his 500th goal this season.
Halko played in his 150th straight game last
And they are both missing one crucial line
on their resumes.
Both haven't achieved their highest
goal in decades: Detroit has not won the
Stanley Cup since 1955. Michigan has riot
won a national title since 1964. Both 'teams
were dominant in the 1950s, but they.
haven't been since.
Last season, Detroit made it to the-Stanley
Cup finals and didn't win. Last season,
Michigan made it to the final four and fell to
Maine in triple overtime.
Both teams are expected to play for their
most coveted prizes this season. Late March'
for Michigan. Late May for Detroit. Witi'Il of
the frustration that has built up all these years,
look for both squads to go all out.
So if the Wolverines win the national title
March 30 in Cincinnati, don't be surprised
the Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup n Ma
- in new maize and blue uniforms.,
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika can be reached
over e-mail at cotsonik@unich.edu.


Michigan defenseman Bubba Berenzweig is rarely mistaken for Red Wing Bob Rouse.

Tumblers host

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
Ordinarily, home meets are an oppor-
tunity for the home team to dominate the
competition and to show off in front of
friends and family.
- Someone should have informed the
#schedule makers of this concept before
the schools were selected for the men's
gymnastics Michigan Invitational this
Saturday 7 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
'"All the teams we're bringing in
aire all nationally ranked teams,"
Michigan coach Bob Darden said.

"They're very go
It certainly is g
the host Wolverine
column. The gues
nois-Chicago, No
Michigan State. M
the lowest in the m
"We have teams
220s," Darden ad(
ing to put in ag
around 209 (point
The Wolverine
February at Illinoi
scored a 210.2. T

Michigan Invite
odd squads." coming off of a subpar 206.7. It was the
oing to be difficult for team'slowesttotalsince January's 197.55
es to break into the win finish at the Windy City Open in Chicago.
sts include No. 7 Illi- However, the coachingstaffhopes their
. 5 Illinois and No. 3 hard work can come through in the num-
ichigan (0-8) is ranked bers before the home crowd.
meet at 24th. "We're seeing really good results from
s that are scoring in the training," Darden said. "We're having a
ded. "We are still wait- tough time, as coaches, taking that same
good concerted effort level of consistency ... down on to the
s)." competition floor. It seems like that isjust
s' season high was in the ongoing chore for the coaching staff
s-Chicago, where they (all season)."
hey are most recently All the schools competing have strong
programs, especially the two highest-
ranked Big Ten rivals, Illinois and Michi-
gan State.
The Fighting Illini are scoring at a
season average of 221.36 points. They
month and shouldbe atough team to beat.
The Wolverines have seen the Spar-
tans quite often. Michigan State has a
strong team from top to bottom, led by Joe
you want: Duda holds three Spartan records, in-
cluding a 9.85 in the parallel bars which
he scored in February. Sterk's season-
high performance was on the high bar
- with a 9.75. Both are impressive in the all-

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Gymnast Kathy Burke and the Wolverines hope to swing past Penn State Saturday in Happy Valley.

M women hope to ride hot streak'
past Penn State in season finale

nd hundreds of
our program.
March 21
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The other schools have strong pro-
grams as well. The most notable is No. 14
Brigham Young. The Cougars boast
Darren Elg, who holds four school records
including the all-around (57.95), floor
(9.95), horse (9.95) and high bar (10).
The invite happens at the tail end ofthis
gymnastics season. The Wolverines are
mindful of this, and they hope to have a
strong showing to close out the regular

By Kevin Kasiborski
Daily Sports Writer
The college gymnastics calendar is
similar to the NHL's: You want to
win during the long regular season,
but your main objective is peaking for
the playoffs.
The Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team will have to wait a week for
the postseason to begin, because there
is one more regular season meet this
Saturday at Penn State.
But apparently they couldn't wait
that long to begin peaking.
Last Saturday, Michigan scorched
No. 6 Brigham Young by a score of
197.000-194.350. That point total was
not only a season-high, but the second
best in school history.
The No. 5 Wolverines set school
records with their team scores on the
uneven bars (49.375) and on the floor
exercise (49.475). They slipped up a
little in the vault, as their season high

score (49.550) was "only" good
enough for a third place tie in the
Michigan record book.
Michigan gymnasts posted fourteen
personal-best scores, highlighted by
senior Wendy Marshall's first career
perfect 10 on the floor exercise, the
final event in her last home meet.
"I cannot say enough about
Wendy's performances and her con-
tributions to this team," Michigan
coach Bev Plocki said. "I knew once
she nailed that last double-back, they
were to give (the 10.0) to her."
Two meets ago, Michigan scored
196.425 points in a narrow loss to
Georgia, the top-ranked team in the
Those two meets were at home
though, and this week with Penn State,
as well as the entire postseason, will
be spent away from Cliff Keen Arena.
So far this year the Wolverines have
not scored as high on the road as they


have at home.
"It's definitely harder to get scores
and compete away from home," Plocki
admits. But she blames the lower road
scores on injuries. "We didn't co*
pete at full strength as far as health
and our lineup throughout the middle
part of our season, so our away scores
do not reflect the quality of the team
that we are."
The Wolverines' effort was good
enough to top Penn State when the
two teams faced each other earlier
this month. Michigan (192.225)
placed third and Lady Lions(I 91.95
were fourth at the six teamShani
Invitational hosted by Oregon State
March 1.
The Wolverines are hoping for a
strong performance this weekend to
keep their momentum going into next
week, when they will try for their fifth
straight Big Ten title at the confer-
ence meet.
Good road scores at Penn State and
at the Big Ten meet will also help
guarantee a spot in the NCAA cent*
regional on April 14.
Teams qualify for regionals based
on their composite score. It is calcu-
lated using a team's two highest home
scores, two highest road scores and
the next two highest scores of either
variety. The highest and lowest of the
six are dropped, and the composite
score is the average of the remaining
The top seven teams in the regi
will be invited to compete, and the
Wolverines' composite score cur-
rently ranks second in the central re-
They have not yet clinched a spot,
but it is very unlikely that six teams
wilna-c them-n

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