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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 1, 1996 - 13

PRACTICE
Ontinued from Page 12
sions with the team for the past two weeks.
Although the chance to get into shape bene-
fited the players, it was not the same as when
the coaches were in charge, at least according
to goalie Marty Turco.
"We were a little more laid back without
(the coaches) out there, but we still worked
hard," he said.
While the Wolverines knew what to expect
practice, the walk-ons were not as fortunate.
The afternoon began at 3 p.m. when 10
walk-ons took the ice, attempting to make
Michigan's roster.
Of the 10 players trying to earn a spot, two
goalies skated for the chance to play behind
Turco and backup Greg Malicke.
Assistant coach Mel Pearson ran the newcom-
ers through a couple of passing drills and kept the
best two skaters and one of the goalies on the ice
to practice with the full team.
But the chances for any of them making the
gal cut are not good, said Berenson.
"None of the (walk-ons) were recruited. We
don't anticipate them making (the team)," he
said.
With the scholarship players ready to take
the ice, the walk-on tryout needed to be com-
pleted before regular practice began.
"We put (the walk-ons) on the ice before we
go out there because we need the quality prac-
tice (without them)," he said.
The tryouts will continue throughout the

week as the coaches look for one or two who
might make the team.
"We'll keep taking the best two (every
day)," Berenson said. "The other kids will
keep skating to try to impress us, and we'll put
them in the Blue-White game. We'll fill out
the teams with walk-on players."
Last season, Craig Assenmacher bucked the
odds and made the team without coming to
school with a scholarship.
Right now though, he is the only injured
Wolverine. Assenmacher is sidelined with a
broken finger.
The Wolverines, as a whole, are healthy, and
Berenson wants to keep it that way.
"It's really difficult to get your team in
game shape in a week," he said. "We just hope
we have a good week with no injuries."
The intra-squad Blue/White scrimmage
Saturday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube will be the
coaching staff's opportunity to evaluate the
team after a week of workouts.
And from a player's perspective, a chance at
game action will be an exciting change form
practice.
"I want to get into some competition,"
Botterill said. "We've only been in captain's
practices for two weeks, but it seems like for-
ever."
After one day of practice, Michigan is back
on the ice and the coach got what he expected.
"Overall, everyone is in good shape and
right where we expect them to be," Berenson
said. "This is the first organized practice
they've had in literally six months."

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DAMIAN PETRESCU/Daily
Michigan assistant hockey coach Mel Pearson instructs players yesterday during the Wolverines' first official practice at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan
Is skating in Yost even though the renovations to the 72-year-old field house are still underway. Among the new features Yost will boast: an expand-
ed press box, renovated locker and weight rooms, a new trophy room in the north concourse, new bleachers in the north end zone and the removal
of obstructed-view seats. The Wolverines have scheduled their first two events, the Blue/White game and a scrimmage against Waterloo at the Ice
Cube, just south of 1-94 in Ann Arbor. Yost will be open to the public Oct. 12.

BLUE/WHITE GAME: OcT. 5
HALLOWEEN: OcT. 31
ELECTION DAY: Nov. 5
FRANK SINATRA's BIRTHDAY: DEC. 12
FACEOFF: OCT. 14
(THE ONE DATE YOU WANT TO REMEAIHfR)

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Michigan's Linsey Ebert and Jeanie Szczesniak hope to bump off Michigan State
on Friday in East Lansing in the first of two "State Pride" matches.

STATE PRIDE
*onInued from Page 12
ordinary Big Ten matchup. Since
1990, the confrontation of the two
teams has been dubbed "State Pride"
match.
Each team has a special split
Michigan-Michigan State banner
with the winning year listed on each
school's side.
Also, the winner of the match
ceives a flag of the state of
4ichigan, bearing the motto
"Tuebor," meaning "I will defend."
The winning team retains possession
until they face off again.
Michigan State currently has the flag.

PRIME TIME LIVE: From the home
of great sports, such as off-road
dune-buggy racing and demolition
derbies, comes Big Ten volleyball.
That's right, ESPN2 is broadcasting
nine Big Ten matches. The bright
lights will be in Ann Arbor on Nov.
16, when Ohio State takes on the
Wolverines. It will be the first time
ever that Michigan volleyball will
be televised nationally.
ROSTER CHANGES: Two players
left the Wolverines over the week-
end. Senior Ramona Cox transferred
to Eastern Michigan and senior
Colleen Miniuk will remain at
Michigan as a student. The reasons
for their departures were personal.

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