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6B - The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday - October 7, 1996


Turco faces barrage of shot
from unlikely sources

At the conclusion of the ballet routine, Matt Herr managed to notch a goal and an assist for the Blue team. Herr and the rest
of the Blue team topped the White, 6-2.
Blue-White game more than just a
scrimmage for Michigan icers

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
It's a game played every afternoon
at practice.
Marty Turco, Michigan's starting
goaltender, stands in one goal and
Greg Malicke, Turco's backup, lines
up at the opposite end of the ice.
The entire team divides into sides
and they scrimmage.
Michigan scrimmaged itself on
Saturday, but this time there were
over 1,100 fans looking on.
The Ann Arbor Ice Cube hosted the

annual Blue-
White intrasquad
Saturday, with
the Blue team
topping the
White in a 6-2


ing to Berenson.
"You never know when you make
up the lineups," Berenson said. "We
thought it would be pretty even."
While the score was not as close as
Berenson had hoped, it was in line
with the purpose of the game.
"You want to come out of it feeling
like you had a game experience," he
Greg Malicke got some game expe-
The backup netminder played more
minutes in this game than he will in
most regular season contests. But it
was an opportunity that will prepare
him well when he is called upon,
Berenson said.
"(Malicke's) facing the best shoot-
ers in the league, day in and day out,"
he said.
But Malicke wasn't the only one
who needed work.
At times, Marty Turco was as busy
as he's ever been.
Shots were flying at Turco from all
angles - 41 shots in all - so the
night was good preparation for future
"I expected (all of those shots,),"
Turco said. "I wouldn't say I want to
see it more often, but it's good that I
With the freshmen putting on their
Michigan jerseys for the first time,
first-year defenseman Kevin
Magnuson was excited from the very
"I was really pumped up once I
heard that band playing," he said. "I

got goosebumps and the adrenaline
started flowing. I didn't expect it to
be that unbelievable, but it was a lot
of fun."
Magnuson felt it was an important
game and a chance for the newcomers
to impress the coaches.
"We wanted to show them that we
could play with (the upperclassmen),"
Magnuson said.
It was the freshmen's first chance
at game action in a night that seemed
very real.
Physical play was just one indica-
tion of the live action Saturday. With
one clearing swing of his arm, Matt
Herr put walk-on Vladamir Slapak
flat on his back. No hesitation or
apprehension, just a clear warning
that this game was not to be taken
Welcome to college hockey.
Saturday, Michigan looked in the
mirror and beat up on itself.
It pounded, clawed and scrounged
its way to the four goal decision.
Although there was some check-
ing, a few takedowns and a number of
penalties, the team gained what
Berenson saw as important competi-
"They're trying to get into game
habits, not practice habits," he said.
"That's what this game is for."
After a game atmosphere with fans
cheering and the band playing,
Michigan felt like it faced a real
It may not face as much talent

It had all of
the indications
of an informal .
Michigan assistant coaches Me,
Pearson and Billy Powers were
behind the benches, and head coach
Red Berenson watched from the press
But Berenson watched earnestly,
taking notes as if this game counted.
Because it did count.
Not in the NCAA standings or in
the eyes of the CCHA, but it mattered
to the players on the ice and the coach
seated far above.
The final outcome was not expect-
ed to be as lopsided as it was, accord-

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