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*QB -- Faceoff '96 - TheQichigan

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DEFENSE
C nted from Page 9B
are freshmen: Sean Peach and Kevin
Magnuson.
While Peach opened up the season
with a banged-up shoulder, Magnuson
started in last Tuesday's game against
Waterloo. Both players have received
high praise from Berenson in practice.
And Sloan feels that they could
become good college hockey players
soon.
"Peach is going to be a great play-
er," Sloan said. "He's got a good shot
,and he makes the smart play all the

time. Magnuson is doing a heck of a
job right now. He's just got to build his
confidence in each and every game he
gets in. He's got to take it one game at
a time."
The defense looks to be key in
Michigan's success this year.
Depending on whom fits in where and
what roles players are given, the crew
could mesh well or take a while to
learn to play with one another.
But then there is someone named
Marty Turco to back them up between
the pipes.
The junior goaltender had a memo-
rable season in 1995-96 for the

Wolverines. He had a 34-7-1 record in
net, giving him 61 wins in his first two
* seasons and putting him ahead of pace
to reach 111 career victories, the
NCAA record set by Michigan goalie
Steve Shields.
Turco shined in the NCAA tourna-
ment last March and was named to the
NCAA All-Tournament team after
stopping 38 of 40 shots in the semifi-
nals and final.
He finished the season with a .896
save percentage.
It is so much more comforting for
the defensemen to know that Turco is
waiting behind them if a mistake is

made.
But the
Berenson,i
goalie,
then you
know you
are in bad
shape.
"Your
team.
starts in
g o a I ,"
Berenson
said. "If
you don't
have con-
fidence
in your

n again, according1
if you can't trust yo
"If you duo
have con fid

I

goal, you d4

he can make the difference and back
to him up."
ur If Turco has a poor stretch of games,
Gregg Malicke is the
backup goaltender. In 10
games in the net,
Malicke had a.919 saves
Bence in percentage. Even though
Malicke didn't play too
o yf much last year, Berenson
felt that just by watching,
fence in he learned a lot.
"Malicke should be a
better goalie than he was
last year," Berenson
d Berenson said. "He grew with our
c key coach team, and he got a lot of
work at practice. He's
n- facing the best shooters in the league

Spartans move on
without star player

have con fkd

yourselves.

--Re
Michigan ho

goalie, then you don't have a lot co
fidence in yourself. You can ask o
defensemen. It makes them play b
ter when they have confidence.
"When they do make a mistal
they have the confidence in Turco, tI

cur
et-
ke,
hat

day in and day out, so he should
become a better goalie."
The third-string goaltender is Greg
Daddario, who played in just two
games last season.

There's always something to argue
about between Michigan and Michigan
State.
In a Spartans pamphlet handed out for
the media at the pre-season CCHA lun-
cheon, Michigan State's sports informa-
tion department clearly stated that the
Spartans' Munn Ice Arena now has the
largest capacity in the CCHA. Because
of this summer's renovations to Yost Ice
Arena, Munn now holds 6,170, com-
pared to 6,150 at Yost Ice Arena. Twenty
more seats.
But Michigan State coach Ron
Mason, in his 17th year, has been to Yost
far too many times to take anything
away from the old arena. He knows what
it is like to play in front of the raucous
maize and blue fans.
"Yost is a noisy facility to play in,
because the sound reverberates around,"
Mason said. "Munn Arena is a building
that softens and deadens the sound. So if
I had my druthers, I'd rather play in

Jenison Field House in our facility where
it's all noisy. But when Michigan and
Michigan State play, it doesn't matter."
Last season, while the Spartans fin-
ished with a 28-13-1 overall record, their
22-7-1 CCHA record was only good
enough for third place in the conference.
They trailed first-place Michigan and
Lake Superior by one point.
This year, the Spartans will be with-
out last year's leading scorer and Hobey
Baker Award finalist, Anson Carter.
"Whether we have a go-to player like
Anson Carter (this year) remains to be
seen," Mason said. "He was a special
player who attracted a lot of attention.
We'll probably have to rely on a number
of different players for our scoring this
year."
The candidates to replace Carter are
the forwards from Carter's line last year
- junior left wing Mike Watt and
sophomore right wing Mike York. York
was named to the CCHA All-Rookie
Team in 1995-96 and led the Spartans in
assists.1

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The Spartans and Wolverines can never seem to get along. JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Sophomore Chris Bogas and junior last year.
captain Tyler Harlton lead the defense. Mason is still counting on his squad
Junior Chad Alban will be between the to compete for the conference title even
pipes for Mason. Alban was named with the loss of Carter.

Michigan State's most valuable player

"I'd like to be able to maintain the

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Young Irish nucleus looks for inspiration from

it's not a promising sign wnen tne only
striking statistic your captain has is his
grade-point average.
That's the situation this year for Notre
Dame, whose junior leader, Steve Noble,
is better known for his classwork than for
his scoring. The center's statistics - 20
points, minus-11 in 36 games - are less
impressive than in the classroom where
he has 23 As and a B+ in 24 classes.
"His leadership was evident from my
first day last year," Notre Dame coach
Dave Poulin said. "(That) was why he
was captain as a sophomore and will be
again."
That, and the fact that the Irish had
very little help from last year's upper-

classmen. Notre Dame returns six of its
top seven scorers from the 1995-96 cam-
paign, as well as junior goaltender Matt
Eisler.
Eisler's 4.31 goals-against average
placed him eighth out of 10 returning
CCHA netminders, and second-year
coach Poulin was nice enough to shoul-
der some of the blame himself.
"I learned quickly in my first year of
coaching that I should not be the man to
handle goalies," Poulin said.
So where did Poulin go for help?

ESPN.
No, he didn't ask Dan and Keith for
help, but he did manage to acquire hock-
ey analyst and former NHL goalie
Darren Pang as a volunteer assistant
coach. Pang will lend experience and
hands-on help to the still-developing
Eisler.
Elsewhere on the ice, the Irish will
look to a young nucleus for improve-
ment on last year's less-than-fantastic 9-
23-4. Of the 27 roster players, 16 are

sophomores or freshmen.

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SARA STILLMAN/Daily
Greg Daddarlo and Gregg Malicke converse during the Blue-White game. While the
two backup goaltenders will be on the bench for most of the season behind start-
Ing netminder Marty Turco, they will have to be ready If Michigan coach Red
Berenson calls on them.
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