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Scoreboard NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS BUFFALO 4. Pittsburgh 1
ATLANTA 15, St. Louis 0 Hartford 3, N.Y. ISLANDERS 1
ATANAta Lwis series fourCHICAGO 2, Detroit I
Atlant a wins series fourVancouver 6, DALLAS 1
games to three ST. LOUIS 6, Toronto 1
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Florida at COLORADO, Inc.
KATINA COTB3 ATLEAGUEBoston at LOS ANGELES, inc.
Kansas Clty 34, SEATTLE 16 Home team in CAPS

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Friday
October 18, 1996

12

Depleted Black
Bears take on
Blue at the Joe
By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
How will the Maine hockey team cope with an interim coach
't the helm, the premature loss of several top players and, bar-
ring the success of an appeal, a ban from postseason play?
Tonight's 7:30 p.m. meeting between Michigan (2-0) and
Maine (0-0) at Joe Louis Arena will provide the Black Bears,
d the college hockey world, with preliminary answers.
;Several key players have left the Black Bears since June,
hen the NCAA extended Maine's self-imposed probation,
ich included a ban on postseason play last season.
.The program has been in turmoil since last December when
e university admitted to violations involving extra benefits,
cruiting, eligibility, financial aid and personnel.
'As a result of the violations, Greg Cronin will coach the
flack Bears until late December when the suspension of 12-
Year head coach Shawn Walsh expires.
On the ice, the player defections have produced major holes
┬žon offense, defense and in goal - the one area that could make
or break this season's squad.
* Freshman Alfie Michaud, the team's only recruited goalie,
dkes over duties in net for would-be senior and 1995 All-
American Blair Allison, who bolted for the Canadian National
Sam. Backup netminder Blair Marsh was lost to graduation.
;Michaud will not likely receive nearly the defensive help
accorded to his previous counterparts.
Gone from the Maine defense are two of its best from last
sason - Jeff Tory and Brett Clark, both of whom also left
early to play for the Canadian National Team.
None of the remaining defensemen reached double-digits in
sists last season.
I "The defensive aspect of the game from our point of view is
+ry important," Maine assistant coach Mario Thyer said. "We
c n't let (the Wolverines) wheel and deal. You can't try to play
t open game, otherwise you'll probably get killed."
41 The unit least harmed by off-season comings and goings
swould be the offense, which retains its top two point scorers
from last season -junior Shawn Wansborough (27-16 --43)1
and senior Dan Shermerhorn (20-23 --43).1
Despite what has happened to the Black Bears over the past-
year, Michigan coach Red Berenson is not looking past Maine,
which posted a 26-9-4 record last season.
"I don't buy that Maine is a weakened team" Berenson said.
IOn the ice, they finished (last season) well. In the 12 years that
;'ve been here, they haven't had a weak team:'
The Wolverines come into tonight's game without the ser-
*ices of center Bobby Hayes due to his shoulder injury. Hayes
pid see limited practice time during the week, but will be kept
out of tonight's contest due to soreness.
The sophomore suffered a slightly separated shoulder last
weekend against Lake Superior when he was checked into the
boards.
Freshman Andrew Merrick, who did not take the ice against
the Lakers, will fill in for the injured Hayes. Merrick joins Dale
Rominski and Justin Clark on the fourth line.
Michigan defeated the Lakers, 4-2, last weekend in what
turned out to be more of a penalty-fest than a game.
So far this season, the Wolverines have amassed 72 penalty
minutes, compared to 42 after two games last season.
"Hockey's an emotional game' Berenson said. "You don't
ilan on taking penalties. We need to control our emotions, yet
%e also need to play aggressive."1

Pasadena hopes
hinge on Hoosiers

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
Don't be deceived. To assume that
there will be no challenge for Michigan
against Indiana tomorrow would be
ignorant.
It's true that the Hoosiers (0-2 Big
Ten, 2-3 overall) aren't good. And it's
true that the 13th-ranked Wolverines
(1-1, 4-1) are still Rose Bowl con-
tenders.
But the mismatch doesn't matter.
The game is at 12:20 p.m. at
Michigan Stadium, meaning it's impor-
tant to the Big Ten race. The game fol-
lows Michigan'sOct. 5 collapse against
Northwestern, meaning it's important
to the Wolverines' psyche. The game
follows a bye week for the Wolverines,
meaning their negative thoughts have
had two weeks to fester.
"The difficult thing about an open
week after a loss like that is that you're
constantly reminded about it,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "I
don't think anybody's gotten it out of
their system. It's our job to do that by
Saturday."
But study recent history, and it
becomes quite clear that the Wolverines
have a lot to overcome. Emotional loss-
es, like the one the Wolverines inflicted
themselves with in the fourth quarter
against the Wildcats, have a habit of
destroying seasons in Ann Arbor.
From 1993-95, Michigan's string of
four-loss mediocrity was perpetuated
by devastation. Big loss - 8-4. Over
and over again.
There's the challenge. Is Michigan
prepared to prevent it from happening

again ? If so, what then'?
"The proof that we have gotten over
(the loss to Northwestern) will come in
these next weeks;' Carr said.
Exactly. The Wolverines have to
prove they are not themselves. They
have to prove they are somehow differ-
ent from past teams that couldn't han-
dle losing. They have to prove they can
do it against adversity.
Not only are the Wolverines' minds
fragile, but their bodies are, too.
Defensive end Glen Steele practiced
this week, but his back problems
haven't been solved.
Nearly 3/4 of Michigan's linebackers
are less than 100 percent. Rob Swett,
Sam Sword and Butkus Award candi-
date Jarrett Irons all have foot and ankle
problems. And Carr said Clint
Copenhaver "banged up" the same
knee that kept him out of spring prac-
tice.
"These kids are so big and so fast,
there's a lot of stress on small bones,"
Carr said. "It's one of the modern-day
football problems."
Small bone problems suffered by
inside linebackers, however, can cause
small holes. And that is enough for
Indiana's Alex Smith.
Smith is perhaps the only Hoosier
with big-time football presence, but
that may be enough. He is averaging
130 all-purpose yards a game and has
scored five touchdowns.
"Alex is an extremely tough, hard-
nosed guy," Carr said. "He brings
dimension of toughness and durability
that any coach respects. I have great
respect for him as a football player."

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Indiana's passing game doesn't have the receivers like Northwestern's Dwayne Bates (above). But the
Hoosiers do have a super running game led by Alex Smith which should alarm the Michigan defense.

The Matchups
Wolverines should enjoy bullying weaker Indiana

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
Iowa coach Hayden Fry said it best before
his club faced Indiana last weekend.
"Bill Mallory, in my opinion, is one of the
unluckiest guys I can think of," Fry said.
He was probably referring to a couple of
close losses the Hoosiers have suffered, but it
could have just as easily have been because
Mallory coaches at Indiana.
Let's face it, because of basketball's popu-
larity, coaching football in Bloomington is a
lot like playing Mozart at a Metallica concert
- nobody cares, and you get beaten up a lot.
And Michigan is next in line to play head-
banging bully.
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS. INDIANA
PASSING DEFENSE:
For three quarters
against Northwestern,
Scott Dreisbach looked
like one of nation's the
top quarterbacks.
Dreisbach and his

best game in a Michigan uniform against the
Wildcats. He caught 12 balls for 150 yards.
Indiana is giving up a respectable 165.7
yards per game passing, but has allowed eight
touchdowns through the air.
Still, unless the cold and rainy weather stops
them, the Wolverines should continue to
improve through the air.
ADVANTAGE:
MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE VS. INDIANA
RUSHING DEFENSE:
Like the rest of the offense, Michigan's
rushing game has been gaining ground.
The Wolverines are averaging slightly less
than 183 yards a game, but the performances
have been less than consistent.
Clarence Williams leads Michigan with an
85.6 yards-per-game average, and when Chris
Howard has played, they have evenly split the
workload.
Indiana is giving up an average of 138.3
rushing yards, but the key will be fumbles.
Don't expect that to be a problem tomorrow.
The Wolverines have had two weeks to sew

handles on to the footballs.
ADVANTAGE:
INDIANA PASSING OFFENSE VS. MICHIGAN
PASSING DEFENSE:
The key here is not really Indiana's offense,
but Michigan's defense.
The Wolverines are suffering from broken
egos after giving up 17 points in the fourth
quarter against the Wildcats.
Chris Dittoe has completed 52.3 percent of
his passes this season for the Hoosiers.
However, he has thrown five interceptions and
only one touchdown pass.
Indiana has been averaging 179.2 yards per
game through the air, but it shouldn't expect
much success against the Wolverines.
ADVANTAGE:

last weekend, he became the fourth player i@
Indiana history to rush for over 3,000 yards in
a career.
Indiana's rushing attack may be helped by
Michigan's health, or lack-thereof.
Three linebackers, Jarrett Irons, Rob Swett
and Sam Sword, are all hobbled. They prac-
ticed this week, but Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr doesn't know if they will be able to play.
ADVANTAGE:
EVEN
SPECIAL TEAMS:
Michigan's only kick return for a score last
year came against the Hoosiers, and Carr
thinks Michigan is close to breaking another.
While inconsistent, Michigan's Remy
Hamilton had a good game against -the
Wildcats, hitting all three of his field goal
attempts. Bill Manolopoulos has made justsix
of his 12 attempts for Indiana.
ADVANTAGE:
The only way this game will be close is if
Michigan allows it to be, and after
Northwestern, don't expect that to happen.
PREDICTION: MICHIGAN 42, INDIANA 10

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INDIANA RUSHING OFFENSE VS. MICHIGAN
RUSHING DEFENSE:
This is the area where Indiana can compete.
Running back Alex Smith is one
of the top backs in the conference,
I and with his 81 yards against Iowa

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