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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 16, 2001 - 9

In yesterday's print
edition of The Michigan Daily, an
unexpected problem caused the
absence of page 8, one that
contained several sports stories.
With the many important events
going on this weekend, the editors
of the Daily realize the great
importance of the stories that were
left out. Therefore, the missing
stories will appear online again
today, at michigandaily . corn/ports .
We apologize for ary
inconvenience.

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WEEK 10 SELECTIONS
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OHOSAE(-25) vs. Illinois Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State
NRHETR(-)v.BwigGenBowling Green Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern
MIAMI (FLA)(-21) vs. Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse
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Maryland (-3) at NORTH CAROLINASAE aylandMaryandMaryland ","Maryland "
Oklahoma (-7.5) at TEXAS TECH Texas Tech Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma
BRIGHAM YOUNG (-7) vs. Utah Utah Utah Utah Brigham Young
WsigoState (-1) at WSHINGTON Washington Washington Washington Washington
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BetbtMaryland Washington Syracuse Northwestern
Record last week (Best bets) 8-7 (0-1) 6-9 (0-1) 7-8 (0-1) 5-10 (0-1)
Record to date (Best bets) 76-59 (5-4) 64-71 (4-5) 67-68 (4-5) 68-67 (6-3)

Omaha trip ends icers' week off

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer
The last time that the No. 12 Michi-
gan hockey team took a full week off
during the regular season was Novem-
ber, 1998.
After that layoff, the Wolverines
jumped all over Alaska-Fairbanks in a
6-3 win at home.
But when coach Berenson leads his
team back onto the ice this weekend, he
will be facing a much better team in a
much more hostile environment. The
puck will drop tonight and tomorrow at
8:05 p.m. in the Omaha Civic Auditori-
um.
"It'll be a huge challenge for our
team," Berenson said. Nebraska-Omaha
is "as good a team at home as there is in
the CCHA."
The Wolverines would have hosted
Merrima'ck College last weekend, but
Michigan had two games taken away
this year when the NCAA ruled that it
played an extra game last season.
The MavericksĀ°(4-2-0 CCHA, 7-3-0
overall) have already proved themselves
to be a major threat in the conference
race. During its last home series, No. 6
Nebraska-Omaha swept then-No. 1
Michigan State 4-3 and 5-1.
Berenson traveled to Kalamazoo last
Friday to watch the Mavericks play
Western Michigan.
"They have come into this league
with a bang, whereas other teams might

OMAHA Civic AUDITORIUM
Who: No. 12 Michigan (441) vs. No. 6
Nebraska-Omaha (7-3-0)
When: 8:05 p.m. today and tomorrow
Latest Forwards Milan Gijac (knee) and Craig
Murray (groin) will be unable to make the trip
for Michigan because of injuries.
slowly work their way in," Berenson
said.
Two weeks ago, the Wolverines (3-3-
1, 4-4-1) won back-to-back games for
the first time this season. Led by a
strong performance by senior goal-
tender Josh Blackburn, Michigan beat
Alaska-Fairbanks, 2-1 and 4-0.
The week off has lessened the
Wolverines' momentum surge.
"Sometimes with a week off you are
a little bit sluggish and we may show
some sluggishness in a game environ-
ment," Berenson said.
But the overriding theme that Beren-
son preached in practice this week was
simple: Work ethic.
"I want our kids to come to practice
with a renewed sense of work ethic,"
Berenson said. "You can't practice the
same way now as you did last year. We
have people with expanded roles on the
team and they need to step up.
Strong practices may not immediately
translate into goals this weekend, but
everyone is clear about the importance
that the coaching staff is placing on
intensity and execution during the week.

"How you play in practice impacts
where you play over the weekend,"
freshman Eric Nystrom said.
STAYING HOME: Unfortunately, injuries
are not a new problem for senior for-
ward Craig Murray. And once again, he
will be staying in Ann Arbor this week-
end, this time nursing his groin.
A variety of ailments have sidelined
Murray throughout his career. He
missed the Wolverines' last trip to Alas-
ka with a separated shoulder.
"I feel really bad for him," Berenson
said. "It's frustrating. He was looking
good this week, but then this happens.
He's a good kid and he works hard -
it's just a shame."
Freshman forward Milan Gijac will
also be unavailable this weekend
because of the knee injury he suffered
in Alaska.
IT'S GOING AROUND: Several players
have missed significant portions of
practice this week because of flu symp-
toms. Freshman forward Michael
Woodford was out for several days, jun-
ior alternate captain Mike Cammalleri
and freshman forward Jason Ryznar
were also held out of yesterday's prac-
tice, but each of them are expected to
play this weekend.
Berenson offered one possible reason
for the flu outbreak: The team received
flu shots last week.
It is not uncommon for the vaccine to
cause temporary illness to those who
receive it.

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