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The ,Michigan Daily - Friday, January 25, 1991 - Page 11

Icers streak into FSU

by Jeni Durst
Daily Hockey Writer

Right wing Mike Stone scores against Bowling Green in last Friday night's 9-1 victory. Stone and the
Wolverines face off against Ferris State tonight and tomorrow in Big Rapids.

On the road
Women swimmers face SWC

yP_ Yoav Irom
After returning from a long road
trip to the University of Hawaii,
third-ranked California-Berkeley
and second-ranked Stanford, the
Michigan women's swim team was
happy to be home last week. To-
day, they are on the road again.
The Wolverines will swim
against the No. 1 team in the na-
tion, the University of Texas Lady
*Uclnghorns, and highly-ranked
Sobthern Methodist University in a
dual meet at Texas tonight.
Coming off an impressive home
victory last weekend against the
Michigan State Spartans, the
Wplverines feel confident going
info tonight's meet.
"We are focused and very well
prepared," Michigan assistant
- coach Margo Mahoney said. "We
* u t have to go in and dig down."
Michigan, currently ranked fifth
nationally, always looks forward to
competing against top-ranked
teems as an opportunity to com-
pare themselves with those schools
and to measure where they stand.

When the Wolverines lost to
Berkeley and Stanford two weeks
ago, they were disappointed, but
not hopeless. Michigan entered
those meets having just completed
two competitions and five strenu-
ous days of practice. The jet-
lagged Wolverines were not in top
form.
Despite this being another road
trip, Michigan feels that the
week's rest will prove beneficial
and they hope that swimming
against Texas and SMU will help
to provide them with a more accu-
rate measurement of what level
they are at. And the Wolverines
don't seem to mind all the-travel.
"Road trips do not bother us,"
Mahoney said. "We like seeing
other places and we enjoy the
head-to-head competition."
But while the trip might be fun,
Michigan takes the competition
extremely seriously.
"We are very determined to do
well," Mahoney said. "We have
goals and we will be shooting for

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them. We hope to swim well."
Tonight's meet will be the last
major meet for the Wolverines be-;
fore the Big Ten Championships in;
Minneapolis, February 21-23.
Michigan would like to use this
competition as early preparation
for that weekend.
The focus all season has been
on training hard, staying healthy
and peaking for the Big Ten
Championships and the NCAA
Championships, which take place
the weekend of March 21-23.
Next weekend, the Wolverines
will travel to Indiana for their sec-
ond, solely Big Ten matchup,
where they will attempt to improve
their Big Ten record to 2-0.
For now, Michigan is excited to
have the chance to compete
against Texas. In order for the
Wolverines to win, they will have
to hope for strong performances
from Karen Barnes, Michelle
Swix, Tara Higgins and the Big
Ten Swimmer of the Month in De-
cember, Lisa Anderson.
Invitational
Michigan's divers, whose per-
formance was key to last week-
end's victories, could play a signif-
icant role again. In addition to a
small squad of eight swimmers,
each team may bring only one
diver to the meet. The scoring is
expected to be close and the few
points scored here may have a
great impact on the final tally.
. Junior individual medleyist Eric
Namesnik is unfazed by the daunt-
ing circumstances. "We're not do-
ing anything special to get ready,"
he said. "We're treating it just like
any other meet."
You might think that Michi-
gan's trio of worid-class swimmers,
Barrowman, Namesnik, and Eric
Wunderlich, would give the Wol-
verines a edge going into Dallas.
But all of the schools that the
team will be facing are nationally
ranked and as Barrowman pointed
out, "there are stars on every
team."

In following the "Road to the
Joe", the Michigan hockey team
has yet to encounter many pot-
holes or yield signs. But this
weekend it has an equal chance of
swerving to miss the Ferris State
Bulldogs and running off the high-
way or making roadkill of them.
The Wolverines (17-4-3 Central
Collegiate Hockey Association,
20-5-3 overall) currently boast an
eight-game winning streak, but
Ferris State (12-5-5, 18-5-5) could
be the league foe to break it when
it hosts Michigan this weekend.
The Bulldogs sit behind Michigan
in third place in the CCHA and are
ranked ninth in the nation.
In the teams' last meeting in
November, Michigan squeaked out
a 3-2 tie and then crashed in a 7-3'
loss at Yost. One of the factors de-
touring Michigan in that series re-
volved around goaltending and de-
fense. The Bulldog defense, which
ranks first in the CCHA allowing
only 2.67 goals per game, snuffed
all of Michigan's second-chance
shots in the first series by snatch-
ing up the rebounds.
Though the Wolverines outshot
the Bulldogs 54 to 17 in the sec-
ond game, they were unable to put
the puck in the net. The Ferris
goaltenders tout the third (3.02)
and fourth (3.09) best goals against
averages (gaa) in the league, giv-
ing them two potent weapons be-
tween the pipes in senior Mark Fe-
licio and rookie Pat Mazzoli.
The Wolverines were forced to
perform without defenseman David
Harlock due to a knee injury and
they might find themselves in the
same type of situation this time.
Junior defenseman Doug Evans
remains questionable for this
weekend after sustaining a back
injury in practice earlier inbthe
week.
But close to three months of
competition have passed since the
first meeting between the two and
each squad has endured much

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growth and changes.
"We're a different team now. A
better team," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "I don't think the
games we played last time will
have any bearing on the games
we'll play this weekend. But we're
going to have to bear down on our
chances when we get them.".
With the continuing improve-
ment of rookie netminder Steve
Shields, goaltending for Michigan
has become far more consistent
and dependable since the start of
the season. Shields currently leads
the league in wins with 14 and
boasts a strong 3.12 gaa.
"Goaltending will definitely be
a factor. It is always a factor," Fer-
ris coach Bob Mancini said.
"There are great teams that don't
win because of goaltending and
there are average teams that do
well because of good goaltending.
And by no means do I think our
goaltending is superior to Michi-
gan."
Michigan has also added the
powerful first-year line of Cam
Stewart, Brian Wiseman and
David Oliver. Since being paired
together at the Great Lakes Invita-
tional, the three have accounted

for 24 points in the Wolverines last
eight victories. Wiseman and
Oliver lead all CCHA rookies in
scoring.
The frosh line supports the al-
ways potent combination of Denny
Felsner, Mark Ouimet, and David
Roberts, who together represent a
Mack truck barrelling down upon
the Bulldogs. Felsner continues to
lead the nation in points while
Roberts hit the 50 point total last
weekend, surpassing 100 points on
his career.
"Obviously we've got a strat-
egy," Mancini added. "The main
goal of which is to shut down the
line of Ouimet, Felsner, and
Roberts. But I'm not sure how easy
that will be."
If Ferris can accomplish this
goal and capture two victories, it
will move into position to take
sole possession of second place
from Michigan. The Bulldogs are
currently eight points behind the
Wolverines but also have two
more league games slotted on their
schedule than Michigan.
With both the Wolverine and
Bulldog eyes on the road, Michi-
gan hopes to remain in the driver's
seat after this weekend.

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by Adam Miller
D}ily Sports Writer
For the Michigan men's swim-
ming team, as Yogi Berra once
said, "It's like deja vu all over
again."
The scene is familiar. For the
fifth straight time the team will be
competing away from Canham
Natatorium, as it heads into the
SMU Invitational, held in Dallas
tomorrow and Sunday.
The competition is familiar,
too. Michigan will face last week's
opiponents Stanford and California-
Berkeley, in addition to perennial
powers Texas, UCLA, Florida and
SMU.
Of course, the Wolverines are
hoping for familiar results. They
are the defending champions of the
meet and finished a narrow second
two years ago.
However, not all seems des-
tined to repeat. As anyone on the
team will tell you, a win will not
come with the familiar ease with

which Michigan won the Michigan
Invitational last month, nor will
the victory be as decisive as last
weekend's sweep in California.
"It's going to be' very, very
tough," team captain Mike Bar-
rowman said. "I'd like to say that
we're going to win it, but it's prob-
ably going to come down to the
last event."
The SMU Invitational is con-
sidered to be second in prestige
only to the NCAA Championships,
and a back-to-back victory would
be difficult enough if the team
were in perfect shape. However,
the Maize and Blue will be in less
than top form this weekend.
Fatigue from a long road sched-
ule will definitely be a factor and
Michigan will not have the serv-
ices of backstroke specialist Steve
Bigelow. Bigelow injured his ankle
during last month's training camp
in Hawaii and he will not return to
the pool until Monday.

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