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The Atlanta Braves took firm contro of the Word Series with a 5-2 win
over the Cleveland indians last night. Atlanta now holds a 3- edge in
the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is tonight in Cleveland.
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Page 11A
Thursday,
October 26, 1945

Blue icers head to Palace to avenge loss to Maine

By John Lerol
-aily Sports Writer
Everyone knows this is a big game.
The newspapers in Bangor, Maine,
have had a front-page "Countdown to
the Showdown" every day for two
weeks.
And when Michigan steps onto the
ipe at 7:30 tonight at the Palace of
,Auburn Hills in the Faceoff Classic
.against Maine, fans can expect a heated
battle.
The game, which will be nationally
,,elevised on ESPN2, was organized as
an exhibition rematch of last year's
;:CAA semifinal game by the U.S.
Hockey Hall of Fame. The Black Bears
.Inocked off the Wolverines in that
_,game, 4-3, in the longest NCAA play-

off ever - a triple-overtime thriller.
In it's first 22 years, the Face Off-
Classic was known as the Enshrine-
ment Game and was played in Eveleth,
Minn., a small town in northern Minne-
sota where the Hall of Fame is located.
Before today, no team outside the
WCHA has participated in the annual
season-opener.
But last spring, organizers decided to
move the game around the country in an
effort to give college hockey more ex-
posure. Spokesman Bob Vallen said
the Hall of Fame is striving to get two
top-ten teams for the game each year at
neutral sites across the country, starting
with No. 2 Maine and No. 4 Michigan
this year.
And anyone around the Michigan

lockerroom who says this is just an-
other non-conference game would be
kidding themselves.
"It's a huge game," said goaltender
Marty Turco who played all 100 min-
utes of last year's contest, making 52
saves before the night was over.
"It's one of our big games that we
pride ourselves in winning. For one,
there's revenge. I don't know a better
way to start the season than with a win
here."
But Michigan coach Red Berenson is
doing all he can not to turn the game
into a headhunt against Maine, the team
that knocked the Wolverines out of the
NCAA tournament two of the last three
years.
Instead, Berenson sees the game as a

chance to measure his squad against
one of the best teams in the nation. And
though Berenson admits there is a pos-
sibility for some lockerroom talk, he
insists Michigan won't be looking for
any sort of retribution.
"They might be one of the better
teams we face all year long," Berenson
said. "We'll find out if we can play with
a team like that or not.
"But we're not worried about Maine.
We don't spend all week designing our
game around who we play. We're not
playing very well right now and that's
what we're focused on."
One thing that Berenson hopes will
improve is special teams play. The
Wolverines have connected on only
two of 20 power play chances after

converting nearly 30 percent of their
advantages on the country's top power
play last season.
Michigan's special teams will cer-
tainly be tested by a quick and skilled
Black Bear team. Maine's strength is its
special teams - especially its power
play, which is already converting 28
percent of its chances - a high number
for early in the season.
The Black Bears lost only three play-
ers from last season's team and coach
Shawn Walsh returns his six best scor-
ers from a year ago including center
Dan Shermerhorn, who nettedtwo goals
against Michigan last season including
the game winner and defenseman Jeff
Tory who led Maine last season in points
with 13 goals and 42 assists.

Maine won its fourth straight Great
Western Freezeout title two weekends
ago in Anaheim, Calif., defeating two
CCHA teams, Miami (Ohio) and Michi-
gan State. And ifthe Black Bears proved
anything in the California tournament,
it was that their special teams can take
them a long way and defense can do a
lot to frustrate good teams.
"The big question will be,'Can Mi6hi-
gan score against Maine's defense?"'
said Spartan coach Ron Mason, who
hired Walsh as an assistant before he
left for Maine. "Without (injured center
Brendan) Morrison, they're not going
to be that productive."
See MAINE, Page,13

Howard returns,
but Hill still on top - . .-

Volleyball falls
again to Spartahs

&By Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Editor
. The result was fitting.
Grant Hill beat Juwan Howard at
Crisler Arena,just as he had done twice
before.
This time, though, the uniforms were
-,different. Howard's Washington Bul-
ulets fell to Hill's Detroit Pistons last
night, 98-89. The last two times the pair
faced off in Ann Arbor, Howard was a
Wolverine and Hill was a Duke Blue
^'Devil; Hill's squad prevailed each time.
N,, Despite the insignificance that goes
.with an NBA preseason game, Howard
was hoping to avenge those losses last
.night.
"He beat us twice in this place,"
Howard said. "That's sad, and I was
looking forward to winning here against
him this time, but he lucked out."
Howard had 15 points and four re-
bounds in 31 minutes, while Hill had 16
points, five assists, and four boards. For
the first time in Ann Arbor, Hill's intro-
duction drew the crowd's approval.
"(Being cheered in Crisler) feels a
little weird," the two-time national
champion said. "I'm used of getting
booed, but I'll take the cheers."
The win kept Hill undefeated in Ann
Arbor.
"3-0 - that's right," Hill said. "I
don't want to mess that up."n
Hill wasn't the only former Michi-
gan rival on the floor last night; nor was
Howard only former Wolverine. Ex-
Tndisnm Hoosier and Calbert Cheanev

"I was looking
forward to winning
here against thim
this time, but he
lucked out.
- Juwan Howard
Former Michigan player on
losing to Grant Hill again.
had 14 points for the Bullets, while the
Pistons got 15 points and seven re-
bounds out of forward Terry Mills, a
member of the 1989 Michigan national
championship squad.
The Bullets shot out to an early 18-9
lead behind hot shooting. After that,
though, Washington's gunners went
quiet.
The Pistons climbed back into con-
tention during a slow second quarter.
By the five-minute mark of the half,
Detroit had a 32-28 lead. They went
into the intermission up 40-36.
At the half, Howard had only four
points; Mills had two and Hill had six
- not their usual Crisler Arena perfor-
mances.
Howard first scored on a six-footer in
the lane - a shot that used to be so
common in the Crisler Arena paint -
See HOMECOMING, Page 13A

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
In a"State Pride" rematch, the Michi-
gan women's volleyball team didn't
come close.
After getting beaten in three straight
matches in the first meeting, the Wol-
verines were again unable to get on the
board, falling to Michigan State, 15-5,
15-8, 15-10.
The loss marks Michigan's third
straight defeat, the longest losing streak
of the season.
To compound the team's woes, last
night marked the third straight match in
which Michigan (6-5 Big Ten, 12-9
overall) has failed to even win one
game.
While losing nine straight games may
be cause for concern, bear in mind last
night's opponent is No. 1 in the Big Ten
and ranked No. 5 in the nation.
The Spartans (11-0, 22-1) feature a
team that excels in all facets. Their
frontline is second in the league in team
blocks, complemented by a group of
hitters that lead the league in hitting
efficiency.
Last night, Michigan State was able
to overpower the Wolverines simply by
executing.
"Michigan State is a very good bal-
anced team," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "So if they have any
weaknesses they hide them well."
The Wolverines' game plan was to

serve well and try to neutralize their
point scoring with a good blocking'de-
fense.
In addition, Giovanazzi wanted to
build upon Michigan's last game against
iviicnigan state. This included target-
ing some ofthe Spartans' younger play-
ers.
"It's hard to exploit (Michigan
State's) weaknesses," Giovanazzi said.
"I felt we made some adjustments from
the last time we played them, but so did-
they."
In the first game, the Spartans jumped
out to an early 7-1 lead. But the Wolver-
ines were able to claw their way back
into the game, led by outside hitter
Shannon Brownlee's two aces. The
problem was, Michigan was unable to
score another point.
In the second game, the Wolverines
were able to hold the Spartans to a 6-6
tie through the middle part of the match.
After that, Michigan State went on a 9-
2 run to close out the match.
The third game proved to be the clos-
est with Michigan putting up a match-
high 10 points. While the Wolverines
were able to grab a quick 3-0 lead, it
was again the Spartans who ran away
with the game.
The real difference in the game tan
be seen by looking at the kill column.
See STATE PRIDE, Page A

JONATHAN.JLURIE/Daily

Former Michigan basketball Juwan Howard returned to Crisler Arena last night in
an exhibition game against the Detroit Pistons. Howard finished the game with 15
points. Another former Wolverine, Terry Mills (No. 6) now plays for the Pistons.

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