THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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THE EXTRA POINT
by JIM BERGER
Bad Belters No More
Hockey is a game of finesse, quick reflexes, superlative skating"
and teamwork. It is also one of the roughest games imaginable, and
if you don't believe it, go down to the Michigan Coliseum tonight or
tomorrow night and watch the war 'on ice between Michigan and
The Wolverines and Gophers have a tradition for rough and
tumble hockey. Michigan Coach. Al Renfrew, who has been associated
with Michigan hockey for over 20 years as a player and coach, testi-
fies that as long as he remembers this has been one of the toughest
Three years ago, during the '60-'61 season things got so bad
that both teams agreed to a one year cooling-off period where
neither scheduled each other.
Last year the series resumed, and the two teams belted their way
through four games. The Gophers, who finished fourth in the WCHA
las season won two games. The other two games ended in ties.
This year, Michigan has been the surprise of the Western
Collegiate, Hockey Association. The Wolverines have plowed
through Michigan Tech, Michigan State, and Colorado College.
Their one loss has been to those Gophers at Minnesota where
the two teams split earlier this season.
By DICK REYNOLDS
Michigan hockey fans are in for
a real treat this weekend when the
Wolverine icemen take on Minne-
sota in a two-game series at the
Flying high on the crest of a
ten-game winning streak, the
Maize and Blue squad of Coach
Al Renfrew will be out to strength-!
en its hold on first place in the
Western Collegiate Hockey Asso-
ciation, and in doing so will trv,
to settle some old scores with the
The Michigan-Minnesota series1
has long been known as one of the
bitterest in collegiate hockey
It's no secret that whenever
these two teams get together on
the ice the spectators are in for
some close bard-checking hockey
to say the least. In the 151 meet-
ings between the two schools,
Michigan has won 66 and lost 74,
11 games have ended in a t2.
The Minnesota sextet is likely
to be in a mean mood followin~g
a pair of defeats at the hand. of
lowly Colorado College last week-
end, 8-4 and 7-6. The double loss
to CC dropped the Gophers from
first place to third in the WCHA
standings with a 7-3 records.
In th. first meeting this seasoni,
past, future or-?
the two teams split at Mioneapo-
lis with Michigan winning the
opener, 5-1. and losing the second
game, 6.5. Since that time the
Wolvorines have skated past ten
straight oppornents while runnitg
its season's mark to 16-2.
Pa-t of Success,
Part of the Gophers' earl:;r suc-
cess against the Wolverines result-
High Scorers .
Gordie Wilke, c 13 36
Gary Butler, w 27 22
Wilf Martin, c 27 19
Jack Cole, w 17 17
Tom Polonic, d 6 24
R. Coristine, w 10 15;
Mel Wakabayashi, c....
Alex Hood, w 8 13
Bob Ferguson, w 7 13
B. MacDonald, d 9 11
Marty Read, w 6 10
P. Dechaine, w 3 12
G. Forrest, w 4 7
T. Henderson, d 1 8
R. Galipean, d 2 6
Rick Day, d 0 6
Dave Newton, d 1 4
Bob Gray, g 2 0
Bill Bieber, g 0 0
ed from theil effective defense
agains, Michigan's high-scoring
forward Gaiy Butler, who was
held to a psir of assists in the
Since that time however the
Michigan team has shown great
scoring balance with six players
registering 10 goals or more )n
the season statistics. Butlec nd
Captain (ordie Wilke lead the
Maize and Blue scoring parade
with 49 pohta apiece.
Close on the tail of the Butler-
Wilke duo is sophomore Wilf Mar-
tin, who has recorded 27 goals and
19 assists. The Mallaig, Alberta
ceinter also leads the WCHA scor-
ing race with nine goals and eight
assists for 17 points.
Another important addition to
the Michigan offense since the
first meeting with the Gophers is
Mel Wakabayashi, a pint-sized
forward who has notched 13 goals
and 11 assists since joining the
squad at the beginning of the sec-
While Michigan's offense has
received a great deal of publicity,
mention must be made of the
Blue's ~defensive corps of Tom
Polonic, Ted Henderson, Barry
MacDonald and Roger Galipeau.
A questionable spot at the be-
ginning of the season, the rapid
improvement of the backliners
coupled with the sparkling play
of Bob Gray in the nets has been
instrumental in Michigan's drive
for WCHA and NCAA honors.
Gray showed his value in the
Michigan State series last weekend
when he ,performed almost flaw-
lessly in goal. At East Lansing
Friday night, the senior goal tend-
er picked up his fourth shutout of
the season, blanking the Spartans,
2-0. The following night he had
his string of 156 minutes of shut-
out hockey broken when MSU's
Doug Roberts scored with two
Michigan men in the penalty box.
Wingman Roy Nystrom leads
the Gopher attack with 12 goals
and 15 assists in 20 games. Fol-
lowing Nystrom is junior wing-
man Craig Falkman with 23 points
on 12 goals and 11 assists.
Falkman ranks fifth in WCHA
scoring with 13 points, while Ny-
strom is ninth with 12 markers.
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On hand for the Michigan-Minnesota series
born, sports editor of the Minnesota Daily, who
to those "rough and dirty" Wolverines.
was one Clint San-
devoted his column
Entitling his column "Bad Belters Still," Sanborn maintains that
although Wayne Kartusch and Ross Morrison, two of Michigan's all
time sin bin dwellers, have left, the team remains a bunch of vicious
Roll Call of Rogues..
Sanborn listed a roll call of rogues which goes as follows:
"Black Jack Cole, a crooked nosed introvert who cherishes the
solitude of the sin box.
"Bob Gray, a part-time pugilist from Owen Sound, Ont.
"Tom Polonic, a silent smirking blackguard from Toronto.
"Gary Butler, a swift and gifted artisan from Regina, Sask.
Although, there's no doubt that the series at Minneapolis was
the typical rough and tough Michigan-Minnesota clash, it's not
hard to smell the sour grapes.
Minnesota and its coach, the redoubtable John Mariucci have
always cried that his poor Americans were whipped and bullied by
those big, mean Canadians. It's a beautiful excuse for losing.
To any Michigan hockey fan who has seen the Wolverines this
year, the truth is obvious. Unlike former teams, Michigan plays good,
fundamental hockey. This year's team has no superstars but a bal-"
Coach Renfrew strongly discourages any "dirty" tactics, and en-
courages good, clean hockey.
Michigan is a better hockey team than Minnesota, not a dirtier
team, and if you don't believe it, go to the Coliseum this weekend.
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