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ALL-AMERICAN:
Polonic Makes Defense Pay

enfrew Pleased by Weekend Victories

By BUD WKILINSON power play last year helped him
to score a lot," elaborated Renfrew.
What does it take to make an At the beginning of last season,
All-American hockey defenseman? Michigan's sophomore-dominated
"He has to let the opposing defensive corps was the team's
player make the mistakes; he major weakness, but as the season
can't commit himself too soon,' progressed, Polonic and the other
was the answer given by Wolveri defensemen developed into a
ine Coach Al Renfrew yesterday. smooth working unit which al-
Another way to answer the ques- lowed opponents only 2.5 goals
tion would be to watch Michigan's per game, one of the best averages
Tom Polonic in action. Polonic in the country.
was named to the select All- Improved Quickly
America squad last year as a soph- "Polonic had good ability when
omore and was also named to the he first came here and improved
NCAA All-Tournament team and during the season. He's skating,
selected as the "Sophomore of the better now than when he first
Year" in the Western Collegiate came down here. He's much bet-
Hockey Association. ter this year than last year," ex-
.In speaking about Polonic, Ren- plained Renfrew.
frew commented that "he is very Polonic, like most hockey play-!
good on a one-on-one situation. ers, started skating at the age of
Very few players can go -around five and played his first hockey
him. He usually makes good plays in the Torotto Hockey League
in his own end to start our offen- before coming to Michigan. .
sive drives, too. You know, not The things he says he enjoys
many sophomores make All-Amer- most about the sport are the hit-z
ican." ting and the fast play.
High Scorer "I like it, too, because it gives1
Polonic has also been an excep- you a chance to use your head.
tional scorer for a defenseman. You have to think fast and learn
Last year he was the highest scor- to create the plays," he explained.
ing defenseman in the WCHA and Likes Defense
was fourth in total points for the "I enjoy playing defense espe-3
Wolverines with eight goals and cially because of my size and the
38 assists. bigger chance for contact. Be-
"He doesn't have great speed, sides, I've been playing defense allr
but he is deceptive and is very my life."
strong. He has a very good shot In speaking of the change fromt
from the point, and playing on the Canadian hockey to play by Amer-
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By JIM TINDALL
Michigan's hockey team picked
up its first series sweep of the
season last weekend, beating non-
conference opponent Minnesota-
Duluth, 6-5, in overtime, and 4-2.
Coach Al Renfrew commented
yesterday, "We simply got the
breaks and took advantage of
them. Any time you can come
from behind two nights in a row,
you are doing pretty well."
In Friday night's game the Wol-
verines forced Duluth goalie Bill
Halbrehder to make 79 saves, 35
of them in the first period. All-
America defenseman Tom Polon-
ic said yesterday, "I knew that we
shot a lot on Friday, but not that
much. Thirty-five saves is good
shooting for a game for some
teams, yet we got that in a per-
iod."

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of the season, the other coming
at the expense of Denver. Sopho-
more Mike Martilla scored the
winning goal, unassisted, with 2:06
elapsed in the extra 10 minute
period.
Saturday night the Wolverines
fell behind in the first period on
two late goals by Duluth that
came with only two minutes and
49 seconds separating them. The
Wolverines fought back in the
second period when they scored
twice, also late in the period, on
two goals by Alex Hood. Michi-
gan iced the game when Pierre
Dechaine beat Halbrehder on a de-

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TOM POLONIC Forced into Overtime
Despite that barrage of shots,
ican rules he said that "the Amer- a "ve good D tam,"hac-
ican rules make it easier for de- cordin to Renfrew force the
fensemen, but I like the Canadian Blue to go into overtime. It was
rules better. For one thing there Michigan's second overtime victory
is more checking in Canadian
hockey." WCHA

flection shot, at 8:04 of the final
stanza.
Polonic Returns
Saturday night marked the re-
turn of Polonic to the lineup and
Renfrew had high praise for the
burly defenseman. Renfrew add-
ed that he was also "pleased with
the play of sophomore Mark
Thompson."
The coach explained that de-
fenseman Barry MacDonald is
still not "one hundred per cent,
and Mel Wakabayashi hurt his
shoulder and we are still not sure
how seriously."
He added that he has not de-
cided on his three offensive lines
but added that he would use Cap-
tain Wilf Martin, Wakabayashi,
and Dechaine as centers.
Martin kept up his scoring pace
last weekend, as he put in two
goals and was credited with two
assists. Wakabayashi had one goal
and one assist while Dechaine tal-
lied once.

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Team Spirit High
Discussing the team's outlook,
and comparing the team to last,
year's, he said that, "the team is{
weakerthan it was last year. We
lost the first _line of Wilkie, But-
ler, and Cole which is a big loss.
The team has a lot more spirit
this year, however, and everyone
is pulling together because we
don't have the stars wehad last
year. If we go all the way again
this year it will be more of a team
effort and everyone will appreci-
ate it more."
After graduation, Polonic would;
like to go on to play professional
hockey if possible.

North Dakota 6 2
Minnesota 4 3
Michigan Tech 3 3
Michigan State 2 2
MICHIGAN 2 4
Denver 1 3
Colorado College 1 3
LAST WEEKEND)
Friday
MICHIGAN 6, Duluth 5 (ovt)
Colorado 5, MSU 2
North Dakota 4, Denver 2
Michigan Tech 4, Minnesota 1
Saturday
MICHIGAN 4, Duluth 2
MSU 10, Colorado 4
North Dakota 5, Denver 4
Minnesota 5, Michigan Tech 4
THIS WEEKEND
MICHIGAN at Colorado
Michigan Tech at Denver
Minnesota at Michigan State

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-Daily-Richard Cooper
WOLVERINE SOPHOMORE MARK THOMPSON (18) skates hard to reach a skidding puck behind
the Michigan cage in Saturday's 4-2 victory over Minnesota-Duluth. Bulldog Keith Christiansen
(9) skates on the offensive, hoping to center the puck to his teammates in front of goalie Greg Page.
Thompson was praised by Coach Al Renfrew for his good play in the weekend series.

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Sophomore goalie Greg Page mistakes that we made in our
drew the attention of many fans own zone, but there are others'
during the weekend, and Renfrew that he never had a chance on." 1
said that he was pleased with The team will work on decreas-
ing the number of bad passes andt
Page's improved play. He said, other mistakes made in their own
"Page covered up a lot of the zone according to Renfrew. "This

will be done in preparation for the
Wolverines return to conference
play this weekend against Colo-
rado State. Colorado split a week-
end series with Michigan State,
winning on Friday, 4-2, but losing
on Saturday, 10-4.

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Michigan's-wrestling squad lost wrestlers had to open the hood
to a snowstorm last weekend after and dig out with their hands the
overwhelming Illinois, 23-7, there- snow which had been packed
by chalking up their 25th consecu- around the engine block and then
tive dual meet victory. dig the car out.

After demolishing the Illini in
their conference opener Friday
night, the wrestlers left by car
for Lafayette for the meet against
Purdue on Saturday.
After driving about 80 miles of
the 100-mile trip without inci-
dent, the team ran into heavy
snow and five-foot drifts across
the road. One of the cars, carry-
ing Coach Cliff Keen and half the
team, could not get through a drift
and the engine stalled. In order
to continue on their trip, the

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Dig?
After futilely digging themselves
out of two or three more drifts
and being able to make absolute-
ly no progress either forward or
backward, the team abandoned
their snowbound-car and trudged
off through the drifted snow to-
ward a light in the distance.
The light turned out to be a
farmhouse a mile and a half from
the road. The wrestlers made it
to the house at 5 a.m. and awak-
ened the occupants who offered
them lodging on assorted beds,
sofas, and pallets for the rest of
the night.f
Snowplowed
The matmen got up in the morn-
ing to find their car covered with
snow left by a snow plow which
had gone by earlier in the morn-,
ing. A second snowplow came
along shortly and broke a chain
trying to pull the car out.
The team finally managed to
reach Lafayette at 10 a.m., 12
hours after they started, but when
a vote was taken it was decided

not to wrestle and the meet was
cancelled.
"The boys were exhausted after
digging the snow and staying up
most of the night. They weren't
in any condition to wrestle. Some
serious injuries might have result-
ed," explained Keen yesterday.
M' Mauls Illini
The Wolverines completely dom-
inated the Illini in the Friday
nightdcontest. The matmen drop-
ped only one match, the 167-
pound contest, in which Michi-
gan's Tony Feiock was decisioned
by Rich Callaghan, 6-2. Callaghan
is also an end on the Illini foot-
ball squad and an outfielder on
the baseball team, and will prob-
ably become Illinois' fifth nine-
letter winner at the end of this
year.
The highlights of the meet were
the two pins scored by the Wol-
verines. Bob Fehrs at 123-pounds
and Cal Jenkins at 147-pounds
both took their opponents down
for the count.
These two pins brought the Wol-
verines' total to seven for the first
four dual meets of the year. "I
think this 'is more pins than usual
at this time of the year. We be-
lieve in going for pins, and we
hope we can keep getting more.
Several championships have been

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won by the team which got the
most pins," commented Keen.,
Undefeated
Heavyweight Bob Spaly came
very close to getting a pin as he
trounced his opponent, 13-0, on
the strength of three near falls.
Spaly has yet to lose in four dual
meets this season. He has scored
three shutouts and a pin.
Three wrestlers who had been
out with injuries returned to ac-
tion for the first time against the
Illini. Bill Johannesen and, Lee
Deitrick both wrestled to 1-1
draws in the 137- and 157-pound
matches, respectively. Deitrick was
wrestling against Clay Beattie, Il-
linois' top wrestler, who finished
fourth in the Big Ten last yea".
In the 177-pound match, Chris
Stowell won 7-1, almost scoring
another pin for the Wolverines.
Bay Returns
Captain Rick Bay, who was al-
so injured earlier in the season,
has returned to practice and will
probably be able to wrestle in
Michigan's next meet on January
29, when it faces Wisconsin at
home.
Keen was satisfied with the per-
formance of all the wrestlers in
the Illinois meet.
"There's not a guy I would cri-
ticize. They have all been work-
ing hard and should go quite fer.
We've got a man in every weight
who is a potential Big Ten cham-
pion, but then again Iowa, Michi-
gan State, Northwestern and some
of the other schools all have some
potential champions, too," Keen
added.
"We've got pretty good depth
this year. Our depth has helped a
lot, especially when some of our
boys were injured."
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