SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY W
by Jim Benagh Sports Editor
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Just Checkin' Up
A MAN NAMED Bob Davison stopped in town for the last couple
days and had a few words to say about college hockey.
Now Bob didn't pretend to be an expert on the college version of
the sport. In fact, the elder Canadian was stumped when one of the
college boys mentioned that so-and-so was a junior.
"A junior?," questioned the professional-looking Davison. "What's
As for Monday night's game-his first college game-Davison was
"Couldn't figure out what the hell was going on," he recalled yes-
etrday before Michigan took to the ice against Denver again. "It took
_me half the game to learn how they were playing it."
But don't sell Bob Davison short. Here's a man who worked his
way up the National Hockey League's executive ladder the hard way-
by playing the game first. No relatives nor million-dollar breweries1
backing him up. He's got just good hockey know-how, based upon 16
years as a star in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
Right now, Davison is head scout for the Leafs-and probably the
most highly respected scout in hockey today.
Davison stopped in town to get a look at Denver's John MacMillan
after a "bird-dog scout" gave the senior a strong recommendation.
To most pro scouts, college hockey is a new talent hunting ground,
They don't like it because of the rules differences, but a good player
is a good player anywhere.
"We'll have to concentrate on the colleges more," he said, "after'
seeing the way Red Hay is going."
HAY IS THE sensational Chicago Black Hawk yearling who was a
member of Colorado College's team just a couple of years ago.
He's a good bet to be named NHL rookie of the year.
The veteran scout can see that the American colleges could be
a breeding ground for some good pros, just as college football provides
a natural farm system for the National Football League and Canadian
"If you (American schools) keep getting good players here, you're
going to have good competition-and thus good hockey," he said. "It's
going to be more so if the Windsor and Chatham teams fold and leave
Ontario with less good senior hockey."
At present, Davison said Toronto is not "feeling the pinch" of
colleges, although it lost a great prospect to Michigan Tech in Gary
Davison liked the potential in several players he viewed at the
Coliseum in his college debut, despite Michigan's shabby play Monday.
He especially liked MacMillan, Center Bill Masterton and De-
fenseman George Konik of Denver and Michigan's Red Berenson
and John Palenstein. All are young yet, and he said because of that
he wouldn't hesitate to contract any of them if they were free agents
and wanted to join the pros now. He felt that Michigan's All-American
twosome of Bobbie Watt and Bob White were "very steady players,"
but questioned whether they could skate well enough in the big
ACTALLY IT'S the skating ability of the Denver and Michigan
prospects that impressed Davison the most.
"That's one reason I know these kids are good," he emphasized.
But Davison also emphasized that the collegians' pro careers are
being jeopardized by the lack of the hard checking game that pre-
dominates in Canada. American colleges play by international rules
(used in the Olympics) which state that you can't check a man in
your offensive zone.
"If you want to play in the pros' you've got to be able to give a
guy-and take-a helluva belt several times a game," he said. "THAT'S
His mind wandered back to Monday's game.
"Oh," he sighed, "if Berenson only could have given Masterton a
few good Jolts ... then we could see just how good each of them could
Davison thinks that games played under international rules don't
utilize checking to its utmost-despite the stingy rules. He pointed to
the Russian team that played Canada for the world championship two
years ago. The Canadian's checked them into submission to win.
"Now the Russians are gradually coming around to check," he
noted. "Still, though, a guy like Jerry James (of Toronto) would knock
them into the ten cent seats if they played regular rules."
The checking game, he emphasized, does not mean a dirty game.
"No one carries a grudge about a hard check," he said, "and they
all get together after the game for a coke or beer. The fans love it-
and they'd love it here too if they had a chance to see REAL hockey."
The man has a point: After all, who invented the game-the
NCAA or the Canadians?
alert Pioneers tallied at 10:54 and
Michigan goalie Jim Coyle had
stood off Denver pressure for over
a minute when he slid to his back
making a stop, with the puck in
front of him. Paul Josephson
Slipped the puck into the open
net for an easy tally.
Seconds later, John MacMillan
outsped Wolverine defenders and
beat Jim Coyle at point-blank
Denver took a 3-1 lead at 17:43
when a blind backhand shot by
Michigan Wrestling. Coach
Makes Conference Forecast
GOAL-GETTER-Wolverine center Bob White scored one of the
Michigan goals in a losing battle last night. White picked up the
second Michigan goal late in the second period to narrow the gap
at that time to one goal, but a Denver goal in the third period
put the game out of reach.
AT ATHLETIC BUILDING:
Big Tien Swim Meet
Tickets Still Available
"Good seats are still available
for Friday night, but the best
tickets for Saturday night are go-
ing fast," Michigan Ticket Direc-
tor Don Weir said, referring to the
Bog Ten Swimming Champion-
ships to be held at Varsity Pool
Two finals will be held Thurs-
day, one in the afternoon, the
Schedule of Events
1. 200-Yard Individual Medley trials
2. 1500-Meter Freestyle finals
Thursday evening, 8:00
1. One-Meter Diving
(Preliminaries and semi-finals)
2. 200-Yard Individual Medlay finals
Friday afternoon, 12:30
1. Trials for evening finals
Friday evening, 8:00
1. 200-Yard Butterfly
2. 50-Yard Freestyle
4. 220-Yard Freestyle
5. 100-Yard Breaststroke
6. One-Meter Diving
7. 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday afternoon, 1:30
1. Trials for evening finals
Saturday evening, 8:00
1. 100-Yard Butterfly
2. 100-Yard Freestyle
3. 200-Yard Breaststroke
4. 100-Yard Backstroke
$. 440-Yard Freestyle
6. Three-Meter Diving
7. 400-Yard Medley Relay
other in the evening, with the
major portion of the program to
be run off Friday night (seven
finals) and Saturday night (seven
Tickets for Friday and Saturday
nights are being sold on a reserved
seat basis and cost two dollars.
Admission to Thursday events
and all preliminaries is on a gen-
eral admissions basis at one dollar.
Reserved seats may be pur-
chased this week at the Athletic
Administration Building, 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
By DAVE LYON
Associate Sports Editor
Wrestling coach Cliff Keen and
assistant Steve Cole took time out
from yesterday's practice to make
a chart showing how the Big Ten
meet here Friday and Saturday
might turn out.
On the basis of what has hap-
pened in dual meets this season,
the coaches assessed the strengths
of the varioussConference teams
in each weight division. When
they added up the team totals,
Michigan came out on top by two
Keen, Michigan's coach for 35
seasons and winner of nine Con-
f e r e n c e championships, then
brightly announced, "On paper we
win, but on canvas it may be
It may well be something dif-
ferent if Michigan fails to re-
bound from its 14-11 dual meet
loss at Michigan State Saturday.
With few exceptions, the Wolver-
ines looked unimpressive.
"We won't win the Big Ten,
wrestling like we did against
State," Keen said. "If we've got
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the desire, we can dig in and win
Keen's tabulations have Michi-
gan taking two firsts, two sec-
onds, a third, and two fourths. A
mere two points behind is Michi-
gan State, followed by Iowa, Min-
nesota and Northwestern.
The coach was quick to point
out there are several unpredict-
able factors that figure in de-
termining a team titlist; and that,
with a meet as close as Confer-
ence wrestling meets have been in
recent years, one seldom can cor-
rectly pick the team or individual
Wolverine wrestlers have not
won a Big Ten crown since 1956,
the last Olympic year. Keen would
naturally like to see yesterday's
prediction come true in this Olym-
Ken Williamson slid through a
forest of legs and sticks and past
White Tallies Power Goal
The Wolverines still kept fight-
ing and with less than a minute
left in the period, Bob White
registered a marker as Michigan
swarmed around Denver goalie
George Kirkwood on a power play.
After the goal-filled second per-
iod, the last frame brought only
an insurance tally by the Pi-
oneers, as both teams skated hard,
but missed scoring chances.
Both goalies looked their best
and Coyle especially looked calm
as both came up with good saves.
Michigan rode out a pair of
penalties in the late stages of the
game, but at 15:51 Jerry Walker
broke the spell as he drove full
speed down the left side and
ripped a pass from Bill Master-
ton past Coyle to insure the win.
Even with the two goal deficit
staring them in the face, the
Wolverines kept trying down to
the final whistle and showed no
signs of being as outclassed as
they had been in Monday's con-
The loss drops Michigan two
games below the .500 mark with a
Detroit 3, Boston 2
St. Louis 109, Minneapolis 101
Detroit 108, Cincinnati 106
Syracuse 124, New York 121
7-9 record and a pair of games
to go. In order to take fourth
place in the league, the Wolver-
ines must win one of its meet-
ings with North Dakota this week-
end, while Denver is dumping
Colorado College twice.
If they can get into fourth
place; the Wolverines will travel
to the first place team's home ice
for a two game-total goals series.
SPARES: Michigan: Nielson, Bo-
chen, B. White, MacDonald, Hin-
negan,. Mattson, C. White.- Denver:
Konik, Hamlin, Barnhill, Lomnes,
Williamson, Josephson, Beatty, Mac-
Donald, Geisthardt, B. Walker,
MacMillan, Kemp,- Jacob.
FIRST PERIOD: Scoring: Michi-
gan: Berenson (Kolb, Palenstein).
Penalties: Michigan: B e r e n s o n
(high sticking); Palenstein (charg-
ing). Denver: Collie (high sticking).
SECOND PERIOD: Scoring: Den-
ver: Josephson (MacDonald, Mac-
Millan) 10:59; MacDonald (Joseph-
son, Konik) 11:19; Williamson
(Geisthardt) 16:45. Michigan: B.
White (Ber'enson, Kolb) 17:13. Pen-
alties: Michigan: Nielson (rough-
ing); MacDonald (charging); Den-
ver: B. Walker (roughing); Collie
(hooking); Masterson (offensive
THIRD PERIOD: Scoring: Den-
ver: J7. Walker (Collie, Masterson)
15:51. Penalties: Michigan: White
(charging); Palenstein (charging);
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