Page 10-Tuesday, December 5,1978-The Michigan Dailf
ICERS ROUTED AT MINNESOTA
Inexperience, injuries do in Blue
AP Top Twenty
UPI Top Twenty
By BRIAN MILLER
Michigan hockey coach Dan Farrell
has Minnesota coach Herb Brooks' em-
"I was in Danny's position (of having
to rebuild a hockey team decimated by
graduation and injuries) just two years
ago," said Brooks, shortly after his first
place Gophers outclassed an inex-
perienced Wolverine team, 10-5, last
Sunday afternoon. I
While Farrell has seen his teams play
better hockey before, he admitted that
he had never seen a team play like
Minnesota did in the first period of that
The Gophers came out literally
flying, blasting 28 shots on Wolverine
netminder Bob Sutton including the fir-
st 16 shots in the game. When the smoke
(or ice chips, in this case) cleared,
Minnesota held a 6-1 lead and the
respect of the 5,552 fans in antiquated
"Brooks said he had never seen a
team play so good for one period in
seven years of coaching," Farrell
noted. "We're not that bad (to deserve
such a first period score). Minnesota's
just a gobd hockey team."
And Brooks agreed.
"That was as close to a perfect period
of hockey as you'd want to see," said
the Minnesota mentor. "That's the best
period of hockey any one of my teams
has ever played, and that includes the
teams that won the NCAA's."
In defense of Sutton, the sophomore
transfer student from Penn didn't play
a bad game. A combination of Michigan
mistakes made by the youthful defen-
sive trio of John Blum, Brian Lundberg
and Dave Richter, plus the talented
play of Gopher centerman Steve
Christoff and wingers Tim Harrer and
Phil Verchota basically accounted for
'the first period onslaught.
Verchota scored a hat trick in the fir-
st period alone and Christoff and
Harrer eventually netted two more
apiece as the home team built up a 5-0
first period lead. Michigan's Doug Todd
scored on his team's first shot of the
game to narrow the deficit, but
However, Minnesota came right back
with two goals of its own shortly after
that lapse, and the game was, for all
practical purposes, over. Minnesota
proceeded to outscore Michigan 2-1 in
the third period to dash all hopes for a
"Iknew that lapse was going to hap-
pen," Brooks said. "I knew. it because
of the quality of Michigan's players and
the players in the WCHA.
"No team in this league is going to
just throw in the towel," he said,
''especially a Dan Farrell coached.
What Farrell needs is not just praise
(although it doesn't hurt morale), he
really needs his injured goal scorers to
"We're not going to get (Terry)
Cullen back this year, but (Dan) Lerg
should be ready to play soon," Farrell
said. "We can't afford to lose Lerg for
any more games this year. When he's
out of the lineup, we've lost a 35 goals a
year man, and we're already hurting on
"This is a trying time for Farrell,"
conceeded Brooks. "But he'll be back
up at the top soon. I'm impressed with
the recruiting he did this year. Those
kids will be very good some day, but
this is a junior/senior league. That
team (Michigan) will be all right in a
1. Penn State (48) 11-0-0 1,159 1. Penn State (31) 11-0 520
2. Alabama (5) 1-1-0 1,091 2. Alabama 10-1 457
3. Southern Cal (3) 11-1-0 1,058 3. Southern Cal '3) 11-1 451
(tie) DAILY (tie) DAILY
LIBELS 11-0-0 1,058 LIBELS 11-0 451
4. Oklahoma (3) 10-1-0 1,027 4. Oklahoma 10-1 426
5. MICHIGAN 10-1-0 950 5. MICHIGAN (1) 10-1 385
6. Nebraska 9-2-0 856 6. Nebraska 9-2 334
7. Clemson 10-1-0 75 7. Georgia 9-1-1 291
8. Arkansas 9--0 _773 8. Clemson 10-1 236
9. Houston 9-2-0 682 9. Notre Dame 8-3 204
10. Notre Dame 8-3-0 630 10. Arkansas 9-2 201
11. Georgia 9-1-1 615 11. Houston 9-2 198
12. Michigan State 8-3-0 516 .12. Maryland 9-2 101
13. Maryland 9-2-0 442 13. Pittsburgh 8-3 63
14. Texas 8-3-0 401 14. Texas 8-3 51
15. UCLA 8-3-0 355 15. Missouri 7-4 49
16. Pittsburgh 8-3-0 271 16. UCLA 8-3 44
17. Purdue 8-2-1 256 17. Purdue 8-2-1 41
18. Missouri 7-4-0 173 18. LSU 8-3 35
19. Iowa State 8-3-0 86 19. Georgia Tech 74 28
20. Ohio State 7-3-1 60 20. Stanford 7-4 19
Penn State and Alabama can begin preparations for a national cham-
pionship showdown in the Sugar Bowl New Year's Day after being voted
yesterday the number 1 and number 2 teams, respectively in the final UPI
and AP college football ratings until after the bowl games.
Alabama, 10-1, routed Auburn 34-16 Saturday to clinch the Southeastern
Conference title and an automatic berth in the Sugar Bowl against top-
ranked Penn State, 11-0. The Nittany Lions, along with the majority of
teams, were idle last weekend.
Michigan and Southern Cal, the Rose Bowl combatants ranked number
5 and number 3 respectively, harbor two chances for the national title: slim
and none. Southern Cal probably can harbor a faint hope if it convincingly
knocks off Michigan and Alabama defeats Penn State, since Southern Cal
was the only team to defeat Alabama this year.
The only new addition to the Top Twenty was in the UPI poll, where
Georgia Tech replaced Ohio State in the 19th spot.
o- : A;r
Christoff got it right back on the next
shift, outskating the entire Wolverine
"That Christoff is a good hockey
player," said Farrell. "Boy, he just
flies, doesn't he? I hope Brooks takes
him to the Olympics."
The Wolverines narrowed the
Gophers' lead to 6-4 with a second
period spurt of their own. Two of the
three goals in that period came with
Michgan shorthanded, when Murray
Eaves and captain Mark Miller blasted
home a pair of goals only 40 seconds
apart, while a Wolverine teammate
cheered on from the oenalty box.
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By DIANE SILVER
This past weekend's meet at the Bali
State Classic marked the third time this
year the men's gymnastic team has
i me. faced some of the best competitors in
the nation. Usually the tumblers don't
meet highly ranked teams outside of
ia the Big Ten until the end of the season;
at the NCAA'S.
"With so many national contender4
there, it made it a super stimulating
egular meet," said coach Newt Loken.
. Usually we don't see them until the
THE MICHIGAN tumblers placed,
t ra 10th among 16 teams, an improvement
of two places over last year. Southerni
nt. Illinois captured first place, followed by
Indiana State in second.
-Indiana State's Kurt Thomas ac-.
T I N cumulated 113.35 points to take first
place in the competition which featured
only four all-around men from each,
school. Michigan's Nigel Rothwell
finished in ninth place with 100.7 points.
"The side horse was our stumbling
block," said Loken. "We were in super
standing until we got there, but that's
where we missed a lot of points."
MARSHALL GARFIELD, who's knee
injury kept him out the competition,
will undergo surgery for cartilage
damage Thursday morning.
"We'll miss his presence on the all-
around squad," commented Loken.
"Hopefuly he'll recover before the
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