The Michigan Daily-Sunday, December 3, 197$8Page q
NO CONTEST AFTER FIRST PERIOD, 8-2:
Too much Gopher power
By BRIAN MILLER
Special to The Daily
MINNEAPOLIS - It was a cold wind that blew
outside Williams Arena on the Minnesota campus
yesterday afternoon. Inside the arena, however, it
was a hot Golden Gopher hockey team that blew out
the Michigan Wolverines, 8-2, before a contented
matinee crowd of 5,802.
No one could have foreseen the impending blow-out
as the first period was played rather evenly. Both
teams got into a fast-skating, heavy-hitting routine.
When shots were taken on goal, both Minnesota's
goalie Steve Janafzak and Michigan's Rudy Varvari
VARVARI WAS especially acrobatic in the first
period as he turned back every type of shot
imaginable, including screen shots, tip-ins and
breakaways. However, the Wolverine net minder's-
luck didn't last quite long enough as the Gopher
opened the game's scoring just 32 seconds before the
end of the period. The goal, scored by senior winger
Phil Verchota, came after a series of unfortunate
events for Michigan.
After the Gophers brought the puck over
Michigan's blue line on a play Wolverine Coach Dan
Farrell claimed was "definitely offsides," Verchota
stole the puck from a Blue defenseman and muscled a
shot toward Varvari. Varvari managed to get some of
his equipment on it, but the puck still had enough
power behind it to slide softly into the goal.
And, although Minnesota led-1-0 after one period,
both Ferrell and Gopher Coach Herb Brooks thought
Michigan was the more dominant team:
"THEY'RE A GOOD-SIZED and strong team,"
said Brooks. "They played the body very well - and
that's the way the game should be played. They took
us out of the play in that period (to set up some good
scoring chances for them) ."
But whatever went right for the Wolverines in the
opening period went wrong in the next as Minnesota
out-scored Michigan four to two, to take a
commanding three-goal lead.
Minnesota's alternate captain Steve Christoff got
his team off and running with a goal just two minutes
into the second period. The Gophers' second leading
scorer picked up a loose puck along the sideboards,
skated into the Michigan zone and, after putting a
fantastic fake on Wolverine defenseman Brian
Lundberg, he found himself in along on Varvari. One.
backhand later, it was 2-0 Minnesota.
"The other team's philosophy this year seems to be
'stop Christoff'," noted Brooks. "They feel if they can
keep Steve from scoring, they can beat us."
Well, Michigan didUn't stop Christoff from scoring,
nor many of the other Gophers, for that matter.
Minnesota built up a 4-0 lead with a pair of goals
before Michigan finally scored.
After Gopher forward Tim Harrer was whistled off
the ice for slashing at 11:15, the Wolverines almost
blew their chance to score. The Gopher defense gave
Janaszak great protection and forced Michigan to
shoot from way outside.
HOWEVER, MICHIGAN Captain Mark Miller
managed to work the puck deep into the Gophers'
zone, seeing Gordie Hampson in the slot, Miller slid a
pass his way. The tall Wolverine forward fanned on
the shot but fortunately for Michigan, forward Roger
Bourne was standing next to Hampson. Bourne
picked up the puck and then picked the right corner
high over Janafzak's shoulder.
Although both teams scored once more before the
end of the period, Michigan was playing flustered and
hesitant hockey. "We went down 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, and we
just couldn't get a goal," Farrell moaned.
And it wasn't due to a lack of chances either. If
Michigan's shots weren't being blocked, they were
being shot wide. And if the Wolverine skaters had an
open shot on the Minnesota cage, they either shot
weakly or right into Janafzak's pads. Things didn't
get any better in the third period.
A Lready up 5-2, Minnesota skated as if Michigan
weren't even out on the ice, adding three more goals
that prompted someone in the press box to quip
"Varvari probably qualifies for combat pay."
If Varvari didn't qualify for it, he certainly
deserved it as his defense left him unprotected time
THE FRUSTRATED Wolverines, unable to get into
the game by scoring, at least got into the game's
records with their fists. Although no fighting
penalties were handed out, Michigan's John Blum
and Minnesota's Don Micheletti went after each other
with fervor. And Michigan's Murray Eaves matched
blow for blow against Minnesota's Rob McClanahan.
In all, 14 penalties were called in the third period
alone, accounting for only three power play chances.
After it was all over, Farrell could only shake his
head and shrug his shoulders.
"Minnesota definitely played the best against us of
any team so far this year," he said. "Bowling Green
was as physical but the Gophers are faster. They're
And Brooks was in agreement. "We played well,"
he said. "I thought we were outplayed in the first
period, but the second and third period we were able
to skate their men out of the play.
Scoring: 1. MINN-verchota (McClanahan,
Penalties: Micheletti (hooking) 11:20.
Scoring: 2. MINN-Christoff (Harrer, Greeder)
2:24. 3 MINN-Harrer (McClanahan, B. Baker)
7:51.4. MINN-Christoff (B. Baker, Strobel) 10:43.
5. MICH-Bourne (Eaves, Miller) 13:01. 6. MINN-
Verchota (McClanahn, Ulseth) 14:39. 7. MICH-
Miller (Eaves, Manning) 17:47.
Penalties: MICH-Blum (interference) 6:31.
MICH-Lundberg (charging) 10:12. MINN-Harrer
Scoring: 8. MINN-Harrer (Christoff. B. Larson)
1:18. 9. MINN-Strobel (Verchota, Ramsey) 3:58.
10. MINN-Pepper (Christoff, Broten) 18:32.
Penalties: MINN-Micheletti (roughing, unsports-
manlike conduct) i:06. MICH-Blum (roughing, un-
sportsmanlike conduct) 3:06. MINN-Micheletti
(roughing. 10-minute misconduct) 11:44. MIN4N-
Bergloff (roughing) 11:44. MICH--Blum (roughini)
11:44. MICR-+-Oveir (roughing) 11:44. MINN--Mc
Clanahan (roughing) 17:12. MICH--Eaves (rough-
ing, high sticking) 17:12. MICH-Brennan (hooking
18:25. MINN-W. Larson (holding) 19:15.
Varvari (MICH) .......... 17 12
Janafzak (MINN)............ 8 9
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"I might fight again "-A li
NEW YORK-Muhammad Ali denied yesterday that he will formally
announce his retirement from boxing at a news conference here Thursday.
A story in yesterday's editions of the New York Daily News stated Ali
will formally announce his retirement at a news conference he is scheduled
to attend and quoted him as saying, "I want nothing to do with boxing any
more. I am going on to a new life."
But the heavyweight champion said by phone from Natchez, Miss.,
where is is filing the movie "Freedom Road," he meant that he didn't want
anything to do with boxing once he retires.
"I might fight again. You never know what I might do," said Ali.
Ali, who has announced his retirement in the past only to retire again,
has indicated on several occasions since regaining World Boxing Association
title recognition by beating Leon Spinks Sept. 15 that he will not fight again.
And many boxing observers feel Ali, who will be 37 Jan. 17, will retire.
Yesterday, Ali said, "You never know, someone might offer me $10
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-The Big Eight announced Friday the Unviersity
of Oklahoma has been publicly reprimanded for violations in its wrestling
program and said the school will be asked to show cause why further
penalties should not be imposed.
Commissioner Charles M. Neinas said public reprimands were issued to
Stan Abel, head wrestling coach, and assistant coach Jim Humphrey for
allowing prospects to try out in violation of conference and NCAA rules.
In addition, Oklahoma was ordered to "scrutinize the activities of an
organization which operates under the control of representatives of the in-
stitution's athletic interests which financed a trip for a prospective student-
athlete and high high school coach."
Neinas also said further penalties might be imposed unless the
organization "either limits its support to the University of Oklahoma
wrestling program or reorganizes its structure so that control over
distribution of funds to aid the sport of wrestling at all levels in the state of
Oklahoma is not subject to control by representatives of the University of
Oklahoma's athletic interests." 'AP
Synchros swamp opposition
In their first meet of the seaon the Michigan varsity snychronized
swimming team totally outclassed four other schools at Margaret Bell Pool
yesterday. The Wolverines scored 73 points as second place Western
Michigan finished with just five.
Coach Joyce Lindeman said, "The meet went very well, obviously. It
was a warm-up meet for us. The gals got some ideas of what they can do and
what they need to work on before the nextmeet."
Yesterday's meet, which also included Bowling Green (three points),
Illinois (two points) and Windsor (scoreless), featured only figure swim-
ming. The Wolverines swept the top three individual positions in all three
In senior figures Wolverines Ruth Pickett, Kathy Siedler and Janine
Sacramone took the top three positions. Teammates Susan Asbury, Gail
Kopin and Teresa lung took 1-2-3 in junior figures. Sue Cassidy captured first
place for michigan in novice figures followed by teammates Amy Adams
anq Geannie Michaud.
Michigan, .which finished second in the nation last year, travels to
Bowling Greenon January 6 for their next meet. That 10-team meet will-in-
clude last year's national champions Ohio State.
The next home meet is February17 with Ohio State and third ranking
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