Page 8-Tuesday, November 27, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Wolverine icers edge WMU twice
Blue icers . .
By JON WELLS
There was a strange mixture of
jubilation and anxiety in the Michigan
icers' locker room after they completed
a two-game sweep of Western Michigan
Sunday afternoon at Yost Arena.
Murray Eaves had just capped a wild
and 'wooly hockey game in spectacular
fashion with an unassisted goal 3:45 in-
to overtime to push the Wolverines past
the battling Broncos, 8-7. The
sophomore center, who is rapidly bec-
coming the heart and soul of this sur-
prising hockey team, stripped a
Western forward of the puck at his own
blue line and streaked the length of the
ice. Eaves then circled behind the ned
and slid the puck behind the late-
arriving Bronco goaltender.
The overtime goal gave Eaves his
thir.d hat trick of the season and a total
of 17 goals and 19 assists in 12 games.
The goal also atoned for a sloppy defen-
sive effort by the Wolverines, and
enabled the team to sneak away from
this non-conference home and home
series with two narrow victories.
THE SOURCE of the anxiety that
dampened the post-game celebration
was Michigan's lack-luster play on
their side of the red line. For the
majority of a goal-infested regulation
play the Western attack was allowed to
run rampant arotind Wolverine
goaltender Rudy Varvari.
very, very sloppy defensively. The
defensive coverage was terrible in our
When reminded that Sunday's victory
was the team's ninth of the season, one
more than the Wolverines managed
during the entire 1978-79 season, Farrell
muttered, "That's about all we have to
THE GAME itself was a classic see-
saw battle. The lead changed hands five'
times and the game was deadlocked on
seven separate occasions. Michigan
seemed on the verge of blowing out un-
derdog Western throughout the contest,
but the untiring Broncos kept storming
Twice in the first period, the Broncos
negated a one-goal Michigan lead.
Western left winger Ross Fitzpatrick
tied the game at two at 7:39 when he
slid a bad-angle wrist shot just inside
the far post past Varvari. At 17:35
Michigan defenseman Tim Manning
put the Wolverines in front 4-3 with a
blast from the left point, but the Bron-
cos stormed back ten seconds later to
tie the game again when center Bob
Scurfield drove home a perfect cen-
tering pass from captain Ralph Mur-
The second period was like a defen-
sive mirage with the only goal coming
when Brad Tippett (two goals)
backhanded a pass from Ted Speers
past Western goalie Jim Doyle. The
fireworks resumed in the third stanza.
WESTERN TIED the game at five just
a minute and a half into the period when
center Kelly Mitchell slid his own
rebound past the beleaguered Varvari.
After Eaves had put the Wolverines
ahead with his second goal at 3:49 on a
power play, Western once again ex-
ploited the lazy Blue defense. Winger
Jim Olson lofted a timid wrist shot that
fooled Varvari, and Fitzpatrick fired a
fifteen-footer that deflected off Var-
vari's right pad and into the far corner,
propelling the Broncos to a 7-6 lead.
Freshman right winger Ted Speers,
an Ann Arbor native, notched his first
goal of the season at 13:46 of the third
period to send the game into overtime,
and set the scene for Eaves' heroics.
Michigan prevailed in a hard-fought
contest in Kalamazoo Friday night
when Dan Lerg snapped a 4-4 tie with
just over four minutes remaining in the
game. Lerg 'ta.llied two goals, while
Eaves added a goal and an assist.
BLUE LINES: Junior right winger
John Olver, Michigan's fifth leading
scorer last season, quit the team last
week. According to Farrell, Olver was
disenchanted with the amount of ice
time he was getting and decided that he
would rather quit than play part time.
The Wolverines play a home and home
series next weekend against Michigan
State, and captain Doug Todd, the
recipient of a minor concussion Friday
night is probable for the weekend, as is
goalie Paul Fricker (bruised hand).
The Wolverines will be looking to break
a three-game losing streak in WCHA
play this Friday night against MSU at.
Yost Arena. The game will start at 7:30.
. Murrati" Eares
According to sullen Michigan Coach
Dan Farrell, the problem was a lack of
effective back-checking. "We were
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The 1978-79 Michigan hockey team. What a sorr.y tune it played to the
ears of Wolverine sports fans. Injury upon injury, defensive breakdown after
defensive breakdown, plus a lack of offensive firepower led to the team
finishing last in the WCHA with a dismal 8-27-1 record. It was Dan Farrell's
worst record in seven years of coaching Michigan hockey.
At the beginning of this season several questions needed to be answered.
Were all the injuries healed? Could Farrell's recruits make it in the WCHA?
Could the defense clear the puck out of its own zone? And most importantly,
could Michigan find a goalie who could stop the puck?
Six weekends of hockey have passed and all of these questions seem to
get the same answer-yes.
For two goal producing centers, the injuries have healed. Dan Lerg and
Murray Eaves have recovered from the knee injuries they suffered last
season and have combined for 29 goals.
Freshman center Bruno Baseotto has proven he can score at this level of
competition pouring in 15 goals this far. Freshmen Billy Reid, Ted Speers,
Brad Tippett, and Julio VanBriensbruck have all made significant con-
tributions, both offensively and defensively.
In addition the defense is definitely a'n improved unit. Junior Tim Man-
ning has continually made key plays to break-up opponent's offensive at-
tacks. Junior John Blum and sophomore Steve Richmond have proved that a
year of experience certainly has strengthened their ability to move the puck
out of their end.
Goalten ding sting
And lo and behold, it looks like Farrell has one and possibly two goal-
tenders who can stop the puck. Freshman Paul Fricker has already won
seven games, more than any Michigan goalie did last year. Last year's
number-one netminder, Rudy Varvari, has won two games in making three
appearances, turning in an outstanding performance last Friday in
Michigan's 5-4 victory over Western Michigan.
A 9-3 record is one to be proud of at this point in the season, especially
when compared to the 5-7 Blue slate at this time last year. The squad is per-
forming well, but it was at this early point last year when the roof caved in on
Farrell & co. as they won only three games the rest of the season.
Barring injuries, that shouldn't happen this year because this team has
too many talented athletes and more than enough desire. But regardless of
how many games Michigan wins or loses they'll provide hockey fans with
somethingthey haven't seen down at cavernous Yost Ice Arena in the past
few years, that being excitement.
The offensive attack has just been devastating, averaging over six goals
a game. And when the 50 per cent to successful power play line of Lerg,
Eaves, and Baseotto takes the ice everyone in the stands knows the red light
could well be turned on within the next two minutes. Even more stimulating
to the fans than just the overall offensive attack the Wolverines display is the
manner in which they go about it.
They haven't gone out and taken the lead, immediately controlling the
play, and then winning the game. Instead, they always seem to fall behind by
one or two goals and then battle back. They did it against Minnesota-
Duluth, Minnesota, Notre Dame, and again this past weekend against WMU.
Friday night they were down by two goals before they came storming back
and Sunday afternoon they took the lead and lost it just as quickly before
Eaves stuffed the winner into the net in overtime.
Fricker has brought the crowd to its feet on several occasions with
outstanding glove-grabbing, body-sliding saves. And that is another change
that has taken place at Yost thus far-the fans are starting to respond to the
In years past very few people showed up for a Michigan hockey series
and many of those who did sat on their hands. But if the first sixweeks of ac-
tion are an indication of what's to come it looks like the ho-hum boring days
are gone because you'll rarely catch a Maize and Blue rooter-sitting back
while the two teams are on the ice. If the massive quantities of goals aren't
enough then the acrobatic goalie saves or consistent body jarring checks are
sure to turn the old fieldhouse on fire.
The icers are not alone in their attempt to stir the emotions of the crowd.
The Michigan Pep Band and a group of rowdy students who sit in the north
end of the arena have become loving foes of each other. Each group com-
peting with the other to see who can get the most response out of an audience
that is slowly crawling out of its shell.
This weekend's series against state rival Michian State is the type of
series where the fans can make a difference in who returns to the
lockerroom with the smiles on their faces.
Judging by Michigan's performances thus far it is evident that the
Wolverines are not a great team. But they are a team who will give you more
than the two dollar admission fee worth of action.
Scoring: 1. WM-Scurfield (Pederson) 0:51; 1. M-
Blum (Manning. Eaves) 2:07; 2. M-Tippett (Eaves.
Manning) :1:42;;WM-FitzpatrickScurfield, Peder-
son) 7:39; 3. WM-Scurfield (Murphy, T. Olson)
12:05; E. M-Eaves (manning. Blum) 13:27; 4.
MI-Manning (Milburn) 17:35 ,4. WM-Scurfield (T.
Olson, Fitzpatrick) 17:45.
Penalties: WM-Scott (elbowing) 1:54; M-Rich-
mond (slashing) 6:10; WM-Murphy (elbowing)
9:10; M-Van-Biesbruck (cross-checking) 11:52;
WM-T. Olson (high-sticking) 12:26; -Perry (in-
terference) 18:02; WVM-Fitzpatrick (high-sticking)
18:22; M-Reid (interference) 18:22.
scoring: 5. M-Tippett (Speers, Richmond)10:07.
Penalties: WM-Reid (elbowing) 1:24; NI-Van-
Biesbruck (interference) 7:26; WM-Pederson
(high-sticking) 10:42; M-Lundberg (roughing)
18:50; WM-T.,Olson (roughing) 18:50.
Scoring: 5. WM-Mitchell (Berthelsen. Reid) 1:23;
6. M-Eaves (erg Baseotto) 3:49; 6. WM-J. Olson
(Murphy, Scott) 6:10; 7. WM-I'itzpatrlck (Murphy.
T. Olson) 9:43;7. M-'Speers (Lerg, Bourne) 13:46.
Penalties: WM-Murphy (high-sticking) 3:40;
M-Blum (holding) 9:18; M-Eaves (slashing)
11:29;WM-Pederson (slashing) 11:29; WM-J.
Olson (high-sticking) 12:04.
Scoring: 8. M-Eaves (unassisted) 3:45.
Varvari (M)...................9 8 6 3-26
Doyle (WM)..................7 13 10 0-30
W L Pts.
1. Minnesota ...........7 4 14
2. MICHIGAN ......... 5 3 10
North Dakota ....... 5 3 10
4. Wisconsin ........... 5 5 10
Colorado College .... 4 4 8
Michigan Tech......4 4 8
Notre Dame......... 4 4 8
8. Michigan State......4 6 8
9. Denver .............. 3 5 6
10. Minnesota-Duluth ... 3 7 6,
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Minnesota at North Dakota
Notre Dame at Wisconsin
Minnesota-Duluth at Colorado College
Denver at Michigan Tech
MICHIGAN at Michigan State
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HANCOCK (UPI) - Minnesota,
currently leading the Western
Collegiate Hockey Association,
received eight first place votes and 97
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points to take the No. 1 spot in the
college coaches hockey poll this week.
The Gophers, with a 7-4 overall
record held a comfortable 15-point edge
over North Dakota, 7-3. The Fighting
Sioux had been top-ranked one week
ago and got the other two first-place
ballots in this week's poll.
MICHIGAN, 9-3, held down the No. 3
spot with 73 points.
The rest of the top 10, in order, were
Boston University, Northern Michigan,
Notre Dame, Wisconsin, New Ham-
pshire, Michigan Tech, and Ohio State
and Cornell, which were tied for 10th.
The fifth week of the coach's:
rankings, with overall records and first
place votes in parentheses:
1. Minnesota 7-4 (8) 97
2. N.Dakota7-3 (2) 82
3. MICHIGAN 9-3 73
4. Boston University 2-0 68
5. N. Michigan 8-2 53
6. Notre Dame 7-4 39
7. Wisconsin 6-5 32
8. New Hampshire 2-2 20
10. Tie: Ohio State 7-2 17
Cornell 0-2 17
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