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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, January 27, 1979-Poge 7

It's about time! Icers top Irish
to stop eight game losing streak

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' By DAN PERRIN
Four weeks of frustration and
disappointment for the Michigan
hockey team .came to an end last night
at Yost Ice Arena as the Blue icers
'downed Notre Dame 6-4, halting an
eight game losing streak and giving the
'Wolverines renewed hope in their late
'season run at the playoffs.
MICHIGAN UPPED their record to 6-
15 (8-17 overall) with the win and
moved out of the basement of the
WCHA. Now tied with ninth place
M [ichigan State, the icers are three
points away from the eighth and final
playoff spot. .

The victory was also the first in three
games for freshman walk-on goalie
Peter Mason, who was outstanding in,
the nets all night.
Playing without top scorer Murray
Eaves, who is probably out for the
season with a torn cartilidge in his
kneew, as well as forward Dennis May
and defenseman Dave Richter, both out
with the flue, the Bill Wheeler-Dan
Lerg-Doug Todd line rose to the oc-
casion, playing their best hockey of the
season.
Lerg, who was out for two months
with a knee injury, picked up a goal and
three assists, giving him 13 points in the
last five games and 17 points for the

season.
"After getting my first WCHA goal;
(this year) against Colorado College
(two weeks ago), gave me all the con-
fidence in the world," explained the
jubilant junior. "Since then everything
has just fallen into place."
Michigan coach Dan Farrell agreed
that Lerg's play has been inspiring to
the team. "Lerg played effec-
tively-it's quite a difference when he's
in there.sJust think if he had been in
there all season'...
"Peter (Mason) was very steady,"
continued Farrell. "'That's what we
need-steady goaltending."
NOTRE DAME coach Lefty Smith

was gracious in his praise of Mason.
"He made some outstanding saves,"
noted Smith. "That was the big dif-
ference (in the game)."
After trading goals in a sluggishly
played first period, two quick goals
from freshman Jeff Tessier and
Canadian Doug Todd at 5:49 and 7: 45,
resepectively, gave Michigan a 2-1 lead
before the Irish came right back with a
pair of their own from Ted Weltzin and
Steve Schneider.
At 7:04, of the middle stanza, Lerg
took a beautiful pass from linemate
Wheeler and knocked past Notre Dame
goalie Dave Laurion, giving the
Wolverines a 4-3 lead going into the
final period.

By MARK MIHANOVIC

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The Michigan men's swim team defeated perennial Big Ten powerhouse
Indiana, 58-55, last night in a thrilling, come-from-behind victory before th& <
largest crowd of the year at Matt Mann Pool.
The Blue swimmers came through when they had to, setting three pool
records in the last three events, all of which they needed to win to beat the ,
Hoosiers. Freshman John Spaid won the 500-yard freestyle with a time o j
4:28.73 to bring the crowd to its feet.
Then Tom Ernsting won the 200-yard breaskstroke with a time of 2:06.94, :
and Kevin Morgan edged Indian's Marc. Schlatter in the most exciting <
finish of the evening for second place.
This set the stage for Michigan's 400-yard freestyle relay to smoke In
diana with a time of 3:02.38 and give the Hoosiers their second consecutive
loss after their incredible winning streak of 140 straight dual meets was;
snapped this week by SMU. Bob Murray, Fernando Canales, Tom Pedersoni; <
and Paul Griffith swam the legs of the final event and brought in the victoria
for the Wolverines.
Murray was the lone triple winner for the men, with firsts also comingirn
the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Canales was a double winner, with a victory .y
in the 200-yard freestyle to add to the final relay.
Diver Matt Chelich once again outclassed his opposition, winning both "
the one- arnd three-meter dives with totals of over 300 points. Indiana coach
Jim ''Doc " Counsilman put it sin ply: "Of course, Chelich was great."
The Michigan victory set up a possible showdown between the Wolverine
and Hoosier swimmers at the Big Ten championships in March.
"We'll be shooting for the Big Ten meet rather than the dual meets' ',
Counsilman said. "We'll be ready. We didn't shave anybody (for this par
ticular meet). If they rested, then they're going to have a tougher time,,
against us. If they worked through it, then they'll be competitive."
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The drought's over

FIRST PERIOD
Scoring-i. ND-Meredith (Brown, Schneider)
8:05; 2. M-Olver (Miller) 15:23.
Penalties-M-Bench (too many men) 3:01; M-
Coffman (roughing) 9:22; ND-Schmidt (roughing)
9:20; ND-Logan (hooking) 12:36; ND-Cox (inter-
ference) 15:07; ND-Brownschidle (interference)
15:44.
SECOND PERIOD
Scoring-3. M-Tessier (Hampson, Mars) 5:39; 4.
M-Todd (Lerg, Wheeler) 7:14; 5. ND-Weltzin
(Logan, Rothstein) 7:45; 6. ND-Schneider (Poulin)
16:05; 7. M-Lerg (Wheeler) 17:04.
Penalties-M-Lundberg (slashing) 0:53; ND-
Meredith (holding) 0:53; M-Hampson (roughing)
10:00; ND-Brown (roughing) 10:09; ND-Cameron
(charging) 1952.
THIRD PERIOD
Scoring-8. M-Bourne (Lerg, Miller) 5:06; 9.
ND-Brownschidle (Schneider, Poulin) 8:01; 10. M-
Todd (Lerg( Lundberg) 19:44.
Penalties-ND-Brwnschidle (tripping) 4:34;

M-Coffman (cross checking) 7:04.
SAVES
1
ND-Laurion..............8

2
17

SAVES
1 2
ND-Laurion .............. 8 17
M-Mason...............9 12
SCORING BY PERIODS
ND ..................... 1 2
M ......................1 3
Att: 3681

After the two teams again traded
goals, it was clutch scorer Todd who
came through with an open net goal at.
3 Total 19:44 of the third period, icing the vic-
! tory and giving Todd four goals in the
last two games.
3 Total ' The team was estatic in victory and
5 30 rookie netminder Mason was especially
10 31 excited. "The team was playing too
well for us to lose (in the third period),"
1 4 said Mason. "We carried the play
2 6 throughout the game."

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ILLINOIS' HOLCOMB DOUBTFUL:
Blue up for down Illini

On the air ...
The Michigan-Illinois basketball
clash at Champaign will be televised ,by
Channel 50 in Detroit, starting at 4:00
p.m., EST. Radio stations WUOM,
WPAG-FM, and WAAIM will also
broadcast the game.
SORES

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Cagers topple
..give

State ...
Orr some credit

By GARY KICINSKI
N EVER AGAIN will I sit idly by and let somebody tell me what alousy
coach Johnny Orr is.
If I had a dime for every time I've heard Orr chastised in the last four
weeks I could probably talk to Salt Lake City for an hour. Many people sim-
ply can not understand how a team with so much talent can be playing so
poorly, and Orr has been made the scapegoat.
Any day now I was expecting to see the fan frustration materializaing in
the form bf "Dump'Orr" signs and banners. Already, in fact, an even mix-
ture of cheers and boos were heard following Orr's introduction at the
Michigan State game.
The sooner that these critical fans start realizing that Orr is working
with a team of only moderate talents, the better. And for that same reason I
think that the Wolverines' 49-48 victory over the Spartans was a coaching
masterpiece.
Orr took a collection of individual talents and parlayed them to the ut-
most against the Spartans, who quite frankly are a better overall team than
Michigan. As in the loss to Ohio State, the Wolverines were up against a bet-
ter ballclub, but this time Orr simply outcoached his opponent, Jud Heath-
cote.
I have been skeptical of some of Orr's moves in the past, and Thursday
night was no exception. I could not understand why gunner Marty Bodnar
wasn't starting against the Spartan zone. But Orr's subsequent use of Bod-
nar, Keith Smith, Tom Staton and Paul Heuerman at strategic points against
State proved, to me at least, that criticism of Orr is unwarranted.
The Wolverines started out sluggishly on offense, and the Spartans
would have blown the Wolverines out in the first half were it nqt for Staton's
defensive handcuffing of Earvin Johnson. Offensively the Blue cagers were
penetrating but missing inside shots, and the Wolverines found themselves
down by a 28-17 margin. Despite Michigan's intensity, it looked like things
were getting out of hand.
Enter Marty Bodnar. The 6-3 sophomore canned a pair of set shots from
the corners and the Wolverines regained some of their lost momentum,
narrowing the gap to 30-23 at the half.
"I think that definitely was the turning point," said assistant coach Bill
Frieder, who also deserves a share of the coaching credit. "I think our
comeback at the end of the first half carried right over into the second half.
He (Bodnar) was in on four baskets-he hit two and assisted for two, and he
really got us moving."
In the second half the Wolverines went back to the starters and went
back to working inside. This time the shots started falling, as Phil Hubbard
led a 13-2 Michigan charge in the first six minutes to commandeer a 36-32 ad-
vantage. Tension in the arena escalated as the contest turned into a neck-
and-neck battle.
With the score knotted at 42 apiece and 10:15
remaining, Orr decided to give Staton a deserved
/ breather, sending in Bodnar and Paul Heuerman-a
move with dangerous backfire potential.
But the Wolverines slipped back into a 2-3 zone
defense and were able to contain Johnson until
Sta tons returned four minutes later, with each club
scoring just two points in that span.
"I felt the breather Coach gave me really
helped," said Staton "That was perfect
timing-perfect timing. We kept the lead and when I
came back in I was fresh. I had started to tire just a
" rr taste and that was a good coaching move as far
as I was concerned."
The score was tied at 44 when the Royal Oak senior returned. Soon he
blew in for a layup off an in-bounds play to give Michigan ita 46th point, and
moments later he fired a dazzling pass underneath to Heuerman, who came
through with a clutch layup for the Wolverines 48th point.
In the final two minutes Orr alternated Smith and Heuerman, depending
on whether Michigan was on the offense or defense. On offense, Smith gave
Michigan an outstanding ballhandler, and on defense Heuerman added some
height to the back line.
Of course, it was the 6-0 sparkplug Smith who was in there at the end,
and whose free throw touched off the wildest celebration seen in Crisler
Arena in a long time.
For Michigan the win was more than just a win over its intrastate rivals.
It indeed may have spared them the embarrassment of a losing season, as
the Wolverines hadn't exactly been in the best of spirits.
"In this week's practices we were at the lowest point I've seen in three
* years.I've been here," Staton admitted. "If we had lost tonight I think we'd
have been canable of losing the next three in a row."

By GEOFF LARCOM
With the crowd's cheers from Thur-
sday's stunning one-point win over
Michigan State still ringing in their
ears, the Wolverines today will attempt
phase two of "Operation Spoiler", when
they square off against Illinois at
Assembly Hall.
One problem, hoveever. It's becoming
difficult to tell the giants from the
giant-killers in this league.
With the badly-needed lift provided
by the State victory, the Wolverines can
hold their heads high for the moment.-
And if they can continue in the same
vein, the role of spoiler they seemingly
were relegated to may no longer be ap-
plicable in this year's topsy-turvy Big
Ten.
"If we take the spoiler role that's
fine," said co-captain Tom Staton. "If
we do it enough, while the other teams
beat each other, we'll be right back in
it."
The 4-3 fighting Illini, who were on
top of the basketball world with an
overall 15-0 record after whipping
Michigan State at home, have lost three
of their last four, and are now perched
delicately above Michigan (3-4) in the
Big Ten race.
Ranked eighth in the country prior to
Thursday's upset loss to Iowa, the Illini
were hurt by the absence of 6-11 center
Derek Holcomb, who sprained his ankle
in practice this week.
Ho'lcomb is listed as a doubtful star-
ter today, forcing Illinois to go with 6-6

junior Levi Cobb in the pivot. Cobb
normally is the first forward off the
Illini bench.
Flanking Cobb at the forward spots
will be sophomore Eddie Johnson and
junior Neil Bresnahan. It was Johnson
who hit on alast-second jumper to close
the door on Michigan State in the Illini's
57-55 win at Assembly Hall earlier this
month.
Johnson is Illinois' second leading
scorer with 13.7 points per game, while
Bresnahan, a strong two-way player, is
hitting at an 8.5 clip and grabbing eight
rebounds a contest.
At the guard positions for Illinois are
leading scorer Mark Smith ( 15 points.
per game) and playmaker Rob Judson,
who brings the ball up the floor for
Illinois.
So far this year, the Illini have run a
patterned offense, attempting to get the
ball inside to their-:big forwards and get
the good shot. "Last year, we relied too
much on the 15-18 foot jump shot," said
Illini Coach Lou Henson of his team.
"We've got a tall front line and we're
trying to go inside more this year."
But with the possibility of Holcomb's
absence, the Illini may have to go to a
perimeter attack once again, relying on
the shooting of Smith and Judson to
keep them in the game.
Illinois will be looking to remedy
their foul troubles against the
Wolverines, as free throws played
major roles in their recent losses to
Ohio State and Purdue.
Against OSU, the Illini hit on just four

of eight free throws, while the Bucks.
shot 25-38 at the line. Facing the
Boilermakers it was the same story, as
Illinois went seven for ten to Purdue's
27-35 total at the charity stripe.
As for the now upset-happy
Wolverines, they're not making any
predictions. They're just ready to go at
it again.
"You go in' this league from game to
game," said Johnny Orr. "I don't know
what's gonna happen. We're not
worried about anyone though."

MEN'S SWIMMING
MICHIGAN 58, Indiana 55
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Rutgers 70, Duquesne 67
villanova 99, W. virginia 58
Yale 84, Cornell 75
PRO BASKETBALL
New Jersey 110, New Orleans 104
Indiana 119, Boston 106
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16 -Game women 's cage stats
PLAYER GA FG/FGA PCT. FT/FTA PCT. REB AVG.
Diane Dietz.............. ..... 16 142/304 .467 22/34 .647 82 5.1
Katie McNamara .............. 16 111/277 .400 45/67 .672 85 5.3
Abby Currier .................. 16 81/193 .420 25/38 .658 110 6.9
Terry Schevers ................ 16 49/155 .316 29/43 .674 73 4.5
Brena Venhuizen .............. 16 36/94 .383 21/36 .583 51 3.2
Yvette Harris ................. 16 31/66 .470 16/35 .458 118 7.4
Penny Neer ................... 15 27/64 .422 8/19 .421 85 5.7
Kris Hansen ................... 12 11/27 .408 13/18 .722 45 3.8
Tammie Sanders .............. 10 8/15 .533 1/7 .143 11 1.1
Jeanne white .................. 13 5/18 .278 2/11 .182 23 1.7
Jill Smith.................... 9 4J9 .444 2/7 .286 18 2.0
Deb Allor......... .......... 1 1/i 1.000 2/4 .500 0 0.4
Monique Bernoudy............. 3 1/2 .500 0/0 .000 1 0.5
Others....................... 5 4/9 .444 1/3 .333 4 0.8
MICHIGAN ................... 16 509/1231 .413 186/320 .581 823 51.4
Opponents ..................... 16 468/1134 .413 218/368 .592 853 53.3

PTS.
296
267
187
127
193
78
62
35
17
12
10
4
2
9
1214
1147

AvG.
18.5
16.7
11.7
7.9
5.8
4.9
4.2
2.9
1.7
0.9
1:1
4.0
0.7
1.8
75.9
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