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Wednesday, November 6, 1974


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Wednesday, November 6, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

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Frank Zimmerman...
the pressure is on
Frank Zimmerman is one freshman hockey player with a
whole lot of pressure riding on his shoulders. Zimmerman was
supposed to be Michigan's much needed backup goaltender this
year, but All-American Robbie Moore's untimely knee injury
will force Zimmerman to handle the majority of the Wolver-
ines' netminding, at least for the remainder of the semester.
Moore went under the knife Monday to have some damaged
cartilage removed from his left knee which he injured a week
ago Monday, then reinjured Thursday. The operation was suc-
cessful, according to Coach Dan Farrell who said recovery would
take "about six to seven weeks."
Zimmerman's plight will be doubly rough for the next
two weeks since the Wolverines will be on the road at Denver
,this weekend and at Minnesota, the defending National Col-
legiate Athletic Association champion, the next.
"It will be just like playing my first college hockey game all
over again," Zimmerman said of the Denver series.
Zimmerman will likely play all four of these road games
since Michigan's third goalie, Rick Palmer, has yet to play. "I
wouldn't want to put Rick in a situation he couldn't handle,"
Farrell said.
Hostile crowds can have an unnerving effect on young goal-
tenders, and their constant jeers eventually can turn a game
around. That's the advantage of playing at home. Home hockey'
crowds are the most intimidating in any college sport.
Zimmerman knows that. Unlike the normal freshman goalie,
he has been around. Frank played a year in the Midwest Junior;
B League after graduating from Edina East High School in
Edina, Minnesota. He has experienced all the arduous travel and
the constant cries of "Sieve! Sieve!" before coming.
"We now have backup goaltending of Western Collegiate
Hockey Association quality," said Moore before the season
started. Zimmerman substantiated Moore's statement this1
past weekend in the Wolverines' split with the Wisconsin
Wisconsin's five goals in its 5-2 Friday night victory can
be attributed more to the poor play of Michigan's forwards and
defense than to Zimmerman. The Wolverines' forward lines did
not forecheck nor help out defensively in their own zone, and
the Badgers capitalized with three unanswered third period goals
that won the game:
"Every goaltender has his own style - his own way of1
steering rebounds and playing the shooters," Zimmerman said.
"It just took everybody awhile to get used to me. "Now, we're
all more confident."
Zimmerman didn't want to place any blame on his team-
mates, which is normal for most any goalie.
Michigan's forwards played a far more inspired game
Saturday night, scrambling for loose pucks and generally i
bottling Wisconsin up in Its own zone before it could mount
an offensive.
But Farrell still wasn't totally pleased. "We're still not doing
the job we could be," he said of the forwards' play. Dan is get-
ting to be a perfectionist in the Bo Schembechler mold. He is
never totally dissatisfied, yet never totally pleased either.
Farrell has always expressed his liking for big stand up
style goaltenders, but in Moore and Zimmerman he has got just
the opposite.
Both are small, quick goalies who rely on quick reflexes and
a fast glove hand. Farrell may not favor small goalies, but he
has got them for better or worse.(
"Zimmerman did an outstanding job against Wisconsin,"
Farrell said. "He's nb stand up goalie. He's a bit of a scrambler,
but he makes up for it with quickness."
Zimmerman also had a lot of help Saturday night which
makes all the difference in the world. Friday, Wisconsin
had time to set up, get off a good shot and get a lot of re-
bound shots. That didn't happen Saturday. Michigan's defense
cleared nearly every rebound, allowing Zimmerman to con-
centrate almost exclusively on the initial shot.
"The goalie shouldn't have to make more than one or two
saves at a time," Zimmerman said. "If they (the opposition)
get more than that, there's nothing the goalie can do about it.
They're gonna score."'
Cutting down its goals against is one of Michigan's prime
objectives this year. So far, progress has been made in that
direction. Whether that progress continues through the next few
weeks, will determine where the Wolverines will eventually
finish in the WCHA.
Denver, Minnesota, Michigan Tech, Colorado College, Notre
Dame and Michigan State will all test Michigan's mettle before
the semester break. Zimmerman will be placed in the same
pressure situation his predecessors Moore and Karl Bagnell
faced as freshmen. Moore and Bagnell had little chance to lead'
mediocre teams to greatness. This year, however, Michigan has
the potential for greatness. If Zimmerman can close the door on

the opposition, that potential can be realized.

Gary Moeller, the Michigan
defensive co-ordinator, has re-
corded a remarkable set of ac-
complishments.From co-captain
of the 1962 Ohio State Buck-
eyes, he has risen to the second
most important position on the
Michigan coaching staff.
His defensive unit currently
ranks first in the Big Ten in
fewest points surrendered per
contest. As his players will
readily volunteer, the Wol-
verine defense has preserved
the team's currently Inbeaten
But Moeller has also recorded
an achievement he would just
as soon forget. He is the only
person to have been voted out
of two Rose Bowls.
The incidents of last Novem-
ber are too familiar to bear re-
counting here. But the fate of
the 1961 Ohio State team de-
serves some mention.
That particular version of
Woody Hayes' stalwarts rolled
up an 8-0-1 season mark and
was rated number two in the
country. Following a 50-52 mas-
sacre of Michigan, the Big Ten
awarded the Buckeyes the honor
of representing the conference
in the Rose Bowl.
Though anti-football sentiment
had been building on campus,
all observers expected the fac-
ulty vote on acceptance of the
bid to be a mere formality.
But in a stunning move, the
faculty voted 28-25 to reiect
the Rose Bowl bid and keep3
the Buckeyes at home.
Moeller, a junior linebacker
on that team, painfully recalls
the memory of the incident.
"We had no idea that we
wouldn't be going. We knew we
were going, and it was un-
believable that we weren't be-
cause of a vote. If we'd known
that vote wasn't just a formal-
ity, it would have been better.
"We had planned on going to
the Rose Bowl, and were ex-'
cited about it," he continued.
"We had already started prepa-
rations. I remember watching1
the USC-UCLA game on TV
to see who we'd be playing."
Moeller coldn't remember
how he got the word of the
vote, though it was probably
throah the radio. The news
of the vote sparked what
The TOg 20
By The Associated Press
1. Ohio State 49 8-0-0 121?
2. Oklahoma 10 7-0-0 1,090
3. Alabama 2 8-0-0 918
4. MICHIGAN 1 8-0-0 850
5. Texas A&M 7-1-0 643
tie DAILY LIBELS 8-0-0 643
6. Florida 7-1-0 51
7. Penn State 7-1-0 52
8. Notre Dame 7-1-0 503
9. Nebraska 6-2-0 464
10. Auburn 7-1-0 381
ii. So. California 5-1-1 344
12. Texas 6-2-0 324
13. Miami, O. 7-0-1 149
14. Maryland 5-3-0 54
15. Houston 6--0 42
16. Arizona St. 5-2-0 36
17. Oklahoma St. 4-3-0 33
18. California 5-2-i 20
19. Pitt 6-2-0 19
tie Texas Tech 5-2-1 19
* n *
By United Press International
1. Ohio State 34 8-0 349
2. MICHIGAN 8-0 295
tie Alabama 1 8-0 295
4. Texas A&M 7-1 192
tie DAILY LIBELS 8-0 192
5. Notre Dame 7-1 166
6. Penn State 1-1 158
7. Florida 7-1 155
8. Nebraska 6-2 120
9. Auburn 7-1 73
10. Texas 6-2 53
11. Southern Cal 5-1-1 51
12. Miami, Ohio 7-0-1 ,8
13. Houston 6-2 7

14. Pittsburgh 6-2 2
15. Maryland 5-3 1


Daily Photo
GARY MOELLER (with cap) restrains boss Bo Schembechler
during a particularly awkward moment in the Stanford
game. Moeller, who constructs the impregnable Michigan de-
fense, holds the record for most Rose Bowls lost through

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would be the bi gest student'
riot in Ohio until the Kent
State shootings. Hordes of en-
raged fans trashed Columbus.
The teary's mood was more
subdued. "Basically, we felt
that we were cheated out of
being able to represent the Big
Ten, and that we deserved to
go," Moeller relates.
That would have seemed to be
a once in a lifetime situation.I
But twelve years later, Moeller
saw it happen to him again.
"Somebody called home?
(about the athletic director's
vote) and I heard it on the
radio as I was on my way to
view films of the OSU game,"
he relates. "When I got here,
(the athletic department of-
fices) Don Canham and Al Ren-
frew verified what I'd heard.
"You never believe that'
something like that'shappen-
ed. In a way, it's like the
death of a president. You
can't beF-ve it, and you don't

want to believe it."
When Woody Hayes heard of
the faculty vote in 1961, he re-
acted with rage against the
"petty-minded political maneu-
vering" that denied him Pasa-
dena. Bo Schembechler's feel-
ings toward Wayne Duke last
November are well documented.
Moeller feels both coaches
reacted in similar ways.
"They were both very frus-
trated. There wasn't really
very much they could do, but
they felt they had to speak out
for their team."
Moeller has lost two Rose
Bowls through votes. He is de-
termined that it will never hap-
pen again.
"This year, we're all working
hard toward the end result of
going to the Rose Bowl," he
says. "We're not after revenge
against any one person. If any-
thing, we're after revenge
against the decision that was

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4. Wisconsin at Iowa
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7. Tulane at Boston College
8. California at Washington
9. North Carolina at Clemson
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