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Page 8-Friday, January 20, 1978-The Michigan Daily
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By BRIAN MILLER m
Old barn that it is, Yost Ice Arena
will'be a welcome sight to Michigan's
hockey team - if the players still,
recognize it.
After five straight weeks and six
straight conference losses on the
road, the Wolverines finally return
horme to host the North Dakota Fight-
ing Sioux in a two game weekend

ingfor.
odal ample, has just two seniors. A
f the freshman, Doug Smail, is our leading
scorer with 11 goals and 18 assists for
east 29 points (in the conference). A
tech junior, Rick Myers, is our top
imp- goalgetter with 14 (in the confer-
head ence), 15 overall."
April The Sioux are 8-14, tied for eighth
'orks place in the WCHA. However, they
loser I are onlyone point from sixth place
and only six points behind fifth place
jork- Michigan.
the "This'series is important because
.wihe Michigan is above us ii the stand-
wice ngs," explained Bjorkman.
g at Last year, North Dakota caught
een a Michigan in a skid and beat them
Ilege twice in Grand Forks. Bjorkman was
non-committal about the possible
'r fa- outcome of this year's series, though.
r the "To win, we'll have to play very
Sthein well," he said. "Michigan is a very
t t good team. They've been losing, but
tshe to top division teams on the road.
as it "But," B j o r k m a n continued,
hif- "we've got a young, well balanced
team with good potential. Our six
freshmen are starting to make a
now, positive adjustment to the program."
r ex- Bjorkman completes his decade-
long association with North Dakota
hockey once this season ends. For the
most part, Bjorkman has had a
successful ten years in Grand Forks.
"North Dakota is no different than
just about anywhere else. Like every
place else, it has its strong and weak
7' points. I enjoyed it there, but most of
all, I enjoyed working with the kids."
One can only hope North Dakota's
next coach is as concerned fo the
players as Rube Bjorkman was.

beleaguered skaters

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX

THE AGE OLD RITUAL of congratulating a teammate after a goal has not been a regular occurence for the
Wolverines of late. The icers hope to end the scoring drought and their six-game conference losing streak this
weekend as they host the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota. Game time for tonight and Saturday's contests will
be 7:30 at Yost Arena.

TWO HOME MEETS THIS WEEKEND
Frosh tankers sprint for NCAA's

THE THREE freshmen, who nor-
mally swim at sprint distances, have
formed a combination that is simply'
devastating. For example, in last
weekend's meet with Wisconsin,
which saw the Wolverines drop their
first dual meet of the ,season, they
took, five of the nine places in the 50-,
100-, and 200-yard freestyle events.
With Schroeder and Griffith taking
one each to bring Michigan's total to
7-f or-9.
Canales has probably been the
steadiest performer on this year's
squad. He has taken firsts in the 100-,
200-, and 500-yard events, demon-
strating versatility as well as out-
standin sprinter's speed.
Canales, a native Puerto Rican and
a member of that country's 1976
Olympic swim squad, talks readily
about the season, his goals, and the
team.
"We have a lot of potential for good
performance in the Big Ten meet,"
Canales claims. "But it hasn't been
put together yet. We should have won
last week (against Wisco'nsin) for
instance. And we haven't been lucky;
we've lost a lot of really close races."
BOB MURRAY is one swimmer
less disappointed than most at last
weekend's result. "The Wisconsin

meet is the first one this year, where
I've been satisfied with my perform-
ance," Murray says.
He was one of only tw'o double
winners with firsts coming in both
the 50 and 100 free. "My time in the 50
(21.5 seconds) was my best ever,"
added Murray, "Eventually, I think I
can qualify for the NCAA meet at
both 50- and 100-yards."
Murray, an LS&A pre-med major
from Washington, D.C., had some in-
teresting comments about collegiate
swimming. "I think it definitely adds
to the whole college experience,"
said Murray. "In some ways it
makes things harder, but I think it
also makes me more dedicated."
Tom Pederson 9f Bay City, the only
one of the three who claims dissatis-

faction with his performance so far,
was last year's Michigan state high
school champion at 50- and 100-
yards. "I've just been toy slow so
far," Pederson says, "but I'm still
hoping I con qualify for the NCAAs at
50-yards."
THE ONLY complaint that any of
the swimmers have about the season
is the disappointingly small crowds.
They refeired especially to the
Wisconsin meet, held over Christmas
break, where only about ten fans
showed up. All the swimmers said
they appreciated big crowds, espe-
cially in close races.
The swimmers meet Purdue Fri-
day "at 8:00 at Matt Mann pool: On
Saturday afternoon at 2:00 the tank-
ers will host Illinois.

Cagers cross bri dge
for elusive road win

By ELISA FRYE
The women's basketball team, in
an effort to shake off the jinx that has
plagued it throughout its road trips,

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will take to the road once more this
weekend as it travels to Windsor to
participate in the Can-Am Tourna-
ment.
The cagers will face Windsor Club
240, which assistant coach Margo
Plotzke describes as "almost a..
recreational team," in the first round
of competition. If the Wolverines win
that contest, they will go on to face
the winner of the University of
Windsor-St. Clair rCommunity Col-
lege match-up.
The basketball team has lost all
eight of its games on the road so far
this season. "Udon't know what it is,"
commented Plotzke. "We should
learn to play above it.
"Playing away is tough on the kids.
We fall behind 12-0 in the first couple
of minutes and then it's hard to make
it up. I guess we make it tough on
ourselves."
The young team has been concen-
trating on the basics in practice this
week. -"We've been working on the
fundamentals," said Plotzke. "We
have a terrific press which,. when run
correctly, is super."
As far as the 'upcoming; tourna-
ment goes, Plotzke does not seem to
anticipate a lot of problems. "The
team (Windsor Club 240) is made up
of mostly older women. I think we
can outrunthem," she noted. "We
hope to do well," she added practical-
ly.
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