Page 8-Wednesday, November 2, 1977-The Michigan Daily
MICHIGAN CHASES WCHA, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
This could be the start of somethi
By BOB MILLER
For the first time in many years, the Michigan hockey
team appears to be the team to beat in the Western Col-
legiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Despite the many years of success for Wolverine icers,
first place in the WCHA is an unaccustomed position. Only
once in the 18 year history of the conference has Michigan
finished at.the top. Even then, though, Denver defeated the
Wolverines inthe finals of the league playoffs.
But with Michigan's success from last year, and the
return of key performers like Dave Debol, Kip Maurer, Bill
Thayer to name but a few on offense, and goalies Frank
Zimmerman and Rick Palmer, the Maize and Blue are
ready to meet the challenge.
Obviously it won't be. easy. It would be difficult to run
away with the league title like Wisconsin did last year. But
the probability that this year's race will be closer might
turn out to be an advantage for Michigan. The icers play
seven of their final ten regular season games at home.
Coincidentally, however, Michigan's main com-
petition-Wisconsin- only lost two road games all year.
The Badgers return star goalie Julian Baretta, whose 3.08
goals against average and two shutouts (including a 4-0
whitewash over Michigan) were the class of the league.
However, Wisconsin was dealt a serious blow when its
leading scorer, Craig Norwich, decided to turn pro, giving
up his senior year in Madison. What hurts even more is that
Norwich was an All-American defenseman.
Still, no one is sending Badger coach Bob Johnson sym-
pathy cards. Not with players like All-American forward
Mike Eaves, center Mark Johnson, goalie Mike Dibble and
right winger Mike Meeker on the roster. In other words,
Wisconsin won't have to worry about where the goals will
But DU is far better than that game showed and they
more than made up for Friday night's fiasco with a sweet
Saturday win in overtime, 6-5.
The Pioneers' performance on Saturday is more in-
dicative of the way they will play for the rest of the
year. Once again, forward Perry Schnarr seems to play his
best against the Wolverines. Teammates Alex Belcourt,
Doug Berry and Bob Pazzelli compose the heart of Den-
ver's potent offense.
At Michigan Tech, where hockey just might be more
popular than sex, the Huskies fropped from NCAA runner-
up in 1976 to sixth place in the league last year.
But Tech coach John MacInnes will have a more experien-
ced team this year, with six of his team's top seven scorers
returning. Goalies Bruce Horsch and John Rockwell had
come from, but they might have a bit of a problem helping
Baretta prevent them.
Denver's first year coach Marshall Johnston has already
faced Michigan this year, and the rookie has passed his
The Wolverines were riding high on a six-game winning
streak over the Pioneers, a two-game sweep over Bowling
Green and an eight-game home ice winning streak when
Denver came to town.
The Pioneers looked unprepared for what hit them,
especially since they had not played any regular season
games before facing Michigan. Goalie Jim Bales was
shelled for seven goals and left the game. To compound
matters, first string goalie Ernie Glanville did not make the
trip to Ann Arbor. Result: Denver was bombed, 10-4.
mediocre seasons last year, finishing with a combined
record of 15-14-1, and should be better this year, especially
with five defensemen retutning.
Tech began its season with splits against Lake Superior
State and Wisconsin, both at home. This probably means
that the Huskies will be pesky, but not quite ready to jump
back into the middle of the WCHA title chase.
Minnesota had had many of the same problems that
plagued Michigan Tech. After those two teams combated
for the NCAA title three years running, both suddenly drop-
ped in the league-Tech to sixth, the Gophers to seventh.
Minnesota was anything but golden last year with a bleak
17-22-3 record. Perhaps the only worthy thing Minnesota did
last year was to upset Notre Dame in the WCHA quarter-
finals. Down 5-1 in the two-game, total goal series, the
Gophers blitzed the Irish 9-2 for the dubious honor of advan-
cing to the semi-finals against Wisconsin.
But Minnesota will be improved this year. In the annual
poll of WCHA coaches taken by the Grand Forks (North
Dakota) Herald, the other U of M was chosen to finish sixth.
About the only thing to add is that sixth is improved from
seventh, isn't it?
Speaking of improvement, North Dakota would win a
trophy if there were one for that category. The Sioux jum-
ped from 10th, where they finished three straight years, to
NoDak coach Rube Bjorkrnan lost one of his school's best
players in Roger Lamoureax, but retain forwards Mark
Taylor, Mike Burggraf, Rick Zaparniuk and Erwin Mar-
tens from an offense that popped in 202 goals last year.
As for Notre Dame, Irish eyes will be smiling for the foot-
ball team in South Bend, but not for their icers. Last year
Notre Dame had its finest season since joining the WCHA.
A second place finish and a 22-13-3 record were a tribute
to the fine teamwork of graduated players like All-
American Jack Brownshidle, last year's WCHA MVP Brian
Walsh, and Clark Hamilton, three of the Irish's top four
Returning goalies Len Moher and John Peterson will help
ease the pain of Notre Dame's losses by graduation, but not
nearly enough. It was no fluke that Colorado College swept
the Irish at home to start the season.
The final three teams in the WCHA-Michigan State,
Colorado College and Minnesota-Duluth-will probably bat-
tle Notre Dame for the last two playoff spots.
The Tigers of CC will most likely be the best of the worst,
and might even surprise a few people, But, like the UMD
Bulldogs, will find out, rebuilding isn't instantaneous.
On the other hand, while Duluth and Colorado College rise
slowly, Michigan State will probably stay the same, which
means ninth or tenth place.
BOB MILLER ............ EDITOR
Paul Campbell, Elisa T. Frye
Gary Kicinski, Bob Miller,
Brian Miller, Errol Shifman
and Tom Stephens
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Action On Ice
Exciting Michigan Hockey
At Yost Arena -
The Fastest Game
On Two Feetl
Michigan hockey almost reached the pinnacle last
year, falling in overtime in the final game of the NCAA
Tournament. This time around coach Dan Farrell has
virtually the same cast as the Wolverines will be strong
contenders for the Western Collegiate Hockey Associ-
ation and NCAA crowns.
Led by WCHA scoring champion and All-America
Dave Debol, who has been described as ."the Guy
Lafleur of college hockey," Michigan is a high scoring,
fast skating, hard checking outfit that provides action
every minute of every contest. The Wolverines racked
up the most wins and the most goals in Michigan
history last season and Debol set the individual pace,
matching Red Berenson's mark of 43 goals while total-
ing the most points ever in a season. This season
Debol should shatter every career scoring standard.
There are 8,100 seats in Yost lce Arena and every
one of them provides an excellent view of one of the
most exciting teams in college hockey. With 17 home
games scheduled, there will be many opportunities to
watch the Wolverines burn up the ice.
. Student season tickets for the 17 contests are only
$21 while individual game tickets are $2.
Powerful offense scored 260 goals last year
17 Home Games
1977-78 Home Schedule
Student Season: $21.00
Student Individual Game: $2.00