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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, December 6, 1977-Page 11

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Partisans thrive ...
.0 .on Wolverine win
By BRIAN MILLER
REFLECTIONS on a successful weekend of
Michigan hockey:
Three days ago, the Wolverines swept the defending NCAA champion
Wisconsin Badgers. Most people who went to the games have calmed down
by now, but I'm still excited about what took place. I can picture the action
as clearly as when I first saw it all from my seat at Yost Ice Arena.
The Great Weekend started early for me - about noon on Friday, to be
precise. At that time, when Michigan plays at home, the Dekers Club hosts
a luncheon with coaches from both teams in attendance.
Badger coach Bob Johnson kept the overflow audience laughing with his
story about his hockey injuries, but he didn't say much about his squad.
What he did say sounded like pre-game excuses on why his team might not
do too well this weekend.
Wolverine coach Dan Farrell was also entertaining, joking about his
team's 6 losses in 7 games against Wisconsin last year,- with the final loss
coming in the NCAA championship game.
But it was easy to see that Farrell was slightly nervous about the two
game set, predicting "a challenging weekend."
Everywhere I -went Friday, I heard people talking about how good
Wisconsin is and what a tough struggle the Wolverines were in for. I was at
one of Ann Arbor's major banks about three hours before gametime, waiting
for some friends to finish their transactions. Having nothing better to do, I
eavesdropped on a couple of tellers' conversation.
"I can't wait to get out of here," said the first employee.
"What's your hurry?" inquired the other.
"The Michigan (hockey) game starts at 7:30 and I've got to get home
and change first," explained the first teller. "I can't wait - its going to be a
helluva series!"
With that reminder, I became hyperactive and literally dragged my
friends home. I wanted to make sure I'd be at Yost early enough to get my
favorite seats behind the goal.
While 6.364 rabid fans, second largest crowd of the year at the time,
filled the arena, the Hockey Pep Band played the 'M' Fanfare and The Vic-
tors. Rarely have I heard so much noise in one place. The arena was literally
shaking. And, for the first time in recent memory, Wisconsin's small con-
tingent of fans were drowned out by the Michigan followers.
When the Badgers scored first and early I thought, maybe the
Wolverines' finish last year was a fluke. I admit, I was doubting the ability of
this year's team, as Wisconsin absolutely dominated the early part of the
game - the first 3:49 to be exact. But then at 3:50, Dan Lerg scored to tie the
game; it was the first of his four goals on the night. The crowd, myself in-
cluded, went bananas.
For the rest of the first period, Michigan and Wisconsin played what
both coaches called "the finest period of hockey" each team had played all
year.
After the first intermission, Michigan was on top, 3-2. That's about the
time the fun began for the home crowd and its team. After Mike Eaves tied
the game for Wisconsin, Michigan scored, scored and scored again. The
Wolverines pumped in three goals in the span of only 1:53. And the crowd
went bananas again.
Offense and defense-Badgers sputter
While Michigan was scoring, Wisconsin's highly touted offense was sput-
tering. If passes made it to the slot, the Badgers' centers either shot wide,
fanned on the shot or were stopped by the brilliant acrobatic goaltending of
Frank Zimmerman.
When the game finally ended the Wolverines embarrassed the con-
ference's best defensive team and its best goal-tender, Julian Baretta, 11-3.
Amidst the frenzy it was sad to see Baretta crying as he skated off the ice.
Leaving Yost, I thought of what a great time I had, as did most of the
fans and Michigan's hockey team. But what about Saturday night? The Blue
have had a habit in the past of succumbing to the "Saturday Night Jinx":
winning the Friday game while dropping the Saturday contest.
But this is a new team and a new year. Maybe that's all behind them
now, I thought. In any case, I'd find out soon enough.
Saturday night, I left for Yost earlier than I did the night before. But this
time I had trouble getting my seats. Friday over 6,000 fans came to see the
Badgers, but Saturday 7,649 (500 less than capacity) came to see the
Wolverines.
The whole scene was like a circus. Whenever the crowd started to quiet
down as the two teams battled, some of the fans started cheers to liven
things up. The band also got into the act, playing the "Let's Go Blue" cheer
six different ways.
Then Badger fans began their haunting cheer they made famous last
year - softly crooning Pal-1-1--mer-r-r-r, Pal-1-1-1-mer-r-r-r, to Michigan
goalie Rick Palmer.
The Maize and Blue fans picked up on it and then some. First chanting
Di-i-i-i-bble, Di-i-i-i-bble to Wisconsin goalie, Mike Dibble then scream-
ing sieve after each Michigan goal. The fans also threw strainers (sieves),
hats and even a shoe out on the ice.

Everything went right again for the Wolverines as they completed the
sweep, 7p3.

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The 14,013 fans that saw the week-
end series saw a true spectacle.
From that series aone, Michigan
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fans. It's just too bad the Blue don't
play home again until next January.
If the Wolverines do well on their ex-
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