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Friday, March 25, 1977

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Friday, March 25, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

Puckin9
Blue icers .. .
... the right formula
By ERROL SHIFMAN
DETROIT
WHEN YOU'RE hot you're hot, and when you're not you'need
all the breaks you can get.
Michigan used a little bit of both to defeat the scrappy little
Terriers from Boston last night.
Of course as long as you win, you don't really care how.
But waiting for all those breaks can give you heart failure.
Michigan toyed with its fan's hearts all night long.
Four of the Wolverines' six tallies came on what can be
-termed the breaks of the game.
John Waymann's goal which gave the Blue a 2-1 first period
advantage bounced in off BU goalie Jim Craig's glove.
Doug Todd's contribution came when he stole the puck
from the stick-handling Craig. and put the light on.
The wandering Craig, who likes to go way out of the net
to cut off the shot angle, provided some more excitement.
Coming out to meet Ben Kawa on a breakaway he al-
lowed Ben to skate around him for the goal.
The BU goalie was again his own worst enemy when Bill
Thayer deflected one in off Craig's skate. This goal putting
Michigan ahead 5-2 had convinced most of us that the Blue had
"breaked" themselves to a victory. Were we wrong!!
BU, known for its comeback ability, pulled to within one,
5-4 with just over two minutes remaining. Tensions started to
mount. Then ,Bill Thayer got called for tripping.
Having covered the Notre Dame series where the Irish
tied the game with six seconds left and went on to win in
overtime, I had visions.
A possibility of another hard-fought hockey game down the
drain.
But nobody was more scared than Thayer. "I was really
afraid of those last two minutes," sighed a relieved Thayer.
Then lady luck of fate or something struck again. BU tried
to pull their goalie and gain a two man advantage and they
were called for too many men on the ice.
That call. a judgement call by the referee, was the last break
Michigan needed. Boston's rally was deflated.
It was a questionable call. Was the goalie close enough to
the bench for the extra men to leave the bench, or wasn't he?
Would BU have scored anyway?
BU coach Jack Parker said "That call didn't lose the
game for us, but it would have been easier to come back."
Easier yes, but there was no stopping the Wolverines last
night. Every time omething went bad for the men from Ann Ar-
bor they got it back somehow.
Michigan coach Dan Farrell, who admits his team doesn't
really have a lot of talent, called it the team's "brother attitude."
"These kids are close, they're all brothers, that's what does
it" remarked Farrell.
Call it talent or attitude Michigan has what it takes to
go all the way. Like the Detroit Tigers of 1968, this team
has championship magic. The champion can always look back
and see the breaks that made its season a success.
The Wolverines were shaky all night. Throughout their game,
Blue goalie Rick Palmer, needed an All-State man. He had no
protection.
BU coach Parker described the Michigan defense to a tee.
"They stopped us from getting that third rebound," said
a frustrated Parker.
No the team should even be allowed one rebound let alone
three. The defensive play of Michigan's forwards and some clutch
saves from' Palmer got the Wolverines out of trouble however,
time and time again.
Chelich diving champ
Special to The Daily
CLEVELAND - Michigan sophomore Matt Chelich won
the Men's NCAA Championship in the one-meter diving com-
petition last night, scoring 503.13 points.
Chelich clearing outdistanced his nearest competitor by an
overwhelming 22 points.
Chelich's national crown gave diving coach Dick Kimball
his first male national collegiate champion in his 18 years of
coaching.
Earier this year, another Kimball-coached diver, Chris Seu-
fert, captured both the one- and three-meter diving crown 'in
the women's national championships.
Also placing in the championships held at Cleveland State
University was senior Gordon Downie, who finished sixth in
the 500 freestyle. This marked Downie's highest finish in the
nationals in four years of competition.

BELT BOSTON U, 6-4

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NCAA finals.

By JOHN NIEMEYER A controversial bench pen-
Special to The Daily alty ended the Terrier surge,
DETROIT - The Michigan however. A Boston player left
bubble nearly burst under the the bench too early as goalie
pressure of a late Boston Univer- Jim Craig came off the ice
sity comeback last night, but and Boston was assessed a
the Wolverines held on to win, penalty for too many men onl
6-4 in the NCAA semifinals at the ice.l
Olympia. Michigan went on to ice the
Ahead 5-2 with less than seven victory, 6-4, as Dan Lerg hitI
minutes to go, the Wolverines the open net with 38 secondsi
appeared nearly assured of ad- remaining.E
vancing to the finals Saturday While Boston coach Jack Par-(
night against the winner of the ker felt the bench penalty wast
Wisconsin-New Hampshire con- "a bad call," he refused to
test tonight. But the Terriers blame the penalty for the loss,
refused to lay down. They came saying, "We buried ourselves."
back with two goals, leaving the "We gave up some cheapl
score 5-4 at the 17:49 mark. goals, and missed some golden,
Then everyone's.heart went on opportunities," Parker added. I
hold 'as Michigan's Bill Thayer Some of the missed oppor-I
took a tripping penalty, giving tunities have to be credited to
Boston a power play with 1:49 the sterling play of Michigant
remaining. goalie Rick Palmer. Palmerl
RBeeled terrier-hockoe y1
1st Period,
Scoring: 1. (BU) It. Meagher (Silk, Marden) 4:04; 2. (M) Debol (Rob
Palmer, Manery) 5:31; 3. (M) Waymann (Mauer, Manery) 14:26.
Penalties: (BU) Boileau (tripping) 4:49; (M) Bl1anzy (holding) 5:56;
(BU) T. Meagher (highsticking) 18:57.l
2nd Period
Scoring: 4. (BUJ) Silk (R. Meagher, Marden) 7:10; 5. (M) Todd (Mil-
ler) 9:30; 6. (M) Kawa (loene, Lerg) 9:52.
Penalties: (BU) Hetnik (hooking) 3:13; (M) McCahill (tripping) 16:13;
(BU) R. Meagher. (interference) 11:26.,
3rd Period
Scoring: 7. (M) Thayer (Debol, Mauer) 6:46; 8. (BU) Silk (Fruzione,
Lamby) 13:44; 9. (BU) Silk (R. Meagher, Marden) 17:49; 10. (M) Lerg
(open net) 19:22.
Penalties: (BU) Marden (hooking) 5:25; (M) Turner (cross-check-
ing) 12:08; (M) Thayer (tripping) 18:11; (BU) Bench penalty-(too many
men on ice) 19:07. (M) Rob Palmer (ruffing) 19:46; (BU) O'Callahan
(hooking) 19:46.
Saves: (1) (2) (3) total
(M) Palmer .............. ......... 8 8 - 25
(BU) Craig.8 7 5-20
Michifish: Naughty
gmnatis nWater,
By BILL SAHN
Little did Curt Stager, wife of Michigan's varsity swimming
coach, Gus Stager, know that her small group of four women
putting on synchronized swimming exhibitions back in 1948 would
blossom into the Michifish.
TONIGHT AND tomorrow night, the Michifish are presenting
their annual spring production at Margaret Bell Pool starting
at 8:15 p.m. This year's show is titled "Naughty Nautics" and!
its theme features bad habits.
"It's a lot like gymnastics, we have water instead of a floor.
It's a combination of water ballet and gymnastics," said Lisa!
Chomic, president of the club.
TONIGHT'S PRODUCTION is a series of aquatic routines
tied together by the bad habits theme. "We're all trying to show
had habits," Chomic said. "People aren't all bad, it's the habit.
It's more like 'go human race,' 'Go Blue'."
"If people don't know synchronized swimming, the biggest
audience attractors are the black light number, the comedy
divers, and anything with guys," Chomic continued. (Yes, there
are three males in the club.) "It's different you usually don't
have them (males) in synchronized swimming."

made 25 saves on the night
including some brilliant plays
when his defense seemed to
have vanished.
"Rick (Palmer) played a great
game," lauded Michigan coach
Dan Farrell, Adding, "and he
has won 14 out of the last 16."
Michigan started the evening
looking a bit nervous. Its pass-
ing and defense was a little
sloppy and B.U. took advantage
of the Wolverines poor play to
tally first.
Freshman sensation David Silk
skated down the right side and
passed the Michigan defense.
He hit captain Rick Meagher
at the left of the crease and
Meagher easily lifted it over
Rick Palmer.
Silk went on to record a hat
trick for the evening, hitting
Boston's final three goals. Dave
Debol answered right back for
Michigan, as the WCHA scoring
champ broke free 'just across
the blue line. Goalie Jim Craig
came way out and was left
standing as Debol skated by
him and hit an open net.
The final goal of the period
came when John Waymann
burned a slap shot into Craig.
The Terrier goalie knocked it
down, only to watch it trickle
in to his left.
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Boston opened the scoring Ben
again in the second period as gin 22
Silk took advantage of fallen bearir
goalie Palmer in close. Palmer tried
made a save moments before way o
but the Michigan defense failed Kawa
to clear the puck. intot
The Wolverines then took the ing fi
lead for good at the 9:30 mark. Cr
Craig mishandled a Mark Mil- mor
ler slapshot and Doug Todd Thay
knocked it from between his thet
hands into the net. net
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n Kawa widened the mar- skate, making it 5-2.
seconds later. With Kawa With the game seemingly iced,
ng down on the puck, Craig Silk's two close-in goals led to
to beat him to it, coming the cardiac finish.
out. Craig lost the race and Now the Dekers remain as
E easily pushed the puck!Michigan's best hope of catch-
the net, ending the scor- ing an elusive NCAA title. The
or the period. team is primed for the task.
aig was frustrated once When asked how he felt about
e in the third period as being in the finals, Thayer just
yer tallied. His shot from pointed to a sign on the wall.
extreme right side of the It read: "We're here now, we
carommed off Craig's might as well win it."

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