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THEMICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, January l 5, I y t5 1

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By LEBA HERTZ
Last Wednesday night, the Michigan hockey team played
one of its most inspired games of the year against a team
called Kladno. This team is the National Champion team of
Czechoslovakia. Over half of the team will be on the Czecho-
slavakian Olympic team.
Although the Wolverines lost 5-3, hardly anyone will contest
that the game consisted of good hockey. Michigan led 3-2 going
into the third period, but the strength and experience of the
Czechs enabled them to score three goals in the last period and
defeat the Blue.
Earlier in the season, the Wolverines had the oppor-
tuniity to play against the United States Olympic team. It
was a two game series and the Wolverines split with the
Nationals, winning Friday night in overtime 6-5 and losing
the next night 9-7.
Consensus among most people admit that the Czechs are
the better team.
Michigan coach Dan Farrell feels that his own Wolverines
are on a comparable level with the United States team.
"I don't think the U.S. Olympic team was more talented
than ours," said Farrell. "They don't do things any better. We
played well against the Czechs because they were more talented.
Against the U.S. Olympic team, it was like playing a WCHA
team."
Wolverine tankpeers
meet tough Saluikis

Almost half of the Olympic team originates from the WCHA.
Its coach is Wisconsin's Bob Johnson.
Two of the basic problems the U.S. Olympic team must
contend with are its lack of experience in international play
and the player's different upbringing in the game of hockey.
"The European system of play is familar all throughout,"
Farrell said. "In the United States, the team is brought to-
gether from certain areas and grouped together for the
Olympics. In doing that, the team has different backgrounds.
One of the problems for the Olympic team is bringing them
together as a cohesive unit."
On the other hand Farrell added the advantages for the
Czech team over the U.S. Nationals. "I would guess the basic
difference between the Czech's and the U.S. team is the age
level. The Czech team is five or six years older. The Czechs
will also have much greater experience in international com-
petition. Most of their players have played in international
competition-the World Cup and Olympic games.
"I appreciate the skills of the Europeans," Farrell con-
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"We probably do some things better than
the Olympics. We are stronger and more
aggressive. The UIS team skates better and
has better maneuverability. He (Yolf) ap
preciated some of our system of play."
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By RICK MADDOCK
The Michigan s w i m team
opens its home schedule tonight
at 7:30 against Southern Illinois
at Matt Mann Pool. The Salukis
are 1-1 in dual action along
with placing second out of ten
teams in the Illinois State
Championship and first in their
own six team invitational.
THE HIGHLIGHT e v e n t
should be the matchup in the
200-yard freestyle between Jorge
Delgado and Gordon Downie. In
the Illinois State Championships,
on* January 9-11, Delgado was
timed at 140.699, which is the
best in the nation this year.
Meanwhile, at Madison on Jan-
uary 9, Downie breezed in with
a 140.7.
In that same Illinois Cham-
pionship, Delgado posted an-
other unprecedented time. This
one was in the 200-yard butter-
fly, which was a time of
1:50.331. Last year, he finished
sixth in the NCAA Champion-
ships' 200-yard butterfly with a
1:49.678 clocking. Wolverine
Alan McClatchey will be battl-
ing Delgado.
Dave Swenson, who finished
seventh in the,1650-yard free-
style in the NCAA's last year at
15:34.989, is another Saluki that
may give the Wolverines prob-

lems. Last year, Swenson set
that Matt Mann Pool record in
the 1000-yard freestyle with a
9:29.07 clocking. Tonight, Swen-
son will probably go against
Downie in the 1000-yard free-
style and against McClatchey in
the 500-yard freestyle.
ANOTHER matchup to watch
for is the 200-yard breaststroke.
Paul Schultz finished first with
a time of 2:15.735 in a dual meet
against Alabama, which South-
ern Illinois was crushed in, 77-
36. Michigan freshman Ric Pep-
per may have a tough race.
Michigan coach Gus Stager is
concerned with the relays, and
he may have to change his
strategy during the meet. The
400-yard freestyle relay is the
final event in the swimming
meets, and if it appears to be
the possible keytovictory,
Stager may do some shuffling
of swimmers during the clash.
STAGER FEELS that the key
to the Wisconsin win will be
the key to this meet and the
rest of the season. Naturally,
the "studs" on the team will
have to consistently finish with
strong times or points. This in-
cludes Szuba, McClatchey, and
Downie, along with diver Don
Craine.
Most important to winning a
meet, Stager emphasized, are
the swimmers who have to earn
points, such as Robbie Helt,
Norm Semchyshen, Paul Foster,
Fred Yawger, Josh Luce, and
Larry Schroeder.'
Carlsbad Caverns in South-
east New Mexico is the largest
underground labyrinth yet dis-
covered.
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tinued. "It doesn't make for that exciting hockey since there
are no turnovers in their game. However, I would like our
team to do some of the things they do. On the other hand we
do some things pretty well too.
"They have an advantage in that they have a philosophy
of play-a well coordinated system throughout the country.
In North America, there is no uniform philosophy. There
are great individual players and not the great teamwork
that you get in the European contest."
The Czech coach, Jaroslav Volf, seemed to be impressed
with the play of the Michigan hockey team. He even hinted
that the Wolverines were better in some areas than the United
States team.
"I think he was being diplomatic," Farrell quipped. But
then he seriously added, "We probably do some things better
than the Olympics. We are stronger and more aggressive. The
U.S. team skates better and has better maneuverability. He
(Volf) appreciated some of our system 'of play."
Volf said of the Wolverines, "I was very impressed with
the- University of Michigan team, especially its concept of the
game. No puck is ever lost to your boys."
An interpreter explained Volk's last sentence, "Micfftgan
was very aggressive even when the other team had the
puck. They were always going after the puck."
The Czechs have a style of play that Farrell felt had su-
periority over the North American'style of play.
"The Europeans have much better puck control, stick han-
dling, and passing than our players," he said. "They are able
to control the game."
While the United States Olympic team prepares for Inns-
bruck, Austria, it is interesting to note that no Michigan players
are on the team. That does not mean the Wolverines were
scorned.
According to Farrell, the National team phoned all the
schools for prospective players. "We recommended some
of our players. None of them were not invited. They were
most recently interested in Dave DeBol, but I haven't heard
from them in awhile, so I guess they are no longer in-
terested."
While Farrell agrees it would be a great opportunity to play
for the Olympic team there are some positive and negative
aspects in the experience.
But if Volf meant what he said when he felt the Wolverines
were as good if not betterthan
the United States Olympic team,
Czechoslovakia and Russia will
Contribute to be glad that Michigan remains
in America and not damper
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