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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 23, 1978-Page 23.


Blue dekers snatch top prospects

This past season the Michigan hockey
team was plagued by a lack of defense,
shaky goaltending, and the inconsisten-
cy from its potentially high-scoring
centers. So Coach Dan Farrell went out
and recruited what he hopes is a stock
of players to fill the voids.
Most notable on the list is Murray
Eaves, a 5-10, 175-pound center iceman
whose brother Mike made a name for
himself at Wisconsin. The younger
Eaves is according to Farrell, "a

tenacious forechecker and his excellent
scoring ability will make him a solid
WCHA center."
Eaves led his team in scoring last
year and finished second in the Western
Ontario Junior "B" League scoring
race. One of Eaves' teammates, Jeff
Tessier, was also tapped by the
Wolverines. Tessier is a5-11, 175-poiund
left wing.
To shpre up last year's sagging
defense, Farrell recruiteda goalie and
three defensemen. The blueliners, Paul

Brandrup (6-1, 185) of Rochester, Min-
nesota; David Richter (6-4, 200) from
St. Boniface, Manitoba and Brian
Lungerg (6-0, 180) out of Lake
Cowichan, British Columbia, will hope-
fully provide the Wolverines with some
muscle. Last year Michigan wound up
with one of the highest goals-against
totals in the league.
With that in mind, Farrell also picked
up a goalie, Bob Sutton (6-1, 180), a
native of Oakville, Ontario who played
for the University of Pennsylvania last

But when the Quaker hockey
program disbanded, the Penn players
were allowed to transfer to other
schools without having to sit out a year
as the NCAA normally insists.
Michigan also picked up the services
of Terry Cullen, a 5-9, 165-pound center
from Guelph, Ontario. Cullen racked up
33 goals and 99 assists to break the all-
time Ontario Provincial Junior "A"
League scoring record.

WCHA realigns into two divisions

For more sports,
see pages 21 and 24

Although a national champion has been crowned and the
skates have long since been put into storage for the summer
months, hockey has had a couple developments occur which
are worthy of mention.
First and foremost is the division realignment by the
WCHA for the 1978-79 season. As was reported here on
February 23, the WCHA wanted to expand and realign for the
sake of saving money on the part of a number of the in-
THERE WAS no expansion involved, at least not for the
'78-79 season, but the WCHA did divide into two five-team
conferences. Michigan is in the East Conference along with
Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
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WCHA games so that some teams can continue to play
traditional rivals in the other division.
This means Michigan can play Michigan Tech in a home-
and-home series every year as usual, and Minnesota would
still play four games against Duluth, as is customary.
BECAUSE THERE IS sure to be an imbalance in the
number of WCHA games played between each school,
positions in the standings will be determined by percentages.
As far as the playoffs are concerned, the top four teams in
percentage in each division will qualify. The pairings will be
East 1 vs. West 4; East 2 vs. West 3; East 3 vs. West 2 and
East 4 vs. West 1. From there, the home ice advantage will go
to the top two teams that survive the quarterfinals.
AS WAS ALSO reported, expansion was supposed to be a
topic of discussion between the WCHA officials at their April

"Terry is a battler and plays with a
lot of intensity," Farrell said.
According to Farrell, the competition
between schools to land quality players
was fierce, more so than in the past
couple of years because there just
weren't that many blue chip prospects
available this time around.
Two new coaches in the Big Ten,
Jim Young of Purdue and Gary
Moeller of Illinois, are both natives of
Ohio and played for Woody Hayes at
Ohio State.

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North Dakota in the West Conference. the hockey program at St. Louis University. St. Louis was an
m plays the other teams in its division four times, attractive school as far as geography was concerned for a
-home series of two games each, and the teams in ss
ivision twice. The sites of these games are to be possible spot in the West Division.
Even though the Billikens were successful on the ice, win-
For instance, North Dakota may come to Ann ning six CCHA titles and winning at least 20 games a year for "
ear, but the Wolverines would go to Grand Forks the last six seasons, they couldn't draw fans into the
g season. Checkerdome. As a result, St. Louis is the second major
math majors, that derives a total of 26 league hockey school to drop its program (Pennsylvania being the
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