The Michigan Daily,
Saturday, November 7, 1981
ELLIOTT SPARKLES IN 4-3 LOSS
Lakers shock Blue
By MARTHA CRALL
Special to the Daily
SAULT STE. MARIE- It was an ac-
tioxi-packed, back and forth hockey
game in which the outcome was in
doubt until the last couple of minutes.
Lake Superior State played an in-
spired, intense game and handed
Michigan its first loss, 4-3, last night
before 2,068 at the North Center.
WOLVERINE TED Speers tied the
score at three at 7:37 of the third period,
and it remained so until 18:08.
The Lakers came down the ice with
Mickey Chandler bringing the puck into
the Michigan zone. He took a shot from
the right side which goalie Jon Elliott
saved. The puck, however, deflected
left directly to Brian Gratton, who
caught Elliott out of position. The left
winger slid the puck just into the right
corner of the net for the game-winning
The Wolverines lost the game in the
second period when they saw a 2-0 lead
turn into a 3-2 deficit. The Lakers
totally dominated the second stanza,
outshooting Michigan, 22-6, while the
Wolverines collected seven penalties in
THE MICHIGAN icers completely
forgot head coach John Giordano' s
strategies of discipline at'all times as
they battled with poor officiating.
Michigan was whistled for a total of ten
penalties, LSSC three.
The win was the Lakers first in five
Central Colligate Hockey Association
trys. They are 3-4 overall. Michigan
meanwhile fell to 2-1. in the CCHA, 4-1
Elliott played a solid game in goal for
Michigan considering 'he had little
defensive help. He saved 39 shots while
the Lakers netminder Lawrence Dyck
faced only 21, saving 18.
THE LAKERS scored three unan-
swered goals in the second period, as
they totally dominated the Wolverines.
Myles Forget scored the first LSSC goal
on a rebound. Defenseman Kevin Mac-
Donald fired a slap shot from the left
point which Elliott saved, but Forget
knocked it in from the slot, at 6:33.
The next two goals came off power
plays, the first on a strange play which
packed with it the element of surprise.
Dave Keegan drilled a slap shot from
the blue line which glanced off Wayne
Scoring: 1. M-McCauley (Tippett) 9:29; 2. M-Speers
Penalties: LSSC-Mulholland (tripping) 3:43;
LSSC-Mulholand (tripping) 7:23; M-Milburn
(elbowing)14:51; Dn. May (elbowing) 16:50.
Scoring: 1. LSSC-Forgot (MacDonald, Stephens)
6:33; 2. LSSC-Detero (Sherman, Keegan) 8:50; 3.
LSSC-Guy (Gratton, Butler) 12:45.
Penalties: LSSC-Mulholland (interference) :43;
M-Kichmona (tripping) 2:08; M-Richter (inter-
ference) 4:01; M-Perry (elbowing) 7:59.
Scoring: 3. M-speers (Tippett) 7:37; 4.
LS5C-Gratton (Butler) 18:08.
Penalties: M-Richmond (elbowing) 2:47.
M-ElHott ................10 22 7 - 39
LSSC-Dyck.............5 6 7 - 18
Veterol and flew straight up over
Elliott's shoulder before he had time to
react. Steve Sherman also assisted on
the 8:50 goal which knotted the score at
The go-ahead score came via a slap
shot that made it all the way through.
After passes from Gratton and Allan
Butler, Chris Guy whistled a slap shot
past everyone at 12:45.
Michigan's first goal came just as the
Lakers were burning off a penalty. Jim
McCauley notched his first point of the
season when he knocked in a Brad Tip-
pett pass at 9:29.V
The Wolverines scored their fourth
shorthanded goal of the season at 17
minutes of the first period. Speers
broke away from Laker defensemen
Chris Dahlquist and shot the puck in
from the right circle. Joe Milburn
initiated the play when he stoll the puck
at the Laker blue line.
... 39 saves
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Isiah's still winning .
... and having fun, too
A HEAD FAKE, a shuffle step, and a quick dribble and he's around his
man, ready to shoot his jumper or move into the hoop for the kill. But
the whistle blows-the player's dribble was too quick, his steps too shuffled-
and the referee signals travelling.
As the player turns to see the call, his thick eyebrows flip up an inch or so
on his forehead in surprise. It was, after all, a questionable, tpuch-and-go
call, especially for the "let that extra little step go" world of NBA officiating.
But while another player may have turned away in disgust or anger, this
player's look of surprise gives way to one of amusement.
The corners of his mouth rise and spread wide, his teeth flash-despite the
ever-present tongue which swishes over them as if to say, "get back in there,
teeth, stop smijing"-and his eyes twinkle with mirth as he jogs backward
down the court ready to play defense.
Why shouldn't Isiah Thomas smile? At this writing, he hasn't been on the
losing end of a basketball game since last February when his NCAA cham-
pion Indiana Hoosiers lost a Big Ten game, and he's playing on an exciting
and undefeated Detroit Piston team. But more importantly, Isiah Thomas is
simply a happy person who loves to play basketball.
Isiah is not only bringing pro basketball back to Detroit, he's bringing fun
back to pro basketball, and that's what sports should be all about-fun. Here
Isiah is, just a 20-year-old spark of life, coming into a league full of big, bad,
serious men, and he's telling them with his smiles and lively style of play
that "Hey, it's not that big a deal, this game is a lot of fun, so let's just play
hard and have a good time out here."
The world smiles with him
What's more, Thomas has the charisma, the warmth, to make the whole
world smile with him. The 5,116 fans at the Silverdome Thursday night were
certainly with Isiah during the Piston-New Jersey Net game. They smiled as
he smiled after his "rookie" mistakes, they laughed uproariously as Isiah
chuckled after crashing into Piston coach Scotty Robertson trying to save a
loose ball near the Piston bench, and they slapped palms and howled in
delight as the "youngster" pulled off several "unbelievable" (as the official
scorer termed it) drives to the hoop.
But it's not only the fans who respond well to Isiah, it's his teammates as
well. The formerly pathetic Pistons are 3-0, and not just because of Isiah's
play. Thomas was a little too modest after Thursday night's game when he
said, "I'm not that important to this team, they would survive without me,"
but he was right when he said, "It's not because of me that we are winning, it
is a team effort," because that effort has been very good lately.
Everybody's chipping in: 6-7 Terry Tyler, one of the highest leapers in the
league, came off the bench Thursday to reject six Net shots (including one
which he simply caught in mid-air, about 12 feet off the ground) and score 15
points, including a couple monster dunks. Then there's the "Towering Trio,"
6-10 Kent Benson and Edgar Jones, and 7-0 Paul Mokeski, who certainly
aren't smooth but they get the job done under the boards.' Add to this the
bullseye shooting of top scorer John Long, the kamikaze hustle of backup
guard Ron Lee, and the shooting and hard-nosed play of Kelly Tripucka, and
you've got the makings, finally, of a Piston team worthy of at least some
Top it all off with an awesomely talented, effervescent, loveable point
guard who makes playing fun, and you just might have a winner in Detroit.
After all, the better you like what you're doing, the better you do it. And it's
hard not to like playing with Isiah Thomas.
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MT. PLEASANT- The Michigan
field hockey team made an early exit
from the AIAW Midwest Regional
Tournament yesterday, falling to
Western Illinois, 3-2, in the first round.
Cherryl Novak scored the game-winner
for the Illinois squad midway through
the second overtime period.
Sara Forrestel scored first for the
Wolverines, on an unassisted tally, but
the game was tied at the half. The two
teams traded goals in the second half,
with Cathy McCarthy getting
Michigan goalie Nancy Hirsh was
outstanding in the net, stopping 37
Western Illinois shots, while her coun-
terpart only faced 16.
The loss ends the season for the
Wolverines, who finished with an 11-8-1
Holmes retains title
PITTSBURGH (AP)- Larry Holmes
climbed up from a shocking one-punch
knockdown in the seventh round to stops
Renaldo Snipes with five smashing'
rights to the jaw in the 11th round and
retain his World Boxing Council
heavyweight championship last night.
Holmes whipped home a right to the
jaw that shook Snipes down to his heels.
The challenger, apparently hurt,
backed into his corner. Holmes was on
him like a cat and pumped home four'
more smashing rights to the jaw.
SNIPES LOOKED in danger of going
down when referee Rudy Ortega stop-.
ped the fight.
At the referee's action, many in the'
estimated crowd of 15,900 booed and'
Snipes cried, "No, no, no," to Ortega.
Holmes was in control of the fight
when Snipes walked out in the seventh
and threw an overhand right that
caught Holmes flush on the jaw and
dropped him onto the canvas. As the
crowd went wild, the champion got up
quickly and wobbled to a neutral cor-
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