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It's a whole new

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 10, 1981 --Page 9_D
game for Blue icers

New league, loss of Fricker
face Giordano in first full season

By MARTHA CRALL the re
This season will be a whole new ex- fans
perience for the Michigan hockey team defen
in several ways: it has switched py, ha
leagues; John Giordano begins his first Th
full year as head coach; and All-
American goalie Paul Fricker won't be
steadfast in the nets, leaving a gap
which may not be adequately filled.
Probably the most noticeable change
will be the league switch. Michigan,
along with Michigan Tech, Michigan
State and Notre Dame, move to the
Central Collegiate Hockey Association
from the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association. The move was made
primarily for financial reasons, as
travel in the WCHA involved excursions
to Colorado Springs and Denver,
Colorado and Grand Forks, North
.Dakota. The Michigan icers join Nor-
thern Michigan, Ferris State, Western
Michigan, Lake Superior State, Ohio
State and Bowling Green, in what has in
the past been considered a weaker
league than the WCHA.
"THE NUCLEUS of the WCHA will
still be there," Giordano maintained. "I
think it will be a good league, a very
competitive league." it is
The 1981-82 campaign will also mark Gior
Giordano's first full year at the Frick
Wolverine hockey reins. Last year's Hart
team performed in a manner consistent Hock
with Giordano's emphasis on defense, years
Out the 1981-82 squad is his project, from up gc
'0 1980-81 Hockey

ecruits on up. Thus, Blue hockey
can expect the continuation of a
sive philosophy featuring scrap-
ard-hitting play.
en there's the goalie question, and

Speers-
... most scoring potential

very definitely a question mark,
dano concedes. Gone is sophomore
ker (18-15), who signed with the
ford Whalers of the National
ey League, foregoing his last two
s of eligibility. Also gone are back-
oalies Rudy Varvari (4-2), who saw
Statistics

considerable playing time, and Bob
Sutton (1-0), both of whom graduated.
LEFT TO pick up the large amount of
slack is senior Peter Mason. Mason has
just six decisions (1-5) in his first three
seasons as a Wolverine, none of them
coming in 1980-81.
"I'll have to see how Mason comes
along this summer," Giordano said.
"At times last season I felt that he was
our second-best goalie. He has a shot at
starting, but he has to prove to me yet
that he can do the job."
Giordano recruited last winter with
that goaltending gap in mind, as he
signed two goalie prospects, one a blue-
chipper from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
named Jon Elliott. Elliott, unlike
Fricker, is a stand-up goalie, and is ex-
pected to battle Mason for the starting
position. Giordano also signed Mark
Chiamp, who played for the Redford
Royals of the Detroit Junior "A"
League and may also see playing time.
BUT A PAIR of recruits never eases
the mind of a coach who has lost a
stalwart. "We were hurt a lot by the
loss of Fricker," Giordano said. "My
main concern is goaltending.
As if the loss of Fricker is not enough,
five of last year's top seven scorers
(John Blum, Roger Bourne, Tim Man-
ning, Jeff Mars and Gordie Hampson),
have graduated.
Thus, junior winger Ted Speers (22
goals and 23 assists for 45 total points),
assumes added weight on his shoulders.
"WE ARE LOOKING to Speers to
lead the way up front," Giordano said.
"He is the one with the most scoring
potential there."
Last season's leading scorer, defen-
seman Steve Richmond (22-32-54),
paces the returning Wolverine defen-
sive corps. Four other senior defen-
semen return to help Richmond out:
Paul Brandrup (6-11-17), who was in-
jured the second half of last season and
has been moved from left wing, Dave
Richter (2-13-15), Brian Lundberg (1-
6-7) and Mark Perry (0-5-5).
"With the five senior defensemen, we
shouldn't have problems there," said
Giordano. "Richmond and Brandrup,
who we are looking for to come back,
can score goals."
FOR ADDED DEPTH, though, Gior-
dano signed two defensemen to back up
the returning blue-liners. John
Hawkins, who hails from Buffalo, New
York, is a defenseman in the Giordano
mold, one who concentrates on that
part of the game. Also coming to play
for the Wolverines is Mike Neff from
Birmingham Brother Rice High School.
Michigan's power play could encoun-
ter some inefficiencies early in the
season. It was dilapidated by the losses
of Blum and Manning, who keyed its ef-
fectiveness over the last two years and
garnered co-MVP honors with 52 and 44
points, respectively.
In Bourne (20-27-47), Mars (22-

Name, Pos. GP
Richmond, D ........,....................... 39
Blum, 0* ................................... 38
Bourne, C*.............. ............. . .38
Speers, RW .................................... 39
M anning, 0*................................... 38
M ars. RW * .................................... 38
Hampson, LW*................................ 40
May. RW ................................... 40
Tippett. C . ................................ 39
Krussman, C/LW .............................. 38
Brandrup, LW ................................. 25
Richter, 0/LW............................... 36
MeCrimmon, RW ............................ 35
Aui , C* ............................... 29
ss LW ................................... 25
Lundberg, D ........................ 40
Fardig, C ..................................... 9
*Perry, D.... ................................. 29
Reid. C .................................... 29
Baseotto RW *.................................. 2
Yoxheimer, RW ............................... 19
Fricker, * .........34
Carter"... D ................................... 3
McCauley, RW ........... ................... 7
varvari, G* .............. .................... 9
M ason, G ...................................... 1
S utton G*.................................. I
BNCHI................................... 40
MICHIGAN ...40
OPPONENTS ................................. 40
GOALIE STA'
Goalie (Record) GA
Sutton* (1-0)................................ 3
Fricker* (18-15) ....... ....................... 128
varvari* (4-2) ................................. 27
M ason (0-0) ................................... 1
MICHIGAN (23-17).......................... 161 +
OPPONENTS (1723) ................... . 185*+
+ -includes two empty net goals, **-one empty net goal
OVERALL (23-17) WCHA (15-13)-5th place
*( Asterisk denotes those players not returning in 1981-82.)

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK=
WOLVERINE CENTER Brad Tippett winds up for a slapshot after eluding opposition defenders in action last season.
With five of the top seven Blue scorers lost to graduation, icer coach John Giordano will look for more offensive produc-
tion out of Tippett (inset), a skilled penalty-killer, than the nine goals and 18 assists he accumulated last campaign.

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38/76
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16-38), and Hampson (15-23-38), the
Wolverines have lost three top linemen
to graduation, as well. Sophomore Enzo
Augimeri (3-7-10), who saw con-
siderable playing time as a freshman,
is not expected to return at this point,
either. He had originally informed
Giordano that he did not want to con-
tinue to play hockey, so the coach of-
fered his scholarship to someone else.
Now Augimeri wants to come back, but
scholarship money may no longer be
available.
GIORDANO, however, "filled the
holes" by signing four forwards. Jeff
Grade, a member of the 1980-81
National Junior Team, is a proficient
scorer, as are James Huber, who
played Junior "A" hockey in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada, and Paul Kobylarz, a
center from Catholic Central High
School. Giordano also nabbed Craig
Noren from Lakeland High School.
"We are bringing in almost 20 kids
this year," Giordano said. "Eight have
signed, and we expect to have about 12
walk-ons. That means 20 kids have a
shot at making the team, and they may
push somebody who has already played
here out of a job.
The Wolverines, who finished 21-17
overall in 1980-81 and a surprising fifth
place in the WCHA at 15-13, will again
have to rely on hard-working in-
dividuals, because star potential is not
abundant. And although the Wolverines
made it to the second round of the
playoffs last year (after a 10th-place
finish was predicted by many), they
have to battle not only Michigan Tech
(which finished second), but also CCHA
powerhouses Northern Michigan and
Ohio State for first place in the new-look
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By JOHN KERR
The 1981-82 Michigan wrestling team,
having lost only one member of last
year's starting unit to graduation, is a
good bet to improve on last season's 7-9
dual meet record and, fourth place Big
Ten finish.
Only 126-pounder Jim Mathias has
Sraduated and Wolverine coach Dale
Bahr now feels that Michigan can be a
contender in the Big Ten next season,
although still not ready to win it. Ac-
cording to Bahr, Iowa, the defending

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some improvement this season.
In the heavyweight division,
Wolverine senior Eric Klasson, who
won the Big Ten title two years ago and
finished second last season, "should
have a super year," according to Bahr.
John Beljan, who was sidelined most of
last season with an injury, is also being
counted on heavily.
"EVERYBODY, ALL up and down
the line, should benefit from a year's
experience," said Bahr.
Three new faces should also aid the
Michigan cause this year. Incoming
freshman Greg Wright from Berea,
Ohio is a highly regarded recruit who
compiled a 139-8-1 record in high school.
Wright, who won the Ohio state cham-
pionship last season, finished second as
a junior, and placed third in his
sophomore season, can wrestle at
either 126 or 134 pounds.
Another freshman, Scott Rechsteiner
from Bay City, Michigan, is expected to
contribute, as well. Rechsteiner, the
brother of Michigan's starting 177-

pounder Rob, is a 167-pounder who won
the state championship once and
finished third another time during his
high school career. He is "very strong"
according to Bahr, with the ability to
benchpress 350 pounds.
NEW LENNOX, Illinois native Kirk
Trost is the Wolverines' third recruit. A
190-pounder, Trost, also recruited as a
football player, is stronger than fellow
recruit Rechsteiner, registering 380
pounds on the bench press. Trost placed
second and third in the Illinois state in
high school.
Bahr is looking for quick help from
these new recruits. "I expect the
freshmen to contribute immediately,"
he said.
These freshmen, along with Mc-
Farland, McKay, Klasson, Beljan, and
other Michigan returnees Rob
Rechsteiner, Nemir Nadhir, Bill
Goodill, Mark Pearson, and Tim Fagan
should make the Wolverines a
prominent force in Big Ten wrestling
this season.

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