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SPORTS

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B the Michigan Daily

Thursday, December 3, 1981

Page 7

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Durability the key

By MARTHA CRALL
If there is a single word to describe
Michigan hockey player Steve
Yoxheimer, it is probably durability.
The scrappy right winger has scored
three of his four goals this season since
incurring a severe hip bruise during the
Lake Superior State series four weeks
ago in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
THE GOALS have come at the rate of
one per game in each of the Wolverines'
two games against Western Michigan
and the opener of the Michigan State
series. The Blue icers were shut out in
the finale at Munn Ice Arena.
"He's been playing hurt," said head
coach John Giordano. "Durability is
one of his strengths."
Yoxheimer admits that he has played
in pain, wearing extra padding in the
last four games, but says that the pain
has subsided. The injury occurred in
the second game of the series with the
Lakers after the sophomore had been
bumped around in the previous game.
"I WAS GOING after the defenseman
behind the (Laker) net," Yoxheimer
explained. "The goalie came out and
backed into me. I was flying."
Yoxheimer hit the net with such force
that is was knocked off the spike which
holds it to the ice. That was the final
blow in a long line of hard hits and
collisions during the series and was
enough to sideline the usually unstop-
pable Yoxheimer.
The Jackson native can't explain it,
but that is when his scoring came to life
and he's been instrumental in
Michigan's 2-1-1 record since then.
"I'M VERY HAPPY with his
progress," said Giordano. "He has
good skating ability and good shooting
ability and he's durable. He's done a
very good job for us."
Yoxheimer, whose five points ties him
for fourth in team scoring, is very un-
comfortable talking about himself but
generally concurs with Giordano when
assessing himself and adds to the

for icei
"strengths" list, "possibly my
checking.
"I tend to loop away from the play
sometimes, though," he said. Giordano
translated that, saying, "Sometimes,
when the puck is going one way, he's
going the other way. But that just
comes from his skating style."
HIS HOCKEY career got started rather
late compared to most players. At the
age of 14 he started playing, "because
my Dad forced me to."
After the early days in the Jackson

Yoxheimer

baseball. His 40 goals in 1977-78 earned
him Junior Wing rookie-of-the-year
honors.
DESPITE ALL that, Yoxheimer
wasn't recruited by any colleges, so he
continued to play junior hockey. Then
in 1980, Giordano recruited him to play
at Michigan and he started his
collegiate career as a 20-year-old
freshman.
In his first season, Yoxheimer en-
joyed reasonable success for a rookie,
playing in 19 games and scoring two
points, while spending some time as a
defenseman.
Because of his late start, his
eligibility will run out at the end of his
junior season, according to NCAA
rules. But Yoxheimer isn't one to look,
too far into the future.
"YOU'LL HAVE to ask me about the
future next season," he said. "But I do
plan to stay and *graduate unless
something better comes along."-
As for this year's team, Yoxheimer
thinks Michigan (6-2-2) has done well,
all things considered. "We have

strength on defense," he said. "But we
have some inexperienced forwards and
a lot of freshmen. Things will im-
prove."
Yoxheimer said that his only per-
sonal goal is to "win an NCAA ring."
Nothing more, nothing less.
Although the prospects of a national
championship for Michigan are dim,
the durability and determination of
Steve Yoxheimer could make them a
little brighter.
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Yoxheimer
... four goals
Amateur Hockey Association,
Yoxheimer's short career took him into
the junior leagues in Detroit, where he
started with Little Caesar's and then
moved on to the Junior Red Wings for
the three years previous to his arrival
at Michigan.
He was also an athlete at Jackson
Lumen Christi High School, earning
five varsity letters in hockey and

Sports Information Photo
MICHIGAN ICER STEVE Yoxheimer brings the puck out of the corner in
action last season. The sophomore right winger is tied for fourth on this
year's Michigan scoring list with five points.

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Michigan Hockey Statistics

Individual

No. Name, Pos. GP
16 Speers, C ............. 10
14 Tippott, LW ............ 10,
7 Richmond, D ........... 10
17 Yoxheimer, C ....,.....0
18 Dn. May, RW ...... 10
5 Richter, D............. 9
25 Brandrup, LW .........10
19 Kobylarz, RW ..........10
23 McCauley, RW ....... 10
2 Krussman, LW ......... 10

G
10
4
0
4
3
2
0,
2
2
1

A
,A
6,
s
I
2
3
5
2
2
3

Pts.
10
10
6
5
5
5
5
4
4
4

P/M
6/12
5/10
13/26
5/10
9/18
9/18
6/12
3/6
0/0
7/14

8 McIntyre, C...........
15 Reid, LW.............
11 Grade, C .............
21 Mlburn, C...........
6 Perry, D0.............
3 Lundberg, D.........
27 Tessier, LW ...........
4 Neff, D ................
30 Elliott, G ................
24 Hawkins, D...........
35 Mason, G............
2 D. May, LW ........
9 Zucchetto, C ............
12 Noren, C ................

9
10
9
10
10
7
8
8
7
7
4
2
1
1

1/2
2/4
7/14
7/14
2/4
6/12
0/0
7/15
1/2
0/0
0/0
0/0
0/0
0/0

20 Huber, LW .............I1
t Chiamp, G ............t
"M', Bench ................1t0

0
0

0
0

0
0

0/0
0/0
1/2

Goalie (Record)
Mason (201) ..
Elliott (4-2-1) ..
Chiamp (044)...

Goalies
G Min.
4 184:03
7 404:45
1 31:12

GA Avg
4 1.30
16 2.37
:1 5.78

Sav
73
177
7

Pct.
.948
.917
.700

Team

MICHIGAN
1 2 3 OT
Goals........8 15 8 0
Shos on Goal.......... 93 88 106 8
Goalie Saves .......... 79 107 61 10
Penalties .............. 27 43 26 1

Totals
31
295
257
97

OPPONENTS
I 2 3
Goals ................ 6 9 8
Shots on Goal.........85 116 69
Goalie Saves .......... 85 73 98
Penalties..............33 26 30

OT
0
10
8
0

Totals
23
280
264
89

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Wings swing blockbuster deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Danny
Gare, the Buffalo Sabres team captain
and holder of the club record for most
* goals in a season, and goalie Bob
Sauve, the National Hockey League's
third leading goalie, were among four
players traded yesterday to the Detroit
Red Wings.
Defenseman Jim Schoenfield, 29, an

NHL second-team All-Star, and center
Derek Smith, 27 also were sent to
Detroit.
THE SABRES, tied for second place
in the Wales Conference, obtained the
Red Wings' two leading scorers, center
Dale McCourt, 24, and right wing Mike
Foligno, 22, plus center Brent Peterson,
23. McCourt and Foligno have 13 goals
and .13 assists apiece.
Sabres Coach Scotty Bowman said
the trades were made to help the team
in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which the
team has made every year since 1975
but never won.
A spokesman for Detroit, which has
gone 0-7-1 in the last eight games and is
in ninth place in the Campbell Con-
ference, said the trade would help the
Red Wings out of a "tailspin."
"IT IS ALWAYS with regret that we
trade players who have performed so
admirably for so long," Bowman said,
" but we felt changes had to be made if
we were to keep progressing toward our
ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup."
"It was a case of a decision having to
be made," said Red Wings spokesman
Budd Lynch. "The club has been in a
tailspin for some time."
The exchange is the latest in a
series of big trades Bowman has made

since his arrival in 1979. Gone are
Richard Martin and Rene Robert, the
wings of the famed French Connection
line, and Don Luce, the team's fifth all-
time leading scorer, JerryKorab and
Rick Dudley.
ONCE AGAIN, Bowman traded
proven veterans for talented
newcomers.

Gare, 27, is No. 6 on the Sabres all-
time leading scorers list. He set a club
record in 1979-80 with 56 goals and he
led the team in scoring last year with 46
goals and 39 assists.
Sauve, 26, shared the Vezina Trophy
symbolizing the league's best goalten-
der with teammate Don Edwards in
1979-80, and this yeir his 2.76 goals-
against average is third best in the
NHL.
Schoenfield, a former team captain,
twice made the NHL All-Stars second
team. Smith, a seven-year veteran,
had his best year last year with 21 goals
and 43 assists.

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