The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 3, 1981-Page 9
Upstart Denver battles to first place tie
By TOM SHAHEEN
Move over Minnesota and North
Dakota. Denver has arrived.
There seems to be a great deal of
rdpm at the top these days in the well-
balanced WCHA. Only four points
searate the top five teams, and coach
Marshall Johnston's Pioneers have
very quietly forged themselves into a
first-place tie with the aforementioned
DENVER DID, however, blow a
golden opportunity to assume sole
possession of first place last weekend.
Lowly Michigan State fought the
Pioneers to a 3-3 overtime tie Friday to
take away a point from the new WCHA
Johnston's icers have been red-hot
since the new year's inception. And he
outlined what the Pioneers will have to
do to finish first in the conference.
"We must win six out of eight
games," said Johnston. "If we have
any injuries, things could get critical.
We have a series with Minnesota and
one with North Dakota - to win it all,
we have to take three out of those four."
The Pioneers play host to inconsistent
Minnesota-Duluth this weekend. John-
ston is only concerned that his team
doesn't look past this week to next
week's big series with North Dakota.
North Dakota at Minnesota.
An unusually reserved Gino
Gasparini talked about his team's big
series with Minnesota last weekend.
"We're happy to come out of this
series with two points," he said after
his North Dakota team was blown away
by the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota dropped the first game, 2-
1, but coach Brad Buetow was pleased
with his icers. After the first game
scoring drought, Aaron Broten & Co.
went to work. The WCHA's second
leading scorer tallied four times and his
Gopher teammates scored seven more
times en route to an 11-3 drubbing of the
"WE WERE well-conditioned," said
Buetow, whose team boasts four of the
five leading WCHA scorers. "If we con-
tinue to get strong goaltending and stay
healthy, we could win the title," said
Paul Brandrup, junior defen-
seman on the Michigan hockey
team, sustained a knee injury
last weekend against Colorado
College that will put him out for
Acting coach John Giordano
said yesterday that the 6-1, 200-
pounder, who had been injured
earlier in the season, will under-
go surgery on the knee today.
Goalie Rudy Varvari also suf-
fered an injury in Saturday
night's contest. Despite the in-
jury, Varvari picked up the win in
Michigan's 7-2 victory.
the optimistic Minnesota coach.
Minnesota entertains last-place
Michigan State this weekend while Nor-
th Dakota faces a tough Wisconsin team
Michigan Tech at Wisconsin
One of the strangest series of the year
took place at Dane County Memorial
Coliseum in Madison as Wisconsin and
Michigan Tech split their two games.
Wisconsin dropped the first contest,
5-3, but was outshot by the Huskies, 39-
20. In Saturday's affair, Tech had 44
shots to the Badgers' 20, but still
managed to lose, 6-2. Both coaches,
when asked to comment on the weekend
activities, simply stated: "It was a
very unusual series."
Notre Dame at Duluth
Notre Dame kept its slim playoff
hopes alive with a split against Min-
nesota-Duluth, winning the first game,
8-4, before dropping a 6-4 decision on
Saturday. Notre Dame travels to Ann
Arbor this week for a must-win series
against Michigan. One loss by the
Fighting Irish would be devastating.
One bright spot for Notre Dame has
been the fine play of senior left-winger
Kevin Humphreys. Humphreys scored
four goals and had two assists in the
Duluth series, a performance which
earned him WCHA Player of the Week
North Dakota ..................
Michigan Tech....... .....
Michigan State .............
WCHA LEADING SCORERS
GP G A Pts
1. Neal Broten, Minnesota ..... 20 10 37 47
2. Aaron Broten, Minnesota ... 20 19 25 44
2. Steve Ulseth, Minnesota .... 20 20 24 44
4. Bruce Aikens, Colorado Col. 20 18 25 43
5. Troy Murray, North Dakota. 20 19 19 38
WMPL HOCKEY POLL
1. Minnesota (5) ..................93
2. North Dakota....................84
3. Denver (2) ......................69
4. Northeastern (2) ...............68
5. Clarkson....... ...........56
6. Boston College (1)...............52
7. Wisconsin .. .................39
8. Northern Michigan ...........33
9. Maine.... ..............21
10. Michigan Tech.............15
Colorado College 6-2. MICHIGAN 4-7
Denver 3-2, Michigan State 3-1 (1st game OT)
Michigan tech 5-2, Wisconsin 3-6
North Dakota 2-3. Minnesota 1-11
Notre Dame8-4, Minnesota-Duluth 4.6
TIS WEEK'S GAMES
(Friday and Saturday)
Notre Dame at MICHIGAN
Colorado College at Michigan Tech
Minnesota-Duluth at Denver
Michigan State at Minnesota
Wisconsin at North Dakota
... leads Denver to first place
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Gymnasts back on winning track
By LARRY MISHKIN
Newt Loken's goal was simple going
into last weekend's dual meets with
Michigan 'State and Wisconsin: Gain
victories and get his team back on the
And that is exactly what his Michigan
men's gymnastics team accomplished
as they won both of their meets to com-
plete their weekend sweep and raise
their record to 3-5.
The gymnasts' performance on
Saturday night, when they defeated the
Spartans, 264-262.15, was their best of
the season as they set many season
highs in the process of upsetting their
strong cross-state rivals.
Team bests for the season included
Marshall Garfield's all-around score of
54.65 (which included his season high
score of 9.45 on the parallel bars), Mike
Pfrender's score of 9.35 on thehigh bar,
the vaulting team's combined score of
40.35, and the total team score of 264.
Following the meet, Loken had
nothing but praise for his team's per-
formance. "We put on a great show,"
he said. "We feel really great about
*winning and about our total team ef-
But Loken was quick to offer a word
of caution in predicting his team's ef-
forts against Wisconsin the next day.
"They will be very tough competition
and we can't take them lightly. They'll
have had a day's rest but hopefully
we'll be able to continue our momen-
tum," he said.
Loken got even more than he had
*bargained for as the Wolverine gym-
nasts led the whole way, easily
defeating Wisconsin, 263.8-252.55, on
Sunday. The gymnasts dominated
every event, capturing first place in
five of the six events plus the all-around
More important, however, was the
strong second and third place showings
that had been missing from the team's
previous meets. The gymnasts racked
up four second places as well as four
One of the most impressive first place
performers was Kevin McKee, who
turned in his second strong floor exer-
cise performance in as many days with
a score of 9.35. His routine, which in-
cluded a full twisting double back
move, received high praise from Loken
as well as a warm fan response.
John Reickhoff turned in his second
first place performance of the weekend
with a 9.4 on the pommel horse, Dartell
Yee posted a 9.5 on the rings, and Gar
field tied for first in the vaulting with a
9.35 as well as capturing first places in
both the parallel bars and all-around
Garfield's three first place finishes
capped an outstanding weekend for
the all-around specialist as he had also
captured first places in the parallel
bars and all-around competition Satur-
"It certainly was a great weekend for
us," Loken said. "We really needed to
win both of these meets as the two vic-
tories will now give us added momen-
tum toward the balance of our season.
As nice as the win over Wisconsin was,
beating Michigan State, a team which
had been scoring higher than us, was
The big question now for Loken and
his team is, can they keep their winning
streak going? Loken is optimistic, but
also very cautious in looking ahead to
the rest of the season. "We're finally
coming of age. We know this because
we hit 264 twice in the same weekend,
but we know that we can and will have
to improve in order to end our season on
a winning note."
The gymnasts will have a chance to
see how much they've really improved
this coming weekend when they face a
powerful Ohio State team on Sunday in
their last home meet of the season.
Loken is well aware of Ohio State's
strengths, but refuses to panic. "Ohio
State has been leading the Big Ten in
scoring and recently had a 271 perfor-
mance. We'll have to average close to
46 points in each event if Ohio State is in
top form, but we've shown that we are
capable of doing it. Besides, we would
like to avenge our loss to Ohio State
earlier this season at the Buckeye In-
Notre Dame 94, St. Mary's 63
Detroit 71, St. Bonaventure63
New Mexico State 67, Indiana State 60
Tulane82, St. Louis 71
Drake 77, Bradley 75
Creighton 50, Southern Illinois 43
VMI 65. Citadel 62
Murray State 57, Memphis State 52
St. John's 76, Boston College 71
Nordiques 4, Whalers 2
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