Icer's question mark-..
ofense lacks consistency
By KENT WALLEY
F RUSTRATION. Frustration was the Word of the day for the Wolverine
icers Friday night at Bowling Green.
Despite' the loss of key defensemen Tim Manning and John Blum, the
defense played admirably well. It was the offense that was lacking.
Time and time again the players could be seen slamming their sticks on
the ice or throwing up their arms in frustration.
The players had just cause for frustration. Friday night is a prime
example. Michigan was completely shut out in the'first period, finally
scored in the second and missed several golden opportunities in the third,
any of which could have won the game for them.
The first period was an extremely emotional one. Play was stopped at
least ten times because of fights or violence. Was Bowling Green trying to
capitalize on the unfortunate circumstances that had taken place during the
week's concerning the hazing? Were they trying to provoke the Wolverines into
fighting and break their concentration on the game?
I think so. It was obvious that at times the Bowling Green players were
verbally and physically taunting the Wolverines. For a while it worked.
Then in the second period Michigan tried to play hockey. The fighting in-
cidents were almost eliminated and finally a goal was scored.
But in the third period it was again frustration that haunted the Blue
icers. Down by just one goal, the Wolverines were given two power play op-
portunities! But both times the icers failed to score.
In the second power play opportunity Michigan fired slapshot after slap-
shot only to see each deflected by Falcon goalie Wally Charko. When the
Blue finally did tie the game with just 38 seconds left to play the goal was ac-
tually knocked in by a Bowling Green player. He was so upset after the score
that he could not raise himself off the ice where he had fallen in front of the
goal. For approximately one minute he just laid there face down motionless
on the ice. The goalie, obviously aware of what had happened, bowed his
head on the top of the net for an equally long period of time.
Suspensions hindered Blue attack
This apparent lack of offense could be due in part to the suspensions of,
the key defenseman. This severely hurt the Wolverine attack. Michigan
simply could not clear the puck out of its end. My hat goes off to Fricker who
was under constant fire especially in the first two, periods. To hold the
Falcons to just three goals was quite an achievement.
This constant pressure was also felt by the offense. The icers must have
felt they had to score eyery time they took the puckup the ice, simply,
because they didn't get it up the ice very often.
An example of this was when Bruno Basseotto with an opportunity to take
a shot, hit the goal post. He must have felt that the shot had to be perfect.
Over and over again the offense was forced to go for the perfect shot simply
because they didn't have many opportunities. The Falcons out shot the
Wolverines 71 to 57.
I suppose someone might argue that there was no lack of offense at home
Saturday night but I would have to differ with that opinion.
First of all the Falcons were playing their backup goalie all game. His
netminding was nowhere near as good as the starter Charko was the night
The power play goals that were scored Saturday were often lucky slap-
shots slipping through several players who were screening the backup goalie
David and into the net. I was disappointed not to see the offense get to the
inexperienced net minder sooner.
Before the icers are ready to take on the better competition in the;
WCHAS, they had better sharpen their offensive skills. Regaining the defen-
semen who were lost may help take some of the pressure off the offense, but
they had better improveon the lackluster showing they gave us, especially
on the powerplays both Friday and Saturday night.
The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 21, 1980-Page 9
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
By DREW SHARP
The Big Ten's faculty representa-
tives may use disciplinary action
against the University of Illinois as'
punishment for maintaining the
eligibility of illini quarterback Dave
Wilson, according to the University's
Prof. Thomas J. Anton, reached in
Chicago where the meeting was held,
sai'd that a decision on the exact course
of action would be reached today, the
final day of the two-day conference.
"We are not certain yet on which
method of action ie will take," said An-
ton. "On the openipg day, we were
mainly discussing legislation which will
be brought up at the conference conven-
tion. That was the main purpose of this
Perhaps, but the shadow of the
Wilson matter still loomed heavy over
"As far as we're concerned, the
situation with Wilson is over since the
courts have considered him eligible,"
continued Anton. "However some
definite action , against the school
(Illinois) will be taken into con-
sideration although exactly what I can't
be sure of right now."
The junior transfer from Fullerton
Junior College in California has gained
national noteriety in his quest to obtain
eligibility in the Big Ten. This summer,
he was granted an opportunity to play,
which was denied when the conference
said that the university was given false
transcripts at the time. t
Wilson then took the matter to the
courts. He sued the conference and ob-
tained an injunction which allowed him
to play in the Illini's games. The con-
ference went to Circuit Court and had
the injunction erased, after which,
Sports On Tap
WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY
Oct. 21 vs. Bowling Green, at Bowling
Oct. 22 vs. Central Michigan, at Mt.
Oct. 25 Ball State
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Oct. 25 Central Collegiate Champion-
ships, at East Lansing,
Oct. 21 vs. Grand Valley, Ferris State,
Oct. 24-25 Big Ten Tournament, at
Oct. 25 Illinois (Homecoming)
Oct. 24 Western Michigan
Oct. 25 atWestern Michigan, at Kala-
Wilson's attorneys addressed the Court
of Appeals and had the young quarter-
back declared eligible once again. The
Big Ten was not going to stand for this
and decided to take the matter up to the
Illinois Supreme Court, but there they
were met with disappointment as the
state's highest court upheld the Appeals
decision, and thus set the stage for this
Wilson obviously is not letting all the
bickering affect his play because last
Saturday, he threw for a conference
record 425 yards in a losing effort
Women thinclads sixth
Winning isn't everything. The
women's Cross Country team proved
this weekend at the Big Ten Champion-
ship meet that sportsmanship apd team
spirit come before winning.
Although the team placed sixth in the
5,000 meter race, there were two
separate incidents which, according to
coach Red Simmons, showed a great
deal of "class" in the players.
In one incident, while the players ran
on the Ohio State University golf cour-
se, U of M runner Lynn Fudala stepped
in a hole and fell, pulling her calf
muscle. Some of her team members
stopped running and helped her up. She
then continued the race and finished
45th, Michigan's fifth place runner.
"We could have placed fifth in the
-competition if the girls wouldn't have
stopped," said Simmons. "It makes me
proud of the Michigan girls to know
they were willing to sacrifice their
places to help each other."
In the second incident, Suzie
Frederick came to the finish line and
was given a 20th place card. Frederick,
on her own initiative, turned to the
judge and told him she had actually
come in 21st.
"It really demonstrated true spor-
tsmanship and fairness on the part of
Suzie Frederick," said Simmons. "The
meet was mismanaged and it was an
1140 South University
honorable thing for her to do. I don't unusually low score of 57 points.
think many woulddo such a thing." Wisconsin placed second with 71, MSU
The meet was an improvement over third with 73, Ohio State fourth (79),
last year in which the team tied for and Iowa fifth (113). Michigan tallied:
seventh place. "We improved. That's 142 points, while Indiana, Minnesota,
the important thing," said Simmons. Illinois and Northwestern rounded out'
Melanie Weaver, who has been the the field.
team's most outstanding runner, again Rose Thomson, the defending chain-
did a fine job, finishing eighth out of 67 pion from Wisconsin, managed to cap
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