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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 9, 1982-Page 9-D
Icers fizzle down stretch
after starting off quickly

By RON POLLACK
The 1981-82 Michigan hockey cam-
paign as a bit like a race horse which
does not pace itself properly. The
Wolverines got out of the gate quickly,
but fizzled down the stretch.
Michigan won its first four games of
the year, including a two-game sweep
over highly-regarded Michigan Tech on

the road. It was Michigan's first sweep
of the Huskies since 1956.
IN THE SECOND game of this series,
Michigan downed Michigan Tech, 3-0.
The Wolverines only other shutout of
the year came against Northern
Michigan, by the same 3-0 score. This
win raised Michigan's record to 10-3-2,
but the roof fell in shortly thereafter.

1981-82 Hockey Statistics

Name,Ps..
Speers, C ........... .....................
Tippett, LW ............................
*Richmond,D....... ..................
*Dn.May, RW......................
BRichter, DL.............................
Kobylars, CR............................
*L db erg, D...............................
Brandrup, LW ...........................
McCauley, RW............................
Milburn, C.................................
Krussman, LW.........................
Perry, '..................................
Grade, C ..................................
Yoxheimer, C..............................
McIntyre, RW...........................
Reid, RW....... .... ..............
Neff, D y ................................
*Tesser, LW..........................
McCrimmon, RWV......................
Dg.May, D................................
Hawkins, D..... .....................
Elliott, G .............................
*Mason, G ............................
Noren, C ..................................
Huber, LW ................................
Chia mp, G ............................
l' BENCH ........................
MICHIGAN.........................
OPPONENTS .............................
G
GOALIE
*P. Mason .................................
J: Elliott........... ..............
M. Chiamp ..............................

GP
38
38
38
37
36
36
32
32
38
3'
38
38
36
38
35
26
32
20
15
11
18
26
16
8
3
3
38

G
23
14
6
13
9
11
3
6
8
S
8
0
6
S
S
2
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
130
131

PTS
39
36
36
24
21
19
19
18
17
15
14
14
11
10
8
8
5
3
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
0

P/M
23/46
13/26
34/68
27/54
37/78
11/22
21/42
26/53
6/12
16/32
17/34
7/14
25/50
25/50
9/18
3/6
17/35
2/4
3/6
4/8
2/4
2/4
1/2-
0/0
0/0
0/0
2/4

In their next eight games, the
Wolverines could only manage one win
and three ties. The team recovered to
win six of its next eight games, but went
into another tailspin at season's end.
Michigan lost four of its last five
regular season contests, killing any
hopes it had of playing the first round of
the playoffs at Yost Arena.
So instead of playing in the friendly
confines of Yost, the Wolverine icers
traveled to South Bend, Ind. where they
were quickly ousted from the playoffs.
Notre Dame won the first game, 6-5,
meaning that Michigan had to win the
next contest by two or more goals if it
was to advance to the second round of
the playoffs. The margin of victory in
the second game was two goals, but it
was in favor of the Fighting Irish, 5-3.
THE DOUBLE LOSS in South Bend
dropped Michigan's record to 18-15-5
overall, 14-12-4 in Central Collegiate
Hockey Association play.
If Michigan is to improve on these
marks, it must find some replacements
for a number of graduated players.
Gone from last year's squad are five of
the team's top eight point-getters.
These five are defensemen Steve
Richmond (six goals, 30 assists), Dave
Richter(nine, 12) and Brian Lundberg
(three, 16), and wingers Dennis May
(13, 11) and Paul Brandrup (six, 12).
Other losses include Mark Perry, who
was voted the team's most improved
player at season's end, winger Jeff
Tessier and goalie Peter Mason. Mason
had a 3.03 goals against average and
compiled an 8-4-1 record.
DESPITE THE LOSS of five of its top
eight point-getters, Michigan has a
good deal of fire power coming back. Of
the 130 goals scored by the Wolverines
last year, only 38 were scored by
players who will not be back.
Leading the offensive charges for
Michigan will be center Ted Speers,

last season's top point-getter and MVP,
and left winger Brad Tippett, who,
along with Richmond, was the squad's
second leading point-getter.
Speers scored 23 goals and had 16
assists last year (including a team-high
four winning goals). Included in his 23
goals was the Wolverines' only hat trick
of the year, which came against
Michigan Tech in Michigan's season
opener. Speers' 58 career goals places
him 23rd on the Wolverines' All-Time
chart. Tippett scored 14 goals while
notching 22 assists last season.
OTHER TOP RETURNEES at for-

ward and center include Paul Kobylarz
(11 goals, eight assists), Jim McCauley
(eight, nine), Joe Milburn (five, 10)
Don Krussman (eight, six), Jeff Grade
(six, five), Steve Yoxheimer (five,
five), Dave McIntyre (five, three) and
Billy Reid (two, six).
In goal, Michigan will return an ex-
perienced individual despite the loss of
Mason. Despite the fact that he had a
worse record (9-11-4) and goals against
average (3.50) than Mason, Jon Elliott
saw twice as much playing time. Elliott
will be a sophomore this year. Also
returning for the Wolverines will be

Mark Chiamp who saw action in three
contests last season and compiled a 3.70
goals against average.
The area in which Michigan was hit
hardest by graduation was defense. Of
the defensemen returning, only Mike
Neff saw action in at least half of the
Wolverines' games. Neff played in 32 of
the team's 38 contests, scoring three
goals while assiting on two others.
Michigan's only other returning defen-
semen are John Hawkins and Doug
May who combined for zero goals and
three assists last year. Neff, Hawkins
and May were all freshmen last season.

38
38

192 322 333/672
208 339 313/668

OALIE STATISTICS
(Records) GA
(8-4-1) 36
(9-11-4) 88
(1-0-0) 6

AVG.
3.03
3.50
3.70

SAV
328
765
36

PCT.
.928
.897
.888

MICHIGAN:..............................
OPPONENTS .............................
"ncludes Empty Net Goal
OVERALL (18-5-15) CCHA (1412-4)
*Denotes those players not returning in 1982-83

(18-15-5)
(15-18-5)

131** 3.39 1129 .896
130 3.36 1031 .888

Daily Photo by KIM HILL
MICHIGAN'S TED SPEE RS (16) and Brad Tippett (4 )zero in on the puck as it lies dangerouslv in front of goalie Peter
Mason in a game last season against :Miami. Mason will not be back, hut Speers and Tippett will both return for their
senior seasons.

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Womren
tankers
hope to
regain
'title

By RON POLLACK
The Michigan women's swimming team was
among the nation's elite last year, and is looking to
climb even higher this season.
"Sixth place in the AIAW's was the goal I set at the
beginning of the season, and that's where we
finished," said Michigan head coach Stu Isaac.
"That's about 15th or 16th in the nation, since the
teams that competed in the NCAA's didn't compete in
the AIAW's. And 15th or 16th is a considerable move
up from 21st the year before. This coming year I'm
hoping to finish 14th since everyone will be competing
together."
LAST SEASON, the Wolverines finished in second-
place in the Big Ten meet, behind Ohio State, and this
is another area in which Isaac would like to see his
squad improve.
"We're trying to win back the title," he said. "I'd
say we'd have to swim a little over our heads to beat
Ohio State. They lost more people than us, but that
just means they'll have more scholarships to give
out."
Leading Michigan in its attempt to unseat Ohio
State as conference champions will be Tami

Paumier, Melinda Copp and Sue Cahill.
AS A FRESHMAN last year, Paumier cert
made her mark. In the Big Ten Championships
won the 50-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard br
stroke, the 200-yard breaststroke and was a mer
of the winning 400-yard medley relay team. Inc
so, she set four Michigan varsity records and tw
Ten records. At the AIAW's she took a fifth, a
and a seventh in the 200-, 50-, and 200-yard br
stroke events.
She's certainly the best swimmer in the br
stroke that I've ever coached," said Isaac, who
be entering his ninth season as Michigan's cc
"Before she came to Michigan, she had a weal
international experience and that helps any prog
"She has the ability to be one of the best in thec
try. She made a remarkable comeback, since
didn't swim her senior year in high school sinc
became very frustrated with swimming after
Olympic boycott which put a damper on
motivation. She's getting her motivation back no
ALSO DOING WELL at the Big Ten's
Michigan was Cahill. She defended her title in th4
yard* individual medley and finished second ii

500-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley. At
ainly the AIAW's, Cahill finished in first place in the 400-
, she yard individual medley and took two other fifth-place
east- finishes.
mber It's tough to top being national champion (in the
doing 400-yard individual medley)," said Isaac. "I think
o Big she can challenge to be one of the top in the nation in
sixth the upcoming season."
east- At the AIAW's, Copp also did well as she finished
second in the 200-yard backstroke, while taking four-
east- th in both the 100-yard backstroke and 400-individual
will medley. However, she may miss the early part of the
oach. season. If Copp makes the Commonwealth Games,
th of which will be held in Australia, she will take a term of
ram. school and miss the first few meets of the season.
coun- "She just seems to keep getting better," said Isaac.
e she "She's essential to our success."
e she Other Wolverine performers to compete in the
r the AIAW's who will return this season include Denise
her Stuntzner on the 400- and 800-yards freestyle relay
1w." teams and in the 200-yard freestyle and butterfly,
for Leslie Beckstein on the 400- and 800-yard freestyle ahitI
e 400- and 400-yard medley teams and Vicki Kimball on the
n the three-meter and one-meter board. .. - standout performer

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New coach heads young 'M' swimmers

By RON POLLACK
The script for this season's men's
swimming team at Michigan has un-
dergone some major changes. Gone are
Head Coach Gus Stager, national
champion diver Ron Merriott and Big
Ten Champions Fernando Canales and
Trip Gage.
Stager has already been replaced by
Jon Urbanchek. Replacing Merriott
and Canales, however, may prove to be
an even more difficult task. According
to diving coach Dick Kimball, Merriott
and Canales were "the strength of the
team."
MERRIOTT FINISHED first at the
NCAA's in the three-meter diving com-
petition and fourth in the one-meter
event. At the Big Ten Championships,
he had finished second in the one-meter
event and third in three-meter com-
petition.
The Wolverines had three first-place
finishes at the Big Ten meet. Canales
took the 100-yard freestyle, Gage won
the 100-yard breaststroke and Bruce
Gemmell emerged victorious in the 400-
yard IM.
Of these three, only Gemmell retur-
ns. In addition to winning the 400-yard
IM, he also finished second in the 200-
yard backstroke, fourth in the 200-yard
IM and was a member of three relay

teams which finished second, third and
fourth in their respective races.
WHEN THE BIG TEN meet had
come to an end, Michigan found itself in
third place-a finish which pleased then
head coach Stager. "I was amazed by
our performance," he said. "Our
swimmers swam exceptionally well as
a team."
If this year's team hopes to do as
well, it will have to do it without

Merriott, Canales and Gage, but it will
not be solely dependent on Gemmell.
Another stalwart returnee is diver
Kent Ferguson. As a freshman last
year, he finished in fifth and sixth place
respectively in the three-meter and
one-meter diving competition at the Big
Ten Championships. At the NCAA's,
Ferguson came in 11th place in the
three-meter event.
ANOTHER DIVER who will be back
is Kimball's son, Bruce. Last year, the
younger Kimball was in a car accident
and missed the season.
"If he hadn't been in that accident, he
would have finished ahead of
Ferguson," said Kimball of his son.

"Now we don't know what he'll do."
Other returning tankers who par-
ticipated in the Big Ten's for Michigan
include Kirsten Vandersluis (free-
style), Kip Kimbale (backstroke),
Neal Bond (freestyle) and Mark Noet-
zel (freestyle).
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