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1982-831H
4-
.Name, Pos.
~B. TIPPETT, LW ............
T. SPEERS, C .....................
C. Seychel, LW ........................
J. McCauley, RW ......................
J. MILBURN, C .......................
P. Goff, D..........................
M. Neff, D .......................
T. Carlile, D ........................
K. McCrimmon, RW................
T. Stiles,C.............................
D. KRUSSMAN, LW ................
D. May, LW/D....................
F. Downing, RW...................
P. Kobylarz, RW .......................
P. Spring, LW .......................
R. Dries, C ...........................
J. DeMartino, D..................
J. Grade, LW ......................
S. YOXHEIMER, RW..............
D. McIntyre, D/RW ....................
B. Brauer, D........... ...........
J. Mans, LW ...........................
J. Switzer, LW.....................
J. Elliott, G ... ......................
M. Chiamp, G .....................
B. REID, RW ..........................
J. Hawkins, D ....................
M' BENCH .......................

hockey Statistics

'The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983- Page 5-D
Disastrous season behind them,

GP
36
36
34
33
34
36
36
36
32
34
28
34
35
33
26
15
9
21
20
25
31
10
4
21
21
5
4
36

G
18
18
16
13
10
2
5
5
5
10
6
4
4
4
7
4
1
5
2
1
3
2
1
0
0
0
0

PTS
59
59
48
34
21
20
19
19
18
17
15
14
14
12
9
9
8
7
6
6
5
4
2
1
1
0
0

P/M
12/24
20/40
13/26
4/8
17/34
10/20
22/44
32/67
10/20
20/40
5/10
14/28
4/8
18/36
6/12
2/4
6/12
8/16
14/28
1/2
3/6
1/2
0/0
0/0
0/0
2/4
0/0
1/2

Michigan icers A

By MIKE MCGRAW
Anyone who has waited for the bang
of a firecracker only to be disappointed
when the firecracker fails to explode
should know what it was like to follow
the Michigan hockey team in the 1982-83
season.
The Wolverines came into the season
with a young but high-scoring squad
which figured to be exciting and im-
prove throughout the year. Their entire
defense consisted of frQehmen and
sophomores, but on offense they retur-
ned their top two scorers of the year
before, Ted Speers and Brad Tippett.
BUT THE YOUNG Michigan skaters
were not rewarded by the
schedulemakers of the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association. Their
first four series were against the top
four finishers in the league the year
before with five of those eight games
being on the road. So it was understan-
dable when the Wolverines opened the
season with a 1-7 record even though
they had managed to avoid getting
blown out of the home rinks of Bowling
Green and Michigan State.
After experiencing this unwelcome
greeting to the conference, the
Wolverines began to gain some ground
over the next two months, compiling a

MICHIGAN.36 157 270 427 245/493
Opponents............................ 36 175 273 448 271/566
Goaltending Stats
Goalie Record GA Avg. Sav Pct.
Chiamp ............................... 8-8 69 4.06 442 .865
Elliott ................................. 6-14 100 ' 5.32 623 .862
MICHIGAN ........................... 14-22 175 # 4.85 1065 .859
Opponents ............................ 22-14 157 4.35 923 .855
#Includes six empty net goals

7-5 record during that period, which in-
cluded nine home games and a 12-3
drubbing of Notre Dame in the con-
solation game of the Great Lakes In-
vitational Tournament at Detroit's Joe
Louis Arena.
But then Michigan returned to the
road and played its way out of the
CCHA playoffs (the top eight teams of
the 12-school league). The Blue skaters
forgot how to score goals and the
promising youngsters of the early
season played mediocre teams like
Miami, Ohio and Ferris State and were
soundly beaten. Plus they continued
their tendency of playing well only one
night a week.
THE WOLVERINES always played
dismally on the first night of the
weekend and posted an awful 2-14
record on Fridays. Most of the time,
Michigan rebounded the next night to
play as it had been expected to - still it
was only successful enough to build its
final record in the conference to 11-22,
six points out of the playoffs in a ninth-
place tie.
"I never thought we would be this
bad," said coach John Giordano after
the final game of the season, a pleasing
7-5 victory over Michigan Tech. "We're
not going to have another season like
this - it was a disaster."
Indeed, it was disappointing wat-
ching the Wolverines look so promising
at times and have coaches all across
the league say how worried they were
over the empending powerful play of
the Michigan team, only to realize in
the first of March that your firecracker
was never going to explode.
BUT THAT DOESN'T mean the
promise won't be there in October when
Michigan skates onto the ice at Yost
Arena. It looks as if Giordano has put
together his third strong recruiting
class in a row to help ease the losses of
Speers and Tippett who tied for the club
lead in scoring. Also those inexperien-
ced defenders of last year will all be
back and like Al McGuire said, "The
best thing about freshman is that they
become sophomores.,,
This years sophomore class will in-
clude Chris Seychel, who led all fresh-
man in scoring in the conference and
recorded three hat tricks last season,
Todd Carlile, a Minnesota native whose

un or
tough checking and rocket slap shot are
sure to make him an exciting defen-
seman in the years to come, and plus
talented backliners Bill Brauer and Pat
Goff.
This season Goff will be joined by his
brother Danny, who is coming in from
St. Paul, Minn. as a center-left wing to
try and head up the future sophomore
class. Other recruits that are penned. in-
to maize and blue uniforms are
Canadians Bruce McNabb and Brad
Jones, and John Bjorkman from nor-
thern Minnesota. All three of these
players are centers that stand at least
6-0 tall, thereby filling two voids in past
Wolverine teams.
IF ONE OF these players can excel to
the point of being named CCHA rookie-
of-the-year this season, Michigan will
become the Los Angeles Dodgers of
college hockey by having taken that
award three straight years. Seychel
won it last season and goalie Jon Elliott
preceded him.
"This year we went out and got some
true centers for this team for the first
time since Murray Eaves was here,"
said Giordano. "They've all got great
speed also. I think these recruits are
above average, and there should be
another forward and defenseman
coming."
But whether the strong underclass of
the Michigan team will make up for the
loss of Speers and Tippett and the lack
of incoming seniors cannot be said.
Forwards Jim McCauley and Kelly
McCrimmon and transfer defenseman
John DeMartino are the only members
of the senior class. But Giordano isn't
overly worried about either problem.
"SPEERS AND TIPPETT meant a
lot, to this team," he said. "But last
season our freshman outscored the
seniors 60-53. Whether we can replace
their leadership abilities remains to be
seen, but I think there are some good
natural leaders in the upperclass."
Michigan is certain to be looking at
Bowling Green and Michigan State as
its top rivals. Those teams have been
the top two in the CCHA the past two
seasons. Also look for Northern
Michigan to be tough and Giordano
thinks that Western Michigan will be
much improved.

ayo ffs
THE MICHIGAN coach also plans to
stress offense much more in his team,
even though the defense was rather
porous last season. Sophomores
Elliott and Mark Chiamp shared the
goaltending duties and were faced with
a never-ending barrage of shots. Elliott
was last in the league with a 5.32 goals-
against average, but led the league in
saves percentage.
"The goaltending was a disappoin-
tment last year, but we think they have
the ability, so we're not going to recruit
another one," said Giordano, who is en-
tering his third full season behind the
bench. "I think the team will be faster
this season, much more than it's been
the last three years. We'll be more of a
skating team and we're emphasizing
playing the man on defense."
So there may be a little more gun-
powder left in the Wolverines afterall
and, if this year's freshman.can learn
from last year's and more quickly gain
confidence on the ice, the Michigan
hockey team may return to light up the
top of the standings in college hockey
once again.
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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Michigan hockey coach John Giordano counsels his players on the bench during a game last year at Yost Arena.

Three state champs aid matmen

By JEFF FAYE
-Last season, it was a young
*Olverine squad that finished fourth in
tfa Big Ten wrestling championships.
-,his season, with that experience under
ik belt, the team should do much
better.
r"We only graduated two seniors,"
said head coach Dale Bahr. "We didn't
hive a lot of scholarship help." With
ttat in mind, it seems likely that the
gfapplers will improve their 8-8 record
(- 5 in the Big Ten) which included
lasses to, national powers Iowa and
Iowa State.
LEADING THE RETURNEES for
Wtichigan are Joe McFarland (126),
Rob Rechsteiner (heavyweight), Scott
Rechsteiner (167) and Kirk Trost (190).
Rob Rechsteiner, a fifth-year senior,
was 30-8 with nine pins and placed
second in the league, falling to Jim
Trudeau (Minnesota) in a close, 5-2,
decision. By making it to the finals, he

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season with a 13-13 record and slated
two pins. He will be joined by incoming
freshman Keith Gore, also a state
champ. It is unclear, however, what
weight class both of them will be
taking on the mat this winter. In all
probability, they may both move up to
134.
THE WOLVERINES appear to be up
to five-men deep at 134. Along with
DerGarabedian and Gore are Greg
Wright, Rickey Moore and Dan Stone.
Moore and Stone were relatively
unused; with respective 0-1 and 1-1
slates. Wright was 15-12-1 on the season.
His record included a sixth-place
finish in the Big ten and five pins.
Mark Pearson was the only grappler
in the 142-pounder weight class last
year, and he finished the season with a
12-14-1 record and two pins. The fifth-
year senior used up his eligibility, and it
is not known who will replace him.
Bill Goodill and Brian Flack split the
duties at 150. Goodill was 13-18 and
Flack was 1-5. Bahr will be depending
mostly on the former.
MICHIGAN COULD BE in dire
straits when it comes to the 158-pound
class. Tim Fagan, who was 21-12,
graduated and there is no real heir.
Most likely, Bahr will convert one of his
150-pounders.
Lastly, Bill Elbin is returning at 177.
He had a 7-8 last season and Bahr hopes
he will be much better this coming
year.

The Wolverines also have two players
coming back after sitting last year out.
One of them was Kevin Hill, who will be
back and can fill in either at 167 or 177,
depending on where he is needed most.
The other is Tony Latora, a two-time
Michigan state champion from Portage
Northern.
"He will probably be a factor at 142,"
said Bahr.

Overall, the grapplers look to be con-
tenders for the top three spots in the Big
Ten. The only "ifs" are in the middle
weight classes. If they can hold their
own there, and the wrestlers at the two
ends of the scale come through as ex-
pected, the Blue may have a shot at im-
proving their fourth-place finish of last
year.

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Bahr
... lost only two seniors
earned a berth in the national meet.
McFarland was red shirted and didn't
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nament, but qualified the two previous
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Others returning this year are Jamie
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