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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 15, 1983- Page9

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Hockey in Houghton . .
. .. the only game in to
By JOE EWING
MICHIGAN TECH hockey fans are a breed apart.
While hockey fans typically are some of your more
wild-and-crazy college sports supporters, Tech fans are dif-
ferent than most of the rest, as John Giordano and the'
Michigan hockey team found out when they travelled to
Houghton and Tech's Student Ice Arena this past weekend.
The Wolverines ran into a buzzsaw Husky hockey squad,
losing both games of the series, 8-2, and 3-1. However, they
also ran into a hostile horde of Husky hooters and were con-
tinually showered with obscenities, insults and occasionally
select bits of trash all of which helped the Wolverines to
their fifth and sixth road losses of the year in six tries.
In fact, Husky fans were probably more fired up than the
teams prior to Friday night's game.
Great White North
This of course changed quickly though, as the fire spread
and the Tech icers burned the Wolverines for three first-
period and five second-period goals, as they simply out-hit,
out-passed and out-played Michigan. The fans had a lot to
do with it.
"The big thing is the visiting team is not used to the crowd
and the pep band," claimed Husky forward Chris Cichocki,
a Warren native who collected a hat trick and assist in
Friday's slaughter. 'They expect it, but aren't used to it.
(The fans) fired us up.
I knew things were going to be bad when the first thing I
noticed when entering the rink was a nice big sign right
behind the Michigan net that greeted all those who had
made the 550-mile journey from Ann Arbor with a friendly
"M, Go Blow".
From there the assault got worse, led mostly by the 140-
piece pep band. Right from the opening faceoff the fans got
rolling and did not let up until the final buzzer.
They started with a "Smurfs must die" cheer, referring to
the Wolverines' new all-blue road uniforms, and then moved
on to more creative things, such as picking on the Michigan

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defense with derisive "seive' signs each time Tech
scored.
The band, decked out in striped overalls and yellow shir-
ts, played constantly to keep the enthusiasm, as well as the
Tech scoring, coming. The band also took part in a distrac-
ting cheer behind the Michigan bench.
"We have a lot of pride," said John Ellerbrock, a senior
trombone player from Monroe. "Especially in the band.
We've got a lot of pride in Michigan Tech and want to get
the team going."
But all of the hoopla at hockey games is a way of life -
make that social life - for the students at Tech.
"That's about all that goes on as far as entertainment up
here on weekends," added Ellerbrock. "There isn't much
else going on."
The crucial spark
Michigan Tech and Houghton are nestled in Upper
Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula in an area - secluded
from big-city entertainment - that is the recipient of ap-
proximately 300 inches of snow annually. This puts a dam-
per on social lives so the students make good with what they
have.
"We have to make our own fun," said Greg Carlson of
Frankford, Ill. "So we get crazy at hockey games."
All of this combines to give opposing players and coaches
headaches.
"It's not easy playing before a crowd like that," admitted
Giordano after the series. "There were a lot of distrac-
tions."
But maybe now Wolverines will be used to crowd distrac-
tions, which they will have to be by this weekend when they
play Michigan State, another school known for its rowdy
fans. We'll have to wait and see..

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Michigan center Ray Dries speeds past a defender during last week's two-game sweep over New Hampshire. The
Wolverines were not as fortunate this past weekend, as they dropped a pair to Michigan Tech.

CCHA
Scorecard
CCHA STANDINGS

Overall
1) Ohio State (11-0) .......
2) Bowling Green (9-1) ....
3) Michigan State (8-2) ....
4) Michigan Tech (7-2-1) ..
5) Ferris State (7-4) .......
6) Lake Superior (6-5) .....
7) Northern Michigan (3-7)
8) MICHIGAN (5-6) .......
9) Illinois-Chicago (2-8) ...
10) Western Michigan (4-6)
11) Miami (1-9) ...........

W
8
7
6
4
3
4
3
2
2
1
0

L
0
1
2
2
3
4
5
4
6
5
8

Pct.
1.000
:875
.750
.666
.500
.500
.375
.333
.250
.167
.000

This Week's Games
MICHIGAN (F) vs. Michigan State (S)
Ferris State at Michigan Tech
Illinois-Chicago at Ohio State
Northern Michigan at Lake Superior
Western Michigan at Miami
Bowling Green at New Hampshire
WMPL HOCKEY POLL
Pts.
1) North Dakota (2) .................88
2) Ohio State (5) ...... .........87
3) Bowling Green (2) ............75
4) Michigan State ...................60
5) Minnesota ........ .........52
(Tie) Wisconsin (1) ...................52
7) RPI.............................44
8) Michigan Tech ...................28
9) Boston University ................23
10) St. Lawrence ....................18
CCHA Scores
Michigan Tech 8-3, MICHIGAN 2-1
Michigan State 4-9, Northern Michigan 2-4
Ohio State 4-7, Miami 3-3
Bowling Green 8-7, Illinois-Chicago 3-2
Ferris State 7-5, Lake Superior 6-8
Western Michigan 4-4, New Hampshire 8-1
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