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The Michigan Daily Tuesday, January 31, 1984 Page i
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By JOE EWING
IF LUCK is a lady, she sure hasn't been very ladylike
to the Michigan hockey team this season.
John Giordano's icers have run into a variety
of injuries and misfortunes this season, which at times
have kept the team's level of play far below its potential.
The Wolverines aren't walking under ladders and get-
ting hit with' falling paint buckets, or breaking mirrors
and cutting themselves with the glass-they aren't that
unlucky. But still, the odds haven't gone in their favor
much this year.
The way I see it, the hockey team is like a gambler
who always throws snake eyes at the craps table - his
unlucky number is two. Now I don't mean the icers
should rush out and burn Bill Brauer's jersey (he wears
No. 2?, but just about everything bad that has happened
has come in two's.
The unlucky streak started at the end of November
during a trip to Northern Michigan when the Wolverines
lost left wing Chris Seychel, the team's second-leading
scorer at the time, with a thigh injury.
After that, the back luck came in two's. In early
December defensemen Greg Hudas and Mike Neff both
went down with knee injuries in a game against Lake
Superior State. The following week, in a home series
with Ferris State,the Wolverines lost right wings Kelly
McCrimmon (shoulder) and Frank Downing (knee).
Somebody call the doctor
Seychel was back on the ice after Christmas for the
Great Lakes Invitational, but unfortunately the
Wolverines forgot their lucky rabbit's foot a couple
weeks later when they traveled to Illinois-Chicago.
On the first night of the two-game series in Chicago,
center Ray Dries injured a knee and missed the next
night's contest. Senior co-captain Jim McCauly also
didn't see action in the second game because his father
...but there's still hope
passed away in Detroit the morning before the game.
The string of bad luck continued two weeks ago when
sophomore defenseman Todd Carlile was hospitalized
with an infected knee, and another defenseman, Pat
Goff, sat out most of a game with Western Michigan with
The latest additon to Michigan's list of misfortunes
came last weekend against Michigan State when yet
another defenseman, senior John DeMartino, suffered
another knee injury. It was DeMartino's second knee in-
jury in two years.
Needless to say, the bad luck has occasional bad Der-
formances on the ice, Michigan has dropped six of its
last eight contests, including 12-1 thrashings by No. 1
Bowling Green and Michigan State and a pair of losses to
Western. Most of the problems have come on defense,
where Giordano has gambled with inexperienced
blueliners to replace his injured veterans.
It ai 't over yet
But let's not call it a season yet.
The icers have shown potential throughout the
season. Take for instance, their 6-5 overtime victory
over Bowling Green one night after being humiliated by
the Falcons. Everything clicked for Michigan and the
odds seemed to tilt in its direction even though the
Wolverines played without four of their regulars. They
also looked impressive in their 3-1 loss to State last
Theeighth place Wolverines are hanging on to the
final CCHA playoff spot, with tough series with Northern
Michigan, Ferris State, and Michigan Tech coming up.
It will also have more regulars returning to the lineup
as Neff, Downing and Carlile are expected to suit up
again soon. Who knows, maybe things will change for
the Wolverines and winning will become easier.
i But of course, that all depends on whether or not luck
is going to be a lady.
Daily Photo by DAN HASID,
Wolverine left winger Bruce Macnab goes to the backhand in Saturday night's 3-1 loss to Michigan State. Spartan Jeff
Eisley applies the pressure.
Men gymnasts tumble
in loss against OSU
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1) Bowling Green (25-2-1)
2) Mich. State (24-7) ......
3) Ohio State (21-7) ......
4) N. Michigan (12-18) ...
Ferris State (15-13-3) ..
6) W. Michigan (15-14-1) .
7) Mich. Tech (15-15-1) ...
8) MICHIGAN (12-17) ...
* Lk Superior (13-16-1) .
10) Miami (7-17-1) .......
i1) Ill-Chicago (5-23) ....
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THIS WEEK'S GAMES
MICHIGAN at Lake Superior
Ferris State at Northern Michigan
Michigan State at Michigan Tech
Ohio State (S) vs. Miami (F)
Bowling Green at Illinois-Chicago
Michigan-Dearborn at Western Michigan
WMPL HOCKEY POLL
1) Bowling Green (8) ................ 95
2) Minnesota-Duluth (2) ...........85
Tie) North Dakota ..................73
5) Michigan State ...................49
6) Boston College ...................42
Tie) Ohio State .....................42
8) Boston'University ................35
9) Minnesota .......................32
10) New Hampshire ................. 4
Michigan State 12-3, MICHIGAN 1-1
Bowling Green 4-3.Ohio State 3-2
Ferris State 7-5, Michigan Tech 4-2
Northern Michigan 5-4, Lake Superior 0-5
western Michigan 5.5, Illinois-Chicago 1-2
Miami 4-9, Michigan Dearborn 6-2
By SUE WARNER
Michigan's men gymnasts saved
their most sterling performance of the
year for last Friday's road trip to
Columbus. And though they impressed
the fan's at Larkins Hall, Ohio State's
tumblers left no doubt whose turf it
Being at home didn't hurt Ohio State
in its 274.40-264.80 victory, but the ten
point difference came primarily from
the Buckeyes' greater experience and
MICHIGAN head coach Bob Darden
was extremeley happy with his team's
performance despite the 10-point loss.
He pointed out that 264.8 points bested
his team's previous season high by
Michigan's Merrick Horn gave a par-
ticularly outstanding performance. He
took first in the all-around with 55.15
points, third on the horizontal bars with
9.65 points, third on the parallel bars
with 9.30 points, and he earned 9.35 for
his floor routine. Other performances
were achieved by freshman Brock Or-
wing who turned in a good performance
with 9.7 on the horizontal bars, giving-
him second place. Mitch Rose, another
Wolverine freshman, took second place
on the rings with 9.35 points. Gavin
Meyerowitz took second place on the
This Friday and Sunday the Wolver-
nes will compete against Iowa and
Wisconsin. Coach Bob Darden says,
"we hope we can keep improving our
team score like we did at OSU."
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By BARB MCQUADE
7 "Almost" must be the most dreaded
word in Gloria Soluk's vocabulary.
Yesterday, Soluk's Michigan
Women's basketball team almost beat
Illinois, losing 67-66 for .its eighth
straight Big Ten loss.
WITH THREE seconds remaining,
senior guard Lori Gnatkowski almost
tied the game when her free throw at-
tempt almost fell through the hoop.
The Wolverines, in what was by far
their best performance in the Big Ten
this year, displayed a blend of balanced
scoring and aggressive defense before
succumbing to the Fighting Illini
final seconds. Sophomore guard Wendy
Bradetich led Michigan's offense with
25 points. Orethia Lilly added 14, and
pulled down eight rebounds.
The real star of the show however,
was the Wovlerine defense. Michigan
managed to contain Illinois' twin
towers Kendra Gantt and Diane Eikholt
for most of the afternoon. Holding the
Illini to only 47 field goal attempts,
Michigan was able to counter with 73.
"THIS WAS THE best game we've
played defensively all year," said
Soluk. "We made a good team effort
and played some great defense." .
Michigan led 33-31 at the half, and it
appeared that the Wolverines had a
chance to win their first Conference
game of the season. Everything seemed
to be going right. The passes were
caught, the rebounds were grabbed and
most importantly, the ball went in the
hoop. It looked like a Cinderella story
was about to unfold when Gantt became
the wicked stepmother and put Illinois
ahead with a couple of buckets in the
Then came Gnatkowski's chance to
write the happy ending. She made the
first half of a one-and-one when Illinois
head coach Jan Schroeder called a time
out. When Gnatkowski returned to the
line, her shot bounced off the rim.
Illinois grabbed the rebound to clinch
"Illinois' time out iced Lori," said
Soluk. "She was in the swing of the
game until then. But the game wasn't
won or lost on that shot."
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