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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 17, 1984 - Page 3

Tech making last visit to

By MIKE MCGRAW
Two years ago it was The Who, last
summer it was Carl Yastrzemski and
now there is the Michigan Tech hockey
team.
Just like Pete Townshend's band and
the Boston Red Sox great, who com-
pleted farewell tours recently, when the
Huskies skate off the Yost Arena ice
Saturday night, it will be the last we see
of them - at least for a while.
WITH TECH bolting from the CCHA
after this season for the glamour of the
WCHA, this weekend's game will mark
the end of a rivalry that has lasted 57
years.
"I don't think the team has been
thinking about this being our last trip
here," said MTU coach Jim Nahrgang.
"The only time we think of that is when
we go to Ferris State or Miami and
realize that we're glad we don't have to
go back again."
Tech announced, along with Northern
Michigan, last month that the two
teams would be breaking their ties with
the CCHA and heading for the older
Western Collegiate Hockey
Association, where they will play an in-
terlocking schedule next season with
the "Super Seven," a new league of
eastern teams.
"I THINK the move will give us more
national exposure than being in the
CCHA," Nahrgang said. "Being able to
play from Boston to Colorado will help
our recruiting.''
Michigan might be wishing that the

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Huskies had left sooner, based on the
last meeting of the teams at Houghton
in November, which left the Techsters
looking like title contenders.
But MTU, much like the Wolverines,
suffered a case of injury-itis in mid-
season, losing senior forward Ron Zuke
and defensemen Dave Reierson and
Brian Clark.
"AFTER WE saw you guys, we were
healthy until we played Michigan State
(Dec. 2-3)," said Nahrgang. "That
began a string of injuries that continued
until two weeks ago. But now we're all
back and ready to go."
The Huskies were coming off a six
game winning streak when injuries set
in and proceeded to go on a 4-10 clip in
the conference until they met the Spar-
tans again two weeks ago - and swept
them.
Now Tech finds itself in a tight battle
with Ferris, Northern and Western for
the final home-ice advantage playoff
spot. The Wolverines are in eighth, two-
and-a-half games behind the log jam for
fourth. But like MTU, Michigan is the
healthiest it's been in some time.
"I THINK we'll be at 100 percent,"
said Michigan coach John Giordano.
"(Tech) has had a lot of injuries too,
but I don't know if they had them as bad
as us. They have a fast team with good
speed and they've got some goal
scorers."
Leading the scoring punch for the
Huskies are forwards Chris Cichocki
and Bill Terry. Cichocki, a sophomore
from Warren, is the top goal scorer with
23 and has been helpful to a team that
has missed a lot of regulars.
"He's been playing great since the
start of the year," Nahrgang said.
"He's our most consistent player."

THE WOLVERINES' most consistent
player, Jim McCauley, has been
bothered by back problems this week,
but both he and freshman John Bjork-
man, who separated his shoulder last
Saturday, are expected to play.
Giordano has not decided yet who will
start in goal tonight and it will be an in-
teresting decision after benchwarmer
Jon Elliott started last week against
Ferris and played very well.
Michigan will have to make Tech's
final visit to Ann Arbor a Wolverine
sweep if it has any notions of moving up

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in the final standings and will have to
duplicate that performance again rext
weekend when Northern Michigan
comes to town for a less teaft-l
farewell.
"I'm sorry that we won't be playing
Michigan anymore," said Nahrgaug.
"We've always enjoyed going there atid
it's one of the teams I enjoy playing."-F
So any hockey fans that haven't seen
Michigan Tech in action during their
lifetime, better delay their vacation
and frequent Yost Arena tonight.,t
may be your last chance.

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Center Tom Stiles makes a move to the net in a recent game at Yost Arena.
Stiles, with six goals, has been one of the few Wolverines to play in all 33
games this season.

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'64 icers o play alumni game

By JOE EWING
Thoughts of national championships
will once again dance in the heads of
Michigan hockey fans this weekend.
.But the fans won't be thinking of this
year's squad.
Instead, Michigan hockey followers
will be remembering the last Michigan
ice team ever to win a national title -
the 1964 team - which will play in a
,contest against a team of Michigan old-
imers at Yost Ice Arena at noon on
Saturday.
~THE GAMIE, which is part of the an-
hual hockey alumni reunion, will
-feature names from the distant, as well
s not so distant, past of Michigan
hrockey.
The 1964 squad, which was the last
Michigan athletic team in any sport to
Vin a national title, will be led by its
captain, Gordon Wilkie, who was an All-
American in 1964 and collected 45 goals
and 111 assists while at Michigan.
Mel Wakabayashi, an All-American
in 1965; Gary Butler; George Forrest;
:nd 1964 NCAA Tournament Most
Valuable Player Bob Gray will also be
:inaking the return trip to Ann Arbor for
the '64 team.

"IT WAS a good team in a good era,"
said Al Renfrew, coach of the '64 team
who is now the ticket manager for the
Athletic Department. "It was one of the
best Michigan teams there has ever
been."
And Renfrew should know his
Wolverine hockey. In a head coaching
career that spanned 16 seasons, he
compiled 223 wins and five mythical
Big Ten championships. Nonetheless,
for this contest Renfrew plans to lace
up the skates himself and face his old
charges on the ice as part of the alum-
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ni's oldtimers team.
Renfrew will be joined by the likes of
current Michigan assistant coach Mark
Miller, who was a member of the last
Michigan team to go to the NCAA finals
in 1977; Miller's '77 teammate Kris
Manery; two-time Wolverine scoring
leader Angie Moretto and standout
Wolverine goalies Jim Keough and
Rudy Vavari.

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