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Men's Swimming
vs. Ohio State
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

SPORTS

Men's Indoor Track
Central Collegiates
Friday and Saturday
Track and Tennis Building

The Michigan Daily

Friday, February 15, 1985

Page 8

PLA YOFF HOPES RIDE ON TWIST OF FA TE

lcers out to roast sizzling Bucks

THE SPORTING VIEWS

By BARB McQUADE
As it fights to keep its playoff hopes
alive, the Michigan hockey teams plays
the part of Oliver Twist this weekend,
begging for a couple of wins at Ohio
State.
Tied for seventh in the CCHA with
Miami, Michigan leads Ferris State by
just two points in the standings. With
only one series remaining in the regular

season after this weekend, head coach
Red Berenson's team will need the cun-
ning of an artful dodger to make the
eight-team playoff field.
"WE WANTED to have some positive
indicators this year," said Berenson.
"We haven't made the playoffs in the
last couple years so I think that would
be something positive. We're in a
position where we can make the playof-

fs. There's some pressure on us which
is good."
Michigan captain Ray Dries will
move up to Berenson's top line after the
best scoring weekend of his career
against the Soo Lakers. The 5-7, 168-
pound senior had a hand in four of
Michigan's five goals in the series with
three goals and an assist.
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defeats at the hand of Lake Superior,
while Ohio State is hot after sweeping a
pair on the road at Ferris and winning
six of their last eight games. The
Buckeyes, tied for fourth in the league,
are insured a playoff berth but will be
looking to snatch a couple of victories
this weekend to capture the home-ice
advantage in the first round.
"WE DON'T feel a lot of pressure to
get that fourth spot," said Ohio State
head coach Jerry Welsh. "But if we get
it, it'll be a feather in our cap."
The home-ice advantage may be a
factor in this weekend's series as the
OSU playing surface is 15 feet shorter
between the blue lines than others in the
CCHA.
"It's a psychological difference,'
said Welsh. "It only becomes a factor
when people talk about it. A lot of
coaches talk about itso much with their
kids that it's going to be a difference."
AFTER LOSING 60 percent of last
year's team to graduation, Ohio State
has fostered a band of youths who have
stolen the show. Freshman Darcy
Gryba and sophomores Joe Tracy and
Dave Beaudin have picked up 38 points
each to pace OSU on defense.
The Wolverines won't be getting any
handouts from goalie Bob Krautsak
who will be in the nets tonight. The
Buckeye goaltender was CCHA-player-
of-the-week after his first career
shutout last week.
"We're getting better in all facets of
the game and he's really paralled the
rest of the team," said the tenth-year
OSU mentor. "He's been consistent and
I'd say he made the difference in the
game last Saturday night."
Michigan may be begging for goals
this weekend but it will definitely get
its share of gruhl. OSU's Bob Gruhl
heads a tough Buckeye defense that
gave up just two goals last weekend.
Gruhl handed the Wolverines a shot to
choke on earlier this season when his
overtime goal sparked a 4-3 Ohio State
victory. The two teams skated to a 4-4
deadlock in their only other match up
this year.
A twist ending may be necessary for
the Wolverines to take two in Colum-
bus.

Violence in the NHL...
how far can it go?
By JIM GINDIN
T'he NHL has set an example to all those who want to stop violence.
Stand by until someone crosses an arbitrary line and then unload a huge
punishment on him.
That's like the Secret Service not taking action on a death threat to the
President until someone actually shoots him.
In the case of Red Wing Kelley Kisio's recent five-game suspension for
high sticking Quebec's Dale Hunter Feb. 2, the NHL has punished Detroit
severely for the culmination of an event-not the cause.
As Kisio skated behind his net during the third period of that game, Hunter
followed--checking the Red Wing repeatedly with his stick. Kisio finally tur-
ned and backhanded Hunter under the nose with his stick and then tackled
and punched the Nordiques' center. Kisio was awarded seven minutes worth
of penalties, Hunter four minutes and a trip to the dressing room for stit-
ches.
One second after Kisio left the penalty box, Quebec's Wilf Paiement stop-
ped him and pushed him. Both benches cleared resulting in 84 minutes of
penalties and a fan being removed for throwing a cup of ice into the melee.
A week later, Kisio was suspended for five games. He's been the hot-.
test Red Wing scorer since the fight, with five goals in his last three
games-just when Detroit is in a crucial battle with Toronto for the Norris
Division's final playoff spot.
"You live by the sword and you die by the.sword. He (Hunter) has no
reason for complaining," said Red Wing coach Nick Polano after the Quebec
contest. Hunter is known as a tough, hard-hitting player, earning 232 penalty
minutes last season.
The NHL cannot keep treating violence by waiting until a major incident
occurs and then making an example out of the last player to respond. The
league has two choices-either to let the players settler their own differences
or to stop altercations in the initial stages.
The first alternative just isn't practical. Letting the players take
revenge on their opponents would result in games very much like the ones
depicted in the movie Slapshot a few years back. While a three-hour boxing
match would be quite entertaining for the fans, hockey would no longer be a
sport for talented skaters, it would become a training ground for
professional fighters.
The other alternative is much better. The league would have to make it
clear that anyone taking revenge for an earlier check will be immediately
ejected from the game. Because of hockey's fast pace and checking, altercations are
inevitable. That violence really is 'just part of the game.' Revenge is what
causes the brawling in games like the one in Detroit early this month.
Hunter was penalized for high stocking Kisio, and Kisio should have been "
thrown out for taking his revenge, but the action should have stopped there.
If the NHL would set up a consistent and strict rule regarding revenge, the
fans who go to Joe Louis Arena to watch a good fight might learn to an-'
ticipate a good hockey match.
Detroit's appreciation of hockey is obvious or Wayne Gretzky and the Ed-
monton Oilers would never have set a league attendance record there last
Saturday.

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Auta-trol
brchnologg

Wings deadlock Stars,

5-5

DETROIT (UPI)-Brian Bellows
scored his second goal of the game with
4:41 remaining in the third period last
night to lift the Minnesota Northstars
into a 5-5 tie with the Detroit Red
Wings.
Bellows beat Detroit goalie Corrado
Micalef on a slap shot from 20 feet after
taking a pass from Neal Broten.
THE GOAL came 52 seconds after

Gordie Roberts had cut Detroit's leadlo
5-4 when he converted a pass from Den-
nis Maruk.
Bellows scored his first goal in 12
games on a power play at 8:48 of the
third period, but Detroit's Ron Dugu.y
countered with his second of the gane
to give the Red Wings a 5-3 lead at
11:45.

St*h pilot.

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