vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Michigan State
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily
Thursday, January 23, 1986
'M' SENIOR REGAINS FINE FRESHMAN FORM
Se ychel solves last
By MARK BOROWSKY
Chris Seychel seemed to start his
college hockey carreer with the
greatest of ease. In his first CCHA
series against Notre Dame, he scored
fve goals, including a hat trick his
very first night.
"I was just lucky to be playing, and
twas fortunate to get a goal, let alone
three," recalled Seychel. "Needless
ti say, I was in another world that
Seychel scored only 11 goals in 34
games and had more than twice as
many penalty minutes (76) than he
did points (33).
With a new attitude for his senior
season, Seychel is regaining the form
that won him CCHA Rookie-of-the-
Year his freshman year. Having
scored 12 goals and 26 assists so far
this season, Seychel is the second on
the team in scoring behind only Brad
'If you come in thinking
tha things are going to
be easy or thing s are
going to be given to you,
ou better go on back
- Chris Seychel
the power play. He's improved a lot in
his work habits."
"YOU HAVE to come in being ex-
tremely optimistic about the year,
regardless of what happened the
previous year," said the senior from
Allen Park. "If you come in thinking
that things are going to be easy or
things are going to be given to you,
you better go on back home."
Thus documents a complete tur-
naround from last year's junior
nightmare, one in which a rift bet-
ween player and coach grew so far
that, according to Berenson, Seychel
"came in this season not knowing
whether he'd be on the team."
Recruited out of high school by for-
mer coach John Giordano, Seychel
chose Michigan over Michigan State,
Cornell, and Bowling Green, because
of its combination of athletics and
academics. "The choice, for me, was
a simple one," he says. So was his
decision to enter the business school,
where he is majoring in marketing.
Not so simple is being a 'B' student,
but it has been enough for
Seychel to be named to the CCHA All-
Academic Team the last two years.
CERTAINLY, the nature of things
since his freshman year have
changed. Playing on the same line as
Wolverine standouts Brad Tippet and
Ted Speers, Seychel led the team in
goals with 26, and added 22 assists.
"Playing with them (Tippet and
Speers) kind of made things easy,"
Seychel said of his freshman year.
"They did all the work, I was there to
put the puck in the net."
Not surprisingly, Berenson sees
Seychel's role on the team as a
scavenger. "His biggest asset is that
he's an opportunist," Berenson said.
"When he's scoring he's in the right
place at the right time."
But where Seychel was the last two
seasons wasn't the right place or
time. His sophomore year Seychel
missed 7 weeks with a leg injury, and
last season he had problems not only
with scoring and adjusting to a new
coach, but with the penalty box as
"HE'S considered a chippy player
at times," Berenson noted, "(but) last
year he was going out of his way. This
year he realizes that he doesn't help
the team with a penalty."
Yet Seychel maintains a tough-guy
image on the ice despite his scholastic
achievements. Last weekend against
RPI, when teammate Mike Cusack and
an RPI player got into a wrestling
match, it was Seychel who was the
first to the rescue, so to speak.
"One of them is roughing it up with
Cusack, and another is trying to get his
stick in there to give his guy an advan-
tage. I'm not going to let that happen
to a freshman because that's total in-
Things haven't come easy for Chris
Seychel the last two years, but he has
overcome his problems, with the
coaching, his game, and work ethic, to
play up to the potential shown his
"I just wish," Berenson said, "That
he had another year."
right after the game."
} ONLY things could stay that
kay. After an excellent freshman
ear, Seychel's game went south for
WW years, including a horrific season
last year. In the '84-'85 campaign,
"It (his game) is much better than
last year," said Michigan head coach
Red Berenson. "This year he con-
tributes in different areas, such as the
penalty killing and playing point on
THE SPORTING VIEWS
By JERRY MUTH
P EOPLE BACK home laugh when I tell them that any
Saturday afternoon in the fall is a day of obligation
in Ann Arbor. But it's true. Every Saturday over
190,000 people face the same direction and make a
pilgrimage through the streets of Ann Arbor Sports
These are the same people that laughed when
Michigan's football team finished 6-6 and claimed the
Wolverines had no right to be playing number-one
' righam Young in the Holiday Bowl last year.
This season they weren't laughing. Not even a smile.
Funny how a 10-1-1 football season can put wrinkles on
the faces of friendly rivals.
But believe me, I didn't boast about a defense that
,.led the nation in scoring, the team's two All-
Americans, or the domination of arch-rivals Notre
Dame, MSU, and Ohio State. I tried not to mention the
Fiesa Bowl triumph that lifted Michigan to the num-
ber-two spot in the final AP poll and arguably made
Michigan the best football team in the nation.
I hope I didn't mention Bill Frieder's basketball
team to them. I mean, why talk about a team that
-sailed through the traditionally tough Big Ten last
season with an overall mark of 26-4, a Big Ten cham-
K pionship, and a 17-game winning streak? What's there
- to say about a team ranked number-two for most of this
Z young season?
Forgive me if I mentioned Gary Grant as being one
:of the best guards in the country, or Michigan's depth
Wf the bench as being unmatched. I'll try not to discuss
rthe continual wave of recruits that Coach Frieder
brings home to Ann Arbor.
Then there's Bud Middaugh's baseball squad. These
guys have only qualified for the College World Series
four of the six years Coach Middaugh has been here.
Decision is in .. .
...'M' number one
Last year's version of the Hit Gang compiled a slick 55-
10 mark and its own 24-game winning streak. But to
show just how tough the slugging Wolverines were,
consider the fact that they pounded out almost nine
runs a game and averaged 1.67 homers per contest
while allowing 4.5 runs a game.
This year's squad should only continue the winning
ways that make Middaugh's squad traditionally one of
the best in the nation.
Meanwhile, Coach Brian Eisner's men's tennis team
is perhaps the most dominant Big Ten team in recent
history. His squads hve served and volleyed their way
to 17 of the last 18 Big Ten titles.
This year's team features the entire cast from last
year's Big Ten Championship team with All-Big Ten
selection Jim Sharton pacing the unit. Fortunately I
managed to hold my tongue and not mention their ex-
ploits to the people back home.
Don't overlook the Wolverine wrestlers. Despite a
slow start this season, the grapplers are ranked seven-
th in the nation even without record-setting John
Fisher who's out with an injury. But heavyweight Kirk
Trost is seeking to gain the NCAA title that barely
eluded him last season. This bunch merely finished fif-
th in the nation last year while posting a 17-2 campaign.
Michigan has big-time wrestling.
There are other squads worthy of recognition, too.
Like the women's softball team that finished second in
the Big Ten race last season, the men's track team,
which consistenly reaches the nationals with an All-
American or two, and the up-and-coming women's
But the point is this. When the facts, polls, and
statistics are in, the verdict becomes clear. Michigan
has laid its claim to the title "College Sports Mecca of
the Nation." I'll let the evidence speak for itself.
Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Wolverine icer Chris Seychel (20) exerts his influence last weekend against RPI. The scrappy 5-11 senior, with
his regained scoring touch, has been a major part of the improved Wolverine's offense this season.
Detroit squeezes bCleveland,
RICHFIELD, Ohio (UPI) - Kelly
Tripucka scored seven of Detroit's
last nine points, including a decisive
three-point play with 26 seconds left
last night, lifting the Pistons to a 107-
104 victory over the Cleveland
Cleveland led 99-98 with 1:40 left.
Tripucka scored four points, and
Cleveland's Roy Hinson scored three
to tie the score 102-102 with 39 seconds
TRIPUCKA scored on a drive and
was fouled by Hinson with 26 seconds
Tripucka, who led Detroit with 24
points, sank the free throw, and Joe
Dumars's layup with 12 seconds left
sealed the victory.
John Bagley's jumper at the buzzer
accounted for the final margin.
DETROIT, 20-22, snapped a six-
game road losing streak. The Pistons
also got 17pointsfrom Tony Campbell, straight at home to Detroit. The
15 from Vinnie Johnson, and 14 from Cavaliers were led by Hinson's 30
Bill Laimbeer. points, and World B. Free added 21 t
Cleveland, 18-24, has lost four pace six Cavaliers in double figures.
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