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Wrestling
vs. Ohio State
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, February 11, 1986

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Page 8

Fiery

Anzalone sparks LSSC Lakers

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By SCOTT G. MILLER
Lake Superior hockey coach Frank
Anzalone has added new meaning to
the phrase "starting at the bottom."
The Lakers' sweep of Michigan this
past weekend put them close to the top
of the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association. There are only five poin-
ts separating fourth-place Lake
Superior (20-13-1, 17-12-1) from first-
place Michigan State.
Last season Anzalone's Lakers
almost reached the pinnacle of college
hockey. The team lost to eventual
NCAA champion RPI in the quarter-
finals after a second-place CCHA
finish, the best in the program's
history.
But the penthouse view of the
hockey world is new for one who star-
ted from the basement of the coaching
profession. Anzalone's first hockey
job was as player and coach of the
Den Bosch Division One team in the
Netherlands for the 1978-79 season.
Anzalone returned to the United
States the next season to coach the
Waterloo, Iowa Blackhawks of the
U.S. Junior League. He also coached
the Austin, Minn. Mavericks of the
same league before becoming an
assistant coach at Lake Superior in
1982.
When former head coach Bill
Selman resigned to go into business,
Anzalone inherited a floundering
Laker program in the middle of the
1983 season.
The Laker's tide of success can be

traced to the head man. "Frank is an
excellent coach. Look at where the
team was before he got there," said
Michigan captain Frank Downing.
"He just turned them around. I have
never played against them when
a .<
Anza lone
... a 'New York city guy'
every single player did not work
hard."
The work ethic and a dominating
defensive style are the building blocks
of the Lake Superior team, since
attracting blue-chip talent to Sault
Ste. Marie is a recruiter's nightmare.
"Defense is the number-one priority
in the game because I have never had
a Dan Dorian (Western Michigan) or
a Joe Murphy (Michigan State). We

are never going to have one at Lake
Superior," said the Laker coach
whose record at LSSC is 50-46-4. 1
have to get the tenth best player and
make him a good player.
"The theory is you can't teach of-
fense but you can teach defense
because defense takes hard work. You
can work as hard as you want but if'
you are not a goal scorer you are not
going to score."
While lacking goal scorers, the'
Lakers never lack er otion. The team
would sink without inspired play. Its
tight defensive style needs discipline
and direction.
"I think Anzalone gets his team
pumped up," said Orchard Park, N.Y.
native Frank Downing. "I know what
kind of guy he is. He is a New York"
City guy, a tough guy, and a good
guy."
"He's a tyrant," said Michigan
defensemen Jeff Norton, who played
for the Anzalone gold-medal winning
team in the National Sports Festival
last summer. "He likes hard work,.
and he knows the game."
"If you want to play for him you
have to go a hundred percent or
you're not going to play at all."
Anzalone's all-or-nothing style gets
the maximum effort from his players.
It also resembles that of fellow
Brooklyn native and North Carolina
State' basketball coach Jimmy
Valvano. "I enjoy Valvano. I think he
is areal fiery guy," said Anzalone. "I
think I have to be fiery because this
program was way down.
"You can be as masterful a coach
as you want but if you can't motivate
and get the kids to do what you want,'
you are going to keep losing. We don't
have the best team in college hockey
so I have to be a motivator."
The inspirational coach's bench
demeanor is changing but not of his
own volition. "I have quieted down
because every time I yell at the ref s I
get a two minute bench minor," said
Anzalone. "I don't know, I guess my
Italian voice, travels."
Anzalone himself may travel. from
Lake Superior providing he can step
to an even higher plateau in college
hockey. "My ambitions are to do as
well as I can at Lake Superior," said
the Laker coach. "If there is ever
something good for me I would move
on.

Daily Photo by PETE ROSS
Lake Superior State goalie Joe Shawhan, the leading netminder in the CCHA, sprawls in front of the Lakers' net
Saturday night. The Lakers' dominating defense helped coach Frank Anzalone's squad secure home-ice advan-
tage in the CCHA first-round playoffs for the second straight year.

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"It would have to be a really good
move for me right now. I enjoy being
the coach at Lake Superior, being
kind of a dark horse and seeing that
the kids play good hockey and
graduate on schedule."
The Lake Superior program and its
coach are right on schedule in rising
from the cellar to build a winning
Division One hockey team.

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'

Thinclads
take firsts
By JEFF RUSH
In weekend competition at'
Michigan State the Wolverine's
women's track team turned in a Spar-
tan performance of their own, cap-
turing four firsts and four seconds.
The Wolverines were most
dominant in the 1000-yard run, as
Cathy Schmidt, Kelli Burt and-
Melissa Thompson captured first,
third and sixth, respectively.
While Michigan coach James Henry
went into the meet concentrating on
the relay events, the showing in the
1000-yard run left him thinking about
possible NCAA qualifications in in-
dividual events.
"Right now we are running best at
the middle distances (such as the
1000-yard run), and that's the area
where we have the best chance to
qualify for nationals," said Henry.
Henry was also pleased with the
team's performance in the relay
events. The Wolverines took firsts in
the distance medley relay and the
mile relay and seconds in the sprint
medley and the two-mile relay.
"Our intentions were to just run
well in the relay events, and we ac-
complished that," said Henry. "As
far as the team is concerned, we've
had a consistent team performance at
every meet."
Rounding out the string of firsts was
Angie Haffner's performance in the
high jump. Haffner took first with a
jump of 5-81. The first-place showing
came after a bout with the flu.
"Angie had two excellent attempts
at NCAA-qualifying jumps," said
Henry. "She's back on track."
Chris Tuerk finished second in the
long jump, and Debbie Duncan

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