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Essensa and Foster share common goal for Michigan State
By DARREN JASEY
Through the years many great
personalities have come in pairs.
There's Batman and Robin, Swann
and Stallworth, and Sampson and
Olajuwon. In college hockey,
there's Foster and Essensa.
The Michigan State goaltending
duo of Norm Foster and Bob
Essensa have been keeping pucks
out of the Spartan net at an
alarming rate for the last three
years. This Friday they lead their
team into Ann Arbor to face the
Now seniors, Foster and Essensa
have combined for a 114-28-2
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record and a goals against average of
less than 2.80. They've helped lead
the Spartans to three NCAA
tournaments. And with a 9-1 record
this year, roomates Foster and
Essensa are the major force behind
Michigan State's quest for a second
straight national championship.
"T H E Y' V E established
themselves as excellent
goalkeepers," said Michigan State
head coach Ron Mason. "The way I
look at it is that we've got two
goaltenders who can do the job."
' "You're not going to find a
better duo in college hockey,"
Illinois-Chicago head coach Val
Foster and Essensa are a
continuation of a Spartan
goaltending tradition that Mason
started when he took over as head
coach in 1979. In 1980 Mason
brought in Ron Scott, who went on
to become one of the school's all- -
"Initially having Ronnie Scott
helped us," Mason said. "When he
set the example, fortunately we
were able to pick up two good
coaches argue that a two-goalie
system is ideal.
"The way the game is played
right now if you have a pair of
goaltenders like (Foster and
Essensa) and can rotate them, that's
just a blessing in disguise," said
Belmonte. "It allows the
goaltenders to keep fresh and
"IT'S LIKE being married,"
said Miami head coach Bill
Davidge. "If they let you have two
wives, then wouldn't you? If one
doesn't do it, then the other does
"That was my ploy originally,"
said Mason. "With hockey the way
it is today, it's tough to come back
two straight days. If they can share
the load, both can do better."
Foster and Essensa both agreed
that their split duties have helped
the team. They proved it in last
year's championship game when
Michigan State beat Boston
College in the final, outscoring
them 6-4 and 4-2.
"When you get to the NCAA
tournament those games take a lot
out of you," said Foster. "When we
played Boston College, their
The one-two punch in the Spartan crease.
goaltenders in Foster and Essensa."
AMAZINGLY, the 56-25-3
record and two NCAA tournament
berths during Scott's last two years*
didn't satisfy Mason. So the
Spartan head coach decided to bring
in two top-notch goaltenders.
Since their first year (the '83-'84
season) Essensa and Foster have
grown accustomed to splitting
weekend duties. But with Essensa
injured in the 1985 NCAA final
against Providence, Foster played
both games and the heavily-favored
Spartans lost the series. Said
Essensa, "Norman had to play two
games and that's something he
wasn't used to."
Whether or not they are familar
or comfortable with it, most
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goaltender (Scott) Gordon played
the entire series. He got tired toward
the end of the season."
IN STAYING fresh the entire
season, however, Foster and
Essensa have eluded the glory of a
goaltender who occupies the top
"It does have its drawbacks,"
Essensa said. "When the writers
choose the (all-CCHA) squad,
they're going to look at the goalie
who plays all the time and gets the
Still, Foster and Essensa have
received a healthy share of
attention. But playing behind an
excellent Michigan State defense
has instilled doubts in some
people's minds about the
goaltending tandem's talent. Said
Michigan defenseman Jeff Norton,
"Most goalies on a good team are
Brad Jones, Michigan's leading
scorer, agreed. "There's the old
cliche: a goalie is only as good as
the team in front of them," he said,
"but if it comes down to a one-on-
one, you're going to have to beat
them (Essensa and Foster) with a
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Mother Nature took her tollon
the IM football playoffs last
Sunday with big gusts of wind and
frigid temperatures nipping and
numbing fingers and other exposed
body parts. Here's how the teams
Cherry Busters 8,
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The PITiful team Who Cares
just couldn't stand against the
Cherry Buster defense, which proud -
ly stated that they haven't given up
a point all season. Linebacker John
Danielski led the defense.
Quarterback Dave Martin ran the
ball in for the lone touchdown, then
threw to Glen Mezzatesta for the
"First of all," said Buster
manager "Woody" Willmer, "it was
freezing out there! We're psyched
about playing the semis in 'Bo's
Building' where it's warm."
438 W. Huron
over Sig Eps
Berkey's Team 0
The Bruisers cut Berkey's team
down with a tag in the endzone for
a two- point safety.
"The reason for the low scoring
was that wind blowing across the
field. We couldn't get the ball in
and score," said Bruiser Gary
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led his team in rushing.
Kelsey 'A' 14,
Despite its 4-1 record, Kelsey
struggled in the cold to wipe out
the Buttheads, 14-0. The hot play
of the game came with just seconds
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with Ted "Special" Kolias leading
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Antakli named Scott Clement the
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Sig Eps sweltered beneath the
AD Phi heat in an overtime
penetration. In the last minutes,
Rob Gardner sacked the Sig Eps
quarterback for a 10-yard loss. Then
the AD Phi defense took over from
there, holding them on their 40-yard
line for the win. George Piccard and
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right now. People are playing with
different people every week. When
the door stops swinging, we will
With his career on an upswing,
Hicks is optimistic. "Our defense is
not bad," he said. "We held Miami
and (quarterback Dan) Marino to
only 17 points. That is one of the
best offenses in the league.
"My goal right now is to get
back to my Pro Bowl form of two
years ago, and offer some
experience to the younger players."
The Student Alumni Council
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