vs. Western Michigan
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Central Michigan
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, December 6, 1988
Refs blow whistle
on 'Micer parade
BY RICHARD EISEN
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
BOSTON - There must be something about Hockey East referees that
make them want to call tight games. Maybe it was something their parents
did to them as a child.
Clean your plate, Junior.
In last weekend's trip to Boston, the nitpicking Hockey East referees
cleaned the ice. Although they called penalties approximately equally on
both teams, some of the infractions were close calls.
Actually, some of them would have been better left uncalled. Accustomed
to a more loose, rough style of play in their own league, the Wolverines fell
prey to the tight Hockey East referees and found themselves two players
short in four instances last weekend.
Down two players, Michigan became easy pickings for both Boston
College and Boston University, which scored on three 5 on 3 opportunities.
"(BU) had six power play goals. It seemed like they were on a power play
all game," said Michigan co-captain Myles O'Connor. "It's our fault. We
knew coming in here the referees ref a different game up here and I think
everyone would admit that we took stupid penalties and it cost us."
The two player disadvantage couldn't have hurt Michigan more than in
the Boston College game. Tied at three with 2:45 remaining, the two teams
seemed headed for a fantastic finish until the refs got in the way.
Clean the ice, Junior.
AFTER they placed Kent Brothers in the penalty box for holding, Alex
Roberts was called for hooking only 10 seconds later. Normally, refs
swallow their whistle in the waning moments of a close game, but not
these officials. With the two-player advantage, BC put the game away,
scoring two goals in nine seconds.
"It was a good call but when it's 3-3, a good game, the fans were into it,
the referee's job is to stay out of the game," Brothers said. "I think he's
gotta put (his whistle) in his back pocket sometimes."
Although Brothers' penalty was warranted, calling a penalty on Roberts
just 10 seconds later was inane. Nobody wants to see a game decided by
some striped shirt nobody with a whistle.
Foreshadowing the finish, the officials called the game tightly, giving
Michigan co-captain Todd Brost a ten-minute misconduct for briefly arguing
It's surprising that the officials didn't give Brost two extra minutes for
THE 5 on 3 bugaboo felled Michigan once again Saturday night, with
BU coach Jack Parker calling it "the key to the game."
BU got its first 5 on 3 goal after Marc Sorenson and Roberts received
penalties within 26 seconds of each other. With 2 minutes left in the game,
with the score 8-3, the refs whistled Billy Jaffe for hooking and Roberts for
delay of game.
Delay of game? What game? Why give a team up by five goals a two-
player advantage with two minutes to go?
"There were people that think the refereeing was not as good as it could
have been," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "But on the other hand we
gave up six power play goals and that was obviously the game."
The onus of both Wolverine losses, however, cannot be fully placed on
the referee's shoulders. Not only was the penalty killing non-existant, but
against BU, the refs gave Michigan a 5 on 3 opportunity of its own and
Michigan failed to score.
"We knew what to expect coming in here. We can't blame anybody but
ourselves," O'Connor said. "We can't put the blame on the referees. The
referees didn't put the puck in the net - they did. We have only ourselves
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R presents the final lecture in a series on Perestroika
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in the Twentieth Century, and The Making of the Georgian Nation. Professor
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Blue grapples with
fo r h p aeBY DAVID HYMAN
They say things don't change - only people and times do. The
Michigan wrestling team, along with Oklahoma State, Arizona State and
Iowa State, all held true to form this past weekend at the Las Vegas Classic.
The Wolverines placed fourth (79.5 points), for the second year in a row,
behind three of the five teams that finshed ahead of them at the NCAA's last
The Cowboys from Oklahoma won easily like their fellow collegian,
Barry Sanders did in winning the Heisman. They placed all ten wrestlers,
with four in the finals and three champions. They tallied 165 points
followed by Arizona State's 105.5 and Iowa State's 81.5.
"It was really a race for second place," said Michigan assistant coach Joe
Wells. "Oklahoma State, at this point in time, clearly is the team favorite,
and after that, the race is pretty close."
HOWEVER, the Wolverines could have easily moved into third place if
not for a controversial decision.
Larry Gotcher lost a 3-2 decision in the semifinals to Stacey Richmond
of Michigan State in the 142-pound division. Richmond then lost to two-
time All-American Pat Santoro of Pittsburgh.
"Both wrestlers were inactive and we got on the short end of the stalling
calls and came up one point short," said Wells. "It was actually a very, very
close match and then it goes down to the decision of the official.
"I'm convinced he (Gotcher) can beat anybody in the country and he can
be the national champion. There's no doubt in my mind that Larry is as
tough a competitor as anybody in any weight class of any school in the
TWO of Michigan's All-Americans, John Fisher (134) and Joe Pantaleo
(158), continued to display their strength in earning individual
championship honors. Fisher defeated Chuck Barbee of Oklahoma State, 12-
6 and Pantaleo defeated Jim Pearson of Indiana in their respective finals.
What Michigan will need to stay competitive with the top teams, is a
balanced performance from their upperweight classes, plus the successes of
Fisher and Pantaleo.
James Dye, at 177-pounds, lost a couple of close matches, but was able
to bouce back and place eighth. At the 190-pound division, Fritz Lehrke
placed sixth and this was encouraging. Lehrke, if not for a couple of
mistakes in early matches, could have placed higher.
"He wrestled much better than he has in the last couple of tournaments
and he is starting to put it together," said Wells. "He's got the right atttitude
and the right approach and has an aggressive style of wrestling which will
allow him to be right in the race.
"We're definitely capable of improving upon our position of fourth. Our
goal is to win the conference and to win the NCAA tournament and in order
to do that, we have to have everybody clicking."
JESSICA GREENE /Daily
Michigan defenseman Alex Roberts was one of the Wolver-
ines placed in a Boston penalty box this weekend.
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BY ADAM BENSON
Tonight, the women's basket-
ball team is starting over.
After last weekend's deflating
loss to Central Michigan, the
Wolverines (1-1) return to Crisler
Arena, looking to regain their
season-opening spirit against
The Wolverines played better
in the Central loss than in the
opening victory over Toledo.
Guard Carol Szczechowski fore-
sees the team's continued im-
provement with better results.
"We can't afford another loss
(in the non-conference season),"
Szczechowski said. "We want to
start making a name for ourselves
and we want fans to come. A good
team should be able to overcome
The way the fiesty Szczec-
howski plays guard would make
the Detroit Pistons proud. Diving
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