JANUART 6, 1952
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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... By Ed Whip ple
T'S AN INDICATION of something 'r other when three alleged
punces can draw more attention to Michigan hockey in two
weeks than three national championships have brought in five years.
Citizens who normally show no more interest in puckchasing
than a deep sea diver would in employment at a two-minute auto
wash have all been inquiring, "What're they gonna do with the feller
that hit the referee in Denver?"
Whatever the fate of John McKennell, the agitators .from
Colorado, led by Cheddy Thompson, Colorado College hockey
coach and President of the American College Hockey Coaches
Association, have made the most of a minor incident to get even
with the Wolverines and their coach, Vic Heyliger. The Colorado
cortege has always found it hard to swallow Michigan's NCAA
championship wins in its own back yard.
In other words, it's a put up job. Thompson, who functions as
God, Junior, in Colorado hockey circles, has been publicly miffed at
Heyliger since November. He blames the Michigan mentor for the
institution of a rule barring freshmen this year from Midwest Hockey
League competition. Colorado College had a dozen first-year men
mgde ineligible by the regulation.
If You Can't Win. ..
BEFORE PRECIPITATING McKennell's suspension, Thompson
climbed up on the curb long enough to shout some pious gener-
alities about adhering to rules and ruining hockey with brawls.
"If McKennell plays this season, all rules go out the window,"
Thompson asserted. Some Colorado writers have even stated Michi-
gan may be boycotted in future schedule making; others contend the
Wolverines will be thrown out of the Midwest League if Fritz Crisler
4*makes the wrong decision.". It's a new twist to the adage, "If you
can't beat 'em, join 'em.". If you can't do either, don't play 'em.
As of today, all Crisler has to base his decision on is a.
recommendation b'y the Board of Governors of the coaches' asso-
ciation, which is comprised of Thompson, and four or five Eastern
mentors who are so far removed from the situation as Santa Claus
from Ann Arbor on the Fourth of July. Crisler has tossed the ball
back to Thompson, demanding signed statements from all con-
cerned before taking further action.
In spite of his professed concern for the welfare of hockey,
Thompson didn't hesitate to rush Crisler's telegram declaring Mc-
Kennell had been "temporarily suspended" into print. That dragged
the rhubarb out one more day in the eyes of the nation. Thompson
' disregarded the fact that Crisler did not grant permission for pub-
lication of the communication.
No Hearing for Michigan .. .
THOMPSON. REPORTEDLY is acting on complaint of the Rocky
Mountain Hockey Officials' Association, which is comprised mainly
of former Colorado College hockey players. Where the original com-
plaint came from is difficult to determine also, because Mike Yalich,
the embattled referee, stated he didn't desire to press charges against
McKennell. Yalich was captain of the Colorado hockey team in
Here are some further FACTS that speak for themselves:
1-The coaches' Board of Directors and officials recommended
suspension without so much as talking with a single member of
Michigan's party. Neither McKennell, Captain Johnny Matchefts, or
Heyliger was asked for a statement by hockey authorities in Denver.
No charges were made to Heyliger or anyone else until the team
was back in Ann Arbor.
2-Newspaper reports of the game dwelt only briefly on the
whole incident of the scuffle after the disputed winning goa It
was written off as a minor detail. But with the next editions the
same writers demanded MKennell's suspension, and the game
3-McKennell and Matchefts each deny McKennell hit Yalich.
The Wolverine captain insists he had his arms around his line-mate,
who was trying to reach the referee.
And even those who insist McKennell is guilty admit his only
mistake was not hitting the referee harder, it hockey officiating in
these parts is any inkling of what it is in Colorado.
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en the gap to 50-28. Wolverine
shooting picked up in the third
quarter (5 for 24) and conse-
quently the scoreboard read
only 58-35 following 30 minutes
of loosely-played basketball.
Perigo cleared the bench in the
final period, and the eager re-
serves, sparked by reserve center
Leo (Tarzan) Schlicht went on a
point-getting drive that netted 11
markers to 21 for the visitors.
SCHLICHT DREW the biggest
cheers of the night, tearing off the
bench with two minutes remain-
ing, and immediately converting
on two of three hook shots. This
swelled the last quarter Maize and
Blue scoring figures to four for 24.
Elongated Maize and Blue for-
ward Milt Mead took what there
was of scoring honors for the
home team with a 10-point har-
vest. Ebert, the sensational 6-4
OSU junior, registered 7 of 19
field goal efforts and eight of
13 free throws for his 22-point
He was closely followed by
Wilks, who mashed 17, and Cap-
tain Tom Williams, who funnelled
Next on the schedule for the
Wolverine cagers is Northwestern,
which meets Michigan at Evan-
ston Saturday. Over the Christmas
holiday, Perigo's hoopsters drop-
ped two verdicts to Indiana, 88-
60 and 91-88, annexed their lone
loop win, with an 88-75 score over
Purdue, and lost a 67-63 non-con-
ference decision to Butler in Ann
* * *
Puck Squad Cops Kansas State'
Pitt Grapplers Pin 19-9
Defeat on'1' Mat Squad
Three out of Four;
Denver Snaps 14 Game Win Streak
On Disputed Goal in Overtime Win
By PAUL GREENBERG
Michigan's hard-skating hockey
squad copped three out of the:
four contests they played on the
road during the Christmas inter-
The Wolverines took two
straight from Colorado College
3-2 and 10-6 and then conquered
Denver 5-2 before bowing to
Coach Neil Celley's Pioneers, 5-4
IT WAS in the loss to Denver
that senior wing John McKennell
got into a scrap with Referee Mike
Yalich, causing his temporary
suspension by Athletic Director
H. 0. "Fritz" Crisler. The alter-
cation came about after Coach
Vic Heyliger and his players pro-
tested the winning sudden-death
goal scored by Pioneer Dave
The first line of McKennell,
Captain Johnny Matchefts and
Earl Keyes again paced Michigan
to its victories. Matchefts kept
his lead in the scoring race with
nine points on three goals and
six assists, putting his seasons to-
tal at 14.
* * *
McKENNELL ranks as Michi-
gan's number two scorer. with 12
counters, after racking up three
goals and four assists on the road.
Keyes follows close behind with
11, scoring five goals and two as-
sists in the four games in Colo-
Happily for Heyliger's sextet,
the second line showed flashes
of the brilliance that they lack-
ed in the first two games.
George Chin finally got his con-
tact lenses to work right and
flashed the red light on four
occasions as well as picking up
Center Doug Philpott earned
four assists as his passes clicked
and cashed in his second goal of
the young season. Wing Pat
Cooney netted a pair of goals.
* * *
THE SERIES with Colorado
was a surprisingly easy one for
the Wolverines. Traditionally
rugged opponents, the Tigers roll-
ed over and played dead in the'
second contest after putting up
a convincing show in the tight
3-2 first game.
The second line sparked the
team to the win as Cooney and'
Philpott scored two of Michi-
gan's three goals. The next
night, the Colorado skaters
loafed and let Michigan build
up leads of 5-0 and 8-1 before
WITH A DAY'S rest, the Wol-
verines journeyed down the road
to meet the highly touted Denver
pucksters and continued their
winning ways by downing the tal-
ented Pioneers easily 5-2.
The next evening Walt Morin
replaced the harassed George
Mooney in the Denver nets and
his superb work turned the tide.
Denver punched out to a 2-0 lead
early in the second period only
to have Michigan go out in front
with three scores in the latter
part of the same frame.
The Pioneers tied it up and
went ahead with nine minutes
gone in the third period only to
have Keyes knot the scqre two
minutes later on assists from Mc-
Kennell and Matchefts. It stayed
tied until the end of the final
period necessitating the 10 min-
ute sudden-death overtime which
ended in Wylie's contested goal.
Leads in AP
NEW YORK -- (AP) -- Kansas
State widened its lead in the As-
sociated Press basketball poll yes-
terday, pulling away from run-
ner-up Seton Hall to take the
No. 1 post for the second straight
Kansas State, beaten only once
in eight games, was voted the top
spot by 31 of the 101 sportswriters
and broadcasters across the coun-
try participating in the poll.
THE K-STATERS piled up 758
points -on4 the usual basis of 10
points for first, nine for second
and so forth. Seton Hall, which
trailed Kansas State by a slim
five points last week, was voted
tops by 20 writers and finished
with 647 points.
La Salle's once-beaten team,
which led the poll the first two
weeks only to drop down to third
last week, placed in the No. 3
spot again, with Illinois holding
The 20 leaders:
1. Kansas State (7-1)...........758
2. Seton Hall (13-0)............647
3. LaSalle (11.1).................2
4. Illinois (5-1).................525
5. Oklahoma A&M (10-1).......441
6. Washington (9-1)............369
7. Indiana (4-2).................59
8. Fordliar (9-0) ...............220
9. N. Carolina St. (12-2)........212
10. W. Kentucky (9-2) ............188
11. Louisiana St. (7-1) ............133
12. So. California (10-1) ..........116
13. Notre Dame (7-1) ........... 107
14. HolyCross .(5'-2) ...... .86
15. Navy (6-0)...................83
16. Seattle (9-2) .................. 66
17. Tulsa (9-2)...................59
118. Idaho (6-4)................... 56
19 Minnesota (5-2)..............47
20. California (5-4)............... 39
By DAVE LIVINGSTON
A powerful Pittsburgh mat team
dealt Coach Cliff Keen's Wolver-
ine grapplers their first defeat of
the season, 19-9 last night at Yost
The Maize and Blue wrestlers,
who had decisively whipped To-
ledo in their opener two weeks
ago, managed to take only three
bouts from Coach Rex Peery's un-
* * *
THE VICTORY for Pitt mark-
ed the second straight year it has
beaten Michigan, as the boys from
Pennsylvania edged the Wolver-
ines, 15-14, last season.
Captain "Snip" Nalon, Andy
Kaul, and Dick O'Shaughnessy
copped the only decisions that
went Michigan's way last night,
although nearly every match
wasn't decided until the final
With the score of his bout tied
7-7 and only 20 seconds to go in
the final period, Nalon scored a
reversal good for two points and
a 9-7 decision over his 130-pound
opponent, John George.
* * *
IN THE NEXT and third match
of the evening Kaul, in the 137-
pound class, edged George Mat-
thews, 5-3, to put the Wolverines
into an 8-6 advantage in the team
score, their only lead of the meet.
gained the other Maize and
Blue victory in the final bout
when he competely outclassed
Pitt's Harold Hunter.
Although O'Shaughnessy won
by a narrow 5-2 margin, he spent
most of his energy in the last
couple periods trying to keep his
opponent from crawling off the
mat, a curious tendency that
more than a few of the other Pitt
* * *
THE PANTHER'S NCAA champ
and Olympic star, Hugh Peery
(son of the coach), got his team
off to a fighting start when he
pinned 123-pound Joe Atkins in
In the 157-pound class Char-
les Uram scored a surprising
5-3 upset over Michigan's Miles
Wolverine Joe Scandura drop-
ped another close decision at 147
pounds when Bob Cook outlasted
him to win, 11-9.
The only other fall of the meet
came in the 167-pound division
with Joe Solomon of Pittsburgh
pinning Ron Horne in 5:14.
* * *
123--Hugh Peery (T) pinned Joe
Atkins (M) 8:07.
130-"Snip" Nalon (M) defeated
John George (T) 9-7.
137-Andy Kaul (M) defeated
George Matthews (T) 5-3.
147-Bob Cook (T) defeated Joe
Scandura (M) 11.9.
157-Charles Uram (T) defeated
Miles Lee (M) 5-3.
167-Joe Solomon (T) pinned Ron
Horne (M) 5:14.
177-Harvin Krause (T) defeated
Harold Holt (M) 5-3.
(M) defeated Harold Hunter (T) 5-2.
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OHIO STATE FG
Williams, F .........4
Hatfield, G ..........1
Mead, F .............4
Groffsky, C....... ..2
Pavichevich, G .......0
Lawrence, G .........3
Stern, G .............0
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MICHIGAN......... 9 12 14
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