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Michigan s Reign as Ice Hockey Ghampid

on Ends


Loss of Veter
Major Rebuil
Late Season Surge Ga
But RPI Icers Upset F
"Michigan's three year reign as
National Collegiate hockey cham-
pion has ended."
This was the gripping sentence
that was emblazoned on the front
'page of March 13th's Michigan
Daily, and symbolized in just ten
words Michigan's 1953-54 hockey
season. -
Via Heyliger's Wolverines were
the class of collegiate hockey for
three years running, and suddenly,
like a bolt from the blue, a fired-
up Rensselaer Polytechnic squad
smashed the Maize and Blue icers,
6-4, in the opening round of the
NCAA tourney out in Colorado
Springs, and snapped the string.
. The Engineers went on to win
the National title the next night
by beating Minnesota to cap the
most shocking tournament in col-
lege hockey history.
It wasn't a bad season for
Michigan however. The Wolverine
sextet wound up with a 15-7-2
overall record for season, includ-
ing a 12-3-1 Western Hockey
League record.
Finishing in second place in
the WHL, behind Minnesota's
flashy Gophers, the Maize and
Blue one again managed to
squeeze into a playoff berth at the
last moment. It took an 11 game
span without defeat, including a
two game sweep over Minnesota to
do the trick.

WOLVEINE JAY GOOLD appears pleased as teammate Doug Philpott scores the tally that defeats
Michigan State, 8-2, and moves Michigan one step closer to a playoff berth.
'M' Wrestlers Finish Second
To Purdue in Big Ten Meet

ans Forces
ding Pro gramn
ins Berth in Playoffs,
Favored Wolverines
enter the nets. The sophomore
goalie is boomed to be even better
than Ikola, and his fine hockey
against the Detroit Red Wings in
an exhibition tilt last season was
an indication that this is no lie.
The bulk of the team however
will be very green. Heyliger may Y
have the best team of his star -
studded career here, or he may BILL MacFARLAND
have the worst. Only time will tell caemytain-elect
what lady luck has in store for
the Wolverines. Michigan came home to face
However, taking into account none other than the World Champ-
the coaching genious of the stocky ion Detroit Red Wings of the
Heyliger, it is hard to conceive of National Hockey League in an ex-
a mediocre Michigan hockey team. hibition tilt at the Coliseum. Ob-
The black-haired coach will viously the Wings just toyed with
have a sensational forward pros- Michigan, to the tune of 10-1, with
pect, Tommy Rendall, to replace the high point coming when George
Chin, and interested Jerry Kar- Chin beat Terry Sawchuck in a
pinka, Dick Dunnigan, and Bernie scramble in front of the net for
Hanna to fill in the other offen- the lone Michigan goal.
sive slots. Michigan then went back to
Back on defense Heyliger will league play, and hammered home
try out Neil Buchanan's brother, a 7 4 win over the Spartans of
Mike, as well as Bob Schiller, a Michigan State in East Lansing's
very hard shot, and rugged Bob Demonstration Hall. MacFarland
Pitts. Fill in such younger veter- hit for three goals as the Maize and
ans as Yves Hebert, Terry Shea- Blue staved off a last period State
han, and Don MacArthur, and you rally to win.
have the Michigan hockey picture The teams came back to Ann
for the 1954-55 season. Arbor the following night to play
Reviewing the Michigan hockey before one of the largest hockey
season just past, one finds a con- crowds in years, as thousands of
tinual series of ups and dos. eager students were turned away,
From the depths of the league and line formed nearly the'
standings, the Wolverines rose to length of the Coliseum out in the
the top, only to slip back again cold January night.
because of a guy named Schiller. Things were plenty warm inside,
Culminating in the heart-break- though, as MacFarland blasted
ing but thrilling playoff defeat to home two nifty goals to pace a
Rensselaar, the '53-'54 season will 3-1 Michigan triumph, and make
be long remembered. it 18 straight wins over the Spar-
The Maize and Blue opened with tans since 1928, and boostedacthe
TheMaie ad Bue pend wthMaize and Blue to fifth place in
a win on Dec. 5, when a tough Mc- the seven team league.
Gill sextet came down from Can-t-l
ada to absorb a 7-2 drubbing be- Crucial Series
fore a roaring opening night crowd January 15th found the Heyliger
of 3,000. The next night however, forces in Minneapolis, the home
it was a; different story, as the of Johnny Mayasich and company,
Redmen staved off a desperate supposedly the best college hockey
Michigan rally to win, 7-5. team in the land. Playing before
Chin n Comandnearly seven thousand screaming
Chin in Command fans in Williams arena, Michigan
George Chin took command of lost the opener, 5-4, as Dick Dough-
the next game, when, on Dec. 11, erty pounded home a 20 foot goal
the Maize and Blue whaled Toron- with only 20 seconds left to play.
to University here, 6-1. Chin fired The next night, though the Wol-
home four goals to lead the Michi- verines hardly realized it at the
gan victory, but couldn't hit the time, was the beginning of the
next night as Toronto goalie Jack long trail up. Michigan played its
Ross became the first goalie to best game of the year to whip the
hold Michigan scoreless since 19- Gophers in their own home lot,
46 as the teams fought to a 0-0 4-3, as Doug Mullen smacked home
stalemate. the winning marker with two and
Christmas vacation came and the a half minutes to play.
Michigan hockey team took to the The next weekend, Michigan
road to open the Western Hockey rolled its win streak to three, as
League season at North Dakota, it tamed a scrappy Michigan Tech
The huge Sports Palace at Grand outfit at Dee Stadium in Houghton
Forks was packed to capacity that twice. One of the tilts extended
night of Dec. 18, and it roared its Michigan into its first overtime of
approval as the Sioux rolled to a the year, until Doug Philpott ended
horrendous 10-3 triumph, Michi- it all with a blistering goal. The
gan's worst beating in nine sea- night before, the Heyliger men
sons. The next night it was almost rolled to a lopsided, though rough,
as bad, as the Sioux, paced by triumph.
all-American Ben Cherski and Ken After scholastic troubles had
Purpur, hammered the Wolverine taken their toll, and three players
nets to the tune .of a 5-3 triumph, were forced to drop from the squad
and dropped the Heyligermen into because of poor grades, the Wol-
the basement of the WHL. verines still kept up its march to-

ward a playoff berth by dumping
a tough Denver outfit 11-4 in a
wild Coliseum game. MacFarland
fired in five goals to pace the
winners, as a slim crowd cheered
the Wolverines on. The next night,
Denver almost beat the Wolverines
with a third period rally, as the
Maize and Blue began to show
effects of four games five nights.
Chin came to the rescue however,
and clinched the game with a
minute remaining with a goal mak-
ing the score 5-3 and giving Michi-
gan its fifth straight win.
Now coasting along in third
place,t he Wolverines faced off a-
gainst a tough Colorado College
outfit the following weekend in the
Coliseum. Over 2500 fans screamed
wildly as the Blueshirts hit three
times in' the second period to sew
up a neat 5-1t riumph. Highlight
of the game was Colorado goalie
Ken Kinsley's save, which saw
him leap almost six feet through
the air to stop Jay Goold's shot.
This game apparently broke the
Tiger backs, and the next night
Michigan won its seventh in a row
by pounding out a 9-2 triumph be-
fore ahuge crowd. The victory
moved the Wolverines into first
place in the Western Hockey
League, and the Ann Arbor campus
was swept up in a Hockey mania.
Schiller Stars
Back up to State went Michigan
on February 20, and it was there
that the fine streak almost was
ended with a loss. As it was,
Michigan had to fight for its life
to preserve a scoreless tie, as the
fired up Spartans, inspired by their
little goalie Eddie Schiller stopped
the Michigan attack completely.
In sudden death overtime, Michi-
gan's Chin came riding in right
on top of Schiller, fired at point
blank range, and the slick goalie
just nicked the puck with his
skate, and the shot was stopped.
Michigan then returned home the
next night to play before another
sellout crowd at the.Coliseum, and
camet hrough with a slick 3-2 win.
The stage was set fort he series
of the year, as Minnesota rolled
into Ann Arbor for a crucialt wo
game series. Michigan needed a
split witht he Gophers to gain a
berth in the NCAA playoffs, and

all tickets were sold as soon as
they were put on sale.
The Maize and Blue played its
top hockey of the, entire year by
whipping the Gophers in the opener
6-3 and in the second tilt, 5-2, as
a bevy of players shared the scor-
Johnny Mariucci's rugged Go-
phers were scuttled by good hard
team play, and Michigan was on its
way to Colorado and the national
After a 12-8 exhibition loss to
the Grand Rapids Rockets of the
professional International Hockey
league, the Maize and Blue, sport-
ing an undefeated skein of 11
straight, flew to Colorado by char-
tered plane, and once again cast
their awesome shadow on th e
Broadmoor Hotel's swank Ice Pal-
But the pre-tournament favorite
role which the Wolverines enjoyed
just wasn't a good luck token this
time. The amazing Engineers of
RPI, led by diminutive Abbie
Moore, and the aggressive Frank
Chiarelli smaked the Heyligermen
with a 6-4 defeat, and the Wolver-
ine invincibility myth was nothing
but a mere memory.
Third Place Trophy
The following day, the Maize and
Blue pasted Boston College with
a 7-2 defeat to garner the third
place trophy, and UPI downed
Minnesota for the title.
It was a long and thrilling season,
but no greater thrill came than
the awarding of the cherished Pen-
rose Memorial Trophy to Vic Hey-
liger as the Coach of the Year.
Heyliger, who guided the Maize
and Blue to seven straight NCAA
playoff berths and four national
titlesawas certainly deserving of
the award as he led a slumping
squad of tired veterans to an 11
game undefeated streak, culmin-
ating in a NCAA playoff berth.
So ended the 1953-54 hockey sea-
son, and in just a few months now
the Hill Street Coliseum will be
resounding with the sound of speed-
ing skates and slashing sticks as
once again the king of all wnter
sports gets underway-and another
season of new thrills and excite-
ment for Michigan's faithful hock-
ey fans swings underway.

Led for the second straight year
by Captain Norvard "Snip" Na-
lan, the 1953-54 edition of the
Michigan wrestling team finished'
the season by taking second place
behind Purdue in the Big Ten
Coach Cliff Keen's Wolverines
were the defending champions
and they had all the fight and
spirit that a champion could pos-
sees but the depth of the Boiler-
maker squad proved too much for
Captain Nalan and Captain-elect
Andy Kaul were the only Michigan
grapplers to capture champion-
ship crowns but uoder the con-
ference scoring system of six
points for first, four for second,
two for third, one for fourth and
one for every fall three other men
added valuable points to the Mich-,
igan cause.
Nalan copped his third Big Ten
130-pound title in as many years
of competition as he dcwned Jim
1inandinos of Michigan State by a
5-3 score. Sinandinos, who had
compiled a 7-2 record during the
dual meet season, 1 ad also won
the National AAU tite last year as
a freshman.
Eighteen in a Row
Kaul garnered the 137-pound
crown when he defeated Len Vys-
koscil of Northwestern by a 4-1
score. In his preliminary match
Kaul pinned Indiana's Howard
Fisher at 4:06 and then went on


veteran outfit
to defeat Bill Turner of Illinois, Wolverine grapplers placed among Last season's squad was a vet-
6-0, in the semi-final match. the top four in their respective eran outfit, headed by a crack
Kaul, who hails from St. Mary's, weight classes, senior front line of George Chin,
Pennsylvania, entered the Confer- Sophomore Places Fourth Pat Cooney, and Doug Mullen. At
ence competition with a record of Michigan sophomore Frank Hirt defense was captain Jim Haas,
18 straight victories during the took fourth in the 130-pound di- and rock-ribbed Bert Dunn. In the
last two years of dual meet com- iina euto i st e- nets was the cat-like Willard Iko-
petition. He is only a junior and vision as a result of his loss to Ter- nt a h a-ieWladIo
therefore will have the opprtuand ry McCann of Iowa in the conso- la. All six were seniors, and are
tedefend his crown thisyart lation matches held after the fi- gone, and now Heyliger must re-
ty year nals. build almost completely. Gone too
when he will be in his fourth sea- J are dependable Doug Philpott, and
son of inter-collegiate competition. John McMahon who was wres- tough defensemen Lou Paolatto
This is due to the fact that he tling at 157 pounds also receivet d and Reg Shave.
competed as a freshman during a fourth place when he was de - Iaseg tBiShave.car
the 1951-52sseason, the one year feated by Harlan Jenkinson of land captain elect of the squad
it was allowed. Iowa. and an All-American prospect
Another Wolverine, sophomore Former Wolverine gridder Bob leads the small list of returnees.
Don Haney, competed in one of Hurley gave one of the most im- MacFarland is a fast and shifty
the most unusual matches ever pressive performances of the en- center that had the huge crowds
recorded in the Big Ten record tire meet when he wrestled to a that jammed Michigan's Coliseum
books when he met Bud Weick of fourth place finish, losing to Lar- cheering enthusiastically whenev-
Purdue in the final of the 147- ry Fowler of Michigan State in the er he even touched the puck.
pound division, consolation event, Also returning is wing Jay
At the end of the regulation Hurley, a senior, had been wres- Goold, a tough-luck kid who
nine minutes both men had wres. tling for only five weeks and yet smashed his knee last season but
tied to a 1-1 score. The decision he held Fowler, who was in his should add plenty to the Heyliger
was now up to the referees, two third year of competition, to a 1-1 forces this season. Big Neil Bu-
of whom acted as judges watching tie. The match was awarded 'to chanan, who is a bulwark at de-
every move of both wrestlers, with Fowler on a referee's decision. fense, will return, as will the only
the third 'serving as mat referee This was the end of Captain Na- senior on the team, Bill Lucier.
awarding points as they were scor- lan's Big Ten competition but cer- Lucier is a fine goalie, but was
ed by each man. All three referees tainly not the end of his collegiate relegated to the bench in favor
hesitated for a moment, then they matches for he and three of his of Ikola for the past three seasons,
marked their ballots and the de- teammates were entered in the only making occasional showings.
cision was awarded to Weick. NCAA tournament at the Univer- Lucier was thrust into a crucial
This was not the end of the sity of Oklahoma. series at Michigan Tech last sea-
Michigan scoring for three other The diminutive Wolverine Cap- son when Ikola was injured, and
Wolverine grapplers placed among tain was defending titlist in the came through with flying colors.
the top four in their respective 130-pound division and he was However, there is a good chance
weight classes. set on retaining the crown. In the that Lucier may still gather. splin-
This was not the end of the preliminary and quarter - final ters this season for Heyliger has
Michigan scoring for three other (Continued on Page 7) sensational Loren Howes ready to

Successful Tennis Campaign
'Results in Second Place Finish



(Continued from Page 4)

Mitchell supplied the losers with'
their only victory. The sophomore
came from behind to beat John:
Brogan, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Mitchell and
his partner Sassone, dropped a :
long drawn out match, 6-2, 6-8,
8-6. The doubles contest lasted
through 36 games.

back-court man, he uses an un-
orthodox, sweeping motion in his
shots that gives the ball a great
deal of spin.
The best doubles combination
was the combine of Bob Neder-
lander and Mann in the number
two doubles slot. Viciagous 11
times during the regular season,

Back in Ann Arbor, the Maize the duo whipped through four op-
and Blue obtained revenge. It was ponents at Champaign to garner

the first victory over a Michigan'
State tennis team since 1950. It
was Mann, "playing one of his
greatest games," in the words of
Murphy, who opened the gates for
the Michigan squad. The netter
defeated Pore, last year's number
five, singles champion, 6-3, 7-5.1
The best individual record on
the squad over the season was
turned in by Mitchell who piled
up a record of 12 wins and only
two losses. Primarily a base-lnie or

Michigan's only individual cham-
Great things are expected of the
1955 tennis team. Not only does
Coach Murphy have the same team
intact next year, but he has a
couple of excellent prospects com-
ing up from the freshman team.
Murphy is not predicitng that his
netters will end a 10-year famine,
but that Michigan has an excellent
chance of dethroning Indiana next
year, there can be no doubt.










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