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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 1955

TnE MIC116AIN DAILY

FAGS TIMED

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9,1955 'tHE 311(JliI6A'% UAILI PAGE TflREI

The Morning After
... by HANLEY GURWIN
Cheddy Thompson is probably thinking along about now that
maybe his Colorado College hockey team has been a little too success-
ful for its own good.
While in their process of coasting to their first league champion-
ship since 1952, the Tigers certainly aided Vic Heyliger's Michigan
Wolverines on their march to the NCAA playoffs.
One of the main reasons that the Wolverine icers were able to
land the second place spot in the league standings was that Thomp-
son's crew was mowing down the other members of the loop.
Minnesota, North Dakota, and then Michigan Tech all bowed to
the revitalized Bengals, thereby permitting the Maize and Blue to
earn the playoff slot with another late season surge, a trademark of
the last three Wolverine hockey seasons.
Although any NCAA hockey fan would admit that the playoffs
just wouldn't be the same without the perennial visitors from Ann
Arbor, Thompson most likely is more concerned about his team's
chances of winning than he is about tradition.
He knows full well that the pressure will be on his local sextet
to bring the NCAA Trophy back where the sponsors of the annual
extravaganza feel that it belongs. For the first five years, Colorado
College, like Michigan, succeeded in landing a spot in the tourney, but
only in 1950 did the home team succeed in satisfying. the manage-
ment.
Broadmoor 'Darlings' .,.
For the past two seasons, the "darlings" of the Broadmoor were
not even in the spectacle, having been replaced by Johnny Mariucci's
Gophers from the Minnesota campus. Now the home team is back in
action and the fans are hoping for a repeat of 1950.
But while the fans are hoping for a repeat of 1950, in their minds
they know only too well that most likely their Tigers will have to
take care of Vic Heyliger and his squad if they are to win the title.
In Colorado Springs the Wolverines are known as the "New York
Yankees of college hockey," a squad that will employ every trick in
the book to win a game. The local fans respect the Wolverines, but
at the same time they dislike them intensely. When the Colorado team
was missing during the last two tourneys, they didn't especially care
who won-as long as it wasn't Michigan.
In the past few years their hatred for the Heyligermen has grown
even more intense, the Wolverines appearing as "mean" hockey play-
ers and their coach as a "villain."
They blame the failure of Colorado College to win a berth in the
1953 tournament to a last minute eligibility ruling which gave the ax
to junior college transfers usually eligible in NCAA and Rocky Moun-
tain Conference regulations. It seems that they intimate that Heyliger
engineered the eligibility rule and that the ruling helped the Wolver-
ines to their third straight championship.
The "hate Michigan" complex seemed to mount last year when
the Wolverines, playing their usual style of close contact hockey, were
handed penalty after penalty by the Eastern referees who were used
to watching the "dainty" style of play which is most evident in that
section of the country.
In any event the Colorado faithful despise Michigan and love
the local lads. They will be mighty disappointed if Thompson does
not come up with a winner this year.
Wolverine Chances.. ..
The logical question to ask now is just what are the Tiger's chances
of dumping the resurgent Wolverines. A quick review of the past cam-
paign might throw a little light on the subject.
Colorado started off the season in high gear, sweeping through
virtually all opposition until a mid-February slump when they dropped
three out of four contests. Included in the early string however, was a
fluke victory over Michigan which took a last minute controversial pen-
alty to provide the victory margin.
Leading by one goal with less than a minute remaining, Michigan
seemed to have the game won when a questionable penalty was called
on a Maize and Blue icer. Evidently one Wolverine questioned the
penalty too vehemently, for he ,too was chased from the arena. Two
quick goals gave CC the victory and sent the Ann Arborites home from
the Broadmoor smarting from two straight setbacks.
It must be'said, however, that the Wolverines, three-quarters of
whom had never played in a WIHL game previously, had played the
two-game set with a rather depleted squad. Mike Buchanan had not
as yet become eligible while Bob Schiller, the other bulwark of the rear
guard, was in the hospital here in Ann Arbor still nursing a broken
cheek bone.
In the meantime Heyliger's crew has come a long way. With the
customary late season splurge, the icers swept through eight straight
league games as the offensive units began to sparkle and the defense
meshed to form a solid wall of resistance.-
The team leaves from Willow Run this afternoon for the Broad-
moor in the "NCAA Special," knowing full well that it possesses the
ability to come back with another championship. No wonder Cheddy
Thompson is a bit worried.

Illinois GymI'

Hockey Squad Embarks Today 'e*,Baebl

Win Causes
No Surprise
Winkler Stars in '
Fifth Place Finish
By DAVE GREY
If the results of a Big Ten
Championship Meet could be said
to have come exactly as expected,
then the gymnastics tournament
held this past weekend at Minne-
apolis, Minnesota, would certainly
be a prime example.
Illinois' sixth straight title un-
der the deft tutelage of Coach
Charlie Pond was no surprise. The
talented Illini, with 139% points,
were followed by Michigan State,
with 91%, and vastly improved
Iowa, with 88%.
The rest of the pack fell into
logical order. Injury-riddled Min-
nesota did exceptionally well to
score 56/, followed by Michigan's
fifth place total of 38, Ohio State's
25, Wisconsin's eight, and Indi-
ana's one. Northwestern, with only
three entries, did not score, while
Purdue does not have a gymnastics
team.
Best performance in the other-
wise mediocre Wolverine showing
came from the trampoline duo of
Captain Bill Winkler, who won a
fourth place medal, and Frank
Adams, who tied for fifth. Wink-
The all-campus, residence
hall, and fraternity diving con-
tests will be held at the I-M
Building tonight at 8 p.m. The
social fraternity swimming
meet will take place Thursday
evening at 7:30 p.m.
-Earl Riskey
ler had placed fourth last year and
Adams 10th, but third man Jack
Burchfield was unable to qualify
in the top ten again this year.
Tightening up during the quali-
fying rounds on Friday afternoon
and evening hurt Michigan's chan-
ces considerably on Saturday. Vic-
tims of elimination in the first
round of competition were Wayne
Warren and Bob Armstrong in
both the flying rings and side horse
and Norm Niedermeier in the free
exercise.
Coach Newt Loken was pleased
with sophomore Nick Wiese's fifth
in the flying rings and eighth in
all-around and Tony San Anto-
nio's fifth in the parallel bars
against such brilliant versatile
competitors as Illinois' Tom Gard-
ner, MSC's Carleton Rintz, and
Iowa's lively sophomore, Sam
Bailie.
FRATERNITY BASKETBALL
1st Place Playoffs
Phi Delta Theta 50, Beta Theta Pi 38
2nd Place Playoffs
Alpha Epsilon Pi 24, Phi Gamma Del-
ta 19
Delta Tan Delta 38, Tau Kappa Epsi-
lon 36
3rd Place Playoffs
'theta Chi 53, Sigma Nu 37
4th Place Playoffs
Theta Xi 44, Phi Sigma Delta 27
RESIDENCE HOUSE BASKETBALL
Strauss "B" over Hinsdale "B" (for-
feit)
INDEPENDENT BASKETBALL
1st Place Playoffs
Owen-Nakamura 47, Evans 34
2nd Place Playoffs
Forrester Five 38, Newman 28
Forresters 46, Mugwumps 42
Eagles Hawkers 38 Chemistry 24

For Colorado, NCAA

Tourney

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Title Chances 'As Good
As Any,' Says Heyliger

BILL WINKLER
... fourth on trampoline

Kra merGains
Second Team
Big Ten berth
Michigan's leading scorer for the
1954-55 basketball season, sopho-
more sensation Ron Kramer, was
named to the center slot on the
Associated Press All-Big Ten sec-
ond team.
Comprising scorer power and
play-making ability, the dream
team included Dick Garmaker and
Chuck Mencel from runnerup Min-
nesota, Bill Logan of Iowa's
championship team,nFrank Ehm-
ann of Northwestern, Robin Free-
man of Ohio State, and placing on
the All-Conference team for the
third season, Don Schlundt of In-
diana.
Schlundt, Garmaker, and Ehm-
ann finished in that order in the
Big Ten scoring race. Freeman,
smallest man on the squad at 5-10,
was one of the best marksmen in
the Western Conference.

Vic Heyliger's fighting Michigan
hockey squad, 14 men strong,
leaves by plane from Willow Run
Airport at 1:30 this afternoon for
its eighth date in as many years
at the Broadmoor Ice Palace,
Follows icers
In keeping with The Daily's
policy of "on-the-spot" cover-
age, Hockey Editor Phil Doug-
lis catches a plane this after-
noon for Colorado Springs in
order to send back a first hand
report of the NCAA Hockey
Tournament direct from the
Broadmoor Ice Palace.
home of the National Collegiate,
Athletic Association Hockey Tour-
nament.
The Wolverines leave the Mich-
igan Union at noon for the air-
port where they will board the
Broadmoor special, already car-
rying the tourney's eastern rep-
resentatives, Harvard and St.
Lawrence College.
On arrival in Colorado Springs,
the visiting teams will be hosted
by the local sponsors of the play-
offs and by the fourth competing
squad, Colorado College.
Action Tomorrow
Action begins tomorrow night at
8:15 Mountain Time when Michi-
gan faces the Crimson of Harvard
in the semi-finals.
Coach Heyliger showed a great
deal less than his usual pessimism
as he looked ahead to the playoffs
during yesterday afternoon's fin-
al Ann Arbor practice for his men.
Heyliger, who normally expects
the worst from his highly success-
ful squad, was willing to admit
that "we have as good a chance as

any team to take the national ti-
tle."
Although relatively small in
numbers, the Wolverines have de-
veloped into an offensively power-
ful and defensively dependable
aggregation. This is also despite
the fact that over half the team
are playing in their first year of
collegiate hockey.
Captain Bill MacFarland, the
Western Intercollegiate Hockey
League's third leading scorer and
his team's top offensive threat, is.
one of the few Wolverines who will
not be appearing in their first na,
tional tournament.
Few Repeaters
The only other repeaters among
Michigan's icers are forwards Jay
Goold, Yves Hebert, and Neil Bu-
chanan and reserve goalie Bill Lu-
cier. This means a lot will be ex-
pected from such rookies as goalie
Lorne Howves and new stars Tom
Rendall and Bob Schiller.
Ranked as a co-favorite in the
playoffs because of their great
late-seasonespurt, the Wolverines
are expected to take the measure
of their first opponent, Harvard,
in a game being billed as a "Can-
ada vs. United States" battle.
All of Michigan's squad hails
from the Land to the North, while
the Crimson have onlyone Ca-
nadian on the team. In fact, Coach
Ralph "Cooney" Weiland has oft-
en been outspoken in his criti-
cism of Canadian boys by Unit-
ed States colleges.

Colorado or Bust
Four fanatic Michigan root-
ers will pile into a wierdly dec-
orated blue automobile this
morning and begin the thous-
and mile trek to Colorado
Springs where they will cheer
on the Wolverine pucksters in
the NCAA' Hockey Champion-
ships.
Members of the ultra-loyal
"For-M" fan club, their vehicle
sports such slogans as "Hookey
for Hockey" and predicts Wol-
verine shutouts by tremendous
scores over Harvard and Colo-
rado College.

Letter Winners
Only three seniors are among
the 10 varsity basketball letter
winners this year as announced by
Coach Bill Perigo.
Leaving the Wolverines after
contributing to their sixth place
tie in the Big Ten. are forwards
Paul Groffsky, captain, Jerry
Stern, and guard Don Eaddy.
The other letter winners who
will still be around to help Perigo
next season are Ron Kramer, the
Big Ten's sixth leading scorer,
Tom Jorgenson, Harvey Williams,
Jim Barron, Tom Raisor, Jim
Shearon and Milt Lingle.
Letter winners are to report to
Rentschler's Studio for the team
picture today at 12:10 p.m.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NCAA Tournament
V'illanova 74, Duke 73
Canisius 73, Williams 0
LaSalle 95, West Virginia 61

FINAL WIHL STANDINGS
WV I. T
Colo. College......14 4 T0
MICHIGAN .......13 5 0
Minnesota. ....10 12 2
Michigan Tech ... .8 11 1
Denver............8 9 1
North Dakota. 9 12 1
Michigan State ...5 14 1

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