Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
iu inc HERALD Monday, April 1, 1874 Third, fourth still undecided By GLENN COLE The CundlM Pren Only one major item in- volving playoff positions re- mained unresolved following weekend action in the National Hockey League. Third place in the West Division, currently held by Los Angeles Kings, is in contention in this final week of the regular season. The Kings lead fourth-place Atlanta Flames by four points and each club has three games remaining, including a clash between the two Wednesday in Los Angeles. The second-year Flames clinched at least fourth spot Sunday night, despite losing 4- 2 to Pittsburgh Penguins, because Minnesota North Stars, the only team with a chance of catching them, were beaten 6-1 by Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Black Hawks and St. Louis Blues played to a 2-2 tie Sunday, Boston Bruins defeated Detroit Red Wings 6- 1, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers tied 3-3 and Vancouver Canucks bombed California Golden Seals 7-0. Toronto clinched the final playoff spot in the East Satur- day with a 7-3 win over New York Rangers while Montreal grabbed second spot with a 5-2 victory over the Kings. Philadelphia Flyers locked up top spot in the West with a 5-3 win over the first triumph over Boston since March, 1969. In other Saturday games, St. Louis nipped Pittsburgh 4- 3. Vancouver defeated New York Islanders 4-2, Chicago edged Detroit 2-1, and Atlanta clowned Minnesota 4-1. Penguins 4 Flames 2 Ab DeMarco's two goals high-lighted a four-goal rally Stockton finally wins ATLANTA (AP) Dick Stockton captured his first championship in two years on ihe World Championship Tennis lour, sweeping to an easy rout Sunday of a hobbled Jin Hrebec Stockton, 23. who had upset iDp-deeded John Newcombe in .1 iiuarter-final match, had litllc trouble with the Czech- nslovjkian. who had pulled a groin muscle in Saturday's M-nn-lmal victory over Geoft Meters. DENNIS HELMERS Jim Dickinson, Sales Manager. College Mercury takes pleasure in announcing that Mr. Dennis Helmers has been named Salesman of the year 1973 at College Mercury. A gold watch was presented in Appreciation. Dennis wishes to ttianh all his customers that helped to make this possible and pledges himsell to offer the same personalized service as ne has in the past. in the third period for the Penguins, eliminated from the playoff by the Blues Saturday. Chuck Arason and Ron Schock got the other goals for the Penguins. Larry Romanchych scored both Atlanta goals. Sabres I North Stars 1 Don Luce had a goal and an assist and Rick Martin scored his 48th goal of the year as the Sabres eliminated the North Stars from any playoff chance. Jerry Korab, Gilbert Per- reault, Brian Spencer and Craig Ramsay got the other Buffalo goals. Jude Drouin spoiled Dave Dryden's shutout bid at of the final period. Blues 2 Black Hawks 2 Pierre Plante's power-play goal at of the third period gave the Blues the tie. Dave Gardner was the other St. Louis marksman. Pit Martin and Stan Mikita scored for the Black Hawks. Bruins 6 Red Wings 1 Goals by Don Marcotte and Ken Hodge 15 seconds apart Keyed a five-goal Boston rally in the third period. Phil Espo- sito scored his 67th goal of the year and added an assist to run his league-leading point total to 140. Weekend scorers By THE CANADIAN PRESS SUNDAY St. Louis 2 at Chicago 2 St. Plante; Mikita. Atlanta 2 at Pittsburgh 4 2; 2, Arnason, Minnesota 1 at Buffalo 6 Buf-. Perreault, Spen- cer, Ramsay, Luce, Martin. Toronto 3 at NY Rangers 3 Ellis, Keon; NY Rousseau, Irvine. Detroit 1 at Boston 6 Detroit Jarry; Boston Esposito, Marcotte, Hodge 2, Bucyk, Vadnais. California 0 at Vancouver 7 3, Tan- nahill, Ververgaert 2, 'O'Flaherty. SATURDAY Montreal 5 at Los Angeles 2 Lefley, Roberts, Larose, F. Mahov- lich; Los Long. NY Rangers 3 at Toronto 7 Tkac- zuk, Vickers; Toronto- McDonald 3, Keon, Sittler, Dupere, Glennie. Chicago 2 at Detroit 1 Martin; De- Charron. Pittsburgh 3 at St. Louis 4 Mac- Donald, Bianchin; St. Louis- Bailey, Merrick, Plante, Unger. Minnesota 1 at Atlanta 4 At-. Vail, Letter, Richard. NY Islanders 2 at Vancouver 4 2, Mair, Gould. Boston 3 at Philadelphia 5 Cashman, Bucyk; sberry 2, MacLeish, Flett, Clarke. to NOME MT Stop at the... FRONTIER MOTEL Excellent Accommodations, Reasonable Rates Also Weekly and Commercial Rates Collect '1 reft tut BUSON CAULtrr Toros are in playoffs thanks to rookie star Newcastle reaches finals LONDON (CP) Newcastle United advanced to the finals of the English Football Association Cup while English League-leading Leeds United dropped its third game in a row Saturday. Newcastle advanced with a 2-0 win over Burnley while, in the other FA Cup semi-final, Leicester and Liverpool played to a scoreless draw. They will replay Wednesday. But while Liverpool is busy in the Cup playoff, Leeds is obligingly waiting for the second-place club to catch up. Leeds dropped a 3-1 decision to West Ham on Saturday. Liverpool now has three games in hand and is only four points behind the leaders at the top of the English First Division. Derby, which played a scoreless draw against Queen's Park Rangers, is another six points behind Liverpool. Striker Malcolm MacDonald scored twice, in the 65th and 76th minutes, to lead Newcastle to victory over Burnley at Hillsborough, Sheffield. It was the llth time Newcastle reached the FA Cup final and they now have a chance to equal Aston Villa's record of seven Cup wins in the final May 4. Leeds took an early lead on a goal by Allan Clarke in the 32nd minute but West Ham fought back with goals by Clyde Best. Bobby Robson and Trevor Brooking in the second half The win helped West Ham stay away from the relegation department. Manchester United, despite a 3-1 win over Chelsa, remains at the bottom of the table with 24 points, one behind Norwich City. West Ham has 31 points. In other First Division matches, Birmingham beat Sheffield United on Bob Hatton's 17th goal of the season four minutes before the half while Ipswich whipped Coventry 3-0 with" two goals by Les Talbot and one by Dave Johnson. Steve Kingdon scored for Woiverhampton in the 57th minute to give the wolves a 1-1 draw with Manchester City which got its goal from Francis Lee in the 37th minute. Bob Latchford and John Connolly scored in Everton's 2-0 and Arsenal played a scoreless draw. Middlesbrough, already 7irtually certain of the Second Division title, put promotion beyond doubt over second- place Luton. Orient, 1-0 winners at Preston, and Carlisle, 5-1 home winners over Swindon. moved up to join Blackpool in third spot. In Scotland, European Cup semi-finalists were held to a 3- 3 tie at home against Dumbarton while Hibernian also tied 3-3 against St. Johnstone. Rangers passed two historic milestones at Ibrox when they crushed Clyde 4-0 with a devastating second-half goal burst. They passed their goal in league soccer and increased their goal total in every competition in their 101 years history to over which Ibrox general manager Willie Waddell claims is a world record. Derek Johnstone got their goal in 61 minutes and John Greig made it for Rangers five minutes later. And to rub it in, Alex MacDonald and Ally Scott made it four goals in a 14- minute burst to demolish Clyde. Second straight win for Red Rum AINTREE, England (AP) Red Rum won the Grand National Steeplechase for an historic second consecutive year Saturday, the first time since Reynoldstown's 1935-36 repeat that any horse has dominated the event. Ridden by top English steeplechase jockey Brian Fletcher. Red Rum, going off with odds of 11 to 1, outjumped 41 rivals over Aintree's fearsome 30 fences and four miles, 856 yards to win at a canter. "They say a horse is never quite the same after winning a Grand Fletcher said. "But believe me, Red Rum is better now than he has ever been." The nine-year-old bay gelding beat L'Escargot, owned by Naw York millionaire Raymond Guest, by seven lengths. The horse carried 168 pounds, 23 more than last year. L'Escargot, a 17-to-2 shot, drew an impost of 167. L'Escargot, ridden by Irish jockey Tommy Carberry, edged third place Charles Dickens by a neck- in the first- ever photo finish in the 133rd renewal of this blue ribbon of world steeplechasing. It also was the first time since 1870 that the same jockey-horse combination won in consecutive years. Winning owner Noel LeMare, an 86-year-old Aintree businessman, set out 67 years ago to find a horse that would win the National. Last year Red Rum obliged and LeMare said it was the dream of the lifetime come true. "And now I've done it said the delighted LeMare, who collected a purse. Red Rum took the lead at the second fence, inching ahead of L'Escargot. The American horse never after that. Behind the frontrunners. the famous Aintree obstacles claimed six casualties, and only 17 of the 42 starters. reached the finish. Scout, who went off as the favorite after a flood of late money reduced his odds to 7-1 from 18-1, finished llth. It was Fletcher's third National winner, the jockey also having won in 1968 on Red Alligator. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Toronto Toros clinched a playoff berth in the East Divi- sion of the World Hockey Association Sunday night, thanks to a rookie. "We've been getting a super effort from the lids all said coach Billy Harris after Toros brushed past Los Angeles Sharks 5-4 on a third- period goal by freshman Pat Hickey. The victory moved the Toros into second place. Two Chicago Cougars and Quebec in contention for the final playoff position. New England Whalers have clinched first place in the East Division and Cleveland Crusaders are assured of finishing no lower than fourth. In other games Sunday, Winnipeg Jets edged Vancouver Blazers 4-3, Minnesota Fighting Saints topped Houston Aeros 5-2, New England shaded Quebec 3-2, Cleveland defeated New Jersey Knights 4-2, and Edmonton Oilers crushed Chicago 4-1. Cleveland edged Los Angeles 5-4 Saturday and Toronto beat Quebec 3-1., In the only game tonight, the division leaders meet as Houston plays at New England in a game that can't affect the standings in either section. Quebec 2 at New England 3 Tom Webster's goal with left in overtime almost ended the Nordiques1 hopes for post-season action. The Nordiques have completed their schedule and, although they still are in fourth place, Chicago Cougars have two games remaining. One victory by the Cougars will eliminate Quebec and if they can earn a tie it will necessitate a playoff game for final playoff spot. Clevdue1 4 at New Jeney t The Crusaders won on Skip Krake's mh and 20th goals of the year and locked up an East Division playoff berth. Chicago 1 at Edmoetoe 4 The victory gave the Oilers third place in tne West and temporarily blocked the Cou- gars drive to overtake Cleve- land and Quebec in the East. The Oilers will oppose the Fighting Saints in the first round of the playoffs, while the Aeros will take on the Jets. Ron Climie, Oilers' leading scorer, collected his 38th goal of the season and set up the winner by Steve Carlyle. Vancouver 3 at Winnipeg 4 Overtime was required at Winnipeg and Fran Huck's 28th goal two minutes into tne extra period settled the issue. Bobby Hull got his 52nd of the season and assisted on another by Bryan Campbell that tied the game 3-3 at of the third period. DRAWS FOR SEATS PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Flyers announced Saturday they will conduct a ticket lottery instead of a public sale for the approximately 600 tickets available for their National' Hockey League playoff games. Postcards sent to the Flyers will be placed in a drum. 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