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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Win Sunday clinches spot in post-season play Three-year old Sabres get berth By THE CANADIAN PRESS Buffalo Sabres, in only their third season against tough East Division competition, clinched their first playoff berth as the National Hockey League season wound up Sunday. The Sabres took fourth place in the East with a 3-1 victory over St. Louis Blues while De- troit Bed Wings finished two points back after a 3-3 tie with New York Rangers. Playoffs to start this week MONTREAL CCP) Na- tional Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday night on four fronts with the opening games of the quarter- fir als. In series A, Montreal Cana- diens, NHL's East Division win- ners, will play host to Buffalo Sabres, the third-year cluo making their first playoff ap- pearance. The Sabres, who clinched fourth place in the East Sunday night with a 3-1 win over St Louis Blues, will visit Cana- diens again Thursday night be- fore playing host to Montreal in the third and fourth games of the series Saturday and S-mday. The games will be carried on the full CBC television netware Boston Bruins, who clinched second place in the East with a win ever New York Rangers last Wednesday, will play host to the Rangers Wednesday and Thursday in the opening geme of series B. The scene will shift to New York's Madison Square Gardens for the third and fourth games Saturday and Sunday. BLUES VISIT CHICAGO Chicago Black Hawks. West Division titlists. will play host to St. Louis Blues Wednesday and Thursday before heading to the Missouri city for the third and fourth games of series C Saturday and Sunday. The other West Division series will feature Minnesota North Stars against the rugged Philadelphia Flyers. The Fly- ers, who clinched second place in the West Saturday night, will entertain the North Stars at the S p e c t ru m Wednesday and Thursday. Series D will resume Satur- day night in Bloomington. Minn, with th e fourth game scheduled for Sue-day afternoon It will be carried on tlie NBC network in the United States. Dates of remaining games of the quarter-finals will be an- nounced later. The eight teams partinpating in the playoffs will be vying for shares of a total playoff pcol of an increase of over last season. Each member of the Stanely-Cup-winning team will recede S15000 whj'e the losers in the final mil get The total is based on 21 units per team. Lasers in the quarter-Final series will get S2.500 a man if a team loses in the semi-finals, each of Us mem- bers will still get Sabres coach Joe Crozier made it sound easy, pointing to general manager Punch Imlach as the man deserving the credit. "Imlach put it all said Crozier. "In three years, he chose the right people. "When you have a general manager who gives you the ma- terial, it wasn't all that hard me." Detroit tention by defeating Chicago Black Hawks Saturday and put had stayed in con- up a furious battle against the Rangers in New York but failed to overcome Ranger goalie Ed Giacomin and didn't get the help they needed from St. Louis which had clinched fourth in the West by beating Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2 Saturday. "What do you want me to asked Detroit coach Johnny Wilson. "We did what we could." The Sabres now go against East Division champion Mon- treal Canadians in the best-of- seven quarter-finals startinj Wednesday in Montreal. The other three series also start Wednesday with St. Louis at Chicago, Minnesota North Stars at Philadelphia again? the Flyers and the Rangers a< Boston against the Bruins. Philadelphia clinched second place in the West and thus home-ice advantage over Min- nesota by beating New York Islanders 10-2 Saturday. In other games Sunday, Mon- treal defeated Boston 5-2, To- WONDER IF SHE'S ME...; WAIXEO puT WHAT KIND OF 'USSAND WOULD I SSI? I DIDN'T SHOW UP AT MV r< OWN WIPE'S OP ALL TIME Havlicek hoops 54 as Celtics triumph By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Knicks needed a tittle "magic" to beat Balti- more Bullets and Boston Cel- tics used a lot of muscle to handle Atlanta Hawks. Those were the ingredients of their National Basketball Asso- ciation plajoff victories Sunday as the Knicks and Celtics head- ed on a course toward the East- ern Conference title. Led by Earl Magic Monroe's 32 points, the Knicks beat the Bulled 123-103 to grab a 2-0 lead in their first-round bestof- seven Eastern Conference play- offs. In another Eastern match, John Havlicek knocked out At- lanta with a 54-point perform- ance to power a runaway 134- 109 Celtic triumph for a 1-0 lead in that series. LAKERS BEAT BULLS In the NBA's Western Con- ference playoffs. The Golden State nipped Milwau- kee Bucks 95-92 to tie their set at 1-1 and Los Angeles Lakers defeated Chicago Bulls 106-93 for a 2-0 lead. In the American Basketball Association Sunday. Indiana Pacers beat Denver Rockets 106-93 to take a 2-0 !ead in their first-round West series and Vir- ginia Squires beai Kentucky] Colonels 109-94 to deadlock their j Eastern senes at 1-1. Saturday in the ABA. New York beat Carolina 114-111 in overtime at one game each and Indiana won the first game over Denver, 114-91. The ABA playoffs continue tonight with Utah Stars meet- ing San Diego Conquistadors in the first game of their Western Paterson B girls win title Gilbert Paterson captured the third "B" girls annual St. Mary's Junior High School Girls' Basketball Tournament title on the weekend. The Paterson "B" girls walked away with the tourney title by dropping Hamilton 19- 13 and the host St. Mary's squad 23-17 in the final. Hamilton didn't go home empty-handed as they defeated Paterson "A" girls 18-11 in the consolation final. In one other game. St Man's bested Paterson girls to advance to the championship round. At the conclusion of the one- day event. Stephanie Hender- son and Tracey Fairbanks of Paterson B, Shannon O'Conner of Paterson A. Sharon Babick of St. Mary's and Yolayne Jang of Hamilton were selected to the all-star team. Conference series. No games are scheduled in the NBA. JEonroe had an extraordinary game considering that he didn't sleep much of the night before. 'I was kind of nervous and edgy.'' said the Knicks' great one-on-one guard. "I don't usu- ally play well in afternoon games. I spent a lot of sleepless moments thinking about the game." He combined with backcourt mate Walt Frazier, who scored 29 points to help the Knicks break open toe game with a devastating second half. During the last eight minutes of the third period until halfway through the fourth quarter, they teamed for 30 of New York's 32 points. The Boston show was all Hav- licek, whose point explosion was a team record. The Celtic star had 30 points in the first half and ran off strings of baskets anytime the Hawks threatened to make a game of ft. Havlicek sank 24 of 36 field goal attempts and all six of his free throws. He also had nine rebounds and six assists. Jo White added 34 points for the Celtics, who raced to a 16-0 lead at the start. i ronto Maple Leafs tied Chicago Black Hawks 4-4, Pittsburgh edged Philadelphia 5-4 and At- lanta Flames tied the Islanders 4-4. Saturday, Montreal whipped the Rangers 5-1, Los Angeles Kings defeated Vancouver Ca- nucks 6-3 and Toronto upset the Bruins 7-3. Crozier had predicted the Sa- bres could win fourth place U they could accumulate 90 points. He was just two points short of his prediction after sec- ond-period goals by Larry Mickey and Jim Lorentz broke a 1-1 tie to provide Buffalo's victory. St. Louis had taken the early lead on a goal by Wayne Mer- rick and Gil Perreault's 28th goal of the season tied it for the Sabres. At New York, the Rangers took a 2-0 first-period lead which they preserved through the second period. Goals by Henry Boucha and Mickey Red- mond gave Detroit a 2-2 tie be- fore Vic Hadfield scored for New York. GIACOMIN STEADY Tim Ecclestone scored for Detroit to tie it again, but Giacomin, facing 17 shots in the third period, held out for the deadlock. At Chicago, the Leafs twice came back from two-goal defi- cits to gain the tie. Norm Ull- man's 20th goal of the season at of the third period gave Toronto the tie. Rick MacLeish scored his 50th goal of the season in a los- ing cause for Philadelphia at Pittsburgh. Rookie Billy Harris' 28th sea- son goal at of the third period at Atlanta gave the Islanders the tie in the final contest between the two first- year expansion teams. Two goals by Pete Mahovlich led Montreal over the Bruins at Boston. Jacques Lemaire shot his 44th of the season for the Canadiens. SCORES ON PENALTY At Montreal Saturday, Le- maire picked up three assists and scored his 43rd goal against Giacomin of the Rangers on a penalty shot at the mark of the first period. Lemaire's penalty shot, the eighth in the league this season, came about after New York de- 'enceraan Jim Neilson caught a Lemaire shot in his glove while standing hi the goal crease. Garry Unger, Phil Roberto and Fran Buck each scored ;wice to lead St. Louis over the Penguins and clinch fourth spot in the West. The Blues are the only team among the six who joined the league in 1967 to make the play- offs every year since. Bobby Clarke and MacLeish; each scored twice to lead the Flyers against the Islanders who didn't get on the score- xwrd until the last minute of the second period when Phila- delphia had already scored its 10 goals. At Detroit, the Red Wings stormed to a 4-0 second-period ead and coasted to the win over Chicago ;ept alive hopes. Monday, April 2, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 Martin back Detroit Tigers' manager Billy Martin, left, and Atlanta Braves' manager EC Mathews enjoy a laugh Sunday before an exhibition game between the two duos. Martin left the Tigers Friday bur returned Saturday morning. He still hasn't givsn his reasons for leaving. Stveeps two games Paulson takes crown gles title with victories over Jane Youngberg of Van- couver. CALGARY (CP) Jamie i behind an 11-2 loss in the first 'aulson of Toronto became the j game to retain the women's sin- irst man to hold national pen and closed singles titles si- multaneously when he won the losed event at the Canadian cdminton championships Sun- Paulson dumped defending hamp Bruce Rollick of Burn- by, B C 15-9, 15-12 in a repeat his victory over Rollick for ie open crown weeks ago. I didn't let him smash and ushed him to the corners to make him hit the bird 'aulson said, "He had to play my game and that beat him." Favored to win by a capacity crowd of more than the Toronto champion had trouble her returns in the first game. The last two games could have gone to Youngberg except for several miscues at crucial moments. "It took the first game for me to get untracked." McKinley said. "Even then, Jane me the toughest match of the year." u H. i j T- i Defending champions Mimi both plaved better in tte and Judi pen, but tee script was the I made him play the the Wings playoff BUYING TIRES? Sways we make it easy 1. We make H easy at 172 Stores and Dealers. 2. Firestone gives you the complete tire choice. 3. Our sales people are tire people. 4. Our prices are surprisingly low. 5. Fsrcstone ffcdmg System Service stretches tire life. 6. Our No-Gimmick Guarantee earned its name. Visiting teams find it rough ame. net.'' Both players now have held the closed singles title three tunes. Paulson also won the gold medal in singles in the last Commonwealth Games. The wiry Toronto champion teamed with Yves Pare of Mon- treal to take the men's doubles, beating Raphi Kanchanaraphi and Channarong Ratanaseangsuang of Calgary 15-8, 15-6. It was their fourth doubles crown and followed their vic- tory in the open doubles Nancy McKinley came from' semi-finals. Rollick, wife of the dethroned singles champ, retained the women's doubles title by defeat- irg McKialey and Barbara Welch of Toronto 15-11, 15-6. Kanchanaraphi and Welch made up for their losses by win- ning the mixed doubles 13-15, 15-4, 15-9 over Pare and Marj Shedd of Toronto. Winners of the five events are assured barlhs on the national team that will play in the 1974 commonwealth games in Christ- church. X.Z. The othe- five j members will be selected from I the losers in the finals and B) THE CANADIAN PRESS AVMJe the home-ice advantage is flaying a role in the Calgary Centennials-Medicine Hat Ti- gers playoff series in toe West- ern Canada Hockey League, roaJ games haven't bothered Saskatoon Blades, Edmonton Oil Kings or Flin Floa Bomb- ers Thre Centennials whipped Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2 in Cal- gary Sunday night, their second home victory in three nights, after Medicine Hat took the first two games in Medicine Hat Saskatoon thumped Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday to win Uinr best-oT-sevcn affair 4- 2. ivSifle Don FJon battled from behind to edge Regina Pats 4-3 in Moose Jaw Sunday right to sweep their series in four In the other quarter-final Edmonton scored in the lasi minute at New Westminster S'jmlas' to clip the Bruins 5-4 and take a 3-1 Jead in the series. Right-winger Danny Gare scored Ihree goals for Calgary with Mike Rogers adding one. Lwiray McDonald and Bob Gas- soft liad given the Tigers a 2-0 tead nudway the first pericrf. The Blade? scored four sec- ond-period goals to setOe a y ear-old score with the Wbeaties, who upset Saskatoon in last year's quarter-finals. Saskatoon marksmen were Russ Walker with two. Bo Bourne. Garth Dietrick, Dennis Abgrall. Byron Jackson and Ralph Klassen Dale McMuItio scored both goals for Brandon. Saskatoon advances to the Eastern Division final against the Bombers. Regina took a 3-0 lead in the first period on two goals by Den- nis Sobchuk and one by Doug MariL Kdly Secord, Ray Ma- and Doug Hicks connected in the middle period for the Bombers and Biaine provided Ific winnow with