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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta April Esposito goes to bat for his friend Derek NEW YORK (CP) Phil Espodto polltdy turned the stuffed mussels for the third time, settled for a drink and talked about suspended teammate Derek Sanderson. "Derek has problems but he's far from washed up as a hockey Esposito said. "There's a lot of good hockey left in him, and'he could really help some team." Sanderson has been in the Boston doghouse since mid- March, suspended by the Bruins for the season and live bait for a trade. Esposito 'was one of the hon- ored guests at a recent Cana- dian consulate party, high- lighted by the showing of a color film of the 1972 Team Canada-Russia hockey series. Espo and Paul Henderson of Toronto Maple Leafs were the scoring stars for Team winner of the series four games-to-three with one tied. Other Team Canada players on hand included Rod Gilbert and Brad Park of New York Rangers and John Ferguson, the retired Montreal Canadian now busy getting his new indoor lacrosse league off the ground. SEES NO OPENING Park said he didn't think Sanderson could fit into the Ranger scheme of things have three Centres already." Esposito and Park both have had exceptional seasons "Maybe Derek would be better off playing on the West Espo said. N Sanderson as a Bruin has caused plenty of shock waves in New York. In the 1970 playoffs, he called Ranger fans "animals" and needed police protection. And then there were the labels of "square, short-haired jerks" he pinned on coach Emile CALLED AT 327-32O3 Ed Bauer For All Your Printing Needs THE HERALD PRINTERS 327.3203-328-4411 5th Ave and 7th St. S. Lethbndge Herald Bldg. In The Pass Call VERN DECOUX ASK ED FOR YOUR FREE 1974 VACATION SCHEDULE Francis and goalie Ed Giacomin. Now Bob Woolf, the Boston sports lawyer who handles Sanderson's affairs, is spread- ing the word that-the Turk would love to play in New York for the Rangers, and really "admires" Francis. Sanderson is supposed to have told friends he would do anything for Francis, even shave his moustache, and more. "I'd even skate bare for him if he told me to." HAS HARD RULE But Francis, hardly the streaker type, probably would insist that Sanderson get rid of the extra bush anyway. Francis doesn't allow his players to have "excessive facial hair." Sanderson's friends say his three National Hockey League preferences are New York, Montreal or Chicago, but mainly he wants to go to the Rangers. At least six NHL clubs are bidding for Sanderson's con- tract, Woolf said in an inter- view Thursday. "We'll probably hear from a lot more clubs after the playoffs." Minor hockey The Voyageurs will host the Loyal Loggers for a pair of exhibition pee wcc hockey games over the weekend The Nakusp. B C team will take on the Voyageurs at p.m at Adams Saturday night and again Sunday afternoon at 2 p m at the Henderson Lake Ire Centre Meanwhile the Maple Leafs scored a hard fought 5-4 victory over the Oilers in a Bantam A playoff game Thursday night Terry Bailey led the Leafs with a pair of goals while singles came off the sticks of Clement Crowflag Bill Brown and Roy Duval Ivano Kraulin tallied twice and Kevin Miller and Mark Rowe once each for the Oilers Ralph Quint notched two goals and paced the Kings to a 5-2 win over the Cougars in a Bantam B playoff match Brad Kirsohennan. Brent Belsher and Peter Hoetmen aided with singles while Mike Hecrze and Philip Ripley scored in a losing cause DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-O821 lie STREET NORTH Should be a title in there somewhere A contingent of Lethbridge 10-pin bowlers, numbering 50, left today for the Alberta 10-pin championships in Calgary. All juniors, the locals will compete tonight and again Sunday in the provincial rolloff. 4 get Chance just kept trying they are in playoffs Dodgers, Giants earn wins THE CANADIAN PRESS One year after they expected to begin the World Hockey Association playoffs, Edmonton Oilers finally got there tonight. They'll meet Minnesota Fighting Saints, the team that defeated the Oilers 4-2 in a one-game struggle for the last Western Division playoff berth in 1973. Both finished the regular season tied for fourth. The Oilers and their fans haven't forgotten how they were in, and suddenly out, of the 1973 WHA West Division playoffs. "As a result, our games with Edmonton have been the roughest of the says Minnesota coach Harry Neale. "They beat us five out of eight, and three of those were on our own rink." THEY MEET AGAIN The Oilers and Saints are matched up again this year, but not in sudden death to decide who gets to the playoffs. They open their best-of- seven division semi-final tonight, meet again in the spacious St. Paul, Minn., Civic Centre Sunday night. Three other WHA playoff series are set to go on the weekend with the fourth playoff pairings, Houston Aeros and Winnipeg Jets, starting in the Western Canada city Monday night. New England Whalers play host to Chicago Cougars at Springfield, Mass., tonight and Sunday while Toronto Toros, runners-up in the East to the Whalers, start their playoff at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens Sunday against Cleveland Crusaders. Edmonton finished third in the regular season with a 38- 373 record. The Oilers' second-leading scorer, Jim Harrison, will be out of action against the Saints due to a shoulder injury, but Neale says Edmonton appears 'to be stronger since losing Har- rison and stressing stout de- fence. "They beat us last week here so they think they have the Neale said in St. Paul. "They try to beat you 1-0, playing cautiously to keep the score down." But no team shut out the Saints during the regular sea- son, as Mike Boston Bruin and Toronto Maple Leaf winger, blossomed into a superstar after leaving the National Hockey League for the Saints. Walton led the WHA with 57 goals and 60 assists for 117 points. Cranbrook triumphs CRANBROOK (CP) Cranbrook Royals won the Western International Hockey League championship and thp Savage Cup Friday night by beating Spokane Jets 7-4. Cranbrook took the best-of- seven series 4-2. Cranbrook now will play St. Boniface, Man., Mohawks in a best-of- seven Western Canada championship series beginning Friday in Winnipeg. Cranbrook led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 4-2 at the end of the second. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS St. Louis Cardinals are living proof that if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After Lou Brock singled into a weird double play with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, Ted Sizemore singled to cap a two-run rally that lifted the Cards to a 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night in the National League opener for both clubs. In other games, San Fran- cisco Giants trimmed Houston Astros 5-1 and Los Angeles Dodgers blanked San Diego Padres 8-0. All 12 teams play today. In the Pittsburgh-St. Louis game, Babe Me Bride opened the last of the 10th with a bunt hit against Pittsburgh relief ace Dave Giusti and raced to third on Ken Reitz's single. He scored the tying run when pinch-hitter Tim McCarver rapped a single just out of the reach of second baseman Ren- nie Stennett. Jose Cruz, another pinch hitter, beat out a bunt, loading the bases. Ramon Hernandez replaced Giusti and Brock lined a shot to right field where Gene Chnes, playing shallow, trapped the ball as the three runners all held up. Clines quickly fired to the plate, forcing pinch runner Jim Dwyer, and catcher Mike Ryan fired to third baseman Hebner, forcing McCarver for the second out. But Cruz, a late arrival at second, then scored on Sizemore's single to left. "I've never seen a play like that said Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh. "I thought we should have had a triple play." The Pirates complained that Cruz should have been out at second on Hebner's ensuing relay to Stennett. Time was called when Murtaugh went onto the field arid it was at least two minutes later when Cruz, who had held up at first base, sneaked down to second. "Stennett said he tagged McCarver and was on the base at the same time to force Cruz, but (umpire) Satch Davidson said he wasn't on the Murtaugh explained. "It was the umpire's judgment. You can't appeal that." Dodgers 8 Padres 0 Jim Wynn slammed a two- run homer, singled twice and drove in three runs to back the six-hit pitching of Don Sutton. Wynn, playing his first game for Los Angeles after being traded by Houston, singled home a run with an infield hit to touch off a three-run third inning and then homered over the left-centre field wall in the sixth with Bill Buckner aboard. Ron Cey singled home two runs in the third with a bouncer over the third baseman's head and drove in a third run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. The defeat spoiled John McNamara's debut as manager of the Padres. They did play ball THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four streakers raced around the ball park, numerous fights started in the stands, they played baseball in 37-degree weather and Nolan Ryan struck out four batters. The California Angel ace couldn't explain his low strikeout total after beating Chicago White Sox 8-2 Friday. "I was all over the place with my said Ryan after working eight innings. The major league's best strikeout pitcher issued 10 walks and threw 138 pitches He fanned a record 383 batters in 1973. In other American League games. Boston Red Sox stopped Milwaukee Brewers 9-8, Baltimore Orioles nipped Detroit Tigers 3-2 and Minnesota Twins shaded Kansas City Royals 6-4 in 11 innings. The White Sox and Angels had competition from the some of them would rather fight than watch Ryan pitch. About a dozen battles broke out in the opening day crowd of 30.041. And while they were swinging in the stands, others were caught naked' on the field. A quartet of streakers dashed about the place, despite the chilly climate. One made his way out to left field, wearing a baseball cap, Darrell Johnson made a suc- cessful debut as Boston man- ager, Carl Yastrzemski hit a two-run homer and Doug Griffin laced a three-run double. Yastrzemski slugged his homer in the seventh off rookie Kevin Kobel following .a bad-hop single by Cecil Cooper. Griffin's double capped a five-run third, when the Red Sox took a 7-4 lead and chased Milwaukee starter Jim Colborn, a 20-game winner last year. 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