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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 _ THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, April 11, 1973 behind you Lefhbridge Midget Elks' netminder Bill Beaton is down on his side as he reaches for loose puck in front of the net Tuesday night. Beaton appears to be asking team mate Grant Marchuck for help in corralling the puck. Marchuck (11) and Myles Fox, left, man- aged to clear the puck from harms way. Elks blew a 4-2 lead and lost 6-4 to Calgary Warriors in the Alberta midget final. Bletv ttvo-goal lead Elks suffer setback Lethbridge Midget Elks per- haps let success go to their heads Tuesday evening at Hen- derson Lake Ice Centre. Elks, Alberta Midget A champions, met Calgary Dress- er Atlas Warriors, Albsrta Mid- get AA champs, for the right to represent Alberta in a mid- get tournament in Prince Ed- Island at Easter. The two clubs squared off Tu- esday in the first game of a two-game, total-goal series with the winner advancing. Elks looked like the better club over the first two periods as they jumped into a 4-2 lead fitter 40 minutes. But they let up in the final 20 minutes and saw Calgary score four unan- swered goals, one while shorthanded, to take a two- goal lead into Thursday's final game. The Warriors won 6-4. A spectator bus will accom- pany the Elks to Calgary Thurs- day. It will leave the Civic Ice Centre at p.m. Tickets can be obtained by phoning Mrs. Audrey Fox at 328-2562 after 6 p.m. today. The two clubs split four goals evenly in the opening period be- fore the Elks scored the only two markers of the second. Baden Pilling and Beraie Sy- renne tallied for the Elks in the first period while Joe Meli and More sport pages 10-11 Mike Boychuk notched singles in the second to give the locals their two-goal lead. Dave Hail and Mendel Vysoh- lid accounted for two goals each for the Warriors while solo markers went to Bob Laycock and Jim Moore. Elks, who outshot the War- riors 40-35. were guilty of nine minor infractions and one ma- jor while Calgary got the nod on eight minors, one major and a misconduct. The Calgary major came in the third period for spearing giving ths Elks a man advant- age for five minutes. The ad- vantage backfired as Calgary scored shorthanded. Saints battle, tie up Bobby By THE CANADIAN PRESS. Miimesota Fighting Saints re- discovered a couple of lesser- known journeymen Tuesday while keeping a close check on Winnipeg star Bobby Hull to move back into contention in the World Hockey Association playoffs. Minnesota's Jimmy Johnson scored twice and penalty-Mller Lynn Ulyholm got a key insur- ance goal to lead the Saints in a 6-4 victory over the Jets, cut- ting Winnipeg's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven quarter-final series. The Saints have a chance to tie the series tonight when the teams face off again at St. Paul, Minn. In the other series involving West Division teams, Houston Aeros meet the Sharks in Los Angeles tonight with that set tied 1-1. Johnson, who missed 45 sea- son games with Minnesota due to injuries, scored once in the first period Tuesday and then broke a 4-4 tie with seconc goal early in the third period. Lilyholm added the insurance goal just six seconds after he had helped kill off a oenalty. Billy Klatt, Bill Young and Wayne Connelly got the other Minnesota goals in the first pe- riod while Bill Sutherland, Dune Rousseau, Cal Swenson, and Jean Guy Gratton scored for the Jets. The Minnesota checking kept Hull, Jets player-coach, off the Scoreboard for the first time in the series and Winnipeg suf- fered a further setback with the loss of centre Chris Bordeleau. Bordeleau was struck on the ankle by a puck in the first pe- riod and was taken to hospita for precautionary x-rays. A crowd of at St. Paul's Civic Centre saw the Jets outshoot the Saints 40-30 with goalie Jack McCartan hav- ing the most work in the Min- nesota nets while Ernie Wakely took the loss in the Jets goal. There will be no merger, just yet WHA will settle things in court NEW YORK (CP) The World Hockey Association flexed its muscles Tuesday and decided it was belter to fight it out in the courts than make an unworkable peace with the Na- jonal Hockey League. An attempt to bring the two leagues together in the near fu- ture fai'ed when the WHA ve- ;oed any merger or association with the NHL pending the out- come next fall cf anti-trust law- sdits against the NHL and its reserve clause. "We are in very serious liti- pation and any future relation- ship with the NHL would have to crane out of the said Gary Davidson, WHA pres- ident. The WHA will go ahead with its lawsuits seeking damages "in excess of million on all accounts'' from the MHL "becaure of the strorg po- sition that our counsel tells us that we Davidson said. The case is due to be heard in federal court in Philadelphia in late Seotember or earlv Octo- ber. "It depends on the law- Davidson said. ATTACKS CLAUSE The WHA alleges that the NHL has the anti-trust laws by maintaining a con- spiracy to monopolize major league hockey, using the re- serve clause to bind players to one team until traded or sold, and preventing competition. The WHA, which has just completed its first regular sea- son, drew more than 2.5 million fans in a dozen cities in the United States and Canada. It set a precedent in hockey by dropping the reserve clause from its standard contracts. As long as the NHL retains its reserve clause, it would be impossible for the WHA to con- sider any formal agreement with the NHL, Davidson told a news conference after a two- day meeting in New York of the 12 teams in the WHA. The WHA has been a constant thorn in the side of the NHL, raiding 70 of its players last year and possiblv another 20 this year. High bids for estab- lished stars have driven up sal- aries in the NHL and the own- ers apparently are feeling the pinch. But the players wou'd lose their bargaining power if there were a merger between the ri- val leagues. LEADERS AWARE Out of the blue, a trial balloon on possible merrer was floated on April Fool's Day. Both NHL president Clarence Campbell and Davidson were aware of it. The so-called secret meetang in New York between four NHL and three WHA club officials on Sunday, April 1, ended up not so secret. It was reported to have been called by Bill Jennings, presi- dent of New York Rangers and a member of the NHL board of governors. An informed source said the other NHL governors at the meeting were Ed Snider of Philadelphia Flyers. E. Jacaues Courtois of Montreal Canadians and Peter Block of Pittsburgh Penguins. The WHA representatives, the source said, were Robert Schmertz of New England Wha- lers. Nick Mileti of Cleveland Crusaders or.d Ben Hatskin of Winnipeg Jets. Jennings ducked all comment. Campbell said the meeting had nothing to do with him. David- son obviously had Ms ear to the ground and the WHA meeting on Monday discussed the possi- bility cf formal contacts with the NHL. On Tuesday, the an- sver WES no, at least for now. Davidson said he believes the NHL governors who met pri- vately were "sincere" in their efforts and the meeting was not a ploy to get around the anti- trust lawsuits. One of the WHA representa- tives was reported to have said an agreement with the NHL would be "unworkable" at the present time. This report could not be verified. But Davidson told his news conference that Tuesday's deci- sion by the WHA's trustees "does not leave out any future merger or agreement with the NHL, which we recognize could be beneficial." "But at the present he said, "we intend to continue our program as an independent league." No expansion is planned for nsxt season, but aftsr that there may be new franchises in sev- eral cities. Davidson was not talking about applications for fran- chises but only about possible new sites. Stan Fischler's inside Hockey 1973 provincial aquatic workshop MOUNT ROYAL COLLEGE, CALGARY Saturdoy, April 28 to Sunday, May 6 Courses, o? end rndvdei SmoJl croft Springboard diving instructor polo officials and cocches Pro-school swimming instruction Royal life Saving Society instructor enrichment R.LS.S. notiono! lifcgi'ord conductor Red Cross R.L.S.S. coume conductor Synchronized swimming instructor, coaches Synchronized swimming Junior snorVel instructor training Instructor training to teoch the handicapped Program director Swimming coaches Swimming officials' clinic Pool monagers and Details and application forms from McrJcne Kurt, Recreation Athletic Consultant Alberta Culture, Youth end Pecreojion 14th Floor, CN Tower, Cdmonton Tfilcohorrs 429-7651 Xllbcfta CULTURE. YOUTH prepare first practice The Lethbridge Miners Fast- ball Club will stage their first practice of 1973 at the Leth- bridee Exhibition Pavilion to- Kght initial practice will be I irdoors and is set to go at p.171. All interested players are vrc'come to attend and should bring their runners asd glove. TF Red Berenson is ang- ling for Al Eag'.eson's job as director of the Nation- al Hockey League Players' Association as I suspect he is, you can be sure that the Detroit Red Wings would love to see him take the pest. Any- thing to get rid of him. The acquisition of 33-year- old Berenson from St. Louis turns out to be one of the trad- ing lemons of Red Wings his- tory, and Detroit g.m. Ned Harkness has paid for it again this season, finishing minus a playoff berth. Were there any doubts about the future of the World Hoc- key Association, thev have been put at rest by NHL peo- ple themselves, such as Red Winss assistant g.m. Baz Bastien. Appearing at a testi- One of the most certain NHL-to-WHA jumoers will be left wing Dave Balon of the Vancouver Canucks who is destined either for New York Raiders or Los Angeles Sharks. Balon, who had been so pro- ductive as a New York Ran- ger, scarcely was played by Vancouver Canucks coach Vic Stasiuk. (The clubhouse pos- sip had it thst Stasiuk didn't want Balon to pass him in all-time NHL Nev- ertheless, Balon remained one In just one season Dennis Murphy, the brains behind the Los Angeles Sharks, has overshadowed Jack Kent Cooke, the moneybags and voice of the Los Angeles Kings. While everybody said he was crazy to move a WHA team onto Cooke's NHL es- tate, Murphy assembled a There are some class peo- ple in the administrative end of the NHL, but they are so few and have so little influ- ence they cannot change the overall image of the old lea- gue is that of a skat- ing Scrooge. The latest bit of NHL af- frontery comes by way of Montreal where it has been learned that the Candiens have cancelled UK season tickets presented annually to their greatest star, Maurice "Rocket" Richard. Everybody gives awards to hockey players; but how about hockey writers? My choices as the best hockey- Other Red Wings are cul- prits this dismal year but Berenson must bear most of the blame. Playing a full sea- son, he couldn't even break the 20 goal barrier, even was outscored by ancient Alex Delvecchio and was continents behind Unger who led St. Louis in scoring. Detroit would dearly love to unload the enfeebled Red Baron but it appears that the only one who would deal for him now is his pal, Eagleson. And even then, that's ques- tionable. menial fcr Hershey Bears' trainer Scottv Alexander re- cently, was asked about the WHA. "It's here to said reflect- ing the opinion of knowledge- able hockey men. of the most pcmuhr Canucks and was affectionately known to friends and teammates as rather than Dave. Once, when Stasiuk sent Mm on the ice for an infre- quent shift. Balon suddenly heard a voice from the bench screaming fcr him to come off. It was Stasiuk yelling, Balon returned to the bench, pointed a finger at the coach ard said. ''Don't you call me 'Davie'. That's only for friends. I'm Dave to more colorful and competent California team in one sea- son than Cooke's six-year-old Kings. The Sharks made the WHA p'ayoffs on their first try while Cooke's crumbling Kings failed for the fourth consecutive season to make the NHL playoffs. No other expansion team can make such a disgraceful statement. Presumably, the donkeys running that organization committed this latest vindic- tive act because Richard had the temerity to briefly accept a WHA job last fall. When I told a few New York sportswriters what tlie Mon- treal organization had done to its greatest hero, they were flabbergasted. "That." said one of them, "would be like the New York Yankees going out to center- field at The Stadium and un- screwing Babe Ruth's v-Titers in North America for 1572-73 are Tim Burke of The Montreal Gazette and Claude LarochelJe of Le Solcil in Que- bec City. R.ANGUS ALBERTA UVIITHO CATERPILLAR is equipped to do component repairs or complete overhauls. 717 -5th Avenue North, LETHBRIDGE Phone 328-3366 Crowd small as Nats win By THE CANADIAN PRESS Ottawa Nationals may have had their problems in the World Hockey Association's first sea- son, but the team remains one of the most humble and opti- mistic groups in professional sports. The Nationals, transplanted to Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens for their home playoff games, drew only fans for their 4- 2 victory over New England Whalers Tuesday night. The Nats' victory narrowed the Whalers' lead to 2-1 in the series. "I know if we keep playing like we did tonight more people will come" said Nationals' cap- tain Guy Trottier after Tues- day's game. "It's hard getting up for a game when so few show up but it's part jpf the growing pains. to Besides we were used smaller crowds in Ottawa." The Nationals averaged fans a game for their 39 games during the season in Ot- tawa for the worst attendance record in the league. The Nats get another chance to fill the Gardens Thursday when they face the Whalers in the fourth game. In the other quarter-final involving WHA East Division clubs, Philadelphia Blazers play host to Cleveland Crusaders tonight with Cleveland holding a 3-0 lead in the series. The Nationals were not alone in their optimism about the crowd at Maple Leaf Gardens. "Listen, this was the place that didn't even recognize the existence of the WHA, said defenceman Jim Dorey, a former member of the National Hockey League Toronto Maple Lesfs. "So even one person In the stands means a lot." ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES NATIONAL LEAGUE East Pittsburgh New York Chicago Philadel-hia vcnrreel St. Louis Houston San Francisco Cincinnati San Diego Atlanta Los Angeles W L Pet. GBL 3 o i ooo 2 0 l.ODO West .667 .333 750 .000 .EOO .EDO .5oa .400 .250 .200 IVi 2 2V4 TODAY'S CAVES New York Kocsman (0-0) et St. Louis Cleveland (0-0) N Chics'o Jenkins PhMadelsnfa OM 020 01 7 10 2 Torrez (0-2) Gilbert (5) (7) and Boccahelia; Carbon (1-1) and Rven. HRs; Pha Montanez; Breeden. Lcs Angeles 000 000 101 S It 0 Houston MO 002 008 I 1 Downing, Rau (6) Brewer (9) Cul- ver (0-1) 11 and Ferguson; Roberts, Cosqrove (9) Gladding '9) Craw-ford (l-l) (11) and Howard, Edwards HRs: Hou May. Chicago at Pittsburgh pod ripeinnMl at Atlanta ppd New York at St. Louis ppd HOCKEY SCOPES National B' ffalo 3 Montreal 2 Montreal leads best-of-seven quar, ter-final 3-2 R'noers 6 Boston 3 Ranaers win best-of-seven quarter- final 4-1 Chicaco St. Louis 1 Chicaao wins quarter- t-1 Ph'lgrielohls 3 Minnesota 2 Philadelphia Isads test of seven quarter-final 3-2 World Ottawa 4 New Englent! 2 New Enqland leads best-of-ssven orarter-final 2-1 Minnesota 6 Winnipeg 4 Winnteeo leads best-of-seven quar- ter-final 2-1 American N'-va Scotia 4 Providence 3 Nnva Scotia wins best-of-seven quar- terfinal iO Cincinnati 5 Richmond 4 Cincinnati wins best-of-seven quar- 4-0 Hershey 5 virpinia t leads best-of-seven qusr- ter-final 2.1 International Fo-t Wsvne 2 Pc-t Heron 1 Fort Wayne leads besl-cf-seven final 3-fl Eastern Svracuse Roanoke 1 .Syracuse leads b e s t-of-seven final 3J n Can'ca S Hat 4 E'lir'mlon leads best-of-seven final 1-fl Wold Hortey "ussia 9 Finland 1 Sweden 3 Czechoslovakia 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE East WL Pet. 3 0 1.000 0 l.COO Bcstcn Bsilirr.ore 2 Cleveland 2 1 .667 Dctrctt 1 1 .500 A'ulwa' kse 02 .OCO New York 0 4 .OCO West Chicago 1 0 1.0K) Kansas City..... 3 1 .750 Minnesota 3 1 .750 California 2 2 Texas 0 2 .000 Oakland 0 3 .000 GBI V. 1 IV Vx 1 2 2V: TODAY'S GAMES Baltimore Palmer (0-0) at Detroi Fryman '0-0) Cleveland Perry (1-0) at New Yor' Stoltlemyre (0-1) Texas (0.0) at Kansa and Davis; Marichal (2-0) Barr (6) and Rader. at Detroit pod Oakland at Chicago ppd Boston at Milwaukee ppd STANi 6Y CUP SERIES A Mcntreal B'jffalo SERIES B Rangers Boston SERIES C PLAYOFFS G W 5 3 S 2 L F A PH 2 17 14 3 14 17 St. Lo-is SERIES D Philadelphia Minnesota G W L F A Pti S 4 1 22 11 5 1 4 11 22 G W L f A Pt 5 4 1 22 9 S 1 4 9 22 G W L F A Pt S 3 2 10 11 5 2 3 11 10 WHA PLAYOFFS A G W L F A Pt England 3 2 1 12 10 Ottawa Cleveland Philadelphia Minnesota Houston Los Anpeles 3 1 2 10 12 B G W L F A Pt 3 3 0 13 4 3 9 3 4 13 Series C G W L F 2 1 12 3 3 1 Ser-ES D G W 2 9 12 A Pt! 9 F A Pt 9 6 69 BASKETBALL SCC1ES NBA Stale TO Milwaukee 97 leads best-of-seve rJer finax 3-2 oi Ano'ir- 173 Chicaco 107 Los leads best-cf-seve ls 3-J Just Arrived! 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