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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, December 1970 Backus new stops Napoles in four LOOK OF APREHEN5ION Montreal Canadien's new head coach Al MacNeil seems to be biting his lip in apprehension as he stalks behind the players bench in Montreal Thursday night. MacNeil was successful in his debut as a replacement for Claude Ruel as the Canadiens dumped St. Louis Blues 6-3. MacNeil successful in coaching debut By THE CANADIAN PRESS Frank Mahovlich, the reluc- tant leader, is paying dividends for Detroit Red Wings in the ab- sence of injured Gordie Howe. The 32-y e a r -o 1 d Timmins Ont, native, who came out of Toronto's St. Michael's College H years ago with stardom writ- ten all over his clippings, never attained the leadership qualities looked For in H seasons with To- ronto Maple Leafs although he was under constant pressure to produce. But since his trade to Detroit late in the 1967-68 season he has been scoring at a clip Torontoni- ans had expected of him; 49 in '68-69 and 38 in '69-70. He has also bceu playing on a line and in the shadow of Howe, a 25-year veteran in the Detroit organization and the Nl-IL's all- time scoring champion; and of the Wings' veteran centre and captain, Alex Delvecchio. This has been to the liking of the quiet-spoken Mahovlich. Now with Howe's serious rib injury suffered in a game against Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 21, Detroit's leadership burden has fallen on Mahov- lich's shoulders. He has re- sponded well. Tuesday night he scored his 400th career goal as Detroit held Los Angeles Kings to a 4-4 tie at Detroit. It was his fifth goal in the last four games and doubled his output for the sea- son. In other games, Al MacNeil made successful coaching debut with Montreal as the Can- adiens scored an easy 6-3 win over St. Louis Blues. The de- fending Stanley Cup champions, Boston Bruins, were hard- pressed to pull out a 44 tie with the expansion. Buffalo S'abres. In the only game tonight, Philadelphia Flyers are in Oak- land for a game with California Golden Seals. Mahovlich, in reaching the 400-goal plateau, became on the sixth player in NHL liistoi to reach that figure in regi larly-scheduled games. His line- mates, Howe and Delvecchio are in that select few along wit retired Maurice (Rocket) Rich ard and Jean Beliveau of Mon No more shoot, shoot, shoot MONTREAL (CP) Claude Ruel's famous cries of "skate, skate, skate, shoot, shoot, which had become his trademark since he took over as coach of Montreal Canadiens, no longer will be heard in Na- tional Hockey League rinks. Ruel, 32, resigned Thursday as coach of the Canadiens and was replaced by Al MacNeil, a one-time NHL defenceman and assistant coach with the Cana- diens since September. The chubby who took the coaching job in June, 1963 after Hector (Toe) Blake tired, never really wanted (lie coaching chores anyway, said ieneral manager Sam Pollock. Ruel had been director of player development and chief scout before he was elevated to hollering over Pollock said Ruel had wanted) done a better job than Claude. to resign last year and was talked out of it. "Ten days ago he asked me again but I told lu'm to think about said Pollock. "I consi- dered his request verv care- fully." "Other people don't say it, but I say it. Nobody could hav the coaching position. EXHIBITION AUDITORIUM MONDAY, DEC. 7 8.30 p.m. TAG MATCH OF THE YEAR! ABDUUAH THE BUTCHER ond BOB SWEETAN vs SWEET DADDY SIKI and GIL HAYES DUPRE vs PEUER AUSTIN vs BASIC LUECK vs SUUIVAN plus 2 More Big Bouls Admission Box Office Opens 7 p.m. WATCH STAMPEDE'WRESTLING on CJLH-TV Fullbacks swapped MONTREAL (CP; Mon- treal Alouettes, this year's Grey Cup champions, Thursday announced. they have swapped fullbacks with Winnipeg Blue Bombers, last place finishers in the Western Football Confer- ence. Tlie AIs sent Dennis Duncan -0 the Bombers in return for the rights to Bob Houmard in a deal that had been reported in the works for several weeks. Duncan, along with wide re- ceiver Bob McCarthy, was sus- pended prior to the Alouettes Eastern Foot ball Conference j semi-final against Toronto Ar- gonauts. Sam Etcheverry, Montreal head coach, suspended the pair i for breaking curfew on the eve of the final season game here against Hamilton Ticats. WINDSHIELDS BROKEN? Have it replaced now by experts at Lethbridge Sash Door! FREE PICK-UP AND DELIVERY OF YOUR CAR! WEST CASTLE SKIERS Accommodations for over 50 persons SPECIAL LOW RATES FOR GROUPS. NEW STARDUST MOTEL Next to Mountainview Esso Service and Restaurant, Phone PINCHES CREEK 627-4366 for information ond reservations. Pollock said that Ruel aske club president David Molson t be relieved of his duties but n decision was reached until p.m. Wednesday. A meetin then was arranged Tor Thursda, morning. Euel, who will revert to hi former post, said he was happ, with the turn of events. "1 am the Canadiens' greatcs fan. If t wasn't T would go t work for some other team. I an glad for Al MacNeil because li is an honest man. "Some nights I had nine men working, other nights only six When I couldn't do the job mj way it was time to resign." MacNeil, 35, played with fiv NHL teams before becoming playing coach of Montreal Voya gears of the American Hockey League last season. When he heard about Ruel's resignation, be immediately re signed as assistant coach. EXPECTED THE MOVE "I expected him to do that be- cause he was picked by Claude the kind .of guy he said Pollock. "When I resigned T wasn't being noble because I'm as am- bilious as said MacNeil, a native Sydney, N.S. "Now if it is in the best in- terests of the team that I take over. I'm very elated and happy for the chance. MacNeil doesn't plan any sweeping cnanges, labelling such an idea "a bit silly." "We've been inconsistent but nconsistency has been running hrougli the league this year." McNEIL WILL WAIT He added that he'll let things "settle a bit" and then if changes are needed, he will make them. Canadiens also announced that Ron Caron will serve as the team's assistant general mana- ger. Caron was general mana- ger and coach of the Voyageurs. Molson, Pollock and Ruel vis- ited team captain Jean Beliveau in hospital before advising the players and media of the change. Corner Stli Ave., 4fli St. S. Phone 327-1581 WESTERN CANADA HOCKEY LEAGUE HOCKEY ACTION TABER CIVIC CENTRE (HEATED) SATURDAY, Dec. Silt, 9 p.m. RFGIHA PATS CALGARY CENTENNIALS MONDAY, DEC. p.m.' SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS vj. CAIGARV CENTENNIALS TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR real and Bobby Hull of Chicago Black Hawks. His 49 goals in 1368-69 paced Detroit's Production Line to a season record 114 scored by a Ike. POINTS SCARCE Defenceman Larry Cahan's third goal of the year at of the third period pulled tlie Kings even and gave them their first point in their last seven games at the Olympia, dating back to Feb. 1, 1S6S. The tic also extended Detroit's un- beaten string at home to five games but was played in front of only fans, smallest crowd of the season. It was also Mahovlich night a Montreal where the Canadiens Peter Mahovlich, the youngei but bigger brother of the Big M scored his 12th and 13th of tlie season. As was the case at Detroit the loosely-played Montreal-St Louis game provided little ao ticn for the fans, but it proved satisfying for McNeil appointed Canadiens' coach ear- lier in the day following the res- ignation of Claude Ruel. The 35-year-old Sydney, N.S., native, who played defence with Toronto, M o n t r e a 1, Chicago Hack Hawks, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh before coaching in the minor-pro ranks ast year, was making his first i g -1 e a g u e start behind the >ench. He noted particularly the ef- orts turned in by goaltender logalien Vachon and winger .eon Rochefort, up from Mont- real Voyageurs to replace in- ured Yvan Cournoyer, who cored a goal and assisted on wo others. At Buffalo, the Sabres re- raunded from a 2-0 deficit and lad a full house of cheer- _ wildly with a 4-2 lead before he Bruins started putting their ;ame together again. Fred S'tanfield's goal at f the third period but Boston 'ithin reach and Ken Hodge's 0-foot slap shot with just over a linute left in the game put the 'ruins on even terms. SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Five years ago Billy Backus couldn't win in the ring, so he quit and went to blacktopping roads. Today, after a ring comeback, he's the welter- weight boxing champion of the world. Backus scored a stunning upset Thursday nigh'; by stop- ping Jose Napoles on a badly- cut left eyelid at one minute of the fourth round of a scheduled ib-rounder before a crowd oi "Is it said the 27-year-old Backus. "I guess it is. Boy, it's here." He was given little chance to beat Napoles, who was making liis fourth title defence and who had lost only four times against 59 victories that included 42 knockouts. Since returning to boxing in 1907, Backus has held no outside jcb and his record has been 22- 3-1 for an over-all record of 29- 10-4. NEPHEW OF BASILIO The left-hander comes from nearby Canastota, the same town that produced Ins uncle, Carmen Basilio, the former wel- ter and middleweight world champion. He let it be known right from the start that he in- tended to carry the fight to the 30-year-old Napoles. But at the beginning it ap- peared the challenger's bulling tactics were doomed as the cool, methodical Napoles speared him with !eft jabs and hooks. Napoles had the best of the first round and controlled the second round when he opened a cut over Backus' right eye. However, Napoles also suffered a cut over the right eye and later contended he was butted. Backus admitted it could have been a butt. Napoles continued to pepper away with his jab early in die third round. Then the fight changed from the challenger's bull-like rushes and Napoles' matador tactics into a Pier G brawl. For the last two minutes of the round the fighters traded punches and Napoles wont to his corner with blood streaming from a cut on his left eye lid. He again said "butt." However, this time Backus said it was his right hooks which opened the cut. The fourth round siaried as with a minute gone referee Jack Milicich stopped it and the for- mer road worker was a cham- pion of the world. Backus' immediate plans were to rest for a few days. But he said he Would have some- thing to say about the financial terms of his next fight. His 18 per cent of the net for the Na- poles' fight could come to noth- ing. Napoles, who weighed 144'A pounds was guaranteed the third had ended and then I Backus weighed Sugar Kings at home twice Lethbridge Sugar Kings, fresh from a sweep of a week- end set with the Red D e e i Rustlers will settle down to the task of bettering their position in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with another weekend at home. Kings arc currently in second place in the six-team league but trail Calgary Mount Royal College Cougars by four points. If the locals are to gain any ground on the Cougars they must win a pair while the Cougars lose two. Saturday night the Kings play lost to Edmonton Movers. The Movers, at one time the top club in the league but the door- mats of late, mil move on from .he date with the Sugar to a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Cougars in St. Basil's, U of L draw In the only gome played in :he City Recreation Hockey League saw the University of Lethbridge Chinooks come back from a three-goal deficit to sal- vage a 4-4 tie with St. Basil's. St. Basil's, a club recently coming into its own, jumped to an early 3-0 lead and main- tained the three-goal gap taking a 4-1 lead into the third period. The three goal performance in the third period gave the Chi- nooks the tie. Gary Canadine, Doug Har- rold, Jerry Heck and Dick Cus- son all rammed in a goal apiece for the Saints. For the Chinooks Nigel Rus- sell was tops with two while Wally Tunpw and Ken Mag- wood replied with the others. Magwood's marker at the mark of the final frame tied hard-fought contest. Calgary. Meanwhile, Sunday's visitors to the Arena at two o'clock will be the Rustlers after playing Calgary Saturday night. In another weekend game Edmonton Maple Leafs are in Ponoka for a Saturday night game. Sugar Kings are in good shape for Saturday and Sunday. Lanny McDonald and Archie McLennan, who played with Calgary Centennials of the Western Canada Hockey League Wednesday, are expected back in the line-up. Alex Kogler is back after a penalties. Wayne Paul son picked up a major for Ed monton in the second period. The Maple Leafs outshot Red Deer 31-21 with the heaviest act ion coming in the first perioc when the Leafs outshot the Rustlers 17-5. IN A ROW LONDON (Reuter) Patricia Dodd won the British Women's ice sfcaling championship or tlie third successive year lere Thursday night, clinging to ler lead despite a weak free-kating display. ELRKH TIRE SPORT SCORES NATIONAL LEADERS] with the Centennials. He was back in Sugar King garb Sun- day and fired home two goals. Fred Comrie scored three goals to lead the Maple Leafs to a 10-4 victory over the Rust- lers in Alberta Junior Hockey League action Thursday night in Red Deer. The Leafs had no trouble beating the Rustlers, taking a 3-1 lead after the first period and widening it to 7-3 going irto the third. Edmonton's Dave Bowler scored twice and had four as- sists. Other Maple Leafs scor- ers were Chris Shokoples, Ban- dy Smith, Rick Nornden, Phil Blake and Les Drewicki. Wynn Dempster scored twice for the Rustlers with Ken Mc- Lash and Tommy Lindskog ad- ding one goal each. 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