Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Both clubs idle in tonight's Black p r T''' p b b, w k S-304 STAFFORD DRIVE S T J "OF 19; Stasiuk'; By THE CANADIAN PRESS California Golden Seals were the patsies in the National Hockey League last season but it appears they do not intend to be pushed around any longer. The Seals, responding to their third-largest home attendance this season, outlasted Chicago Black Hawks 2-1 i'n the only NHL game played Friday Seals Tlie win, their ninth of the season, moved the Seals Into third place in the West Division, one point ahead of Pittsburgh Penguins. However, they still have a long way to go to catch the division leaders, first-place Minnesota North Stars with 37 points, and the Black Hawks with 34. The Seat had a dismal pa last season when they lost 53 games, most in tire team's history. They also allowed the opposition 320 goals in 78 games. In the three previous seasin, the Seals had won 71, lost 128 and tied 40. But this season, with some judicious trades, the Seals are looking more respectable. Only six of 20 "ilayere who opened NHL season last year were retained and last month the Seals fired coach Fred Glover and hired Vic Stasiuk. The Seals also acquired a new goalie in Gilles Meloche, 21, who spent most of last season with Flint, Mich., of the semi-pro International League. Meloche, one big factor in the Seals' resurgence, was again outstanding Friday night. He allowed the first goal in the game at.