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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, December 51, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 Esposito, Smith do spotlight switches to netminders MONTREAL (CPi The 100-poinl-plus season by Na- tional Hockey League scorn's has dominated Ihc game for the last three years. But a pair of Chicago Black Hawks now appear intent on re- versing UK trend and moving the spotlight hack .to the goal- tenders. Statistics released by the NHL today show that nelminders Tony Esposito and Gary Smith of the Hawks arc making behcv- crs out of the faithful this sea-11.GO a gnmo-U.c lowest Ihc same number of son by displaying the finest turned in by any goaltendcrs; goaltendmg the league has wit- sincc when Jacques j j, j nessed in the last 17 seasons. In 33 games so far, they have allowed only 55 goals for a com- bined goals-against average of n I'lante. now with Mapte UafSj won the Plante and Bob Perreault of I Trophy with a season Montreal Canadiens teamed for average of 1.86, the last lime 1.45 goals-against average S till ii'fl Kings can do it Glover wants to make playoffs LOS ANGELES (AP) "When I came here my goal was to make the says Fret! Glover. "That's still my The gruff cnacli of L'.is Ange- les Kings is nol.hing if not an optimist. The Kings pxpecled to bid for a playoff spot this sea- son after a. strong finish last year, are instead challenging their' team of two seasons ago, which set an all-time National Hockey League record for futil- ity with only 14 victories. "The Kings have won only seven of 111 games. But perhaps even a better measure of their season so far is the fact that they've tied only one game, few- est in the league, and only two of their 23 losses have been by one goal. Their longest winning streak is one game. With a 4-2 win over Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, their last venture on to the ice, the Kings hope to expand their record ulien they invade Bloom- ington, Minn., tonight against Heads LDS gnestlisl Lobison is featured Clarence Hobison, head track coach at BYU, has been named as the feature speaker for the 4th annual LDS Father and Son Athletic Awards Banquet to be held at the Lethbridge Commu- nity College on Jan. 15. Robison joins rodeo perform- ers Harold and Bryan Mande- ville; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Larry Bowa and the Phillies travelling secretary Ed Forenz; Gerry Shaw of the Grey Cup Champion Calgary Steiiipeders: former distance runner Jerome Platt and em- cee Ron Low. Clarence Robison is a for- mer president of the United Stales Track Coaches Associa- tion and is also on the NCAA rules committee. He starred in track and bas- ketball during his school days and was a member of the Uni- ted Slates Olympic track team in 1948. Robison-eoached track teams have won 10 league titles and have never finished lower than third in their conference in the years he has been coaching. Highly regarded as a public speaker, Robison was recom- mended to the banquet commit- tee by ex Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher. Veraon Law. Tickets for tire banquet are available for S5 apiece at Dougs Music and Sports, Thrift way Drugs and Coughs Body. Shop in Lethbridge. Jlinnesota North Stars in the only scheduled game. If the season has been hard for the Kings, it has been dou- bly hard for Glover, a former NHL Coach of the Year with California Golden Seals. After the Seals lost a record 53 games last season and got off slowly this year, they fired Glover. hired Vic Stasiuk and soon began to live up to Ihe potential Glover says he saw in training TEAM CAPABLE "You could see they were capable of having a fine he says of his former team, which has two victories Boston Bruins and has FEATURED SPEAKER Clarence Robison will be the featured speaker ot the Jan. 15 tDS Father ana1 Son ban- quet it was announced today. Kaline liits six figures DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tiger outfielder Al Kaline has signed a 5100.000 contract to play with the team for his 20th season next year. Tiger general manager Jim Campb ell an- nounced Monday. Kaline, who turned 37 Sunday, becomes the first Tiger to earn in a season. Campbell indicated that the salary falls within the guidelines set by the national Pay Board. ove moved up from last to third place. On Nov. 30, the Kings re- moved general manager Larry Regan as coach and hired the 43-year-old Glover. A few days later they made another move, trading promising Dale Hcganson, goalie Denis Dcjordy and two other players to Montreal Canadiens for a goalie considered one of the league's besl, Rogation Vachon. But Vachon, who had surren- dered an average of only about 2.fi goals a game in his career with the Canadiens, has yielded more than four a game behind the Kings' defence, long their weakest point. Some critics say the Kings gave up too much for Vachon. Glover disagrees. "I don't care what anyone says, we got the man we he says. "Vachon has played well. If we start scoring more goals and checking hetler il will take some of the pressure off him." SAYS IT'S PSYCHOLOGICAL Much of the leam's problem is psychological, Ihe coach says. "This club had a fine stretch drive last year, and the success that certain players had caused (be award was won with an av- erage of fewer than two goals a game. SHINE AT HOME While Esposito and Smith have compiled a respectable 2.23 average on the road, it is within the confines of Chicago Stadium lhat the two have come into their own. At home they have allowed Ihe opposition 17 goals in 16 games, an average of 1.06 a game. The Hawks have yet to lose a home game this season. As a result they lead (he West Divi- sion with 49 points, seven more than Minnesota North Stars. By restricting the opposition to two goals in three games last week, Esposito and Smith opened a .21-goals-a-game lead over veterans Gump Worsley and Ccsare Maniago of the Stars. The Minnesota pair led the goaltenders' race one week ago. Esposito. with an individual average of 1.66 and Smith at 1.67, each have three shutouts for a league-leading team total of six. Meanwhile, in the scorin, race. Phil Esposilo of Boston Bruins, Tony's older brother, continues lo occupy the No. 1 position with 56 points, including a league-leading 25 goals. RANGERS PRESS The Boston centre maintained his top spot despite the dogged PITFALL Pit Martin, of the Chicago Block Hawks, takes i with St. touis Blues' Bill Plagcr Martin was uninjured in the won the Sunday game 2-0. i header after collision as th colliding Howks pursuit of New York Rangers' line of Jean Ralelle, Vic Had- field and Rod Gilbert. Defenccman Bobby On- of Boston is fifth with 45 points, five more than Chicago left winger Bobby Hull. Hull reached two more career milestones Sunday wiien he scored the 575th goal and point of his career in regular- season play. SCORING LEADERS EspMilo, Bos Ratellc, NY Hacilield, f.'Y Gilberl, NY Orr, Dns R. Hull, Chi 22 26 77 ?1 26 J7 33 14 31 J5 46 2! 18 F Mo'vlich, M Park, NY Ullman. Tor Lemaire, Mil Uncjcr, SI Martin, Chi j Mikita, cm them to take some things for Oliver, Min Trenltlay, Mil Shcohan, Cal Prenlice, Min Rousseau, NY Bercnscn, Del Hodqe, Bob McKenzie, Bos LEO SINGER'S iil A GREAT GIFT SUGGESTION! MEN'S V-NECK ALPACA t a 1 I Glover says. Hu won't mention any names, but it's no secret that the line of Julia Widing, Bob Berry and Mike Byei's, nicknamed the "Bee Line" last season for its hustling style of play, had been in the. doghouse of both Kings ccaches this season. Byers, who led the Kings in goals last season with 27, was traded to Buffalo Sabres Thurs- day for veteran defenceman Doug Barrio. Glover is convinced the Kings i generally need more pressure from him. not less. "For most players, especially young ones, the tough line is the only one they respond he says. "I'm convinced this team is better ttian it's shown so far, and there are still a lot of games to lie played." But the Kings may be playing many of them in virtual pri- vacy. Home attendance, spurred last season by such games as a sensational come- back win over the Bniins before the first sell-out crowd in team history, has been flagging since the Kings dropped their first eight games here. And the attitude of the home M 24 38 10 21 16 37 12 fl 29 37 4 17 19 36 26 12 23 25 73 10 2J 25 6 11 20 31 16 16 14 30 55 13 17 30 7.1 1? IR 30 12 19 10 29 14 14 15 29 2 14 15 79 2 1 27 29 8 16 12 2B 8 12 16 28 6 17 16 28 6 10 IB 28 6 8 70 28 55 8 20 28 42 Runsers al Chrislinns Schedule upsets Francis Native Sons split pall- on weekend NEW YORK (AP) Emilc Francis, the cool Cat who runs the New York Rangers, is a little hot under the collar right now because of the Na- tional Hockey League sched- ule. The Rangers held their an- nual Christmas party with Santa Clans and all the ingre- dients Monday at Madison Square Garden. It will have to do for the players and their families, who'll be separated by half of Hie United States on Christmas Eve and Christmas night, thanks to the NHL schedule. New York spends Christmas night in Minnesota and in order to ho sure they're there on time. Francis, who is no Scrooge, must fly the team to Minneapolis on Friday night Eve. always born a rule in Ihe Mil, to schedule teams as close to home as possible on j Christmas." said Francis. "So where are we? Halfway across Ihe country. The only plaee they could have put us that would he farther from New York would be the West Coast." What's more, the Rangers play Montreal Canadiens at home the day after Christ- mas, so when the club returns from Minnesota, early Sunday morning, the players will head straight for a Manhattan hotel instead of home. "The players won't see then- families until Monday mom- ing." snapped Francis. "That's some scheduling, isn't Ironically, the Christmas night game will be the only one away from Imme for fhe- RanRcrs tor Ihc next three weeks. They have a stretch of five straight games at Madi- son Square (larden starting witli the Montreal game. The schedule is pieced together in the summer by Brian O'Neill, the NHL's director o f administration. Francis went straight to O'Xcill with his beef when he got his first look at the sched- ule. "He said there was nothing that: could be said Francis. "Something about Minnesota being the only slot we could fill on that particu- lar night." Still. Francis isn't happy about the situation, even though the Ranger children got their visit from Santa fivs days early. Good choice of colors Reg, 18.00 PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 12 ,99 Lclhbridgc Y's Men's Native Sons split a pair of weekend exhibition games. Saturday night the Sons blasted Kimberley 10 2 only lo have Cranbrook revenge the setback 11-3 Sunday. Miles Shaw and Larry Mar- chuk accounted for eight of the Native Sons' goals as they scored four times each Satur- day. Both added two assists for a six-point outing. Marty Maxwell also came up six points on two goals and four helpers. Ken Klinkhammer also had four assisls. fans has suggested that they I Marchuk Shaw and Maxwell agree with defenceman Paul Bot the nod as the games three Curtis' estimation of the stars honorable mention lb. going to Lonme Howg of the You're miles Nahead with MEN'S WORSTED DRESS PANTS Stripes, pollerns and plains. Sizes Reg. to 29.50 PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIAt "We only have two pro lems." Curtis said recently. "We haven't been scoring many goals, and we haven't been stopping Ihe other team from scoring." MEN'S GOATSKIN COATS Imported from Israel 5 Only lefl BUY HUBBY ONE OF THESE A WONDERFUL GIFT AT...... 69 .95 iy FORTREl HLIED SKI JACKETS Regularly 19.95 PRE- A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 13 FOR THE HARD TO PLEASE GIVE A GIFT CERTIFICATE available for any amount JUST ARRIVED ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF MEN'S FORTREL PANTS In Plain Colors and Geometric LEO SINGER'S SWEDEN WINS 5-3 GAEVLE, Sweden TAP) The Swedish national ice hockey feam. Three Crowns, defeated the Soviel 13 team 5-li. Monday niptil. 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