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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, December 23. 1974 LAS VEGAS FUN FEST 4 days, 3 nights accomodation. U drive for 48 hours. Return Airfare Great Falls, Las Vegas via Frontier Air- lines only ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 Herald Sports LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. 7th Strwt thopplnt MM .Alton S.C.M. TYPEWRITERS ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES WESTERN CANADA Eastern Division W L T F A Pit Saskatoon ...19 7 7 177 118 45 Regina......17 15 139 134 36 Lethbridge ..16 16 2 148 155 34 Brandon.....14 18 5 152 182 33 FlinFlon......8 21 6 123 193 22 Winnipeg.....7 20 8 123 192 22 Western Division Victoria .....25 10 3 231 Kamloops ...19 11 Med Hat ....18 9 New West .16 13 Edmonton .12 14 Calgary ......4 21 143 53 2 153 119 40 3 150 107 39 5 158 140 37 5 141 144 29 6 99 167 14 NATIONAL LEAGUE Patrick Division W L T F Phila........22 6' Islanders___13 12 Atlanta......15 15 Rangers.....13 11 BRONCO'S BRIAN SUITER (14) WATCHES ONE OF THE EIGHT ALL-STAR GOALS FLY PAST PETER SEVELA Western League All-Stars impressive in 8-2 victory over Czechoslovakia A Pis 5 127 69 49 9 113 98 35 5 99 104 35 8 125 109 34 Smythe Division ....21 9 5 132 101 49 4 115 88 34 5 117 120 33 4 93 137 26 4 81 150 14 Van Chicago.....15 13 St. Louis -----14 14 Minnesota ..11 18 Kan City......5 24 Norris Division Montreal ___18 6 11 148 103 47 LA..........17 4 Pitts ........11 16 Detroit .......9 18 Wash ........3 28 Buffalo Boston Toronto Calif 11 100 59 45 6 130 127 28 4 92 128 22 4 76 186 10 Adams Division ....23 6 5 157 106 51 6 166 105 46 6 109 130 26 6 90 150 20 By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Mark Davidson of the Flin Flon Bombers and Dale McMullin of the Brandon Wheat Kings scored three goals apiece to pace the Western Canada Hockey League All-Stars to an 8-2 win over Czechoslovakia Sunday night at the Lethbridge Sportsplex. Despite blizzard conditions that dumped 7% inches of snow on Lethbridge and area, delaying the game more than half an hour due to the late arrival of referees and players, fans took in the contest. The All-Stars began the game with just nine players and a goaltender but it didn't hinder their attack as they led 4-0 by the 10 minute mark. At about the seven minute point of the period a late arriving bus load of All-Stars from Calgary showed up and by the end of the period the Western Canada team was almost at full strength. Bryan Trottier and Bryan Maxwell, stars for the Lethbridge Broncos and Medicine Hat Tigers respectively, did not play in the game as they remained snow bound in Medicine Hat. The All-Stars added Doug Gillespie of the Broncos to their line up to patrol the blue line in place of Maxwell. Davidson scored his three goals early in the first period while the All-Stars were still awaiting the bus from Calgary. Rick Blight, a Wheat King star, opened the scoring at the 18 second mark of the first period when he broke over the blueline and easily beat Czech goaltender Jaroslav Rozsypal. Davidson picked up his first marker at the mark and Czech coach Miroslav Kubera decided that his goalie wasn't playing up to par and switched him for Peter Sevela in hopes of halting the All-Star barrage. The move didn't work. Davidson rattled home two more near perfect goals in the next eight minutes, the second one a short-handed effort set up by a beautiful pass from Mel Bridgman of the Victoria Cougars after a rink-long rush down the boards. Priestner takes win McMullin, who scored a goal a period, made it 5-0 for the All-Stars as he let go with a wrist shot from directly in front of the Czech goal. Peter Stanstny put the Czechoslovakians on the scoresheet for the first time at the mark and the period closed with the All-Stars up 5-1. McMullin opened the scoring in the second period with a shot that never left the ice, moving the All-Stars into a 6-1 lead. Jiri Exl scored the Czechs' second and final goal of the game. He swept in on the right side of All-Star goalie Ed Staniowski and attempted a slap-shot. He completely muffed the shot, but the slow dribbler fooled Staniowski, who was ex- pecting a booming drive, and the puck slid slowly past him. At the mark of the period Jim Minor, of the Regina Pats, rounded out the period's scoring as he stick handled through the entire Czech team and deked out the goalie, tuck- ing the puck into the gaping net. The period closed 7-2. McMullin closed out the scoring in the game with the lone goal in the third period after a scramble in front of the net. The reaction of the Lethbridge crowd at the announcement that the bus load of players had made it through the storm and would be ready to play in a short time was amazing. Seldom has such a cheer been heard in the new Sportsplex. The Lethbridge fans were completely behind the All-Stars, particularly in the first period when they were playing with only nine men. Their reaction's cooled a bit as the game progressed but they gave the two teams a standing ovation at the end of the game. The Czechoslovakians gave indications, particularly in the third period, that the next game with the All-Stars, tonight at Medicine Hat, would not be an easy win for the Canadian club. They started hitting, and were finally able to get some of their plays into operation. LOOSE PUCKS Bronco coach Earl Ingarfield started the game coaching the All-Stars but was replaced by Jack McLeod when the late bus arrived Ingarfield turned over the reigns with a 2-0 lead... the All-Stars outshot the Czechs 34-31. the Czechs picked up eight minor penalties the Canadians had nine... Miroslav Michalovsky wins the longest name on the Czech team award Mel Bridgman and Karel Holy came as close to fighting as anyone in the game but it never materialized the going was tough in front of the Czech net as the All-Star forwards tried to jockey for position... the Czechs play a rough brand of hockey but then, so do the All-Stars it seemed as if the Czechs liked the rougher going as they picked up in the second and third period after a slow opening stanza despite a few catcalls from the fans the refereeing was very fair and the vast majority of the calls were well deserved what penalties were not called on the Czechs were likewise not called on the All-Stars the best check of the night was handed out by All-Star Rick LaPointe his hip check at the blueline set Ivan Orzagh sommersaulting out of the play Mel Bridgman took a stiff check from Karel Holy when he was caught with his head down the next hockey action at the Sportsplex features the Broncos against the Calgary Centennials game time is p.m. Boxing Day. ALL-STARS 8 CZECHOSLAVAKIA 2 First Period: 1. All Stars, Blight (B. Davidson) 2. All Stars. M. Davidson 3. All Stars, M. Davidson (Sutler) 4. All Stars, M. Davidson (Bridg- man) 5. All Stars. McMullin (B. Davidson 6. Czechoslovakia Stanstny (Holy, Kupec) Penalties B. Davidson WCHL Razi C Second Period: 7. All Stars, McMullin (McCarthy) 8. Czechoslovakia Exel (Vlcek) 9. All Stars, Minor (Sadler) Penalties Michalovsky C M. Davidson WCHL Minor WCHL Holy C 6-26 Vlcek C Holy C. Bridgman WCHL Michalovsky C Minor WCHL 10' A" Stars' MoMullin