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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24- i HE LtTHBRIOQE HERALD Wtdntsdcy, Ftbruary 13.1974 k_ I STAN FISCHLER Ever its inception in 1971 the World Hockey Association has been pockmarked with rumors about its jsiirvival in the classic battle with the established National League. NHL President Clarence Campbell once predicted that the tWHA never would get off the ground. Now NHL bosses are ;predicting the WHA's demise "next Meanwhile, the new league looks .to the fyture under an optimistic banner tarried by president Dennis Murphy, i In a stimulating interview, Murphy was asked several hard 'questions about the WHA. He laughed about the survival issue, replying that that question had "been since the day we started." What ateut a potential merger with the NHL? "The- Murphy admitted, "is something we're striving for. It's not a question of an ultimate goal. Good economics is going to prevail. Looking at it from a business-like basis, it's something that'has to happen." Murphy is a hartf-nosed businessman who realizes that the INHL will possible, to disrupt his ;C "I'm sure thatflfext season the NHL is going to take some of tiur said tyurphy, "just like-we're going to take some theirs. It's all a matter of Economics." >2 Attendance ih some WHA cities. has been less than iwerwhelming but if Murphy is concerned about the problem he Certainly doesn't betray any "Our attendance is 20 per cent ahead of last he insisted. "I think we're making great strides. We've only been m business for two years. Considering that, our attendance has Seen fantastic. We couldn't ask for more." Murphy, who also helped found the American Basketball Association, agrees that the WHA has made mistakes in its two years of existence. "The biggest mistake of he went on, "was in New York. We had the poorest dates at Madison Square Garden and paid the highest rents imaginable. It was just too much. We had to move to another location where we didn't have these obstacles. "But there are going to be facilities built in and around New York and when that happens, we'll go back there. For now we don't want to play second fiddle to the Rangers and Islanders." Both the Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe contracts proved to :be very advantageous to the WHA but also caused a drain on the league treasury. One wonders whether the league can afford more such high-priced talents. Murphy says it can. "We have very strong he asserted. "They that in order to make money they have to spend -money. Most businesses take anywhere from three to five years ,-te break even. Since this is a business and we're only on our Second year, we're giving ourselves time." Critics wonder whether the WHA ever will fill its rinks as successfully as the NHL does with sellouts everywhere but in Oakland, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. "It took the NHL nearly 20 years to do said Murphy. "On the basis of a time plan we're way ahead of schedule. The only area where we could help ourselves a bit is to improve our TV package. We're going to work hard for more exposure." The WHA's biggest nemesis is Old Man Rumor who continually talks about potential franchise shifts. What does Murphy think about that? "I think the biggest rumor-monger of all is the Canucks are unbeaten in last three games Heavy traffic Albert Dumont (dark of the Lethbridge Longhorns runs into some heavy traffic as he heads into Pass Red Devil territory Tuesday night at Henderson Ice Centre. See story page 23. Aero line taken lightly By GERRY SUTTON Canadian Press Staff Writer Don't ignore the line of Andre Hinse, Larry Lund and Frank Hughes. That's the message World TheVolvol64 AN EXPENSIVE CAR THATISNTA LUXURY TO OWN. Volvo 164 is far too sensible an automobile to ever be considered a luxury. itsprthppedically-desigried seats, for example, are faced in leather. Not for any exotic i-easoji. Leather simply wears better than other materials. i Aftd while the 164's ten-outlet air conditioning-heating system might seem rather lavish at first, it is essential in providing both driver and passengers with complete climate control, that even includes a heated drivers seat. I Step on the accelerator and the aggressive 3 liter, fuel-injected engine may also leave the impression of luxury. At least until you discover the economy of its six cylinders. Then, of there are the qualities that make the 164 a Volvo; Such as disc brakes on all four wheels. Energy-absorbing front and rear ends. And a single unit body so strong its roof can support the weight of over seven tons. Impressive, but hardly what one would classify as luxuries. So if you're thinking of investing in an expensive car, we suggest you visit your nearest Volvo dealer and examine the virtues of the Volvo 164. We think you'll agree with us that it would be a luxury to own anything else. vouvo Hockey Association teams likely try to get across to most of their players. Often it goes unheeded. Like Tuesday night when Hughes and Lund each scored a goal to lead the Aeros, heading the West Division with 69 points, to a 3-1 triumph over Minnesota Fighting Saints. It was the Aeros' fifth game in a row without a wins and a kept them 10 points ahead of Winnipeg Jets, who took over sole possession of second place with a 4-2 win over Los Angeles Sharks. In other games, Tom Simpson scored three goals as Toronto Torps defeated Quebec Nordiques 6-4 in Ottawa and Chicago Cougars nipped Edmonton Oilers 3-2. Minnesota dropped to third in the West Division with 57 points, three more than the Oilers and 15 ahead of Vancouver Blazers. The Sharks are last with 40 points. New England Whalers still lead the East Division with 62 points, two ahead of the Tocos, who have played three more games. Quebec has 59, Cleveland Crusaders 55; Chicago 53 and New Jersey Knights 48. Aeros 3 Saints 1 The Saints, seeking their sixth straight win, took a 1-0 lead in the second period on Mike Walton's 28th goal of the season. However, Hughes got his 33rd less than three minutes later on a pass from Hinse, leading the WHA rookie crop with 57 points. Lund made it 2-1 on an unas- sisted effort at of the third period. It was his 20th goal of the year. Ted Taylor got Houston's final goal when he scored into an empty net with six seconds remaining. The Hinse-Lund-Hugbes line now has 72 goals and 106 assists for 178 points. Lund has 61 points and Hughes 60. It was Houston's eighth win, five on toe road, compared with three losses and a tie in the club's last 12 games. By GLENN COLE Canadian Press Staff Writer It would be safe to say that Atlanta coach Bernie Geoffrion was much happier with Flames' goalie Phil Myre Tuesday night than he was Sunday afternoon. Myre was yanked in the first period Sunday after allowing two goals on two seemingly harmless shots and the Flames went on to lose a 6-3 home-ice game to Los Angeles Kings and drop out of fourth place in the National Hockey League's West Division. Thanks in part to Myre, the Flames moved back into a tie with the Kings for the final playoff berth in the West with a 4-1 win over New York Islanders. In Tuesday's only other game, Vancouver Canucks won their third straight by defeating St. Louis Blues 3-2. Flames 4 Islanders 1 "I didn't carry what hap- pened last Sunday into this Myre said after the Flames snapped a two-game losing streak. "I went home and pouted for a while after it happened, that's all. The coach told me this morning he'd start me. It was a gesture of Geoffrion termed Myre's ef- fort outstanding. "In the first 10 minutes, the Islanders should've had. two goals. I started him again be- cause I wanted to get him his confidence back. If I hadn't started him, it probably would've killed him." The Flames jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Reynald Comeau and Larry Romanychych and made it 3-0 on Curt Bennett's goal at of the middle session. Islanders' coach Al Arbour then lifted starting goalie Billy Smith thinking he "could change the tempo of the game" by inserting Gerry Desjardins. Desjardins yielded Keith McCreary's goal with SVt min- utes remaining in the third pe- riod after the Islanders' Ed Westfall spoiled Myre's shutout bid with seven minutes left in the game. Canucks 3 Bines 2 Bryan McSheffrey and John Gould scored second-period goals 14 seconds apart to spark Vancouver's win over the Blues, who have dropped their last six games. Jocelyn Guevremont got his 12th goal of the season to pro- vide the Canucks with a 1-0 lead in the first period only to have Greg Polls tie the game four minutes later on a power play. Former Canuck John Wright scored for St. Louis with just over five minutes to go in the final period. Tonight, the Flames travel to Montreal to meet the injury prone Canadiens in one of six games. Elsewhere, Philadelphia Flyers visit Toronto Maple Leafs, California Golden Seals play host to Boston Bruins, De- troit Red Wings visit the Pen- guins in Pittsburgh, Vancouver goes to Minnesota to play the North Stars and Chicago Black Hawks are at home to Los Angeles Kings. Pronghorns action tonight SASKATOON (CP) Although University .of Sask- atchewan Huskies occupy the Canada West University Men's Basketball League cellar, the club does have the top two scorers and rebounders in the league. Guard Dean Faris rolled into the scoring lead with a 17.7 points-per-game average with 284 points in 16 games, including a league-high 121 field goals. Forward Bob Thompson trails his teammate with 274 points in 16 games for 17.1 average. Thompson also leads the league in rebounding with an 11.1 average. Thompson's 179 rebounds are tops in the league as are his 79 offensive rebounds. Mike MacKay, of University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, is the top defensive rebounder with 103 of his 143 rebounds coming off his own boards. Steve Panteluk of the league-leading University of Alberta Golden Bears is the top field goal shooter. He's hit on 50.9 per cent of his shots, canning eight of 163 shots. Lethbridge's Max Zaugg remains the top free throw shooter. He's hit on 42 of 53 free throws for a 79.2 per cent accuracy mark. Meanwhile Pronghorns' top scorer Phil Letham isn't too far off the pace in the individual scoring race as he trails the league leaders by only 15 points or a .9 average. Letham has connected on 117 of his 279 field goal attempts for a 16.8 average in 16 games. The young rookie will get ja chance to tune-up for their weekend series against the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver this Friday and Saturday by exchanging shots with an exhibition tilt tonight. The locals will host the Athletes in Action which is an all-star contingent of ex- college basketball players from the United States. This particular team is a part of an organization called the Athletical Minister for Campus Crusade for Christ which promotes goodwill in the name of Jesus Christ throughout the continent. The American club will be guided by coach Jim King, who just concluded a 10-year stay in the National Basketball Association. He started his career with San Francisco, moved on to Los Angeles and finished up with the Chicago Bulls. The two big guns starting fpr the visiting club will be Steve Newsome and Mike Plopwood. Newsome, who stands was selected the most valuable player for the University of Houston last season while 6'7" Plopwood toiled with Arizona State. The exhibition encounter will get underway at at the U of L gym. CANADA WEST MEN'S W L Pet GBL Alberta..........15 1 .937 B.C............. 10 6 .625 5 Victoria ..........9 7 .562 6 Calgary ..........7 9 .437 6 Lethbridge .......4 12 .250 11 Saskatchewan 3 13 .187 12 ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES ATLANTA 4, N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 FkBt period 1. Atlanta. Comeau 10 (Rochefort. Hextall) 2. Atlanta, Rornanchych 16 (Vail. Letter) Penalties Quinn J. Potvln double minor. Hextall Second period 3. .Atlanta, Bennett 13 (Morrison) Penalties Romanchych Marshall Brown Third period 4. Atlanta. McCreary 11 (Bennett. Quinn) 5. NY islanders. Westfall 13 (J. Potvin. Stewart) Penalties Brown Bennett Howatt on goal by Atlanta 7 12 NY 10 9 7-26 Attendance 13.376. VANCOUVER 3, ST. LOUIS 2 First period 1. Vancouver. Guevremont 12. 631: 2. St. Louis, Polis 16 (Sather) Penalties Dunn Wright Watson Second period 3. Vancouver. McSheffrey 8 (Lever. Guevremont) 4. Vancouver. Gould 9 (Ververgaert. Tannahill) Penalties Lalonde Boddy. .Thomson 558. Polis TMrd period 5. St. Louis. Wright 5 (B. Plager. Brooks) Penalty Boddy on goal by Vancouver 12 17 St Louto 14 11 Attendance 17.919. Yip paces Bottlers ALBERTA JUNIOR W L T f A Ptt Red Deer 32 14 2 250 182 66 Calgary 27 20 0 235 19S 54 Edmonton 25 23 2 236 218 52 The Pass 24 23 0 187 171 48 Drumheller 17 29 3 186 240 37 Lethbridge 15 31 3 199 284 33 NATIONAL GMtDhrMon W L T F A Pto Boston.....37 9 6 231 138 80 Montreal 32 14 6 188 142 70 Rangers___27 16 11 198 163 65 Toronto___25 17 11 194 154 61 Buffalo.....23 25 6 174 183 52 Detroit.....19 26 8 175 216 46 Islanders 14 26 13 128 172 41 Vancouver.. 15 30 8 147 200 38 EntDhrMon Phila.......33 12 7 183 110 73 Chicago 26 11 15 177 109 67 St. Louis 22 25 7 150 148 51 LA.........2124 814916350 Atlanta Minnesota Pittsburgh California... 11 37 WORLD N. England Toronto Quebec Cleveland Chicago 20 25 10 139 159 50 16 26 12 159 193 44 15 33 5 147 197 35 7 141 233 29 T F A Pit 2 200 183 62 4 226 205 60 3 205 185 59 5 166 173 55 3 167 172 53 2 165 208 48 W L 30 23 28 26 28 25 25 24 25 23 N.J. 31 WM! DhrtMon Houston 32 17 5 214 143 69 Winnipeg 27 24 5 193 196 59 Minnesota 28 26 1 213 197 57 Edmonton 27 27 0 186 191 54 Vancouver.. 21 32 0 198 222 42 LA.........2036 016522340 WHA LEADERS Q A Pto Carfelon. T............. 29 47 76 G. Howe. H............21 52 73 Hufl. W 38 31 69 Harrison. E............. 24 45 69 HOCKEY SCORES National Atlanta 4 NY Islanders 1 Vancouver 3 St Louis 2 World Houston 3 Minnesota 1 Winnipeg 4 Los Angeles 2 Chicago 3 Edmonton 2 Toronto 6 Quebec 4 American Baltimore 10 Virginia 2 Boston 5 Jacksonville 5 Central Albuquerque 6 Oklahoma City 4 Omaha 3 Tulsa 3 Western Salt Lake 6 Seattle 0 International Des Moines 10 Fort Wayne 1 Western International Cranbrook 3 Kimberiey 2 Western Canada Regina 7 Swift Current 3 Edmonton 7 Medicine Hat 4 Calgary 2 New Westminster 2 Victoria 7 Brandon 2 Saskatchewan Junior Saskatoon 6 Regina Foxes 3 Weyburn 4 Regina Blues 1 Moose Jaw 6 Melville 4 Alberta Junior Lethbridge 4 The Pass 2 Edmonton 10 Drumheller 2 B.C. Junior Keknvna 8 Penticton 5 Chilliwack 5 Merritt 4 BASKETBALL SCORES NBA New York 100 Buffalo 93 Chicago 93 Milwaukee 81 Detroit 113 KC-Omaha 106 Houston 129 Los Angeles 119 Portland 113 Phoenix 104 Boston 107 Golden State 102 Capital 107 Cleveland 99 ABA Denver 125 Virginia 112 Utah 114 Indiana 91 SHORT STOP AUTO LTD. 538 6th St S., 328-6586 Rugby club sets meeting The Lethbridge Miners Rugby Club will stage its annual general meeting ai the Civic Sports Centre Friday night. The eight o'clock meeting scheduled in room No. 1 will feature reports on the 1973 season, election of officers and the coming campaign. All members as well as other interested persons are welcome to attend. Tom Yip picked up three points in sparking Purity Bottling to a slim 5-3 victory over the Miners' Library in a City Recreation Hockey League game staged Monday night. Yip led his teammates to their win over the league leading Miners by scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist while Dave Ball and Chris Wandler chipped in with singles. Cam Hogdin and Greg Hogdin replied for the Miners. In another league match, the Labor Clab Athletics edged the Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks Al Lewko paced the Athletics' attack with a hat- trick while Cliff Mtddleton aided with a solo. Lawrence Richter. Greg Edeen and Terry Pocza notched a goal apiece in a losing cause. The tire experts with the tow prices. ELRICH TIRES LTD. 402 1st Avs S 327-6886 or 327-4445 ;