Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
'idiis win fourth straight wider new coach Fridoy, February 16, W3 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - H French Connection together By IAN MacLAINE Canadian Press Staff Writer Buffalo Sabres, the French Connection line intact, stormed over New York Rangers 4-1 Thursday night in what was expected to be an epic realignment of the National Hockey League's highest scoring trio. Coach Joe Crozier had indicated after obtaining Norm Gratton in a deal with Atlanta Flames Wednesday that the 21-year-old right winger would likely be reunited with his former Montreal Junior Canadien Jinemates, Gil Perreault aJid Rick Martin. The unit had been the scourge of Ontario Hockey Association Junior A Series goaltenders four years ago and Gratton had been coveted by Sabres' general manager Punch Imlach for just that reason when he came up in the draft two years ago. But the Ranger's No. 1 draft choice in 1970 moved on to At- lanta Flames in the expansion draft last June, and subsequently to the Sabres in a trade for tough Butch Dead-marsh who fitted better into the Atlanta plans than did Gratton. Crozier indicated shortly after the trade was announced that rejoining the Perreault-Martin-Gratton unit was uppermost in his plans. But he apparently had a change of heart before Thursday's game and for the opening whistle with the Rangers at Buffalo, the old standbys were Hull put on quite a show BOSTON 3, PHILADELPHIA 1 First Perlcd - 1. B:itm, Orr 16 (Esposifo, Sanderson) 19:20. Penalties -Cathman 6:09, Saleskl, Kelly Vodnals, Smith ma|ors, Cashman misconduct 10:00, Smith 17:09, Schultz, Sheppard minors 19:!?. Second Period - 2. Boston. Hcdqe VS (Orr, Bucyk) 9:30. Penalty-Ash-bee 8:09. Third Period - 3. Boston. Hcdae pard 18 (Marcotte, Orr) 4:29; 4. Phlla-dlephla, Dornhoefer 23 (Nolet, Pot-vin) 13:49. Penalties - Hodge 11:46, Vadnais, Kelly 14:45. Shots on goal by Boston .......... 12 11 9-92 Philadelphia ....... 11 14 13-38 BUFFALO 4, NY RANGERS 1 First Period - 1. Buffalo, Robert 35, 1:44; 2. Buffalo, Perreault 22 (Schoenfeld) 14:24. Penalties - Irvine 5:02, Vickers 15:47. Seiond Period - 3. Rangers, Ratelle 89 (Gilbert, Rolfe) 2:57. Penalties- Pratt 13:19, Hillman, Irvine minors 17:45. Third Period - 4. Buffalo, Mickey ; (Horton, Luce) 11:47; 5. Buffalo, Gratton 4 (Meehan, Pratt) 17:33. Penalties - Nellson 5:35, Horton 12:28, Rangers bench 15:36, Lorentz 18:41. Shots on goal by Rangers......... 5 13 13-31 Buffalo ............ t 10 8-24 By THE CANADIAN PRESS It was just like old times in Chicago-Bobby Hull and a sellout crowd. The 33-year-old left winger, who performed 15 years with Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League before jumping last summer to the fledgling World Hockey Associ-atien, did what 9,127 fans packed into the 9,000-seat Amphitheatre had come to expect from him. Now player-coach of Winnipeg Jets, Hull scored four goals and picked up two assists to pace the Western Division leaders to a 7-2 win over Chicago Cougars. Elsewhere, New England Whalers edged Los Angeles Shades 6-5, Minnesota Fighting Safe's' blanked Ottawa Nationals 3-0 and Houston Aeros held off fast-closing Alberta Oilers 5-3. Winnipeg, with a nine-point lead over runner-up Houston, entertains the Aeros tonight while New York Raiders are at Philadelphia Blazers and Los Angeles at Quebec Les Nor-diques. Hull scored the first two goals of the game and the Jets never looked back. After a slow start, brought about by various court actions that tried to prevent him from playing in the new league, the Golden Jet now has 36 goals. Norm Beaudin tallied twice in ANDY CAPP the third period and Steve Cud-die added the other. Rick Morris scored both Chicago goals. Tim Sheeny, with two goals and an assist, paced New England before 4,338 Boston fans as the Whalers climbed'to within four points of Eastern Division-leading Cleveland Crusaders. The win ended a four-game losr ing streak. Larry Pleau, Tom Earl, John French and John Cunniff scored the other New England goals. Gary Veneruzzo, Alton White, J. P. LeBlanc, Steve Sutherland and Ted McCaskill shared the Los Angeles scoring. Mike Antamovich's two goals spearheaded Minnesota's offence in front of 5,543 St. Paul, Minn., fans as goalie Mike Cur-ran posted his third shutout of the season. It was the first game this season in which the Nats had not scored. Dick Paradise scored the winner on Ottawa's Les Binkley at 4:29 of the first period. Houston almost blew a 4-1 lead in the final 15 minutes of the game and only solid goal-tending by Don McLeod held the Oilers in check as 4,468 Edmonton fans provided them vocal support. Ted Taylor, Brian McDonald, Gord Labossiere and Frank Hughes gave the Aeros their seemingly invincible lead by 6:26 of the third period. Veteran Bill Hicke had been the lone Alberta scorer early in the final period. The Oilers suddenly caught fire and closed to within one goal of Houston when Bob Fal-kenburg and Rusty Patenaude beat McLeod and kept the play in Houston's end of the ice. Taylor's second goal of the night and 23rd of the year, with just over a minute remaining in regulation time, took some of the pressure off McLeod, but he was still forced to make several key saves in the dying moments to preserve the victory. Predator Hunt set for Sunday Doreen Vair, who was recently elected as the chairman of the Lethbridge Fish and Game Association, announced that a Predator Hunt will be staged this Sunday. The hunt will start at daybreak and continue until dark. AH hunters are requested to cheek in at the Fish and Game hut when thsy conclude their hunt. ready-Perreault and Martin along with Rene Robert, In the only other scheduled game, Boston Bruins' old standby, Bobby Orr, was also there. The young defenceman scored once and assisted on the other two goals at Philadelphia in a 3-1 victory over the Flyers that stretched Boston's unbeaten streak to six games-four under new coach Bep Guid-olin. ' The Buffalo victory moved them alone into fourth place in the East Division, two points ahead of Detroit Red Wings who are in Oakland tonight against California Golden Seals. In the only other game, Vancouver Canucks entertain Atlanta. "I've no immediate plans to break up the French Connection," Crozier told reporters prior to the game. And, true to his word, they played together throughout the contest. Robert scored unassisted, at 1:44 and Perreault at the 14:24 mark and the Rangers were nailed with their second straight loss after running their unbeaten string to 16 games. GAP CLOSED The loss, combined with Boston's win, left New York six points behind Montreal Oana-diens, leaders in the East, and just four points up on the Bruins. Jean Ratelle cut the Buffalo margin in half with his 29th goal of the year in the second period, but Larry Mickey and Gratton, the latter on a power play effort with Gerry Meehan and Tracey Pratt, completed Buffalo's scoring late in the third period. "Maybe tomorrow, maybe after the first shift tonight," replied Crozier to pre-game queries on his plans for Gratton. "Then again, maybe I'll just leave them (the French Connection) alone." Leave them alone, he did. Gratton was used sparingly on a line with Meehan and Jim Lorentz, getting only two shifts in the first period and one in the third when he scored. The Rangers, although hurting, carried the play to Buffalo much of the game and held a 31-24 margin in shots. Doug Favell where the controversial centre had the last laugh. Sanderson was instrumental in setting up Orr's 16th goal of the season with the game only 50 seconds old. Ken Hodge and rookie Greg Sheppard added to the Boston totals before Gary Dornhoefer scored for the Flyers who remained second in the West, one point ahead of Mint nesota North Stars. Three sharing in lead PAD POINTS LEAD With the two goals against New York, Buffalo's high-scoring unit now has a league-leading 197 points, including 87 goals. It marked the fifth victory for Buffalo in six meetings with the Rangers this season. Previously they had managed only two ties in 12 meetings with the New Yorkers since joining the league three years ago. Derek Sanderson got the raspberry from 16,600 Philadelphia fans in his first visit to the City of Brotherly Love since getting paid $1 million by Philadelphia Blazers of the rival World Hockey Association to leave town earlier this month. Added security men surrounded the Boston bench to put a quick halt to any demonstrations, but they would have been put to better use 'on the ice in front of Philadelphia goalie SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bruce Crampton, the 37-year-old Aus tralian who scored consecutive triumphs in the Phoenix and Tucson Open earlier this season, Thursday took a share of the first-round lead in the $170,-000 Andy Williams-San Diego Open golf tournament. He slogged through mud and goo, struggled with uncut greens and finished in a driving rain with a 67, matching the five-under-par efforts of 23-year-old rookie Tom Kite and former collegiate football star Hale Irwin. All played the North course at Torrey Pines, a 6,667-yard layout, that wasn't scheduled to be part of the tournament. Officials, however, were forced to shift half the 144-man field to that course when morning rain and hail caused a three-hour delay and made it impossible to get the entire field around a single course. Half played the more difficult, 7,047-yard South course. The players will shift courses for today's second round. PLAYERS DISPLEASED Greens were to be cut on both courses today. They were cut only on the south course for Thursday's play and some players who went on the uncut north layout were highly displeased with the prospect. "It just isn't fair," said Jim Weichers. "The ones who play the north course on Friday have an ad-vanatge," Irwin said. "But that's just the rub of the I green." He needed only 25 putts even though "the greens were getting pretty tricky." Doug Sanders and veteran Frank Beard were just one stroke off the pace at 68. The group at 69 included Billy Casper, Grier Jones, Bob Dickson, Steve Melnyk, Rik Massengale and Mike Morley. Casper, Dickson and Jones were the only one among the leaders to play the south course. Lee Trevino had a 71 while George Knudson of Toronto was in at 72, Ben Kern of Toronto had a 73 and Gary Bowerman of Toronto a 79. Dad's trophies The family of Bep Guidolin, new coach of the Boston Bruins, looks over some of his trophies and clippings. Surveying the memories ore, left to right, Mr*. Guidolin, daughters Barbara and Debbie and granddaughter Lisa-Ann. Many not coming back Foreign golfers leave SAN DIEGO (AP) - Foreign players, once lured by the huge purses offered in the United States, are beginning to drift away from the pro golf tour. Tony Jacklin, a former British and U.S. Open champion, has gone home to England and it's uncertain when he'll return. Bob Charles, a New Zealand left-hander and former British Open champ, hasn't played in the United States this year and probably will make only token appearances, Australian Bruce Devlin, winner of eight'American titles including two last year, is spending more and more time with his golf course architecture business and less and less on the tour. And now Gary Player, the doughty little South African-one of four men to sweep all the world's major titles-has had surgery for removal of a cyst, has a kidney ailment and is expected to be sidelined for some time. They're the major ones, but there are a large number of other foreigners who once played the American tour on a more or less regular basis and now appear only infrequently, if at all. Among them is veteran Al Balding of Toronto. The regulars now have come City has special significance Guidolin likes Boston BARRIE, Ont. (CP) - Boston .has special significance foi Bep Guidolin and his wife Ellie, It was there that: -They first met-in an elevator. .-She made her debut as a professional skater with Ice Capades. -He played his first pro hockey. -He became coach of a National Hockey League club for the first time. Asked how she feels about being married to the coach of the Stanley Cup champion Bruins, she said: "I don't know yet,, I'm still getting used to it. Sometimes it's like a dream come true." Mrs. Guidolin, then Ellie Meister, was skating in Chicago when she was spotted by advance people for Ice Capades. They apparently liked what they saw and signed her. Bep and Ellie were staying at the samo Boston hotel-he was in his second year of pro hockey with the Bruins at the time and she was making her first professional appearance-when they met in the elevator. "The sequence of events in our lives sounds like a Cinderella story, which may sound corny, but it's true," she said ir. an interview. Her real break in skating came when Ice Capades divided and the Ice Cycles was formed with Ellie as feature soloist. She also continued to correspond with the young hockey star. "We'd see each other when city stops would relate and during the off-season. We became engaged two years after we'd met." Ellie loved skating, but after four seasons on the road the travelling began to pall and she decided the time was right for marriage. Bep had been traded to Detroit Red Wings, so they were married in Detroit Nov. 27, 1947. However, the travelling didn't stop: "Our children loved it, too, and whenever another move was in the offing they'd be all packed before we'd get started." There are four Guidolin children, Barbara, who was born in a Detroit suburb, Debbie, born just outside Boston, Greg, born in Timmins, Ont., and Cindy, born in Belleville, Ont. Bep was traded to Chicago Black Hawks from Detroit and played there four years. From there the family moved to Val d'Or, Que., then to Belleville, where Bep coached the MacFaiiands, a senior club. Then it was on to Kingston, Ont., then later to Kapuakas-ing, Ont., Timmins and Osh-awa, Ont., where Bep, back in coaching, took the Generals to a Memorial Cup victory in 1965-66. SHOEMAKERS TO CANADA'S BEST DRESSED MEN CLASSIC BROGUE In Prairie Buffalo. Exactly as shown. Also A hara calf brogue 'Smooth Grain' See also our plain toe tie in Water Bison. Only At CAMM'S 403 - 5th Street S. SHOES Vadnais has bad luck in Philadelphia BOSTON (AP) - Carl Vadnais, a defenceman for Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, was taken into custody by Philadelphia police for the second time in as many, visits to the city, the Boston Herald-American reported Thursday. The Herald-American said Vadnais was lounging in the lobby of a Philadelphia hotel Thursday afternoon when four FBI agents took him to a local bank where a robbery had just occurred. According to the report, Vadnais fit the basic description given of the robber. After a five-minute stay at the bank, he was released. "While I'm waiting in the bank I'm saying to myself, 'What if someone makes a mistake and thinks it's me?" down to a handful of Australians and Canadian's George Knudson and Ben Kern of Toronto and Winnipeg's Wilf Homenuik. In all, foreign-bora players won eight. American tour titles last year; two each by Player and Devlin, one apiece by Shaw, Graham, Jacklin and Knudson. There are a number of rea-, sons for the exodus. The princi-' pal ones are economic. ', The American PGA tour this' season is the richest ever, offering $8.5 million in prize money. But there are a large number of other tours that are growing rapidly in value. None offer the money found in the United States. But, their! purses are growing. The Pacific Masters in Japan has a total prize of $300,000. The John Player Classic in England offers $175,000. 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