Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, February 22, 1875 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 Sons in battle for Games hockey gold with Nova Scotia By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer Aside from death and taxes, the only thing that is certain in life is that, sometime, you are going to lose. Alberta's Lethbridge Native Sons just picked the right time to doit. The Sons, who lost for the first time in Canada Winter Games competition Thursday, came back Friday to hand Ontario its first loss, a 3-2 semi-final thriller before delighted fans at the Sportsplex. But while Thursday's 4-1 loss to Quebec meant little to the Native Sons, their win Friday sent them into the finals of the hockey competition and stopped Ontario out of contention for the gold or silver medal. Today at 3 p.m., the Sons were scheduled to take the Sportsplex ice in the championship game against Nova Scotia, who surprised Quebec 5-4 in the other semi-final earlier Friday. The Native Son win made it two upsets in a row, as the so- calles "experts" guessed wrong in each contest. "I guess we showed these CBC yelled an elated Native Son goaltender Garry Warner in the dressing room. Commentators for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation crew had predicted fourth-place for the Alberta team, but Friday's win ensured the Sons of at least second spot. Meanwhile, the two favorites, Ontario and Quebec, were to playoff for the bronze medal in Taber this morning at 10 a.m. "We've been underdogs all the said coach Howie Yanosik after the game. "But the boys have come up with an outstanding effort that's why we're in the final game." It was a completely different Native Son team from the one that was stymied 4-1 by the positional play of the Quebec team Thursday night. Friday, it was the- Sons who played the superb positional hockey. Ontario freewheeling Ontario played a more free-wheeling style of game than did Quebec, and without the close checking, Yanosik's club was able to unleash the crisp passing attack that has been so devastating all season. "We don't go for the individual says Yanosik. "The kids pass the puck more than the other teams, and they just couldn't get going against Quebec." "But today, we were more offensive minded we were more sure of our passes, and we really forechecked well." Joe Meli was the hero against Ontario, as he continued his fine play in the Games with a pair of goals. Mark Scheibner had the other Lethbridge goal while Mike Holmes and Kevin Reid scored for Ontario. Ontario dominated the opening minutes of the game, and got on the Scoreboard at the mark when Reid sent Holmes in alone on a perfect set-up. It looked like a 2-0 game when Ontario got a breakaway while shorthanded shortly thereafter, but Warner came up with a big save and Meli came right back to pick the far corner on a wrist shot from the left wing. "It went right where I wanted it to said the Sons' cap- tain. Then, at the mark of the opening period, Albert Dumont sent Scheibner and Terry Roberts away on a two-on-one break. Scheibner, using Roberts as a decoy, made no mistake with a high wrist shot that put the Native Sons ahead to stay. The second period was all Native Sons, as the locals had numerous excellent chances, but it was not until that Meli made it 3-1. Greg Kveder got it out front from the corner, and Meli, despite being tied up by an Ontario defenceman, managed to get his stick on the puck to backhand it past goaltender Keith Mills. Ontario's Kevin Reid blocked a shot at his own blueline, and used two teammates as decoys on break to make it 3-2 at the mark of the final period. Stops in final minute The large crowd was on the edge of its seats the rest of the way, but the Sons stuck to good defensive hockey, and Warner made ji pair of great stops in the final minute to put Lethbridge in the final. "Warner was just said Yanosik. "He had a bit of an off-game against Quebec, but I knew he would come back strong today." "I had no qualms whatsoever about starting him, and nobody has to guess who'll be in the net in the final." Yanosik also singled out defenceman Darrell Osmond for praise. The youngster has done an outstanding job of carrying the puck throughout the tournament, and Yanosik labels him, "the most under-rated blueliner in the Games." The entire Lethbridge defence corps stood out Friday, stopp- ing the puck-carrier at the blueline as the forwards pick up their checks coming back. Over the game, Ontario outshot the Sons 32-24 while the clubs split the eight minor penalties handed out. In the other semi-final, Nova Scotia found a loophole in the strong goaltending of Quebec's Pierre Beaudoin as they came from behind for their 5-4 upset win. Beaudoin stymied the Native Sons Thursday by coming way out to cut down the angle, but Nova Scotia's Mike Henderson twice went around the straying netminder in the th'ird period Friday to score the Maritimers' fourth and fifth goals. It gave Henderson a hat trick in the wild game, which saw Quebec ahead midway through the final period. Nova Scotia tied it at .the mark, and Henderson put the underdogs ahead just 29 seconds later. Jean Coutu got his se- cond goal of the game for Quebec to tie it at the mark, but Henderson skated past Beaudoin to score the game-winner just 20 seconds later. Quebec pulled out all the stops in the final minutes, even getting a power play when they pointed out John Grey's illegal stick to the referee, but couldn't put the puck past the Nova Scotia goal tender. In the other hockey games Friday, Manitoba earned fifth spot in the final standings with a 7-2 victory over Saskatchewan while British Columbia finished just ahead of Newfoundland in seventh spot by virtue of its 6-5 win over the island club New Brunswick picked up ninth spot with a 5-3 triumph over Northwest Territories and Yukon got its first victory in the Games, edging Prince Edward Island 8-6 in the battle for the cellar position. 2 medals for Alberta JOE MELI SCORES WINNING SONS' GOAL THEN FLIES INTO CELEBRATION BILL GROENEN photo -The Herald- 1975 games 'Did our best9 City skaters win gold By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Every once in a while in one's life there occurs an event that will be cherished forever. Such an event occurred Fri- day night at the Sportsplex in the lives of two Lethbridge youths, Billy and Cori-Jo Petrunik, when they won the gold medal in the Canada Winter Games Pairs B figure skating. The brother and sister team skated a beautifully prepared program and not only won the judges' approval but the ad- miration of the near capacity crowd at the Sportsplex. "We just wanted to do our Billy stated. "We weren't concerned with what position we finished just as long as we did our best." The two youngsters' reac- tion to the gold medal ranged from "we're very happy" to "very excited." The pair have been skating together for slightly over a year and work under the direction of their coach Jan Ullmark. Cori-Jo is 12 years of age and Billy celebrated his 16th birthday Friday by winning the gold medal. Another achievement (Besides having his birth- day and capturing a gold medal all on the same day, Billy had another big moment in his life when he took, and passed, his driver's test Friday.) As pleased as Billy and Cori-Jo were, their happiness was rivaled by their parents Bill Sr. and Jacqueline. "It is the proud' father stated. "It couldn't be better for Billy and Cori-Jo. "We talked together as a family Friday prior to the event with the express pur- pose of calming them down and to tell them that the im- portant thing was not "to win or to lose, but that they could be winners just by competing. "We wanted them in the top half; then we thought, gee, maybe a medal is possible. But to win it all, well its just great." 'Didn't expect to win' BILLY AND CORI-JO PETRUNIK WIN PAIR B EVENT "We didn't expect to Cori-Jo said. "We knew On- tario would be especially tough. Mom and Dad told us to do our best and that a medal would be nice but it didn't matter to them if we did not win one." Of their winning perfor- mance, which included a number of lifts, solo skating movements and many intricate and difficult manoeuvres, Billy said "We made a few mistakes. We had 6-man Quebec team dominates judo competition By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor Alberta went to the winners stand twice Friday night at the conclusion of the judo competitions for the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Quebec, who dominated the judo events with just a six- man team, had to take a back seat to supporters of the Alberta team. James Graham, who seem- ed to have half of the Winston Churchill crowd in his corner, was visibly disappointed as he stood on the medals stand to accept his silver medal. "I would have liked to win the he stated. "Nothing has moved me more than this competition." "It's been a long time since I have really gotten up for a said the Rainier native. Graham was up, but not up quite enough as Pierre Lavasser of Quebec disposed of the Alberta judoka by scor- ing an ippon, Lavasser, who awaited the outcome of a bout with Graham and Robert Kasuya of British Columbia, who won the bronze, captured the first of two gold medals Quebec pocketed Friday night. Nicol Minier of Alma, Quebec added a gold to Quebec's collection in the heavyweight division. The gold medal perfor- mances by Minier and .Levasser, who competes in the over. 187-pound section, gave Quebec four golds and two bronze medals for their six-man team. Will their performance clinch the Canada Winter Games flag for Quebec? Marcel Bourelly, the coach of the Quebec judo team, thinks so. "Yes, very he said Friday night. "We could have helped wrap it up." Bourelly, while not surpris- ed that his team had done so well, did admit that the four gold medals were something he had not counted on. "I wanted my team to do well and they did just he said. Confidence may have been the key word for the Quebec judoka. Bourelly himself was cer- tain his team would leave Lethbridge, Southern Alberta with six medals. "It was a very pleasant sur- prise to me the four he said very proudly. Levasser and Minier can be expected to be strong challengers in the next Canada Winter Games. Spokesman Levasser said, "We have enjoyed it very much." All six members of the Quebec team were impressed with the treatment by Southern Alberta people. "They are sophisticated judo said Levasser. "They understand the com- petition." It may take some time for Mrs. Joan Graham to really understand. "I wanted James to she' said. But what she doesn't understand is her own ex- citement. "I just shook throughout the entire she said. And she was still shaking as she congratulated her son. "He came here looking for a gold she added. "But isn't this a beautiful silver Almost overlooked in the final analysis was a bronze medal performance by Randy Burke of Edmonton. Burke, due to an injury, forfeited his chance at a gold or silver medal. Burke suf- fered torn ligaments and as a result set the stage for Minier, in the heavyweight division, to decision Kevin Edlund of Kenora, Ont. The victories for the Quebec team gave them all but two of the gold medals awarded in the event. Ontario, who is all but out of the chase for the Games flag, took two golds but were'outdone by their eastern neighbors 12-11 in the point totals. British Columbia finished third. Over 117 pondi 1. Pierre Lavasser, Quebec; 1. James Graham; Alberta; 3. Robert Kasuya, British Columbia. Opti 1. Nicol Minier, Quebec; 2. Kevin Edlnnd, Out.; 3. Randy Burke, Alberta. the wrong timing in some lifts, but I guess it didn't matter." The silver medal in the competition went to the On- tario pair of Lee-Ann Jackson and Rodger Collinswright. James Dowton and Dorothy Miller from Newfoundland earned the bronze medal. Alberta also picked up a bronze medal in the women's A singles when Lori Anderson of Red Deer skated to third spot, only two points off the gold medal winner Moria McPherson of Quebec. The silver went to Ontario skater Nancy Buys. Ontario took the gold and the silver in the men's A singles. Kevin Parker receiv- ed the gold tor a marvelous performaiicc and Sandy Moore picked up the silver. Saskatchewan's Gerald Romanow captured the bronze. Alberta skater Bruce Grant of Calgary placed seventh in the men's competition. During the medal presen- tations at the conclusion of Friday's skating Billy and Cori-Jo received a standing o.vation from the huge, appreciative crowd. The figure skating conclud- ed this afternoon with the finals in the Dance B com- petition.