Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
so THE IETHBR1DGE HERAID - Wednesday, Februory 28, 197 3 Improve positions hi standings Tigers, Bruins triumph By THE CANADIAN PRESS New Westminster Bruins and Medicine Hat Tigers improved their standing in the Western Canada Hockey League with decisive victories Tuesday. In New Westminster, B.C., the Bruins, led by Wayne Dye's three goals, clawed Vancouver Nats 7-3, while in Medicine Hat the Tigers were led by three goals from Ed Johnstone in their 9-5 win over Swift Current Broncos. The victory gave New Westminster sole possession of third place in the west division, two points ahead of Caigary. Medicine Hat moved to within two points of west division leader, Edmonton Oil Kings. A fight at 18:03 of the second period in New Westminster involved six players and resulted in a total of 126 minutes of penalties. Two New Westminster players got game misconducts and Vancouver had three players ejected. Ron Greschner opened the scoring for the Bruins at 1:32 of the first period with a 50-foot wrist shot. Ron Kennedy added another four minutes later. Bob Hess and Marty Matthews added the other Bruin goals. Randy Andreachuk, Bob Sperling and Dave Okrained scored for Vancouver. New Westminster outshot Vancouver 36-32. In Medicine Hat, the Tigers held a slim 3-2 lead after the first period, but stretched that to 6-3 in the second. Boyd Anderson and Tom Ly-siak scored twice for the Tigers and Ken Gassoff and Paul Granchukoff added singles. Dave Williams scored twice for Swift Current while Vern McCormick, Brent Leavins and Terry Ruskowski added the others. Each team used tw goalies. Henry Durkin and Nill Kriski stopped 29 Medicine Hat shots while Sam Clegg and Jerry Thomas stopped 17 Swift Current drives. Wins have not been that easy to come by Pezer, CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) -Saskatchewan and Manitoba continue to struggle along in the Canadian women's curling championships towards what appears to be a decisive showdown in Thursday's final draw-. Neither rink has had an easy time since round one but remain the-only undefeated rinks alter four rounds. Their latest conquests were 5-4 over Newfoundland and 7-4 over Quebec respectively Tuesday night but they had their troubles with the two eastern Chicago gives Allen big pact SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -i Dick Allen, the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1972, signed a three-year contract Tuesday with Chicago White Sox for an estimated $750,000. Allen's lawyer said the contract may be "the largest baseball salary of all time." At $750,000, Allen surpasses Atlanta's Hank Aaron who is in the second year of a three-year agreement estimated at $600,000. Aliens only comment about the agreement was, "I can't count that high." He immediately predicted the White Sox would capture a pennant this year. He said, "We will win ... I think .we can catch Oakland. Ninety-five wins will do it all." In 1972, he did not- arrive at the spring camp until the season was almost ready to start He earned a reported $130,000 last year when he slugged 37 homers, batted in 118 runs and hit .308. He led the White Sox to a second-place finish in the American League's West Division. Allen led the AL in homers and RBI and trailed batting champ Tony Oliva of Minnesota ,by only 10 points. The controversy which . surrounded Allen in other cities ended last year in Chicago. He became an instant and popular hit with White Sox fans and there were no publicized difficulties with the management. Allen began his career in 1964 with Philadelphia Phillies. He later was traded to St. Louis, then to Los Angeles Dodgers before he was acquired by the White Sox. Allen was fined in other cities for various breaches of discipline, mostly missing curfews. COLLEGE SHOPPING MALL 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive clubs which have yet to win. Ann Bowering's St. John's crew took the last two ends against Saskatchewan and just fell short of tying the game when Vera Pezer of Saskatoon eliminated one of the two Newfoundland counters, then rolled out herself with the final stone. Joan Ingram of Winnipeg survived erratic shooting in the early ends to hand Quebec a 7-4 setback by picking up seven straight points in four ends. And New Brunswick's Sheila McLeod, whose Fredericton rink is the provincial representative for the second straight year, finally ended its winless streak with the most impressive victory curling observers of Canadian championships, both men and women, could recall. The New Brunswick rink, which learned earlier in the day it would be losing second Agnes Freeze for the remainder of the bonspiel because of a death in the family, ran up a 14-0 score on Betty Hodgins of Dartmouth, N.S., after six ends.and their fellow Maritimers conceded. The Fredericton rink, which will be allowed a sweeper from the host Charlottetown Curling Club for the remaining five games while lead Isabelle Loug-head handles four stones, leads off in the first of today's three founds, set for 9:30 a.m. M-ST. against Quebec's veteran skip, Lee Tobin of Montreal, In other fifth-round matches, Nova Scotia faces Saskatchewan, Manitoba meets Alberta, British Columbia eoes against Ontario and Newfoundland meets Prince Edward Island. The Islanders, represented by Elayne Thomson's rink from Crapaud, lost their first game Tuesday night and drooped into a tie behind the leaders with Ontario's Isabel Munro of Ar nprior and Karin Kaese of Na-nalmo, B.C., each with three wins and a loss. THREE WITHOUT WINS Alberta's Betty Cole, upset by Ontario 8-6 in the fourth round, was alone at 2-2, New Brunswick had a 1-3 mark, and Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Quebec were winless. Today's sixth draw, at 2:30 p.m., has British Columbia vs Newfoundland, Ontario vs. Que bee, Nova Scotia vs. Albsrta, Saskatchewan vs. P.E.I, and Manitoba vs. New Brunswick. For the 8 p.m. draw, P.E.I vs. Alberta, Saskatchewan vs New Brunswick, Newfoundland vs. Quebec, Manitoba vs. Ontario and Nova Scotia vs. Brit ish Columbia. The St. John's rink didn't get overanxious when Miss Pezer methodically rolled into a 5-2 lead with singles in the fourth fifth, seventh and eighth ends. The Newfoundlanders came back with one in the ninth and had two counters in the house on the 10th one of which Miss Pezer cleared before rolling out herself and preserving the Saskatchewan string at 12 straight victories in national competition. The Saskatoon rink, gunning for its thi"d straight Canadian title, last lost in national competition to Quebec in the first round of the 1972 championship played at Saskatoon, BllllillllllllllllHIIIUIIIIlllllI Stan Fischler's iiiiBiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiii nside Hockey rpHE handwriting was on the wall for ex-Bruins coach Tom Johnson long before manager Harry Sinden finally dropped the axe. Several episodes contributed to Johnson's exit and the hiring of Bep Guidolin as new Hub mentor. For starters there was the outrageous absence of discipline under Johnson's baton. Mike Walton's disastrous march through a glass door in a St. Louis hotel room was a baffling example of Bruin doings that eventually hurt the club in the standings. Once, several weeks ago, the club arrived in Chicago a couple of days prior to a match with the Black Hawks. According to a Windy City re- A reliable source close to the Brums insists that Johnson , actually was scheduled for firing on January 29th if his club lost or tied the Los Angeles Kings on the previous night. The Bruins just barely won the game, 6-5, but the Stanley Cup champions looked like a collection of Junior B flubs. Luckily for Boston, the Kings thought they were up against old champs instead of new chumps. "We came out and played the Bruins on their reputation," said veteran King de-fenseman Terry Harper. "We acted like we were playing the Bruins team we had remembered instead of the one that was on the ice. The Bruins didn't look good, they looked tired. Bobby Orr looked very tired. He didn't look like the same player at all. He didn't dominate; he didn't control the game the way he did in the past." porter, the Bruins hardly were the picture of decorum before the game. Then, there was an embar-rasing scene at the Madison Square Garden prelude to the All-Star Game. Phil Esposito arrived late for the traditional picture - taking session. Johnson reprimanded his leading scorer who shouted back at his coach, in a vivid example of insubordination. Phil punctuated his argument by storming out on the photo-taking. Esposito later attempted to pooh-pooh the severity of the episode but those who witnessed the scene could not help but sympathize with the humiliated Johnson, Johnson got a reprieve but a subsequent loss to the Rangers and a tie with Philadelphia at Boston Garden sealed his doom. The old Bruins used to intimidate their foes right off the ice. But intimi-dators such as Ted Green, John McKenzie and - yes, even Gerry Cheevers, are gone. That's why the 1973 Rangers, for a change, weren't running scared when - they met the Bruins at Boston Garden. "The Bruins," said Rangers defenseman Brad Park, "usually like to start out with the Esposito line, throw the puck into our end, then come charging in after us, trying to intimidate us, and get an early goal, But they seemed awfully quiet this time. I think they knew we weren't being intimidated as before. We weren't being puck shy. We weren't afraid to go into the comers with them and take a check if we had to." Was this Tom Johnson's fault? Hardly. The Bruins has lost too many good, and tough, men. They are fat and spoiled. Esposito it seems, is making more money outside of hockey than in the NHL. He can afford to tell off his coach without fear of poverty setting in. Then, there is the case of Harry Sinden. Although Johnson had proven his worth by winning both The Stanley Cup and Prince of Wales Trophy last season, that was not enough for manager Sinden. Given new power by the new Bruins owners, hair� breath Harry had to do something to justify his existence; so why not fire his "friend" the coach? Still in a state of turmoil, the Bruins front office has not yet become stabilized. The Adams Family - Weston, Sr. and Weston, Jr. - are rapidly being pushed aside and by mid-Summer no longer will be factors in Bruins decisionmaking. Power will shift to Storer Broadcasting Corp., the new owners, and, unfortunately, to Sinden. It will be interesting to see how the wealthy Bruins stars react to new coach Guidolin. He has promised a practice a day until the season's end. "We're going to work hard," said Guidolin, "because that's the only way I know how." He may be surprised to learn that that is NOT the only way some of his skaters know how. DEPARTMENT STORES. iWKliPU?TAKE AWAY OUR LOW PRICES Y0U*VE GOT A REGULAR DEPARTMENT STORE Bright future Dick Allen, fprmer star with the Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers, will sign a three-,year contract with the Chicago White Sox, possibly today, according to the Washington Star. The contract, said to be worth $750,000, will make Allen the highest paid player in baseball.