Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD January 15, 1975 ANDY CAPP OKAT.'THAT'S WMYI'AI 'ERE ALL LET'S THINK EM OVER EVENING MISS. WHAT ARE YOU DOIN1 IN WE ALL BY YOURSELF? I CAME IN TO THINK MY PROBLEMS OVER IN PEACE No one laughing at LA Kings now HIGA'S MEN'S WEAR SUITS Values to son 1 Group WV Values to 1 Group 1 Group LEATHER AND CLOTH JACKETS 30% to Price Casual Suits JANTZEN MR. JEFF SPORTS COATS Some with vests Values to S110 '70 OVERCOATS SHIRTS AND SWEATERS Values to includes some Norvyks 30 Price Curling Shoes-Gloves 30% DRESS SLACKS Values to and Casual Slacks Cords Days, 6.W.G., Howick Values to Bargain Tables CHILDREN'S CLOTHING SWEATERS SHIRTS SHIRTS SLACKS SWEATERS sc HIGA'S MEN'S WEAR 406-13 St. North ALL SALES FINAL ALTERATIONS EXTRA Phone 327-7610 THE CANADIAN PRESS Last September, coach Bob Pulford told reporters "every- body would laugh at me" if he picked his Los Angeles Kings to finish first in the Norris Division of the National Hockey League. Nobody is laughing now. Montreal Canadiens have won their last 20 games, but they can't seem to get away from Los Angeles. The Kings won their seventh road game in a row Tuesday night, defeating Washington Capitals 5-2, to move within one point of the Canadiens. Los Angeles has a game in hand. In other games, New York Islanders tied St. Louis Blues 3-3 and Philadelphia Flyers beat Kansas City Scouts 6-4. Pulford, who introduced the close-checking style that has made the Kings a winner, said last September: "I think Montreal will win the Stanley Cup, or at least have a tremendous shot at winning it. "We've come a long way in two years, but to say we're in the same class with Montreal, people would laugh at me." A 13-2-6 road record has kept the Kings in the thick of things. Their only road losses were back-to-back; 8-1 to the Bruins Dec. 12 at Boston and 3-0 to New York Islanders Dec.. 14. They are approacing two modern NHL most road wins and fewest road defeats in a schedule of 70 or more games. The Bruins won a record 26 away games in 1971-72 and the Canadiens lost only six times in 1972-73. The Kings' home record is only 11-4-6. The Capitals haven't won in 13 games and have an overall 3-36-5 mark. A pair of Los Angeles goals Cardston wins two Cardston high school swept two basketball games from the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute Tuesday night. In 4A action the Cardston Cougars bested the LCI Rams 69-60, after holding a 37-25 lead at half time. Ron Beazer was top man for the winners with 21 points while Don Yiiilf and Rod West cashed in with 11 apiece. Mike Sheen with 19 points was high scorer for the Rams and Gary Sinclair was next in line with 10. In junior action the Cardston Wildcats dropped the homestanding Colts 69-51 behind the 19 points con- tributed by Hal Sloan. Jeff Peterson hooped 22 for the Colts. by Dan Maloney broke Tues- day's game open. Maloney also had a pair of assists. Jimmy Jones of the Blazers said the Nor.diques' play is "by far the best" in the World Hockey League after Quebec beat Vancouver 6-2 Tuesday night. "They're winning all their games it said Jones. "Maybe they'll hit their peak too early. Quebec's Serge Bernier took- over the WHA scoring lead with a goal and two assists. Bernier now has 66 points, two more than Bobby Hull of Winnipeg Jets. Quebec put the game away in the final period with goals by Rejean Houle, Chris Bordeleau and Marc Tardiff within three minutes and 26 seconds.. In other games, San Diego Mariners downed Toronto Toros 6-4 and Chicago Cougars defeated Phoenix Roadrunners 5-2. LOS ANGELES 6 WASHINGTON 2 First period: 1. Los Angeles, Nevin 16 (Maloney. St. Marseille) 2. Washington, Lesuk 3 (Lalonde) Penalties Kannegiesser Lalramboise Labre W Second period: 3. Los Angeles, Harper 1 (Carr. Murphy) 4. Los Angeles. St. Marseille 8 (KomadosKi) 5. Los Angeles, Maloney 14 (Brown, Goring) 6. Los Angeles. Maloney 15 (Corrigan) Penalties None. Third period: 7. Los Angeles. Gor- ing 11 (Neyin, Maloney) 8. Washington., Bloom 3 (Lalonde) Penalties Nona. Shots on goal by Los Angeles 13 16 Washington 9 5 Attendance 8.029. ISLANDERS 3 ST. LOUIS 3 First period: 1. St. Louis. Bailey 13, 2. NY Islanders. Nystrom 14 (Howatl, Hart) Penalties Wilson Hart Second period: 3. St. Louis. Linger 21 (Merrickj Penalties Plante (double minor, Lewis (minor, major) Gassolf Third period: 4. NY Islanders. Nystrom 15 (Marshall, Lewis) 5. St. Louis, Berenson 5 (Barclay Plager) 6. NY Islanders, Howalt 13 (Fortler, Nystrom) Penalties Hess Hart Plante Shots on goal by St. Louis 13 12 NY Islanders 19 7 Attendance 13.123. Stan Fischler PHILADELPHIA 6 K.C. 4 Flril Period: 1. Philadelphia, Kindrachuk 10 (Dornnoefer. Van Imps) 2. Philadelphia, Lonsberry 12 (Dornhoefer. Kindrachuk) 3. Philadelphia, Clement 12 (Dornhoeler) 4. Kansas City. Lemieux 9 (Nolet, Charron) Penalties Paie- ment Schultz (minor, miscon- Philadelphia (bench served by Kelly) Leach Second Period: 5. Kansas City, Lagace 2 (Nolet, Charron) 6. Philadelphia, Watson 7 (Clarke) Penalties Clarke, Lemieux Patterson Dupont Kelly Paiement Third Period: 7. Philadelphia. Dornhoefer 9 (Watson. Van Impe) 8. Philadelphia, Sirois 1 (Kindrachuk) 9. Kansas City. Gilbert 11 (Paiement, Hudson) 10. Kansas city. Lemieux 10 (Lagace) Penalties Leach, Du'be Shots on goal by Philadelphia 17 13 10 40 Kansas City 11 13 B 32 Attendance Emile stale, tike year-old bagels Rumors flitting up and down the NHL grapevine clearly suggest that Emile Francis' days as g.m. coach of the New York Rangers will extend from now to mid May. Then, he goes bye bye. Just where Francis will go is debatable although the current thinking is St. Louis because Emile has had a solid and warm relationship with the Salomon Family, owners of the Blues. Francis" problem is that fact has caught up with fantasy in his case. The fantasy has had it that (a) he has a terrific way with players (since dispelled by Vic Hadfield, Jim Neilson and noil Selling) (b) he's a managerial genius, and (c) New Yorkers love the North Battleford, Sask. expatriate. Now let's look at the realities. Francis has used up all his credit cards on Broadway. In nearly a decade he has won nothing. His conservative, grey flannel thinking has made what should be an exciting hockey club into one of the dullest, drabest operations since the Philadelphia Quakers He was able to get away with it for seven years because there always was a close but no cigar feeling about the Blueshirts that titillated president, Bill Jennings. The word out of Francis' propaganda ministry was that the kids Brad Park, Walt Tkaczuk, Bill Fairbairn would jell into cham- pions. Jennings and other naive newcomers believed him. But now they're not kids anymore and they're not cham- pions either; not by a long shot. Still, Francis got away with it because he had Jennings' implicit backing since Jennings likes grey flannels and Francis. So why should things change now? Jennings isn't top banana at the Garden anymore. He has been superseded by super bosses Alan Cohen and Mike Burke who aren't exactly grey flannel lovers. They like excitement and they welcomed Derek Sanderson to the fold over Francis' head. Sanderson was. going to be the ice version of Joe Namath. Rangers fans were chomping at the bit to see him in a New York uniform. But Francis did to Sanderson what he had done to Park, Tkaczuk and just about anyone who has suggested a flair and leadership on his club. He sat on the player and his personality, While the fans thirsted for The Turk, Sanderson vegetated on the bench to the point where he's now almost a non entity among the other Rangers. The new Broadway hullabaloo is over rookies 'Rick Middleton and Ron Greschner, both commendable prospects. They've got the goods; same as Tkaczuk and Park did at the same period in their careers. But you can be sure that Francis will deflate their egoes and dull their lustre before too long. Look what he did to glamourous Gene Carr. Here was one of the most exciting skaters to come down the pike since Andy Bathgate. His speed, long blond hair and delightful elan made him a natural on Broadway. Instead of cultivating this gem in the rough, Francis destroyed Carr's confidence and finally peddled him to Los Angeles along with Tom Williams and Shel Kannegeiser. It seems to me that Cohen and Burke are beginning to realize what Francis has been doing to' de colour a potentially colour- ful team. They've got His number. That's why his number is up on Broadway'. Naturally, Francis has denied speculation that he's going to leave. We've heard too many of his denials of stories that later proved to be true to take this one very seriously. A lot will happen between now and May but, if you ask me, not even a Stanley Cup victory will keep the Cat on Broadway. And a good thing, too. He's as stale as last year's bagels. (Copyright 1975: Toronto Star Syndicate) Boston's Dave Forbes may face court trial MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A National Hockey League player may face a tNal for criminal assault as a result of an altercation during a league game. The. Minneapolis Tribune says a grand jury met Tues- day to consider evidence gathered by investigators for the Hennepin County attorney and later indicted Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins. The newspaper says Forbes was charged following a Jan. 4 sticking incident in which Henry Boucha of Minnesota North Stars was injured. Boucha is recovering from surgery Saturday to correct double vision in his right eye, where he was struck with the butt end of Forbes' stick. Boucha told The Tribune he was surprised by the indict- ment but thought it might help prevent future incidents. "They (the courts) are go- ing to put across their point even if they don't convict said Boucha. "It will make people aware of what's going on in the NHL." In 1970, Wayne Maki and Speedskaters selected The Alberta speedskating team, which will compete at the Canada Winter Games, is made up of nine Calgarians and three Red Deer residents. The bulk of the team, representing the Calgary Speedskating Club, consists of Mike Heitman, Jay Kolody, Brian Mason, Kevin Melnyk and Bob Warrender on the boys squad and Stephannie Haggis, Lorna Laird, Dawn McMahon and Karen Melnyk, sister of Kevin, on the girls team. Corrinna Smart from the Red Deer Lions Speedskating Club is the only non Calgarian on the main teams. The remaining two Red Deer skaters, Tim Thurslon and Pam Grasse, were named as alternates. Grasse is the youngest member of the team at 12 years of age. Ted Green were acquitted on assault charges in connection with a stick-swinging incident during an NHL game at Ot- tawa. The assault charges appar- ently were the first ever laid in Canada against a professional athlete. Chris is top female in 1974 NEW YORK (AP) Chris Evert, whose victories in 15 tennis tournaments earned her more than in of- ficial money, is The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for 1974. Miss Evert, four years on the international circuit, received 296 votes in the balloting, compared with 97 for another tennis player, Billie Jean King. .Olympic gymnast Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union was third with 29, teen-age track star Mary Decker fourth with 27 and vet- eran golfer JoAnne Carner fifth with 25. Miss Evert won two of the Big Four tennis cham- pionships in French Open and bowing to'Australian Evonne Goolagong in the Australian. She also took the Italian, John Player, U.S. Clay Courts, Canadian Open, a tournament in Japan arid eight on the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association women's circuit. ACT WINS 5-1 Alberta Government Telephones defeated Schwartz 5-1 in Lethbridge Industrial Hockey League play Monday. Myron Ell scored twice for the ACT club while single goals came from Harry Malchow, Roy Vaykovich, and Larry Stevenson. Al kovotl scored for the losers.