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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-24,Lethbridge, Alberta STAN FISCHLEH There has be«) a running mutiny within the confines of the New York Hangers’ dressing room. What remains to be seen is when and how it will be resolved.    - Ever since Uie season began significant members of the New York sextet have been sniping at rookie coach Larry Popein, wounding him with a steady stream of fiery invective, some of it on the record. What makes the antl-Popein movement meaningful is the fact that (a) Important skaters such as Rod Gilbert, Vic Had-field and Steve Vickers have participated in it; (b) Their apparent hostility has not abated, as evidenced by discussions with newsmen, and <c) Rangers’ general manager Emile Fran* cis apparently has sanctioned the outbursts based ori his own dosed-mouth behavior toward players he should have publically censured. It was anticipated last summer that many of the Rangers would be unhappy with Popein — whose minor league coaching record was, at best, mediocre — when he succeeded Francis. What was not expected has been the continuity of the antiPopein remarks, especially when some of them have come out of the mouth of team captain, Hadfleld. Hadfield carped about Popein in December after the Rangers had lost to Chicago and, needless to say, the papers played it op big on Broadway. But the surprising thing is that Rangers have been scathing their coach even after victories. * * * Following a 2-1 Rangers win over Philadelphia late in December, the NHL’s 1973 rookie of the year, Vickers, sniped at the coach for benching him. “I don’t know what’s wrong with our line,’ snapped Vickers, who had gone ten games without a goal. “All I know is I’m getting the blame for it. Or else they’re saving me for the playoffs.” ' Even Bill Fairbairn, usually the quietest Ranger, blasted Popein. “If he (Popein) decides to change the line, he might as well change us all. We’re all doing the same thing.” Normally, one of two things would happen under these conditions — either the manager realizes the problem and fires the coach; or the manager sears his players and, in no-nonsense terms, informs them that they had better put-out and shutup. But Popein was Francis’ hand-picked choice as his successor. Acknowledging Popein’s failure would mean that Francis, once again, has goofed in his handling of the Rangers’ coaching. If Popein was fired there also would be the question of whether Francis would return behind the bench. * * * 'up until recently Francis has somehow managed to project an image of a man who is an expert at his business and one who would quickly deliver a Stanley Cup to New York. But Broadwayites are no longer fooled. He has been Rangers’ boss since 1954 and hasn’t won a Cup nor finished first. “It’s tough for a young player to play for the Rangers,” said Mike Murphy who earlier this season was traded from New York to Los Angeles. “It’s tough because you don’t get a chance to play. * • * “Look what Francis did to Gene Carr, He gets him but doesn’t play him for three years, except mostly at left wing. Yet, Gene is a centjer. Gene suffered mentally. He began doubting himself.” Francis got himself partially off the hook last June by hiring Popein who is conceivably the dullest coach ever to operate on Broadway    ■ "What else did you expect from him?" asked Murphy. “He’s not exactly your greatest personality in the world of sports."    ... , . . Nor in the Rangers’ locker room. Which helps explain why, sooner or later, the Blueshirts’ mutiny is going to reverberate throughout Madison Square Garden. EDITOR’S NOTE — Popein has since been relieved of his duties with the Rangers and Francis has once again taken over the club. Beaton must triumph CALGARY (CP) -Defending champion Polly Beaton of Medicine Hat advanced to the B section final of the Southern Alberta Women’s curling championship Wednesday with a extra-end, »-8 victory over Audrey Turner of Cremona. The Beaton rink will meet Shirley Fox of Calgary today with the winner advancing to the A-B final against the A section survivor, Sharon Grigg of Medicine Hat. Fox ran up an 8-1 lead and cruised to a 9-5 victory over Marg Scott of Calgary in the other B semi-final. Scott earlier lost to Grigg in the A final. The Fox rink was beaten by Grigg in its first game Tuesday but has since won four straight. The Beaton rink won three in a row Wednesday after losing in the second round of A to Grigg. The B survivor will be required to defeat Grigg twice In the A-B final starting at 11 a.m. Grigg needs only one victory to represent Southern Alberta in the provincial championship at Fort Macleod Feb. 5-7. In “A" section final skip Grigg of Medicine Hat executed a cold draw to the eight-foot ring with her last rock in an extra end to defeat Scott of Calgary 7-6 Wednesday afternoon. Grigg, with Betty Booth at third, Linda Moyer at second, and Jan Goodfellow at lead, qualified to meet the B section survivor. In quarter - final play Wednesday, Turner eliminated Annie Allan of Red Deer by stealing two points in an extra end for an 8-6 victory, Beaton thrashed Dode Warwick of Hanna 10-3 and Fox whipped Ann Wiebe of Rolling Hills 14-2. Hogdin sharp Miners’ Library got two goals from Cam Hogdin and skated to a 4-1 win over Purity Bottling in one of two City Recreation Hockey League games. _ In the second game goals by Jim Culver and Mel Zatylny gave the Labor Club a ¡slim 2-1 win over the Community College. Norm Michaelis replied for the College, Gary Canadlne and Jerry Heck added single markers for the Miners while Dan Paskuski scored for the Bottlers in the third period. Host Victoria twice Pronghorns not losers The Seagram Stone Provincial Curling Championship. Feb. 1,2 and 3. At the Lethbridge Curling Club, Lethbridge. Sponsored by Joseph E.Seagram & Sons, Limited; the Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Peace River Curling Associations; and the Lethbridge Curling Club. Seagramfconice. PHIL LETHAM PETER SIKORA LARRY BAKER 10-pinners forgive mistake They say “to err is human, to forgive divine.” Well, George Vickers, proprietor of the Downtown Bowladrome displayed his divinity Tuesday. In Monday’s paper it was said that there are but two bowling establishments in Lethbridge.    % The story, while not meant to slight anyone, did imply that Capri and Holiday Bowl were the only ones in the city. But, the Bowladrome is alive and well and this coming Sunday a contingent of junior 10-pinners from Calgary will be in the city to do battle with a team of Lethbridge youths in an inter-city challenge match. Sunday's action is set for one o’clock and will feature action in bantam, junior and senior ranks of junior 10 pin bawling. By LLOYD YAMAG1SH1 Herald Sports Writer “The players themselves realize that they’re not losers and that’s what counts the most as far as I'm concerned," commented University of Lethbridge Pronghorns’ coach Robin Fry. The Pronghorns are having more than their share of problems winning games in the 1973-74 Canada West University Athletic Association Men’s Basketball League, but the season hasn’t been a total waste in the eyes of Fry. “Sure, if you take a look at our present 3-6 record and our last year’s record with Phil (Tollestrup) in the line-up, then you probably have the right to say we’re losers. But you must understand that we look at the situation a little differently than most people, who don't know the players personally or the philosophy behind athletics, for that matter.” “For one thing,” said Fry. "We believe in the winning aspect of athletics, but we won’t hinder our personal growth in order to accomplish it. This is the reason why the players know they’re not losers. Although they’re not winning every game they play, they feel they have learned something just by playing.” If it boils down to that, coach Fry is 100 per cent correct in the eyes of many physical educators, who have similar beliefs about the purpose of athletics. Sure, winning plays an Important part in athletics, but only because our society insists upon it. Meanwhile tbe Pronghorns will be in action on home court twice this weekend as they host the University of Victoria Vikings for a pair of conference games. The two clubs will meet Friday night at 8:30 at the U of L gym and once again Saturday at tbe same time and location. The Pronghorns, who toil in fifth place in the $ix*team conference, will be out to revenge a pair of losses against the Vikings in Victoria on the weekend of Jan. 4-5. Coach Fry is willing to split the two encounters, but if the players get their own way, then it could possibly be a four-point weekend. Rookie guards Peter Sikora and Phil Letham, along with hard-working centre Larry Baker, could be the ones to lead the Pronghorns’ attack cm the weekend, but an all out team effort Is a must. Sikora has come a long way since the beginning of the season and is now successfully making the transition froqi high school basketball to the collegiate level. On the other hand. Letham, who toiled with the Calgary Minor hockey Skate Exchange 9 Sharpened #    Shined ^ New Laces #    Sanitized C.C.M. SKATE SALE MUSTANG SKATES *    Leather Sole *    Nylon Sides *    C.C.M. Senior Blades R*fl. 41.40 9Q75 Now kU Speciai Purchase C.C.M. SKATES *    Men’s Sizes 6-12 *    Top Quality Leather Boot *    Leather Lined 23»5 BERT & MAC’S CYCLE LTD. UtMAvrl Rhon# 327-3221 CLOSED MONDAY epmThin.iFrl.TffllM1. Serving South AlMrta (or over 30 y*«ra Coaldale Rockets matched the Islanders goal for goal for two periods in Bantam A but let their opponents get away in the third as they dropped a W verdict. Mark UUy, Walter Dyck, Richard Laying, Ralph Smulders, Duane Ptycia and Kelly Danielson scored for the Islanders while Eddy Braun, C. Miller, S. Tsujira and T. Shendurak replied for Coaldale In Midget action, the North Stars let a 2*0 first period lead get away from them as they lost 5-3 to the Lakers. John Wasilewski led the Lakers with two goals while singles went to Sid Braak, Doug Kitaguchi, Gregg Maxwell. Dale Ptycia, Tyler Mar-tinuk and Terry McNeely notched singletons for the North Stars. Raymond Taylor, Randy Huisman and Blair Spence tallied a goal apiece for the Vikings while Perry Osberg replied for the Bears. The Vikings scored two unanswered goals in the first period and went on to edge the Bears 3-1 in a Pee Wee tilt Wednesday night. Hirl to accept Bonehead DALLAS (AP) — A1 Hirt, the famed New Orleans trumpet player, will accept the Dallas Bonehead Club’s bonehead of the year award at a banquet here Friday. Hirt, who the club said is the football fan of fans, will accept the dubious award on behalf of more than a million pro football fans who bought game tickets but never showed up for the games in 1973. Past bonehead winners have included oddsmaker Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder and president Nixon. The silver nut-capped trophy will be retired to the pro Footbal Hall of Fame. Mount Royal Cougars for two years, is having a fine season on the scoreboard with the Pronghorns and has averaged 14.7 points a game thus far. Baker, who is a second-year player, has averaged some 10 points a game and is the backbone of the Pronghorns’ rebounding attack All three players should have their hands full this weekend and will have to be sharp to lead their teammates to a victory. The U of L Pronghorns varsity women’s basketball team will also see action this weekend as they host the U of Vic Vikettes twice. The gals will play just prior to the men's games each night with starting times set for 6:30 p.'m Meanwhile Don Lamont, the high-scoring University of Calgary Dinosaur, has increased his lead In the individual scoring race in the CWUAAMBL. League statistics released Wednesday showed Lamont scored 42 points in two games during the last week, giving him 176 points and a 17.6-points - a - game average. Both figures were tops in the league. University    of Saskatchewan’s Bob Thompson remained second with 157 points, but his 15 7 points average remained the same as it did a week ago, dropping him another full point behind Lamont in the average. Phil Letham of U of L took third place with a 14.7 points average, while University of Alberta’s Wally Tollestrup and Saskatchewan’s Dean Farris rounded out the top five with a 14 4 average each. FINAL 10 DAYS ... and don't say, we didn't warn you ! Wbot p/rifld Mil up! Lotoun ii up! 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