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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Bruins making shambles of record book Orr chipping away at Esposito's lead MONTREAL (CP) - While Boston Bruins continue to stockpile National Hockey League records, Bobby Orr is chipping away at the NHL scoring lead held by Bruin teammate Phil Esposito. Orr picked up 13 points in four games last week-three goals and 10 assists-and moved to within eight points of Esposito. Last week Orr trailed by 13 points. The offensive-minded Boston defenceman now has 116 points on 32 goals and 84 assists while Esposito has 57 goals and 67 assists for 124 points. During this week, both players could establish NHL marks. Orr needs only four points to equal his record for points by a defenceman set last season. He is only * goal shy of his record set last year for the most goals by a rearguard in one season. Esposito meanwhile is only two points short of the total points record of 126 he set during the 196849 campaign. Boston players occupy the WIN ALBERTA CROWN - Jack Gorrie and hit Lethbridge rink won the Alberta Army, Navy and Air Force curling champion ship ever the weekend. With Gorrie, left, are, third Tony Court*, second Joe Seaman and lead Tom Lewko. Gorrie and his mates will defend their dominion title in Vancouver later this month. Alberta rink hi Two quartets unbeaten SAINT JOHN. N.B. (CP) -Jim Dunstone's St. Boniface, Man., rink downed Horst Illing's Labrador City, Nfld., unit 9-7 in third-round play Monday night in the Canadian mixed-curling championship to remain one of two undefeated rinks. Three rounds were scheduled for today, at 8:30 a.m., MST, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. In the fourth round it was Quebec and Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia, Northern Ontario and Mani- toba, Hjewfoundland and Saskatchewan. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Ontario had the bye. Dunstone's win gave the Prairie rink the lead in the 11-rink bonspiel with three wins while Larry McGrath's Kindersley, Sask., rink, downed Nick Old-ale's Sydney, N.S. rink 12-4 for its second straight win without a setback. Saskatchewan had the first-round bye. Kelly Carin's Kamloops, B.C., rink, the Dr. Ed Steeves-skipped Moncton, N.B. rink and Vince Lebano's Orillia, Ont., rink all had 2-1 records. The Bill Tracy-skipped Arvida, Que., rink, idle in the third round, and Bruce Stewart's Calgary rink bad 1-1 records. Nova Scotia and Newfoundland had 1-2 records and Bobby Dillon's Charlottetown rink and Harvey Caron's Northern Ontario rink from Timmins both were winless in three games. Generals eliminated by Saints The M and K General's hoe* key season came to an end last night as St. Basil's skated to a 6-2 victory over the fourth place finishers in the City Recreation Hockey League. St. Basil's who picked up second spot in the five - team league rolled to three straight victories in the best-of-five semi - final series eliminating the Generals. Meanwhile in the other semifinal series the pennant winning U of L Chinooks hold a 2-1 lead over the Labor Club and will have a chance to move into the finals against hte Saints with a victory Wednesday night. In last nights encounter the Generals picked up an early 2-0 first period lead but watched it vanish as the Saints came back with two unanswered goals in the second. At the 8:22 mark of the final period Brian Murkin slipped one put Rod Morrice the Generals netminder to allow his club the lead for the first time in the contwt. Some seven minutes later Dick Cusson padded the Saints lead with his second goal of the night banging home a bouncing puck. Wih little more than two minutes remaining the Generals pulled Morrice for an extra attacker but watched it hack-fire as Bob Balazs flipped in his second and third markers of the night into an empty net. Tex Wiebe and Al Willis had given the Generals the 2-0 lead in the first period but as it turned out it just wasn't enough. Tundoy, Moreh , 1971 - THE IITHBRIDGE HERALD - 7 third and fourth positions in the scoring race. Veteran left winger John Bucyk is third with 94 points on 44 goals and SO assists while right winger Ken Hodge is next with 40 goals and 53 assists for 93 points. Chicago's Bobby Hull is fifth with 84 points on 40 goals and 44 assists followed by Norm Ull-man of Toronto Maple Leafs who has 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points. Boston set a few records during last week's play. Among the new marks: Most wins in a season, 48, which broke the Montreal Canadians record of 46 set two yean ago; most goals by a team during the season, the Bruins now have 324, which is 21 more than their record set last year; most home victories, 30, one more than Canadiens managed in 1955-56 and the Bruins had in 1968-69; and most goals by a line, 117, by Esposito, 57, Hodge, 40, and Wayne Cashman, 20, bettering the mark of 114 set by Detroit's Gordie Howe, Frank Mahovlich and Alex Delvecchio two seasons ago. The Bruins also tied the record for most points in the standings,. 103, the same as Montreal had in 1968-69. In 65 games, Boston has set 12 records which leaves them 13 games in which to go after at least another 10 marks. Centre Gilbert Perreault picked up a pair of goals Sunday night to raise his season's toted to 34 in his first season with Punch Imlach's Buffalo Sabres. He tied the mark for a rookie set by Nels Stewart of Montreal Maroons in 1925-26 and tied by Danny Grant of Minnesota and Norm Ferguson of Oakland during the 196840 campaign. . Chicago defencemian Keith Magnuson appears headed for the dubious record of most penalty minutes in a season. The former Denver University start has 269 minutes, four short of the record set by Howie Young of Detroit in 1962-63. New York's goaltending duo of Ed Giacomin and Gilles Ville-mure hold the lead in the Ve-zina Trophy race with a combined goals-against average of 2.22. Giacomin is the shutout leader with six. You're milesA ahead at STORES One gatton H/ASHSR Wr/-FRE�Z� 7.75-14/15 8.25-14/15 Can replaea F7S-14/15 G78-14/15 BLACKWAU with retreadable trade-in FREE MOUNTING Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. - Phone 327-8548 OPEN DAILY 8 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M. Open a Firestone Budget Account or use your.. HAPPY CHAMPION - A happy Joe Frazler is embraced by his manager, Yank Durham, after Frailer kept hit heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over Muhammad Ali. Monday's fight was a dandy By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff A sellout crowd of close to 4,500 boxing fans sat and stared in stunned silence at the huge screen in the Stampede Corral at Calgary as ring announcer Johnny Addie stood in centre-ring in Madison Square Garden, New York and announced that Joe Frazier had beaten Cassius "Muhammad Ali" Clay. The fight was a dandy. Ali and Frazier fought on relentlessly over the 15-round limit and save for a ridiculous score by one judge (he scored the fight 11 rounds Frazier and four Ali) it was an extremely close bout. I scored 145 points Frazier and 144 Ali. This would compare with referee Arthur Mer-camte's score of 8-6-1 for Frazier (or 144-142 on the points system). The fight marked the first time two undefeated champions ever fought for the heavyweight crown. It was almost unbelievable to watch the Calgary crowd just sit there after the decision. Not that they disagreed with the verdict, just that how does one figure Ali's losing performance? The appearance of Ali at the start of the fight was greeted with resounding cheers at Calgary while Frazier's entrance brought only a smattering of applause and boos. It was more than apparent Ali was their man. FORCED ISSUE Frazier forced the issue through the entire fight and caught Ali on the ropes an uncountable number of times - something that had not happened to Ali before. It was not the Ali of old. Oh, the tassles were there on his shoes, and his mouth was working well but that was all. He didn't move, he was flat-footed and most damaging of all he could be hit. He was staggered a number of times before finally going down in the 15th. He took a thorough pasting. In losing, Ali proved one thing though - he can take it and still come back for more. He never stopped trying, even when he was seemingly out on his feet, both from exhaustion and from Frazier's constant plum-eting. Frazier fights like a wound-up metal toy. Once wound up he goes for three minutes, never stopping, never wavering from his ever-crowding, punishing style. And he can't be stopped by punches. At least the many blows Ali rained on him couldn't stop him. Frazier is not the personality Ali is, nor is he the boxer Ali was. If Ah' had been active the last four years I, am sure that last night's light would have had a different ending. The question of a rematch now comes up. I think not. Income tax would prevent it this year, I'm sure Ali, and per- haps Frazier, will give up the ring business. Muhammad did not try to take command at any time, he seemed content to fight Frazier's fight. He had no choice, everything he once had was gone. Those who witnessed the fight live or via cable, saw only a shadow of the once-great Ali. It's always sad to see a champion lose, any champion, But it was especially sad to watch the lustre that was Ali's tarnish and rust away. One has to wonder what the loss will do to his tremendous ego. It hurts a normal man to lose. It must be an agonizing experience for Ali. The sad part is he was a great champion. But that greatness is now tarnished, and everyone remembers a fighter by his last bout. Ali went out with honor. Don't do him the disservice of forgetting him. He was one of the fastest, most impressive heavyweight boxers of all time The king is dead - long live the new king - Joe Frazier, Minor hockey In Pee Wee action last night the Vikings led by Troy Dick son's ninth shutout of the sea son blanked the Canucks 4-0. David Stephens, Gary Cal houn, Duane Ptycia and Jamie Henderson banged in a goal apiece for the Vikings victory. The Royals and Stampeders battled to a 6-6 deadlock Monday evening. Derrick Blasco led the Royals as they came back from two-goal deficit. Blasco scored once in each period while Tom Kenealy, Garry Craik and Brian Konrad added singletons. Don Henderson blinked the red light twice for the Stamps'. Solo markers were notched by Lou Lavaratto, Don Johnson, George Irvine and Dave Dog terom. Canadians and Jets didn't settte anything in their game either as they play to a 4-' tie. Mark Baldry's two third period goals gave the Jets the tie after Dick Rigelhoff had scored twice earlier. Lee Salmon, Cam McLennan, Clarence Sirovyak and Warrick Mells scored for the Canadians. More sport on page 8 l 1 l_____Aju^Jiuiujuulu___: See the best in theWesf meet the best from the East 3rd ANNUAL PONTIAC CUP LAKE LOUISE ALBERTA March 12 & 13 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. daily. Ample free parking. See the climax of the Canadian ski racing season as outstanding skiers from all across Canada compete) In the finals for the Pontiac Cup. Plan to attend now. It will be one of the biggest ski events in Alberta's sports yearl Be sure io watch the Pontiac Cup Final on CTV's Wide World of Sport Saturday March 20. Check your local listings for time. The Pontiac Cup is organized by the Canadian Amateur Ski Association and sponsored by GENERAL MOTORS OF CANAPA LIMITED ;