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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THZ UTHMIDG! HERALD _ Saturday, March 17, 1973 Late goal sinks Red Wings Roberts not welcome back home By IAN MacLMNE Canadian Press Staff Writer Doug Roberts was home Fri- day night and his Detroit friends arel ex-Red Wing team- mates weren't Sony to see him loavo again. Roberts, a journeyman per- former recalled tliis season by Boston Bruins from their Bos- ton Braves farm club, scored his fourth goal of, the season with IB seconds to play to give tho Bniins a 5-4 victory over the Wings. The win moved Boston alone into second place in the Na- tional Hockey League's East Di- vision, two points ahead of New York Rangers. In the seesaw battle for second place, the Bruins Jiave seven games to play to nine for lira Rangers. Elsewhere, Vancouver Ca- nucks beat Los Angeles Kings 4- 2, dimming the Kings' hopes of overtaking fourth-place St. Louis Kings in the West, and Pittsburgh Penguins and Cali- fornia Golden Seats played a 3-5 tie. The Rangers visit Toronto Maple Leafs tonight to make up one of tliose games in hand wliilo the Bniins are idle until ANDY CAPP (JANS ON A sec, PET- SULLY SAYS -By Pat Sullivan THEY'RE HAVIN' A FEW WORDS NEXT DOOR Coaidale Gaels open with win _P_ WHERE, I ask you, is all the money coming from? Sports salaries hare soared In recent years, but it's sur- prising in which sports tha pay scale has ballooned. Today there is more money to be mads in basketball and hockey, relative newcomers to full acceptance as big league operators. Football and baseball, tho more tra- ditional mass spectator! sports, have taken a back seat to the newcomers. The National Basketb a 11 League, a youthful 23 years old, has at least four players who earn an almost unbeliev- able a season. Add to that another 50 who haul in paychecks or CALGARY (Special) Coal-1 dale Kate Andhews Gaels suc- cessfully opened their Alber- ta "B" boys' high school bas- ketball championship title bid by earning a 33-24 victory over Edmonton St. Mary's Friday nighl. Ten provincial teams are tak- ing part in the two-day event which concludes tonight. Coaldale will now advance to the championship semi-final against Brooks. The winners of this contest will face the winners of the oth- er semi-final game between Vegerville and Tofield at p.m. tonight for the champion- ship title. In last night's game, Coaldale started out slowly in the open- ing quarter and managed a 4-1 whipped Vulcan 71-47, Brooks defeated Pomoka 6fr44, Tofield upended Drayton Valley 47-36, Vegrerilla dropped Calgary Queen Elizabeth 48-39 and Brooks whalloped Peace Riv- er 83-41. lie. They came out like block- busters in the second quarter though and carried a solid 16-6 lead into the dressing room at halffime. Ed Dick led the Gaels' attack with 20 points and 15 rebounds while Werner Schmiegelt added four points and H rebounds. Dave Keiller managed eight points for the Edmonton squad in the defensive battle. In other games staged Fri- day, Calgary Queen Elizabeth Blues are underdogs TORONTO (CP) It may be Just a coach's natural in- clination to make excuses be- fore a game to avoid having lo make them later, but Tom Watt says his University of Toronto Blues are undenlogs for today's Canadian college hockey final. Watt coached the Blues to their fourth consecutive Cana- dian Intercollegiate Athletic Un- ion title last year at Sherbrooke with a 5-0 win over St. Mary's Huskies. The. Blues face the same Hali- fax team in today's final which will be televised on the CBC na- tional network beginning at 2 p.m. EST. Watt has forgotten about last years win over the Huskies after two exhibition meetings with the Atlantic club this sea- son in which the Blues lost and tied one. But the National Football League, most prosperous and most publicized of all, has only 10 men among its moro than one thousand regular season players in the class. As a matter of fact, only Joa Namatti has a year- ly stipend that reaches 000. Why the trend to big money? Figure it out. The Soviets would caH it Capitalism in its true form. Lets call it a tribute to tho free enterprise mood that more and you have a healthy payroll. All told Ux> NBA's 17 teams take in a total of play- ers, of. which make move than a season. Tho National Hockey League Is older than the NBA but until recently it had the lowest pay scales of the four major professional sports. Today, the average salary Is up to some and about 45 of the 304 players in the NHL are in the six fi- gure bracket. Things are not about lo get worse for the shinny standout. With the ad- vent of the World Hockey As- sociation even the average hockey player can barter for more money. Just ask Derek Sanderson how it works. builds up the competitive spirit in all of us. In basketball and hockey there are two rival leagues, of which hockey gets the short end of the so called talent stick. As yet, there are still far from any lucrative player markets in tiie United States. The time, is fast ap- proaching when tile Ameri- can player will draw equal notices alongside his Cana- dian counterpart. To date, this Is yet to happen. In baseball and football, there are single structure monopolies (although some football players do have the rather limited option of play- ing here In In baseball, the player-con- trol agreements extend to Ja- Mexico, the Caribbean area and South America. In all four sports, effec- tive player unions have won major gains during the last decade, especially in the area of pensions. But the unions don't set salary scales except for minimums. The stars in basketball and hockey have hit tlie jackpot strictly be- cause of the demand created by new leagues, and all the other players have been pull- ed upward accordingly. Football offers a good ex- ample o! what happens. A row league, the American, started in 1960. Within five years, average salaries in the N.F.L. had doubled and players like Namath, John Brodie and Donny Anderson were getting hundreds of thousands in long term agreements. In 1966, the two leagues merged. According lo the N.F.L. player associa- tion, salaries promptly stop- ped rising, sagged somewhat and returned to the 1967 av- erage only in 1972. Other top athletes box- ers, golfers, jockeys some- times make more money than any of the team sport play- ers, but they don't do it on a guaranteed salary basis, no fair comparison can be made. Sunday when they entertain At- lanta Flames. In other games tonight Buf- falo Sabres, trailing Detroit by a point to their bottle for fourth in the East, visit Montreal Ca- nadtens; St. Louis Blues visit New York Islanders; Pittsburgh Is in Vancouver; Atlanta is host to Chicago Black Hawks and Minnesota North Stars are in Los Angeles. Other Sunday games have Montreal visiting Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto at Buffalo, St. Louis visiting the Rangers, De- troit in Chicago and Minnesota at California. "I was happy to get this goal because it was one at the goals that mean a said Roberts, a converted defenceman traded by Detroit to Oakland in 1968 and moved to the Boston organ- ization in 1971. "Even though I'm with Bos- ton now, I felt good counting this big goal before my home- town said the 6-foot-2, 2iOO-pounder who was developed tho Detroit farm system after playing collegiate hockey at Michigan Stale. "I think it's the best shot I've had all sea- son." The 50-foot slap shot from just inside the Detroit blueline was partially screened by Red Wing defenceman Gary Berg- man, and goaltcnder Denis De- Jordy made a futile stab with his slick hand as the puck lodged In (lie upper right comer of the net. "That was a good goal by admitted Detroit coach Johnny Wilson. "It sure made tho difference." FAULTS GOALTF.NDING He said the goaltending by both clubs, however, "was only adequate." "There were nine goals in the game so it doesn't show ttet ei- ther team had any desire to play defensive hockey." Boston coach Bep Guidolin disagreed, giving credit to his goaltender, Ross Brooks, a year-old rookie, for keeping the Bruins in the contest, and added: "I think we now are getting in condition for strong third-pe- riod finishes. This has been our third game in the past four where we scored three goals in the final period." Champ in action Dr. Bud Muehleison of San Diego, the current North American champion, shows his sluff Friday as the Molson's Alberta open championship continued at YMCA. Finals in the five-day event go Sunday afternoon at the YMCA. Knock off Jets 6-1 Nationals are serions By TITE CANADIAN PRESS Ottawa Nationals were going nowhere a month ago but deeper into the World Hockey Association's Eastern Division cellar. Suddenly they've become PROVINCIAL FINALS GAME OF 2 GAME TOTAL-GOAL SERIES RED DEER MIDGETS LETH. MIDGET ELKS Sunday, Mar. 18rh HENDERSON ICE CENTRE P.M. ADUITS SOc ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL AGE 25e PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN Regina all set REGINA (CP) If icemaker Don Lewis gets a break from the weatherman, he just may get more than eight hours sleep next week during the world cur- ling championship. As it now stands, Lewis and his two assistants, Gary Ford and Don Metz, have been haunt- ing Exhibition Stadium since they laid claim to the ice Tues- day night. Since then, the trio, with help from assorted other local cur- ling experts, have been working round the clock laying tlie ice for the championship which opens Monday. BUY with CONFIDENCE Drive with Pride Over trie years Benys have) built their business on service to Iheir customers. Alex Tok- ariult one of Beny's Sales leaders will roll out the "Red Carpel" for yew. He's anxious to bo of service. AsV him about the> Special Saving on 1973 Demonstrators. Deal with Beny. You'll BENY-FIT. ASK ABOUT THE MIIE NEW CAR POWERTRAIN LUBRICATION GUARANTEE. ALEX TOKARIUK LIFETIME OK WARRANTY ON OUR QUAMTY USED CARS AND TRUCKS BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE PHONE 328-1101 OK SUPERMARKET LOT MAIN GARAGE and SHOWROOM Late Friday, they had had about eight hours res t each from their claily ice-making rit- ual. The final touches to the five sheets were to have been made Friday night with the last two flcodings. The pebble was slated to be added tonight before the Ice gets its first test Sunday when rinks from each of the 10 corn- pet i ng countries have a two- hour practice. Before the Job is completed, crew have spent about 90 hours working on ttit playing surface. rlgan, Wllhinz VANCOUVER 4 LOS ANGELES 3 First Period I. Vancouwer, Wlf- kins 9 17.57; Vancouver, ivremonT li (Kearns, Bcurlrlas) PenaMfES Marolla Lev- r Second Period No scoring. Pen- ally Wllkins Third Period 3. Vancouver, Lever 12 {Kearns, Wrlflhl) t. Los An- gelw, AWoney 17 (PeTers, 5. Lcs Angeles, Berry W [Cor- WTdlnq) 6. Vancouver, 10 3. Caf- ifornfs, Laframboise 13 (McAneeley) 4, Pittsburgh, Mac Donald 30 {Shack, Apps) 5. California, Smllh 9 3ri3. Third Period California, Pal- rkK 17 (Boldirev, Wot1> 9. Plris- burgh, Shires 1 EJe- strand) 10. Plllsburgh, Burrows 3 [Hexlatl, MacDonald) Pen- nlry Graves on coal by: California ...........12 8 BOSTON I DETROIT 4 First Period 1. Detroit, Boucria 11 (Berenson, Collins) 2. Bos- ton, Marcotte 22 [Srwppard) 3. Detroit, Charron )5 (Slaekhouse, Lav- ender) Penalties Johnston Vadnals Second Period 4. Boston, Hodge 3J (Esposllo, Smith) Cashman double minor, Collins minor Lavender Lavender, Ved- nais Sheppard T. Berg- man Tdlrd Perfod 5. Detroit, T. Berg- man 8 (BerensorO 6, Boston, Clihman 27, 7. Boston, Cash- man la (On, Esposilo) 8, De- troll, Redmond 45 (Delvecchlo, Bal- 9. Boston, Roberls I (Shep- pard) Penally G. Bergman m goal byi Boston 7 11 Dtlrolt.............11 5 serious contenders and Friday night surprised Western Divi- sion-leading Jets 6-1 right in Winnipeg. The victory gave the Nats, who have been worrying most of the season about finances and support, 64 oints and fifth place, one point ahead of Les Nordiques and just two poinls out of third place, shared by Philadelphia Blazers and New York Raiders. In other games, New England Whalers scored five straight goals in the first period route to a 7-4 rout of visiting Minnesota Fighting Saints and Alberta Oilers dumped Quebec 4-2. PAD LEAD IN EAST The Whalers, who opened up a six-point lead atop the East- ern Division standings, enter- tain Philadelpliia today while runner-up Cleveland Crusaders are at home to Los Angeles Sharks. Elsewhere, Quehec is In Ed- monton again with the Oilers and New York is at Chicago Cougars. The Nats and Jets meet Sun- day in their third straight game at Winnipeg and New York vis- its Houston Aeros. Tom Martin's four goals, In- cluding three in the first period, paced the Nats to their seventh win in eight games and nailed the Jets with their fourth straight longest los- ing streak of the year. Winni- peg, however, continues to top the Western standings by II points over Houston. Rick Senfes and Wayne Carle- ton added to the Ottawa totals as Gilles Gratton, Ottawa's 20- year-old rookie goaltender, turned in a spectacular per- formance in front of fans against 29 Winnipeg shots, in- cluding three early in the third off Jets' Hull. Denny Johnson was the only Jet to beat Gratton. The whalers, notching their sixth straight vin before a crowd of got two goals from Larry Pleau. Tim Sheehy, John Danby, Tom Webster, John French and Mike Byers added Hw oftws in an offensive display that saw New England ouiihoot the opposition 46-26. Terry Ball, with two, Mike McMahon and Frank Sanders rallied the Fighting Saints to within one goal of the Whalers alter two periods. ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES player-coach Bobby Stampede Wrestling EXHIBITION PAVILION MONDAY, MAR. 19 8.30 p.m. ARCHIE "STOMPER" GOUID1E CAN KROFFAT ABDULIAH THE BUTCHER v, CARLOS BELAFONTE MIDGET MATCH! 4 Exciting Boufi 52.50 S2 Watch STAMPEDE WRESTLING on CJOC-TV Save an Hour on Automotive Expenses! 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