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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Oakland Moves Into Fourth Place Head-On Clashes Developing In West Saturday, MortS It, THl LITHIXIDSE KEUID ANDY CAPP By CHUCK SVOBODA Canadian Press Staff Writer The tension-packed National Hockey League East Division race has provided some exciting games in recent weeks and promises to provide more of the same, but it has also tended to obscure a few developments in the West. Still often referred to as the expansion division, the West has failed to provide anything equal to the eastern race which has the top five teams packed into a six-point spread. But a couple of head-on clashes are shaping up in the West with Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers fighting for second place while Minne- sota North Stars battle Oakland Seals for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Seats look over fourth place from the North Stars by defeating Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Friday's only game. The loss left the Wings in a tie with New York Rangers in the East, one point behind Chicago Black Hawks and four behind the lead- ing Boston Bruins. Pittsburgh holds only a one- point edge over the Flyers going into tonight's action which has Philadelphia visiting Montreal Canadiens and the Penguins playing host to Chicago. The remaining schedule of eight games tends to favor Phil- adelphia, which plays four home HEAVY TRAFFIC Montreal gocllender Rogatien Vochon oltempts to clear Oakland winger Carol (5) from the creoss in heavy action around trm net in a recent National Hockey League game. Coming in to assist Vachon are Canadian defenctrnen Terry Harper (19) and Jacques lope mere Russians Upended By Sweden Championships Are Wide Open STOCKHOLM (CP) world hockey championships are wide open at the halfway mark. The world champion Russians fell to their first defeat of the championships Friday when the Swedes rallied to near-perfect form for a 4-2 triumph and a tie for first place after five games. Each has eight points on four wins and a loss. In Friday's other game, Czechoslovakia recovered from its defeat by the Russians Wednesday to crush Finland 9-1 and tie the Finns for third place with six points each. Canada Out Next Yeor Renewed Bid Rejected East Geimairy and who rreet in today's only match are winless in four games and tied for last place. A near Bellout crowd of al- most biggest so far in the tournament, watched Swe- den win its first tournament vic- tory against the Russians since STOCKHOLM (Rculers) A renewed Canadian request for professionals to be allowed to lake part in Iho annual world hockey championships was re- jected here today by the Inter- national Ice Hockey Federation, severing Canada's European links for at least another year. At the first of three meetings during the current world cham- p i o n s h i p s, the IIHF voted against the Canadian proposal 3-16 in a secret ballot. Earl Dawson, president ot the Canadian Amateur Hockey As- tociation, said in an interview afterwards: "This means we will not take part in Ihe championship nest year at any level. We are no! competing internationally unlil our demand is met." Canada, the original host na- tion for the 1970 championships, withdrew from the present world tournament last January when her opponents failed to abide by an IIHF decision to allow each country to use nine professionals in Iho tournament COUNTRIES WARNED The federation's J a n u a r v move followed a warning from president Avery Brundage o the International Olympic Com mitlee that participation of prc- f e s s i o n a 1 s could disqualify teams using them and teams playing against them from the Lethbrldge Trap Club's Annual TURKEY and HAM SHOOT SUNDAY, MARCH 22-10 A.M. 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Minnesota plays host to Bos- on in other games tonight while ronto Maple Leafs meet the 31ues in St. Louis and Detroit lays the Kings in Los Angeles. Sunday, Pitlsburgh is at Mon- treal wliilo Toronto meets the dangers in New York, Minne- ota is at Boston, St. Louis al Chicago and Oakland at Phila- elphia. KECOHD UNNOTICED And while Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Montreal allied it out in the East, a sea- on record by Philadelphia went unnoliced Ihis week. Tiie Flyers played to their 4th tie with the Rangers ThiuS- lay to break Ihe record of 23 deadlocks set by Montreal in the 1962-63 season. Ar.d Los Angeles, which ab- sorbed ils 48th loss of the sea- son Thursday at Ihe hands of Montreal, now is just three short of Ihe record of 51 set by Chicago in the 1953-54 schedule. St. Louis, meanwhile, slill has a chance to break ils own West Division record of 88 tolal sea- son points. The Blues, with a 21-point lead over Piltsburgh, now have 78 points five road games remaining and three on home ice. The Seals Friday extended Ihcir current unbeaten string to five games with the victory be- fore a crowd of at Oak- land. They also snapped the Red Wings' unbeaUin slreak al U games. The Red Wings appeared to be the victims of shaky goal- tending as Roy Edwards slopped only 17 Oakland shots while Gary Smith made 33 saves in Ihe Seals nets. Oakland's Gerry and Hie Wings' Gordie Howe IraderJ goals laic in the first period IH> fore Detroil took a 2-1 lead on defenceman Ron Harris' sec- ond-period score. Centre Ted Hampson twice set up rightwinger Bill Hicke for Oakland goals in the final period. SHES tWiN fcOUMb THE AS IXH MVUTAXE A To Take Senii-Finah Canadians Pick Scots 1963, when the j triumphed 2-1. The Swedes were' nm Oakland Eivran 11 LaushlKi. IIOAfll) Df'rcil, 972 Winter Olympics in Sap- wro, Japan. Dawson said today: "Brundage's warning was jusl hat and no more. If the Inter- national Olympic Committee lad made a ruling to that ef- 'ect, we would have accepted it. "We're slicking lo our gius e only need nine or 10 more votes lo get the proposal hrough. Let's hope the federa- tion will see the light next year." Dawson said opposition to the Canadian move had, "as u s u a been led by John (Bunny) Ahearne, the federa- tion's controversial president. Ahearne said: "Of course I voted against. We can't let one country dictate to us like that.' Legion Tille To Lenioel PRINCE GEORGE, B.C (CP) Gil Lemcel led his Trail, B.C., quartet to a con vincing 8-5 victory over Jess Jesse's Trenton, Ont.. rink here Friday in a sudden-death play off for the Royal Canadian Le- gion curling championship. Lemocl led Ihrougliout the tournament and was urxtefealK until Thursday night when Iho Alberta rink pulled off a big upset and downed the B.C. four some 10-7 to force a tie for to] spot between B.C. and Ontario. Each finished regular pla> with identical records of eigh victories and one defeat. secor.d in last year's champion- ships, behind Ihe Russians who have won the title for the last seven years. Soviet star1 Vyacheslav Star- shinov opened the scoring after 12 minutes. Six minutes later, Swedish captain Ulf Sterner de- flected the puck off a Russian skate for a tying goal. Sweden made it 2-1 at the Iwo-minute mark of the second period when Arne Carlsson emerged rom the penalty box and wcnl straight in lo score. Lars- Gccran Nilsson added anolher one minute from the end of the jeriod. CROWD WENT SILENT The Russians silenced the crowd with a goal by Valerj Charlamov, who scored1 from close range afler only 90 sec ends of the third period. Bu less than a minute later Sovie defenceman Vladimir Lulch enko was sent off for interfer enco and the Swedes scored 0! a slap shot by Lund sfrocm. One of Ihe heroes of the gami was Swedish goalie Lei Holmqvisl, wlx> missed earl; games with a back injury. H returned lo top form while the Soviet goalie, Viktor Konova lenko, injured after five minute of the second period, was take to hospilal with a concussion. Despite, the tie, the Russian, slill are favorites (o win UK title for an unprecedented eighth year. They lead th Swedes in goal spread, Uie cli fci'ence goals scorcc and allowed that is used lo de termine final placings in tb event of a points-lie. The Rus sians arc 26-7 against 27-10 fo the. Swedes. The Czechs or third in goal spread with 24-1 compared with 15-13 for Fin land. NORBRIDGE MARINE SERVICENTRE JOHN BACEDA 1253 3.d Avunut Nwlh LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Now is ihe time (o bring In your boalj and oulboardl for iprlng lune up or repairs, YOUR SERVICENTRE FORi P! and Trailer Repairs. .Air. Cooled. Engines .Snowmobiles. All woik backed by yean of experience Free pickup and delivery.service.. U.-SEr A'.arshall Seccnd Period Detroit, Haris 1 Connelly, LiMn Pfnsltlcs- aun Rolfe Vadnsis C-.VB, Jarrett B3U.T Third Oakland, KicVe 11 Hampson, S. Oakland, icVie 13 (Ht-f.fKn, Vadials) crallies None. Shals on goal ty UTJCA, N.Y. (CP) The Ca- nadian champions, skipped by Don Duguid of Winnipeg, com- pleted the prelim in an- event of the world curling championship Friday and picked Scotland as the team lo survive the semi-fi- nals this morning. "1 think it's actually between the United Stales and Scot- said lead Bryan Wood of Canada. "And I think Iho Scots will win the semi-finals." The Scots, who took one loss in Die preliminary eight-coun- try, round-robin event to finish second, played at 9 a.m. today in the semi-final against the Swedes who upset Wood's as- sessment by knocking off the Americans 11-3 Friday night. Tile Canadians got the big break of the championship by virtue of their first-place finish. They defeated France 16-5 Friday moiTiing to complete tlieir sweep in the round-robin and drew a bye inlo the sud- den death final at 1 p.m. today. Trie United States, Sweden and Norway had tied for third spot in the preliminary rounds before Ihe United Slates elimi- nated Norway 10-7 in the first playoff game Friday afternoon and Sweden disposed of the United States. GOT BREAKS "Winning first place Is whal the ro'jnd-robin is all said Wood. "This has bwn a lough tournament and we got the breaks." Wood said, however, that the downed Nonray M, Sweden beat Sttitzerland 11-4. The Scots had a serious ded- sion to make Friday morning but decided the integrity of curl- ing was heller than reaching the finals by an almost-certain roulc. Scotland was in second place in Ihe tournament going inlo the final round that precedes the three-team playoff. Norway was third slid Scotland was leading that country in the final round. If the Scots amply !oel their game intentionally, it would mean that both rinks would fin- ish in a two-way tie for second and would meet In the champi- inship smi-tinal for the right to hallenge Canada. On the other hand, Scotland create a three-way tie be- ween Norway, the U.S. Sweden by beating the Scandi- navian rink. Scotland was certain that both jVeden and Ihe U.S. would be to beat than Norway, and by losing in the final round Sweden and the Americans would be in the position to reach the semi-final. But the Scots decided to play wilh integrity and defeated Norwegians 9-7 to force three-way tie for third place. Pilots Are Still In Seattle I SEATTLE (AP> With the I dale of the Seattle Pilots' home opener drawing near, the Arner- I ican League baseball clubs still I" belongs to Seatlle, at least! through the weekend. That is the only thing clear today as owners of the finan- I tip for oil SPORTS FANS1 I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW by GARY KIRK TIRE SAUS LTD. world neai tournament. championship rly as tough as the was not Canadian In other final-round games Friday morning, the U.S. de- feated Germany 12-11, Scotland Trevino Happy With Results cially-troubled baseball fran- chise continue their efforts to clear a series of complex legal barriers blocking their plan to sell the team to Milwaukee in- terests. Pacific Northwest Sports- Inc., operators of the team, face two court hearings here next week. Their legal battle also has spread to Tempe, Ariz., site of the Pilots' spring training camp. The Pilots are acheduled to open the 1970 season here April 7 against California Angels. But Ihe Angels, taking no chances, have reserved hotel rooms bolh here and in Milwaukee, where baseball Interests are vailing with money to buy the Pilots. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. USE foTI 640 6th ST. i. 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