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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Canucks spoil McLellan's return to action Ellis shakes slump, but Leafs can't click By IAN MocLAINE Canadian Press Stafl Writer Toronto Maple ing Eon been waiting a long time for Ron GUIs to shake a prolonged scoring slump. The right wing veteran finally produced Friday night with three goals, a performance that should have cranked up the list- less Leafs on coach Jolmny Mclellan's return to the bench. Instead, the hot-and-cool con- tenders for fourth place in the National Hockey League's East Division came up with another futile effort against an expan- sion club and dropped a 5-3 score to Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks, long ago counted out of post-season play, played the role of spoilers and placed Toronto's playoff topes in jeopardy as the NHL heads into the final week of the sched- ule. It left the Leafs one point aliead of Detroit Red Wings in the race for the final playoff berth in the East. Both Toronto and Detroit, the Wings now on a t3iree-gamo win streak, have four games to play. The Toronto-Vancouver game was the only one scheduled Fri- day night Toronto and Detroit are In ac- tion tonight, the Leafs visiting Los Angeles Kings and tho Stan Fischler's SOUTHWEST CHAMPS Coafhurst Cellotres missed out in the provincial "C" basket- ball finals by a mere two points in the finals but did win the Southwest Conference title. The winners are, left to right, Val Engel, Deb Cumley, Rosemary Wyrastok and Linda Takacs. Back row, left to right are, Dr. Arnie Locatelli, the team's coach, Noreen Davies, June Bnrts, Kim Gwillim, Debbie McLaren, Maria Strub, team manager. Miss- ing was assistant coach Melvin Roth. The stage has been set., the Sugar Kings must win By PAT SULIJVAN Herald Snorts Writer The hand writing is on the wall, the dye has been cast, the Lethbridge Sugar Kings are behind the proverbial eight ball. What it all boils down to is the fact that the Sugar Kings cannot lose tonight in Red Deer if they fancy any ideas of stay- ing alive in the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs. Kings are currently down two points in an eight-point se- ries with the Red Deer Rus- tlers and must win. A tie game is of no use to the locals this evening. At present the Kings have garnered five points wliile the Rustlers seven. Kings have won once as compared-to twice for the Rus tiers while three games have ended in dead- locks. Tie games simply go into the records as a single point for each team. Should the Kings earn their first win on Red Deer ice in this semi final series, an eighth game Is slated for the Henderson Lake Ice Centre Sunday evening at seven. The winner of the Leth- bridge-Red Deer series will ad- vance against the Calgary Ca- nucks. The Calgary club edged Minor baseball meeting on tap A general meeting of the Lethbridge Minor Baseball As- sociation will be held in room one at the Adams Park Ice Centre March 29. Election of new officers and the 1971 program will be re- viewed along with a discussion of possible expansion. All parents are urged to be in attendance. The meeting will commence approximately p.m. Edmonton Maple Leafs 4-3 In the other best-oi-seven semi-fi nal. Coach John Chapman of the Kings has his club fifed up foi their game tonight and nfte: Thursday's 3-3 tie, 'in which Red Deer got the equalize with 52 seconds left in the game, was optimistic about liis charges' chances. "It is never easy to win in Red the coach said "But you can bet your botiom dollar we'll g i v e it all we've got." The Kings are playing tb best hockey they have display ed all season. A couple o breaks at the right time over the weekend and the local should be in the league final. Only time will tell. Th Kings' first hurdle is tonight The locals know they can onl. take one step at a time. Ther is no tomorrow if they mak any mistakes. CLEARANCE SALE CONTINUES WITH 25% OFF ALL TELEVISION COLOR AND BLACK AND WHITE 20% OFF STEREO COMPONENT SYSTEMS 25% OFF STEREO COMPONENT SYSTEMS OVER LIST PRICE 30% OFF STEREO COMPONENT SYSTEMS OVER IIST PRICE THIS IS A REAL CLEARANCE SALE DOWNTOWN ON SEVENTH STREET! BERT {.MAG'S for STEREO and TELEVISION PHONE 327-3232 hi Inside Hockey TtllE World Hockey Association Is learning fast that the tentacles on the National Hockey League octopus range 'ar and wide and deep into radio, television and the news- print media. Supposedly objective reporters with close NHL ties have made a point of ignoring the WHA, as if it will operate on the Island of Tasmania instead of at the very conservative least, across North America. WHA officials got a feel of the NHL tentacle squeeze not long ago when Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Bernie Par- ent startled the hockey world with his now famous flight to Miami, and a date with the new screaming Eagles. That was easily the biggest and most signifcant shinny story of the season; the first key breakthrough for the new league, with an established star bolting tho NHL. Soon after the story broke, Parent scored a shutout for the Maple Leafs against the Penguins in Pittsburgh and was picked the first star by Foster Hewitt. Any respectable television reporter would have seized this opportunity to question Parent about his impending jump to Miami, not to mention the goalie's thoughts about the WHA. After all, this is what news reporting is alt about. Yet nothing was said or asked about the WHA. "There was no interview of Parent on his decision to be-i come the first NHL star to sign with the rival confr mented The Edmonton Journal in disgust. "Nor was there a single mention by 'Hockey Night In Canada' commentators of the ft-ct Parent was going to Miami." Fulfilling its newsgathering responsibility, The Journal then asked a Canadian Press representative in Toronto to question those responsible for what seemed to be an apparent "blackout" of the WHA. Several pertinent questions were raised; such as: the NHL order the commentators not to mention Parent's apparent NHL exit? "Hockey Night In Canada" commentators given the word to keep mum. on the WHA? And if so, by whom? any other All that The Journal obtained was on insipid comment from a "Hockey Night In Canada" spokesman: "I don't know why they didn't mention Parent signing with Miami. I guess It just happened that way." Sure. Is just happened that way; lilre the way Hie NIIL panick- ed and suddenly decided to invade Hempstead, Long Island and Atlanta, Georgia, at least a year ahead of more likely three to five years ahead when it learned that the WHA actually was going to operate in 1972-73. Or, the way the NHL octopus suddenly announced it would edd more tentacles so that by 1880 there will be 24 teams in the unbalanced league. Not that these NHL manoeuvers should surprise anyone but the most naive hockey fan. The NHL octopus has ruled its shinny sea for long, Pong years without competition. In that time it has gobbled up former Western League territories such as Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco-Oakland as well as Buffalo of the American League. Until the World Hockey Association happened along, the NHL had not known the meaning of a challenge, or com- petition. Now that the WHA has asserted its desire to live and flourish, it will be interesting to see just how the NHL handles the situation once the real contract battle lines are drawn next Spring. WRESTLING EXHIBITION AUDITORIUM MONDAY, MAR. 27 8.30 p.m. STUPENDOUS TRIPLE TAG MATCH KAMATA and SITO and IEE vs BELAFONTE and BABIC and ATCHESON Tomasso and Sullivan vs Pringfe and Hayes Portz vs Marquis Pirra Butcher Watch STAMPEDE WRESTLING on CJOC-TV Lelhbridge Trap Club's V SUNDAY, MARCH 26th 1 P.M. at LETHBRIDGE TRAP CLUB V4 milo north and 1 mile east of Lethbridge airport EVERYBODY WELCOME! Wings In St. Louis against the Blues. Elsewhere, Boston Bruins lopo to edge closer to their sec- ond consecutive division title they play at home against Chicago Black Hawks who al- ready have the West sewn up. North Stars are at Penguins and Mont- Canadians entertain New York Rangers. The Hawks are back home unday for an afternoon game ith St. Louis with evening tarts set for Boston, with Mont- eal the visitors; New York en- ertaining Minnesota; Philadel- h i a entertaining Vancouver nd Buffalo Sabres the hosts to 'ittsburgh. Ellis, a fierce two-way com- etitor, had scored only five oals since the New Year until 'rid ay and his inability to find he target in recent months cor- esporided closely wiHi Toroa- o's second-half tailspin. And Toronto's sudden demise ertainly had a bearing on each McLellan's "big-league" ulcer that kept the soft-spoken Cirkland Lake, Ont., native away from the Leaf bench since blew a four-goal ead in a 5-4 loss at U Friday night. ICHMAUTZ IS LEADER But the Canucks spoiled Ellis' mergence and McLellan's re- urn, led by the scrappy little Bob Schamutz who has been emerging of late as a sparkplug n Vancouver's bid to rise from he bottom in their battle with Juffalo for tho East Division cellar. Schmautz scored two against he Leafs, including the fifth Vancouver goal in the final min- ute of play with Toronto goal- tender Jacques Plantc removed a sixth attacker. The out- come still was in doubt as Leafs pressed for the equalizer. Ellis' 20th and 21st goals, with 34 seconds remaining in the sec- ond period and 14 seconds into the final 20 minutes, tied the jame at 3-3. >roduced the Andre Boudrias go-ahead goal, Saturday, March JS, 1972 THE LETHBRIDOf HERAIB BLOWING UP The New York Mels' Bud Harrel- son is blowing up at tho St. Petersburgh, fla., unlimber- Ing camp, but not necesiarily at his shortstop chores. He's working up to improve his last season .252 hitting. Apparently the glove is an Improvised helmet or a photographer's inspiration. B.C. pulls off sports rarity .8- v the pre-expansion Breaking into the clear with a lead pass from Wayne Connelly to backhand a 10-footer past Plante. uEAFS FLAT The Leafs have a penchant for coming up flat against ex- pansion clubs while turning in solid performances, although not always winning ones, against" teams. In the Kings, a distant last in the West, Toronto again is faced with the task of getting up for an expansion team before clos- ing the season next week with a trio of home to Boston and New York and the finale next Sunday at Boston. The Red Wings are faced with a similar schedule, starting at St. Louis tonight then finishing up against the Bruins, at home, and away games with New York and Chicago. VANCOUVER