Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8-THE LETHBRIDGE October GOING HOME FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON Ensure your reservations by booking early! CONTACT ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL_____________________PHONE 328-8184 Pat Sullivan It was a great night They came, they saw and they were conquered. What more can be said about the largest crowd to ever watch a .hockey game in Lethbridge? They were impressed to say the least. Travelling the corridors of the beautiful new, seat Sportsplex between periods, the same statement was echoed by everyone, it's just great. Official attendance at Sunday night's game was announced at eclipsing the mark of who were on hand at the old Lethbridge Arena when the Native Sons were in their heyday in the late 4Q's. Lethbridge Bronco president Bill Burton set the stage for the evening's enjoyment as the jovial general manager assured Del Wilson of the Regina Pats that Wilson will receive a picture of the Broncos after they win the Memorial Cup and in the not too distant future. Burton's following on the: heels of a presentation to the Broncos by Wilson of a picture'of the Pats after winning the 1973-74 championship, drew a rousing round of applause from the large crowd that came to see their Broncos. One fellow had to be assured that the Broncos will indeed be Lethbridge's representative in the Western Canada Hockey League for years to come. The largest round of applause Sunday night was reserved for Bronco coach Earl Ingarfield. Ingarfield, a 13 year veteran of the National Hockey League, is a native son and that hasn't been forgotten by the fans who were on hand Sunday night. Even WCHL president Ed Chynoweth of Saskatoon got a warm welcome. But Chynoweth, never at a loss for words, knew just what to say. "This is the finest rink of its kind in the Western Canada Hockey League and may just be the best in Canada." Well, how would you feel if someone you had hardly met told you your house was beautiful? You would thank them, right? Sunday's game seemed strange for some reason. Maybe its just the broad expanse of the Sportsplex. It's going to take a lot of getting used to. One news media thought possibly the comfor- table seats in the Sportsplex had put the fans to sleep, or at least they had a relaxing effect. It was the first meeting of almost total strangers. The initial shock of walking into the Sportsplex took some wearing off but Bronco captain Bryan Trottier saw to that. When Trottier is on the ice, things happen. It didn't take those fans doesn't that number have a nice ring to it? all night to recognize Trottier's ability. Brian Sutter, who was the second star behind Trottier, has found a home. He made a lot of friends Sunday night. They even cheered him when he skated off to the sin bin after a scrap with Regina's Mike Wirachowsky. The fight itself was a draw. Mirachowsky took exception to Suiter's jumping over the fallen Regina goalie. Sutter, all hustle as the fans recognized, was simply trying to avoid injuring Ed Staniowski. It was a great evening all the way around. Burton was en- joying what looked like a 50 cent cigar as the game ended; Coach Ingarfield .was all smiles; Gary Kirk was rubbing his hands together and Dennis Kjeldgaard was simply enjoying the congratulations. All the nights at the Sportsplex won't be that great. No one is saying they will. There will be times when the Scoreboard doesn't read in our favor. That's when we will be tested. That faint whisper that seems to creep in on all athletic teams, especially in Lethbridge, could be heard in certain quar-" ters Sunday. Will the Broncos get this kind of support if they start to lose a few games? No one can answer that question. It has never been promis- ed that the Broncos would be miracle workers the first season in Lethbridge. The only promise I ever heard was one that said the Broncos 'would play good, entertaining hockey. Sunday night the Broncos lived up to their promise and the fans lived up to theirs. I don't think the Bronco officials are declaring Sunday's game a signed and sealed mutual admiration society charter. They simply gave indications of what we can expect this winter. And I hope you feel the same way as I do because I liked what I saw. Private Instructions SPECIALIZED COURSES IN Kung-Fu Swords double Advanced Weapons swords training Knives. Quan-do Nunchukas Snake spear (Plus more-tor information call) ORR KARATE KUNG-FU STUDIOS 258A-13thSt.N. Phone 328-1241 The Herald Sports BRYAN TROTTIER (10) SITS RIGHT ON GOALIE ED STANIOWSKI'S DOORSTEP. INSERT, ONE OF FIVE. Broncos bounce Pats 5-1, watch home opener By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor The largest crowd to ever witness a hockey game in Lethbridge turned out Sunday evening at the Sportsplex and weren't disappointed. Lethbridge Broncos played host to Regina Pats, the defending Memorial Cup champions, and the locals entertained their faithful fans with an easy 5-1 triumph. Pats' Dave Faulkner fired a shot high over the shoulder of Broncos' Lome Molleken at the mark of the opening period and that marked the beginning and end of Regina scoring. After opening ceremonies, which delayed the start of the Western Canada Hockey League encounter 40 minutes, Earl Ingarfield and his charges introduced themselves to the gathering with an impressive home opener. Broncos got single goals from Bryan Trottier, Brian Sutter, John Lutz, Greg Woods and Stan Jensen as they built period leads of 2-1 and 3-1. The fans were somewhat quiet as the game unfolded due mainly, one would imagine, to the fact they had never seen a game in as beautiful an arena as the Sportsplex and as well, the players were unfamiliar to .them as it was their first real public outing. It didn't take them long to take the Broncos to heart. "The fans were just said coach Ingarfield. "Our boys were nervous as the game started, but came along just fine." "It's always nice to win the first continued the Bronco boss. On the other, Regina coach Bob Turner wasn't all that disappointed with his club. The Pats played Fri- day in Edmonton and then met the tough Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday evening. And even losing the first three games of the year isn't that bad an omen. These very same Pats lost their first three last year and ended up as Canadian junior champs. However, they only showed their past successes in spurts Sunday. Broncos' first line, Trottier, Alec Tidey and Sutter, had enough chances to win the game themselves, both on regular shifts and while killing penalties. Faulkner's goal built a fire under the Broncos but. errant shots and the netminding of Ed Staniowski kept them off the scoresheet until Jensen clicked at the mark. Jensen picked up a loose puck at the edge of the Regina net and tucked it into the corner. Jensen finish- ed off a play started by Ron Delorme and linemate Woods. Just 58 seconds after Jensen drew the Broncos even Trottier put the club ahead to stay when he deflected a biueline drive off the stick of Doug Gillespie. Sutter, after digging the puck out of the corner, slid it back to Gillespie and Trottier changed the puck's direction and Staniowski had no chance. Sutter didn't evea let the patrons settle into their seats at the start of the second period as he put the puck behind Staniowski. The puck actually went in beside the Pats' goalie as he was caught out of position, lost the puck to Trottier behind the net and couldn't get back in time to stop Sutter's shot. Defenceman Ben Richardson set the stage for the Broncos' fourth goal at Richardson fired a sizzl-. ing shot that caught the side of the Regina net. Sutter, always an opportunist, picked up the loose puck, gave it to Woods in front of the net and the Bronco centre drove it between Staniowski's legs. Lutz, another Bronco blueliner, finished off the scor- ing with a deflected shot from the point at with Jensen and Woods, assisting. Ingarfield felt his club well. He indicated that he will dress two or three of the players who sat out Sunday night, when the Kamloops Chiefs visit Tuesday evening at eight o'clock. Regina got the nod on eight minor penalties, a 10- minute misconduct while sharing in the two majors called by referee Joe Cassidy of Calgary. All told there were 18 penalties; in the game. Pats outshot the Broncos 31-26. LOOSE PUCKS Lome Molleken was a standout in the Bronco nets.... Sunday's three stars, as chosen by Lou Jankowski chief scout for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, were Trottier, Sutter and Faulkner Every player on both clubs was presented with a plaque commemorating the opening of the Sportsplex One young fan called to referee Joe Cassidy with the Russian series still fresh "hey, Kampula, nice call" Broncos' Earl Ingarfield, on behalf of the club, presented Mayor Andy Anderson with a silver tray... It was nice to see only a few emp- ty seats in the south east corner of the rink A number of people remarked on the young ladies who were usherettes for the game All decked out in their green and gold outfits they looked very sharp indeed And these gals are all volunteers. BRONCOS 5 REGINA 1 First period 1. Regina. Faulkner 2. Lethbridge. Jensen (Woods. Delorme) 3. Lethbridge. Trottier (Giilespie. Sutler) Penalties Faulkner Harazny. Sutter Delorme Tudor Burden Richardson Tudor Second period 4. Sutter (Trottier. Ridey) Penalties Tidey Richardson Delorme Turod Minor, miscon- duct Sutter. Wirachowsky (Minors, majors) Samis Third period 5.. Lethbridge. Woods (Sutter. Richardson) 6. Lethbridge. Lutz (Jensen. Woods) Penalties Callander Lutz Grauer SHOTS ON GOAL BY Regina 13 7 Lethbridge 10 8 Goaltenders Regina. Staniowski. Lethbridge. Molleken. Attendance 4.641. Roundup of short sport WIN TITLE WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.