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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBKiUwc ntKAiu weanesaay, uciooer lu, NHL OPENS TONIGHT ON SEVEN FRONTS By GLENN COLE Canadian Press Staff Writer Normally. Scotty Bowman does not reveal the name of his starting goaltender until he has to write it down on the ofricial scoresheet just prior to a game Tuesday the Montreal Canadians coach made an ex- ception to his rule when he an- ntunoed that rookie Michel Bunny Larocque will start tonight as the Canadiens open their 1973-74 National Hockey League season against Minnesota North Stars in B.oomington. Minn The Montreal Minnesota g; me is one of seven on tap for tonight as the NHL begins its 57th season In other games, Buffalo Sabres play the Maple Leafs in Toronto, Now York Rangers are at home to Detroit Red Wings. New York Islanders visit Atlanta Flames. Boston Bruins play host to Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Black Hjwks begin a two-game west coast tour when they meet Los Angeles Kings at Jack Kent Cooke's Fabulous Forum in Ir.glevvood, Calif The selection of Larocque comes as no surprise The ft rrner star with Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A series has been the best goalie of three candidates vying for the No. 1 job left vacant by the ab- dication of Ken Dryden HAD BEST AVERAGE Larccque has the best-goals against average in Montreal's P''e-season games, allowing goals in 230 minutes of p'ay He was much sharper tiian Wayne Thomas and Michel Plasse. the other two Montreal netminders. But a technicality almost pjt a crimp in Bowman's plans. Montreal still has Dryden on their reserve list along with Thomas and Plasse, leaving Larocque on the roster of Nova Scotia Voyageurs. the Canadiens' American Hockey League f :rm club NHL president Clarence Campbell said Tuesday however that Montreal could keep their three young goalies until Dryden's status is clarified. Dryden could be placed on the retired list. Larocque was anxious to land a post with the Canadiens last season after playing 47 games with the Voyageurs and posting a 2.50 goals- against average "When I came to training camp, I had one thing in mind." Larocque said. "I wanted to play in the NHL." But while Bowman has been generally satisfied with the play of his young goalie, he has not been enthralled with Comets show power The Raymond Comets are successfully proving their superiority in the Foothills Football League as they walk- ed away with their fourth straight victory on the weekend The Comets led by Jim Ralph's four touchdowns wax- ed Cardston 42-27 and seem to be unbeatable early in the season Mark Kamitomo chipped in with three majors in the lop- sided decision while Ken Leavitt with two touchdowns along with Doug Yuill's and Ralph West's solo efforts provided the scoring for Card- ston Meanwhile in other games staged over the weekend, Vulcan buried Coaldale Spar- tans 44-2, Okotoks walloped Claresholm 29-12 and High River stunned St Mary's 44-8 In games coming up Vulcan will be at Claresholm Friday night while Cardston visits Picture Butte. High River is at Raymond and Okotoks travel to St Mary's Saturday the work of those playing in front of him. The Canadiens finished with a 3-5-2 record in 10 exhibition games but Bowman, while not pleased with the results, noted "you can't always go by ex- hibition games" because there are just too many fac- tors involved. Bowman said he was not worried about the perfor- mance of some in exhibition play noting that "when guys have played well over the years, you can't worry about exhibition games." Thus Bowman is confident that Frank Mahovlich, who had two goals and three assists and his brother Peter, who had one goal in eight pre- season games, will be back in a scoring groove now that the regular season is upon them. On other fronts, Buffalo Sabres gained a defenceman and St Louis Blues lost one for two games Tuesday The Blues" Bob Plager was suspended for two games by Campbell for interfering with game officials and threaten- ing physical violence to referee Andy van Hellemond in a game in Brantford, Ont., between the Blues and Pitt- sburgh Sept 29 The Sabres meanwhile an- nounced that veteran Tim Horton has cancelled his retirement again and has sign- ed a one-year contract with Buffalo. He will play in tonight's Leafs-Sabres game which will be televised nationally bv CTV SANDY ON ICE-JUST BOSTON ;