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April 2, 1971

April 2, 1971

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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U.S. Stuns Czechs In World Tourney; Reds, Swedes Roll

BERN— The United States’ hopes in the World hockey championships took a decided upward swing after the Yanks skated off the ice here with a resounding 5-1 upset of the Czechoslovakian National team. Twice beaten by the Czechs 6-0 and 5-3 in pre-tournament warmup games, the Americans pulled the biggest surprise of the 1970 tourney by dumping Czechoslovakia with a rousing offense and some solid netminding on the part of former NHL goaler Carl Wetzel. The starry 31-year-old Wetzel stopped everything the Czechs threw at him while his teammates were piling up five goals to stun the European squad. Two first period-goal goals by Bruce Riutta were enough to nail down the decision as Craig Patrick, George Konik, another former National Leaguer, and Henry Boucha whipped in singles to run away from the…

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OHA MAJOR JUNIOR

Looking At The Races ONTARIO MAJOR JUNIOR (Standings on Tues. March 23) GAMES COMPLETED Tues. March 16 Peterborough 4 at Montreal 5 Toronto 5 at Ottawa 1 London 1 at Hamilton 2 Kitchener 2 at Niagara Falls 4 Thurs. March 18 Oshawa 2 at Peterborough 5 Fri. March 19 St. Catharines 4 at Niagara Falls 3 London 2 at Kitchener 8 Montreal 2 at Toronto 5 Peterborough 3 at Ottawa 3 Sun. March 21 Oshawa 2 at Toronto 3 Ottawa 1 at Montreal 5 Niagara Falls 2 at St. Catharines 6 Hamilton 2 at London 11 GAMES TO COME Tues. March 23 Montreal at Ottawa Peterborough at Oshawa Kitchener at London St. Catharines at Hamilton Thurs. March 25 Ottawa at Peterborough Kitchener at Hamilton Fri. March 26 London at Niagara Falls Hamilton at Kitchener Sat. March 27 Toronto at Oshawa Sun. March 28 Kitchener at St. Catharines Niagara Falls at London Toronto at Montreal Oshawa at Ottawa LEADING SCORERS GOALKEEPERS’ RECORDS QUEBEC JUNIOR LEAGUE (Final Standinas) LEADING SCORERS NEW YORK METRO LEAGUE (Final Standings) EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN…

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Pens Losing Playoff Battle

PITTSBURGH — “I think sometimes you play better when you have those tough schedules,” said Penguin Coach Red Kelly. “I don’t like those favorable schedules”. Kelly may not like them in that one sense, but if the Penguins were to make the playoffs, they have to “overcome” the favorable card. A six-game home schedule saw. the Penguins pick up just five of a possible 12 points and with nine games left—a three game west coast road trip in front of them—the Pens were still five points behind the fourth-place Flyers. The odds that the Pens can do it this year have to be mighty low. “They get tough to win at this stage,” says Kelly. “You almost have to be superlative, come up with something you don’t even know you have. “Then all of a sudden, the…

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Ecstatic Blades Romp Past Clinton; Greensboro-Charlotte Final In South

NEW HAVEN— It is difficult to believe there is a happier band of hockey players around these days than the New Haven Blades after they advanced to the finals of the Northern Division playoffs of the Eastern Hockey League. What made the Blades so happy was the decisive manner in which they eliminated the defending champion Clinton Comets in a five-game series. This win gave the Blades the right to face the Johnstown-Syracuse survivor for the Northern crown. Meantime down south both Charlotte, riding roughshod over Nashville, and Greensboro, winning in five games from Salem, will clash for the Southern laurels. The two survivors then will clash for the Walker Cup. New Haven has been victimized for the last few years by Clinton in the playoffs. Each year the Blades thought they had…