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March 14, 1986

March 14, 1986

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.

The Juniors

OHL Overagers Aren’t Over-The-Hill Gang

KITCHENER—Some of the best players in the Ontario Hockey League are proving once again this season “overage” doesn’t mean “over the hill”. None are demonstrating it better than Kitchener Rangers’ right winger Ron Sanko and left winger Mike Morrison, who are headed to 100-point seasons. There are few OHL coaches who would turn their backs on London’s Greg Puhalski or Garnet McKechney, Toronto’s Jack MacKeigan, Guelph goalie Steve Guenette or North Bay center Rob DeGagne and defenseman Kevin Vescio—all of whom have helped form the backbones of their clubs this season. Each club is allowed to carry two “overagers”. In Kitchener, Sanko and Morrison certainly aren’t “over the hill” and the Rangers were collecting the benefit with a late-season drive for third place in the Emms Division. The Rangers’ line of center Shawn Burr, Sanko…

NHL

Will Wings Be Able To Salvage Something?

DETROIT—“One little mistake leads to another mistake and that leads to another mistake.” And, invariably in this lost season for the Detroit Red Wings, those mistakes lead to still another defeat. The comment was made by coach Brad Park after loss No. 44, a 4-3 overtime setback at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., on rookie defenseman Peter Andersson’s goal 36 seconds into the extra session. “We’ve got some people who are working hard,” Park continued. “The way the club is going, they could throw in the towel. They’re not doing that. In the 25, 26 games since I’ve been here, this was probably our third or fourth best road game.” The Capitals won the season series 2-1 over the Wings but were outscored 13-8. Washington won twice by 4-3 scores while the Wings…

Departments

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NHL

Kurri Delivers Set Of Twins Against Flyers

EDMONTON—Jari Kurri was due. Overdue, in fact. And. the Finnish right winger couldn’t have timed this particular delivery of twins any better as far as his employers were concerned. Kurri scored two goals, including one at 1:29 of sudden-death overtime, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League’s $200,000 Brinks Game of March 2. The pair, giving Kurri 13 goals over a 14-game haul and lifting his NHL-leading total to 48. marked the 25-year-old’s first multiple-goal match since Jan. 11 in Montreal. The goals were undoubtedly Kurri’s most satisfying set of twins since his wife Tina delivered two bouncing baby boys during the off-season. “That was a big win for us,” said Kurri after the Oilers had assumed an eight-point stranglehold of the Flyers in the…