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Rested Canadiens host Islanders in playoffs By FRANK BROWN AP Sports Writer They have played four games in 23 days, so it nothing else, the Montreal Canadiens should be well rested when they open their best-of-seven National Hockey league semifinal playoff series at home against the New York Islanders Tuesday night. The Philadelphia Flyers, meanwhile, must pul their penalty and arrest-strew] seven- game quarter-final series against Toronto out of their minds when they host the Boston Bruins in the first game of the next series that will test their reign as two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. "I don't think in Boston there will be any discussion of violence," said Flyers Coach Fred Shero, who looked on as four of his players were arrested on various charges in Toronto during a series which saw nearly 500 minutes in penalties called. "You can't win when you take 10 penalties to the other guys' one. I'm satisfied that the fellows learned something about taking cheap penalties." Despite their inactivity, the Canadiens have learned UK same thing — mostly because their semifinal opponents tied a regular season record by scoring 92 goals during power plays, a mark set first by Montreal. "It's going to be very important for us to stop their power play, and for us to have our power play going," said Montreal center Pete Mahovlich. After the Canadiens went through their final rehearsal for the Islanders, the massive 6-foot-5 pivotman added Monday that the Canadiens also must stop New York defense- man Denis Potvin. "We can't allow him to con- Wildcats earn fourth win DEER CREEK - Perry Becker hurled a four-hitter and Tom Brasel and Handy George each got two nits to lead Deer Creek to its 7-2 victory over Brandon in a little Eight Conference game. Brandon scored two in the top of the opening frame to take a short-lived 2-0 lead. Deer Creek scored single runs in the first and second innings, tying the contest 2-2. In the third, they added two runs and pushed three insurance runs across in the bottom of the fifth. This Thursday, Deer Creek hosts New York Mills in a 4:15 game. Brandon 200 060 0-2 4 2 DeerCreek 112 030 x-7 9 4 Jerry Shea (LP) and Pat Gillespie; Perry Becker (WP) and Brian Becker. trol the play the way he does," said Mahovlich. "No matter what way you look at it, Potvin is the one we've got to stop. He's the guy, although they've got a fine all-around team." But so do the Canadiens, whose free-skating offense is led by the line for which Mahovlich is the center. With Steve Shutt on left wing and 56- goal scorer Guy Lafleur on Uie left, the trio accounted for 135 goals and 309 points. Other powers on the attack that scored 337 goals in the regular season include youngsters Doug Risebrough, Mario Tremblay and Yvon Lambert, and veterans Yvan Cournoyer and Jacques Lemaire. That complements a defense which had the league's best regular season record with goalie Ken Dryden winning the Vezina Trophy. Big, strong Pierre Bouchard was outstanding during the Canadiens' four-game quarter-final sweep of the Chicago Black Hawks, as were Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe. The Bruins-Flyers series will be a match of two of the league's strongest physical teams - both of which needed the seven-game limit to oust their quarter-final opponents. The home edge definitely will favor Philadelphia, says To- ronto defenseman Borje Sal- ming. '•They play so well at home, almost no one can beat them there," said Salming. The Bruins, one of two teams to beat the Flyers in Philadelphia during the season, hope to repeat that feat. Conversely, the Flyers have won only twice in 24 games at Boston, including playoffs. Pistons hang on to win 106-102 in NBA Journal SPORTS fergvs Falls (Ni.) feirui IMS., April 27,1976 J4 By ALEX SACHARE • • AP Sports Writer Poise. The ability to perform under pressure, to rise to the occasion when the game moves up a notch in tempo and intensity! It's what playoff basketball is all about. The Detroit Pistons, given little chance against mighty Golden State, squandered most of a 16-point lead but held on to beat the defending champion Warriors 105-102 at Detroit Tuesday night, evening their National Basketball Association playoff series at 2-2. "We showed a lot of poise wten they had us on the ropes," crowed Pistons Coach Herb Brown. "A lot of'people say we can't win a pressure game. Well, this was a pressure game if there ever was one. In the last month and a half we've won a lot of pressure games." In another best-of-seven quar- Comer was winner, loser for Gophers CHAMPAIGN, m. (AP) Minnesota pitcher Steve Comer was both a winner and a loser Monday in a Big Ten doubleheader against Illir.ois. Comer came on in relief and hurled the Gophers to a 104 victory, then walked in a 10th inning run as the fllini captured the nightcap 6-5. The Gophers, 5-3 in the Big Ten and 25-6 overall, pounded 11 hits in the first game to overwhelm Illinois. But a leadoff triple by Illini John Fitlipano helped spoil Comer's bid for a second victory. Fillipano had forced the game into extra innings with an RBI double in the seventh. Comer, again pitching in relief, then issued intentional walks to the next two Illinois batters to load the bases. But the walks got to Comer, and he issued a free pass to Steve Scott on four straight pitches lhat walked in the winning run. Otter tennis team nips North 3-2 Dean Johnson had a fairly easy time in number one singles but Steve Hatchner and Tim Kapphahn were pushed into the third set before winning matches to pace the Otters to a 3-2 victory over Fargo North Monday here in Fergus Falls. Johnson won 6-2,7-5 earning his fifth straight singles win. Hatchner won 6-3, lost 2-6 and won the third set 7-5 to boost his record to 4-1. Kapphahn won 6-4, lost 3-6 and won 7-6 in number singles. Kapphahn has a 3-1 record in singles. The Otters' doubles team had their problems. Craig Woolson and Joel Stahlberg lost 6-2, 6-3 and the number two doubles Mitch Preston and Steve Armstrong lost 6-2, 6-3. This Friday Fergus travels to Valley City for an invitational. Brewers cash in on Money's home run, 1-0 By MKE O'BRFEN AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) - Don Money can laugh about it now — sort of. The Milwaukee Brewers' third baseman still is rankled that what would have been his gam e-winning grand slam home run against the New York Yankees April 10 was nullified because the first base umpire ruled he had called time out prior to the pitch. So, perhaps it was predictable that as soon as Money's first-innuig blast off Frank Tanana had cleared the leftfield wall Monday night, half of the press corps stood up and flashed the time out sign. This time, though, the homer counted, and the three-hit pitching of Jim Colborn and Ed Rodriguez made it stand up for a 1-0 victor)' over California in the only American League baseball game of the night. "Listen, when I came up the second time tonight. Jerry Neudecker, the plate umpire, told me he was going to tell me as I crossed the plate after the homer, 'I called time out,'" Money said, chuckling. "1 said, 'The hell with you, Jerry,'" he said. "I've gotten lhat three or four times now since the real lime out thing. It's not so funny, man, you know?" Tanana, who allowed just one other hit and struck out 12, didn't find it very funny, either. He said he had tried to jam Money, but had thrown the ball three inches too close to the center of the plate. JOHNSON WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT IN SINGLES - Ferftts Fills' number *ne singles player Dean Johnson kept his record Intact yesterday when lie befeiled Fargo North's Mike Sandvlk H, 7-5. Johisoa has a perfect S4 record in dual matches. Fergus Falls woo J-Z, earning Iti fourth victory In five outings. (Jomal photo by Bruce Batte) Schmidt homers Phillies to 10-9 win By HERSCHEL N1SSENSON- AP Sports Writer Baseballs must be afraid of getting hit by Mike Schmidt's red-hot bat. How else do you account for the fact that he gets runs across the plate these days even when he strikes out? The 26-year-old third baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies has always had a propensity for swinging and missing. After all, he has fanned 496 times in • 477 major league games. But when he connects, he usually hits the ball a long way, leading the majors with 36 home runs in 1974 and again with 38 last season. And Schmidt has never been hotter than he is now with a record- tying April shower of 11 homers. Nos. 10 and 11 came in the third and fourth innings Monday night. So when Schmidt stepped to the plate against Battle Lake defeated in 10th 8 to 7 BRECKENRIDGE - "It sure would be nice to win a game once," said Battle Lake baseball coach Dick Buntje, following his club's 8-7 toss to Breckenridge in 10 innings yesterday. Battk Lake is (M on the year. "Do you know we lost four games by a total of five runs?", added Buntje. Battle Lake led the Cowboys 7-3 after 6Vi innings. Breckenridge scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, tying the score 7-7. In the bottom of the 10th winning pitcher Tom Petron singled, stole second and scored on an infield error. Joe Papa and Rod Borg led Battle in hitting with two each. Battle L. 003 300 100 0-7 13 4 Breck. 002 001 400 W 78 KonBorg, BradDalknann (6) (LP)andWayneJohnson; Tom Petron (WP) and Keith Micke. SPORT SHORTS The 1977 Super Bowl football gune is set for Jan. 9 in the Rose Bowl in PiMdeni, Calif. Cincinnati's Rawly Eastwick in the eighth inning of a tie game with Dave Cash on third base and one out, eager Philadelphia fans were hoping for No. 12. Instead, like the mighty Casey of baseball lore, Schmidt struck out on an 0-2 pitch. But the ball escaped catcher Johnny Bench for a passed ball and Cash raced home with the run that gave the Phils a 10-9 triumph over the Reds. Schmidt's 11 April home runs — he also has a double and four singles — equals the mark of II also shared by Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell (1971) and Craig Nettles of the New York Yankees (1974). Before Bench's passed ball it was a battle of homers, with George Foster and Bob Bailey connecting for the Reds and, in addition to Schmidt's pair, a two-run shot by Philadelphia's Bobby Tolan in the seventh that tied the score 9-9. Elsewhere in the National League, Tommy John notched his first triumph in almost two years as the Los Angeles Dodgers whipped the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1, the St. Louis Cardi• nals outlasted the San Francisco Giants 15-7, the New York Mets downed the Atlanta Braves 3-1 and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2. Houston at Montreal was postponed because of cold weather and wet grounds. Dodgers 7, Pirates 1 John, a veteran left-hander, blanked the Pirates until the Elbow Lake blanks Barrett BARRETT - Jan Severson fanned nine, walked two and held Barrett to a two-hitter to pace Elbow Lake to a 3-0 victory Monday afternoon at Barrett Elbow Lake, 5-1 on the year, scored a single run in the fourth and added two in the.top of the seventh. Barry Offerdahl and Merle Shuck each got two hits for Elbow Lake. This Thursday Elbow Lake hosts Wheaton at 4:15 in an important District 21 game. Elbow Lake 000 100 2-3 6 1 Barrett 000 000 M 2 3 Jan Severson (WP) and Bart Larson; Dave Crosby (LP), Jerry Olson (7) and Jay Dahl eighth inning to earn his first triumph since he severely injured his pitching elbow on July 7, 1974. The Dodgers jumped on Doc Medich for nine hits and five runs in four innings, including Ron Cey's two- run homer. John, who was 13-3 at the time of his injury in 1974, was making his third bid for a victory this season. He put together a string of 14 scoreless frames before Keimie Stennett's RBI double in the eighth. In his last outing, he had no decision against Houston despite seven shutout innings. Cardinals 15, Giants 7 St. Louis, behind 7-1 after one inning, finally pulled ahead on Keith Hernandez' pinch triple. and Bake McBride's sacrifice fly in the sixth. Ten of the St. 1/ouis runs were unearned, including all six in a wild eighth inning, which included a fight between Giant pitcher Charlie Williams and Cardinal second baseman Vic Harris, who was hit by a pitch. Former St. Louis third baseman Ken Reitz, in his first at-bat against the Cards, hit a three-run homer in the first inning. Mets 3, Braves 1 Mickey Lolich tossed a five- hitter and struck out nine for his first NL victory and Ron Hodges ripped a two-run single off Dick Ruthven in the second inning. The only run off Lolich, the long-time Detroit star who was pitching in 43-degree weather, was unearned. Padres 6, Cubs 2 Rookie Jerry Turner's two- run triple in the fifth inning rallied San Diego. Turner, an outfielder, was making his first start of the season in place of injured John Grubb. His triple put the Padres ahead 3-2 and, after San Diego boosted its lead to 5-2 in the sixth, 23-year-old Butch Metzger came on to blank the Cubs over the final 2 1-3 innings for his first save of the season. It was MeUger's ninth appearance and he has yet tn give up an earned run in 15 1-3 innings. ter-final series, the Washington Bullets - beaten in the finals by Golden State last year barely managed to stay alive. The Bullets wasted a 17-ppint advantage and had to go into overtime to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-98 at Undover, Md. and even that series at 3-3. "We didn't lay down and o!ie after we lost that 17-point lead," said a proud Bullets Coach K.C. Jones. ""Now that we're in a seventh game, I guess the pressure is on both of us." Cleveland Coach Bid Fitch is confident his club, in its first playoff ever, will not buckle under the winner-take-all pressure of Thursday's seventh game, for which the Cavs will have the homeeourt advantage. "I don't think pressure will be the deciding factor," said Fitch "Our big pressure game wai the second game, when after losing the opener in Cleveland we came back to even the series by winning here at Landover. If we were going to crumble, that would have been the time for it." Phoenix star Paul Westphal, whose team holds a 3-2 edge and can wrap up its quarterfinal series against Seattle by winning tonight's game in Phoenix, is one player who has managed to ignore the playoff pressure. After the Suns lost Game Five on Sunday, Westphal said, "All this means is that we have to play them another game. The better team is going to win this series. If they should happen to beat us two more times, they deserve it." Seattle forward Bruce Seals, who came up with 28 points and 11 rebounds in his best game of the series, is another cool customer. "1 was pretty loose," he said. "1 didn't feel there was too much pressure. Of course, if we had lost, there was no tomorrow." In the remaining quarter-final series, the Boston Celtics hope to have captain John Havlicek back from a foot injury for the fourth game of their set against the Buffalo Braves in Buffalo Wednesday. Boston leads the series 2-1. AL happy that NL voted not to expand CHICAGO (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn said he's disappointed, but the American League couldn't be happier that the National League voted down expansion into Toronto and Washington, D.C., in 1977. "Well, I quess it's back in my lap," Kuhn said Monday after the National League voted 7 to 5 to reject a proposal to move into the two cities. Earlier this month, Kuhn instructed the American League, which approved expansion into Toronto on March 29, to include a plan to provide Washington with baseball or lose the right to place a team in the Canadian city to the NL When the American League owners failed to come up with a plan acceptable to Kuhn, he gave the National League two weeks to consider expansion into the two cities. "I'm extremely disappointed. My efforts to provide baseball for Washington will continue," said Kuhn, who reportedly has received pressure from Congress to return baseball to the nation's capital after a five- year absence. Kuhn said that now he is not YARDMAN 20 % SALE Life's Hope may run in Derby NIGHT CAPPERS Winners 2nd Round: Farmer's Insurance Group 5 high bowlers: Gary Froehlkh MemlleSotiah|2H] Lloyd So nstebotfHl Steve Morrill|203j DaveSttinbach(2JO) TRfMTY-FAITH MIXED Leading team: Ghost Riders [League Champs) 3 high bowlers (Women) DonnisFick(217i 53* Irene K'nick 505 Joyce Friedrich 496 3 high bowlers I Men i NormSchoening|?43| 631 TedFrkdrich 534 GaryFroeMich 508 LOUISVILLE (AP) - No sooner had trainer Las Barrera arrived at Churchill Down to check on Bold Kof bes, a leading Kentucky Derby contender, when he was off to Chicago to make a decision on another Derby possibility. While Bold Forbes, owned by E. Rodriguez Tizolof Puerto Rico, is a definite starter for Saturday's 102nd Derby, Harbor View Farm's Life's Hope is a possibility, Barrera said Monday. Current plans are to run Ufe's Hope in Saturday's Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park, but Barrera said, "I want to be sure he can handle the track. If he doesn't. I might bring him down here to run in the Derb,." life's Hope was third in the Santa Anita Derby and second in the Hollywood Derby. Bold Forbes, winner of three of five starts this year, including the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in his last start, is rated No. 2 by experts behind Honest Pleasure, winner of nine straight races. "May the best horse win," Barrera said while shaking hands with Leroy Jolley, trainer of Honest Plea sure. Barrera, a native of Cuba, will be saddling his first Derby starter. Observers feel Bold Forbes and Honest Pleasure will go right to the frnpl Saturday and battle to the wire in the 1'i-mile 3-year-old test. Johnny Campo, who trains Fiay The Red, fourth place finisher in the Wood, looked at the form chart of probable starters and forecast a track record, breaking the 1:592-5 mark set by Secretariat in 1973. He figures both top con- tenders will go for the lead at the start. "There's no other way they can go," said Campo. "You can bet neither one is going to steal it. It's sure going to be interesting." Here for his fourth Derby as a trainer, Campo said his Play The Red, owned by Elmendorf Farm, and B.C. Cashman's Elocutionist, the Arkansas Derby winner, rate as possibilities to score an upset. Play The Red was the only- Derby horse to work out Monday, negotiating seven furlongs in 1:32. Other 3-year-oMs stated to enter Thursday are Enlremont Farm's Cojak, Balmak Stabie's On The Sly, C.R. Jamil's Inca Roca, Jim Irvin's Amano and Sarad Stable's Bidson, who scored his first victory March 31 at Gulfstream Park. The undistinguished Bidson was named as a possible Derby starter on Monday. So a field of at least nine shapes up for Derby day. Another Derby entrant could come from today's Derby Trial, a one-mile lest, in which Kenneth S. Hughes' Here Comes Jo and Bwamazon Farm's Pastry headed the field. As for the favorite's role of Honest Pleasure, Jolley said: "There's no cinch in this sport." Honest Pleasure, who has the same sire as last year's Derby winner. Foolish Pleasure, has captured the Blue Grass, Florida Derby and the Flamingo in his last three starts, each wire- to-wire victories. Braulk) Baeza will have the mount on Honest Pleasure while Angel Cordcro rides Bold Forbes. Both jockeys are due here later this week. certain what route he will take to restore baseball in Washington. "At (his point, I don't want to try to answer that question precisely," he said. Meanwhile, AL President Lee MacPhail clearly was thrilled by the NL vote to leave the field open to his league. "That is tree-mendous! Great news," he said. Asked if he had expected the National League to reject the expansion move, MacPhail sakl: "I tried not to guess what they would do because I've been wrong so often. But this sounds conclusive. I think it's a signal to us that our expansion to Toronto is proper and we will move ahead." The National League took a similar expansion vote, but only for Toronto, on the same day the American League approved expansion into the Canadian city. On that date, the National League owners rejected the expansion proposal 10-2 with Cincinnati and Philadelphia casting dissenting votes. The NL constitution requires a unanimous vote . for expansion. National League President Chub Feeney, who announced Monday's 7-5 vote, did not identify the three clubs which shifted positions, but one National League source said San Francisco was or.e of them. He explained the switches, however, saying: "People thought it over and decided it was ot in the best interest of the league" at this time. Asked if the negative vote meant the American League would be moving into Toronto, Feeney replied: "There is nothing to stop them." In Toronto, Paul Godfrey, chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Council, said there have been discussions with directors of the new team "for some lime" about leasing CNE Stadium. "We're on the verge of signing a contract," Godfrey said. "We're just waiting for the lawyers to work out the technical details. "It's taken seven years to get a team in Toronto. I couldn't be more delighted with the way the (Chicago) vote went." BELOW PRICES GOODTHRU MAY IS, 1976! M^ ROTO TILLERS 4 h.p. TILLER, Reg.SW9.95!Now.... S h.p. TILLER, .***,*.. Reg. $314.95! Now ..... *249"* RIDING MOWERS S h.p. Mower, 25-inch cut, 3-speed. Reg.M4f.9SI «359 M * 8 h.p. Mower, 25-inch cut, 5-spetd, t\K. start. Reg.W79.H! •543"* 10 H:P. RIDING TRACTOR, transaxle, synchro balance, electric start. REG.im.95l NOW 16 H.P. RIDING TRACTOR, Hydrostatic with 42-inch cut. 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