The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on December 16, 1991 · 12
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The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 12

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Monday, December 16, 1991
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D2 SPORTS M O N D A Y The Vancouver Sun, Monday, December 16, 1991 HOCKEY Courtnall still feeling rotten despite improved performance ELLIOTT PAP Vancouver Sun Although he has shown signs of a quickening pulse the last two games, Vancouver Canuck left winger Geoff Courtnall only wishes it were so. Courtnall collected a goal and an assist Saturday, in Vancouver's gritty 4-4 draw with the Kings in Los Angeles. It marked the second straight outing that Courtnall had two points and some jump in his legs. But when he returned home Sunday, Courtnall admitted he still felt as rotten as ever, the lingering effects of mononucleosis not having left his system. "After the second period (Saturday night), 1 felt like I was going to faint," said Court-nalL "This has been pretty frustrating. I've NHL Canucks 4 Kings 4 never been sick before. I feel good for the first two shifts of the game and then I don't have any stamina and my legs and joints start to ache. I've seen six different doctors and all the tests show there is nothing wrong with my blood." Today Courtnall will be off to see yet another doctor, this one a specialist in infectious diseases, who will put him through yet another battery of tests. "Maybe he'll come up with some miracle or maybe he'll just tell me it's going to take time," said the 29-year-old forward. Meanwhile, Courtnall attributed his improved play the last two games to adopting a tougher mental approach. He admits his health was psyching him out "For about three weeks, I was so lost mentally," he said. "I was getting to the point where I was telling myself that because I was sick, I wasn't going to be able to have a good game. Every shift it was bothering me. I was so pre-occupied with my sickness that I was making plays I never usually make. "Now I'm trying to block it out at game time and just play." Courtnall was a big part of the Canucks' come-from-behind tie Saturday as he was re-united with old linemates Trevor Linden and Cliff Ronning in the second period. They each picked up two points on the night, with Ronning's goal knotting the score at 16:31. Greg Adams also scored for the Canucks, his fifth goal in five games since being grafted to the portside of Russians Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure. Wayne Gretzky, with a goal and two assists, was in vintage form and moved even with Marcel Dionne on the all-time goal list The Great One has 731 to his credit. He needs 71 more to pass Gordie Howe and lock up about the only NHL record he doesn't own. Gretzky, who also extended his points streak to 11 games, is feeling better about himself after a horrendous (by his standards) start. If you can imagine this, the Great One had lost his confidence. "I just thought I couldn't be this bad," he iuiu icpuncra auer aaiuraay s game. I don't enjoy mediocrity. I don't enjoy not earning my money with what I'm being paid. It's a bad feeling. I was questioning my ability." Although he didn't play a shift after getting into a second-period scrap with Jeff Chychrun, Canuck enforcer Gino Odjick was noi injurea in tne ognL "We just went down to three lines plus one (Ryan Walter)," explained Canuck assistant coach Ron Wilson. "Gino and Rob Murphy were the odd guys out" Defenceman Randy Gregg made a rare start in place of Dana Murzyn and assisted on Ronning's tying goal The Canucks are 2-4-1 with Gregg in the lineup. t Statistical oddity: Despite their 2-0-1 record against the Kings this season, the Canucks are 0-for-14 on the power play. The Canucks have scored 16 times in the three games, all 16 coming at even strength. t The Canucks open a four-game homes-tand Tuesday with Detroit the visitors. Red hot Wings hit top with victory over Oilers ;;Sun News Services EDMONTON - Tim Cheveldae says the fear of losing is propelling the, Detroit Red Wings to just keep .oh winning. 'Cheveldae, who entered the NHL season with a career total of 40 victories, recorded his league-leading ,19th Sunday in a 4-1 win over the 'Edmonton Oilers. STUNNING JACKETS For your Earrings Many New Designs Available Now for Christmas Exclusive Designs & Fine Quality Movado Omega Longincs tYittnauer Guildford Town Centre Surrey 581-7213 Park Royal, North Mall West Vancouver 926-7213 The graduate of the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades turned back 28 shots, many of them in acrobatic style, to keep the Red Wings on a winning splurge not seen in Detroit since the 1950s. "We don't want to lose, we just want to keep on winning," said the native of Melville, Sask., after the Red Wings made the Oilers their latest victims. They have lost only once in the past 18 games. They haven't lost in the past seven games and have four straight victories. Sunday's victory moved them into a tie for the overall lead. "Nobody wants to taste what it's like to be in a losing locker room," said Cheveldae. "It's just too much fun right now to lose a game." Steve Yzerman scored a goal and set up another, while Niklas Lid-strom and Bobby Dollas also scored for the Red Wings, now tied with Montreal and Washington. Each has 44 points. The Red Wings haven't had such a successful run since 1955, when they went 13-1-3 in 17 games. Detroit was 11-1-7 in a 19-game stretch from November 27, 1952, to Jan. 11, ;l95$l..;V.V;.r;-:.Vr--The cowfl'was announced at 16,213. There were a couple of thousand fewer than that on hand, and they booed their club during three third-period power plays. "We executed poorly in a lot of areas and we got behind in the game," Edmonton coach Ted Green said in an Oilers dressing room that was quiet and near empty. The team was holding its Christmas party at a downtown hotel after the game, but there wasn't a hint of Christmas spirit in the air. v fV:' -'-' i i - ; - v . i lip- -i Hallo Baby! MOTOROLA Cantel Portable Includes: Battery Charger One year warranty MOTOROLA Ui'UJJA Pnone must be activated by Nedco on the Came Network, at $29.9&fmo. tar 3 years. Totat paid $143640 $100 hcenae A actrvabon. NedCO 736-3326 1 1 ' ' After e p.m. phont Scoff at $44-7631 NEDCO CELLULAR SALES & SERVICE 1782 W. 2nd at Burrard CAi 'TEL SERVICE CENTRE "A lot of it has to do with just being flat. I know they've been playing well, but I don't think they played their best game, either." Dollas made it 1-0 following a string of Oiler giveaways in the Edmonton zone midway through the first period. Yzerman scored his 17th of the season three minutes later on a centring pass. Kevin Lowe scored his first of the season less than a minute later for Edmonton, but Lidstrom's point shot was deflected over goaltender Bill Ranford for a 3-1 Detroit lead. Alan Kerr gave the Red Wings a 4-1 cushion early in the second. Sunday's win gave the Red Wings an Alberta sweep. On Saturday, they beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime. Detroit hasn't lost since a 7-3 loss to St. Louis on Nov. 30. In other games Saturday, it was: Edmonton Oilers 7, Winnipeg Jets 5; Montreal Canadiens 4, Buffalo Sabres 2; Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3; Washington Capitals 7, Pittsburgh Penguins 2; New York Rangers 6, Hartford Whalers 2; St. Louis Blues 4, Quebec Nordiques 2; Minnesota North Stars 3, San Jose Sharks 2; Philadelphia Flyers 1, Chicago Blackhawks 1; and New York Islanders 3, New Jersey Devils 3. r Brian Noonan's second goal of the game with 2:16 remaining in regulation gave the Chicago Black-hawks a 44 tie against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Noonan, who had put the Black-hawks ahead 2-1 just 1:35 into the third period, took a pass from Greg Gilbert and scored his fifth goal in three games. The tie was Philadelphia's third CREASE CRASHER: Ray Sheppard of stwBfrt Detroit Red Wings, broken stick and all, WORLD JUNIOR collides Ranford REUTER with Edmonton Oiler goalie Bill in play Sunday in Edmonton. Kariya strikes fear in goalies' hearts Canadian Press KITCHENER, Ont. Paul Kariya is proof first impressions are deceiving. With his choirboy looks, soft voice and slender five-foot-eight frame that packs 150 pounds, Kariya (pronounced Ka-Ree-ya) is the last person you'd expect to strike fear in a goalie's heart every time he handles the puck. But that's exactly why the 17-year-old was invited to the national junior hockey team's training camp. Kariya, son of a Japanese father and Scottish mother, has 33 goals and 98 points in 30 games for the Tier II Penticton Knights of the B.C. Junior Hockey League. Canada needs scorers, and outside of Eric Lindros, head coach Rick Cornacchia's cupboard is sparse. "One player can't do it all," said Cornacchia about Lindros. Kariya, the only player among the 35 hopefuls who is not a member of a U.S. college or major-junior team, served notice he's keen. Playing on a line with Lindros, he scored twice and had four points in an intrasquad game Saturday and added four assists in another test Sunday night. "He is an outstanding passer and has great vision of the ice," said assistant coach Tom Reeney of the Kam-loops Blazers of the major-junior Western Hockey League. "You might want to question his defensive play but he is so smart and so evasive." Kariya is not a typical hockey-made teenager, and ironically he's rooming with another kindrid spirit Lindros. Like Lindros, Kariya decided not to report to the junior team that drafted him. How Kariya reacts to the NHL remains to be seen. ' Kariya was drafted out of midget hockey by the Victoria Cougars of the WHL but he refused to join the club, opting for Penticton. The Cougars dealt his rights to the Tri-Cities Americans and coach Bob McCammon, former bench boss of the NHL Vancouver Canucks, tried to sway him with a $60,000 signing bonus. McCammon later upped the ante to $100,000. McCammon's efforts were in vain because Kariya had already signed a letter of intent with the University of Maine Black Bears, a powerhouse in the U.S. college ranks. "It was a decision that myself and my family and people close to me made," Kariya said Sunday about committing to an education over immediate financial reward. "We did a lot of research into the topic and I still feel it is the best thing for me. "My parents have told me from Day One that many players have jumped too soon and have ended up shortening their careers. If everything works out, there will be lots of money in my future." Auch sets women's 500-metre record Canadian Press CALGARY - Winnipeg's Susan Auch set a Canadian record in the 500-metre race Sunday, clocking a 39.99 during a time trial at the Canadian speed-skating championships. Auch, who earlier in the day clinched her third consecutive senior womeq sprint champion-, ship with a second-place in the 1,000-metre event, erased the record of 40.36 set by Shelley Rhead-Skarvan of Moose Jaw at the 1988 Winter Olympics, i On the men's side, Quebec City speed skater Guy Thibault clocked a personal best of 1:13.89 but Kevin Scott of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was 11-hun-dredths of a second better to win the 1,000-event. Thibault'S overall point total gave him the sprint title. $T' The Vancouver 5un Walking club AAA PUTTING OUR BEST FOOT F At Ji4 i. tt -. : : .til id

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