Nickel Teens qualify for Junior Nationals - in 1968!
by Randy Pascal
This Week in Sports looks back at February 5th to the 12th, 1968
A total of seven Nickel Teen athletes will head to Fort William, site of the Canadian Jr Ski Championships, following weekend competition
in Collingwood. Locals were particularly dominant in both the cross-country and downhill events, with Southern Ontario counterparts excelling in the
Jackie Crawford and Pat Otto, both of Levack, finished 1-2 in girls cross-country, with Stacey Watts of Garson-Falconbridge
Secondary School placing third. Charlie Hazen of Lasalle slipped into second place in boys cross-country, sandwiched between a pair of
Sault Ste Marie skiers.
Levack also produced a 3rd-4th-5th sweep in the "A" and "B" class downhill for boys, with Henry Moser, Peter Kotyk and Keith MacDonald all
qualifying for Jr Nationals. Gord McGuinty (alpine) and Paul Jansen (cross-country) will join the local contingent as coaches.
Don Croteau enjoyed his best game in a Laurentian uniform as the Voyageurs stopped the York Windigoes 81-66 at the Ben Avery Memorial
Building gym. Croteau dropped a game high 30 points, but received plenty of support from the likes of Jim Greenfield (14), Les Kennedy (12)
and John "Frosty" Snow (9) as coach John McKibbon and company remained unbeaten in Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
The Laurentian lads are deadlocked with the Waterloo Lutheran Golden Hawks as the northern crew prepare to close out their home and home series
with the Windigoes next weekend in Toronto.
It's not very often that Red Hamill and Leo Gasparini agree on anything, but both men have had very high praise for the work of Laurentian
goaltender Norm Cecutti in recent weeks.
Gasparini stated that Cecutti's performance against York last week was the best he had ever seen him play, while Hamill suggested that the puckstopper is
playing well enough to consider a career in pro hockey.
Local hockey talent continues to distinguish itself south of the border. A student at both St Charles and Sudbury High, Daniel Pierce recently
scored the game-winning goal, in overtime, as the University of Pennsylvania edged Dartmouth 4-3.
Meanwhile, all three members of a local line are shining at St Lawrence University as Don D'Angelo, Rick Smith and Gord Croteau were
named to the all-star team of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference holiday hockey festival in New York City.
The Lockerby Vikings jostled the Sudbury High Wolves out of the playoff picture with an 11-6 win, seeing their own High School senior
hockey title dreams blossom at the same time.
Paul Brunelle led the Vikings with a three-goal performance, with Joe Natale and Dave Pulkinnen adding two each, the latter also
chipping in with a pair of assists. Bruce Herridge, Gord Bradley, Bob Dabous and Frank Crispo added the others.
Dan Edgar, with a pair, Ray Rainville, Bill Hall, Brian Dickie and Bill Lachapelle scored for the Wolves. In the second game of the
double-header, St Charles College blanked the Lasalle Lancers 6-0, with Randy Gasparini earning the shutout.
Frank Demarco paced the Cards with two goals, while Bob Michelutti, Mike Fox, Dave Morris and Steve Mentrycki added one each.
It would take 86 games, but the NOHA Junior "A" league witnessed the first tie of the year as the Sudbury Wolves and Soo Greyhounds were
locked at 3-3 through sixty minutes of regulation time hockey as well as the 10-minute sudden-death overtime session.
The Wolves' Jack Yeo converted a pass from Rick Spooner for the only goal of the first period, with the fan favourites doubling their
lead thanks to Guy Bertrand at 7:20 of the second.
The Hounds were back in contention minutes later as Jim Colizza, left uncovered in front of goalie Pat Lange, breaking the goose-egg for
League-leading scorer Lloyd Bentley put the teams even at two, before Billy Buba (Sudbury) and Pat Theriault traded markers with
the contest winding down.