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Significant Games of 1974-75

1974-75

September 26, 1974

Aeros Rally to Defeat St. Louis
in First WHA-NHL Contest

HOUSTON: Don Larway's two goals and Rich Preston's goal and two assists helped the Aeros overcome a two-goal deficit in the third period and defeat the St. Louis Blues in the first-ever WHA-NHL exhibition contest. Terry Ruskowski, Gord Labossiere and Poul Popiel each had two points for Houston, while Barclay Plager had two goals and an assist for St. Louis.

St. Louis (NHL) 2 0 2 - 4
Houston 1 1 3 - 5

1st period: 1. StL: Ogilvie (Plager, Hess) 0:40; 2. Hou: Larway (Labossiere) 6:20; 3. StL: Plager (Nestick, Richardson) 18:28.
2nd period: 4. Hou: Popiel (Preston) 10:29
3rd period: 5. StL: Plager 1:49; 6. StL: Wensink (Gardner, Giroux) 3:11; 7. Hou: Preston (Ruskowski, Popiel) 3:29; 8. Hou: Hinse (Labossiere, Hughes) 7:26; 9. Hou: Larway (Preston, Ruskowski) 13:31.
Shots: StL: 31; Hou: 33
Goaltenders: StL: Davidson; Hou: Rutledge, Grahame

 
October 16, 1974

Robbie Ftorek's Hat Trick
Leads Roadrunners Win

PHOENIX: The Phoenix Roadrunners made their big-league debut with an 8-2 rout of visiting San Diego, who were also making their debut after two seasons in New York and New Jersey. Robbie Ftorek led the Runner attack with a hat trick.

San Diego 2 0 0 - 2
Phoenix 2 2 4 - 8

1st period: 1. SD: Adduono 1 (Rivers, Peacosh) 1:31. 2. Phx: Boyd 1 (Gorman, Borgeson) 8:30. 3. Phx: Harris 1 (Hughes) 10:50. 4. SD: Ferguson 1 (Morrison, Devine) 17:19.
2nd period: 5. Phx: Ftorek 1 (Young, Harris) 5:28. 6. Phx: McLeod 1 (Cormier, Sobchuk) 13:00.
3rd period: 7. Phx: Cormier 1 (Sobchuk, Stevens) 2:28. 8. Phx: Ftorek 2 (Connor) 8:51. 9. Phx: Ftorek 3 (Connor, Newell) 15:00. 10. Phx: Keogan 1 (Barlow, Hughes) 16:13.
Shots: SD: 9-10-13—32; Phx: 11-16-8—35
Goaltenders: SD: Gillow; Phx: Kurt

 
October 17, 1974

Racers Fall to
Stags in Opener

INDIANAPOLIS: Two late goals by the visiting Michigan Stags sent the Indianapolis Racers to their first loss in their debut game. Marc Tardif had two points for the Stags, while Steve Richardson and Bobby Whitlock scored the two Racer goals. The Stags were also making their debut after two seasons based in Los Angeles.

Michigan 2 0 2 - 4
Indianapolis 0 1 1 - 2

1st period: 1. Mich: Johnstone 1 (Leblanc) 0:51. 2. Mich: West 1 (Tardif, Miszuk) 1:23.
2nd period: 3. Ind: Richardson 1 (Robertson, Walters) 1:18.
3rd period: 4. Ind: Whitlock 1 (Wiste, Kennett) 5:31. 5. Mich: Gruen 1 (McDonald, Fontaine) 11:35. 6. Mich: Tardif 1 (Speck) 13:16.
Shots: Mich: 6-11-7—24; Ind: 13-11-9—33
Goaltenders: Mich: Desjardins; Ind: Brown

 
October 19, 1974

Wayne Rivers Scores Twice,
San Diego Wins First Game

SAN DIEGO: Wayne Rivers' second goal of the game came with 2 seconds remaining in the second period, and was the tie-breaker as San Diego won going away, defeating Houston 6-2. Rivers also had an assist, while Andre Lacroix and Ray Adduono had a goal and an assist each.

Houston 2 0 0 - 2
San Diego 1 2 3 - 6

1st period: 1. SD: Rivers 1 (Peacosh, Adduono) 4:48; 2. Hou: G. Howe 1 (Popiel, Preston) 9:08; 3. Hou: Schella 1 (Labossiere, Taylor)
2nd period: 4. SD: Plumb 1 17:44; 5. SD: Rivers 2 (Lacroix) 19:58
3rd period: 6. SD: Lacroix 1 (Rivers, Block) 0:57; 7. SD. Adduono 2 (Wall, Peacosh) 3:01; 8. SD: Morenz 1 (Bateman) 15:01
Shots: Hou: 9-10-7—26; SD: 12-12-7—31
Goaltenders: Hou: Grahame; SD: Junkin

 
October 27, 1974

Racers Win First Behind
Steve Andrascik's Three Points

INDIANAPOLIS: The Indianapolis Racers won their first game ever, beating visiting Qu├ębec behind Steve Andrascik's goal and two assists. Rich Pumple had a goal and an assist, while goaltender Andy Brown stopped 27 of 30 shots and assisted on Bob Sicinski's second-period goal.

Quebec 1 0 2 - 3
Indianapolis 1 3 1 - 5

1st period: 1. Ind: Andrascik (Pumple, Hargreaves) 11:26; 2. Que: Parizeau (Caron, Gilbert) 16:23
2nd period: 3. Ind: Pumple (Andrascik) 2:03; 4. Ind: Robertson (Bredin, Desjardine) 5:43; 5. Ind: Sicinski (Andrascik, Brown) 14:23
3rd period: 6. Ind: Whitlock (Harbaruk, Wiste) 1:25; 7. Que: Guite (Rouleau) 7:45; 8. Que: Gaudette (Bernier) 19:53.
Shots: Que: 8-10-12—30; Ind: 15-9-10—34
Goaltenders: Que: Brodeur; Ind: Brown

 
January 12, 1975

Jeff Jacques Scores Four
Goals in Big League Debut

HOUSTON: Toronto rookie Jeff Jacques made an auspicious debut with a four-goal effort against the Houston Aeros, leading the Toros to a 7-4 victory. Three of his goals came in the third period as Toronto broke the game open with a five-goal outburst. Jacques also had an assist.

Toronto 2 0 5 - 7
Houston 3 0 1 - 4

1st period: 1. Hou: Hinse 17 (Hughes, Lund) 2:52. 2. Tor: Simpson 30 (Hickey, Cunningham) 9:19. 3. Hou: Sherrit 13 (Popiel) 12:45. 4. Tor: Jacques 1 (Kirk) 18:41. 5. Hou: Hughes 29 (Lund, Schella) 18:58.
2nd period: No scoring.
3rd period: 6. Tor: Jacques 2 (Mahovlich, Cuddie) 5:06. 7. Tor: Jacques 3 (Henderson, Farda) 6:02. 8. Hou: Mark Howe 11 (G. Howe, Popiel) 8:07. 9. Tor: Featherstone 14 (Nedomansky, Mahovlich) 8:49. 10. Tor: Jacques 4 (Nedomansky, Mahovlich) 13:49. 11. Tor: Hickey 18 (Jacques) 18:35.
Shots: Tor: 13-9-18—40; Hou: 15-12-14—41
Goaltenders: Tor: Gratton; Hou: Rutledge

 
January 15, 1975

Andre Hinse Nets Five
Goals, Aeros Handle Oilers

HOUSTON: Andre Hinse became the third player in WHA history to score five goals in a contest as he paced Houston to an easy 9-2 romp over visiting Edmonton. Gordie Howe chipped in with a goal and two assists.

Edmonton 0 1 1 - 2
Houston 4 1 4 - 9

1st period: 1. Hou: Hinse 18 (Lund, Hughes) 8:28. 2. Hou: Labossiere 10 (Taylor) 10:22. 3. Hou: Hinse 19 15:36. 4. Hou: Larway 12 (Ruskowski, Preston) 19:59.
2nd period: 5. Edm: Barrie 9 (Baird, Sheehan) 7:08. 6. Hou: Hinse 20 (Popiel) 13:23.
3rd period: 7. Hou: G. Howe 17 0:27. 8. Hou: Hinse 21 (G. Howe) 1:17. 9. Hou: Hinse 22 (Lund) 2:29. 10. Edm: McKay 3 (MacDonald, Kennett) 6:44. 11. Hou: Hughes 30 (Mark Howe, G. Howe) 14:20.
Shots: Edm: 6-10-4—20; Hou: 19-9-14—42
Goaltenders: Edm: Brown & Worthy; Hou: Grahame

 
February 8, 1975

Steve West Collects Four
Assists as Blades Win First

BALTIMORE: Steve West assisted on four goals as the new Baltimore Blades won their first game since being formed two weeks earlier to replace the failed Michigan Stags. Bill Evo and Gary Veneruzzo had two goals apiece and Arnie Brown had a goal and an assist for the victorious Blades. Gordie Howe had two assists for Houston, while Poul Popiel had a goal and an assist.

Houston 0 2 2 - 4
Baltimore 2 2 2 - 6

1st period: 1. Balt: Veneruzzo 18 (West, Brown) 2:24; 2. Balt: Evo 5 (Serviss, Leblanc) 18:38
2nd period: 3. Hou: Popiel 6 (G. Howe, Schella) 2:25; 4. Balt: White 1 3:14; 5. Balt: Veneruzzo 19 (West, Bredin) 16:14; 6. Hou: Popiel 7 (Taylor, Labossiere) 19:10
3rd period: 7. Hou: Mark Howe 15 (G. Howe, Hale) 4:12; 8. Balt: Evo 6 (Serviss, West) 6:34; 9. Hou: Larway 17 (Ruskowski) 6:51; 10. Balt: Brown 3 (Legge, West) 12:35.
Shots: Hou: 8-14-8—30; Balt: 6-6-12—24
Goaltenders: Hou: Rutledge; Balt: Desjardins

 
February 14, 1975

Bobby Hull Scores 50th Goal in
50 Games, Tying Rocket's Feat

WINNIPEG: Bobby Hull capped a hat trick by scoring his third goal with 1:33 remaining in the game, his 50th goal in 50 games. The feat matched Maurice Richard's hallowed 50 goals in 50 games accomplishment set in 1944-45.

Houston 2 1 0 - 3
Winnipeg 1 3 1 - 5

1st period: 1. Wpg: Hull 48 1:42. 2. Hou: Popiel 8 (Schella) 8:56. 3. Hou: Taylor 17 (Irwin, Hall) 16:46.
2nd period: 4. Hou: Mark Howe 18 (G. Howe, Popiel) 1:41. 5. Wpg: Nilsson 17 (Hull, Hedberg) 12:49. 6. Wpg: Ford 9 (Nilsson) 16:05. 7. Wpg: Hull 49 (Nilsson, Ford) 16:47.
3rd period: 8. Wpg: Hull 50 (Nilsson, Ford) 18:27.
Shots: Hou: 14-10-16—40; Wpg: 9-19-11—39
Goaltenders: Hou: Grahame; Wpg: Larsson

 
March 1, 1975

Six Roadrunners Score Two
Each, Phoenix Routs Indianapolis

PHOENIX: Six Roadrunners players scored two goals apiece as the Runners whipped the Racers, 12-2. Robbie Ftorek, Dennis Sobchuk, Jim Boyd, Michel Cormier, John Gray and Bob Mowat all scored twice. Ftorek added four assists for a six-point day, while Dennis Sobchuk had three assists for five points.

Indianapolis 2 0 0 - 2
Phoenix 3 6 3 - 12

1st period: 1. Phx: Sobchuk 23 (Ftorek) 0:56. 2. Phx: Ftorek 16 (Sobchuk, Gray) 1:47. 3. Ind: Fitchner 6 (Johnson, Proceviat) 3:40. 4. Phx: Boyd 17 7:29. 5. Ind: Buchanan 17 (Heatley, Proceviat) 7:46.
2nd period: 6. Phx: Sobchuk 24 (Ftorek, Niekamp) 1:24. 7. Phx: Ftorek 17 (Gray, Niekamp) 6:04. 8. Phx: Cormier 32 (Boyd, Niekamp) 11:25. 9. Phx: Cormier 33 (Boyd, Borgeson) 11:46. 10. Phx: Gray 20 (Sobchuk, Ftorek) 17:37. 11. Phx: Mowat 7 (penalty shot) 19:36.
3rd period: 12. Phx: Gray 21 (Sobchuk, Ftorek) 3:02. 13. Phx: Mowat 8 (Migneault, Keogan) 11:25. 14. Phx: Boyd 18 (Cormier, Stevens) 18:16.
Shots: Ind: 6-10-5—21; Phx: 12-17-15—44
Goaltenders: Ind: Brown; Phx: Norris

 
April 6, 1975

Hull Scores 77th Goal,
Sets Major-League Mark

WINNIPEG: Bobby Hull scored his major-league record 77th goal late in the second period as the Jets and Mariners skated to a season-ending 5-5 draw. San Diego's Andre Lacroix had three points on a goal and two assists to capture the league scoring title, with Hull coming in second.

San Diego 1 2 2 0 - 5
Winnipeg 1 2 2 0 - 5

1st period: 1. Wpg: Nilsson 26 (Miller, Hull) 15:16. 2. SD: Howell 4 (Adduono) 15:37.
2nd period: 3. Wpg: Hedberg 53 (Hull, Nilsson) 8:55. 4. SD: Ferguson 36 (Lacroix) 10:56. 5. SD: Sentes 43 (Rivers, Morrison) 12:22. 6. Wpg: Hull 77 (Hedberg) 19:26.
3rd period: 7. Wpg: Hornung 7 10:12. 8. SD: Lacroix 41 (Howell, Sentes) 10:42. 9. Wpg: Ford 12 (Young, Sjoberg) 16:01. 10. SD: Sentes 44 (Lacroix, Rivers) 18:40.
Overtime: No scoring.
Shots: SD: 10-9-13-3—35; Wpg: 13-8-8-8—37
Goaltenders: SD: Gillow; Wpg: Larsson

 

 

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