’71-’72 Golden Seals Quickly Dispatch ’74-’75 Golden Seals in Five Games; Advance to Qualifier Semifinal

A natty-hatty from Wayne Carleton got the ’71-’72 California Golden Seals off on the right foot in Game 1. His three goals and a goal from Dick Redmond, all in the second period, helped lead the ’71-’72 Golden Seals to a 6-4 win in the opening game. The ’74-’75 California Golden Seals rebounded with a hard fought 3-2 win in Game 2. Dave Hrechkosy‘s third period goal broke a 2-2 tie for the ’74-’75 Golden Seals and was the eventual game-winner. In Game 3, it was Reggie Leach and Gerry Pinder that led the ’71-’72 Golden Seals offensively. Both of them potted two goals and an assist each for a total of six points between the two of them. Game 4 was a battle of the goaltenders, or goaltender, as Gilles Meloche started in net for both squads. Meloche stopped 51 out of 53 shots for the ’71-’72 Golden Seals and 55 out of 59 shots for the ’74-’75 Golden Seals. The ’71-’72 Golden Seals took Game 4 by a final of 4-2 before ending the series with a dominant 9-2 win in Game 5. Stan Gilbertson and defenseman Paul Shmyr led the ’71-’72 Golden Seals with four points each in the 9-2 debacle. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Golden Seals 1 2 1 4
’71-’72 Golden Seals 1 4 1 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’71-’72 CGS – 6   ’74-’75 CGS – 4    (1-0 ’71-’72 CGS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Bobby Sheehan (’71-’72 CGS) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   7 S

2nd Star: LW – Wayne Carleton (’71-’72 CGS) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   Even   3 S

3rd Star: LW – Dave Hrechkosy (’74-’75 CGS) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Golden Seals 0 2 1 3
’71-’72 Golden Seals 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’74-’75 CGS – 3   ’71-’72 CGS – 2    (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’74-’75 CGS) – W   2.00 GAA   .966 SV% (57 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’71-’72 CGS) – L   3.00 GAA   .944 SV% (51 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Dave Hrechkosy (’74-’75 CGS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   5 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’71-’72 Golden Seals 2 2 1 5
’74-’75 Golden Seals 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’71-’72 CGS – 5   ’74-’75 CGS – 3    (2-1 ’71-’72 CGS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Reggie Leach (’71-’72 CGS) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   6 S

2nd Star: LW – Gerry Pinder (’71-’72 CGS) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’71-’72 CGS) – W   3.00 GAA   .944 SV% (51 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’71-’72 Golden Seals 1 3 0 4
’74-’75 Golden Seals 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’71-’72 CGS – 4   ’74-’75 CGS – 2    (3-1 ’71-’72 CGS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’71-’72 CGS) – W   2.00 GAA   .962 SV% (51 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’74-’75 CGS) – L   4.00 GAA   .932 SV% (55 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Ron Huston (’74-’75 CGS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   6 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Golden Seals 1 0 1 2
’71-’72 Golden Seals 4 1 4 9

GAME SUMMARY: ’71-’72 CGS – 9   ’74-’75 CGS – 2    (4-1 ’71-’72 CGS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Stan Gilbertson (’71-’72 CGS) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +4   8 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: D – Paul Shmyr (’71-’72 CGS) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +4   2 S

3rd Star: D – Carol Vadnais (’71-’72 CGS) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   8 S

So the first round of the 2015 Oakland/California (Golden) Seals Qualifying Tournament is halfway through. The 2-7 matchup is up next!

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