Top-Seeded ’68-’69 Seals Need Seven Games to Defeat 8th-Seeded ’70-’71 Golden Seals to Begin Qualifier

To begin the 2015 Oakland/California (Golden) Seals Qualifying Tournament, the top-seeded ’68-’69 Oakland Seals were pushed to the brink by the 8th-seeded ’70-’71 California Golden Seals, but ultimately took the series in seven games. Two goals each from Bill Hicke and Gene Ubriaco helped propel the ’68-’69 Seals to a 6-1 win in Game 1 with goaltender Gary Smith stopping 57 of 58 shots. The ’70-’71 Golden Seals took Game 2, however, with Ernie Hicke leading the way with three goals and three assists for six points in the 7-5 win. The ’70-’71 Golden Seals carried that momentum back home for Game 3 and won in overtime thanks to a Carol Vadnais game-winner just about four and a half minutes into the overtime period. The ’68-’69 Seals responded with a dominant 6-1 win in Game 4 as Smith, once again, posted over 50 saves. Meanwhile B. Hicke potted four goals to lead the offense.

Game 5 went to overtime tied 5-5 despite complete domination by the ’68-’69 Seals. Ted Hampson scored for the ’70-’71 Golden Seals six minutes and thirteen seconds into the overtime period to give themselves a 3-2 series lead. Then, in Game 6, the ’68-’69 Seals held a 5-3 lead after two periods, but the ’70-’71 Golden Seals stormed back in the third period. They doubled the ’68-’69 Seals in shots and goals from E. Hicke and Wayne Muloin in the final six minutes of the period force an overtime. The home side came out fast in overtime, putting five shots on goal in just about the first minute, but an unassisted goal from Norm Ferguson just over a minute into the period forced a Game 7 for the ’68-’69 Seals. Game 7 was a disappointment. The ’68-’69 Seals dominated and took it by a final of 9-2. A hat trick and four points from Ferguson and four points from Gary Jarrett lead the way for the top seed.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’70-’71 Golden Seals 1 0 0 1
’68-’69 Seals 3 2 1 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’68-’69 OAK – 6   ’70-’71 CGS – 1    (1-0 ’68-’69 OAK)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Gary Smith (’68-’69 OAK) – W   1.00 GAA   .983 SV% (57 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Bill Hicke (’68-’69 OAK) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   10 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Gene Ubriaco (’68-’69 OAK) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’70-’71 Golden Seals 3 2 2 7
’68-’69 Seals 1 1 3 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’70-’71 CGS – 7   ’68-’69 OAK – 5    (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ernie Hicke (’70-’71 CGS) – 3 G   3 A   6 P   +4   10 S

2nd Star: G – Gary Smith (’70-’71 CGS) – W   5.00 GAA   .936 SV% (73 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Norm Ferguson (’70-’71 CGS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   2 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’68-’69 Seals 1 1 1 0 3
’70-’71 Golden Seals 2 1 0 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’70-’71 CGS – 4   ’68-’69 OAK – 3 (OT)    (2-1 ’70-’71 CGS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Gary Smith (’70-’71 CGS) – W   3.00 GAA   .949 SV% (56 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Norm Ferguson (’70-’71 CGS) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   4 S

3rd Star: G – Gary Smith (’68-’69 OAK) – L   4.00 GAA   .923 SV% (48 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’68-’69 Seals 2 3 1 6
’70-’71 Golden Seals 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’68-’69 OAK – 6   ’70-’71 CGS – 1    (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Bill Hicke (’68-’69 OAK) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   +5   9 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: G – Gary Smith (’68-’69 OAK) – W   1.00 GAA   .982 SV% (56 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Gary Jarrett (’68-’69 OAK) – 0 G   4 A   4 P   +5   5 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’70-’71 Golden Seals 2 0 3 1 6
’68-’69 Seals 1 3 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’70-’71 CGS – 6   ’68-’69 OAK – 5 (OT)    (3-2 ’70-’71 CGS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Dennis Hextall (’70-’71 CGS) – 0 G   5 A   5 P   +2   5 S   6 PIM

2nd Star: C – Ted Hampson (’70-’71 CGS) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   4 S

3rd Star: G – Gary Smith (’70-’71 CGS) – W   5.00 GAA   .931 SV% (67 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’68-’69 Seals 3 2 0 1 6
’70-’71 Golden Seals 3 0 2 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’68-’69 OAK – 6   ’70-’71 CGS – 5 (OT)    (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Gary Jarrett (’68-’69 OAK) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   +3   8 S

2nd Star: G – Gary Smith (’68-’69 OAK) – W   5.00 GAA   .928 SV% (64 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Dennis Hextall (’70-’71 CGS) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   -1   9 S   2 PIM

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’70-’71 Golden Seals 2 0 0 2
’68-’69 Seals 2 2 5 9

GAME SUMMARY: ’68-’69 OAK – 9   ’70-’71 CGS – 2    (4-3 ’68-’69 OAK)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Norm Ferguson (’68-’69 OAK) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +1   10 S

2nd Star: LW – Gary Jarrett (’68-’69 OAK) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +1   9 S

3rd Star: G – Gary Smith (’68-’69 OAK) – W   2.00 GAA   .952 SV% (40 SV’s)

The 2015 Oakland/California (Golden) Seals Qualifying Tournament…….phew, I’m gonna hate typing that, has begun with a bang! The 4-5 matchup is up next!

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