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How to Read the Site:

We have tried to capture the story of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs and provide a site to post stories, documents, links and photos of their incredible journey to the Championship.

To read their great story from the beginning, scroll to the bottom of the site to part 1 and work your way up through the 34 parts (You may have to click on “older posts” at the bottom to get to part 1). Each part is in chronological order and describes a part of the journey and many contain photos (We continue to add new photos to these posts as we get them).

After part 34 we are posting current related activities, stories and photos from the Galt Museum & Archives, Lethbridge Hurricanes, City of Lethbridge and private collections, as they become available. If you have a photo or story contribution for the site we would be happy to post it.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Canada Against Switzerland, Game 5 of the 1951 World Amateur Hockey Championships, Part 27

Lethbridge Maple Leafs vs Switzerland

The next game was against the Swiss.    It was to be there first real test of the championship. It was like a semi-final game. The Maple Leafs were tense before the match.  Even though there was a major transportation strike in Paris, 15,000 very enthusiastic fans came to the Palais Des Sports for the game!

The Swiss jumped into an early lead and led 1 – 0 after the first period. The large crowd was behind Switzerland and joined in with rabid Swiss fans in cheering for them.
In the second period Gibson got the Leafs started scoring a goal after a nice pass from Flanagan.  6 minutes later Obodiac finished off a passing play from Rimstad and Chandler for the second Leaf goal and a 2-1 lead.  Then Hec Negrello made a great play which resulted in Gibsons second goal of the game. The Leafs started to take control of the hard fought game when Obodiac scored his second from a Vogan pass for a 4 – 1 lead. Gibson continued his great game by scoring his third goal converting a McLean pass for the hat-trick.  Gibson was the star and the Leafs got a solid effort from goalie Sorokoski.

The Maple Leafs had passed the first solid test with a hard fought win!  One more game to go against the strong Swedish club.

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