This week may tell the story of the freshman hockey team.
Super-cautious Coach Myles Huntington quivers all over at my mention of the word "undefeated": but he never expects his boys to lose any game with Brown unscathed.
Sporting a five-game winning streak and an exam-period lay-off, the sextet taken on Belmont Hill today, on outdoor ice for the firs time. Tomorrow night the team will play regulation 20-minute periods in its return engagement with Boston College at the Lynn Sports Arena hen with only one day's rest meets a tough Brown outfit on Providence ice Saturday night.
Huntington's '55 freshmen won 15 out of 16 games. This year's squad has fewer individual starts but is just as good. "We've got more depth and hustle than we had last year," he admits.
Captain Bill Cleary is in a class by himself. According to head Coach Cooney Weiland he could be playing for the varsity this year. Not a flashy player. Cleary with his smooth style has nevertheless managed to accumulate 28 points in six games. His skating, stickhandling, ice sense, and scoring put them at least notch above the average freshman player. Yet it is his outstanding passing that largely accounts for the first line's scoring punch.
All Star Line
With Joe Crehore on one winning Art Noyes on the other, Cleary' s line represents possible the top freshman three some in New England. Flashiest player on the squad. Crehere stick handles skates and scores almost as well Cleary. He fee could be playing Every this year.
Among these two bright lights, Noyes is a stabilizing, influence, Quietest of the three, his value lies in his steady passing and dependable wing play. Yet he too can push the Puck past a goalie.
Uudoubtedly the biggest blow to the team's undefeated chances same when top offensive defenseman Marto Celi cracked his ankle in practice last week. Huntington has moved Pete Summers up to first defense to work with Denny Little. That leaves Denny French and Phil Price at second defense.
But Huntington has not been worrying too much about opponents goals. Goalie Charlie Flynn is in the unquestioned class with Cleary.
With so much depth on hand the second and third lines are practically interchangeable. Second time center Winkie Childs has developed his scoring punch and is now the best varsity prospect be low the starting team.