The varsity hockey team won the Ivy League championship for the third straight year Saturday by defeating Yale at the Arena, 2 to 0. But perhaps the most significant feature of the game was the farewell performance of two three-year veterans, Captain Charlie Flynn and Joe Crehore.
The Crimson played fine defensive hockey and allowed the Elis only 18 shots on goalie Flynn. But in registering the fourth shutout of his career and his second this year, Flynn nevertheless had to save several times on difficult, close-in shots.
Crehore broke a scoreless tie at 19:49 of the first period with a shot into the far upper corner of the cage after taking a pass from Bob McVey on the right. The varsity then had to protect that slim one-goal lead until defenseman John Copeland scored on a long shot at 3:50 of the last period.
Once again it was Yale goalie George Scherer who kept the Elis in contention with his brilliant play. The Crimson monopolized the action and held play in the Yale zone most of the game, but again and again Scherer prevented it from scoring. He had 37 saves in all, 20 of them in the first period.
As a result of the loss, Yale finished second in the League behind the varsity with a 5-3 record. Generally discounted from serious contention before the season, the Elis came up to their final game with a chance to tie for first place. Scherer, of course, was the backbone of the team, but coach Murray Murdoch's emphasis on defensive play enabled Yale to make up for its lack of scoring punch.
Murdoch used the same tactics that upset the Crimson in New Haven last week: he packed the Eli zone with all five skaters, thereby preventing the varsity from taking many close-in shots. The Crimson was kept to two goals, but this time Yale couldn't force a break to score on its own