HANOVER, N.H., Feb. 16--The varsity hockey team went into undisputed first place in the Ivy League tonight at Davis Rink by inundating second place Dartmouth with five goals in the first seven minutes of play, waiting till the tough Green defense got tired, and then pouring in three more scores midway through the third period. The final score was 8 to 3.
Crimson center Bob Cleary survived a disastrous second stanza to lead the varsity scoring with three goals. After the first period onslaught, Dartmouth began successfully to double team Cleary much to the delight of the overflow partisan crowd. The strategy, however, broke down in the final stanza, when Cleary broke loose and scored two goals in 33 seconds. Dick Fischer with two goals, Lyle Guttu, Paul Kelley, and Ed Owen were the other Crimson scorers.
The outcome of the game was really never in doubt, for Dartmouth's offensive attack was practically negligible. It consisted of defenseman Dan Goggin (who scored three points with one goal and two assists) and an occasional floater who stayed up by the visitors' blue line. This strategy never worked, as the varsity had no trouble in holding the slow, inexperienced Green linemen.
4-0 Ivy Record
The win gave the Crimson a 4-0 Ivy record and dropped Dartmouth into third place at three wins and two losses. Yale moved into second place with its 3-2 win over a supposedly weak Princeton six. One weekend score which will come as somewhat disturbing to the varsity's NCAA hopes was St. Lawrence's 9-3 trampling of B.C.
Dartmouth's goalie, sophomore Dirk Frankenburg, was a good deal better than the score might suggest. In the opening minutes of the game, his defensemen were taken completely by surprise and were guilty of screening him on three of the goals. Half of Frankenburg's 43 saves came in the second period, when he performed brilliantly to hold the Crimson scoreless. Varsity goalie Captain Jim Bailey played well when he had to, and was especially effective in the third period.
Bob McVey, Dave Vietz, and Fischer played one of their best games of the season at second line as Fischer was particularly effective, both with his two goals and his constant backchecking. The third line of Bud Higgenbottom, Dick Reilly, and Dave Holmes was not as impressive as it has been, with the exception of Higgenbottom, who was robbed by Frankenburg several times in the second period.