The Crimson hockey team leaves today on a two-game tour of upstate New York in what should be the most important weekend of its promising season. The sextet will meet two of the roughest teams in the East, Clarkson tonight, and St. Lawrence tomorrow night.
Each of the upstate teams has been a traditional powerhouse on the ice and each is a prime threat to the Crimson's hopes of leading the East this season. Coach Cooney Weiland's sextet, in a pre-season coaches' poll, was ranked no better than sixth in this part of the country, but the team's depth gives Crimson followers reason to hope for victories over some of the big teams that it nearly caught in 1959-60.
Weiland has 13 returning lettermen and goes to Clarkson and St. Lawrence with three equally prolific lines, two talented goalies, and an eager squad. The Crimson's major problem against the two New York sextets--and against the rest of its opponents--will be the defense positions. Only Bob Anderson of last year's defensemen has returned to duty. Mike Graney, the only senior on last year's varsity, and Greg Downes are gone, and junior Dave Grannis has moved to the offense, where he will center a line between Dave Morse and Bill Beckett. Anderson will team with Dave Johnston, former freshman captain, at the points. Sophomore Harry Howell, a big defenseman who played aggressive hockey in the team's 3-0 win over Bowdoin last week, will probably play with Dave Crosby in the backline.
Weiland has not rated his lines in order, because their output has been so even. Jim Dwinell, last year's high scorer, heads one trio that includes captain Stu Forbes and Crocker Snow. Tom Heintzman, Dean Alpine, and Ted Ingalls form the third line.
Bob Bland, who turned in a shut-out in the team's opener Friday, will start in the goal, with sophomore Godfrey Wood available for substitution.
Clarkson is one of the favorites for Eastern honors this year, but Weiland rates the game a toss-up. Leading the Golden Knights tonight at Potsdam will be Bill Little, team captain, who plays right wing on one of Clarkson's most potent lines in recent years. Sophomore Harold Petterson centers the line, and "Soupy" Campbell, veteran senior, handles left wing. Clarkson has been in action since Nov. 5 (six games ago), and is by now a fairly polished outfit. The