B.C. Eagles Down Varsity Sextet, 4-2, In Beanpot Tourney Finals at Garden
A hard-skating, precision-passing Boston College hockey team handed the Crimson its first loss in twelve starts last night, winning 4-2 in the Garden before a capacity crowd of 14,000.
The victory have B.C. the Beanpot Tourney championship won last year by Harvard.
Playing without three regulars--Harry Howell, Bill Heckett, and Dave Crosby--the varsity could not master the B.C. defense led by Eagle captain Red Martin, who played the entire game except for a two-minute penalty.
An early morning attack of appendicitis sidelined Howell. Crosby had a sprained ankle, and Beckett a gash in his thigh.
Boston College scored first, at 17:31 of the opening period. With both teams a man short, Bill Hogan stick-handled his way in from the blue line to a position about ten feet out and ten feet to Crimson goalie Bobby Bland's left. Although Hogan appeared to lose control of the puck several times on the way in, he regained it and fired a low backhand past Bland.
After having one goal disallowed because a man was in the crease, Harvard came back to a 1-1 tie after 5:25 of the second period. From about 25 feet out, and slightly to B.C. goalie Jim Logue's left, Ted Ingalls scored on a slapshot after passes from Dean Alpine and Tommy Heintzman.
The Eagles took the lead again six minutes later, as Jack Leeteh rifled in the puck on an almost impossible angle, shooting from about 30 feet out, within a foot or two of the side of the rink and some twenty feet in from the blue line.
Boston College went ahead to stay at 10:58 of the third period, on an unassisted goal by Martin. Taking the puck at left defense, Martin made two steps in toward the Harvard cage, pivoted, and blasted a low slapshot into the right corner of the goal.
Less than a minute later, Dean Alpine gave Crimson hopes their biggest lift of the rest of the evening, poking in the puck after a pile up in front of B.C.'s cage, ingalls and Heintzman had assists on the play. The goal pulled Harvard up to a 3-2 deficit.
Ed Sullivan scored the Eagles' final goal at 17:31. Right wing John Daly brought the puck into the Harvard zone, close to the boards and skating fast. He swung around behind the cage and pushed the puck out front, where Sullivan shot it into the goal.
Throughout most of the game, Bob McCoy, filled in at Howell's defensive spot. Crimson coach Cooney Weiland alternated Tim Taylor and Chris Norris as substitutes for Beckett.
Playing goal for Harvard, Bobby Bland turned away 24 B.C. shots. In the single most during play of the game, about half way through the opening period when there was still no score for either team, Bland come out to within ten feet of the blue line to take the puck from a B.C. lineman about to skate in on a solo.
For the Eagles, goalie Jim Logue made 32 saves.
Numerous penalties cut down the effectiveness of the Crimson's attack in the opening period. At two different times, Harvard had only three men on the ice, and once the Eagles' Martin almost made the varsity pay for St. Martin brought the puck in midway between the boards, passed off to his right wing, and headed for the goal. He got the puck back, but crashed into the goal, knocking it several feet out of position.