The Crimson hockey team fought off not only a determined Cornell squad, but also more than 6000 ferociously partisan Ithaca fans, to gain a 4-3 victory Saturday night. The win--Harvard's sixth in a row--evens up Harvard's Ivy League record, which also includes a 3-2 overtime loss to Brown.
Ike Ikauniks led the Crimson's offense with two goals and one assist. Injured Bill Lamarche, who possibly tore a cartilege in his troublesome left knee during Thursday's practice, didn't make the trip to Ithaca. Gordie Price took his place on a line with Barry Treadwell and Baldy Smith.
Home-town officiating helped Cornell play on even terms with the Crimson for most of the game. As usual, Gene Kinasewich was the chief target of the referees' whistles and the fans' abuse, as he received eight minutes in penalties and was pelted with litter while in the penalty box.
Cornell scored first in the opening period when Jim Stevens tried to ease the puck between a Harvard defenseman's legs in order to recover it in front of the Harvard net. It went through the defenseman's legs, all right, but it also went past screened goalie Brandy Sweitzer and into the goal. At this point one rambunctious Big Red rooter reached into the Harvard bench and ripped off Price's helmet.
Kinasewich quickly tied the score, as linemates Ikauniks and Bill Fryer assisted. Defensemen Mike Patterson's second goal in his last two games, on a pass from Smith, gave Harvard the lead as the first period ended.
After Cornell's Ron Lampman tied the score early in the scond period, Ikauniks, assisted by Fryer, put Harvard back out ahead. However, Murray Stephen's goal drew Cornell even again. The Big Red forced the puck into the Harvard goal once more before the players left the ice, but despite loud protests from the fans, the timekeeper ruled that the goal didn't count because it had come just after the period ended.
Ike Ikauniks' unassisted goal, the only score in the final period, provided the winning margin. The fans scored the last blow, however. As they piled out of the rink, one of them socked the timekeeper and knocked him unconscious for five minutes