Hockey Team Encounters Improved Tigers Sextet
Game time: 8 p.m. at Watson Rink
Princeton was supposed to be a breather in the Harvard hockey team's murderous pre-Christmas schedule. Well, it's not.
The Tigers, whose miserable 7-14 record last year included a 5-4 ambush of Harvard, have begun this season in strong fashion. After a 4-3 overtime loss to Colgate in the season opener, Princeton has buried Army 8-3 and Northeastern 6-0.
Harvard is in something of an ambiguous position. Looking back to a 4-3 loss to B.C. Saturday night and anticipating big games with Brown and Cornell, the Crimson risks the same sort of letdown against Princeton that cost it last winter's upset.
Comparative scores don't tell much of anything. Harvard drubbed Northeastern 9-1, which means simply that both the Crimson and the Tigers are a lot better than the hapless Huskies. Each team has beaten St. Nick's in exhibition contests, Harvard by 5-1 and Princeton by 8-4.
The Tigers are led by defenseman Bill Ramsay, second team All-Ivy last year, who racked up two goals and an assist against Northeastern. Capt. John Ritchie, who centers for the first line, and Terry Peterman, who centers for the second, established themselves last season as prolific scorers. Ritchie collected 22 goals and a total of 40 points, while Peterman recorded 30 points. Sophomore Ed Tilgham has captured the goalie's job, a persistent trouble spot for Princeton.
Harvard with no significant injuries, will use the same lines and defense tandems as last week. Kent Parrot and Ben Smith are now deadlocked for the team scoring lead, each with seven points.
Undergraduates may exchange coupon nine for a ticket at 60 Boylston St. until 5 p.m. today. In a departure from usual policy, leftover seats will be available at Carey Cage the evening before the game.
WHRB will broadcast the game at 7:55 p.m. tonight.
JV Icemen Beat Eagles, 8-3
Harvard's junior varsity hockey team crushed an undermanned Boston College squad, 8-3, yesterday. Playing with precision that held B.C. scoreless for almost two periods, the Crimson remained undefeated with a 3-0-1 record.
Harvard started slowly, scoring first at 9:46 on a tap-in shot by forward Peter Haley, set up by center Tom Mechem and forward Jim Oates. Finally in gear, the Crimson tallied three times in the next ten minutes on scores by Haley, forward Joe Tibbetts, and center George McManama.
Harvard could not score in an abbreviated second frame, but B.C. managed to hit once at 12:06. In the final period, the Eagles scored twice past substitute goalie Mike LoPresti, but the Crimson retaliated on goals by McManama, Haley. Mechem, and forward Andre Lemieux to ice the victory.