Undefeated Harvard, B.C. Meet in Toss-Up Tonight
Harvard's undefeated hockey team squares off against an undefeated Boston College sextet before a capacity crowd at 8 p.m. tonight in Watson Rink.
The 2000 seats in Watson Rink have been sold out since Thursday for what promises to be the Crimson's best match thus far this season.
The skaters just barely extended their winning streak to four Saturday as a surprisingly tenacious Brown team led throughout--at one point by three goals--and then lost in overtime.
Harvard's play was ragged and sloppy with a countless errant passes and missed shots but it caught fire after Dwight Ware's third period goal and went on to win on Jack Turco's score.
Boston College, on the other hand, is coming off an impressive 7-2 win over Clarkson. Clarkson was 3-0 with victories over Michigan State and Toronto, but the steadily-improving Eagles played flawless hockey in what one B.C. observer called "methodical execution."
B.C.'s commanding performance was a surprise since it had had so much trouble in its early games. A promising but inexperienced Yale team pressed the Eagles hard in the opener before allowing three goals in the last period to lose, 5-2.
Then Princeton, another average squad this year, challenged B.C. in a tight 3-2 Tiger loss. But B.C. started to jell last week when they pounded Brown, 4-1, and then romped over Clarkson.
Tim Sheahy, the Eagles' first line center, should be Harvard's biggest problem tonight. The 6', 195 pounder, the team's high scorer with four goals and two assists, plays on a line with Paul Schilling, second scorer, and Kevin Ahern. John Sullivan centers a second line of captain Mike Flynn and Charley Toczylowski.
On defense, the Eagles start Paul Hurley, a veteran senior defenseman who played in the Olympics, and Steve Cedorchuk. The second pair of Barry McCarthy and Ray Bastarache plays only adequate hockey in contrast to the first team's outstanding play.
But the key to B.C.'s success has been its outstanding senior goalie George McPhee, who has allowed only 1.7 goals per game. Harvard's seven goals against Brown's goal tender Mark Burns demonstrated that its forwards can score on a top flight goalie, but McPhee, with his strong defense, will be much stingier tonight.
B.C. was nagged by a series of minor injuries in pre-season play and only in the last week have its lines played together without interruption.
So the Crimson, which has a history of alternating brilliant and miserable games, will have to shake off Saturday's performance and bounce back to its former style of play if it is going to defeat this fast-improving B.C. team.