Bill Cleary, former Harvard hockey star who lead the 1960 Olympic hockey team to a gold medal, began his Harvard coaching career yesterday with a victory as the freshman hockey team defeated Bowdoin, 5-3, at Watson rink.
Favored over the Bowdoin opponents, the Yardlings had to struggle until the third period when Leif Rosenberger scored one goal and assisted another to break open a tight 3-2 game.
Harvard opened the game with Bob Havern centering a line of Dave Cavanagh and Skip Barry and with Caleb Warren and Don Olsen at defense. Havern, a quick, small center, scored first at 7:20 of the first period, and then, nine seconds later, wing Barry slapped a puck past Bowdoin goalie John Bradley for the second Crimson goal.
Bowdoin scored at 11:15 to narrow Harvard's margin, but Tom Paul and Bill Holmes combined on a two-on-one rush for the third Crimson score as Paul slipped the puck under the goalie's legs. Bowdoin defenseman Ed Dowd continued the see-saw game with a goal at 18:44 that ended the first period Harvard 3, Bowdoin 2.
The two teams battled to a stand-off in the second period, and the Yardlings continued to pressure Bowdoin in vain until Rosenberger shot a puck which deflected off a defenseman into the net. Paul added the fifth goal on a perfect feed from Rosenberger.
Bowdoin finished the scoring at 16:07 tallying on a disputed goal. Harvard claimed that the whistle had blown before the puck rolled past the red line, but the referee allowed it.