Led by the superb playmaking of Paul Yeomalakis and Dale Valicenti, who had a goal and two assists apiece, the J.V. hockey team defeated Bowdoin 6-3 yesterday in a game punctuated by some vicious hitting from the boys from Maine.
The hard play and harder fighting did not deter the Crimson from dominating the Polar Bears, because, as defenseman Carl Martignetti said, "Our best efforts seem to be the most physical."
Spurred on by the spectacular goaltending of Hartley Rogers, Harvard came back from a 2-0 deficit to tally three second-period goals that put Bowdoin at a 4-2 disadvantage midway through the period, with Yeomalakis, returning from a thumb injury, assisting on two of the goals.
Bowdoin closed the gap to 4-3 before the end of the stanza, but got no further.
Taking the play to the Crimson in the third period as they had in the first, Bowdoin applied constant pressure to the Harvard defense for the first five minutes, but Rogers chilled their sticks with two consecutive diving stops of shots destined for crease-bound forwards.
Aided by Rogers's big saves, Valicenti and Yeomalakis capitalized on pile-ups in front of the Bowdoin net to put the match out of reach by the half-way mark of the period. For his period-and-a-half work, Rogers had an outstanding 16 saves, and let up but one goal.
"We can beat any other J.V. team right now," said an exuberant Ken Parrish, who chalked up one goal and an assist