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The University hockey team held the last hard practice before the Dartmouth game in the Arena last evening. The loss of Captain Hornblower will do much to slow up the attack of the forwards but it is hoped that the moving of Huntington from coverpoint to Hornblower's position in the forward line will go far toward remedying this defect. Blackall was tried at point and Foster went out to Huntington's position at coverpoint. As Foster played this position last year, he ought not to have much difficulty in adapting himself; and Blackall has substituted at point both this year and last. In the short practice before the scrimmage yesterday evening Childs went in at left end, as Leslie is still out of the game on account of an injured knee. Although both Huntington and Childs were new to their positions, the line worked well together and ought to be nearly as fast as the former combination. There was little opportunity to judge the ability of the new defence.
After the preliminary practice, the team lined up against the Boston Hockey Club, and played a fifteen-minute game in which the University team scored two goals to their opponents' none. The Boston players were noticeably superior in stick-handling but the University forwards were faster and often carried the puck through the opposing line and free of it. Huntington's defensive work was prominent in the University line and did much toward keeping the puck in the opponents' territory. The new defensive combination seemed to work well.
When the second team replaced the Boston Hockey Club, the game was more even, the final score being 1 to 1. At this point the attack of the University forwards slowed up considerably and they were forced to play on the defensive, except when one or two of them would get loose and outskate the second team forwards.
The University team lined up against the Boston Hockey Club as follows:
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