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Lining Them Up

By Peter Demmann

During most of its tilts this season, the inexperienced and starless Varsity hockey team has shown an amazing amount of scrappiness, the ability to keep fighting until the whistle blows. It was this quality which, from all accounts, was lacking at the Dartmouth debacle last Saturday. Though at the beginning of the season, Coach Clark Hodder was willing to concede almost every game, with very little material to draw from, he has built an aggregation which has won three and tied one of its seven encounters thus far.

Hodder this year has had an amazing dearth of capable scorers from whom to build his various combinations. A survey of the statistics will show that only Warren Winslow, Stacy Hulse, Forbes Perkins, and Dave Eaton have been relatively constant in chalking up Crimson tallies this winter. Others may add to the totals, but it is these four who shoulder most of the scoring burden.

Winslow High Scorer

High scorer Warren Winslow, who sank the rubber 10 times this season, usually sparks the Crimson attack at the center position on the first line. A good stick-handler and passer, Winslow has been surprisingly subtle in evading opposing defensemen and in setting up plays. Main sparkplug of the second forward trio, Stacy Hulse, is second highest scorer, with nine tallies to his credit.

It would be rediculous, however, to give either Hulse or Winslow entire credit for all of their scores, for they are aided by their colleagues in their offensive combines. Hulse would have had many fewer scores, if he had lacked the help of Prennic Willetts, who has played with Hulse in the forward line since their Freshman year. Willetts has only accounted for two tallies this season, but he has proven very effective in setting up plays with Hulse.

Though he has only rattled the nets four times this year, Dave Eaton is undoubtedly one of the mainsprings of the Crimson attack, and his absence seriously handicapped Hodder both in the Junior Olympic game and at Hanover last Saturday. Formerly center for their second line, he timed his playing well with Hulse and Willetts. He frequently would carry the puck up close to the net and then at the right moment shoot it to Hulse, who could bang it in.

Goalle Vint Freedley, who has borne the brunt of opposition attacks, has proven himself one of the Crimson's most valuable players, and when he is in his form, there is no one in Eastern collegiate hockey who can surpass him. A temperamental player he occasionally has his off moments. In recent games he has made more sallies out from the net and has several times been caught in a position utterly ineffectual for stopping the puck. Remembering that the netminder has probably the most difficult job on the team, one would have to admit that Vint is one of Hodder's greatest assets.

Defense Stressed

Defense has been a hard nut for Hodder to crack this winter. In almost every game there have been decisive goals against Harvard which simply should not have been tallied. Dan Sullivan's chalking up two solo tallies in the second can to of the Big Green game, while a colleague was serving penalty time, was indicative of more than just a speedy Dartmouth captain.

Outstanding defense fixture Captain Bill Coleman is one of the hardest skaters on his team, leading many of the attacks and setting up plays. Though he manages to cover a vast amount of ice in a game, he lacks the finesse necessary to a first class scorer, and he occasionally lets himself be trapped.

Unlike Coleman, Sherm Gray rarely carries the puck up the rink, though he is considered Hodder's most successful body-checker, and an effective blueline operative. Alternative defenseman Forbes Perkins is the Crimson's third highest scorer, with three tallies to his credit. A former first line wing, he was switched back to the defense to make room for a speedier skater.

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