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Egg in Your Beer

By Robert W. Morgan jr.

Next to selling refrigerators in Hanover, the casuist job in the world is writing a hockey release on Dartmouth.

Like business in Hollywood, the Big Green is colossal, but it's improving. Last winter, for instance, in facing Yale for the intercollegiate championship of this country, some two dozen Indians ventured onto the Boston Arena ice, any six of whom probably could have dispatched the Elis with case. This year, with three of their best at St. Moritz, Dartmouth kept right on winning and already has defeated Yale and Princeton twice each. Their mysterious 4 to 3 loss to Boston College some weeks back was accomplished at full strength. Sixteen other times this winter they have been victorious.

Space does not permit mentioning all the forwards. Sophomore Jim Malonc is especially memorable to the Crimson skaters because he participated in nine goals in a single game against them last year. Backing up these forwards is an all-Olympic defense, while veteran goalle Dick Desmond still maintains his remarkable aplomb in the nets.

If one man symbolizes Dartmouth's reckless, bruising, headline-hunting attack, it is beefy defenseman George Pulliam. He also represents its weakness, if that's what you want to call it. Frequently, like a steam engine, the Indians do not function at peak efficiency, because their one and two-man attacks leave a lot of men standing around and their insistence on taking the puck up themselves rather than passing it up front consumes precious seconds.

Despite this loss in power, Dartmouth's single and double-handed rushes on the cage usually produce more than enough goals. The team stalled around for most of 59 minutes against Yale last Saturday, for example, but the Riley brothers cut loose in the other 60 seconds to score four times, and the Green won 9 to 4.

Just one year earlier, though, another Winter Carnival crowd saw the fruits of over-confidence, solo assaults, and too many penalties prove almost disastrous, as the visiting Crimson came within one goal of the year's biggest upset. Easily out-classed in every department but the scoring, the migratory Chasemen lost by the slim count of 6 to 5. Keep this in mind if you take a seat at the Arena tonight, but remember also that the Crimson was thumped 16 to 4 in the other Dartmouth game last winter less than a month after the first.

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