In as chaotic a hockey game as has ever graced the Arena ice, the Crimson varsity squeaked by Northeastern, 5 to 4, last night. There was never more than a one goal margin in favor of either team throughout the game and the winning goal whistled in at 11:55 of the final period.
But although it was a consistently exciting game, it was not a well played game. Charging Harvard lines must have crossed the blue line ahead of the puck close to 35 times during the 60 minutes of play, and on not less than five occasions Crimson players, apparently in control of the puck, had clear shots at the Northeastern goal, swung and missed the disc entirely. In addition, passing on the newly reshuffled lines was fairly ragged.
Gang rushing was the order of the day. First the Crimson would break through the Northeastern defense, take a shot and then crash en masse into the boards behind the cage, while the Huskie defense found itself stacked neatly in the goal mouth. Whereupon there would be a face-off deep in Northeastern ice and the Huskies as often as not would grab the puck and break for the Harvard goal.
This style of play naturally enough produced more than the average number of penalties; 14 infractions in all were detected, nine of them on the Crimson.
The pattern of the game was designed to reduce spectators to mild hysteria. Harvard opened the scoring almost immediately as Bill Garrity took a goal mouth pass from Carl Timpson and flicked it in. Midway in the opening period, Northeastern took advantage of a Harvard penalty to make a four man rush on the lone defenseman and goalie Chase it was a sure fire scoring play.
At 3:42 of the second period, Joe Kittredge tied the score at 2-2 by scoring with one man short, and minutes later Dusty Burke grabbed a free puck at the blue line, skated in and scored all alone. After Northeastern had tied it up, Carl Timpson scored at 1:16 of the third stanza. So the Huskies tied up the game again less than five minutes later.
At this juncture, defenseman Jack Carman appeared on the ice in the guise of a right wing, skated through both Northeastern defensemen and placed a shot artfully in the upper right hand corner of the goal mouth.
Tonight at 7 p.m. the varsity meets Williams on the Arena ice, once again without the services of Dave Abbot and Myles Huntington
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