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The varsity hockey team played its first game on an outside rink in four years yesterday, and successfully defeated both the elements and a scrappy Williams six, 7 to 2. The game was marked by several physical disadvantages: the high wind, a small rink, and a nine-year old goal judge.
Despite these factors, the Crimson was in the lead all the way and had little trouble in capturing its seventeenth win against three losses. Bob McVey led the scoring for the varsity with two goals while Bob Cleary, Paul Kelley, Maurice Balboni, Dick Fischer, and Lyle Guttu each scored once.
A strong wind made playing difficult as players skating down upwind would often be met with a snow flurry blown up from the ice. The rink was the smallest the varsity has played on this year and the Ephmer took good advantage of this in the first period by getting stveral breakaways. In previous games, the speedy Crimson defensemen have usually been able to catch up with these breakaway attempts, but the size of the rink made this increasingly difficult.
Captain Jim Bailey was therefore called upon to make 27 saves, making one of the busiest 60 minutes he has spent this year. He played one of his best games particularly in the first period when he made three fine stops on solos by Ephmen forwards. In the second and third periods, the varsity defensemen played further back than usual and there were no more breakaways.
Another interesting facet of the game was a nine-year-old boy, who had difficulty in seeing over the boards, serving as goal judge. On one play, a Crimson lineman put the puck by the Williams goalie, Dick Marr, but no goal was signified when Marr reached into the cage and threw the puck out.
Williams' strong point, paradoxically enough, was its defense. For the first two periods, it was able to force the varsity forwards out to the boards and was also successful in stopping solo rushes by Cleary and Bud Higgenbottom. The Ephmen linemen, however, did not backcheck consistently, and their defense consequently tired in the last period.
Paul Kelley opened the scoring for the varsity at 3:28 of the first period on passes from Guttu and Cleary. After McVey tallied on a pass from Ed Owen at 10:24, Mo Balboni scored the third line's first goal in three games with an assist from Dick Reilly.
McVey got his second goal early in the second period with a hard shot from about 15 feet out. Bob Cleary scored one of his patented unassisted goals at 12:48 and Fischer and Guttu each added another goal to bring the final count to 7 to 3.
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