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As a result of its 2-0 victory over Colby Saturday night at the Arena, the varsity hockey team is officially third in the East--although you'd better not say that to any of the players. It was in a spirit of high dudgeon that the Crimson, still playing raggedly, pushed over two third-period goals to defeat the stubborn Mules in the consolation game of the ECAC tournament.
The Crimson was furious at itself for even being in the consolation game, and Colby wasn't in a very pleasant frame of mind either. Referees called five minor penalties, four major five-minute infractions, two 10-minute misconducts, and and two match penalties during the fracas, and both teams finished the contest with three skaters and a goalie.
Tim Taylor and Dean Alpine scored for the Crimson, but the varsity's hero was goalie Godfrey Wood. Wood came up with 32 saves, as he turned in the only shutout in the entire ECAC tourney. At the end of the second period, Wood blocked four Colby shots in quick succession to quash the Mules' most serious threat.
In the title game, St. Lawrence upset Clarkson, 5 to 3. A beautiful goal by big Wayne Mousaw put the Larries ahead, 2 to 1, late in the second period, and St. Lawrence outscored its bitter rival, 3 to 1, in the final session. Goalie Richie Broadbelt made 42 saves for the Larries, and Arlie Parker played a fine game at defense.
Thus the ECAC crown went to the tournament's fourth-seeded sextet. The Larries had only a 14-7-1 mark going into ECAC play, but they blasted B.C. off the ice, stunned Harvard with a late rally, and completely outhustled Clarkson.
Taylor scored first for the Crimson at 2:45 of the third period. He took an accurate pass from Ike Ikauniks, skated from right to left in front of the Colby nets, and knocked the puck into the right-hand corner.
Later in the period, defenseman Harry Howell brought the puck down ice and let fly a long slap-shot. Stephenson blocked it, but Chris Norris fired the rebound right back at him. The Colby goalie stopped that one, too, but Alpine stuffed the puck past him for the Crimson's second tally at 8:16.
That ended the scoring, but the fun was just beginning. Gene Kinasewich, an enduring target for stray elbows and sticks all season long, wasn't having any Saturday evening, thank you. He barged around aggressively early in the contest checking one Colby man through the boards, but his (and everyone's) big moment came at 16:39 of the final period.
Colby defenseman Bob McBride slipped Kinasewich an elbow, and the sophomore center hauled off and hit back. Colby's Don Young and the Crimson's Ikauniks left the penalty box to join in the fun, and soon everyone was in the act. Most of the peripheral battles evaporated fairly soon, but it took the efforts of both referees and several peace-makers to break up the McBride-Kinasewich main event.
When it was over, the ice was strewn with sticks, gloves, and head-guards. The referees sent Kinasewich, Young, and McBride to the penalty box while they decided what to do with the miscreants, but that was obviously an unstable situation. After a few seconds Kinasewich got up to leave, Young pushed him, and the battle was joined yet once again.
Finally, the officials called five-minute majors on Young and Ikauniks for leaving the penalty box during the free-for-all, and assessed Kinasewich and McBride five-minute majors and match penalties for fighting. Both sixes finished the contest as fours.
On the evening, Kinasewich collected a minor, a major, and a 10-minute misconduct, for a total of 17 minutes of penalties, not to mention his disqualification. Ikauniks was close behind with 15 minutes, on a major and a 10-minute misconduct.
After the loss to St. Lawrence Friday night, Crimson partisans took to calling the Larries and Clarkson "professionals." But it won't work; you can't damn everyone who beats you as a professional. In this tournament, the varsity was third-best.
The varsity had the least coordinated attack of all the teams that played at the Arena, and the defense, despite the efforts of Howell and Johnston, was only fair. The Crimson offense, in fact, consisted almost entirely of brilliant individual improvisations.
Johnston and Taylor were selected to the all-tourney team, along with goalie Stephenson of Colby, defenseman Parker of St. Lawrence, center Harold Petterson of Clarkson, and wing Ron Mason of St. Lawrence, Parker was named most valuable player.
Saturday's victory established a new record for Harvard hockey teams; the varsity's 22-5 season slate was the best in Crimson history. The St. Lawrence game was a major disappointment, but at least the Crimson finished the year the way it began--by winning
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