A thoroughly rejuvenated hockey team appears to be well on its way to an undefeated season, after its recovery from a demoralizing set of injuries and near-losses.
In the last games before vacation, the team had tied two inferior squads, Army and Brown. During vacation, though, the icemen outplayed Boston University and highly-rated Northeastern, Colorado, and Cornell.
In the first game of the Boston Arena Christmas Tournament on December 26, Harvard had trouble getting off the ground against Northeastern. At the end of the second period, the score was 5-3; but an amasing spurt of six goals by the Crimson in the third period put the Northeastern team way out of reach of victory.
As in all this season's games, the outstanding offensive performances were turned in by the scoring line of Barry Treadwell, Bill Lamarche, and Baldy Smith, with a total of four goals. Gene Kinasewich and Harry Howell each turned in two goals.
In the second game of the Arena Tournament, a solid team effort trounced B.U. 10-3. The Crimson merely waited for BU to make all the mistakes, and they did. Again, Lamarche stood out with 3 goals in the last period. All-Ivy goalie Godfrey Wood, recovered from an infected finger, made 24 stops.
The cautious, well-played game was a far cry from the tense play which had cost victories in the Brown and Army meets.
In the most outstanding game of the season so far, against Colorado College, the Crimson started off with a 2-0 deficit in the first period. For the first time in any Crimson first period, the opposing team outshot the varsity.
In the second period, though, hockey ace Gene Kinasewich skated the entire length of the ice to put one in Colorado's net. At 15:01 of the third, Ike Ikauniks tied the game 2-2 to send it into a sudden death overtime.
Backed by Wood's fantastic saves, the topscoring line of Smith, Lamarche, and Treadwell pulled the team to a victory; a feed by Smith to Lamarche ended with a spectacular shot through the legs of the Colorado defenseman, giving Lamarche 16 goals for the season.
Saturday night, fresh from their three victories, Harvard amashed Cornell, which is suposed to be the team to beat in the Ivy League; evidently their amazing defense was best only in the press releases. Treadwell scored 3 goals and 3 assists to maintain the high performance of the top scoring-line.
About all that offered any real interest were the 41 saves of Cornell's Loring Kennedy, one of the top goalice in the country.
This weekend the 7-0-2 Crimson will meet Clarkson and St. Lawrence at New York for the biggest test yet. The Crimson is a far different team than the one which tied the inferior Army and Brown teams, and chances of its finishing the 24-game season undefeated are good.