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Icemen Dump Green, 6-1; DeMichele Tallies Three

By John L. Powers

Apparently dissatisfied with its lackluster victory over Northeastern Thursday evening, Harvard's hockey team combined a precision passing game with some serious skating to outclass improving Dartmouth. 6-1, Saturday night at Watson Rink.

An improved performance was almost mandatory for the Crimson, since the Dartmouth game marked the end of a relatively easy early season schedule. A repetition of the carelessness that marked the Northeastern game would have stalled the development of the cohesion that will be necessary for a victory at New Hampshire tomorrow night, and from the first. Harvard appeared reluctant to allow it to occur again.

The change in attitude, and its tangible effect upon Harvard's performance. was quite noticeable. The junior line of Steve Owen, Joe Cavanagh and Dan DeMichele, which had been reunited last week but was shut out in the Northeastern game, accounted for one goal in each period, all by DeMichele.

The first line, newly-formed and including Tom Paul, George McManama. and Ron Mark, picked up the other three scores. It was an impressive display of the scoring power, and more important, the balance that was expected to be Harvard's strongpoint this winter.

DeMichele tipped in a rebound of a shot by Owen after three minutes of play, and when Paul added a second at the five-minute mark. Dartmouth was pretty much beaten. The Green's passing was erratic, often effete, and against a Harvard squad that was swarming onto loose pucks all night long, it was disastrous.

"Why doesn't Harvard play a man short to make things even?" one spectator asked During the second period, it did. Near the ten-minute mark. Paul went off for drawing blood, a five-minute infraction and moments later, a second Harvard skater joined him.

But by then, DeMichele had picked up his second goal, and Crimson goaltender Bruce Durno turned aside 12 Indian shots to hold off the Dartmouth power play. With a relentless flurry of short-range passing Paul and Bob Havern set up McManama at 14:30, and Harvard was out of danger.

Even though penalties continued to disrupt the Crimson's momentum throughout the third period. Dartmouth's horrifying offensive in?ptness, even when it had a man advantage preserved Harvard's lead.

McManama and Paul set up Mark at 3:37 for the Crimson's fifth tally, and when Chico Davidson notched the lone Indian goal at 7:00. Harvard put the pressure on once again.

DeMichele completed his hat trick at 19:14, assisted by Owen and Cavanagh, but the game had been decided long before. Clearly, Harvard had taken Dartmouth more seriously than it had when the Green last invaded Cambridge, and the results were encouraging.

So Harvard is undefeated in two games and an exhibition match, but the upcoming pre-January schedule will be an accurate measure of the Crimson's real quality to say the least. New Hampshire is incredibly tough at Durham. and Brown, whom Harvard could face twice before Christmas, is as solid a team as any in the East. And a match with rebuilding B.C. a week from Wednesday could be the most difficult of any of them.

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