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Canton, N.Y. is well known for two things. It is the home of St. Lawrence University and a city with one of the highest percentages of bars per capital income in the country.
Last night at Watson Rink, the St. Lawrence nockey team proved that there is a direct correlation between these facts, as the Larries (their official nickname is the Saints) played with the sweetest hangover (thank you, Diana Ross) and were intoxicated by the Crimson, 10-0.
But don't feel too sorry for the Larries, who, a long road trip finally behind them, can once again look forward to wild nights at Scivvy's, the Hoot Owl and the Inside Track on the other side of an eight-hour trek back to Canton.
For Harvard, if this wasn't the easiest game of the year then the Larries didn't have 15 Canadians on their roster, seven from Nova Scotia alone. But they did, and the game was boring, so boring that Crimson goalie Brian Petrovek put in a wake-up call for eight o'clock this morning.
In recording his first shutout since he blanked Northeastern two years ago in the Beanpot, Petrovek had to face 22 St. Lawrence shots, at least one of which was difficult.
On the other side of the rink, Larries' goalie Rick Wilson was shellshocked all night. As he entered the locker room following the game, Wilson could be heard singing the lyrics to Disco Puck, which is probably the state of mind you'd be in after having a puck shot in your face 43 times in the space of two hours.
Actually, though, Wilson should have realized that it wasn't going to be his night when he wasn't even listed in the program, and everyone else should realize that despite what the final score might lead you to believe, he didn't play all that badly, or at least as well as one can play under the circumstances.
Despite the inferiority of its opposition, Harvard played as if it had picked up a few pointers out west. The Crimson's territorial advantage was so awesome that some of the St. Lawrence players began raising their sticks when they cleared the puck to the red line.
If they didn't, it was better than even money that Harvard would score. Leading the assault was Bill Hozack with a two-goal, three-assist performance. Bryan Cook and Jon Schuster added a pair of goals as well, while Murray Dea assisted on three of the Crimson scores.
The actual game-winner came at 6:54 of the opening period, when Gene Purdy, on a power play, made the most of passes from Hozack and George Hughes.
As far as Purdy is concerned, though, the contest should have been called off at that point for lack of competition. In the middle stanza, the sophomore wing had to leave the ice for X-rays on what is believed to be a broken hand, and immediate playing status is uncertain.
Following Purdy's goal, Harvard assumed a 3-0 first-period advantage on Hozack's first score following a weird carom behind Wilson and a Hughes tip-in.
The second frame brought four more scores, including a sinker from the right point by Schuster, a rising, fastball from the slot by Hozack and the first varsity goal for Randy Millen, last year's leading freshman scorer.
Most of the fans--it was definitely a reading period crowd--departed at this point, and missed three more Harvard bullseyes, and as the clock wound down, the only questions that remained were whether or not Petrovek would get his shutout and which St. Lawrence players had gotten smashed first.
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