Game 005 – Arenas 5, Canadiens 1

Game 005
Arenas 5, Canadiens 1

Monday, January 28, 1918
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

“Bad” Joe Hall of the Canadiens and Alf Skinner of the Toronto team are under arrest as the result of an assault and counter-assault, which occurred in last night’s game between the two teams at the Arena.

Toronto defeated the Canadiens by a score of 5 to 1 in a game in which there was an undercurrent of feeling that was responsible for many minor outbreaks throughout the contest. The collision, which resulted in the arrest of the two players, occurred shortly after the start of the final period.

Skinner took the puck down the ice and was checked by Hall. He dropped to the ice, and as he did, made a pass with his stick at Hall, who was standing over him. Hall raised his stick and brought it down upon Skinner’s head, and the latter was carried from the ice unconscious.

Hall was immediately penalized and left the ice, holding his hand to his mouth while blood streamed down the side of his face. The police visited the dressing room a few moments later, and placed both men under arrest. They were later admitted to bail, and will appear in the Police Court today on a charge of disorderly conduct.

So far as the game was concerned, all the goals were scored in the opening period. Toronto started off with a rush, and in the first five minutes counted twice. When the period was finished, Toronto had five goals to one for the Canadiens. There was no further scoring.

In the first period, both teams gave a clever exhibition. They skated well, back checked aggressively, and showed a nice combination. Play was inclined to lag in the second period, and the players carried the puck sporadically, much idling being noticeable on the part of both teams. In this period, Randall and Malone came together after a Canadiens’ goal had been disputed, and the former was banished from the ice.

In the closing period, the Canadiens presented a determined offensive, and Holmes in the Toronto goal was forced to handle some difficult shots. He played his customary good game, blocking and clearing in fine style. In the other, Vézina’s work kept the score down, as he stopped a regular fusillade of shots. During the course of the game, the players of both teams were sprawled in front of both goals on three different occasions when some player dropped on the puck to prevent shots on the goal.

The Canadien team was over twelve hours late, the train being delayed because of the heavy storm. It was apparent that they were train weary when they stepped on to the ice, as the customary dash and vim was lacking. On the play, Toronto had much the best of an uneven contest.

Lalonde was hurt shortly after the start of the second period, and retired in favour of Coutu. The latter was inclined to mix matters, and many a sly job and butt end was exchanged that the officials did not notice. Skinner and Hall had several passaged before the final row, which ended when both players were taken into custody.

During the intermission between the first and second period, a number of young women representing the Sportsmen’s Patriotic Association passed among the spectators taking up a collection in aid of the Red Cross Fund .

Story originally published in The Globe, January 29, 1918

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 00:30 – Noble (Skinner)
TOR GOAL – 05:00 – Randall
MTL GOAL – 08:30 – Malone (Hall)
TOR GOAL – 09:00 – Randall
TOR GOAL – 19:30 – Skinner (Noble)
TOR GOAL – 19:50 – Cameron

2nd Period

3rd Period

TOR – Skinner (minor + major), Mummery, Noble
MTL – Hall (3 minors + major), Malone

TOR – Holmes (W)
MTL – Vézina (L)

TORGoaltenders: Hap Holmes. Defence: Harry Cameron, Harry Mummery. Forwards: Corb Denneny, Jack Marks, Harry Meeking, Reg Noble, Ken Randall (C), Alf Skinner.
MTLGoaltenders: Georges Vézina. Defence: Bert Corbeau, Billy Coutu, Joe Hall, Jack Laviolette. Forwards: Billy Bell, Louis Berlinquette, Newsy Lalonde (C), Joe Malone, Didier Pitre.

TOR – 7-5-0 (.583)
MTL – 8-4-0 (.667)