Arenas 11, Canadiens 3
Tuesday, January 21, 1919
Arena Gardens, Toronto, ON
The leading Canadien team met with a bad reverse here last night, when the Arenas defeated them by the score of 11 to 3.
The locals were all over the visitors from beginning to end, and showed an all round superiority that was amazing. “Newsy” Lalonde did not accompany the Frenchmen, and his absence had a demoralizing effect on the team. He injured his arm in the Canadien-Ottawa game last Saturday, and may be out of the game for a week.
The Arenas surprised the large crowd by their good display. They outskated the Flying Frenchmen and carried the play to them at all stages. Ken Randall played the best game he has ever shown on local ice, and his rushes were of the sensational variety. Crawford was also a trojan for work, and his puck carrying and back checking wrought havoc with the visitors. He appeared to be tireless, and exchanged several hard bumps with “Bad Man” Joe Hall.
The game was not nearly as spectacular as was the case when these teams met here in their two previous contests this season. The Canadiens were entirely to blame for this state of affairs. Hall and Corbeau proved anything but airtight in their defence work, and allowed the Blue Shirts to get the close quarters without any apparent effort to stop them.
All of the Arenas showed up well. Mummery and Randall easily outguessed the opposing forwards, and Ritchie, while he was on, did effective work. He used good judgment in his passing, and several times made Corbeau and Hall look foolish. Jack Adams was not used very often, but he made his presence felt on these few occasions and scored two goals.
The visitors played away below form, and only Corbeau and Berlinquette were effective. The latter worked ceaselessly in his efforts to stem the tide, and his work when in close was a treat to see. Vézina did not appear to advantage. The Chicoutimi wizard, however, was given little or no opportunity to save the majority of the goals tallied against him, and towards the close of the game grew rather careless.
The Arenas forced the play from the start, and only overeagerness on their part prevented them from scoring several goals. After twelve minutes of ceaseless effort, Meeking flipped the puck past Vézina for the initial score. Cleghorn sent the visitors’ hopes soaring when he beat Lindsay two minutes later from a faceoff near the net. Mummery and Meeking then scored in rapid succession, and the teams retired with the Arenas leading 3-1.
The locals made the visitors look foolish in the second period. Skinner and Meeking each scored a goal, while Adams bulged the twine behind Vézina for two counters. Berlinquette bore the brunt of the work for the Canadiens, and his efforts to stem the tide were heartbreaking.
The Arenas added four more to their total in the first eight minutes of the last period, and with the game well in hand slackened their pace, and the Canadiens secured two more counters. Ritchie replaced Mummery, and he made a fair impression. He carried the puck well and used great judgment in his passing.
Story originally published in The Globe, January 22, 1919
TOR GOAL – 12:00 – Meeking
MTL GOAL – 13:00 – Cleghorn
TOR GOAL – 15:00 – Mummery
TOR GOAL – 15:20 – Meeking
TOR GOAL – 10:00 – Skinner (Randall)
TOR GOAL – 15:00 – Meeking
TOR GOAL – 18:00 – Adams (Meeking)
TOR GOAL – 19:20 – Adams (Noble)
TOR GOAL – 00:30 – Crawford
TOR GOAL – 00:50 – Skinner
TOR GOAL – 01:00 – Randall
TOR GOAL – 06:00 – Denneny
MTL GOAL – 16:00 – Coutu (Berlinquette)
MTL GOAL – 17:00 – Cleghorn
TOR – Denneny, Meeking, Mummery, Noble
MTL – Hall
TOR – Lindsay (W)
MTL – Vézina (L)
TOR – Goaltenders: Bert Lindsay. Defence: Harry Mummery, Dave Ritchie. Forwards: Jack Adams, Rusty Crawford, Corb Denneny, Harry Meeking, Reg Noble, Ken Randall, Alf Skinner.
MTL – Goaltenders: Georges Vézina. Defence: Bert Corbeau, Billy Coutu, Joe Hall. Forwards: Louis Berlinquette, Odie Cleghorn, Jack McDonald, Didier Pitre.