Game 021 – Canadiens 14, St. Pats 7

Game 021
Canadiens 14, St. Pats 7
Saturday, January 10, 1920
Aréna Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec

Showing a complete return to their best form, the Canadiens signalled their initial appearance in Montréal this season by defeating the St. Patricks on Saturday night by 14 to 7.

The resumption of professional hockey this season in Montréal was given a welcome that it has not enjoyed in a number of years. Six thousand paid admissions to the new Mount Royal Arena, which was crowded in almost an uncomfortable condition, while hundreds were turned away by the orders coming from the management that no more standing room tickets were to be sold.

The game was replete was brilliant individual rushes by members of both teams, the majority of the goals coming from such efforts. The Canadiens at times played combination, while the St. Patricks became bewildered and tossed aside all idea of team play, depending almost entirely on individual rushes. The Canadiens’ goals came so fast in the opening session that the forwards of the St. Patricks’ team crowded back on the defence to help out, making the mistake of playing a purely defensive game in place of going upon the offensive.

In the second period, Heffernan sent Wilson to the bench and went up to centre, while Randall played defence. This change was of little avail, as the first two goals of the period were scored by the Canadiens, Cleghorn (who had replaced Arbour) getting the first and Lalonde the second. After scoring twice, the Canadiens seemed to ease up in their aggressive tactics, which enabled the St. Patricks to come up closer on the offensive.

The victory places the Canadiens within challenging distance of Ottawa, the league leaders, and a victory Monday over Québec will put them securely in second position.

Story originally published in The Globe, January 12, 1920

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 04:00 – Pitre (Lalonde)
MTL GOAL – 05:00 – Lalonde
MTL GOAL – 07:00 – Lalonde
MTL GOAL – 07:40 – Pitre
MTL GOAL – 09:00 – Pitre
MTL GOAL – 14:30 – Coutu (Pitre)
MTL GOAL – 16:00 – Cleghorn
TOR GOAL – 16:50 – Roach

2nd Period
MTL GOAL – 04:00 – Cleghorn
MTL GOAL – 05:30 – Lalonde
TOR GOAL – 06:20 – Noble (Denneny)
TOR GOAL – 07:20 – Denneny (Noble)
MTL GOAL – 09:00 – Lalonde (Berlinquette)
MTL GOAL – 10:30 – Lalonde
TOR PP GOAL – 11:00 – Denneny

3rd Period
TOR GOAL – 00:30 – Wilson (Denneny)
MTL GOAL – 01:50 – Corbeau (Arbour)
MTL GOAL – 03:50 – Lalonde
TOR GOAL – 09:50 – Noble (Denneny)
TOR GOAL – 12:20 – Noble
MTL GOAL – 14:50 – Cleghorn

MTL – Corbeau (major), Berlinquette, Coutu
TOR – Wilson

MTL – Vézina (W)
TOR – Lockhart (L), Mitchell

MTLGoaltenders: Georges Vézina. Defence: Bert Corbeau, Billy Coutu. Forwards: Amos Arbour, Louis Berlinquette, Odie Cleghorn, Newsy Lalonde (C), Didier Pitre, Don Smith.
TORGoaltenders: Howie Lockhart, Ivan Mitchell. Defence: Harry Cameron, Frank Heffernan. Forwards: Corb Denneny, Babe Dye, Reg Noble, Ken Randall, Mickey Roach, Cully Wilson.

MTL – 2-3-0 (.400)
TOR – 3-3-0 (.500)