Game 023 – Canadiens 3, St. Pats 2

Game 023
Canadiens 3, St. Pats 2
Wednesday, January 21, 1920
Aréna Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec

With the result in doubt until the calling of time, the Canadiens won the NHL game here tonight against the St. Patricks by 3 to 2.

The locals realized that their chance for the first half championship depended on the result of this game, and took no risks and made few mistakes.

The Canadiens weakened in the second and third periods, and devoted their efforts to holding the two goal lead secured in the first period by playing a purely defensive game.

Finding their opponents on the defensive, the St. Patricks renewed their efforts, with the result that they played on even terms in the second period and outplayed the Canadiens in the final twenty minutes without, however, being able to score.

Joe Matte, making his first professional appearance here, was one of the best men for the green-clad visitors. In the second period, Odie Cleghorn cross checked Matte and was given a major foul. As he skated to the bench, the crowd hissed and hooted the local player.

A few moments later, Matte made a sensational dash, eluded the Canadien defence and passed to Denneny, who scored the St. Pats’ second goal.

Story originally published in The Globe, January 22, 1920

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 03:30 – Prodgers (Heffernan)
MTL GOAL – 06:40 – Berlinquette (Arbour)
MTL GOAL – 11:30 – Lalonde (Cameron)

2nd Period
MTL GOAL – 00:10 – Pitre (Lalonde)
TOR GOAL – 06:20 – Denneny (Matte)

3rd Period

MTL – Cleghorn (major), Lalonde
TOR – Wilson

MTL – Vézina (W)
TOR – Mitchell (L)

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

MTL – 6-3-0 (.667)
TOR – 4-5-0 (.444)