Game 025 – St. Pats 8, Canadiens 2

Game 025
St. Pats 8, Canadiens 2
Wednesday, February 18, 1920
Aréna Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec

Completely disorganized and playing far below their usual form, the Canadiens fell victims to the Toronto St. Patricks tonight at the Mount Royal Arena here, to the tune of 8 to 2.

From the start of the game, the St. Patricks were conspicuous by their vigorous play, but although they secured a 2 goal lead in the first period, the Canadiens were by no means out of it, and before the end of that period, had reduced the lead by one goal.

It was in the second period that the Canadiens fell down hard, only Vézina’s starling work in goal saved a bigger score from being piled. However, two more were put on by Toronto, and thereafter the game was little more than a farce, with the Canadiens making continual changes to stave off defeat.

Lalonde was taken ill in the third period, and the play became uninteresting, the visitors being content to rest on their laurels and save themselves for their game on Saturday with Ottawa. Berlinquette, however, added a tally for the Frenchmen.

Practically every player on the Pats team took a hand in scoring, Prodgers turning the hat trick and Wilson scoring two, while Noble, Denneny and Roach scored one apiece.

The visitors’ forward line, composed of Prodgers, Wilson and Noble, checked back like fiends and seldom let the locals get into position for a shot. Denneny replaced Wilson when the score was 1 to 0, and signalled his appearance by getting to close quarters and increasing the lead to two. He was then used as the third defenceman, and broke up rush after rush by the Frenchmen. He was made the victim of a foul attack by Corbeau, and the latter was hissed as he left the ice.

In the second period, the St. Pats started a hurricane attack on the locals’ citadel, which netted them six goals in a row and placed the game on ice. Prodgers started the trouble when he scored after nine minutes and thirty seconds of play, and Wilson then ran in two goals in seventy seconds. Before the period ended, Prodgers added two more and Roach one.

Mitchell was unable to play because of an attack of influenza, but Lockhart, who replaced him, played in great form. His stops at times rivalled the best efforts of Vézina, and judging by his snowing, he will be a hard man to dislodge from a regular position.

Story originally published in The Globe, February 19, 1920

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 03:35 – Noble (Randall)
TOR GOAL – 05:50 – Denneny (Prodgers)
MTL GOAL – 15:05 – Cleghorn (Lalonde)

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 09:30 – Randall (Prodgers)
TOR GOAL – 09:50 – Wilson
TOR GOAL – 10:40 – Wilson (Prodgers)
TOR GOAL – 12:00 – Prodgers (Wilson)
TOR GOAL – 14:15 – Prodgers
TOR GOAL – 15:25 – Roach (Prodgers)

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 02:40 – Berlinquette (Cleghorn)

TOR – Matte
MTL – Corbeau (major + 2 minors)

TOR – Lockhart (W)
MTL – Vézina (L)

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

TOR – 9-8-0 (.529)
MTL – 10-7-0 (.588)