Game 030 – St. Pats 7, Canadiens 2

Game 030
St. Pats 7, Canadiens 2
Wednesday, January 19, 1921
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

The Canadiens and St. Patricks staged a National Hockey League game here last night, which started out fairly fast and then simmered down to a farcical exhibition, the locals winning 7 to 2.

Enthusiasm was at a low ebb. The crowd was small and, as both teams are out of the running for the championship of the first half of the schedule, the players – the visitors especially – did not work any harder than necessary.

The majority of the fans did not expect much of the tail-end teams, and they remained away and saved their money for the good games that are promised in the second half of the race. Manager George Kennedy was not at all pleased with the form shown by some of his “stars,” and told them so immediately following the game.

The St. Patricks started in at a fast pace, and it was early seen that they were determined to win. In the first half, their good combination and aggressiveness only netted them one goal, but in the second period they scored four goals in rapid succession and put the game beyond the reach of the Frenchmen. The locals, with such a commanding lead, thereafter took matters easily and were content to score goal for goal with the visitors, both of the latter’s tallies being made by Odie Cleghorn.

The fans were more interested in the mammoth Mummery and the sharp-shooting of “Babe” Dye than in the result of the game, and these two players furnished plenty of excitement. Mummery, who appears bigger than ever, has taken a dislike to Dye’s bullet-like shooting, and the latter kept the fat in the fire by hitting the big fellow almost every time he shot.

Then Randall took a hand in the proceedings, and to the amazement of the crowd upset Mummery. The latter a few minutes later tried to bodycheck Randall, but Corbeau beat him to it, and in the resultant crash, Mummery and Randall both went down.

In flashes Smylie, Dye, Cameron and Noble did good work, while Vernon Forbes was as good as usual. Arbour was the hardest worker for the visitors, while Cleghorn was the only successful goal-getter.

One feature that the fans did not approve of was the hooking, tripping and holding indulged in by both teams. Any time a player is in position to score, an opponent can trip or hook him, and if chased to the penalty box a substitute replaces him.

Story originally published in The Globe, January 20, 1921

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 15:00 – Noble (Cameron)

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 05:00 – Denneny (Randall)
TOR GOAL – 07:00 – Randall
TOR GOAL – 09:00 – Smylie (Wilson)
TOR GOAL – 13:00 – Dye (Noble)
MTL GOAL – 14:00 – Cleghorn (Mummery)

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 02:00 – Cleghorn
TOR GOAL – 09:00 – Dye
TOR GOAL – 17:00 – Cameron

TOR – Randall
MTL – Mummery (2), Corbeau, Ritchie

TOR – Forbes (W)
MTL – Vézina (L)

TORGoaltenders: Jake Forbes. Defence: Harry Cameron, Billy Stuart. Forwards: Corb Denneny, Babe Dye, Reg Noble, Ken Randall, Mickey Roach, Rod Smylie, Cully Wilson.
MTLGoaltenders: Georges Vézina. Defence: Bert Corbeau, Harry Mummery, Dave Ritchie. Forwards: Amos Arbour, Louis Berlinquette, Odie Cleghorn, Newsy Lalonde (C), Didier Pitre.

TOR – 4-5-0 (.444)
MTL – 3-6-0 (.333)