Game 033 – St. Pats 5, Canadiens 3

Game 033
St. Pats 5, Canadiens 3
Wednesday, February 9, 1921
Aréna Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec

Outplayed in the opening period, the St. Patricks came back strong in the second period, outplayed the Canadiens by scoring the only goal, and won the game in the final session by completely outskating the locals.

The Canadiens “shot their bolt” early in the third stanza, and were beaten by 5 to 3. Sprague Cleghorn was the outstanding player on the ice. His rushes were the backbone of the St. Pats’ attack. Just as the gong sounded, Wilson scored for the Canadiens.

The St. Patricks started proceedings on the offensive, but were soon held in check, and headed by the French players, who held a single goal lead at the conclusion of the opening period. In the early stages of the game, the Canadiens played at the top of their form.

Changing over for the second twenty minutes, the St. Patricks adopted an entirely different style of play, following out the example of the Ottawa team by playing the majority of the men back on the defence, and forcing the Canadiens to do the puck carrying, which resulted in the wearing down of the players. The members of both teams cut out a fast pace.

In the closing period, the St. Patricks were much the fresher, and carried the Canadiens off their feet in the opening few minutes. They rushed in combined and individual efforts and scored three times, while the Canadiens were only able to find the net on one occasion, that being just as the gong sounded. Both goalkeepers played brilliantly, and turned aside numerous shots.

Story originally published in The Globe, February 10, 1921

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 07:00 – Dye
MTL GOAL – 13:10 – Lalonde
MTL GOAL – 14:10 – Lalonde (Mummery)

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 06:10 – Dye (Cleghorn)

3rd Period
TOR GOAL – 05:55 – Dye (Noble)
TOR GOAL – 06:50 – Noble
TOR GOAL – 14:20 – Cleghorn
MTL GOAL – 18:20 – Wilson

TOR – Cleghorn
MTL – Corbeau (2), Mummery, Pitre, Wilson

TOR – Forbes (W)
MTL – Vézina (L)

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

TOR – 8-7-0 (.533)
MTL – 6-9-0 (.400)