St. Pats 4, Canadiens 2
Saturday, January 27, 1923
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario
The St. Patricks defeated the Canadiens by 4 to 2 here on Saturday night, and they did it without the services of “Babe” Dye and used only one substitute, Ken Randall being the relief man.
It was a decisive verdict, the Irish scoring the first four goals and faltering only in the last period when they became exhausted. The showing made by the champions indicates that they are right at the top of their form, and will be mighty hard to defeat in the race down the stretch.
The Canadiens tried hard, but they did not live up to expectations, and in the second period were swept off their feet and beaten in every department. That the Irish did not pile up a record score in this session was due only to over-anxiety, as they had possession of the puck most of the time, and found little difficulty in side-stepping their opponents and carrying the puck right in on Vézina. At one time during this period, Berlinquette, Sprague, Cleghorn and Coutu were on the penalty bench, but the six St. Patricks players failed to score.
Andrews was a regular hornet in mid-ice, and his good checking coupled with that by Adams irritated the Frenchmen, particularly Joliat and Boucher, who were inclined to use rough tactics in retaliation. Joliat made himself very unpopular with the fans by his crude tactics. He served two penalties and escaped about six others. He mixed it with Adams in the first period, and both were chased. Although the local captain merely defended himself. In the second, Randall paid close attention to Joliat, however, and he was not so troublesome. Boucher, another recruit, also showed that he does not like close checking, but Reg Noble merely smiled and continued to make him appear foolish.
Joliat is one of the best marksmen in the National League, and in the estimation of goalkeeper Roach, second only to “Babe” Dye for speed and accuracy. Several times he drifted in lightning like drives from the wing, and Roach had to move fast to ward them off. He secured one of the counters in the last period on a long shot. When he cared to, the former NOHA player showed that he can play clever hockey.
Roach had one of the easiest nights experienced this season, but at the other end of the rink, the veteran Vézina was given a busy session. The St. Pats had the range all evening, the shooting of Stuart being particularly effective. He scored two of the goals, one by fast following in, checked well and in all played one of the best games of his career. With Cameron at his best and Stuart almost impossible to stop, the two defencemen relieved many bad situations and sallied forth into enemy territory at top speed.
The St. Pats broke up the majority of the Canadien attacks in centre ice, and they often beat the forwards in races toward the Frenchmen’s net. Boucher hooked up with Cameron in sensational sprints several times, but the veteran was too fast for him. Against the clever attacking of the Irish, even Sprague Cleghorn was sometimes at sea. In the final period, Adams and Noble outguessed the star defenceman on a combination play, Noble taking the pass right in front of hte net after Adams had drawn Cleghorn over.
The Frenchmen went down battling and played their best hockey of the night in the last period when they had a chance to overcome the lead. They entered this season three goals down, and three minutes after the faceoff Stuart raised the locals’ total to four, but the visitors struck back, and Boucher and Joliat had scored before the halfway mark. These goals gave them an opportunity to press the attack, but the St. Pats’ defensive methods saved the day.
Bell, Berlinquette, Pitre and Malone were the substitutes used by the visitors, but barring Berlinquette, they did not fit into the machine. Malone has gone back a long way, and Pitre, although in better condition than he was last winter, was ineffective owing to having dull skates. The Canadiens appeared to be far stronger when the regular lineup was in action.
“Babe” Dye reported at headquarters, and was ready to play if needed, but he had a temperature of 106, and with the St. Pats playing the Canadiens into submission, the management requested Dye to remain out of it. Now that Andrews has shown that he is worthy of a place, the St. Pats will be far stronger, as they needed one more capable forward to tide them over in the close race. Andrews is a good checker, a fast skater, can stickhandle with the best of them, and is a goal-getter. when he found time to assist Noble in bottling Boucher up, the latter resented it, and on one occasion struck the little fellow across the stomach. But Andrews never faltered for a second, and intimidation tactics will not have any effect on him.
Story originally published in The Globe, January 29, 1923
TOR GOAL – 07:00 – Noble (Adams)
TOR GOAL – 04:10 – Stuart
TOR GOAL – 05:25 – Andrews (Noble)
TOR GOAL – 03:45 – Stuart
MTL PP GOAL – 05:45 – O. Cleghorn
MTL GOAL – 07:45 – Joliat
TOR – Adams (2), Cameron, Noble
MTL – Joliat (2), Berlinquette, Boucher, S. Cleghorn, Coutu
TOR – Roach (W)
MTL – Vézina (L)
TOR – Goaltenders: John Ross Roach. Defence: Harry Cameron, Billy Stuart. Forwards: Jack Adams, Lloyd Andrews, Reg Noble, Ken Randall.
MTL – Goaltenders: Georges Vézina. Defence: Sprague Cleghorn (C), Billy Coutu. Forwards: Billy Bell, Louis Berlinquette, Billy Boucher, Odie Cleghorn, Aurèle Joliat, Joe Malone, Didier Pitre.
TOR – 6-6-1 (.500)
MTL – 6-5-2 (.538)