Game 060 – Canadiens 7, St. Pats 1

Game 060
Canadiens 7, St. Pats 1
Saturday, November 29, 1924
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

Indications that the Canadiens are going to make a strong bid to retain the Stanley Cup were manifest Saturday night when they overwhelmed Toronto 7 to 1. The game served as the curtain raiser for the formal opening of the Forum, Montréal’s new $1,000,000 artificial ice rink.

The double attraction of a new rink and an inaugural game of a new campaign attracted 9,000 fans. Two records tumbled, the crowd being the largest that has ever witnessed an ice hockey tussle here, while never before has Montréal had hockey as early as November.

The Canadiens started to take command immediately as the game started, and within 55 seconds Billy Boucher scored the first of the many goals, repeating in a little over five minutes to end the scoring for the first period. His first goal was on a pass from Sprague Cleghorn, while his second was a smart piece of work on a rebound after a Morenz shot.

His third goal early in the second period was also a quick flip of the puck, which caught Roach prone on the ice after Morenz had sent a hard drive at the Toronto goal. Adams scored Toronto’s lone tally from outside the defence, and from then on it was a parade for the Canadiens.

Probably the most spectacular count of the evening, and certainly the one most loudly applauded, was that scored by Mantha, the substitute Canadien defence player, who went through the entire St. Pats team after halting a rush and beat Roach.

The heavyweights of the Toronto team lacked condition, and at no time were in the game as serious contenders. They merely provided the local club with a good workout.

Jack Adams, Noble and Corbeau could not get going quick enough to keep pace with the speedy youngsters pitted against them, though Noble turned in a smart game. Dye was the only one of the regulars who could get within close range of Vézina, but he was not closely checked.

Holway, the 21 year old substitute defence player of the Toronto team, was the outstanding performer for the visitors. He blocked well, going about his game diligently and thoroughly. Albert McCaffrey, the former Canadian Olympic hockey player, substituted for Dye at right, and turned in a useful game, showing more aptitude than his teammates in getting into a good scoring position.

Story originally published in The Globe, December 1, 1924

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 00:55 – Boucher (S. Cleghorn)
MTL GOAL – 06:05 – Boucher (Morenz)

2nd Period
MTL GOAL – 01:50 – Boucher (Morenz)

TOR GOAL – 04:55 – Adams
MTL GOAL – 13:00 – A. Joliat (S. Cleghorn)
MTL GOAL – 19:00 – Mantha

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 11:40 – A. Joliat (S. Cleghorn)
MTL GOAL – 18:50 – Morenz (A. Joliat)

MTL – A. Joliat (major), Boucher
TOR – Adams (2), Corbeau

MTL – Vézina (W)
TOR – Roach (L)

MTLGoaltenders: Georges Vézina. Defence: Sprague Cleghorn (C), Billy Coutu, Sylvio Mantha. Forwards: Billy Boucher, Odie Cleghorn, Aurèle Joliat, René Joliat, Rene Lafleur, Johnny Matz, Howie Morenz.
TORGoaltenders: John Ross Roach (C). Defence: Bert Corbeau, Albert Holway, Chris Speyer, Billy Stuart. Forwards: Jack Adams, Lloyd Andrews, Babe Dye, Stan Jackson, Bert McCaffrey, Reg Noble.

MTL – 1-0-0 (1.000)
TOR – 0-1-0 (.000)