Game 069 – Canadiens 6, St. Pats 3

Game 069
Canadiens 6, St. Pats 3
Tuesday, January 26, 1926
Aréna Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec

The Montréal Canadiens defeated the Toronto St. Patricks by 6 to 3 in a scheduled contest of the National Hockey League here tonight. The game was featured by a scoring bee in the third period, when the Canadiens scored four goals, while the St. Patricks responded with two. The Canadiens registered twice and the St. Patricks once in the first frame, while the second went goalless.

In the first period, Lépine’s shot broke a window in the Arena roof. The Canadiens were distinctly the better team, and would have scored more goals but for the brilliant work of Roach in the visitors’ net.

Morenz, Joliat, Pit Lépine, Boucher and Leduc played fast, aggressive hockey for the winners, who were back at full strength for the game, Coutu being reinstated and Leduc recovered from an injured shoulder.

The game was fast and exciting, although the second period dragged as the teams played carefully, with the Canadiens leading at 2-1.

The break came early in the third period, when Adams and Joliat were benched for attempting to fight. Corbeau was already in the pen, and the St. Pats were reduced to four men against five, Boucher and Morenz pressed the advantage, and twice scored before the team got back to strength, giving the Canadiens an edge which was too much for the Irish to overcome, though they tried gallantly. At least they worked hard, but McCaffrey secured the only effective player in front of the brilliant Roach, and he could not do it all. His two goals in the third period were thrilling tricks.

Story originally published in The Globe, January 27, 1926

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 06:30 – Joliat
MTL PP GOAL – 13:00 – P. Lépine
TOR GOAL – 19:20 – Bellefeuille (Adams)

MTL PEN – Boucher
TOR PENS – Adams, Corbeau

2nd Period

3rd Period
MTL PP GOAL – 03:00 – Boucher (Morenz)
MTL PP GOAL – 05:30 – Morenz
MTL GOAL – 07:30 – Leduc
TOR GOAL – 08:10 – McCaffrey
MTL GOAL – 12:00 – Morenz (Coutu)
TOR PP GOAL – 19:10 – McCaffrey

MTL PENS – Holmes, Joliat
TOR PENS – Adams, Corbeau

MTL – Rhéaume (W)
TOR – Roach (L)

MTLGoaltenders: Herb Rhéaume. Defence: Billy Coutu (C), Albert Leduc, Sylvio Mantha, Roland Paulhus. Forwards: Billy Boucher, Bill Holmes, Aurèle Joliat, Wildor Larochelle, Hec Lépine, Pit Lépine, Howie Morenz.
TORGoaltenders: John Ross Roach. Defence: Francis Cain, Bert Corbeau (C), Hap Day, Normand Shay. Forwards: Jack Adams, Pete Bellefeuille, Bert McCaffrey, Mike Neville.

MTL – 9-10-0 (.474)
TOR – 6-11-1 (.361)