When the varsity hockey team reopens its season tonight against Boston College, it will have its work cut out for it. Not only has B.C. already beaten the Crimson, 5 to 0, but the Eagles have also rolled over all other competition, and boast a seven and one record. The Crimson has a two and three record, including two wins and one loss over vacation. Face-off is at 9 p.m. at the Arena.
Cooney Weiland is not scared by the Eagles' impressive record, however. "We have a good chance of beating B.C. this time," he said. The main problem facing the Crimson coach is to find scoring punch on the front line. Weiland hopes to solve this by moving rugged Captain Dusty Burke from his usual defense position into right wing with playmaker Walt Greeley and fancy skating Amory Hubbard on the first line.
Weiland's second line will consist of Dick Clasby centering for Bill Timpson and Nat Harris, while Jim Colt, Norm Wood, and Job Bray make up the all sophomore third line. Dong Harvey and George Chase are spares. Weiland has been experimenting with Clasby on defense in the last two practices, but for tonight's game he will keep him at center.
Bill Bliss and Tony Patton0 are the first defense with Jeff Collidge and Jim O'Brien the other back pair. Weiland was especially pleased with Coolidge's play on the R.P.I. trip. Both goalies Brad Richardson and Nate Corning have played in the nets this year, and Weiland has not decided which to send against the Eagles.
Richardson turned in two fine games in the vacation R.P.I. tournament, one a shutout against Williams, and the other the 2 to 1 Dartmouth victory. He also played one game for the Ephmen when they lacked a netminder. Although he suffered a six-stitch over his eye in Monday's practice, he will be ready tonight Corning worked the first B.C. game and R.P.I. losses, but penalties and poor defense work hurt his record in all three encounters.
B.C. has also edged Yale, Northeastern, and the U.S. Olympic team by one point each, heat Brown, 5 to 2, lost to Princeton, 6-4, and walloped both Tufts and Tech Eagle coach "Snooks" Kelley has great respect for his opponents, though. "The four Ivy League teams we've played--Yale. Brown, Princeton, and Harvard--plus teams like B.U. and Northeastern can beat each other on any given night," he said.