Four games in five nights present a difficult problem to any hockey team. This lesson proved true last night as the Providence College sextet outscrapped and outhustled the tired varsity six for the first two periods and held on in the third period to win, 6 to 3.
Until the start of the final period, the Crimson attack couldn't get started against the aggressive Providence forechecking. The Friars, forcing their own breaks, capitalized on defensive lapses to score twice in each period.
After sputtering and stalling for forty minutes, the Crimson finally caught fire in the third period, poured in two goals, and outplayed the visitors until the final five minutes. Dick Fischer added his second goal of the evening at 2:07 of the period, and sophomore Crocker Snow tallied at 13:24 to make the score 4 to 3. In this period, Crimson shooters bombarded Friar netminder Don Girard with 18 of their 32 shots.
However, the rugged schedule took its toll in the last five minutes of play, as Providence forwards Gil Dominique and Peter Bergen skated around Crimson defensemen and finished off perfect set-up passes. Harry Pratt had no chance on any of the six Friars goals, and played a good game in the nets with 21 stops.
Fischer's first goal, coming at 2:09 of the second period, was a beauty. Buddy Higginbottom passed out from the corner to Fischer, standing ten feet outside the crease. His on-the-ice backhander hit the near post and skittered past Girard. Fischer's second goal came on a 20-foot backhander which broke off the goalie's glove.
The two Labbe brothers sparked the Friar attack, collecting five points between them. Sophomore Joe Keough contributed two goals, both coming on short-range blasts to the far corner of the cage. Good play at the points, especially by Captain George Boudreau, aided the Providence power play which the Crimson seemed to be unable to control--at least during the first two periods.
But if any moral can be drawn from this game, it is the folly of trying to schedule too many games in too few nights.