The most shocking thing that can be said about the Harvard hockey team is that its record is now five wins, six losses and two ties--not counting the scrimmage with the Russians. With tough matches coming up against Providence, Dartmouth, Northeastern and B.C. you wouldn't bet your last Eisenhower button that the team will finish with a winning record.
Tonight at Providence the Crimson might find the going even tougher than it did three weeks ago, for the sextet has had trouble there with Brown. Unless it can reverse the pattern of both the last Friar game and the contest with B.C. Monday night, goalie Harry Pratt will face a tough night.
In both games the Crimson fell two goals behind, and by pressing on offense, committed several defensive lapses. Whether Providence can again avail itself of its opportunities is another matter, for its spotty record includes both a win over strong St. Lawrence and a loss to Colby.
Although the Friar's high scorer and right wing Joe Keough, is a good hockey player, and goalie Don Gerard is far from a pushover, the varsity can win if it puts its mind to the task. The meagre goal production of the second and third lines belies their fine potential, and defense certainly needn't give up three of four breakaways a game.
The first line of Bud Higginbottom, Dick Fischer and Dave Vietze can be counted on to produce at least a goal per man. The second line has seen Bob Anderson move back to his accustomed position at defense, and Les Duncan move to center between Paul Kelley and Mo Balboni.