Game 7 & Aftermath - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 7 (January 30, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 4 - Moncton Victorias 3 The January 30th game in Sydney, in front of 2300 fans was an extremely rough and hard fought battle.  the game started out with Moncton taking the lead in the first period.  From all accounts, the Millionaires displayed miserable team work throughout the game.  They were still able to squeeze out a victory after being down three to nothing after the end of the first period.  Ken Randall scored two goals in the second period and then another in the third period to tie the game.  Dunphy scored the game winner.  There were plenty of injuries with Sydney's Tetrault and Moncton's McGregor both suffering broken noses.  Fraser suffered an ankle injury from a "chop to the ankle".  The most serious injury was to Moncton's Walker who was removed from the game after being knocked to the ice and needed several stitches in his head.  Walker's injury was severe enough that he was unable to play in Moncton's next game against New Glasgow.        

            The Sun shines bright again today,

                        Our once sad hearts are gay and free.

            For the Millionaires have earned their pay.

                        And trimmed the Vics by four to three

                                                            - Otto B. Kilde

  In anticipation of an upcoming Sydney Millionaires/Halifax Crescents game, the two cities’ newspapers began to throw barbs at one another.  The Halifax Echo posted the following challenge to the Sports Editor of the Sydney Record:

           ................................................................... Airs

            ................................................................... Fears

            ................................................................... Tears

            .................................................................... Swears

            .................................................................... Millionaires

       Will the poet of the Sydney Record kindly fill in the           above? - Hx. Echo

The sports reported from the Recorder responded with:

            The Halifax teams with all their airs,

            Ne'er touch the ice with out shivering fears

            And never leave it without blinding tears

            And it's fierce now that man Keiv swears

            When victory comes to the Millionaires

            And we might also add:

            They can't be beat in a million years.

                                                            - Otto B. Kilde

On February 1st, the Millionaires had two big announcements.  The first was the signing of Percy Tighe of Montreal. Tighe was alleged to be a very fast skater with good stick handling abilities and a very good shot.  The second announcement that day was that Cap MacDonald had been elected to coach and captain the Millionaires.  According to the team officials, Cap was in full control of the team and would have no "butt ins" from the teams executive.  The fans and the press were very supportive of the decision to install Cap as captain and coach.  Cap was viewed as a leader on the Sydney team and "his presence on the ice brings confidence to the rest of the players and also to the audience."

February 3rd brought news that in response to the brutality of the Moncton-Sydney game, which had sidelined one of Moncton's players, the management of the Victorias decided to present President Lithgow with an official protest.  This protest stated that Moncton will not again play against Sydney if Ken Randall and Cap McDonald are on the ice, claiming that they are playing "slaughter house" hockey.  According to reports in the Moncton paper the Victorias arrived home in "a badly crippled condition and their injuries were said to be received in the Sydney game."  A meeting of the MPHA was announced for the following week to deal with the protest. 

            As far as I myself can glean,

                        From all this awful Babel,

            The Monctons like their hockey clean,

                        That's not so awful, Mabel?

                                                            -Otto B. Kilde

The Millionaires did receive some good news on the 3rd when it was reported that Harvey Richardson was improving from the broken leg he had received in Halifax.  From Richardson's hospital bed he was reported as "reading all the sport dope and is keeping in touch with the progress of the MPHA games and the playing of the home team particularly."

On February 4th, Cap McDonald spoke out against the newspaper accounts that were displaying him and other players on the Sydney team in a bad light stating: "the less notice taken of the whines of the sport editors of some of the provincial papers, the better for the game.  They are eternally after the leaders in the league whether they know the facts or not.

To stay in shape between games, the Millionaires began training with famous maritime boxer Billy Parsons.  Billy was originally from Newfoundland but was boxing out of Sydney at the time.  He was also an avid hockey player who had played with various amateur teams in Glace Bay.

On February 5th, the MPHA met in Truro to discuss the protest filed by the Moncton team concerning the rough play of the Sydney Millionaires during the January 31st game against Moncton.  The protest was thrown out by the league executive but President Lithgow was given authority to investigate the situation and to levy any charges against Sydney that he deemed appropriate.   President Lithgow arrived in Sydney on the 6th and went to work meeting with the Sydney executives concerning the matter.  After the meeting, Lithgow announced that he was unable to determine whether one player on either team was more responsible than any other.  He went on to state that the referees share much of the blame and that they should have absolute control over the game and it was their duty to exercise their power to the limit.  He also stated that dirty play would not be tolerated in the MPHA.

            Bloodthirsty souls should never quail,

                        When scent of battle waxes,

            Let hockeyists don their coats of mail

                        And sharpen up their axes.

                                                            - Otto B. Kilde

 

The Moncton transcript echoed the sentiments of Lithgow and stated that the brand of hockey taking place in the MPHA is "steadily killing the game".