History of the A's
The Losses Mount
SHINE IN DEFEAT
WIN 7 – 5 SQUEAKER HERE
The St. Catharines
July 14, 1966
Catharines Athletics came up with one of their best games in recent weeks
last night at Haig Bowl but it was still not good enough. A’s dropped
their 14th decision in Ontario Lacrosse Association Senior A
play losing a tight 7 – 5 game to Peterborough.
loss dropped St. Catharines further into the cellar in the five team
league while the Pepsi-Petes moved to within one point of Toronto in the
race for first place.
low scoring game was dominated by the spectacular play of the opposing
goalies, both making big saves on tough shots.
McCready played one of his better games of the season for Athletics. His
fine play helped keep the game close especially in the late stages when
St. Catharines started to get leg weary.
the other end of the court, Petes has Pat Baker in goal. This was
Baker’s first game with Peterborough since they gained his rights from
Brooklin on a decision by the league executive. Baker starred for the
Merchants last year when they advanced to the Mann Cup finals.
gave indications that they might be ready to break out of their losing
slump by taking a 3-1 lead in the first period. However the visitors came
back to even it at 4-4 going into the final period.
suffered a cut over his left eye late in the first period when he stopped
a hard shot from Joe Todd on his mask. The teams took their break and the
final minute and 21 seconds was played just prior to the second period
after McCready has been taped up.
scoring was well spread out with seven players picking up one goal each.
Sharing the scoring were Jim Paterson, Tim O’Grady, Jim Vilneff, John
Davis, Jim Gooley, Bob Allan, and Cyril Coombs.
Woods counted two goals for St. Catharines while Art Graham and Brian and
Bob Melville got the others.
the Melville brothers are still junior age but neither looked out of place
in senior company. Bob scored three goals for A’s here Sunday against
Toronto while Brian has been one of the top scorers all season with the
game was half an hour late getting started as the Peterborough bus did not
arrive until after 8:30 p.m. The delay was apparently caused by heavy
also evened the score as some of the St. Catharines players were late
arriving for the game in Peterborough last Friday.
total of 56 minutes in penalties were handed out but just over half of
these came in the final period. St. Catharines took 35 minutes including a
10-minute misconduct to Doug Smith while Peterborough had 21 minutes.
teams drew a five-minute fighting penalty. The only incident in the game
came late in the second period when Gooley high-sticked Brian Melville
into the boards. A’s playing coach Smith went after Gooley but ended up
in a shoving match with Roy Wood. Nothing really serious happened but
referees Al Kellogg and Bob Dobie, hoping to keep things under control,
sent Smith and Wood off for five minutes each.
also got the game’s only misconduct penalty. He was sent off for
high-sticking at 16:08 of the third period and when Peterborough scored
two seconds later Smith made an uncomplimentary remark from the penalty
box and was promptly assessed an additional 10 minutes.
broke the 4-4 tie in the third period when McCready was caught out of his
goal. Davis let a low shot go that beat Smith who tried to cover up for
the St. Catharines goalie.
Melville got that one back but Allan got what proved to be the winner at
10:07 with Graham in the penalty box.
now have a full week layoff before their next game when they play host to
Brooklin, Wednesday at Haig Bowl.
Goal, Baker; defence, Gooley (1-0), Anthony (0-1), Wood (0-1), Drummond,
Mason; forwards, Todd (0-1), Coombes (1-0), Downer, Allan (1-1), Armour,
Vilneff (1-0), Paterson (1-1), Davis (1-3), O’Grady (1-0), Bryne.
Catharines: Goal, McCready; defence, Smith, Graham (1-0),
Hallet (0-1), Timlock, Thorne; forwards, Doan, Boyd, Allen, Hall, Bob
Melville (1-0), Woods (2-1), Howe (0-2), Thomson (0-2), Brian Melville