The Times of London game reports on 1935 series

April 20, 1935

ICE Hockey FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT:  The Hamilton Tigers, one of the leading senior teams in Ontario, opened their English tour on Thursday at the Empire Pool at Wembley with a win over the Wembley Canadians by two goals to one in a very fast and exciting game. As a side they compare very favourably with the Winnipeg Monarchs, and not only do they appear to be equally fast, but also the checking by their defence is superior in the matter of positioning, but not so clean as that of the Monarchs in body checking, too much use being made of charging instead of a fair body check.  Their goalkeeper, Teno, was not sufficiently tested, but he appears to be a thoroughly sound and cool player.

Howard and Dunn made one of the best defences seen this season. In the Hamilton attack the two players who impressed one the most were Bennett and Liscombe, both in the second line, and McGowan, the centre player of the first line, was always a trouble to Rost and Wyman. There was no score in a thoroughly keen first period. The Wembley Canadians were the first to score after about five minutes play in the second period, Ross beating Teno easily from a fine run and pass by Carr. Howard equalized shortly afterwards with a very fine run almost the length of the rink and worked round the back of the goal to beat Amantea with a very clever shot. After this it was a strenuous game to the finish, with the referees appearing rather too lenient with body-checking on the barrier. The winning goal came from Fitzgerald in the third period as the result of a great individual run the length of the rink.

File teams were:- WEMBLEY CANADIANS.-F. A. Amantea.

Goal: C. Rost and R. Wyman. defence: F. C. McWilliams. J. Milford. G. Morrison.

J. Markham. G. Ross, and J. Carr. attack.

HAMILTON TIGERS.-Teno. goal: Dunn and Howard. Defence,  F. Dunn, McGowan, Fitzgerald, Liscombe, Primeau. and Bennett, attack.

April 22, 1935


The Hamilton Tigers won the second match of their English tour on Saturday at Wembley when they beat the Wembley Lions by four goals to three after the Lions had obtained a lead of three goals in the first period. Strict refereeing was a feature of the game, in which no quarter was asked or given. The Hamilton Tigers were the cleverer side in defence when players were off the ice and they kept their goal intact, whereas when L. Bates, the Lions? captain, was off in the second period the Tigers obtained two of their four goals.  M. Bennett in the Tigers? attack again proved himself  the fastest and cleverest player on the ice. All their goals were scored while the second line, consisting of  Bennett, Primeau, and Liscombe, was on the ice. The Lions made a sensational start, Dailley scoring from a rebound immediately after the face off, and in less than half a minute Walton added a second goal from a fine pass by Murphy. The Tigers quickly recovered and set up strong attacks, but they were not able to penetrate the Lions? defence.

After a quarter of an hour?s strenuous play Walton added a third goal for the Lions, and they hung on to their lead to the end of the first period. The second period was distinctly in the Tigers? favour, and with Bates penalized and Coulter sustaining an injury which will probably keep him out of the game for the rest of the season, Primeau and McGowan reduced the Lions? lead. Later Howard equalized from a pass by Primeau.

In the final period Bates made several fine efforts for the Lions, but the Tigers? defence was too good for him, although once from a pass by Bates, Walton was left in front of goal with only Teno to beat, but he failed. Bennett was making some brilliant runs for the Tigers, and eventually from one of these Liscombe gave the Tigers the lead with a fine shot.

The teams were:- WEMBLEY LIONS.-G. Cosby. goal: E. Coutter and L. Bates,

defence: G. Dailey, E. Murphy. R. Walton, J. Forsyth. A. Forsyt,. and E.

Jackson. attack. HAMILTON TIGERS.-C. Teno, goal: J. Howard and R. Dunn. defence:

F. Dunn. G. McGowan. N. Fitzgerald, C. Liscombe,  Primeau. and M. Bennett, attack.

The Times of London game reports on 1935 series

April 25, 1935

ICE Hockey FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT The first of the two games between England and Canada, who are represented by the Hamilton Tigers, at Streatham last night resulted in a draw, each, side scoring seven goals. Canada drew level in the last two minutes after holding the lead for most of the game. In the first half minute of the game Milford scored a fine goal for England from a pass by Davey, but for the next 10 minutes Canada were definitely the better side. McGowan made a great run, but was just checked in time by Trauttenberg, and twice Amantea made brilliant saves from Bennett, who was showing amazing speed and stick work. Eventually Hoch equalized with a fast shot, and a few minutes later Primeau caught the English defence in two minds and gave Canada the lead.  England were trying too many long shots, which Teno had little difficulty in stopping, and Liscombe scored a third goal for Canada, the puck. glancing in off  Erhardt?s skate.  Just before the end of the period England made a good rally and Shaw scored a second goal with a clever shot.

At the beginning of the second period a fine combined run by Shaw and Davey enabled Shaw to equalize for England, but Liscombe quickly put Canada ahead again from Bennett?s pass. Giddens made several fine efforts for England, but Teno was very safe in goal, and from another strong attack Primeau increased Canada?s lead. England were now playing better than at any other period of the game, and after repeated attacks Milford reduced the Canadian lead to a goal. Canada then attacked hard and increased their lead through McGowan, but just before the end of the second period England scored again through Davey.

In the final period excitement was intense as England first drew level after a great individual effort by Davey and then Walton broke through to give them the lead.  The English defence was magnificent against repeated attacks by Canada, but, two minutes from the end, Dunn equalized for Canada in one of the best contested games seen at the Streatham rink this season.

The teams were:- ENGLAND.-F. Amantea (Wembley Canadians). goal: C. A. Erhardt (Streatham) and B. von Trautten- berg (Streatham). defencc: G. Shaw (Streatham). .G Davey (Streatham). J. Milford (Wembley Canadians). R. Wattoa (Wermbley Lions). R. Giddens (Streatham), and H.McArthur (Richmond Hawks), attack.

CANADA.-C. Teno. goal; J. Howard and W. Hoch, defence: F. Dunn. G. McGowan, N. Fitzgerald, C. Liscombe. J. Primeau, and M.Bennett. attack.

The Times of London game reports on 1935 series

April 26, 1935

ICE Hockey  FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT The Wembley Combined side, although without L. Bates, put up a great fight last night at Wembley in the second of their two games against the Hamilton Tigers for the Empire Trophy, and in a most exciting finish had the satisfaction of beating the side which had drawn with England the previous night by three goals to one. Before the match between Wembley Combined and Hamilton Tigers, the final for the Public School Boys Challenge Cup presented by Major B. M. Patton was played between the Wembley Cubs and Beaumont College, the Wembley Cubs winning an even game by a goal tonone. The winning side was captained by G. P. Magwood (St. Paul?s), a son of the old International, J. C. P. Magwood.

In the Hamilton Tigers and Wembley Combined game for the Empire Trophy it was a foregone conclusion that the Hamilton side would win the trophy, as the result was decided on the total of goals scored in the two games, and the Hamilton Tigers had won the first game by a margin of six goals.  As a result they never really extended themselves fully after their hard games on Easter Monday and Wednesday, but the game was always interesting, especially in the final period.

 The teams were:- WEMBLEY COMBINED.-F. A. Amantea. goal; J, Carr and C. Rost. defence:. G. Dailley. E. Murphy, R. Walton, G. McWilliams. J. Milford. and G. Morrison. attack. 

HAMILTON TIGERS.-C. Teno, goal: J. Howard and W. Hoch. defence, M. Bennett. G. McGowan. H. Liscombe,  N. Fitzgerald, J. Primeau. and F. Dunn, attack.

The Times of London game reports on 1935 series

April 29, 1935

ICE Hockey FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT:  Canada, represented by the Hamilton Tigers, beat England-by five goals to two at the Wembley Pool on Saturday in the final ice hockey match of the season before a record crowd of more than 12,000 spectators. The score was distinctly flattering to Canada, for it was only in the final period, when Carr was off for an infringement, that Canada drew level, and the English goalkeeper, Amantea. was also badly handicapped by having his eye cut open by the puck early in the final period. With one eye practically closed, Amantea naturally failed to judge shots properly. The game was contested throughout in the most sporting spirit by both sides,- and the only regrettable incident of the evening was that a certain section of the crowd saw fit to show their disapproval of Canada?s last three goals. presumably on account of the goal judge failing to record  what appeared to be a perfectly good goal to England after the score was two each. A terrific shot certainly appearing to rebound from the back of the net into play. Each side played 10 men instead of the usual nine, and the pace throughout was extremely fast. England certainly had the better of the first period, in which both sides combined well, and after about 10 minutes exciting play Davey opened England?s score after a splendid passing run with Shaw. Three minutes later a great run by England?s second line resulted in a second goal,  McArthur beating Teno with a brilliant shot from Walton?s pass. Canada then improved. and Amantea had many difficult shots -to deal with. Shortly before the first interval Fitzgerald scored a fine goal  for Canada from Primeau?s pass. The second period was blank, with the exchanges on the whole level, the goal keeping on both sides being positively brilliant. ? Early in the last period Amantea, in saving it from point blank range,  received the puck on his eye, and the game was delayed for some minutes. On resuming Carr accidentally tripped an opponent in checking him, and while he was off for the usual two minutes Fitzgerald equalized for Canada with a good shot.  Milford then made a fine individual run and appeared to give England the lead with a lightning shot, but no red light signified a goal. Canada then put every ounce into their final 10 minutes? play,  Howard giving them the lead for the first time.  With about five minutes to go England made desperate efforts and sacrificed their defence too much.  Liscombe beat Amantea to score Canada?s fourth goal from McGowan?s pass, and two minutes from the end, Fitzgerald scored their fifth goal with a fine shot.

The teams were:- ENGLAND.-F. A. Amantea (Wembley Canadians). goal: C. Rost (Wembley Canadians). J Carr (Wembley Canadians). and G. DailDy (Wembley Lions). defence: G. Davey (Streatham). G. Shba (Streatham). J. ahilford (Wembley Canadians). R. Watton (Wembley Lions). H. McArthur (Richmond Hawks), and E. Murbty (Wembley Lions). attack.

CANADA.-C. Teno. goal -J. Howard. W. Hoch and Red Dunn. defence: M. Bennett, G. McGowan. C. Liscombe. H. Fitzgerald. Primeau, and F. Dunn.



The Times of London game reports on 1935 series

May 2, 1935

ICE Hockey FROM OUR.SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT The ice hockey season which ended last Saturday at Wembley with the international game between England and Canada has been the most successful since the formation of the British Ice Hockey Association. There is no doubt that the game is now firmly established in England and has a great future before it. The only danger is that many new rinks may spring up, about which there are many rumours, and that there may not be enough first- class players to go round. The importation of Canadian players has been on a large scale this season and is likely to be even bigger next season, but it must always be remembered that teams in the English league, which has been the backbone of the game this season, must include a certain percentage of English-born players or those holding a residential qualification of three years. Even the leading clubs in London have been badly handicapped in this respect, and provincial sides, such as Manchester and Warwickshire, have been badly outclassed. Where a runaway victory is assured interest in the game at once diminishes. Whether Warwickshire and Manchester will be in a position to obtain Canadian players to strengthen their sides next season is doubtful, and they may quite possibly fall out.

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