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Those Boorish, Obnoxious Ithacans

Despite Harvard's win over the Big Red at Lynah on Friday night, Cornell still holds a 21-10-1 advantage against the Crimson in ECAC regular season games since Mike Schafer took over as coach. But the Cornell-Harvard rivalry predates Schafer; just look at this gem of an article from The Crimson (h/t eLynah poster David Harding) after Harvard lost at Lynah on December 20, 1966.

There's the dig at the dedicated Lynah Faithful:

Third line center George Murphy stunned the obnoxious crowd at 2:27 of the opening period when he scored the game's first goal from a faceoff to the right of sleeping giant Ken Dryden.

And the observation that Cornell recruits heavily from Canada:

Play slowed down in the second period and for the first ten minutes the Canadians didn't get off a shot. Jack Garrity's passing and stick handling paced the Crimson attack, but no Harvard shots came close to passing Dryden.

One of the more unique descriptions of NHL Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden:

Harvard was down, 4-1, but not out. After some nice passing by Garrity and Fredo, Otness spun 270 degrees with a rebound and flipped it over the sprawled lumberjack in the goal at 8:25.


Five minutes later, with Harvard, a man down, Fredo stole the puck deep in the Cornell zone. He warded off a defenseman behind him, deked the mastadon onto the ice and scored on a clean shot from the right corner of the crease.

The best for last:

Lynah Rink, which unofficially holds 4 1/2 thousand, closed it [sic] doors at 7 p.m. only 30 minutes after its general admission seats were made available to the student body. As boorish as the fans were, the game was kept well under control by referees William Stewart and Giles Threadgold, both from Boston.

Congratulations to the uniquely named forward Murray Death and the rest of the 1966-1967 team for beating Harvard. With this year's Big Red fighting for fourth place, and Harvard vying for last place, a rematch in the first round of the ECAC playoffs is quite possible.

Elie Bilmes | Posted on February 19, 2011 (#)

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