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Frontenacs 50th

March 21, 2013

Frontenacs logoToday’s installment in a daily series that recalls the story of the 1962-63 Kingston Frontenacs, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their Eastern Professional Hockey League championship season:

Fifty years ago today, Thursday, March 21, 1963

At the end of 24 hours of frustration the St. Louis Braves not only edge Kingston 4-2 in St. Louis, they end Cliff Pennington’s record-tying point streak at 23 games.

In what is becoming the 10-day road trip from hell, Kingston’s bus broke down with transmission trouble after leaving St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday night. After searching for alternate means of transportation, acting coach Harry Sinden was forced to book a flight from Rochester, Minn., this morning.

Pennington had at least one point in each of his previous 23 games to tie Orval Tessier’s league record but he and the rest of the Frontenacs were frustrated by the outstanding goaltending of Roger Crozier, who made 45 saves. Alain (Boom Boom) Caron scored twice and Phil Esposito once as St. Louis took a 3-0 lead in the first period.

“That Caron can really shoot a puck,” Sinden told the Whig-Standard. Both his goals came on shots from just inside the blue line.

Billy Knibbs and Wayne Schultz scored for Kingston in the second period but Esposito scored again for St. Louis and there was no scoring in the final 20 minutes.

The Frontenacs hope to get their bus back Friday morning to begin the drive back to Kingston for Saturday night’s game with Sudbury.

• Hampered by player shortages the past three weeks, Hull-Ottawa’s first-place hopes receive a sudden jolt when the Canadiens discover that their top scorer, Bob Courcy, might not be available for Friday night’s game at the Auditorium against Sudbury. Coucy, it was revealed, suffered an ankle injury in Sudbury Wednesday.

Jacques Granger, a 20-year-old defenceman with St-Jerome in the Montreal Metro League, has been summoned for the game and Canadiens will have help from the junior clubs in Regina and Peterborough by next week. Although five players are expected to arrive today, they won’t be eligible to play until Tuesday because of a rule that prohibits juniors from playing with another team for one week after their own team is eliminated.

From Regina, Brian Harper, brother of Habs defenceman Terry Harper, and all-star centre Gary Peters are on their way. Two defencemen, Brian Watson and Bob Jamieson, have been called in from Peterborough, along with right winger Ron Naud.

 

 

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