The EHL
EASTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
SCORES & STANDINGS
1954-55 Season
1954-55

1954-55

(INCOMPLETE)
Note:
For the 1954-55 season, teams played a 10 minute sudden death OT to try to break ties. It's possible that ties counted as a loss this year - still researching.

Clinton and Worcester played partial schedules. Clinton also played in the Eastern Ontario League this season. Worcester played enough games to fill in the remainder of the schedule. The standings were determined by winning percentage.



EXHIBITION

October 30, 1954 - Saturday
Clinton "Reds" 5 vs. Chinton "Whites" 4 (8:30 PM)

October 30, 1954 - Saturday

Baltimore 2 at Washington 6 (8:30 PM)
- Washington scores 5 in the second period.

Clinton Intra-Squad Game (8:30 PM)

October 31 - Sunday
Washington 5 at Baltimore 7
- Hat Trick: Dave Hackett, Baltimore

REGULAR SEASON

November 5 - Friday
New Haven 3 at Washington 10 (8:30 PM)
New Haven.....0 2 1 - 3
Washington....6 3 1 - 10

HOCKEY LIONS EASILY WHIP NEW HAVEN
The Washington Lions erupted for six goals in the first period and smothered the New Haven Hawks (sic) 10-3 in the opening game of the Eastern Hockey League beore 1202 at Uline Arena last night. The Lions Making the most impressive home debut in their history in Washington, poured six goals past former Lion, Dick Bittner, in the first twelve minutes of play.
Speedy Art Dorrington, first Negro in American hockey, led the Washington assault with three goals -- one in each period. Player-coach Stan Warecki sparked the first period uprising with two goals and an assist. Vern LaPointe also scored two goals for the "new" Lions. Marlowe McDonald, an Indian from Winnipeg, Manitoba scored assists on four of the Warecki-Dorrington goals with his alert stick handling. The game was marred by a melee in the second period that sent New Haven's Joe Buckhols and Don Perry and Washington's Rick Albert to the cooler at 7:52 after five minutes of exchanging punches. In their absence the Lions added two more goals.


FIRST PERIOD:

(W) LaPointe (Denofrio) 1:48.
(W) Dorrington (McDonald, Warecki) 4:43.
(W) Warecki (Dorrington) 5:39.
(W) Warecki (McDonald) 10:35.
(W) Morgan (Denofrio, McDonald) 11:30.
(W) Formica (unassisted) 12:42.
Penalties: Birchall (W) charging 6:10; Morgan (W) elbowing 16:05

SECOND PERIOD:

(NH) Hutton (Bomond) 7:09
(W) Dorrington (McDonald, Orvis) 11:30
(W) LaPointe (Lucas, Albert) 13:28
(W) Butler (Formica, Meserve) 16:28
(NH) Boileau (Pettit, Buckhols) 18:39
Penalties: Albert (W) roughing 7:52; Buckhols (NH) roughing 7:52; Perry (NH) major roughing penalty 7:52; Meserve (W) charging 17:11; Fontana (NH) crosschecking 17:11

THIRD PERIOD:

(W) Dorrington (Albert, Warecki) 5:02
(NH) Blondin (Boileau) 7:30
Penalties: McDonald (W) tripping 10:07; Butler (W) tripping 14:48

Goalies:
Jack Spencer (W); Dick Bittner (NH);

November 6 - Saturday

Baltimore 5 at New Haven 8
- Hat Trick: winger Joe Buckholtz, New Haven, all in 2d period
- First game in New Haven since 1953 EAHL playoffs
- Attendance: Over 2000


Washington 3 at Clinton 6

November 7 - Sunday
Washington 6 at Baltimore 7
- Defenseman Eddie St. Louis scores on a 60-footer past Jack Spencer with 25 seconds left, after a failed Lions clear.
- Baltimore's home opener
- A: 1214

November 10 - Wednesday
Clinton 5 at New Haven 6 OT
- Hat Trick: Tom Hutton, NH;
- GWG: Winger Joe Buckholtz, NH
- Defenseman Petit, NH, tied the game at 17:12 of the third period)


Baltimore 2 at Washington 3 OT

- GWG: Dan Morgan 0:49 OT
- Baltimore Goalie: Grant Morgan

- Attendance: 1667

EHL Scoring Leaders
Player
Team
G
A
Pts
Stan Warecki
Washington
4
4
8
Jim McNulty
Baltimore
3
4
7
Art Dorrington
Washington
7
Marlow McDonald
Washington
7
Kenny Blondin
New Haven
7

SCORING LEADERS
Stan Warecki - Washington 4G 4A 8Pts
November 13 - Saturday
Clinton 3 at Washington 5 (8:30PM)
- Washington takes over 2d place from Clinton
- Bob Lunny and Dan Morgan, Washington, combine for lead goal in second period.
- Attendance 2400


November 14 - Sunday
New Haven 9 at Worcester 3
- Worcester's first goal ever scored by former Dartmouth hockey captain and football player, Johnny Titus at 6:10 of the second period.
- Goals By Period: New Haven: 4-3-2=9 Worcester: 0-2-1=3
- New Haven's third straigh victory
- Two-goal games: Kenny Blondin & Tom Hutton, NH & Johnny Titus, WO
- Attendance: more than 1600

Clinton 8 at Baltimore 4
- The Comets tied the score at 1-1 on Alf Mercini's goal at 9:28
- The Comets went ahead to stay moments later when Gord Jamieson slammed one into the nets


Note: These were the first two road wins of the season

November 17 - Wednesday
Washington 6 at Baltimore 5 (OT)
- Washington moves into virtual tie for EHL lead

November 18 - Thursday
Baltimore 2 at Washington 5


November 20 - Saturday
New Haven 4 at Washington 4 OT


Baltimore 3 at Clinton 4

November 21 - Sunday
Baltimore 8 at New Haven 5

- Hat Trick: Ralph DeLeo, Baltimore
- Behind 6-1, Blades score 4 in 3rd to make it 6-5
- Baltimore scores 2 in last 2 minutes to seal the victory.
- Attendance: 1,900


November 23 - Tuesday
New Haven 5 at Worcester 3

EHL STANDINGS
 
W
L
T
GF
GA
Pct.
Washington
5
2
1
42
32
.714
New Haven
4
2
1
40
38
.667
Clinton
3
2
0
26
21
.600
Baltimore
2
6
0
36
45
.333
Worcester
0
2
0
6
14
.000


November 24 - Wednesday
New Haven 1 at Baltimore 11

November 25 - Thursday
Washington 3 at New Haven 5
- 2 Goals: Tom Hutton, New Haven
- 2 goals in final period for New Haven
- Major penalties: defenseman Billy Williams, New Haven and Scotty McLellan, Washington
- Blades record : 5-3-1, Washington record: 5-3-1
- Attendance 2100


November 27 - Saturday
Baltimore 3 at Washington 5 (8:30 PM)
- Washington ties for first place
- Winger Art Dorrington paces win.
- Attendance: 2178


November 28 - Sunday

Washington 1 at Baltimore 4

Worcester 1 at New Haven 9
- Worcester ties game at 1-1 at 8:24 of first
- New Haven scores 8 consecutive goals
- 2 goals: Chet Stefanowics, Ed Borjnes and Joe Buckholtz

- By period: New Haven 4-2-3=9 Worcester 1-0-0=1
- Attendance: 2000

November 30 - Tuesday
Baltimore 7 at Worcester 4

December 1 - Wednesday
Baltimore 2 at New Haven 6

December 4 - Saturday

Worcester 2 at Washington 3 (8:30 PM)
- First meeting between the teams
- Worcester is the only team in organized hockey with a predominantly American lineup


December 5 - Sunday
Worcester 2 at Baltimore 7

Clinton 4 at New Haven 2

- Clinton: 2 goals in first 9 minutes.
- Clinton takes over first place from New Haven

- Angelo DeFelice, Eddie Blondin and George Gennings scored for Clinton.

December 7 - Tuesday
Clinton 5 at Worcester 6

- First of two meetings

December 8 - Wednesday
New Haven 6 at Baltimore 5


December 9 - Thursday
New Haven 2 at Washington 3 (8:30 PM)
- Washington regains first place
- Attendance 1328


December 11 - Saturday
Baltimore 2 at Washington 4
(8:30 PM)

December 12 - Sunday
Washington 3 at Baltimore 1
Washington 111 - 3
Baltimore 1 0 0 - 1
- GWG: Marlowe McDonald (15:06 2nd)
- Goals: Washington: Marlowe McDonald 2 (also 17:30 1st to tie 1-1), Joe Formica
- Baltimore goal at 7:06 1st
- Fourth Washington win in a row.
- Third Washington win in four days.
- Jack Spencer, Washington, is league's top goalie.

EHL STANDINGS
 
W
L
T
GF
GA
Pct.
Washington
10
4
1
   
.667
New Haven
8
5
1
   
.571
Clinton
4
3
0
   
.571
Baltimore
6
11
0
   
.353
Worcester
1
6
0
   
.143


December 14 - Tuesday
New Haven 5 at Worcester 6

- Ed (Butch) Songin star quarterback with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of Canada's Big Four League played his first game on defence with the Worcester Warriors Tuesday night as the Warriors defeated the New Haven Blades 6-5.

December 15 - Wednesday

Washington 3 at Baltimore 3

- Washington comes from behind with 2 goals in third to tie.

December 18 - Staurday
New Haven 7 at Washington 4

New Haven 3 3 1 - 7
Washington 1 2 1 - 4
- Hat Trick: Kenny Blondin
- Goals: New Haven: Blondin 3, Art Crause, Red McDonough, Yvan Chasle and Claude Boileau Washington: Fern LaPointe 2, Bob Lunny, Art Dorrington
- Washington still 17 perecntage points ahead of Clinton for first place. New Haven is 8 percentage points behind Clinton
- Washington's first home loss, ending 9-game unbeaten streak at Uline Arena
- Attendance: 2977, Uline Arena's largest crowd in 10 years.


December 19 - Sunday

New Haven 0 at Baltimore 4
- Grant Butler gets the first ever EHL shutout, a 29 save effort

Washington 2 at Clinton 5
(8:30 PM)
- Season series: Comets won 6-3, Washington won 5-3
- Clinton 4-3 record coming into the game, in second place
- Clinton also plays in the Eastern Ontario Hockey League (Saturday vs. Peterborough Petes)

December 21 - Tuesday
Washington 3 at Worcester 5


December 22 - Wednesday
Washington 1 at New Haven 8


December 25 - Saturday

Baltimore 6 at Washington 5

December 26 - Sunday
Washington 1 at Baltimore 6

Clinton 5 at New Haven 3

- Goals: Clinton: Greg Batt (2), George Gennings, Doug Houston, George Steele. New Haven: Don Perry, Al Fontana, Artie Crouse.
- Comets took a 2-0 lead, but New Haven tied it at 2-2 by the end of the first period.
- First place Clinton increases lead over 2nd place New Haven.

December 27 - Monday
New Haven 7 at Worcester 5

- Tied 5-5 in third period before goals by Art Crouse and Chet Stefanowicz, New Haven
- Attendance: 1014 (sellout)

December 29 - Wednesday
Washington 3 at Baltimore 2 (OT)
- Alberts scores winning goal
- Attendance 2500, best crowd of the season

Worcester 2 at New Haven 10

- Four Goals: Claude Boileau (equals EHL scoring mark for single game)
- Hat Trick: Johnny Sherban
- 8 goals from Boileau, Sherban, Yvan Chasle line
- 10 penalties in 2d period
- Fighting Majors: Don Perry (NH), Dick Ham (W)
- Blades within a few percentage points of Clinton Comets for first.

December 30 - Thursday

Baltimore 6 at Washington 1

EHL STANDINGS
 
W
L
T
GF
GA
Pct.
Clinton
6
3
0
44
33
.667
New Haven
10
8
1
94
87
.553
Washington
10
10
2
82
90
.500
Baltimore
9
11
1
97
86
.452
Worcester
3
6
0
32
53
.333


January 1, 1955 - Saturday
New Haven 3 at Clinton 6 (8:30PM)
- Comets retain first place
- Game had two 10-minute misconduct penalties and 1 5-minute penalty for fighting
- Saves: Doug Coxon, Clinton, 41; Dick Bittner, New Haven, 38
- Attendance: 1700

Worcester 1 at Washington 7

January 2- Sunday
Worcester 4 at
Baltimore 10
- 4 Goal Game: Bibber O'Hearn (ties EHL record)

Washington 2 at New Haven 3 OT
- Kenny Bondin comes out of the penalty box to score the winning goal in OT

- Attendance 2000

EHL STANDINGS
 
W
L
T
GF
GA
Pct.
Clinton
6
3
0
   
.667
New Haven
13
8
1
   
.619
Washington
11
11
2
   
.500
Baltimore
10
12
1
   
.455
Worcester
3
9
0
   
.250


January 4 - Tuesday

New Haven 5 at Worcester 3

- Worcester's Butch Songin scored midway through the 3rd period tied the game at 3-3.
- Late goals by Claude Boileau and Kenny Blondin clinched the victory for New Haven.

Washington 3 at Clinton 8

January 5 - Wednesday

New Haven 1 at Baltimore 7

- Hat Trick: Wingman Bibbler O'Hearn, Baltimore
- Baltimore moves into 3rd place
- New Haven's Claude Boileau ejected for fighting midway through the game


January 6 - Thursday
New Haven 1 at Washington 6 8:30PM

January 8 - Saturday
Baltimore 2 at Clinton 7
New Haven 4 at Washington 3

January 9 - Sunday
Baltimore 2 at New Haven 5

January 11 - Tuesday

New Haven at Worcester
- A schedule mixup caused postponement of last nights game. No new date was scheduled. Holy Cross wound up beating Babson Institute 10-7 in a college game at the Worcester Arena instead.

January 12 - Wednesday

Clinton 4 at Baltimore 2

Washington 3 (OT) at New Haven 4
- Washington tied the game with 3 goals in the last 50 seconds
- Attendance 1450


January 13 - Thursday

Clinton 0 at Washington 3
- Shutout:
Grant Butler. Subbing for the injured Jack Spender, Grant Butler, regular goalie of the Baltimore Clippers, turned in a flawless game for the Lions as he recorded his second shutout. Butler previously blanked the second place New Haven Blades, 4-0, at Baltimore in the only other shutout posted in the league play this season.
- Goals: Bob Lunny, Joey Formica and Art Dorrington

- Washington's second consecutive home victory over Clinton
- Attendance: 1632

January 14 - Friday

Baltimore 5 at Washington 1
(at Atlantic City)

January 15 - Saturday

New Haven 5 at Clinton 2

Baltimore 2 at Washington 4
(8:30 PM)

January 16 - Sunday

Worcester 1 at New Haven 8
- Two goal games: Yvan Chasle and Johnny Sherban, New Haven
- Bob Verrier scored in the final minutes for Worcester to break up the shutout.
- Blades draw closer to firts place.


Washington 4 at Baltimore 5
- A fluke goal with six minutes to play gave Baltimore the victory.
- Attendance: 1011|


January 18 - Tuesday EXHIBITION

United States All-Stars 4 at Worcester 1
- US Amateur Team's first game preparing for world championships in Germany Feb 25-March 5

January 19 - Wednesday

New Haven 5 at Washington 10
- Attendance: 1535

EHL STANDINGS
 
W
L
T
GF
GA
Pct.
Clinton
10
5
0
   
.667
New Haven
19
12
1
   
.609
Washington
16
17
2
   
.486
Baltimore
14
16
1
   
.468
Worcester
3
12
0
   
.200
(Ties count as half-games won and half-games lost.)

January 22 - Saturday
Baltimore 2 at Clinton 5

Worcester 2 at Washington 8
(at Atlantic City)

January 23 - Sunday
Worcester 2 at Baltimore 9
- Hat Trick, Lloyd Buchanan, Baltimore(2d of season)
- Center Herb Schiller, Baltimore. ties EHL record for assists (how many?)


Washington 3 at New Haven 6
- Attendance: 2000

January 26 - Wednesday
Baltimore 3 at New Haven 2 (5:13 OT)
- GWG Jerry Sullivan, Baltimore (5:13 OT)
- Clippers in third place
- Fight between Baltimore winger Ralph Delco and New Haven's Pete Koval
- Clippers scored first.
- New Haven scored next two.


January 28 - Friday EXHIBITION
United States All-Stars 3 Washington 3 at Atlantic City
- US Amateur Team preparing for world championships in Germany Feb 25-March 5

January 29 - Saturday
Baltimore 2 at Washington 3
(at Atlantic City)

January 30 - Sunday
Washington 0 at New Haven 3
- Shutout: Dick Bittner (1st)
- Attendance: 1900
- Goals: Yvan Chasle, Johnny Sherban, Dan McGuiness (NH)


Worcester 1 at
Baltimore 17
- Three Clippers had hat tricks, Three had two goals.
- Clippers score EHL record 17 goals in a row
- Highest goal total

February 2 - Wednesday
New Haven 2 at Baltimore 2 (OT Tie)
- Sullivan evens the score in the last minute for the Clippers

February 5 - Saturday
New Haven 4? at Clinton 6? (8:30PM)
- Clinton wins battle for first place
- New Haven has seven more games after this to dislodge Clinton from first
- Clinton has 3 more games after this

Baltimore 1 at Washington 13 at Atlantic City

February 6 - Sunday
Worcester 4 at New Haven 6 (7:00 PM)
- First 7 PM game in New Haven hockey history. A similar experiment by the NY Rangers yielded their top crowd of the season. It gave the Ice Capades crews an extra hour and a half to set up after the game.
- Yvan Chasle, two goals in first period
- New Haven scored 4 in the second period
- Attendance 1800

Washington 2 at Baltimore 3
(8 PM)
- The Lions retained third place in the Eastern League but fell below the .500 mark.
- The Clippers now trail the Lions by one percentage point at .486

February 9 - Wednesday
Baltimore 4 at Washington 5 (Overtime)

February 12 - Saturday
Worcester 2 at Clinton 14
- Clinton and Worcester split season series 1-1, each winning their home game.

New Haven 3 at Washington 5

February 13 - Sunday
New Haven 6 at Baltimore 7

February 16 - Wednesday
Washington 4 at New Haven 3
- Goals (New Haven) Ken Blondin, Yvan Chasle, Dick Bittner (? Bittner was the goalie)
- Third period rally by New Haven falls short

- The Lions move to within a game and a half of the second place Blades

February 17 - Thurday
Washington 2 at Baltimore 3 (Overtime)

February 19 - Saturday
New Haven 2 at Washington 6 (4?) (8:30PM)
- Part of ice hockey doubleheader
- Lions without star center, Fern LaPointe

February 20 - Sunday
Baltimore 6 New Haven 2 (at?)

February 22 - Tuesday
New Haven 20 at Worcester 3 (EXHIBITION?)
- From Feb 26 Washington Post: This game was ruled unofficial by league President Tom Lockhart, after a protest by Washington GM Jack Riley as this game along with Worcester's final matches with Baltimore and Washington had previously been cancelled.
- 5 goal games: Yvan Chasle, Johnny Sherban


Clinton 1 at Washington 9

February 23 - Wednesday
Clinton 1 at
Baltimore 2
- The Clippers first victory vs. Clinton after 5 losses

February 24 - Thursday
Baltimore 2 at New Haven 3
- Captain Don Perry fired a 50-footer into the net at 6:39 of overtime

February 25 - Friday
Clinton 6 New Haven 1 (at?)
- Home and home series between Clinton and New Haven added this week.

February 26 - Saturday
Baltimore 1 at Washington 5


February 27 - Sunday
Washington 6 at Baltimore 4
- Lions clinch second place
- Attendance: 2117 (Largest crowd in Baltimore this year)

Clinton 4 at New Haven 3

- Comets came from behind 3 times
- Winning goal on PP with NH defenseman Al Fontana in the box for tripping
- Comets are league champions based on winning percentage. They will play the fourth place Baltimore Clippers in the playoffs.
- New Haven is in third place and will meet the second place Washington Lions in the playoffs.


END REGULAR SEASON

PLAYOFFS

Herve Lalonde
Herve Lalonde
March 1 - Thursday
Baltimore 5 at Clinton 4
Baltimore ...2 1 2 - 5
Clinton .......1 1 2 - 4
Link to Article

- With 31 seconds left, Baltimore earned a faceoff in Clinton territory. The victors shot an attack at Goalie Doug Coxon which put him down in a pile with two Clinton defenders and two Clippers. EHL leading scorer, Herve Lalonde latched on to the puck and fired over, the pile for the winner.

- After Baltiumore took a 2-0 lead, Clinton came back to tie the game 3 times.

- Baltimore leads series 1-0.

FIRST PERIOD:
Baltimore: O'Hearn 1:42;
Baltimore: Sullivan (Warner) 7:26:
Clinton: Jamieson (Timmins) 14:16
Penalties — Brown, Wiebe :49. Houston 4:56. Maxwell 10:06. 13:29, Johnson 18:20.

SECOND PERIOD:

Clinton: Defelice (Taylor) :50;
Baltimore: Brown (O'Hearn) 1:06.
Penalties — Defelice 8:44. Defelice (misconduct) 16:46. St. Louis 18:00.

THIRD PERIOD:

Clinton: Timmins 4:00;
Baltimore: Sullivan (LaLonde. Maxwell) 7:00;
Clinton: Steele (Timmins) 8:03;
Baltimore: LaLonde 19:43.
Penalties — Brown 8:27.

Saves: Coxon—6-10-8 = 24; Butler 7-10-9 = 26
Referee: Paul Moreau. Linesmen: Jim Sherman, Bernie Burns.
A: 800
  March 3 - Thursday
Baltimore 3 at Clinton 5
Pre Game Article
- Series tied 1-1
- Goals: Clinton: Greg Batt 2, Angie DeFelice, Doug Houston, Bob Taylor (en), Baltimore: Gerry Sullivan 2, Gordie Warner
- Greg Batt, Clinton, opened the scoring with 2 goals in the first period.
- Gerry Sullivan, Baltimore, tied it with two goals in the second

- Angie DeFelice, Clinton, scored a power-play goal mid-way through the third to break the 2-2 tie
 

Bibber O'Hearn
March 5 -- Saturday
Clinton 1 at Baltimore 3
- Bibber O'Hearn scored all three goals for the Clippers
- A: 1931
 

Gerry Sullivan

March 6 -- Sunday
Clinton 1 at Baltimore 5
Link to Article
Link to Article and Box Score
- Baltimore wins series 3-1
- Hat Trick: Gerry Sullivan, Baltimore
-A: 2214

 


March 2-- Wednesday
New Haven 4 at Washington 3
- New Haven leads series 1-0

- A routine shot beat Washington goalie Jack Spenser between the pads in OT to win it for the Blades.

March 5 -- Saturday
New Haven 1 at Washington 8
- Series tied 1-1
- Jack Spenser made 41 saves - 18 in 3rd period
- A: 4200 (3647 paid) season high