Start of the 1914 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

The first game of the 1914 season was a disastrous one for the Millionaires.  In front of 1800 fans, the Millionaires were beaten by a score of nine to four by the New Glasgow Cubs.  The game started out fast and the ice was describe as being in perfect condition.  After two periods, the score was tied at four apiece.  The game fell apart for the Millionaires in the second period when they were outplayed by New Glasgow who took advantage of Ken Randall being removed from the game for fighting with Neil Wilkie.  Poor goaltending by the newly acquired George Minnock was also responsible for the loss.  New Glasgow was able to score five unanswered goals in the third period.  This lopsided loss was a big disappointment for the champion Millionaires and many of their fans left the game with the opinion that "the game was literally thrown away from the way things went during the last period".

A few days later, the Millionaires again met the Cubs. This game took place in New Glasgow and again was a high scoring game.  The Millionaires were able to win this game by a score of nine to eight.  It was a very good win for the Millionaires since they got goals from several different players including one by the new man, Joe Kirlin.  One glaring issue for the Millionaires was their goaltending.  In two games, George Minnock allowed 17 goals.  During the 1913 season, Toby Macdonald was considered the best goalie in the MPHA and his goaltending was credited for much of the success of the previous year, so it wasn't much of a surprise on January 5th when the Millionaires announced that they had signed a new goalie, Joe Savard and had released George Minnock.  Joe was a spare for The Stanley Cup champion Quebec Bulldogs but played very little since future hall of famer Paddy Moran was Quebec's starting goaltender.