The Tigers’ Gordon McKay provided solid defense as Hamilton eliminated
Windsor on its way to the 1931 Allan Cup. Courtesy
of the Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton and the 1931 Allan Cup – Chapter 2
Tigers nip Windsor Mic Macs to advance to next round
It wasn’t a peer-to-peer match-up in hockey, as the Senior
A Hamilton Tigers went up against the Windsor Mic Macs, the Senior
B group champs during the second week of March in 1931.
And although Hamilton had a wake-up call with a 3-2 loss in the
first game against Windsor, the Tigers eliminated the Mic Macs
with a 3-0 decision in the second game, winning the series by 5
to 3 and advancing to the next round.
“The Bengals trounced the Senior B group champions by a
score of 3 to 0,” stated a Hamilton Spectator account of
the game, “thereby wiping out the one-goal lead earned by
the Windsorites in the first game of the round at Windsor on Saturday
night and captured the series by 5 goals to 3.”
Played before a large crowd at the Barton Street Arena, the Tigers
scored goals from the sticks of McGowan and Schwab in the first
period, and McGowan scored once more in the second.
The Windsor club was in the game, but just couldn’t connect
and get the puck past Tiger net minder Marsh.
“For of all the teams encountered this season, none came
anywhere near burning out the locals to the extent they were subjected
last night,” continued the Spec report. “Speed, stamina
and he spirit of do-or-die were in evidence all through the piece.”
It was Hamilton goaltender Marsh who was singled out as the best
player in the game:
“The edge went to ‘Hawse’ Marsh of the locals,
not necessarily because he was not scored on, but because of the
difficulties he was frequently subjected to by the worrying antics
of the Blue and White squad.”
With their victory, the Tigers were the champs of the Senior OHA
circuit, and would now face the top team in the Northern Ontario
Hockey Association (NOHA).
And after beating the RMC Cadets, the Sudbury Wolves earned the
right to face Hamilton on the road to the 1931 Allan Cup. First
game for the two-game showdown was to take place March 14 at the
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