Boyle Tells How Klondikers Lost

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Boyle Tells How Klondikers Lost  (1905) 
by Joseph W. Boyle
In the Dawson Daily News, the author recounts a Stanley Cup challenge match between the Ottawa Silver Seven and his Dawson City ice hockey team.

OTTAWA, Jan. 16. -- The Stanley series of hockey games between the Ottawas and the Dawsons is over. The Ottawas won today by a score of 23 to 2.

Nevertheless it was a good game, and there was at one stage of it fifteen minutes of the fastest and fiercest play without a score. Then Friday's game told on the Klondikers, and they were "all in" and Ottawa scored at will until time was called. When the Klondikers were done, the Ottawas kept up a fierce attack, winning big scores.

Our team played gamely from first to last, but was dead on its feet. As an illustration of the effects of Friday's game it may be pointed out that Randy McLennan was unable to play tonight, and his place had to be taken by a substitute -- Fairburn -- and Randy's place in the team cannot be filled, as you know.

In short, our team was broken up and in no condition to play in such a game as was put up against them. While our men have been traveling the Ottawas have been put through a course of training, and the players are, of course, in the condition of race horses. Our boys showed what was in them, for until lack of condition began to count the exhibition of play was magnificent. But the moment our fellows grew tired, that moment all combination play ceased.

Among the Klondikers witnessing the game were Fred T. Congdon, Sloane, the Messrs. Noel, Attorney McKinnon, DanStewart, Rev. McRae, Palmer of Palmer Bros., A. N. C. Treadgold and others.

The game tonight is regarded by all as a wonderful exhibition of play of a team in perfect condition against a team unfit to play.

On account of the condition of our boys I have called off all the exhibition games for this week, to rest the team and put the players through a gentle course of sprouts. I fully expect the team yet to give a good account of itself in future games.

Weldy Young wires that he left Vancouver yseterday and will join the team Friday at Montreal.

We play at Amherst Monday.

Tonight's game differed from that of Friday in that it was fast, rough, but perfectly clean throughout. Evidently our boys have inspired the respect of the other players. JOE BOYLE.


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