Bay State Battle
Bay State Battle
Aiming to avenge the 1932 defeat at the hands of the Greater Boston All-Stars, the All-Rhode Island schoolboy hockey team faced off against the Bay State All-Stars in March 1933 at the Boston Arena in game 1 of their two game series. Throughout the 51 minutes of play, the two teams played spectacular hockey ending in a 4-4 tie after a six minute overtime period Henri Gauron of Mount St. Charles scored 3 goals while Ken Phillips of Cranston High School tallied the other Rhode Island marker. Goalie Ed Thayer stopped 13 shots in the game. In the second meeting between the teams they met at the R.I. Auditorium. A brilliant attack from the start of the game to the last second enabled the Rhode Island All-Stars to hang up a 3-1 victory.
The victory gave the Rhode Islanders a 7-5 advantage in total goals. Gauron was once again a leading factor scoring two of the three goals while Charlie Gardiner of Warwick sewed the game up with a brilliant solo dash in the third period. Starting from behind his own cage, Gardiner worked his way through the entire Bay State team and culminated his efforts by lifting the puck over the opposing goalie's outstretched arm and into the cage.
In March 1934 the Rhode Island All-Stars once again faced off against the Bay State All-Stars in a two game series. In the first meeting at the Boston Arena, the Rhode Islanders got off to a fast start as Fernand Leger of Mount St. Charles scored midway through the first period and increased their margin when Earl Crompton of Cranston took a pass from Classical's Joe Cavanaugh to score. The Bay Staters threw caution to the winds and scored two third period goals to end the game in a 2-2 deadlock. This set up a series battle at the R.I. Auditorium a week later. With the addition of three La Salle players (Red Durand, Water Kehoe and goaltender Tom Gormley) the Rhode Islanders were expected to be much stronger than the prior week. The Bay Staters had the edge all the way scoring once in the first and three in the second for a 4-2 victory and 6-4 edge in total-goals for the series win. Fernand Leger scored another two goals for the home team.
The following season in 1935 Mount St. Charles faced off against the Bay Staters instead in another two game series. In the first game at the Boston Arena, Al Thurier paced the Flying Frenchmen with two goals in a 4-0 victory. The victory was impressive since Mount was playing their third game in 40 hours against a team of all-stars from the Bay State Interscholastic League. In the second game at the R.I. Auditorium the brilliant individualist Thurier led the attack again with four goals. Mount St. Charles chalked up a 6-0 victory over its Boston rivals winning the series in a rugged exhibition all the way with 18 penalties called.