(Take note: This is Section 4 in a sequence about the history of the Greenfield outside hockey team, which ran from 1926-1942)
Section 4: Perennial powers
It took two seasons, but the Greenfield hockey crew started out to come across its footing in 1928.
The initial two seasons of sponsoring an outside hockey workforce on the pond at Highland Park ended up just about anything but easy. The 1st season came to an untimely close thanks to suspensions, and while time two nearly didn’t occur due to funds problems, there were being signs of marked improvement. The Greenies went 3-3-1 in a seven-sport year, and saw several players split as a result of with fantastic seasons underneath head coach James Hayes — the male who began the application.
With those people two seasons serving as a backdrop, Greenfield eventually began to hit its stride as a single of the hockey elites in New England over the up coming decade. Above the subsequent 10 seasons, the plan compiled a 34-23-7 report, introducing an unofficial Western Mass. championship to its name in 1930-31.
If the 1927-28 season was the school’s to start with genuine accomplishment relished in the sport of hockey, the 1928-29 campaign was a move ahead in how to take care of that achievements.
Hayes’ team will make a statement early. With Paul Looney elected captain and some youthful firepower, Greenfield thrashes its Alumni Workforce, 4-, in the opener on Dec. 30 at Highland Park.
That sets the tone for some fascinating gossip, as the future video game towards Mass. Aggie is postponed when the collegiate freshmen cite “fear” of the regional higher faculty sextet following listening to of their romp about the alums. Rather, Greenfield handles its small business with a acquire over a pick-up workforce of replacements, relocating to 2- on the year for the 1st time in method history.
With group expenses rising, the squad decides to promote year tickets to go over the costs. The newspaper studies that sales are very good.
The momentum proceeds with a 4-3 acquire over Brattleboro on Jan. 12, 1929. Trailing 3-1, Greenfield rallies when Larry Baker, Looney and John Trela all tally to support the club enhance to 3-.
If just about anything, the 1928-29 season is a coming out get together for Kiernan Moylan. He’s been a member of the workforce considering the fact that its inception two a long time back, and has speedily turned himself into just one of the best gamers in Western Mass. Moylan scores 2 times as Greenfield beats the Mass. Aggie Sophomores, 3-2, for a fourth straight win to start out the season.
With the newfound good results, funds from year tickets has now lined the bulk of the program’s charges. And the achievements proceeds on the ice, when Moylan “skates at will all over rink and opponents” and notches a hat trick to raise Greenfield to a 5-1 win around the Mass. Aggie JV crew. Baker and Looney also rating as Greenfield enhances to 5-, unchartered territory for the younger system.
A enormous sport versus Brattleboro on faucet has Greenfield eyeing a achievable Valley title and probable New England Interstate Match berth. The groups participate in to a 2-2 tie, as Moylan scores both equally targets for the Greenies.
That sets up the toughest take a look at of the season from powerhouse Keene. Irrespective of a damaged finger, Moylan strategies to perform in the recreation, and the staff even provides soccer star Ed Lawler to the roster to insert some punch on protection. It’s not really more than enough nonetheless, as Keene wins a wild 4-3 affair in additional time to hand the Greenies their initially loss.
That defeat proves to be the commencing of the end, as two a lot more losses to end the time (from Stockbridge and Keene) caps a successful campaign at 5-3-1 – the to start with winning time in method background.
Captain Kiernan Moylan will guidebook a loaded roster that Mentor Hayes cuts from 25 to 13 players. Right after a winning season, Greenfield is seeking to take nonetheless another stage ahead in what will inevitably be the closing season for their head coach.
Mother Nature’s wrath has the year moved back again noticeably nonetheless, and the group is relegated to indoor exercises for the thirty day period of December and very well into January. It’s not right until Jan. 23, 1930 that the crew plays its 1st sport. It’s truly worth the hold out nonetheless, as Greenfield waxes Holyoke, 10-1, as Moylan and Esmonde Bushey score 4 targets apiece in the rout.
Wins over Brattleboro (2-1), Stockbridge (5-1), Stockbridge (6-1), Worcester North (3-1) and Brattleboro (6-3) has Greenfield an amazing 6- on the season. The lone decline of their season will come at the palms of Enfield, Conn. — a 1- defeat highlighted by an unattractive incident where Greenfield’s Invoice Luey requires a skate to the face and needs 10 stitches.
They shut with a 3-1 victory over Keene, with Moylan capping his monster period with yet another hat trick to enable Greenfield end with a program-very best seven victories (7-1). Moylan finishes the season with 19 ambitions in just 8 game titles, nevertheless it would be his last calendar year as a large faculty hockey player. He will not be in a position to accommodate up next calendar year as the school implements a 3-year varsity rule.
Examine again for Aspect 5: “Cruising through the ’30s” in Saturday’s Recorder.