1896 (December)

 

Immediately after winning the AHA championship with a 7-1-0 record, the recently dethroned Cup champion Montreal Vics wasted no time in requesting a challenge against the Winnipeg Vics, but satisfactory ice could not be ensured and the game was put off until the following winter.

The long-awaited rematch was described at the time as the greatest sporting event in Winnipeg history. Throngs of fans jammed the arena, with many paying as much as $12 per seat. Back in Montreal, the Daily Star newspaper arranged a public gathering whereby fans received up-to-the-minute game reports via telegraph.

The Montrealers overcame a 4-2 halftime deficit to tie the game 5-5, before Ernie McLea, who posted the first Stanley Cup hat trick, rifled his third goal of the night past goalie George "Whitey" Merritt to win the game in the closing seconds.

1895-96 - (Dec.) - Montreal Victorias - Harold Henderson, Mike Grant (captain), Bob McDougall, Graham Drinkwater, Shirley Davidson, Ernie McLea, Robert Jones, Cam Davidson, David Gillilan, Stanley Willett, Gordon Lewis, W. Wallace.

SCORES

Dec. 30 Mtl. Victorias 6 at Wpg. Victorias 5

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