Tulsa Daily World,
Friday March 2, 1951
Fists Fly As Denver Wins, 3-2
Cops Nab Kaiser, Fraser; Spectator Charges Assault
By Tom Lobaugh
Tulsa World Sports Writer
Action was just as heated off the ice as on the ice at the Coliseum last night, as the Denver Falcons took a bitterly fought 3-2 victory from the Tulsa Oilers in a U.S. Hockey league game.
As an aftermath of the third period fist-swinging, Carl Kaiser and Ian Fraser, a pair of Denver defensemen, were arrested following the game. They were released on bond.
Carl Kaiser made a $100 bond on a state charge of assault, filed by Dean Williams, a box-seat spectator. The big Falcon blue-liner punched Williams, following a short fight will Bill Davidson of the Oilers, in which the two hockey players practically fell into the box seats.
Williams tried to keep Kaiser from falling on Mrs. Williams during the brawl on the ice. After the officials and teammates separated the fighting hockey players, Kaiser turned and smashed Williams in the face, breaking his glasses and opening a cut on his face that required three stitches.
Williams is the nephew of Sam Avey, owner of the Oilers.
Even First Period
Fraser made $20 bond on a charge of interfering with Officers Doug Henson and Pete Annex when they came to the penalty box to arrest Kaiser about 10 minutes after the previously mentioned incident.
The bonds were posted by Bill Cook, Denver coach. In addition to these troubles, Cook was wearing a cast on his right leg, broken during a practice session earlier this week.
The season’s smallest crowd - 1,238 fans, to be exact - saw three periods of fierce hockey, in addition to the excitement in the stands.
After an evenly fought first frame, the Oilers kept up a red hot assault on the Denver cage through the second period, but their shots just wouldn’t fall in.
Gabby Gronsdahl opened the scoring at 14:28 of the first period taking a pass out from the boards by Doc Haldorsen. Fraser served time for tangling with Obie O’Brian, but the Oilers couldn’t increase their advantage.
At 18:40, Ken MacKenzie tied the score with a 10 foot shot that sped through Freck Little’s legs into the Oiler cage.
Crowds Kept Busy
In the scoreless second (unreadable), Lou Crowdis had to make 10 stops at the Denver basket, compared to five for Little. The Oilers, skating and checking furiously, made plenty of opportunities, but just couldn’t cash in on them.
One long shot by Sheldon Bloomer hit a goal post and rolled lazily about in the crease, missing a tally by inches. A Denver defender finally hooked the rubber out of danger, before Tulsa could tap it home.
Davidson drew two penalties, one for tripping and one for high sticking in this frame, but the Oilers kept up their assault, even when short handed. George Agar of the vistors was boxed for high sticking Bloomer and as the period ended, Bloomer and Carl Kraiger of Denver were handed roughing sentences.
Those two were still serving time when Chrystal counted out of a power attack just 36 seconds into the third period.
The period was half over when Davidson and Kaiser collided near the Tulsa goal and went down. They got up swinging, tore off their gloves and went at each other.
It was five minutes before order was restored. Kaiser drew a five minute penalty for fighting and a ten minute misconduct for punching Williams. Davidson was assessed five minutes for fighting, Neil Strain sat out the five minute penalty for Kaiser.
During the argument that carried to the penalty box, a feminine fan tried to grab a stick from Johnny Holota, Falcon center. He grabbed the stick back and was prepared to defend himself, but the fan didn’t continue her attack.
At 13:52, Bill Warwick skated into Tulsa territory, eluded a pair of defensemen and flipped in what proved to be the winning goal.
Fraser then earned a two minute stretch for kneeing Barton Bradley, accounting for Fraser’s presence in the sin bin when the cops came for Kaiser.
O’Brien put Tulsa back in the running with a goal at 15:50, again set up by Haldorson’s pass and then the ruckus broke out in the penalty box, with the cops trying to arrest Kaiser and meeting stiff resistance from Fraser and rabid arguments from all other Denver players who could get in on the fray.
After five minutes of argument, in which several fights threatened to break out between Tulsa and Denver players on the ice, the police agreed to permit Kaiser and Fraser to wait until the game’s end before going to the bastille.
Denver starters: Crowdis G, Chrystal LD, Fraser RD, Agar C, Richardson LW, Warwick RW. Spares - J. Kaiser, MacKenzie, Giesebrecht, Holota, Brown, Jukes, Bailey, C. Kaiser, Kraiger.
Tulsa starters: Little G, Telford LD, Bloomer RD, Haldorsen C, O’Brien LW, Gronsdahl RW. Spares - Bradley, McLellan, Butler, Macey, Young, Dillon, Davidson.
Referee - Clarence Ashworth. Linesman - Nick Knott.
First period scoring: Gronsdahl (Haldorsen, O’Brien) 14:28; MacKenzie (Chrystal) 18:40. Penalties: Fraser (interference)
Second period scoring: None. Penalties: Davidson (tripping), Agar (high sticking), Davidson (high sticking), Kraiger and Bloomer (roughing)
Third period scoring: Chrystal (Agar, Warwick) 0:37, Warwick (Agar) 13:52, O’Brien (Haldorsen) 15:50. Penalties: C. Kaiser (major, fighting and 10 minute misconduct) Davidson (major, fighting), Fraser (kneeing).
Crowdis 8 15 10 - 33
Little 5 5 8 -18
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