The Regina Victorias hung on to win Saskatchewan’s first Allan Cup in 1914, after a late surge by the defending champions, the Winnipeg Monarchs.
WINNIPEG, March 13. -- The Regina Victorias sprung a surprise on the hockey world here tonight when in one of the keenest and most stubbornly contested hockey exhibitions ever witnessed in Winnipeg they laid low the colors of the mighty Monarchs and at the same time ripped from its moorings the famous Allan Cup, emblematic of the Amateur Hockey Championship of Canada. Those same moorings which for four years have withstood the attacks of the East and the West were but like a feather in the wind in the face of the onslaught dealt out by the new Canadian champions tonight. The Monarchs lost because they were outplayed, and the Allan Cup goes to a city which may well feel proud of her seven trusty warriors who made history in Winnipeg tonight.
From a Winnipeg standpoint it was a sad sight. The spacious amphitheatre, having a seating capacity of 3,000 persons, was crowded to the doors. The handful of Regina supporters was lost in the immense crowd and the streamers of black and yellow were completely overshadowed by the abundant display of purple and white. Winnipeg was out in force, but the thing which has characterized hockey matches in the past was missing -- the cheers. So completely did Regina outplay the Winnipeg fans' favorites that up to practically the last minute of play the 3,000 fans were forced to look on in breathless suspen es, during all this time they sat dumbfounded, hoping against the hope that proved to be fruitless.
Only in the last minutes of play when with the score 5-2 against them, and when Regina let up on the deadly pace they had set throughout the contest, did the Winnipeg seven have a chance to give a sad example of what might have been. In quick succession the Monarchs ran in two goals, the vast crowd rose to their feet and cheered the defenders' efforts, but in spite of all this they lost just the same. The close of the game saw the Regina fans, numbering about 100 in all, crowding upon the ice and a happier little band has never before had occasion to visit Winnipeg.
When the teams started in to fight what proved to be Winnipeg's most eventful hockey match they were greeted with a sheet of ice that was decorated with pools of water. Despite this, however, the ice was much better conditioned for play than was the case in Moose Jaw last Wednesday evening, when the now Canadian champions annexed the Alberta championship from the Edmonton Dominions. The puck had slid better, the skating was faster and the play was proportionately faster. In fact tonight's game was a beautiful exhibition of speed and art of which both teams are past masters.