Great Game Previews In History: 13 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

400px-Chappel_Montgomery_full_lengthOne of the earliest defeats of the Flortheast came November 13, 1775 when forces led by Richard Montgomery seized Montreal during the invasion of Canada.

There was no glorious battle to be had here. Montgomery’s forces had put Fort St. Jean under siege in mid-September. The garrison held out, but eventually superior American guns wore down the soldiers within and the fort surrendered to Montgomery Nov. 3.

That essentially left the road to Montreal undefended. Montgomery’s forces marched to the city and Guy Carleton, the British general in charge at Montreal, fled. Montreal surrendered without a single shot fired.

Eventually, Montgomery’s forces would march to Quebec City, joining with the still-loyal Benedict Arnold. Montgomery was killed at the Battle of Quebec, but Carleton — acknowledging the respect of Montgomery by Patriot and British forces — ordered a full military funeral “but without much fanfare.”

Montgomery is buried in Quebec City. Just waiting.

Maple Leafs at Wild, 6:30 PM

Records: Maple Leafs (11-6-0, 22 points, 4th in Flortheast); Wild (10-4-4, 24 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Mason Raymond had a brace and James Reimer had 36 saves in a 4-1 Toronto win October 15.

Last 10: Toronto 5-5-0; Minnesota 7-1-2

Historical Context: The Wild have come around to embrace possessing the puck where they once eschewed it. Toronto, on the other hand, has yet to give the stats a big old hug. Perhaps playing the Wild will change their mind. After all, it was only because of Ethan Allen’s earlier failed attempt to capture Montreal that Montgomery was successful. Carleton focused his army’s efforts on repelling Allen (who was captured and imprisoned as a result), which left Fort St. Jean weakened. The capture of that fort made an easy path to Montreal for Montgomery.

Stars at Oilers, 9 PM

Records: Stars (8-7-2, 18 points, 6th in Conference III); Oilers (4-13-2, 10 points, 7th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Oilers beat the Stars 5-1 on February 28, ending an 0-5-1 skid against Dallas at Rexall Place.

Last 10: Dallas 5-3-2; Edmonton 2-7-1

Historical Context: After Montgomery’s death at Quebec City, leadership of the invasion fell to Colonel Donald Campbell, whose panicked retreat was a disaster. Shawn Horcoff left Edmonton, which is now a disaster.