Hamilton Tiger-Cats 17 @ Montreal Alouettes 27

Game Details

  • Week 1
  • 3rd Game of Regular Season (11th Overall)
  • Friday, Jun 27, 1997 7:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 7,380
    • Capacity: 33,900

Game Notes

Game Summary

Having met in the pre-season, these teams were set to go all out for Montreal’s home opener under new ownership. The revamped Alouettes were looking to get out of the chute early against a more balanced Tiger-Cat attack. The first quarter belonged to the Alouettes as they recorded 14 unanswered points. Their first score came at 3:38 as QB Tracy Ham connected with Jock Climie for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Just before the end of the quarter the 1995 South Division Most Outstanding Rookie exploded with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. Terry Baker converted both majors. The struggling Tiger-Cats managed to only score a field goal in the second quarter when Paul Osbaldiston hit from 40 yards out. The Alouettes continued to roll with RB Mike Pringle smashing his way in from the 1-yard line for the major. Baker kicked the convert. Early in the third, Ham found Chris Armstrong for a 10 yard TD pass to further extend the Alouettes lead. The convert attempt failed when a bad snap got by the Alouette holder. Late in the third, Osbaldiston put a single on the board for the Tabbies on a missed 45-yard field goal attempt. The fourth quarter belonged to the Tiger-Cats but their efforts proved to be futile. Anthony Calvillo connected with Ted Long for a 23-yard passing touchdown at the 3:00 mark. Calvillo’s two-point convert attempt failed. Later in the quarter, Calvillo found McMaster University grad Mike Morreale all alone for an 11-yard passing touchdown. Osbaldiston’s convert cut the Montreal lead to 10. It was too little, too late for the Ti-Cats as the remainder of the game was scoreless. The Alouettes held on to record their first victory of the year.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Montreal and Hamilton Matchups
1996Week BMTL 43 @ HAM 39
Week 7HAM 22 @ MTL 29
Week 14MTL 38 @ HAM 39
Week 18HAM 41 @ MTL 45 OT
Division Semi-FinalHAM 11 @ MTL 22
1997Week AMTL 30 @ HAM 14
Week 1HAM 17 @ MTL 27
Week 8HAM 26 @ MTL 36
Week 11MTL 38 @ HAM 18

Alouettes record vs Tiger-Cats (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Montreal 4–0–0 (1.000)
  • at Hamilton 1–1–0 (0.500)
  • Montreal Total 5–1–0 (0.833)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Montreal 43–22–4 (0.652)
  • at Hamilton 22–42–2 (0.348)
  • Montreal Total 65–64–6 (0.504)

Streaks as of June 27, 1997 (Regular Season)

Alouettes streak at home vs Tiger-Cats
Alouettes streak overall vs Tiger-Cats


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tiger-Cats 0 3 1 13 17
Alouettes 14 7 6 0 27

Tiger-Cats coach: Don Sutherin (L)
Alouettes coach: Dave Ritchie, II (W)

Tiger-Cats (0-1-0) Next vs Argonauts Jul 06
Alouettes (1-0-0) Next @ Blue Bombers Jul 04

Game Time Weather in Montreal, QC

June 27th Hourly Weather Summary for Montreal
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
McTavish 7:00 PM Partly Cloudy 22.9°C NNE (160°) at 0 km/h 50% 25 101.54 kPa
McTavish 8:00 PM Partly Cloudy 22.1°C NNE (190°) at 2 km/h 51% 101.50 kPa
McTavish 9:00 PM Partly Cloudy 21.8°C NE (350°) at 2 km/h 53% 101.48 kPa
McTavish 10:00 PM Clear 21.4°C NE (340°) at 6 km/h 55% 101.45 kPa
McTavish 11:00 PM Clear 20.8°C NE (340°) at 6 km/h 61% 101.48 kPa

Conditions at McTavish (6.26 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Wind direction, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in HAM @ MTL
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)