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Ice hockey team fails to reach goal vs. Rams

By Victor J. Diniak

The men's ice hockey team was iced by Suffolk University, 7-2, Tuesday night in the MIT Athletic Center. The loss dropped the Engineer's record to 9-8 on the season.

Suffolk drew first blood, scoring just ten seconds into the game with a shot by forward Greg Adams. Adams took the shot from the right hand side of the ice, just inside the blue line.

MIT came back with tough defense and superb goaltending by Peter Gasparini '88.

Seven minutes into the game, Engineer forward Pat Foley 'G stole the puck in front of Suffolk's net and put MIT on the scoreboard with an unassisted shorthanded goal to tie the score at 1.

Suffolk fired up with quick skating and aggressive checking. The Rams' offense managed to keep the puck in MIT's zone.<>

Gasparini and the Engineer defense turned back a string of shots before Suffolk's Mike Hamilton flipped the puck in from about six feet out on the left side at 10:41 into the game. The period ended with Suffolk ahead 2-1.

The Rams continued their hard hitting and quick skating in the second period. They finally cashed in, 2:36 into the period, when Heinrich Koechling flipped the puck in from about five feet out. Suffolk's Santo Chiappetta added a goal at 9:30 with a blast from the blue line to put the Rams ahead 4-1.

Suffolk increased its lead to 4 goals before MIT got on the scoreboard again. Foley scored his second goal of the game, a heads-up tip-in shot, with just 2:31 left in the period. Dave Pehlke '86 and co-captain Ron Brisco '86 assisted on the goal. The Engineers ended the period with a 5-2 deficit.

Suffolk came out with the momentum in the third period. 2:43 into the period the Rams scored with a shot in front by Tony Piracini off a quick pass from the right wing, Dave Calautti. A little over four minutes later, Suffolk added another goal on a similar play with Hamilton finishing off a pass from John Tringale for a final score of 7-2.

Despite the 7-2 loss, goaltender Gasparini had a solid game, turning away 28 shots. Suffolk's goalie also played well with 26 saves.

MIT's fifth-year head coach Joe Quinn was pleased with his team's defense and goaltending, commenting that the team "didn't quit." Quinn attributed the loss to "lack of depth and Suffolk's quickness."

"The team is down to 16 players," he noted. This shortage of players prevented the squad from having three complete lines. "Suffolk was too quick -- they didn't allow us to move the puck well," Quinn said.

The hockey team will play at home Saturday against Assumption College. Game time is 2 pm.