Hockey romps over Gordon
By Henry Dotterer
If it can be said that this season proved disappointing to the men's hockey team, it can also be said that it ended on a high note. Led by co-captains Joe Jones '89 and John Santoro '89, each with four goals, the team vented its frustration in a 19-5 romp over an impotent squad from Gordon College.
Only 2:45 into the first period, Jeff Bates '90 dished off to Mike Westphal '90 who blasted a low slapshot past the Gordon goaltender. This was the first of six assists for the unselfish Bates, who passed the 100-point mark for his three years of play.
The Beavers struck again four minutes later as Brian Vimmer G slipped the puck in unassisted. The team never let up, relentlessly frustrating Gordon's defense. Santoro scored the next two goals, both assisted by Bates, and then Jones controlled the puck in the Gordon zone, circling to the front of the net before snapping the puck into the upper corner. These two provided the leadership for the Engineers, both turning in sterling performances in the final game of their MIT careers.
Per-Gunnar Ostby '89 scored next, on a feed from Santoro, and Jason Krieser '91 added another within the minute on a pass from Tom Dorf G and Mike Quinlan '92. With 54 seconds left in the period, Brian Lushwitz '89 added the eighth goal.
Geoff Stevens scored Gordon's only goal at 11:50 in the first period.
The Engineers stared out the second period controlling the tempo and working the puck around. It seemed at times as though MIT was working the power play when both teams were at full strength. The game started to settle down a bit, but seven minutes into the second period, the band whipped into another verse of Yankee Doodle as Jones found the back of the net for the second time. A few minutes later, Dorf added goal 10 on a hard shot that seemed to go right through the Gordon goalie. Luschwitz then scored his second unassisted goal, walking the puck in and hitting his target with a textbook wrist shot.
The quality of play had picked up in the second period; no longer were the players content to score the sloppy goals, but chose rather to work plays, freewheeling with pretty passes. The next goal went from Eugene McKenna '92 to Dorf to Mike Foley G who slammed the puck past the dazzled Tozier. Santoro then stole the puck as a Gordon defender tried to cross to his teammate and walked in unobstructed for his third goal and the team's 13th. With 30 seconds left in the period, Matt Davidson scored Gordon's second goal, assisted by Stevens and Doug King.
MIT produced six more goals in the third, one shy of the 20 mark the spectators clamored for. Meanwhile, Gordon surprised the Beavers with three goals of their own, showing the character of that team. They were able to take advantage of Anand Mehta G's inexperience. Nevertheless, Mehta performed admirably despite the fact that he was making his debut in this contest.
Third period Engineer goals were scored by Jones (2), Santoro, Kimmel, Paul Tiao '89 (who also had two assists on the evening, and who excited the crowd repeatedly with fancy stick handling) and Mike Quinlan. Quinlan was stymied several times by Tozier in the final period, but was able to finally life a pearl of a backhand shot over the suddenly-hot goalie's left shoulder.
Gordon's goals came from King, Andy Wilson, and Chris Yingst.
This certainly was an uplifting end to the Beaver's season. Despite the loss of Santoro, Jones, Tiao and Luschwitz to graduation, the team is looking forward to a strong 1989-90 season. Goalie Miles Arnone '91 returns, while three of the four defensemen also are expected back; Quinlan, McKenna, and the injured Henry Dotterer '91 who missed the last four games of this season. Leading scorer Bates returns, and youngsters Jeff Scharf '92 and Krieser add promise to MIT's front corps. Wesphal brings his talents back for one final season, while veteran Foley hopes to play yet another year. Ostby, who was abroad the greater part of this season, should help the team next year.
(Editor's note: Henry Dotterer '91 is a member of the men's varsity hockey team.)