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Hockey hopes to avenge loss

By Peter E. Dunn

The MIT men's hockey team has advanced to the championship match of the eighth annual Ben Martin Hockey Tournament, playing against the Worcester Polytechnic Institute tonight at 8:30 pm. The Engineers hope to avenge their 12-4 loss to WPI in the championship game last year. (Wentworth Institute and Springfield College play in the consolation game at 6:15 pm.)

The MIT skaters advanced to the championship with a 7-3 win against Springfield last Saturday. Quebe'cois Alain Curodeau G scored a tour de chapeau -- known in the United States as a hat trick -- in the game. Rob Silva '92 notched a pair, and Nicholas Pierce '94 and Henry Dotterer '91 rounded out the scoring.

The game remained deadlocked through the first two periods, and MIT did not begin to dominate the scoring until the last minutes of the second period. Play was chippy, so much so that two players were given game misconducts, and the game was cut short by the officials.

The Engineers are perennial runners-up in the tournament, but are favored this year to take the trophy: they have a 7-2-0 record, have only one loss at home all year, and defeated WPI, 5-3, when last they met on Nov. 28.

Why has the MIT squad met with so much success this year? Two reasons: defense and depth.

While the defense still lacks the size and bump-and-grind power of previous years (when Coach Joe Quinn had at his disposal the likes of Alec Jessiman '88 and Rick Russell '86), Curodeau and Dotterer pose the ever-present threat of a rink-long drive, and Gene McKenna '92 and Mike Quinlan '92 help to keep the defense rock solid.

Offensively, MIT's first line has always been strong -- the Engineers' weakness has usually been its second and third lines. This is no longer the case: An influx of new blood has strengthened MIT's all-around attack.