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Men's hockey jinx continues

By Peter E. Dunn

Luck is not something the Engineers can claim to have on their side, at least not as far as the Ben Martin Hockey Tournament is concerned. Forget home ice advantage. Forget home ice win-loss records. Forget revenge motives for past losses. Forget records against opposing teams. Forget skating phenoms and surehanded defense. It's beginning to look like the MIT men's hockey team might be forever jinxed by their very own annual IAP tournament.

Yes, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute once again took home the championship trophy with a 1-0 overtime win over the Engineers, dashing hopes of avenging last year's loss, and dashing the hopes of this graduating student from ever seeing the trophy in Tech hands.

Not that last Wednesday's game was a disappointment -- it's hard for two teams to make it into overtime from lack of trying. But missing from the championship game was the intensity of the opening round matches, an intensity that should have produced more MIT power-play goals instead of the defensive lapses that seemed to sporadically rear their ugly heads.

While MIT was prone to give up too many breakaways, goalie Miles Arnone '91 held the fort to preserve the stalemate. And when the Engineers managed an offensive spurt, the WPI netminder stoned them at the other end to further extend the deadlock.

In the end it would be one too many MIT defensive mistakes that would catch up to them. Shortly into overtime, WPI would break out with a 3-on-2. Unfortunately, both defenders decided to take out the WPI winger driving up hard on the right, but his pass still made its way across to the left wing. Arnone had to deal with one too many breakaways . . . and at 8:31 of overtime it was over.

Maybe next year. Or maybe I'm beginning to know what it feels like to be a Red Sox fan.