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Men's Hockey Starts Season Undefeated

By Lynn Albers
Associate Sports Editor

The men's hockey team has an objective this season -- to defend last year's New England Collegiate Hockey Association championship title. So far they've done just that, starting the season with three strong wins over Keene State College (6-4), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (5-4), and Springfield College (12-5).

With the loss of last year's three starting defensemen, Mike Quinlan '92, Gene McKenna '92, and Noel Nistler G and no fresh or returning defensive players, Coach Joe Quinn has had to move players around like pieces in a chess game to complete the lines. So far he's been putting together winning combinations. He has also received tremendous leadership from tri-captains Mike Mini '93, Rob Silva '93, and Nick Pearce '94.

The first line of Mini, Silva and Jonathon Shingles '96 has proved a dominant force in all three games. Mini and Silva have returned better than last year. Shingles is improving a great deal and has already scored two goals, both in the Springfield game. MIT has three new defensemen in Rob Souza '95, Steve Schleuter '96, and Nick Pearce '94, who played right wing last year. Souza and Pearce scored two goals and one goal, respectively, against WPI.

The second line of Dan Lee G, Lloyd Johnston G, and Jason Biedermann '95 has been working well as a unit. Johnston and Biedermann connected for two assists and two goals, respectively, in the Keene State game. Johnston also had two more assists in that game and two goals at WPI.

A third line has not been established, but four or five skaters play very well and are working hard for those positions. The team fields two strong goalies in John Simmons '95, who has started all three games, and Erik Norton '93 as an excellent back-up.

High morale and strong leadership from the tri-captains has kept the team together during all the position changes. Coach Quinn was especially pleased with the way the team pulled together in the WPI game, where MIT had only two defensemen. Souza and Pearce were the only defense who could make the game and ended up playing for over 50 minutes with a little relief from Mini, who had never played defense before. Successes like this prove that the team is determined and wants to win.