Hockey Advances to Semis with 13-2 WinBy Mike Purucker
The MIT men's hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the New England College Club Hockey Association Division I North Tournament by routing a thoroughly overmatched Franklin Pierce squad, 13-2. The victory raised the Beavers' season record to 18-4.
Center Rob Silva '93 led the Beaver attack with five goals, while defenseman Noel Nistler G chipped in four goals of his own. For the most part, the game served as a tune-up for the remainder of the tournament.
MIT surprised no one by dominating the game from start to finish, since MIT won both regular season games against Pierce by a combined score of 19-3. But the competition will be stiffer in the rest of the tournament.
The Beavers await the winner of the Salve Regina-Keene State contest in the semifinals. The winner will meet MIT beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Johnson Athletic Center. If MIT wins, a fourth MIT-WPI contest looms as the probable final game matchup, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at Johnson.
WPI is the top seed in the tournament, but MIT defeated WPI in two out of three regular-season matchups, including their Ben Martin Tournament game. First, however, MIT must advance to the finals by winning on Saturday.