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Men's Hockey Needs a Win

By Lynn Albers
Sports Editor

This Saturday, the Engineers face the biggest game of the season. Why? Because they need a win. A win will put them in fourth place in the league and give them the home rink advantage for the playoffs on Feb. 28.

Their opponent is Bryant College and face off time is at 9 p.m. in Rhode Island. Despite the away rink disadvantage, Coach Joe Quinn believes that the team has an excellent chance of winning. Defeating Bryant College this weekend takes a lot of pressure off Tuesday night's game against Suffolk University, who MIT crushed (7-3) for the first time during Quinn's tenure last February.

Indepedent Activities Period was a slow month for the skating Beavers who played only a few games, over half of them away. The team also suffered from a lack of players and the loss of key defensive players from last year. With only two defensive linemen, the team has had to pull together to cover the gaps.

More defensemen would give Coach Quinn the opportunity to put Nick Pearce '94 back on the offensive line with Mike Mini '93 and Rob Silva '93, so the "Bruise Brothers" can once again do their damage. In the meantime, the team anxiously awaits the return of center Alain Curodeau G on Feb. 1.

Coach Quinn is pleased with the team's effort. "Given a depleted squad, the men have put forth maximum effort all the time. The Bryant game is key to winning the playoffs and giving the team positive energy to completing the season."