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Men's Hockey Struggles With Loss of Starters

By Jonathan Shingles
and Eric Oliver

The men's hockey team played against Bryant College Saturday in West Warwick, R.I. Without the services of starters Lloyd Johnson G and Daryl Hemingway '94, the MIT team battled to a 4-4 tie. The game opened with a Bryant goal, which sparked a fire under the somewhat frustrated MIT hockey team.

MIT then exploded for three goals in the first period. The first goal came from Jonathan Shingles '96 on an unassisted shot that beat the Bryant goaltender on the high blocker-side. The second goal came from Rob Souza '95, who netted his first goal of the season on a flipped backhand shot. The third goal of the period came from Shingles' second goal of the game. Shingles took a rebound from a point shot by Nick Pearce '94 and put it through the goalie's five hole. After that the Bryant coach pulled his shell-shocked goalie in favor of his backup.

The second and third periods show a marked decline in performance as the MIT team was forced to play their first two lines with virtually no breathing time between shifts. Bryant edged its way back to a 3-2 deficit, but was temporarily set-back when Tetsu Inada '97, stuffed home his first goal of his MIT career. Penalties hurt the MIT team, and Bryant capitalized on their opportunities, bringing themselves back from a 4-2 deficit to tie the Engineers 4-4. John Simmons '95 was on fire in the cage, saving the MIT team from defeat and the game ended with that score.

The Engineers' first game was a home loss to Franklin Pierce on Nov. 10. Although the Engineers were hitting harder than their counterparts, mistakes in front of the net and Franklin Pierce power plays led to a 4-2 loss. MIT survived a scary moment in which Lloyd Johnson took a stick to the throat late in the first period. The substantial home crowd waited silently as Johnson lay in front of the Pierce net being attended to, but was relieved as Johnson waved to the crowd as he was being carried off the ice on a stretcher. MIT's two goals were netted by Nick Pearce in the first and third periods.